Opera Parallèle presents compelling performances of contemporary operas with high musical and dramatic standards, embracing modern aesthetics, creative use of technology, and social relevance as essential to the future of the art form. Opera Parallèle’s interactive educational programs are dedicated to engaging increasingly diverse communities.
Roslyn Barak recently retired as a Senior Cantor of Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. Prior to her position in San Francisco, she was Cantor of Temple Isaiah of Forest Hills, New York. Before entering cantorial school, she was an opera and concert singer, performing throughout the United States and Israel with organizations such as the Santa Fe Opera, the Israel National Opera, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israel Philharmonic. Cantor Barak also received numerous vocal awards and honors, including the Liederkranz Award and the Katherine Long Scholarship of the Metropolitan Opera Studio.
Aside from her numerous cantorial duties at Congregation Emanu-El and the Jewish Community of the Bay Area, Roslyn Barak appears regularly in concerts around the country and in Europe and Israel. She has toured Germany in recent years in conjunction with the release of her CD The Jewish Soul. She is also sought after as a lecturer and scholar-in-residence. She has taught and given master classes at the North American Jewish Choral Festival and at Boston Hebrew College, as well as seminars at the Hebrew Union College. She has served on the faculty of the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors, where she served on the Board and as Chairperson of the Publications Committee, and she was an ACC representative to the Commission on Synagogue Music of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. She currently serves on the Commission on Cantorial-Congregational Relations of the ACC/UAHC and on the Prayer book Editorial Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Ms. Barak received her musical training at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal performance, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology.
Marge Betley has worked for over 25 years in the arts as a producer, dramaturg, director and writer. She currently serves as Artistic Director of Stagebridge, the nation’s oldest theatre company devoted to creating performance, training and outreach opportunities for seniors. She was co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Living Room Opera (in Minneapolis), a company devoted to the creation and production of chamber operas in intimate settings. Under her leadership of its new works program, Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY developed over 150 new plays and musicals and produced more than a dozen world premieres. She has worked with arts organizations around the country including the Sundance Theatre Lab, Houston Grand Opera, Denver Center Theatre, Arena Stage, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been a contributing writer to Opera News and American Theatre, and has served as a grants panelist for the NEA, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and the Rockefeller Foundation/MAP Fund. Ms. Betley is a former Fulbright Scholar in Dramaturgy and began her career in the dramaturgy office of the Stadttheater Aachen in Germany.
Kathleen Cardinal is a member of the board of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Nation’s oldest and largest women’s legal rights organization. For the last several years, she has spearheaded its support efforts in the Bay Area. For ten years she was an associate consultant with the Management Center in San Francisco working on organization and planning issues with nonprofit corporations in California. In 1977, Ms. Cardinal was elected to the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospital in San Francisco and was named president in 1984. In 1991 she became Chair of the Board of California Pacific Medical Center, the largest nonprofit community medical center in Northern California. She has served as Trustee of Smith College and San Francisco University High School and as two-term President of the Junior League in San Francisco.
Michael Colbruno is a partner in the Milo Group of California, a public affairs firm and managing member of Iris Outdoor. From 1999-2010, Mr. Colbruno served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Clear Channel Outdoor/Northern California. He handled all interactions with government officials at the local, state and federal level, as well as managing staff, leading development teams, implementing new digital technology strategies, procuring land use entitlements, overseeing legal and public affairs budgets, managing litigation and spearheading community outreach efforts. Prior to Clear Channel, Mr. Colbruno worked in local and state government as a legislative director and chief-of-staff in the San Francisco Mayor’s office, San Francisco Board of Supervisors and California State Legislature. He was in charge of all legislative activities and interacted between various levels of government. He handled media, staff relations, budget issues, public policy and staffed various committees, as well as serving as the liaison between the Mayor’s office and the Board of Supervisors.
He was appointed by three mayors to serve on the Oakland Planning Commission and was selected to oversee the rezoning effort in Oakland. In 2013, he was unanimously approved to serve as a member of the Oakland Port Commission. He has also served as the chair of committees overseeing water quality and public art. In the non-profit world, he has served as chair of the Chabot Space & Science Center, chair/founder of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Corporate Counsel and chair of OakPAC. He was named the “Corporate Citizen of the Year” by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a board member of the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco and the Berkeley Music Group, which is renovating the UC Theatre.
Clifford Cranna, PhD
Dr. Clifford (Kip) Cranna is the Director of Musical Administration at the San Francisco Opera, where he has been a member of the administrative staff since 1979. In June 2008 he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the Company’s highest honor. He received his undergraduate degree in choral conducting at the University of North Dakota, and his Ph.D. in musicology at Stanford University, where he specialized in Renaissance and Baroque music history and theory. He has served as vocal adjudicator for numerous organizations including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional and District Auditions, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Henry Holt Memorial Auditions, and the New National Theater of Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Cranna has had a long association with the Carmel Bach Festival, acting as lecturer, writer and editor of program notes, and advisor on repertoire and casting. He has conducted a number of choral groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been active as a director of church music programs. He has served as a grant-award panelist for the Santa Clara County Arts Council. He has for many years been on the Board of Trustees of Chanticleer, a professional vocal ensemble, and is a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. He also serves on the Board of Humanities West.
Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, and Out of Darkness: a triptych of Holocaust stories (Another Sunrise—Farewell, Auschwitz—For a Look or a Touch). He has composed more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. The operas–mostly created with the distinguished writers Terrence McNally and Gene Scheer–have been produced extensively on five continents. Dead Man Walking (McNally) has received 40 productions since its premiere, as well as two live recordings. Moby-Dick (Scheer) was telecast in 2013 as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and was recently released on DVD (EuroArts). It is also the subject of the book Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick: A Grand Opera for the 21st Century (UNT Press).
Heggie, a Guggenheim Fellow, has served as a mentor to Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative for young composers and librettists. Upcoming commissions include Great Scott (McNally) for The Dallas Opera, starring Joyce DiDonato; The Radio Hour (Scheer) for the John Alexander Singers; a project for Houston Grand Opera; songs for Kiri Te Kanawa at Ravinia; and The Work at Hand, Symphonic Songs for mezzo Jamie Barton and cellist Anne Martindale-Williams, co-commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony and Carnegie Hall.
Patrice Maginnis has pursued a career in vocal performance, with an emphasis on contemporary music. Her recordings include the title role of Rapunzel by Lou Harrison. Other recordings feature the music of Milhaud, Satie, Cowell, and Talleferre. She has also sung with Ensemble Parallèle, the Santa Cruz County Symphony, New Music Works, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and the Santa Cruz Chamber Players. She has performed and taught master classes in Europe, Canada, and the United States. She was a founding member of Opera San Jose where she sang several leading roles. She created and coordinated the Opera San Jose educational outreach program. Under her supervision for eight years, up to 100 one-act operas were performed each year for schools throughout the Santa Clara Valley. Ms. Maginnis has been on the faculty at UC Santa Cruz since 1986, teaching voice, opera performance, and pedagogy.
Patrick Markle serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Performing Arts/Media Facilities Planning and Design, and Auerbach Glasow French, Architectural Lighting Design and Consulting, one of the leading theatre, media facilities and lighting consulting firms in practice today. He is a graduate of both the Yale School of Drama and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. As a business leader, he has led production and technical operations at three of the most renowned opera companies in the world: The Metropolitan Opera, where he supervised the engineering and construction of stage scenery for all new productions; the Santa Fe Opera, where he was the Production Director and the project manager during construction of their new opera house, and the San Francisco Opera, where he managed all divisions of the production department. Mr. Markle co-founded Figaro Systems Inc., the global leader of multi-lingual text captioning displays for the performing arts, and most recently served as Managing Director for Teatro ZinZanni, a unique San Francisco arts institution focused on preserving and presenting the highest quality of European-style circus, theatre and cabaret.
Carey Perloff is the artistic director of American Conservatory Theater, which she has brought to success by rebuilding the earthquake-damaged Geary Theater (winning the Jujamcyn Theaters Award in 1996 when the Geary reopened); directing dozens of highly acclaimed classical and contemporary productions; revitalizing A.C.T.’s top-ranked Master of Fine Arts Program in acting; launching international collaborations with such artists as Robert Wilson and Tom Stoppard; creating a core acting company; and inaugurating a major new works program. Ms. Perloff’s work as a playwright has been seen across the country, including her award-winning Luminescence Dating at the Ensemble Studio Theater (New York) and Magic Theater (San Francisco), The Colossus or Rhodes at the O-Neill Playwrights Conference and A.C.T., Higher at New York State & Film, and Waiting for the Flood. In 2008, Perloff was awarded France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her contribution to the dissemination of French culture.
John Roevekamp is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Cyrun, which builds law enforcement and security data-management software systems. He has 30 years of experience in business development and 25 years in computer software design and engineering. John directs all engineering efforts, including support and new product development, at Cyrun. He also performs in the chorus of Opera Parallèle productions whenever the opportunity arises. Mr. Roevekamp holds a B.A. in music from UC Santa Cruz.
Lawrence Siegel, JD
Lawrence Siegel is an attorney whose professional experience has focused on representing individual students with disabilities; representing and consulting regional, state, and national organizations regarding national and state law, policy and reform of special education; special attention has been devoted to students with hearing loss. He is the recipient of many awards recognizing his advocacy work, including being named a Fulbright Scholar Specialist, 2011-2016. In this capacity, he will travel to a country of choice to work on special education law and policy. He is an adjunct professor at Hastings College of the Law. Along with his wife Gail, Mr. Siegel co-founded ForWords, a nonprofit organization committed to providing enriched literacy opportunities for impoverished youth in the San Rafael, California area.
Frederica von Stade
Recognized as one of the most beloved musical figures of our time, Frederica von Stade has enriched the world of classical music for three decades with her appearances in opera, concert, and recital. The mezzo-soprano is well known to audiences around the world through her numerous featured appearances on television including several PBS specials and “Live from Lincoln Center” telecasts. She has made over sixty recordings with every major label, including complete operas, aria albums, symphonic works, solo recital programs, and popular crossover albums. Her recordings have garnered six Grammy nominations, two Grand Prix du Disc awards, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Italy’s Premio della Critica Discografica, and “Best of the Year” citations by Stereo Review and Opera News. Miss von Stade was awarded France’s highest honor in the Arts when she was appointed as an officer of L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1983 she was honored with an award given at The White House by President Reagan in recognition of her significant contribution to the arts.
Ms. von Stade was the featured performer at the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and also sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the Cultural Olympiad held in conjunction with the games. She currently resides in Alameda, California where she gives performances supporting the arts in local schools.