Premiere Cast for Trifles  -  June 17 & 19, 2010

Nathaniel Kondrat, Bass/Baritone
Sheriff Peters

Maria Mikheyenko, Soprano
Mrs. Peters

NATHANIEL KONDRAT, Bass/Baritone, hails from Portland, Oregon. Nathan is currently a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music working with Jane Randolph. Past credits include Il Bonze with Pacific Repertory Opera, Antonio from Le Nozze di Figaro, Fidelio and Rigoletto with Portland Opera, Truffeldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Father Trulove in The Rake's Progress.

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, MARIA MIKHEYENKO is a prolific performer of Russian repertoire throughout the Bay Area, and is a returning guest soloist at the annual San Francisco Russian Festival. Her opera credits include Berkeley Opera, Pocket Opera, Capitol Opera Sacramento, Bay Shore Lyric Opera, Opera Lafayette, Oakland Opera Theater, and Austrian American Mozart Academy of Salzburg. In the world of contemporary music, Ms. Mikheyenko is a frequent collaborator with Bay Area composers, having performed in three world premieres by Lisa Prosek: Leonardo's Notebooks, Belfagor, and Trap Door. Her San Francisco Cabaret Opera roles include Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men, Edward Gibbons in Diocletian, and Serpent/Leah/Hagar in Sex & the Bibile by Mark Alburger. Ms. Mikheyenko has been a guest artist on West Coast Live!, and is a member of the grammy award-winning Pacific Mozart Ensemble, performing with music legends Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, and Meredith Monk. She is also a founding member of Opera Frontier, a troupe that challenges opera stereo-types. Trifles marks Ms. Mikheyenko's second collaboration with John Bilotta, having had the honor of portraying one of three Quark Sisters in his award-winning comic opera, Quantum Mechanic. www.MariaMikheyenko.com

Nathaniel Marken, Baritone
Mr. Hale

Alexandra Jerinic, Mezzo-soprano
Mrs. Hale

NATHANIEL MARKEN returns to Goat Hall after first playing the roles of Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan in their production of Solidarity in the Fall of 2009, and is excited to be participating in their Fresh Voices X Festival to continue the neo-con theme as the title role in George [W.] Bush: The Last Hundred Days, as well as the role of Mr. Hale in Trifles. Nathaniel previously debuted as Wagner with San Francisco Parlor Opera's Faust in the Spring of 2009. A proponent of new music, Nathaniel has sung such 20th century pieces as Ben in Menotti's The Telephone, Snug in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gideon in Mark Adamo's Little Women and the role of Phagita in the 2007 premier of Lou Harrison's Young Caesar with Ensemble Parallee. Nathaniel was in the closing cast of Insignificant Others, the only-in-San-Francisco-musical at Pier 39 during the fall of 2008. He also co-directed and -produced of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2008 prior to completing his Masters in Voice Performance at the Conservatory. Nathaniel has also sung with Bay Area ensembles including Soli Deo Gloria and the Mission Dolores Basilica Choir. He thanks his loving family and fabulous friends for their inspiring support.

Young mezzo-soprano ALEXANDRA JERINIC has been an active performer in the Bay Area for the past two years and is thrilled to be premiering the role of Mrs. Hale in Trifles. She was most recently seen as Katisha in the Great Dickens Fair's production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, a role she will be returning to this December. She earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Music at Mills College in 2005, and her Master's of Music in Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2007. A regular performer with San Francisco Cabaret Opera/Goat Hall Productions, past stage credits with the company include Diocles in Dioclesian and the Housekeeper in Stefan Weisman's opera Fade. She made her debut with Lamplighters in their summer 2008 producition of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado and with San Francisco Parlor Opera as Albine in their production of Thais last November. She has also performed in Holy Names University's Opera Scenes Program as Bradamante, Dorabella, and Isabella and is a regular performer at Jarvis Conservatory's Saturday Opera Night. She currently studies voice with Dr. Lee Strawn, and coaches with Marcie Stapp and Mai-Linh Pham.

Michael Desnoyers, Tenor
County Attorney Henderson

Hadley McCarroll, Pianist
Vocal Coach & Rehearsal Pianist

Tenor MICHAEL DESNOYERS is thrilled to be working with Goat Hall Opera and John Bilotta again! Michael's recent roles include Don Ottavio, Don Basilio, Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld, Sellem in The Rake's Progress, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel. He has frequently appeared as a concert soloist, having sung Schubert's Winterreise, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. He participated in the 2009 Chautauqua Opera Young Artist program where he covered the role of Spoletta (Tosca) and in 2006 participated in Cincinnati Conservatory's Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca in Lucca, Italy. Michael can also be seen this summer as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Lamplighters Music. Michael was recently named the Tony Cuervas Award winner at the 2010 Henry and Maria Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition and the third place winner at the 2010 East Bay Opera League competition. He was also the winner of the 2004 Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition. Michael holds a Master's of Music in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor's of Music Degree in vocal performance and music education from Slippery Rock University. He currently studies with Cesar Ulloa.

A well-known performer throughout the Bay Area, pianist HADLEY MCCARROLL is hailed for her "...lively and exhilarating..." pianism (SF Classical Voice). She is also known in the US and internationally as a collaborative pianist, working at the Royal Danish Opera, Utah Festival Opera, San Francisco Opera, Festival Opera. Under Kent Nagano, Hadley prepared West Coast premieres of works by Elliott Carter and Unsuk Chin. She taught chamber music master classes at Northwestern University, and has taught piano at the San Francisco Community Music Center since 1997. She performs chamber music with cellist Monica Scott as part of martha & monica.