A concert of opera selections featuring emerging artists, with full orchestra.

In collaboration with the Xavier University Concert Choir.


Music by Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Bizet, and Massenet.


Wagner: Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin

Rossini: Largo al Factotum from The Barber of Seville

Tchaikovsky: Lensky's Aria from Eugene Onegin

Mozart: Soave sia il vento from Così fan tutte

Massenet: Pourquoi me réveiller from Werther

Wagner: Dich teure Halle from Tannhaüser

Verdi: Eri tu from Un ballo in maschera

Puccini: O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi

Mozart: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön from The Magic Flute

Verdi: Dio che nell'alma from Don Carlo

Verdi: Ah! Fors'è lui from la Traviata

Verdi: Di che fulgor from Un ballo in maschera

Tchaikovsky: Gremin's Aria from Eugene Onegin

Bizet: Habanera from Carmen

Verdi: Council Chamber Scene from Simon Boccanegra



One performance only: Sunday, October 28th, 2018, at 3.00 pm.


The Sanctuary at Community Matters (View Map)

2110 Saint Michael Street

Cincinnati, OH 45204

United States


Free valet parking.


For tickets, visit https://operashowcase.brownpapertickets.com/ or call 1-800-838-3006.

The versatility of “gorgeous voiced” baritone, Simon Barrad, has been heard across the United States and Europe in opera, Lieder, and oratorio. He is returning to Queen City Opera after his acclaimed 2017/18 season performances of Robert in Iolanta and Dandini in La Cenerentola. Other recent favorite roles include Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Owen Wingrave, Kaiser Overall (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Carmina Burana, and Sibelius’ Kullervo Symphony. He has performed at such festivals and companies as the Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Cincinnati Opera, and the Los Angeles Bach Festival, and he has recently collaborated with artists including Mitsuko Uchida, Leon Fleisher, Jonathan Biss, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. As a Fulbright scholar in Helsinki and in subsequent tours, Simon received acclaim for his side-by-side interpretations of Finnish and American music, headlining venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo, and Finland’s National Opera House.

Simon’s performance is generously sponsored by Emily Hodges.

Tenor M. Andrew Jones return to Queen City Opera after his breathtaking performances in Iolanta as Vaudemont, and in Siegfried as Mime, a role that he reprised at Valhalla Productions in San Francisco. His other performances include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, both with Queen City Opera, 1st Armored Man/Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte with Dayton Opera, The Messenger in Aida as well as the Innkeeper in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier with Cincinnati Opera.


Mr. Jones has a Master's of Music in Vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he performed the roles of Lennie in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men and Bardolfo in Verdi's Falstaff. He received his Bachelor of Arts in music from Luther College where he performed the role of Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte.

Chandler Johnson, tenor, a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, studying under Thomas Baresel. While at CCM, Chandler performed the roles of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Lurcanio in Ariodante, The Governor in Candide and workshopped Intimate Apparel by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon. This summer, Chandler joined Chautauqua Opera as a Studio Artist where he covered Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski in Candide and was featured in a fully staged scenes program. Chandler also covered the role of Candide and was seen as a featured ensemble member in Candide presented by The Knights at Tanglewood Music Festival this past summer.  

Shareese Johnson is an Alabama native.  No stranger to the stage, Ms. Johnson has been privileged to sing some exciting and beautiful works, including the title roles of Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly, as well as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Her Donna Anna was reviewed as "precise and lovely, even ethereal" by the Herald Times. Her appearances as Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Bess (Porgy and Bess) and The Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) with Converse Opera Theatre drew unprecedented audiences.


Ms. Johnson is also an avid performer of sacred works and song.  She was a featured soloist in Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem, and Britten’s World of the Spirit at Indiana University.  During her tenure at Converse College she was fortunate to be the soprano soloist for their performance of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Johnson is also the recent recipient of the Ursula Springer Endowment Award from the Wagner Society of New York. 

Junbo Zhou, baritone,  from Jinan China, has recently performed with Opera San Jose, Sarasota Opera, Nickel City Opera, CCM Philharmonia, and Lebanon Symphony Orchestra.  His roles include John Brooke in Little Women, Schlémil in Les contes d’Hoffman, Badger in Cunning Little Vixen, and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He was also featured as soloist  in several concert and oratorio performances including Joan of Arc at the Stake, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, and Yellow River Cantata.


