Philip Evan Cowlishaw (Antonio) just hopped off the Pirates of Penzance boat where he sang the role of the Pirate King. Before walking that plank, he was doing somersaults down the prison stairs of Die Fledermaus as the drunk and merry German jailer Frosch. Philip is one year away from completing his graduate work in Vocal Performance at DePaul University where he studies voice with baritone Philip Kraus. He loves the music of Mozart and is excited to be singing the role of Antonio in the performance of Le Nozze di Figaro. He is very happy to be raising money for scholarships.

Heidi Woll (Barbarina) is delighted to play Barbarina and has enjoyed being 13 again. Thanks to the women of the chorus for exemplifying the best of being a teen! Heidi appeared as Nancy in Trinity Player's production of Oliver! and has performed as soloist and ensemble member with His Majesty's Clerkes, Choral Thunder, and Ars Musica Chicago. She is a conductor with the Chicago Children's Choir In-School and Alter School programs and teaches private voice at Joan's Studio for the Performing Arts.

Keri Lindstrom Elser (Barbarina) is happy to be singing with l'opera piccola in this production, She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with a degree in music education and an acting specialist certificate. Credits with the University Opera include Four Saints in Three Acts, Cosi fan Tutte, Into the Woods, and the WI premiere of Mirabell: The Books of Number. Ken is an active voice teacher and children's musical theater director. Until recently, she taught middle school music in Lyons, where she also founded the district's choral program. In June, Ken will be singing Annina in da Corneto Opera's production of La Traviata. This summer she will music direct for Northbrook Theatre's Babes on Broadway program, and looks forward to joining the staff of the Chicago Children's Choir In-School Program in the fall.

Shifra Werch (Stage Director) is the resident director for l'opera piccola and the co-artistic director of the company. Shifra has worked extensively in the Mid-west as a director, costume designer, make-up artist and dancer. She was the director for the highly successful run of La Boheme last year, and will return for the 1998-1999 season.

David Richards (Music Director) is the co-artistic director for l'opera piccola. After studying music with George Rico at Lane H.S., he studied music at DePaul University, the American Conservatory of Music and Vandercook College of Music. Some of his most enjoyable experiences were his language and linguistic studies at NEIU and his participation with it's musical ensembles. David works as a piano accompanist in the Chicago area and is a teacher of stringed instruments for the Chicago All-City Youth Orchestra. He is accomplished pianist, cellist and singer and has performed solo works with several local community orchestras.