Cast Members

Cast Biographies

Frank Dailey, Ph.D

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Frank Dailey, Ph.D. was involved in singing in high school and college but left musical performance for decades while earning a living as a biochemist. Now that he is retired he has returned to singing after over 5 years of vocal training with Steven Mortier and Carlos Monzon. He has performed as Curly in Oklahoma and Enoch Snow in Carousal in high school and in Opera Coeur D’Alene’s chorus for Rigoletto and Girl of the Golden West in the last two years. Over the last several years with Northwest Opera he has performed: Frank (the sheriff) in Fliedermaus, Lord Grandthumb in Downtownton Abbey, Jupiter in Orpheus and the Underworld and various other characters in operatic vignettes. He enjoys especially Verdi’s tragic bass arias, but has found Mozart and Offenbach to be very enjoyable also. Tim Campbell has greatly helped him by coaching on acting.

 

 

 

Lucinda Maxey

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Lucinda Maxey is a dramatic soprano who was born, raised and trained in the great Northwest.  Growing up singing with her father’s country western band, she has been on the stage since she was three. Lucinda attended WSU and finished her Bachelor’s degree at Cornish School of Arts in Seattle, where she met her teacher and life long friend, Phyllis Petersen.  Lucinda has coached and studied with many world class teachers and perfomers including Lowell Roddenberry, Boris Goldovsky, Jess Thomas, Phyllis Curtain, Rudolf Schwartz,  Andrew Meltzer, Apo Hsu, Terry Yee and Marni Nixon.  Having won many vocal competitions during her 20’s, Lucinda went on to sing in Europe, Scotland, and Norway, and has sung all over the United States including Branson, Mo. where she spent almost 10 years performing with Andy Williams, Jimmie Rogers, Jim Stafford, The US Navy Band, Tony Orlando as well as many others.  While there she served many years on the board of the Springfield Regional Opera where, as well as casting operas and bringing in stage directors, she also sang several roles.   Very much at home with Wagner, Mahler, and Strauss, Lucinda is also a popular nightclub performer singing every type of musical genre.  Helping other singers improve their voices has long been her wish and now Lucinda and her husband, Jim, live near Seattle where she teaches vocal technique to students ranging in age from 8 to 75.

 

 

Anna Zinkgraf (Soprano)

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Working with Northwest Opera is Anna’s only stage/singing experience outside of vocal lessons. Although she has been singing since should could talk, this time around she’s being encouraged to do it. Her brothers were always telling her to “STOP!” While she has some experience playing violin and cello, her true instrument is her voice and hopes to excel with it. Anna is thankful for Northwest Opera, as it is a wonderful escape from the grind of daily life.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathlyn Kinney

Kathlyn Kinney is a recent transplant from Bellingham, WA. She grew up immersed in theatrical tunes from the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and by the age of six would sing “The Phantom of the Opera” (literally) in her sleep. Having grown up playing the family piano, while living in France she picked up the oboe, and then the harp, at one point studying all three at once at the Académie Gabriel Fauré. Deciding two instruments was enough, she settled on harp and oboe, a combination which served her well through college and beyond. After earning a degree in Environmental Science and Sustainable Design (alleviated by long hours of practicing) from Western Washington University, she self-supported her business studies at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in part through professional playing and teaching. Kathlyn has performed at storytelling festivals, with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, and in Bellingham’s Opera Popolare. Her stage debut as an opera singer, however, occurred in the Northwest Opera’s “The Grimm Case of Hansel and Gretel” and will continue with September’s show at the Bing Theater.

 

 

 

Rianna Scheirman

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Rianna Schierman is an 11 year old 6th grade student at Orchard Prairie School. She enjoys Girl Scouts, being crafty, gardening, and Irish dance. Her first experience with opera was as a “Mini-Me” in Hansel and Gretel, Innocents Lost in 2015 and she is thrilled to work with the Northwest Opera again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Beaumier

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In his last starring role in NOW as defense counsel for the “good Hansel and Gretel”, fearlessly  facing the Prosecutor as he attempts to defend Mother Goose (aka Rosina Daintymouth, to wit, the Witch). In real life Bob is a retired municipal attorney and cellist, also enjoying madrigal music. This is his fourth season with NOW. Prior credits include Orpheus in a comedy version of Orpheus in the Underworld, lead Gypsy in Carmen quintet, 2nd Rock Singer in Spokane Symphony production of Bernstein’s “Mass”.  

