About New England Light Opera
Founded in 2001, NELO has produced 13 productions and over 40 concerts in more than 20 towns around eastern Massachusetts. NELO is dedicated to presenting professional performers in works of operetta and early American musical theater to audiences throughout the area. Works have included The New Moon, The Merry Widow, The (In)Compleat Works of Gilbert and Sullivan, The Gilbert and Sullivan Radio Hour, Night and Day: A Cole Porter Celebration, and the original musical Smooth Sailing.
Soprano, Jean Danton (Jeanette) has performed under conductors Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Martin Pearlman, John Finney, Bruce Hangen and Keith Lockhart. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Masterwork Chorus and her Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall with the National Chorale, in both instances performing Handel's Messiah. Performance highlights include engagements with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, Colorado’s Breckenridge Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, North Carolina Symphony, North Shore Music Theatre and Associazione Culturale in Italy. Ms. Danton's operatic performances include roles with Boston Baroque, Greater Buffalo Opera, American Repertory Theatre, Brown Bag Opera, Boston Classical Orchestra and New England Light Opera. Ms. Danton has several solo recordings on Albany Records and Newport Classic. Television credits include documentaries on PBS and Lifetime. Please visit www.jeandanton.com.
Sara Ann Mitchell (Screen Jeanette), emerging coloratura soprano, is known for her shimmering voice and engaging stage presence. Ms. Mitchell has been praised for her "effortless poise and coloratura shine (Cleveland.com)," and she "has the uncanny ability to evoke the aromatic acting and vocal style of long-dead divas who elicited the worship of diamond-bearing devotees (ClevelandScene.com)." She has performed throughout the country with companies such as: Ohio Light Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Juventas New Music, and New England Light Opera. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sara Ann attended the University of Oklahoma, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 2006. In 2008, Ms. Mitchell was awarded her Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music
Mark D. Morgan (Nelson Eddy) is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of New England Light Opera, a professional operetta and musical theater company. As a singer/actor he has performed major roles with the Lyric Stage of Boston (Sunday in the Park With George, Assassins, 1776), Ocean State Lyric Opera (The Gondoliers), Seacoast Repertory Theatre (Camelot), Ohio Light Opera (Song of Norway, Robinson Crusoe), and the Colorado Lyric Theater Festival (Pirates of Penzance, The Fantastiks), and Opera Boston (Opera Unlimited Festival), . Mr. Morgan serves on the music faculty of Eastern Nazarene College and is the Director of Music at Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington, MA.
Steve Phillips (Edward R. Murrow) Ever since he first saw and heard Ed Murrow at the age of 7, Steve has mimicked and idolized him ever since. Listening to his original "I Can Hear It Now" album, re-calling and reviewing the "Person to Person" interview he did with Fidel Castro, and reviewing his closing commentary on Joe McCarthy, prepared Steve for this role. A director once called him " one of the finest character actors." Steve has a B.A. in Communications from Curry College. He worked in broadcasting full-time for nearly 11 years. He started out in dinner theater and has been acting in serious stage productions for the last 10 years. He was thrilled and honored to portray this legendary broadcast journalist and along with his portrayals of Alfred Doolittle in "Pygmalion" at Wellesley College and Charles Thomson in "1776" at Turtle Lane Playhouse, considers them to be his favorite roles.
Joseph Stroup is a pianist, organist and keyboard player, regularly performing in Boston and on the North Shore. He has appeared with the New England Light Opera Company since 2004, both in their summer concert series and in several of their original productions. Regionally, his appearances include performances at Boston University, the Salem State College, the Endicott College, and with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, as well as with numerous soloists and chamber ensembles. He is a theater production accompanist at Suffolk University in Boston and was the Music Director of their 2009 winter musical. He is on the Performing Arts faculty of the Landmark School in Beverly, MA, teaching piano and voice, and he is the organist of The First Church in Wenham, MA. He is a contributing editor and former Board Member of Boston Singers Resource (www.bostonsingersresource.com). He is a graduate of Ohio's Oberlin College School of Music with a degree in Organ Performance.