A Little Night Music 2024 Cast
Desiree Armfeldt - Heather Hertling Narducci
Heather Hertling Narducci has spent her life using music as a performer, teacher, and therapeutic musician. Born and raised in Bloomington, IN she was lucky to have been exposed to various art forms that shaped her career on the operatic, concert, musical theatre and dramatic theatre stages across our country. Heather holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
In recent years, Heather has worked with the Indiana Summer Festival Theatre as Mrs. Paroo in their production of The Music Man, as Mama in Moses Man, and was seen with Cardinal Stage as Sue Bayliss in the play All My Sons. With the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Heather portrayed Ethel in the new musical production Tuning In. On the concert stage, Heather has appeared as soloist with the New Jersey Pops, Bloomington Pops, Evansville Philharmonic, and the Waterbury Symphony. Heather and her husband, Daniel can be heard on two recording projects they created together: Christmas Once More & Our Broadway Romance.
Heather is an active volunteer with groups here in Indiana and beyond. She is involved with the Miss America Opportunity and has judged on the national, state, and local levels. She represented the state of New Jersey in the Miss America Pageant in 1992 and was a double talent winner in Atlantic City for her operatic performance. Heather is proud to be part of the Singing Hoosiers Alumni Council and as a volunteer for the USA International Harp Competition.
Countess Charlotte - Anne Fuchs
Soprano Anne Fuchs has enjoyed an international performance career of operatic, contemporary and musical theatre repertoire. She made her debut with the Indianapolis Opera last year singing First Lady in The Magic Flute and appears with the company in numerous outreach performances around the city. In Europe, Anne sang with the Oldenburgishes Staatstheater for two and a half years in roles such as Papagena in Die Zauberflote, and Ida and Adele (cover) in "Die Fledermaus" in Oldenburg, Germany. Other European highlights include a televised production of "Cosi fan tutte" as Fiordiligi with the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Germany, a sound project entitled "Notte Splendida Notte" in Rome, Italy, for the International Year of Astronomy, and performances as featured artist with "Palazzo Ricci" opera studio in Tuscany. A Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist at the age of 20, Anne has performed many leading soprano roles including Lucia, Donna Elvira, Adina, Pamina, Santuzza, and Rosalinde with South Bend Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Queens Opera Association, Rising Star Singers, Lexington Opera Society, and others. She has also appeared as a soprano soloist with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Nova, and the Grammy-award-winning contemporary choir, "The Crossing". Anne is proud to call Indianapolis home.
Madame Armfeldt - Kathleen Hacker
Kathleen Hacker, soprano, made her New York City debut as soloist with the American Symphony
Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall and has sung with major symphony orchestras across the country,
including those of Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Indianapolis.
She has had an extensive history with the Indianapolis Symphony Yuletide Celebration; as a regular
cover for Sandi Patty, as an ensemble member, and as a featured artist on the original ISO Yuletide
Celebration CD. She can also be heard as soprano soloist on the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir 75th
anniversary release of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Highlights as a chamber musician include two seasons
with the Marlboro Music Festival, and over 250 concert performances to her credit. Kathleen is
Professor of Music Emerita at the University of Indianapolis where she taught all things vocal, led
professional development and creativity classes, and served as Artistic Director of the University
Opera Theatre. She is an avid supporter of young singers and has been a mentor and judge for Schmidt Vocal Arts, and the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Academy. Kathleen comes full circle with her appearance in A Little Night Music, as she first came to Indianapolis to work with the Indianapolis Opera Outreach Ensemble. She lives with her husband of many years and their puppy in a pleasant house with a giant garage and works diligently to remain apace with their two daughters, one son-in-law, and an exceptional grandson, all who have not yet chosen to live right across the street.
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - H. Conor Angell
Born and reared in Ireland, Dr. Conor Angell is chair of the Music, Theatre, and Dance department at Taylor University. Previously, he taught at Houghton College and Wabash College. As stage director and music director, his credits include Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, The Light in the Piazza, She Loves Me, Little Women, White Christmas, Oklahoma!, Gianni Schicchi, Dido and Aeneas, Into the Woods, Annie, Mary Poppins, Working, I Love a Piano, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and more. His productions have been recognized by awards from the National Opera Association. As a baritone, Angell has won awards in the Chicago Oratorio Competition, American Prize in Vocal Performance, and Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition, among others. While completing his doctorate degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he appeared in performances of A View from the Bridge, Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh and Gianni Schicchi. Before his studies at IU, Angell was a studio artist at Kentucky Opera, singing roles in Werther, Pirates of Penzance, Verdi’s Otello, Telemann's Don Quichotte and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Other credits include roles in Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, La bohème, Rigoletto, Susannah, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Madama Butterfly, La vida breve, Candide, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Camelot, and The Gondoliers. Angell has sung at the Opera North and Brevard Music Center summer festivals, and as a recitalist and concert soloist throughout the eastern and midwestern US.
