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Over the last decade, CITY OPERA has worked with many thousands of artists representing nearly every genre of creative expression, but with a particular emphasis in music and dance from around the world.  We specialize in producing events featuring extraordinary vocal talent, exceptional instrumentalists, and dancers of every category. CITY OPERA is a presenter and producer.  While we are not a talent agency, our extensive experience in producing and managing complex and highly visible projects in this field, coupled with an active and applied expertise in education, has also made CITY OPERA a highly sought after consultancy in the development of emerging professionals. If you are an extraordinary talent, we want to know about you! If you happen to be seeking extraordinary artists, you have come to the right place!

Below, you'll find a sampling of some of the incredible artists who helped enable CITY OPERA create amazing productions during its early years.  Our network of connections around the world is too diverse to present sensibly as a roster.  We work closely with major talent agencies, trusted regional contractors, and self-presenting artists and ensembles to find exactly the artist you need.    We maintain fresh and on-going connections with literally hundreds of creative organizations around the globe.  When it comes to the search for the best and most innovative, there is virtually no request that exceeds our capacity. But more than simply supplying talent, we provide insight into how to manage and maximize the value of that talent in the scope of your project, big or small.



operatic mezzo-soprano

Hailed as "a rich-voiced Brigitta", young mezzo-soprano LORI-KAYE MILLER has performed throughout the United States and Europe.  

Ms. Miller's poignant partials of Carmen, Dalilah, Giulietta, Dorabella, Adalgisa, Charlotte and Suzuki have distinguished her as one of the top mezzo-sopranos in the world and her dynamic gender bending "pants" roles of Romeo, Nicklausse, Cherubino, Idamante, Sesto, Annio and especially Strauss' Octavian and The Composer have stirred nothing more than an international sensation.  

Ms. Miller has performed with numerous opera companies which include New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, El Paso Opera, Lake George Opera Festival and The Opera Orchestra of New York. She has also collaborated with conductors and directors from around the world such as Danny Beckwith, Harry Bicket, Richard Buckley, Raymond Harvey, Ward Holmquist, George Manahan, Eve Queler, Jonathan Alver, Stephen Lawless and Marc Versatt.  

Having made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 as a soloist accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Ms Miller has also appeared with the Boise Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Portland Symphony and Ensemble du Monde in repertoire that ranges from Malher's Songs of a Wayfarer to Durefle's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

Upcoming highlights next season include a Lincoln Center concert and a debut recording of Opera Arias with the Sofia Philharmonic.


a flute and harp duet

ARPA Y AULOS mixes a repertoire that includes music from the Renaissance to pieces written especially for them by living U.S. and Latin-American composers. Capable of giving concert-lectures in both English and Spanish, the group has performed numerous concerts throughout L.A.'s Spanish-speaking community, and has performed extensively in the city's public schools.


a brass quintet

BRASS PACIFICA was started in 1995 by five of Los Angeles' top young brass players. They were brought together by their love for chamber music and their desire to be inspired by other excellent musicians. Since the group's inception, Brass Pacifica has performed all across the United States, including a year-long residency with the Grand Teathre in Ellsworth, Maine (funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and Chamber Music America). While in Maine, Brass Pacifica (then called the Los Angeles Brass Quintet) performed throughout the Northeast and won Grand Prize at the Georgia International Brass Quintet Competition and as a result was invited to the 2002 World Brass Quintet Competition in Narbonne, France.

Brass Pacifica has had the opportunity to work with world renowned brass groups such as the Canadian Brass, Atlantic Brass, St. Louis Brass, American Brass, and the Empire Brass Quintet. At present, the group is busy playing all over Southern Californa in formal recitals and educational outreach concerts. Brass Pacifica is on the artist's roster for the Education Division of the Los Angeles Music Center, the Henry Mancini Institute, the Da Camera Society, and Get Arts Smart.



a woodwind quintet

ORION WINDS' fresh approach to diverse repertoire delivers exciting and thought provoking performances. A woodwind quintet based in Los Angeles, California, its members have diverse musical tastes and cultural backgrounds. They come together to deliver a musical experience that pushes the boundaries of traditional woodwind quintet repertoire. Winners of the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Competition and the Young Artist International auditions, Orion Winds strives to bridge the gap between musical genres and traditional instrumentations by creating eclectic programming. Outreach concerts are a major part of the group's efforts. Performing concerts that assist music education programs in the public school system, and introducing children to classical music and the instruments often associated with the genre are a major part of Orion Wind's commitments.