 

 

 

 

Salli Sledge

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Salli Sledge is a faculty emeritus from EWU.  Since retirement she has immersed herself in different musical groups:  As a violinist with Affinity Trio and Project Joy Orchestra; and as a vocalist with Northwest Opera Unity Choir and the Spokane Symphony Chorale.  She and her husband Jim like to travel and spend time with their 10 grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emilia Reed Keener

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Emilia was born and raised in Kennewick, Washington.  Her stage debut was at 9 years of age when she was asked to sing a hymn for a funeral.  Her singing opportunities increased by singing for church services.  For her first two years of high school she attended a private Christian Academy and toured with their choir.  She started performing in Kennewick, Washington in Washington East Opera Company’s inaugural performance of Die Fledermaus where she performed in the chorus.  This is Emilia’s 5th show with Northwest Opera.

Emilia has been studying vocal performance off and on for 16 year.  Since completing her graduate degree, Emilia has renewed private vocal lessons with gusto.  When not singing, Emilia works as a Practice Manager for Providence Medical Group. In her words, “My day job supports my singing addiction”.

 

 

Tonia Stewart

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From the time Tonia was just a child she has loved music.  She began taking piano lessons at the age of 8 and began accompanying in her early teens.  Tonia went on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree from California Baptist University in 1983. Following graduation she taught voice and piano for several years before returning to office work.  .She has accompanied and directed various choirs and has been directing an ensemble for 15 years.  She has performed in many church musicals; the most memorial was the “Christmas Post” where she had the lead. This is her second performance with NOW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sola Raynor

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Sola Raynor was born and raised in Spokane.  She enjoys singing, dancing, acting, and various artistic pursuits.  She has performed in one other show with the Northwest Opera, “Hansel and Gretel: Innocents Lost”.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Daggett

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Sharon Daggett was raised in Connecticut, graduated from the University of Washington and has spent her business life as a Certified Financial Planner.  Some years ago, she spent time (energy and money) on vocal study.  Thinking that part of her life was over she went on to other pursuits.  To her surprise she felt to start singing again in January 2014.  Other matters of significance to her include animal rights, animal welfare and adoption, and historic preservation / restoration.  She lives with her little ones on the South Hill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esther D. Kelley

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Esther D. Kelley is a gifted, passionate, charismatic musician and educator in the Spokane area. Besides being a favorite with her public school and private music students, she is a loyal member of four local performing ensembles, including Northwest Opera, where she has enjoyed such roles as Carmen and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Ms. Kelley truly believes that to whom much is given, much is required, which motivates her to use her musical talents to benefit others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carina Stewart

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Carina grew up loving music. Participating in the arts as much as possible through the years. Within the last year she has started taking voice lessons from Nancy Klingman and has enjoyed every minute getting back into the art of singing. She is excited of the opportunities she has had to participate with NOW and is looking forward to future opportunities that come along! ”

 

 

 

 

Erin Moline Carson

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Erin was raised in a musical family and has sung in choirs in high school and college. After a long hiatus, she is thrilled to be performing with N.W.O, and is enjoying getting out her comfort zone to take on great characters! In her real life, she works as a project manager for a pharmaceutical company.  She loves to travel with her husband and son in her free time.  Erin is also a member of the Spokane Symphony Chorale, and plays the flute with various small groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debra Raub

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Debra Raub is a soprano and has done 4 shows with Northwest Opera. Her debut on the stage was playing Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld in the Spring of 2014. Since then she has played Lillian the Librarian in Barn Aid 2014 and Gretel in the Spring 2015 production of Innocents Lost: the Grimm Trial of Hansel and Gretel. She enjoys singing with Le Donne, a women’s choir in Spokane directed by Kristina Ploeger and Susan Windham. In addition, she is privileged to be under the tutelage of Nancy Klingman.