Petra - Liz Culpepper
Liz Culpepper, mezzo-soprano, is thrilled to be joining Indianapolis Opera as a Resident Artist this season. She was educated at the University of Texas (B.A. Music - Voice; 2015) and received her Master’s in Voice from Indiana University in 2017. While she was at IU, Liz sang the following roles: Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Mrs. Sedley (Peter Grimes), Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), and Serse (Serse). She has also appeared at a number of summer music festivals. Notable appearances include Brevard in 2018, where she reprised the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, in 2019 at the Princeton Festival in Nixon in China as the First Secretary, and with Teatro Nuovo in the 2022 season. Most recently, Liz made her solo debut at Lincoln Center with Teatro Nuovo as La Comare in Crispino e la Comare and was an Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera for their 2023 Winter Season. Liz is based in New York City where she is a core singer with Teatro Nuovo and she studies with Will Crutchfield. Prior to her Master’s degree, Liz specialized as an Early Music soprano with a special emphasis on the works of Bach. Through her work with Will Crutchfield and Teatro Nuovo, Liz has shifted her focus to historically informed performances of the Bel Canto repertoire with a special interest in Rossini. One of her long-term career goals is to sing all of his heroines. Coming up, Liz will perform with Teatro Nuovo in their 2024 season.
Quintet Soprano - Victoria Korovljev
Victoria Korovljev is a rising young soprano with a warm lyrical timbre. She is the Resident Artist Soprano for Indianapolis Opera this Spring of 2023, where she is debuting as Zweite Dame and covering Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Victoria celebrated her Caribbean heritage with a debut as Elsa in the world premiere of The Pirate’s Daughter, commissioned by Romanza Lyric Opera. In the Fall of 2022, she was featured as Siren in Minnesota Opera’s production of Rinaldo. Also in 2022, she made her debut with Opera Grand Rapids as Female Soloist 2 in the world premiere of Stinney: An American Execution, which was recorded for PBS. In addition, Victoria made her role debut of Countess Almaviva with Trentino Music Festival. At TMF, she placed as a Finalist in their Young Artist Competition. Most recently, Victoria qualified as an alternate finalist with the Opera Birmingham Voice Competition. Furthermore, with much acclaim from the judges, Victoria qualified as a Semi-Finalist in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition and Jacques Offenbach Grand Prix. In the upcoming 2022-2023 season, Thursday Musical of Minneapolis selected Victoria as a featured solo artist in their Artist Series. During the pandemic, Victoria recorded two episodes introducing children to opera for Minnesota Public Radio and Minnesota Opera. Shortly thereafter, she was a visiting artist with Northern Light Opera Company, where she sung the character Catherine in Pippin. Other recent engagements include singing the role of Frasquita, as well as being a Finalist in the American Prize Competition for Women in Opera. Before the shutdown, Victoria took part in the workshops and premiering ensemble for Minnesota Opera’s newest commission, Edward Tulane.
Quintet Mezzo-soprano - Courtney Porter
Courtney Porter, mezzo-soprano from Uniondale, NY, is currently pursuing a Doctorate at the University of Kentucky under Dr. Everett McCorvey, where she recently portrayed Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In 2021, she appeared in Chandler Carter’s This Little Light of Mine as Young Fannie Lou Hammer with Kentucky Opera, and in 2020, Courtney worked with the Cincinnati Pops Conductor, John Morris Russell, on a recording of William Marion Cook's In Dahomey. Other notable opera and musical theater roles include Cherubino (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro), Maffio Orsini (Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia), Jairus (Peace Together), Frau Eberfeld (The Sound of Music), and Angie (The Prom). She recently appeared with the Lexington Philharmonic concert entitled "Sorrow, Strength, and Love," performing Julia Perry's Stabat Mater. Other recent appearances as a concert soloist also include Camille Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2. Other notable performances include representing the University of Delaware at the National Opera Association Convention as a soloist in the Sacred Music Initiative and representing Delaware State University in collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra to premier Hannibal Lokumbe’s “One Land, One River, One People.” These performances are pillars in the foundation of Courtney’s desire for this art form.
Quintet Tenor - Gavin Hughes
Gavin Hughes is a native of Jackson, Mississippi where he sang in churches throughout the region from childhood through college. He began his classical journey in 2015. In 2017, Hughes debuted his first role as “Cephus” at the Thalia Mara Hall with the Mississippi Symphony orchestra in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha. In 2021, Hughes graduated from Jackson State University with his Bachelor’s of Music Education and began the pursuit of his masters degree under Russell Thomas at IU Jacobs where he debuted his first lead opera role as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the IU Jacobs Opera Theater. In February 2023, he sang his first flamenco role with the IU Jacobs Opera Theater as Ruiz Alonso in Ainadamar. That following May, Hughes made his professional title role debut in Charles Lloyd, Jr.’s Emmett Till with Opera Southern Company. In the following month, he was featured in a video and audio recording presenting Kenyan folk songs for Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Explorers” program. In October, Hughes will sing the role of the Count Belfiore in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, in his final show with the IU Jacobs Opera Theater, and in the Spring of 2024, Hughes will serve as tenor resident artist with Indianapolis Opera for their 49th season.