The Toledo Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida on October 4 and 6 was a grand success, in no small part due to the contributions of several current and former members of the College of Musical Arts. Dr. Sean Cooper, Assistant Professor of Voice, sang the role of the King of Egypt and Kevin Bylsma, Instructor of Opera (repetiteur), is the Chorusmaster of the Toledo Opera. Austin Heath, a recent graduate, made his Toledo Opera debut in the role of the Messenger.
Of the forty-two member opera chorus for this production, eighteen were CMA students and alumni. Current graduate students included Anthony Ferrer, Madeline Harts, Liz Hood, Patty Kramer, Letara Lee, Daniel Parsley, Maegan Pollonais, Jackie Stearns, Stephanie Tokarz, Joel Trisel, and Rory Wallace. Undergraduate students in the chorus were Patrick Conklin and Ricardo Mota. Alumni from the CMA included Greg Ashe, Timothy Bruno, Austin Heath, Dustin Hill, and Laura Reaper.