a brass quartet

SATIN BRASS is a quartet in which each member of the group is an accomplished musician with advanced degrees in performance from noted universities and conservatories around the country including The University of Southern California, The University of Georgia, The University of Texas (Austin), and the Eastman School of Music. These accomplished musicians perform regularly with many local orchestras and are currently contracted nationwide for concerts featuring an extensive repertoire of Renaissance, Baroque, classical, jazz, and popular works. Members of the Satin Brass have traveled with noted big band legend Harry James as well as with the Glen Miller Orchestra and often perform for local industry awards shows, television and film recording sessions, and numerous other high-profile freelance and community outreach engagements.


Jason and Nolan


an electric violin duet

JASON AND NOLAN, identical twins, began playing the violin at the age of eight. By the time they graduated high school, they were performing professionally, winning national violin competitions, and composing for full orchestra. In addition to their activities as a violin ensemble, they presently score for films, compose commissioned concert works, and direct and conduct and perform in prominent musical theater venues throughout Southern California. Their compositions have been used by CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures, Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers. They have performed with Josh Groban, Bela Fleck, Linda Eder, Jubilant Sykes, Merv Griffin, Sally Struthers, Tony Danza, Chris Botti, Betty Garrett, Lisa Vroman, and John Williams, and have appeared on Crystal Cruises, "The American Music Awards", and "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

Jason and Nolan


an electric cellist

MARSTON SMITH has introduced audiences of all ages to the infinite possibilities of cello repertoire, venturing into Rock & Roll and Trance Celtic, to High Fashion Euro Funk.

Marston performs on a custom-built, six-stringed electric cello mounted on medieval armour. His music is the embodiment of epic romanticism. While his performances are renowned for his creative costuming, Marstono received world-class classical training and a Master of Music degree from the renowned cellist Bernard Greenhouse. He has performed on national television (The Tonight Show, QVC), for Cirque du Soleil, in jazz festivals and numerous symphony orchestras, and in soundtrack recordings for films (including Out of Africa, Officer and a Gentlemen, Bio Dome, and A Mighty Wind). Marston has peformed around the globe in corporate events for Toshiba, Toyota, General Mills, Universal/Seagrams, Warner Brothers, and Disney, and made special appearances in the opening festivities for the films Harry Potter, Pirate Planet and Lord of the Rings. He was also a featured performer during the opening of Disney's California Adventure theme park. Marston has recorded and performed with popular artists such as Barbara Streisand, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Don Henley, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Brandi, Luther Vandross, BB King, the Back Street Boys and KISS, and his 11 albums are passionate tributes to his own virtuostic capabilities and vision.

Film appearances include roles as the cello-playing Science Officer in Star Trek and the Principle Cellist in the film Red Dragon. His original film scores include Wuthering Heights (MTV/Viacom) and Strange Silience (Mirimax).

Marston presently lives in Malibu with his wife and three children.


an electric violin and jazz ensemble

One of the most sought after electric violinists in the nation, ROBERT ANDERSON is an accomplished performer and founding co-director of the West Coast's leading school for improvisational and electric string studies. He has arranged music for a wide variety of artists including a Hollywood Bowl performance with DJ Paul Oakenfold, and has performed with a diverse array of musicians including Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Mark O’Connor, Darol Anger, Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, and Michael Kamen. In 2002, immediately before performing for Barbara Streisand and a host of other celebrities, his string arrangements of Beatles songs were performed on demand and by special request for Ozzy Osbourne.

A native of Columbia, SC, Robert started taking violin lessons at age 8. While in high school he discovered a love for improvisation, and began developing his jazz concept studying jazz guitar with local guitar legend Jim Mings. At 18 he was selected to perform in the National High School Honors Orchestra in Kansas City, MO. In 1996 he continued his violin studies with Ryan Kho, William Terwilliger, and Donald Portnoy at the University of South Carolina. At the same time he became actively involved in USC's jazz studies program, performing in combos and studying composition and arranging with Bert Ligon. While in school he co-founded the USC Jazz String Ensemble, which performed to great acclaim at the 1998 IAJE Conference in Anaheim, CA. He studied violin with Jennifer John and Paul Kantor at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO. Robert also attended the Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA in 1999, 2001, and 2002, where his arrangements have also been performed.


an electric violinist

ALEXANDER DEPUE, the second of four sons born to Wallace Sr. and the late Linda DePue was born into a musical family. His father is a professor of music; his mother was a concert pianist. Following in his older brother’s footsteps, he began taking violin lessons at age five. He has studied classical violin with Dr. Bernard Linden, Dr. Paul Makara, and Camilla Wicks.