 

 

 

Heidi Gnos Kuban

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Heidi Gnos Kuban has been performing in the Spokane area for the past 8 years. You may have seen her on Civics main stage in “Christmas Schooner”, or “Christmas Carol” the musical along with many productions here at Circle Moon and Northwood’s Performing Arts choir as well as “The Rope” at Ignite, or opera productions with Northwest Opera Works, or Spokane Children’s Theater production of “Heidi”. She is a member of Spokane Symphony Chorale and is devoted to the music ministry at St. Mary’s Presentation Catholic church.

 

 

 

 

 

Fern McMillan

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Fern McMillan grew up an Air Force brat.  She studied Spanish dance/flamenco in Madrid and later went on to study Modern Dance in the States.  She was involved in numerous productions at Spokane Civic Theater from 1967-1974.  She studied voice and acting while living in Los Angeles, where she won numerous acting awards.  Fern has enjoyed being a cast member with Northwest Opera for the past four seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Jan Jetter

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Sara Jan Jetter started her operatic aspirations four years ago when her voice teacher, Nancy Klingman, introduced her to opera.  This eventually led to performing with Northwest Opera.  A couple of her favorite roles in the past three years include Sister Hilarious in “Die Fleder-Nun” and Madam Olga In “Barn Aid 2014.”  She would especially like to thank Tim Campbell, Nancy Kingman and Stuart Shawen, family and friends whose artistic wisdom saw and supported her potential and whose hearts inspired and encouraged her.  She has grown continually with their mentoring and tutelage and has been inspired to continue on her artistic path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hillary Holman

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This is Hillary’s second performance with Northwest Opera. She moved to Spokane in 2011 from the Puget Sound area with her family, attracted by the quality of life here.  Following her passion for music and performing after a 10 year hiatus to raise her children – she sang with Sweet Adelines, then joined the Spokane Symphony Chorale.

She joined the Opera believing in Tim Campbell’s direction and the idea that doing your best and giving someone a smile is worth as much as any formal presentation of music. Before her detour from music, she was classically trained, part of award winning music programs in Gig Harbor, Wa and was recruited by several university music programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Kuban

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Kevin has been directing from the age of eight years old when he put together his first backyard circus.  “It was love at first clown.”  He has no college degree in theater and has never won acclaim on a professional level, still for the past fifty-two years he has been assisting on all levels of theater production from taking tickets at the door to directing.  He has worked with all ages of actors from pre-school on up in small scale classroom, to college, community and professional theatrical productions with an average of 4 shows per year.

“Theater has always been my passion! Directing is by far my favorite because I get to use my creativity at a maximum and I get to play all the parts in the show.” exclaims Kevin.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys writing music and although he has written over a hundred songs, he has never made a dime from his music.  He says, “My pleasure is to share whatever talents I posses with people who would share theirs in return.

 

 

Monique Emerson

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Monique is 15 years old. She has been taking voice lessons with Tim Campbell for four years. Monique has been in several of the NOW performances. This is the second time she has choreographed for the shows. She would like to thank Tim for these opportunities. Monique would also like to thank her parents for their support. Lastly she would like to thank God for health and life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Boharski

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Emma Boharski  is 12 years old.  She attends Saint Thomas More Catholic school and has been dancing ballet for 5 years at Inland Northwest Ballet studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Boharski

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Paul Emerson

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Bruce Ostrander

101_2092 (2)Bruce Ostrander sang with the Junior and Senior choruses in high school.  He did not start singing in public until he joined a barbershop chorus in Germany in 1985.  On his return to the US, he joined the Spokane Pages of Harmony, with whom he sang for 22 years.  He has sung in numerous church choirs and has sung with Northwest Opera since the 2013.

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