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More than a presenter of some of the nation's best talent, City Opera is laboratory—a group of talented thought-leaders adept at discovering how the best in music, dance, theater, and interactive media can be more than the sum of their parts. The company specializes in innovative solutions to practical problems related to the sustainability of creative ventures of all kinds, and in connecting local communities with the values of those efforts.  Our resources are deep and diverse with regard to the research and development of imaginative goals. Let us help you bring your great ideas to life!


SEAN BRADLEY

General Director

Now in his eighth year as CITY OPERA's director, Mr. Bradley is a serial arts-preneur and frequently sought-after as a consultant in innovative business models for arts institutions, as well as creative projects seeking new strategies to navigate complex challenges. One of Los Angeles' first social businesses in the arts, City Opera has a "triple bottom line": service, sustainability, and profit.  Mr. Bradley's leadership has enabled City Opera to enjoy continuing increases in earned income since 2004. His experience includes service as Artistic Director for Opera Nova Santa Monica, Administrator for Pacific Serenades (the most active commissioner of new chamber music in the U.S.), and Production and Music Education Manager for Chamber Music in Historic Sites (one of the longest-running and most critically-acclaimed chamber music series in the nation), He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Los Angeles Arts Consortium, and enjoys an increasing reputation across the U.S. as an active proponent of new music.  He is regularly engaged as a conductor, composer, violinist, and educator throughout the world; his work experience includes tours throughout the U.S., China, Mexico, and the Middle East. Mr. Bradley is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he studied composition with Christopher Rouse and Allan Schindler, violin with Ilya Kaler, and computer programming with Alexander Brinkman and David Hedlam. Mr. Bradley is also a passionate technologist, and is the founder of Bravoflix--the first online video platform in the U.S. solely dedicated to the performing arts--and President of BlogBlimp, a technology consultancy. Prior to his conservatory training, Mr. Bradley served in the military as an Army Ranger and Presidential Escort.  In his free time, he enjoys trail running and mountain climbing. 

You can learn more about Mr. Bradley here.

You can e-mail him directly: sean@cityopera.net



DR. DANIEL CATÁN

Music and Text Expert

In 2011, CITY OPERA was profoundly saddened to lose one of its greatest champions and closest advisors, Dr. Daniel Catán.

As a homage to our mentor, we have retained his biography below...

Born in Mexico City in 1949, Dr. Catán is regarded as Latin America's pre-eminent living composer. A Sephardic Jew of Russian descent, he spent his first 14 years in Mexico, relocating to England to study philosophy and music. After several years at Sussex and Southampton, Mr. Catán moved to the United States, where he earned his Ph.D. at Princeton under the tutelage of Milton Babbitt, one of America's most important contemporary composers and musical educators. Having spent just as many years outside of Mexico as he had growing up there, he returned to Mexico City in 1977 to rediscover his Spanish-speaking roots, serving a term as Music Administrator at the Palace of Fine Arts. In 1994, San Diego Opera premiered his work Rappaccini's Daughter, launching an opera career in the United States that was sealed by Houston Grand Opera's premier of Florencia en el Amazonas, the most popular new work that company has produced to date. Successful debuts of the work followed at Los Angeles Opera and Seattle Opera. In 1998, Los Angeles Opera honored Dr. Catán by presenting him with the Placido Domingo Award. Now a resident of Los Angeles, the recent premier of Dr. Catán's "comic" opera Las Bodas de Salsipuedes (Caribbean Wedding) was met with critical acclaim in Houston and was staged concurrently with a revival of Florencia en el Amazonas in Seattle.

Dr. Catán frequently derives the subject matter of his operas from "magical realism" and fantastical literature. Some of his sources have included Nathaniel Hawthorne, Octavio Paz, and Gabriel García Márquez. He is a master at setting words to music while simultaneously highlighting the inherent drama of a given story. His work is highly accessible, overtly emotional, and neo-romantic.

Dr. Catán is presently a faculty member at the College of the Canyons—a Los Angeles Community College in Santa Clarita.
Videos here.


DR. JOSHUA HUGHES

Music, Math, and Technology Expert

Dr. Hughes' highly noted advanced research in computational analysis and graph theory (a field of study related to everything from networks to microchip architecture) is augmented by musicological interests that include Bluegrass and other genres of American folk music. Born and raised in Texas, he is an accomplished, self-taught banjo player, and an expert in folk music performance practice. Dr. Hughes has catalogued an extensive repertoire of music during explorations and excursions all across America—from Washinton D.C.'s Library of Congress to the backwoods of Appalachia. A former U.S. Army Expert Infantryman, Dr. Hughes' mathematical research includes work for a high-profile Department of Defense think tank in the Washington, D.C. area. He has managed technology-intensive projects ranging from large-scale contract goverment work to the authorship of prototype computerized music applications.


