Beloved Maestro & Las Vegas local Dennis Doubin & Vegas City Opera bring you this bright & cheeky 90-minute comedy with its lovely melodies, vocal fireworks, and hilarious English & French repartee, the quick wit of The Daughter of the Regiment is the perfect piece to brighten your day and take you away to GAY Paris!
March 1st & 2nd @ 7:00PM
Charleston Heights Art Center
800 Brush St. (off Charleston Blvd.)
Tickets: $25 & $40
Grammy Award winning pianist and conductor Dennis Doubin is proud to call the Vegas valley home and participate in local arts. He's the Music Director of Vegas City Opera and has presented several productions with the company. Previous and current professional credits include Komische Oper Berlin, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Henderson Symphony. A Henderson resident, Maestro Doubin has led Henderson Symphony orchestra in several performances. A full-time member of San Francisco Opera music staff, Dennis has been asked to prepare every facet of the opera production. He can be found coaching singers, prompting performances, and conducting backstage banda. Mo Doubin made his SFO debut conducting Puccini's "La Bohème" at the War Memorial Opera House in 2014. He also appeared leading Verdi's "La Traviata" and Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" at Opera San José in recent seasons. Dennis began his musical journey in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow Boys Chorus and Choral Academy, where he also excelled as a pianist. After immigrating to the United States, he was a student at Idyllwild Arts Academy and would go on to study piano with Vitaly Margulis in Los Angeles. He became assistant conductor at Los Angeles Opera and subsequently assisted with vocal projects for Los Angeles Philharmonic. Other professional engagements include, Seattle Opera, San Diego opera and Sacramento Opera. Mo Doubin further honed his skills in the SFO's Merola and Adler programs. A sought-after coach, Dennis has coached and collaborated with some of today's most important vocalists that include Renee Fleming, Diana Damrau, Leah Crocetto, Dolora Zajick, Ramon Vargas, Brandon Jovanovich, Michael Fabiano, Stephen Costello, Bryn Terfel, George Gagnidze, Ildar Abdrazakov and others.
Athena Mertes, Soprano, is one of the Valley’s most celebrated sopranos, whose opera and concert credits include Mimi (La Bohème), Musetta (La Bohème), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Lucy (The Telephone), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Gianetta (L’Elisir d’Amore), Morgana (Alcina), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Abigail (The Crucible), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Waldvogel (Siegfried) and soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Honegger’s King David. She has performed as a guest soloist with the Burbank Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Henderson Symphony, Opera Las Vegas, Vegas City Opera, Lexington Opera Outreach and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. Her recent credits include Sylvia in the World Premiere of Behold the Man, Zelda in the West Coast Premiere of Ghosts of Gatsby and Alice B. Toklas in the West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s 27 with Opera Las Vegas and she portrayed Mimi in Vegas City Opera’s La BoDead.
She is also the Chorus Master of the Opera Las Vegas Youth Chorus and the Director of Choirs at Thurman White Academy of the Performing Arts where she has 400 students. In 2020, she received the Teacher of the Year Award from Magnet Schools of America and is also a National Board-Certified Teacher. In March of 2024, her Choir will be featured at the American Choral Directors Association Regional Conference in Pasadena, California and in April of 2024, her contemporary a cappella group will be featured at the National Magnet Schools of America Conference in New York City.
Discovering an operatic voice came as quite a surprise, especially having been focused on instrumental music throughout childhood. This revelation has provided Jorge with incredible opportunities to showcase his talent in stunning venues across the globe. His performances have graced stages in New York City at Carnegie Hall, in Brugge, Belgium at The Concertgebouw, in Macau, China during The Grand Opening of the Venetian Macau, in Paris, France at Notre Dame, in London, England at The Royal School of Music, and not least, in Las Vegas, among others.
Jorge’s roles have been diverse and challenging, including portraying Pablo Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald in “27” with Opera Las Vegas; the 1st trio member in “Trouble in Tahiti” and Ferrando in “Così fan tutte” with Sin City Opera; Don Ramiro in “La Cenerentola” with Dicapo Opera in New York City; Arturo in “I Puritani” and Tonio in “La fille du régiment” with Riverfront Opera in Yonkers; Tamino in “Die Zauberflöte” with Regina Opera in Brooklyn; El Remendado in “Carmen” and Parpignol in “La Bohème” with Opera Las Vegas; and Ernesto in “Don Pasquale” with APA/Opera New York. His European debut was in Belgium as Monostatos in “Die Zauberflöte” with Intermezzo. Moreover, Jorge sang Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall in a benefit for the victims of Japan’s devastating earthquake in 2012.