Alex won his first major competition at age 10 and has continued to win competitions and appear as a guest soloist with orchestras and at festivals nationwide. In 1988, he won a competition that entitled him to perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Joseph Silverstein. Alex has appeared with the Bowling Green State University (OH) Orchestra, the Flint (MI) Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo (OH) Symphony Orchestra, the Bowling Green (OH) Symphony, the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Hamilton-Fairfield (OH) Symphony, and the Clermont (OH) Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed at the Batiquitos Music Festival (La Jolla, CA) and the Angel Fire Music Festival (NM). 

Alex attended Bowling Green State University as a violin performance major. While attending school, he organized and played (viola) in the university’s first undergraduate string quartet. Despite all of his classical training, Alex also has an interest in improvisational music, or "fiddling”. He became interested in fiddling at age seven, and began competing in old-time fiddle contests at the age of 12. He has won numerous trophies and has held the Mid-American, Ohio, and Wood County fiddling champion titles. Alex reigned as the Michigan State Fiddling Champion from 1994-1998; won the first-place trophy at the Walnut Valley National Fiddling Championship in Winfield, Kansas in 1999 and 2005; and won first place in the Halletsville, TX “Gone to Texas National Fiddling Championship” in 2000. He has been ranked among the top 10 fiddlers in the nation at the Grand Masters Fiddling Championship (Nashville, TN). In 2005, Alex placed fourth at the GMFC. Alex toured with Capitol Recording artist Chris Cagle from 2000-2006, with whom he regularly appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Television, Great American Country, and VH1 Country. Alex also held the position of Musical Director for Cagle. 

In addition to performing, Alex is a published composer and arranger of music. At age seven, he and his older brother, Wallace Jr., tied for first place in a field of 250 contestants in a composition contest offered by a Toledo Symphony support group. He also won first prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs’ national composition contest. He is currently arranging music for the DePue Brothers, composed of Alex, Wallace Jr., and their younger brothers Jason and Zachary. Recognized as the 1989 “Outstanding Musical Family of the Year” by former president George Bush, the group performs for sell-out audiences nationwide. They produced their first CD, “Classical Grass” in 2003. With this CD, the DePue Brothers introduce a new style of music to mainstream America. This style combines great classical music with a bluegrass feel, as traditional folk instruments will be used in the arrangements. Alex has a self-produced CD available which features pieces he arranged and/or composed. He is in the process of working on his second CD. In addition to his own CD, he has produced recordings for other singers and instruments, and records sessions in his off time from the tour. With his brothers, Alex played on the soundtrack for the Philadelphia Orchestra documentary, “Music from the Inside Out”. Alex also composed one of the pieces recorded for the documentary. With a background in both classical violin and fiddling, and an ability to play not only the violin but also the viola, mandolin, guitar, double bass, percussion, and piano, Alex is an artist that can produce any style of music.  He recently toured worldwide with famed electric guitarist Steve Vai.




a Latin-based flamenco pop group

Hailing originally from Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, brothers Jose Garcia and Carlos Castillo teamed with El Sereno, CA native Armando Figueroa in June of 2001 to form SOL DE ALEGRIA. Initially starting out as solely an instrumental project, guitarist Jose Garcia stepped up to the mic and began covering songs by The Gypsy Kings, Kitama, Alejandro Sainz, Luis Miguel, Mana and other popular Spanish and Latin American artists. The group quickly developed a following and worked up many original compositions that solidified their work as talented musicians.

Sol de Alegria encompasses several styles of music from bossanova to bolero, rumba and rock, all anchored by Spanish flamenco melodies with Afro-Cuban Rhythms. The band has opened for Latin music superstars including Alejandra Guzman, Chayanne and Ozomatli.

