The Cast of Sugar Creek Symphony & Song's
2005 Production of La Cenerentola (Rossini's
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Layna Chianakas
Don Magnifico,
Matthew Lau
Don Ramiro,
the Prince
Eric Shaw
Shon Sims
Adele Karam
Fenlon Lamb


Christopher Hutton
Artistic Director,
Helen Todd
Antony Walker
Stage Director,
Kristine McIntyre

Layna Chianakas, Mezzo-Soprano (Cenerentola). Ms. Chianakas's voice has been described as "an appealing dark sound that seemingly knows no bound." She has performed such leading roles as Carmen in Carmen, Angelina/Cenerentola in La Cenerentola, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Sesto in Guilio Cesare. She has performed with Cleveland Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Richard Wagner Bayreuth Festival. Ms. Chianakas was named Artistic Ambassador of the United States, performing in Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala and Jamaica.

Matthew Lau, Bass (Don Magnifico). Mr. Lau became an audience favorite last year at Sugar Creek for his portrayal of Friar Laurence in our production of Roméo et Juliette. He returns this summer as the father of Cenerentola, Don Magnifico, a role he has also performed with Lake George Opera. Mr. Lau has an established career singing with such companies as Washington Concert Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Atlanta Opera, Portland Opera, and Sarasota Opera, among many others.

Eric Shaw, Tenor (Don Ramiro, the Prince). Eric Shaw's glorious high notes and ease of singing have recently been heard at the Wexford Festival in Ireland as Gaston in Die Drei Pintos by Weber/Mahler. His Italian debut in Bologna followed with his debut in Schubert s Die Freunde Von Salamanca. Recent engagements include the title role in Candide for Genoa and The Seven Deadly Sins by Weill for Calgary Opera. Mr. Shaw has often performed with Utah Opera, taking on such roles as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia and St. Brioche in The Merry Widow.

Shon Sims, Baritone (Dandini). Shon Sims, long recognized for his vocal artistry and accomplished stagecraft, recently made his Houston Grand Opera debut as the Pilot in The Little Prince. He has performed the role of Figaro in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia with Seattle Opera, New York City Opera (National Company) and in his European debut with Teatro Nacional de San Carlos in Lisbon. He also recently appeared with Teatro dell Opera di Roma and Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He recently performed the role of Dandini in La Cenerentola at Utah Festival Opera.

Adele Karam, Soprano (Clorinda). An audience favorite at Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, Adele Karam returns after singing Musetta in La bohème during our inaugural season in 2003! Critics have lauded Adele for her "entrancing comedic gifts" and "obvious flair for comedy." She previously performed the role of Clorinda at Lake George Opera, where she was dubbed a "lovable lunatic." Recent engagements have included the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Teatro Lirico D'Europa in Martinique, and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore with Mississippi Opera.

Fenlon Lamb, Mezzo-Soprano (Tisbe). Ms. Lamb continually receives great reviews throughout the country for her multi-faceted portrayals of operatic characters such as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, which she has performed with the Caramoor International Music Festival and Opera Santa Barbara. She made her concert debut as Angelina/Cenerentola in La Cenerentola with the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra. She recently performed as the Beggar Woman in Cleveland Opera s production of Sweeney Todd. Upcoming engagements include Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Sacramento Opera, among others.

Christopher Hutton, Baritone (Alidoro). Christopher Hutton has had the pleasure to sing regularly with Boston Lyric Opera in a variety of roles, from Ali in L'italiana in Algeri and Zaretski in Eugene Onegin. Mr. Hutton has also sung such roles as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Asheville Lyric Opera, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Annapolis Opera, and Dancairo in Carmen with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Last year, he sang the sword fighting role of Gregorio in Sugar Creek s Roméo et Juliette.

Helen Todd, (Artistic Director). 2003 proved to be a stunning year for Helen Todd with national media attention from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today for her portrayal of Aunt Lydia in the North American premiere of The Handmaid's Tale at Minnesota Opera. The New York Times stated "Todd, a sweet-faced soprano, is physically unimposing, but she made it clear through her focused intensity that you wouldn't want to mess with her." She journeys to Toronto, Canada this fall to reprise this role in the Canadian premiere of The Handmaid's Tale. Last year, Ms. Todd also performed to great acclaim as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Illinois where the Peoria Times-Observer wrote that her performance had a "thrilling dynamic range, ravishing ornamentation, perfect intonation, and terrifying emotional intensity." Ms. Todd has performed often with Cleveland Opera, Minnesota Opera, Arizona Opera, New York City Opera, and Opera North, among others, in roles such as Queen of the Night, Violetta, Gilda, Lucia, and Juiliette.
Antony Walker, (Conductor). Antony Walker stole our hearts last summer when he conducted Roméo et Juliette. He returns this summer not only conducting La Cenerentola, but also conducting Sugar Creek's first symphony concert, which features Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Mr. Walker is a frequent guest conductor for Minnesota Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera Center, among others. This season, Antony made his New York City Opera debut conducting a new production of Orlando by Handel. Mr. Walker, originally from Australia, returns home often to conduct at Opera Australia and Pinchgut Opera.

Kristine McIntyre, (Stage Director). Ms. McIntyre comes to Sugar Creek after stage directing Il barbiere di Siviglia at New York's Metropolitan Opera, where she is a member of the stage directing staff. Recently she directed Lucia di Lammermoor and La traviata with Portland Opera and Monteverdi s Il ritorno d Ulisse in patria for the Pittsburgh Opera Center. She has directed for San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Pacific, and many others. Upcoming projects include the Met's production of Luisa Miller, which will tour in Japan.