SHANA BLAKE HILL

Vocal Music Expert

Profiled in the Los Angeles Times as "an intense young soprano...a standout", SHANA BLAKE HILL is a Naxos recording artist and alumna of the Los Angeles Opera's Resident Artist program. Ms. Hill now appears with the company as a principal artist, most recently as Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). Past Los Angeles Opera roles have also included Zerlina in Don Giovanni during the company's 2002 tour to Savonlinna, Finland, as well as Mimi in La Bohème, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, and Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas. Ms. Hill can be heard singing the title track "The Mission" in Paramount's blockbuster film The Sum of all Fears (starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman), and she is featured on the soundtrack CD. She has appeared as a solo artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine. She has been critically acclaimed for her portrayal of Thomas Jefferson's slave mistress, Sally Hemings, in the world premiere of Monticello, a contemporary opera composed by Glenn Paxton featuring a libretto by former Washington Post bureau chief and Pulitzer Prize winning executive editor of the Oakland Tribune, Leroy Aarons. Most recently, she has been hailed for her development of the role of Sara in Paxton and Aaron's 9/11 tribute, Sara's Diary. Her recitals of works by other contemporary composers regularly garner the praise of critics nationwide.

Other appearances have included: Musetta in La Bohème with Dayton Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Santa Barbara, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with West Bay Opera, Angelica in Suor Angelica with Opera Nova, Musetta in La Bohème and Nedda in Pagliacci with the Redlands Bowl Orchestra, Violetta in La Traviata with The Verdi Chorus, soprano soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Berkeley Symphony under the baton of Kent Nagano, soprano soloist with the Pacific Chorale in Dvorák's Stabat Mater, soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Fremont Symphony, and a recital appearance on the L.A. County Museum of Art's Sundays Live concert series broadcast on KMozart 105.1 FM. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of music and a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Ms. Hill has taught voice and presented vocal masterclasses at the University of Southern California, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Dayton, as well as at Santa Monica College, and Pasadena City College. As a resident artist of Los Angeles Opera, she appeared regularly in performances throughout the L.A. Unified School District, as well as at student matinees and teacher education seminars at the Music Center, and in U.C.L.A.'s music appreciation extension courses. She continues to perform regularly in Los Angeles Opera's community outreach services, including in their Los Angeles Public Library concert series.

Videos here. 


COURTNEY SELAN

Theater Arts Expert

Ms. Selan was the principal stage director of Los Angeles Opera's community outreach programs, including that company's services to the Los Angeles Unified School District, from 1995 through 1999. In 2000, she produced L.A. Opera's Junior Opera Project. Ms. Selan's other credits as director or assistant director include productions at New York City Opera, National Grand Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, and the state opera theaters of Freiburg and Hamburg, Germany, as well as several productions in Latin America. From 1996 to 1999, she was a guest lecturer at U.S.C.'s Thorton School of Music Vocal Arts Program on the subjects of "Acting for Singers" and "Directing Opera", and, as a Fulbright Scholar in 2000, she was an American Voices Program lecturer at the University of Turku, Finland. She received her undergraduate degree in music from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a Master of Fine Arts degree from U.C.L.A.'s School of Theater, Film, and Television, and her degree in law from Loyola Marymount University. She is conversant in Spanish, German, Italian, and French. Ms. Selan is a former board member of the Opera Guild of Southern California, and is a current member of the Directors Guild of America.


CAROL GREEN

Visual Arts and Curriculum Development Expert

Mrs. Greene is a National Board Certified master teacher and Language Development Specialist with more than 15 years of direct teaching experience within public school classrooms. She is regularly responsible for all aspects of aligning diverse, differentiated, and multi-cultural student and teacher needs with the California State Standards. She presently works for the Glendale Unified School District where she teaches Introducation to Art, Advanced Art, and Design. Concurrently, with her classroom experience, she has served as Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department Chair, and Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Study Committee Chair. She is a member of the National Art Education Association as well as the District Arts Team and Arts Council. Mrs. Greene holds a Masters Degree in Art Education.

Mrs. Greene's own work specializes in bringing the seeds of imagination to life and giving them visual form. Working with a variety of mixed media and materials, and using an array of different techniques, her original designs range from whimsical to serious, appeal to art lovers of all ages, and can be found in found in private collections across the United States, Canada and Europe. Her award-winning sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and art shows throughout Southern California, and can presently be seen at Accolades Gallery in Ventura County.



KRISTA McMILLIN

Professional Development and Program Customization/Integration Expert

Ms. McMillin is a classroom teacher and administrator with over 10 years of experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Teaching from Occidental College and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from California State University Northridge. She has served as an Assistant Principal, Teacher of the Year, and member of the Curriculum Study Committee for the Glendale Unified School District. Having taught Biology for many years, Ms. McMillin is presently the Project Coordinator of a state-funded Community Oriented Policing Program and has numerous experiences with professional staff development as well as school-wide program design and integration.