Children's and Liturgical Opera Company, LLC

Meet some of the cast.
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Susan Hulsman Bingham, composer/pianist: born into a big, noisy, musical family. Became a concert pianist but got stage fright. Married and had a family. Quit concertizing -- in fact quit music altogether -- and became a psychotherapist. Missed music. Was asked to write a musical setting for a psalm. This led to returning to the church after many years. Wrote short operas based on Bible stories and wrote children's operas based on fairy tales, folktales and fables. Set up a little opera company, signed up our children and everyone in the neighborhood who could carry a tune, and began touring. Now, many score(s) later, we want to invite you -- our more far-flung neighbors - to join us.

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Timothy Bingham, baritone, has sung in almost all of Susan Bingham's operas and has understudied most of the male lead roles; he is also the Opera Company's lawyer and occasional producer. He recently retired as law partner at Tyler Cooper & Alcorn in New Haven to work with New Haven Legal Assistance. He is Vice President of the board of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Tim and Susan Bingham have two grown children and five grandchildren.

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Martha Bennett Oneppo, soprano is an acclaimed recitalist and soloist with orchestra and chorus. A native of Illinois, she graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, studied voice in New York City and then with Marga Mueller of New Haven and earned her Master's degree from the Yale School of Music.

Ms. Oneppo has appeared as soloist with the Charlottesville (Virginia) Symphony, Orchestra New England, the Cappella Cantorum, Yale Glee Club, Yale Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Chorale, Connecticut Choral Society and others. She has toured overseas in Denmark, The Republic of China, and Austria as soloist with the Waterbury Chorale.

Ms. Oneppo taught at the New Haven Neighborhood Music School, Choate Rosemary Hall, and the Yale School of Drama. Presently she teaches singing privately. She resides in New Haven with her husband, clarinettist and graphic artist Vincent P. Oneppo, and two grown sons.

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William B. Warfel, lighting design

William B. Warfel, LC, IALD has been an architectural and entertainment lighting designer and equipment developer since 1962. He established a private practice in 1971, serving most recently as President of Systems Design Associates, Inc. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Mr. Warfel taught stage lighting at Dartmouth College, Long Island University, and for 26 years at Yale. He is the author of several books and a computer program on stage lighting color and graphics. For architectural projects, Mr. Warfel has designed lighting for many educational institutions, including the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Alumni Hall at the United States Naval Academy, and the Yale Medical School Library. The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA, and Exploration Place in Wichita, KS are notable municipally sponsored museum projects. He has provided lighting design for numerous commercial buildings and houses of worship. Theater and other entertainment facility lighting design work has taken Mr. Warfel to Ecuador, Nigeria, and Finland in addition to numerous locations in the United States. Frequently in demand as a lecturer on lighting, Mr. Warfel has addressed professional and academic groups in Egypt, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, China and many places in The United States. Email:

Bill founded established Warfel Schrager Architectural Lighting, LLC (WSAL) in 1998 by merging his firm, Systems Design, with Sara Schrager, Lighting Consultant. The WSAL lighting design practice is dedicated to the precise integration of light and architecture, to achieve illumination which compliments the space, is visually comfortable, and is exactly tailored to the function of the room, building, or landscape. Using extensive knowledge of physiology of vision, the physics of light, and the technology of lighting equipment, we create lighting designs which focus on a project's design goals within its physical and budgetary circumstances. A full range of services is offered from written evaluation of existing lighting systems to complete design for new construction.

Bill has designed and lit countless operas, plays and ballets, and his work is familiar to those who to to the Long Wharf, The Shubert, and the Palace theaters, as well as at the Yale Reportory Theater and Christ Church Parish, New Haven.

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Vladimir Shpitalnik, set designer/painter/illustrator/fine artist:Vladimir Shpitalnik's work has been seen across the United States, Europe, and in Asia. Shpitalnik's Off-Broadway theatrical credits include set design for Coming Through and Offerings at American Place Theatre and set and costume design for First Snow/Egorushka at SoHo Rep.Other regional dance and theater credits include set and costume design for the Joffrey Ballet, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Stage One Theatre, New Harmony Theatre, Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, Seacoast Rep, Voice and Vision Theatre, Yale Cabaret, Yale School of Drama, New Haven Ballet, and the Chancel Opera Company of Connecticut. International credits include the Moscow Art Theatre Studio, Kazan Theater for Youth, Yermolova Theater, and the Gorky Cinema Studio.Vladimir Shpitalnik has served as art director for two independent films. Each year, Shpitalnik's environmental art adorns the New Haven Green as part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. He has created interior designs for some of Connecticut's best-known entertainment centers, including The SNET Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, the Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, and the Madison Art Cinema. Illustration credits include three children's books for Random House/Knopf. As an architectural illustrator, Shpitalnik has collaborated on numerous projects with Kevin Roche and colleagues at Roche, Dinkeloo and Associates. His watercolor and oil paintings have been exhibited in shows throughout Connecticut and New York as well as in Russia, the Czech Republic, and Japan.Vladimir Shpitalnik serves as Resident Designer for the Oakdale Theatre and the Meadows Theatre. He is a faculty member at Paier School of Art and Southern Connecticut State University. Professional memberships include the Society of Illustrators, United Scenic Artists, and ASSITEJ. Shpitalnik holds MFA degrees from the Yale School of Drama and the Moscow Art Theatre School and a BA (equiv.) from the Abramtsevskoe Art School in Russia. In 1997, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group's Designer Fellowship.

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Noble Barker (died 2010) dancer/choreographer/mime was resident choreographer and principal dancer with the Connecticut Ballet under the direction of Robert Vickrey. In 1984, Mr. Barker founded the New Haven Ballet, taught at the Educatonal Center for the Arts, Yale University and the Regional Center for the Arts in Bridgeport. He was director of the Pioneer Valley Balley in Easthampton and founder of the East Street Ballet in Hadley, MA. Ms. Bingham and Mr. Barker worked together on her Folktale Operas, The Goose Girl and The Snow Queen.

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Joann Bavone Goeler, soprano, holds masters degrees in school counseling and music education and has taught vocal music at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury and for the Naugatuck, CT school system. She is a member of the New Haven Chorale, where she has occasionally served as a vocal soloist, and conductor of the N.H.C. Chamber Singers. She is a great musical theater buff, and has performed with several musical theater companies throughout the state. Her favorite roles include Catherine in Pippin, Anita in West Side Story, Pam Sakarian in Baby, and Joan in Dames at Sea. Also an avid dancer, she enjoys teaching Jazzercise classes to stay in shape. Joann lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her husband and best friend, Robin, and her two wonderful sons, Gavin and Seth.

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David Bell, baritone, baritone, is our newest member. He received his undergraduate degree from Houghton College, where he majored in piano performance. Since then he has occasionally taught piano privately, has directed church choirs, and currently is the accompanist for the Elm City Girls Choir in New Haven,CT. In recent years he has taken an interest in jazz, and now plays regularly with the Post Road Junction Swing Band. As a singer, Dave performs with the Yale Camerata and Pro Musica ensembles, and recently served as baritone soloist in an area performance of Faure's Requiem. He lives in the Connecticut town of Guilford with two overweight cats, and enjoys the outdoors in his spare time.
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