Soprano Marcie Ley has received critical acclaim for her performances across the United States and Europe.
Notable roles performed include Violetta (La Traviata), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Mimi (La Bohème), Liú (Turandot), Marguérite (Faust) and Nedda (i Pagliacci), with numerous regional opera companies in the USA, and also in Europe at The Arena di Verona in Italy, Opéra National de Montpellier in France, and in Germany with Theater Dortmund, Oper Leipzig, and the Musiktheater im Revier.
This is Marcie's 10th season with Vegas City Opera, where she currently serves as President of the Board and Director of Education & Outreach and has been lauded in roles such as her “memorable and thrilling” Magda Sorel in The Consul, and her “brilliant and complex” Elle (The Human Voice).
She has been a competition finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Loren Zachary Foundation, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the MacAllister Foundation. Other professional credits have included Sarasota Opera’s Helen Dellera Jepson Award, and the Shoshana Foundation’s Richard F. Gold Career Grant.
Keith Milkie graduated from the William Esper Conservatory for Acting in New York City in 2015. Since then he has appeared as a soloist at Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall and performed with The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, The Regina Opera Company, The Italian Opera Company, The Long Island Opera Company, The West Side Opera Company, Vocal Productions NYC and Vegas city Opera. His was the voice of the Bruce Weber-produced Versace “Chicago is my Beat” video fashion campaign of 2016. Vocal performances have taken place in such far-flung locations as Milan, Salzberg and the Hunan Provence in China. Just before the pandemic, he performed all the classic 24 Italian Songs and Arias in a solo recital at St. Johns in the Village NYC. Staged roles have included Don Giovanni, Dr. Bartolo and Figaro from Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Valentine from Faust, Scruples from The Impresario, Commendatore, and Captian Macheath with Vegas City Opera’s 2022 production of Three Penny Opera. Future productions this season include Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Vegas City Opera.
This is Stephen's debut on the Charleston Heights stage. No stranger to Vegas City Opera, they always call when a lunatic of his caliber is required for a production. He has been involved in musical theater for the past 50 years. He has studied voice and acting with some of the most celebrated teachers in San Francisco. Of course, all will deny and wrongdoing or association with him to keep the paparazzi at arms length and keep their reputations intact. Excited to bring the role of Hortensius into his repertoire of possibly unstable characters. Retired Visual Display Artist from Bloomingdale's, and various other sundry retail and furniture establishments. Award winning Halloween Yard Haunter and Christmas Display Guru. Will decorate your Christmas, Halloween or Holiday tree for a small fee or premium homemade baked goods. Has been known to wear costumes to retrieve the mail or attend HOA meetings. He has comically bungled his way across the stages of the San Francisco Lamplighters, Piedmont Light Opera, Contra Costa Civic Theater, Redwood City Community Theater, Signature Productions, Huntsman Entertainment, Vegas City Opera, Las Vegas Little Theater and Super Summer Theater. Some of his most memorable roles include: Santa Claus (Elf), Lord Sebastian (Cinderella), Major General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance), Grimsby (Little Mermaid),
Hysterium (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Mr. Twimble (How to Succeed in Business), Grandpa Joe (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), Merlin (Camelot), Drake (Annie), Henry Ford (Ragtime), and possibly the oldest Motel the Tailor on record (Fiddler on the Roof). As always, thanks to AJK for his support and patience.
Opera News stated Marshall Morrow “tall, thin and hilariously snooty, showed real comic skill” (Isouard’s Cendrillon). Marshall Morrow a Filipino-American Baritone from Las Vegas, Nevada has recently performed Sciarrone in Las Vegas Opera’s production of Tosca and Schaunard in Vegas City Opera’s La Boheme and Ben in The Telephone with Super Summer Theater. Along with Tom/John (The Face on the Barroom Floor), The Pirate King (Pirate of Penzance), Corporal and Sulpice (Daughter of the Regiment), Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello (La Bohéme in Concert), Gamekeeper (Cunning Little Vixen), Father (Hansel and Gretel) Ben (Old Maid and the Thief), and Papageno (The Magic Flute). Previously Marshall performed the role of Rambaldo in La Rondine as a Young Artist at Lidal North in Oslo, Norway. His roles include Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Dandini in Isouard's Cendrillon and the summer of 2017, Marshall performed the role of Le Surintendant des plaisirs in Massenet's Cendrillon the role title of Don Giovanni at Trentino Music Festival. Other performance credits include the role of Miton in the U.S. premiere of Delibes' Le Roi L'a Dit. Marshall performed/ created the role of Gregory in a workshop of Vera by Matthew Barnson in collaboration with American Opera Project. Marshall has sung with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert.