Baritone Jonathan Nussman has premiered numerous works by composers around the world. Appearances include Cape Cod Opera, Opera Boston, Guerilla Opera, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Intermezzo, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Longwood Opera as with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and the soundSCAPE New Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy. His repertoire includes Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Larry Foreman (The Cradle Will Rock), John Brooke (Little Women) and Sid (Albert Herring). Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Jonathan is in his first year of the DMA program at UC San Diego, where he studies under Phillip Larson.
Cortez L. Johnson - Mack 2
Cortez L. Johnson studied theatre at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and is known for his performances stretching from the Caribbean to Europe and across Africa. He was last scene at San Diego Repertory Theatre in Honky (PBS's On Stage In America). Other theatre credits include- Preemptive/Seven (World Tour); Mayan Hall Theatre: The Bombitty of Errors; McLeod Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun; Antigone; Hollywood Fringe Festival: God Damn Tim Tebow. This is Cortez’s first performance at UCSD and he’s excited about such an opportunity. Cortez would like to thank God, his family and our theatre community for their love and devotion. (And the change in their pocket books)
Kirsten Ashley Wiest - Polly Peachum
Soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest is “a new music natural” committed to the continuous evolution of classical vocal music.She has sung as a soloist with the PARTCH ensemble, wild Up new music collective, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Bang on a Can, The Industry, San Diego Pro Arte Voices, and the Metroplex Opera Company in Dallas. Currently a DMA student at UCSD under the instruction of soprano Susan Narucki, Kirsten holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BM cum laude from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music, where she was awarded the New Music Award for her outstanding commitment to the performance of contemporary works.
Hillary Jean Young - Jenny
Soprano Hillary Jean Young was born in Grand Forks, BC. She completed her undergraduate degree in Voice Performance at the University of British Columbia in May 2012. The recipient of the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship, the Joseph and Melitta Kandler Scholarship for Advanced Study in Music, and the Catherine Cooke Topping Memorial Medal in Music, Hillary has has performed roles such as Cis in Britten’s Albert Herring,the title role in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen and La Modista in Rota’s Il cappello di paglia di Firenze. She has participated in the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy, and UBC Opera’s tours to Ontario and the Czech Republic. Hillary completed her MMus in Opera in May 2014 and is now pursuing a DMA in Contemporary Music Performance at UCSD under the tutelage of Susan Narucki.
Julia Karis - Lucy Brown
Julia Karis is delighted to be performing in UCSD’s production of “The Three Penny Opera”. Julia is a recent graduate from Wagner College with a BA in Theater Performance. Past productions include Speech and Debate, Dog Sees God, Carousel, Romeo and Juliet, and My Fair Lady.
Charlie Gange - Tiger Brown
Charlie Gange is thrilled to work at UCSD and take this “epic” journey with such great people! Credits include: Sondheim on Sondheim- Moonlight; bare (Jason)- Diversionary; Next to Normal (Gabe)- Flat Seven; The Who’s Tommy (Tommy), Sweeney Todd (Anthony)- Torrey Pines HS; West Coast Premier of Spring Awakening (Melchior)- ACT San Diego; Campus Superstar (Top 3); La Jolla Playhouse Gala (Singer). Will graduate Bachelor of Music this Fall at SDSU. Thanks to Ruff, Michael, Kyle, and Susan. Special thanks to family, friends, and my love. Catch Charlie next in Return to the Forbidden Planet this Summer at New Village Arts.
Ruff Yeager - Mr. Peachum
Regional: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Anything Goes – Utah Shakespeare Festival; The Threepenny Opera, Romance, King Lear, A Christmas Carol - San Diego Repertory Theatre. San Diego: Trouble in Mind – Moxie Theatre; I Hate Hamlet (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role), Much Ado About Nothing – Intrepid Shakespeare Company; Passion, Grey Gardens, Wonder Wounded Heroes – Ion Theatre; Lear on the 2nd Floor – Kallisti Vocal Ensemble, UCSD; The Man Who Came to Dinner – Coronado Playhouse; The Dream Play, Berzerkergang, The Frankenstein Project 2.0, Phaedra in Delirium – Sledgehammer Theatre. www.ruffyeager.com
Susan Narucki - Mrs. Peachum
Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki has earned international acclaim for over two decades. She has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Netherlands Opera, San Francisco Symphony, MET Chamber Ensemble, on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall with conductors such as Boulez, Levine, Salonen, Tilson Thomas, de Leeuw and Knussen. A dedicated advocate of new music, Ms. Narucki has enjoyed close collaborations with many of the leading composers of our time. She has earned major grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the MAP Fund/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for her ground-breaking music/theater projects. Her most recent, Cuatro Corridos, is a chamber opera which addresses human trafficking across the U.S. Mexican border. Ms. Narucki serves as Professor of Music and Associate Chair of the Department of Music at UC San Diego where she leads the ensemble kallisti.