Sol de Alegria clients have included: The Hispanic Broadcasting Corp., Arte Flamenca Theater, The Madrid Theater, Latin Business Association, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, The Cities of Los Angeles, Fullerton and West Covina. In addition, the group has appeared twice on the Univision's "Despierta America" with an international viewing audience. The group has also teamed with L.A.'s KLOV Radio (the nation's most popular radio station) to promote several events including concerts, store openings and community awareness programs.

Not forgetting their community, Sol de Alegria has offered their talents in various fundraising events such as the Candela's Unity Event which raised funds for families of the 9-11 attacks in New York City. The band has also provided entertainment for various political causes as well as educational/motivational programs at Van Nuys High School.

Brasil Brazil


a Brazilian vocal duo

BRASIL BRAZIL is an invigorating, magical experience comprised of internationally renowned performers. Featuring Brazilian singers, Ana Gazzola and Sonia Santos, this show delivers the fervor, enthusiasm and excitement of popular Brazilian music with the styles, rhythms and faces of this country's colorful and tropical culture. With a variety of unique, authentic percussion instruments, the audience is both entertained and educated about Brazil. The band is outfitted in bright yellow and green costumes and the production has the joyful feel of Carnaval. The music, tinged with jazz and spiced with Latin and African drumming, creates an uplifting experience of awesome proportions.

Ms. Sonia Santos, afro-brazilian jazz vocalist, has been an electrifying symbol of Brazilian popular music for many years. The combination of African rhythms and exotic Brazilian beats were essential to the creation of Sonia Santos' vibrant sounds. Ms. Santos began her musical career in 1977, when she stared in the "Brazilian Follies" at the Hotel National in Rio de Janeiro. Using her artistic and coordinating abilities, Ms. Santos went on to produce her own show, "Brazilian Summer", sponsored by VARIG Brazilian Airlines. The quality and style of her interpretative performances onstage have been enthusiastically received on six continents. Ms. Sonia Santos has also garnered rave reviews for her creative brilliance in theatre and film. Ms. Sonia Santos has toured extensively through out the world and has made Los Angeles her home for the past 14 years.

Ms. Ana Gazzola started playing the guitar and singing at the age of 5 in Caxias do Sul, a small town, in southern Brasil. Ms. Gazzola began her professional career singing as an opening act for the world famous bolero singer Lucho Gatica in his South American tour. Ms. Gazzola moved to Rio de Janeiro where she soon became headline vocalist for the next three years at "Caligola", the most famous jazz club in Brazil, located in the heart of Ipanema Beach. Ms. Gazzola toured South America with several of Brazil's leading musicians, including Baden Powell and Luiscarlos Vinhas, vocalizing to sold-out houses. Ms. Gazzola has toured extensively, enchanting audiences with her caressing tones in Europe, Asia, and especially North America, where she has lived for the past 14 years. Ms. Gazzola, being fluent in English and Portuguese, has written many of the songs she performs.

Yoruba House


a Nigerian drum and dance ensemble

YORUBA HOUSE is a cultural and spiritual oasis for everyone interested in drum, dance and sacred ritual. Dedicated to healing, through ongoing community rituals and classes, Yoruba House is co-directed by the Nigerian-born Baba Ayo Adeyemi, Ifa Priest and Yoruba Master Drummer, and his wife, Apetebi, Carole Zeitlin Adeyemi, a metaphysical practitioner of many years. Yoruba House invites you to experience first hand the soul of the African drum through repetitive breathing, drumming, singing, listening, dancing and speaking African rhythm. Connect your ear to your heart and feel the spirit of the drum!

Carole Zeitlin Adeyemi, is a multi-talented Writer, Producer, Director, Administrator, Speaker, and Facilitator. Since 1992, when she founded The Yoruba House in Los Angeles, Carole has been the driving force behind this multi-cultural community organization that is dedicated to unity through culture and rhythm. Her past experience in the advertising and corporate communications businesses has given her the practical know-how and organizational skills necessary to keep the Yoruba House drum center open for over nine years.

