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Marina Harris (Mimi) is a soprano from Whittier, California. She was a member of the prestigious Adler Fellow program at the San Francisco Opera, and has sung with the Los Angeles Opera, Opera Idaho, Pacific Opera Project, and the Marin Symphony, among others. Marina is the winner of numerous international vocal competitions, including the George London Award (2014), the George London Vienna Prize (2015) and the International Wagnerstimmen Competition (2015). Future engagements include Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Eureka Symphony, and Donna Anna with the Southern Illinois Music Festival.

Kari Burgess (Mimi) is a lyric soprano from Portland, OR and this is her first time performing the beautiful role of Mimì. Recently, she performed the role of Micaëla in Carmen with the Central Oregon Symphony and OperaBend. With a local Portland non-profit opera company called Ping & Woof, she also performed the role of Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. With OperaBend she has also been fortunate to have performed the roles of Pamina in The Magic Flute and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. Other roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.

Jason Stein (Rodolfo) Jason's background includes both performing and directing/producing musicals and operas.  As a performer in Central Oregon, Jason has performed the roles of Don Jose in Carmen, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.  Jason has also performed many lead roles with Theatre and opera Companies in New York, and New Jersey.  His educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts, where he studied Acting with Stella Adler in New York City and a Master of Science Degree from NYU.  

Jocelyn Claire Thomas, (Musetta), soprano, is a frequent performer in opera, concert, and recital. Notable roles include Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Marcelline in Fidelio, Morgana in Alcina, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Amy March in Little Women. Upcoming engagements include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Ping & Woof Opera and Necessity Arts Collective.

Cristine Keever (Musetta), soprano, has appeared previously with OperaBend in The Magic Flute as the Queen of the Night and in Into the Woods as Cinderella.  She has studied voice with teachers in the US, Canada and Europe.   Cristine has three beautiful daughters and currently teaches Musical Theater with Dance Arts Unlimited, and private voice in Madras.  

Evan Mitchell (Rodolfo), tenor, can be seen regionally in art song and operatic stages.  Most recently, he has performed in: Maelstrom, OperaBend; Opera Fest, Cascadia Concert Opera; and Così fan tutte, University of Oregon.  Graduate studies roles include: Belcore (cover) l’elisir d’amore, Notary, Gianni Schicchi and Almaviva (cover), Le Nozze di Figaro, John Brooke, Little Women, Gianni Schicchi, Buoso’s Ghost; and l’Opéra de Montréal’s Six Révolutions for the Opera America Conference. Evan directs music ministry at Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene.

James W. Knox, (Schaunard) is a Professor of Music at COCC directs Cascade Chorale, College Choir and vocal jazz ensemble Central Singers. As a baritone soloist, he’s sung Peace Through Music pieces Dona Nobis Pacem by R.V. Williams, Cantata Misericordium by Benjamin Britten, Faure's Requiem, portrayed Jesus in the premiere of J.S. Bach's St. Mark's Passion, Cascada in The Merry Widow, Menotti's one act opera The Telephone, Pooh-Bah in Obsidian Opera's Production of The Mikado, Javert in OperaBend’s production of Les Miserables.

Zachary Lenox (Marcello) has been viewed as "a broad, resonant baritone that is exquisitely controlled throughout his entire range," He has performed leading roles across North America. Upcoming performances include Bass Soloist in Schubert's Mass in G, as well as Bass Soloist in the Sunriver Music Festival's presentation of Mozart's Requiem. He will also be performing the role of "Victor" in the world premier opera, Tango of the White Gardenia, with Cascadia Concert Opera this coming fall.

Nicholas Boragno, (Schaunard), lyric bass-baritone, is a native of Southern California. Nicholas graduated from Manhattan School of Music and has been a professional young artist with companies such as Opera Saratoga, The Chautauqua Opera Company, Virginia Opera and the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. His recent full roles and opera scenes include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Schaunard and Colline in La Bohème, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and The Hermit in Der Freischütz.

Dan Glover (Colline) enjoys living, loving, laughing and singing. He started singing at age three, interrupting his parents' duet, by adding a second harmony. Dan is inspired to sing because of the loving support of his wife, Annette; his sons, Paul and Phil; his daughter-in-law, Tracy; future daughter-in-law, Rachel; and grand-daughter, Brooke! Thanks to OperaBend, Central Oregon Symphony, the stage crew and fellow cast-members who make this production a reality.

Sandy Naishtat (Alcindoro/Benoit) makes his OperaBend debut in La Boheme.  He has performed principal roles with Eugene Opera and Cascadia Concert Opera, in productions of HMS Pinafore, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, la Traviata, Magic Flute, Beatrice et Benedict, Carmen, Fidelio, Eugene Onegin, The Underworld (Orpheus), Dead Man Walking, Little Women, Die Fledermaus, Fanciulla del West, Pirates of Penzance, Gianni Schicchi and Susannah.  Sandy has also sung with the Oregon Bach Festival and Eugene Vocal Arts.

Rich Doyle (Alcindoro/Benoit) has been performing since 1962 in high school.  He previously performed in opera and musical productions and in cabaret scenarios in various venues around Colorado and Whidbey Island, WA. He is now a resident of Prineville and has previously performed with OperaBend in The Magic Flute (Chorus) and Die Fledermaus (Chorus, Frosch).  Rich is a licensed pilot and motorcyclist.  He is retired from decades of electrical engineering and software development.