Kansas City Tenor Joshua A. Baum is quickly establishing himself as a performer of merit. Some of the companies he has performed with include Musical Theater Heritage (MTH), San Francisco Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Chautauqua Opera with performances from Bock’s She Loves Me, Puccini’s Turandot, Floyd’s Susannah, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. Joshua earned his DMA at Michigan State University where he studied with Richard Fracker.
Soprano Kristin Newbegin has sung with companies such as Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera Kansas City, Opera for the Young, Kantorei KC, New Ear Contemporary Music Ensemble, Opera 180, Kansas City Metro Opera and Seagle Music Colony. Newbegin’s previous roles have included Mimí (La Bohème), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Female Chorus (Rape of Lucretia) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni).
Newbegin currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Missouri Western State University. She earned her DMA at the University of Kansas where she studied with Joyce Castle. Her research focused on Spanish song and opera, with extensive study of Granados’ opera, Goyescas. Newbegin received her M.M. in Opera Performance from University of Kansas and a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota.
Soprano Alyssa Toepfer has been praised as a performer with "unbridled dexterity" (Kansas City Star) and a "marvelous, soaring tone" (KC Metropolis).
Stage credits include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Jemmy (Guillaume Tell) Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Princess/#1 (Transformations), Aline (The Sorcerer), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Gretel (Hӓnsel und Gretel), Adina (l’Elisir d’amore), and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte).
Currently, Ms. Toepfer teaches voice at Ottawa University and Benedictine College, is the choral assistant at Olathe North High School, and is a member of the Grammy award-winning Kansas City Chorale.
Alyssa was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Augustana University and a Master of Music in Voice at UMKC.
Paul Hindemith is thrilled to join Opera180 for his first full performance as Marcello, having performed the role of Schaunard twice before. Hailed as “touching and expressive” by the Washington Times, the baritone has performed with the San Diego, Utah Festival, Ohio Light, and Fargo-Moorhead Operas as well as the Minnesota Orchestra. Hindemith made his European debut as both singer and stage director in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona with the Grumo Festival in 2014. Locally, he has performed with Kantorei KC, The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (Unsinkable Molly Brown), and St. Joseph’s Robidoux Resident Theatre, receiving a “Ruby” award for his portrayal of Lumière in Beauty and the Beast. The Omaha native is currently assistant professor of voice at Missouri Western State University where he serves as music director for musical theatre and co-director of the MWSU Light Opera Workshop. He enjoys board games, logic puzzles, gardening, and hosting summer cocktail parties.
Chris is incredibly excited to join Opera 180's production of La Boheme. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Chris attended UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance and KU's School of Music where he performed in many operas and musicals including La Boheme (Schaunard), Albert Herring (Sid), The Beggars Opera (Macheath), Man of La Mancha (The Priest), The Most Happy Fella (Joe), and The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King). Chris was also a resident artist with the Ohio Light Opera and performed in many operettas and musicals such as Camelot (Lancelot), The Merry Widow (Cascada) and The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King). Chris has also performed with many local professional theaters and opera companies including The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Unicorn Theatre, and Starlight Children's Theatre. When Chris isn't performing, he is spending time with his wonderful wife, Blair, and their three young children, Susanna, Nola, and Quinn.
Mezzo Soprano Christina Dominguez-Fracul is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. A current member of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Chorus, she has performed at the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts since it's opening in 2011. Ms. Dominguez-Fracul is also a member of the group Trio Forte, and is an annual performer for Kansas City Waterfire. While music is a passion and wonderful outlet for her, she spends her days as a mother and owner of her family catering company, Eclectic Culinaire.
Sarah Zsohar/STAGE DIRECTOR
Sarah Zsohar received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI while working as an Entertainment Department Supervisor at Six Flag Great America/Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee, IL. Sarah obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technical Production from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She won a directing award for her production of the one act Pals, before going on to assistant direct Tales of Hoffmann at Virginia Opera. After a short period of working freelance she came to settle down again in Kansas City, MO. She is currently in her eighth year as a member of the Production Department at Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
John Mueter/MUSIC DIRECTOR & ACCOMPANIST
John Mueter served as faculty vocal coach/accompanist at the UMKC Conservatory for 25 years, followed by 5 years as adjunct at the KU School of Music. He was on the staff of many summer programs, including the Seagle Colony in Schroon Lake, New York, Opera in the Ozarks, the AIMS program in Graz, Austria, and the Clear Creek Festival in Halfway, Oregon. He is pleased to come out of semi-retirement to function as pianist/coach for one of his favorite operas.