Together, Ayo and Carole Adeyemi, offer classes in percussion and dance, and facilitate cultural workshops and rituals. They have appeared on several television shows including: Good Morning L.A.; Close-Up UPN; KTLA Morning News; The Other Side, NBC; Paranornmal Borderline, Fox; Strange Universe and The View, NBC; Blind Date, Fox; The Rosanne Show, as well as numerous cable shows around the country. They have also been written up in Newsweek Magazine, The LA Times, Long Beach Tribune, The Palasadian, Santa Monica Outlook, and many other local papers.


a Cameroonian dance and drum ensemble

Former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Cameroon and Le Baobab, NOAH ANDZONGO is a performer, choreographer, and educator trained in the art of traditional and contemporary dance from his native homeland of Cameroon. He began his professional career under the direction and guidance of Kengmo, internationally renowned performing artist, educator and member of the Royal Council of Nine (Keepers of Traditions). Noah has trained with the highly respected Alphonse Tierou, researcher, historian, contemporary African dancer and choreographer. Furthering his studies in Zaire, Noah was deeply influenced by the Congolese musical genre of mutuashi and would later establish the group Loketo with Dinganga, one of mutuashi's greatest performers. He has produced choreographic works for Esuah, Africa Labina, and Loketo dance companies. Noah has toured extensively with the National Ballet of Cameroon, Esuah, and Le Baobab, demonstrating his artistry throughout Europe, Central and West Africa.


an all female vocal and drum ensemble

“This is ADAAWE. This is music from Africa, from America. Spirit sent. Heart felt. This is skin on skin, wood on wood, voices on air. The first heartbeat. Reality. Put your ear to Earth and listen. This is ADAAWE.”

ADAAWE is seven dynamic, diverse women creating rich organic music of the voice and drum, which comes from the heart and speaks to the soul! In the Adaawe tradition of Ghana, West Africa, women gather in the moonlight to create music and sing songs about life’s joys and sorrows. Through constant improvisation, they breathe new life into ancient music. Their spirit of celebration and strength is the inspiration behind ADAAWE.

These beautiful and skilled percussionists and vocalists come from all over the world, and their music is an international fusion of African music and rhythms, R&B/pop vocals, arresting Gospel vocal harmonies, and funky original creations. ADAAWE brings audiences to their feet with high energy djembe drumming, opens their minds with poetic lyrics and hypnotizes them with the traditional women’s music of West Africa. ADAAWE’s music is a healing force propelled by the power of women’s voices and the communication of the drum. ADAAWE brings world music to the mainstream, African drums to pop culture, and meaning back to music. In this challenging time in our world’s history, intercultural understanding and celebration of diversity is more important than ever.

Since 1996, ADAAWE has performed locally and nationally at many colleges, universities, performing arts venues, music festivals, and community events. They have opened for James Brown, Mickey Hart, Los Lobos, Yolanda Adams, Sugar Hill Gang, Michelle Shocked, Spearhead, James Ingram, Harry Belafonte and many others. Their celebratory concert appearances are not to be missed, and their informative school shows reach the next generation with humor, fun and musical understanding.

ADAAWE has been featured in: "The World Festival of Sacred Music - the Americas" documentary (Catchlight Films, 2000) and on The World Festival CD release (Bindu Records); "Sister Celebration", John Anson Ford Amphitheater's 2001 Summer Series; "Drum Magazine", March/April 2002 issue; and L.A. Direct Magazine, May 2004. ADAAWE's vocal percussion style was recently featured in a national Hyundai commercial. They currently appear in a movie trailer for KCRW 89.9FM, a major Los Angeles radio station, in Laemmle Theaters, and they have released their debut CD, "Six Women Strong", a feast for the ears that will keep you dancing and yearning for more!


Zheng (Chinese Zither) Virtuoso

BEI BEI is the most sought after Gu Zheng performer in the U.S.  A extraordinarily gifted musician with a mesmerizing stage presence, she started to play the instrument at the age of seven. She received her professional musical training, majoring in the Gu Zheng at the Central University of Nationalities in Beijing, China and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong from masters such as Li-Jing Sha, Mu-Lan Hai, Chun-Jiang Teng, and Ling-Zi Xu. A multi-award winner of many national and international competitions such as the 1993 National Chinese Instruments Competition and the 1999 College Students Art Festival in Beijing, she moved to Los Angeles to actively follow her formal studies with crossover collaborations in different genres such as jazz, alternative, rock, new age, and hip-hop. Bei Bei has been the featured instrumentalist soloist at Revolution 626, the Chinese Moon Festival Concert, Knitting Factory Hollywood, Irvine Barclay Theater, UC Irvine Claire Trevor Theater, Ford Amphitheater, and more.

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