Mr. Zhou’s award and grant include grants from the Atlanta Opera Guild, 3rd prize at the China National Opera Competition hosted by the China Conservatory of Music, an encouragement award at the China National Italian Art Song Competition hosted by the Central Conservatory of Music, and 1st place at the Georgia NATS competition. Mr. Zhou was a young artist at Sherrill Milnes’ Studio, VOICExperience Orlando Disney, Harrower Summer Program and an apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera.

Soprano Elena Villalón delivers a sparkle and warmth throughout her voice, praised for versatility in performances of opera, concerts, and recitals. Last season, she was heard as a Colburn Fellow at SongFest in Lost Angeles, and as Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone and Ms. Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring with CCM’s Opera D’Arte. Upcoming performances include appearances as a participant in Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy, and at the Tanglewood Music center as a Vocal Arts Fellow during the summer of 2018. She currently studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), under the instruction of William McGraw, where she is also the esteemed Nippert Scholar. She is a first prize winner of the 2018 Three Arts Competition, and the 2018 Dayton Opera Guild Compeition.

Elena’s performance is generously sponsored by Dr. John and Susan Tew.

Tenor Travis Pearce recently made his debut with Queen City Opera in the role of Almeric in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. He has performed roles such as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Sam Kaplan and Lippo Fiorentini in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and Mr. EEE in the world premiere of Martian Chronicles. Travis has also been a featured soloist with orchestra in works including Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation.


While attending the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Travis was awarded the Harold Heiberg Liedersänger Preis for his extraordinary performances of Schubert lieder. As the winner, he was later invited to sing a recital of lieder and operetta for the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Travis is a recent graduate of Miami University where he received his Master’s degree in Vocal Performance.

Native to Kentucky, soprano Erin Keesy is currently based in Cincinnati, OH. She received her Master’s degree and Artist diploma from Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she studied with Dr. Gwendolyn Detwiler. Her 2017-18 season has included appearances with the Cincinnati POPS orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and as a young artist with Cincinnati Opera. Most recently, she was a featured performer in SongFest’s Stern Fellowship program in Los Angeles. During the program, she premiered a set of six songs by composer Peter Golub and performed and worked alongside many esteemed colleagues and teachers. She was also a participant in the Stern Fellowship LA Opera program. Ms. Keesy was seen in the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Clorinda in Rossini’s Cenerentola with Queen City Opera. She is a voice faculty member at the University of Louisville and looks forward to continuing with her students in the fall.

Erin’s performance is generously sponsored by Marilyn Z. Ott.

Bass Stefan Egerstrom made his QCO debut as King René in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.  He received his Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University, and his Master’s degree in Voice from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  A resident of Minneapolis, Stefan has performed with The Minnesota Opera in the world premieres of Puts’ Silent Night and Moravec’s The Shining.  While at CCM, Stefan was seen as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Siroco in L’étoile, Carlino in Don Pasquale, and Bass Soloist in Bach’s Johannes-Passion.  As part of the Opera Fusion: New Works intiative between Cincinnati Opera and CCM, Stefan performed in workshops of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star and Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers.  He was also a Young Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, covering the roles of Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Il commendatore in Don Giovanni.

Mezzo-soprano Ellen Graham is a versatile singer who has garnered recognition for performances that are “stirring” and “beautifully sung.” Ms. Graham has performed with The May Festival, The Cincinnati Pops, Collegium Cincinnati, Evansville Philharmonic, Queen City Opera, concert:nova and the Vocal Arts Ensemble. Opera roles include Thisbe (La Cenerentola), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Julia Child (Bon Appetit) and Meg Page (Falstaff). Equally at home on the musical theater stage, she has performed in regional theaters including Pittsburgh Public Theater and the College Light Opera Company. Ms. Graham has a doctorate from the University of Kentucky and teaches at Xavier University.


Featured Artists (In order of appearance)

Mike Young, baritone is a native of Cortland, Ohio and a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he maintains a full-time private voice studio. Recent operatic performance credits include Scarpia (Tosca), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Alberich (Siegfried), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Marcello (La Bohème), The Prosecutor (Another Brick in the Wall -U.S. Premiere), and George Milton (Of Mice and Men). Upcoming engagements include Scarpia (Tosca) and Macbeth (Macbeth).


His concert performances include solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Requiems of Mozart, Durufle, Fauré, and Brahms, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Upcoming concert engagements include Bach’s Mass in B minor, and Verdi’s Requiem.