Michael Capasso presents the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
CHARLES JASON FREEMAN (Funeral Solo Baritone/Jim/Undertaker Understudy) finished his Bachelor of Music degree at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York studying with Stephen Smith. He comes directly to the 75th Anniversary Tour of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess straight from his first season as a Young Artist with the Virginia Opera Spectrum Young Artist Program. With Virginia Opera, Mr. Freeman has performed the Sergeant in Puccini's La Bohème and Mingo in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and understudied the roles of Shaunard in La Bohème, Hortensius in Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment and Porgy in Porgy and Bess. Roles include Jim in Porgy and Bess, Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, The Devil in Benjamin's The Devil Take Her, The Vicar in Britten's Albert Herring, El Danca├»ro in Bizet's Carmen, Antonio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Clitodoro in the World Premiere of La Doriclea. Upcoming Engagements include 2010 Aspen Opera Theater Season and The Buffalo Soldier with the International Opera Theater in Italy (2011).
    Kevin Short (Porgy)
Kenneth Overtton (Porgy)
Kishna Davis (Bess)
Donita Volkwijn (Bess)
Reyna Carguill (Serena)
Phillip Boykin (Crown)
Reggie Whitehead (Sportin' Life)
Gwendolyn Brown (Maria)
Eric McKeever (Jake)
Chazmond Peacock (Mingo)
Taiwan Norris (Robbins)
Sequina Dubose (Clara)
Johnny Lee Green (Peter)
Natalya Simone Thomas (Lily)
Ambe Williams (Annie/Lily Understudy)
Mari-Yan Pringle (Strawberry Woman/
   Serena Understudy)
Frederick Jackson (Jim/Porgy Understudy)
Darnell Ishmel (Undertaker/Jake Understudy)
Sean T. Miller (Crabman/Nelson/
   Sportin' Life Cover)
Charles Jason Freeman (Funeral Solo Baritone/Jim/
   Undertaker Understudy)
Taleesha Janine Scott (Funeral Solo Soprano/
   Clara Understudy)
Colleen Beaumont (Ensemble/Bess Understudy)
Jeanette Blakeney (Ensemble/Maria Understudy)
Jaime Cepero (Ensemble/Scipio)
Jason McKinney (Ensemble/Crown Understudy)
Anthony P. McGlaun (Ensemble/Mingo/Robbins/
   Peter/Nelson/Crabman Understudy)
Angela Owens (Ensemble/
   Strawberry Woman Understudy)