From Left to Right: Kelli O'Hara, Janai Brugger, Nikisha Williams, Jonathan Christopher, and Eric Sciotto.
Michigan Opera Theatre is thrilled to announce that its summer program for Teens, Operetta Remix, will feature an all-star lineup of Guest Artists including Tony-award winning actress and singer Kelli O’Hara, lauded American Soprano Janai Brugger, Broadway dancer Eric Sciotto, and Jonathan Christopher and Nikisha Williams from the hit show Hamilton!
The above-named Guest Artists will offer virtual workshops, master classes, and roundtables on career and educational opportunities in the arts for students in MOT’s Operetta Remix summer program, the company’s long-standing summer intensive for aspiring performers.
"Michigan Opera Theatre has prided itself on connecting students with renowned industry talent, and we are thrilled to feature these incredible artists as part of our program this summer," said MOT Director of Education Andrea Scobie.
Operetta Remix will take place July 19-30, 2021 and provide vocal coaching, acting instruction and dance workshops for students ages 13-18. Under the direction of professional opera singer and instructor Mary Martin, students will explore works from operetta and musical theatre.
The program’s first week will be held online via Zoom, while students will gather in-person at the Detroit Opera House during the program’s second week.
July 19-30, 2021
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
For registration and additional information, visit https://michiganopera.org/learn/music-and-theater/
Operetta Remix Guest Artists
Stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Oliver nominations. She reprised the role while making her West End debut, and performed a limited engagement at Tokyo’s Orb Theatre.
Other Broadway credits include Kiss Me Kate (Tony, Drama League, OCC nominations), The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula, and Jekyll & Hyde. She was awarded the prestigious Drama League’s Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in 2019.
Kelli also received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in the hit web series The Accidental Wolf. Other film and television credits include starring in HBO’s upcoming series, The Gilded Age, the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, All The Bright Places, Peter Pan Live!, Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk.
American soprano, Janai Brugger, a 2012 winner of Operalia and of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was identified by Opera News as one of their top 25 “brilliant young artists” (October 2015 issue). Recent highlights include the role of Pamina Die Zauberflote in which she made her UK debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to great acclaim, and formerly sang at Los Angeles Opera in a new production by Barrie Kosky; Liu Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera of New York where she also sang the role of Helena The Enchanted Island.
She appears this season in several streamed recitals, including those for New York Festival of Song, Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago and for Los Angeles Opera’s ‘At Home With’ series. She made her television debut on October 11 singing a specially-written requiem composed by Laura Karpman for an episode of HBO’s renowned ‘Lovecraft Country.’ Miss Brugger returns to Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, this time with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and revisits a favorite role, Pamina Die Zauberflote for performances at Palm Beach Opera’s first Outdoor Opera Festival.
Nikisha Williams is a singer/actress originally from Mobile, Alabama. She holds a Master's degree in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. Nikisha also spent three years as Director of Choirs at White Station High School in Memphis, TN where she received the Outstanding Young Music Educators award. Her Regional Theater credits include: The Color Purple, Memphis, and Hairspray. Broadway touring credits include, The Color Purple, and currently Hamilton.
Praised for his "hearty baritone" voice, Bermudian American singer Jonathan Christopher is swiftly establishing himself as a versatile vocalist and actor around the world. Jonathan performed in the U.S. National Tour and Canadian premiere of the musical Hamilton, understudying Aaron Burr and George Washington. In New York he has performed in critically acclaimed opera and musical productions at Lincoln Center (Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter’s The Black Clown), Signature Theatre (Dave Malloy’s Octet), and Brooklyn Playhouse Theatre (David Chesky’s La Farranucci).
Over the years Jonathan was seen dancing with Diana Ross, working out with Lady Gaga, and most triumphantly singing with Celine Dion on the Today Show! Jonathan received the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the 2021 American Traditions Vocal Competition and holds The Bermudian Magazine’s 2020 Best of Bermuda Award with his brother Nicholas. This May, Jonathan opens the 46th annual Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts with his concert Another Year Has Gone By. With degrees in voice and opera from the University of Michigan and McGill University, Jonathan looks forward to continuing his eclectic and ever-evolving musical journey.
ERIC SCIOTTO has been performing professionally for over 25 years. He has appeared in 12 Broadway shows, most recently starring as William Shakespeare in Something Rotten. Also on Broadway: Annie Get Your Gun, Aida, Sweet Smell of Success, Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, Cry-Baby, A Chorus Line, Pal Joey, Rock of Ages, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Eric has appeared in countless regional and touring productions, and a highlight was playing Giuseppe in The Light In the Piazza starring Renee Fleming!
Eric’s Directorial & Choreography credits include Mamma Mia, Pippin, The Full Monty, Into the Woods, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Bat Boy The Musical, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Drop Dead, The Drowsy Chaperone, Steel Magnolias, The Foreigner, Freaky Friday, Bright Star, and Xanadu (for which he won the 2015 Metro Award for Outstanding Choreography) and 2 productions of Something Rotten. At the end of June, he is heading to Atlanta to Direct/Choreograph ROCK OF AGES, and his Radio Play/Podcast version of The Little Shop Of Horrors (the original 1960 Screenplay) will be released June 30th at standbyforplaces.org, listen for it on Spotify and Apple Podcasts!
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Michigan Opera Theatre is thrilled to announce that its summer program for Teens, Operetta Remix, will feature an all-star lineup of Guest Artists including Tony-award winning actress and singer Kelli O’Hara, members of Hamilton and more!