Mayumi Ashiya (Yamaha Electone)
Born and raised in Japan, Mayumi began taking lessons on the electric organ at the Yamaha Music School when she was four years old. She continued her studies through college where she majored in electric organ. Upon graduation, Mayumi became an instructor of electric organ at the Yamaha Music School. In 1992, while teaching there, she won the 1st place in “Classical Category” at Yamaha Japanese National Electone Festival & Competition. She was subsequently chosen to represent Japan in the Yamaha International Electone Competition where she won the Bronze Medal. In each case she played Rachmaninoff’s very demanding “Symphonic Dances.” Since then, Mayumi has given a number of solo concerts in and around Tokyo. Other performances include collaborations with various choral and opera groups including Toyama Civic Opera, Ibaraki and Takatsuki-shi Civic Operas, playing Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel and Onna wa Suteki. In the choral music area, she has collaborated with Keio University（慶応大学） and Nihon Joshidai （日本女子大学）in Dovorak’s Requiem and Fauré’s Requiem, and with Nihon Gakuen （日本学園）where she played the organ transcription of Rigoletto by Verdi. She has also performed Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” and “Don Pasquale”, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Puccini’s “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly”. Mayumi and Keiko have collaborated and performed together since 2003.
American tenor Michael Boley is rapidly climbing the operatic ranks. A native of Ohio, Michael began his career with Columbus Opera. Mr. Boley appeared there in productions of La Bohème, Aida, Rigoletto, Tosca, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Susannah and Camelot. Of his Columbus Opera performances, the COLUMBUS DISPATCH extolled, “tenor Michael Boley sings with operatic power and resonance—a true find!”
An exponent of the romantic French and full-lyric Italian repertoire, recent performance highlights for the tenor include the title role in Les Contes de Hoffmann, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Lenski in Eugene Onegin and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. Career highlights for the tenor include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Helena Symphony Orchestra, Calaf in Turandot for Dicapo Opera, the world premiere of Anton Coppola’s La Coupe et les Lèvres at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City with Inter-Cities Performing Arts and The Crucible at the National Theatre of Pécs and the Szeged National Theater in Hungary with performances telecast internationally.
With Dicapo Opera in New York City and on tour with National Lyric Opera, Mr. Boley created a significant impression in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. Reviewing his performance, the CAPE COD TIMES was effusive in praise of his craft, “Outstanding among these, was tenor Michael Boley. Boley’s firm ringing tenor and suave stage demeanor augur well for a rewarding career in opera.” Further successes include his turn as the Chevalier de Danceny in Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, and the Beast in Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast for Dicapo Opera, of which the NEW YORK TIMES commented, “Michael Boley sang the Beast ardently.”
The 2011/2012 season included Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1 with Helena Symphony Orchestra, Eurofest with Opera Naples and Carmen with Denyce Graves in a critically acclaimed production for Opera Charleston. This season finds the tenor as Cléon in Gluck’s rarely performed The Reformed Drunkard for Little Opera Theater of New York, Lenski in Eugene Onegin for Opera Company of Middlebury and Rodolfo in La Bohème with Staten Island Philharmonic among others. In the 2014-2015 season, Michael will be a Resident Artist with Opera San Jose, where he will assume principal assignments in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Michael holds a BA in vocal performance from the College of Wooster and an MM in vocal performance from the University of Akron.
Masae Nagai, soprano, came to the U.S.A from Japan in 1995. She studied vocal performance and graduated from Notre Dame de Namur, Belmont, CA. She participated in BASOTI program and has been featured in productions with Lamplighters, Goat Hall, Opera Rouge and Berkeley Opera. She also enjoys performing in Kokoro Vocal Trio, which was formed in 2006 and has been performing locally at church services and community events. The group enjoys Japanese traditional folk songs and classical music from various periods.
Kazuko Oishi (Pianist)
Kazuko Oishi lives in Japan. She frequently visits SF Bay Area to perform at Fortnightly and Choral Cosmo.
Yuko is a member of several performing arts groups in Japan and participates in concerts with group “Reki 礫” annually. She has sang in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s cantata as a soloist. Her Japanese art song recital in 2015 received rave reviews. She is the original member of “Sisters and Friends” concert series in Japan. This is the group’s 15th season. In recent years, Yuko specializes in Japanese art songs. Yuko holds a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance and a Teaching Credential in Music Education from Tokyo’s s Kunitachi College of Music（国立音楽大学）.
Carmello Tringali is a versatile performer, composer and Bay Area native. Mostly utilized as a singer, he is also highly valued for his acting ability. As an aspiring music and drama therapist, he daily involves himself in emotional, psychological and spiritual exploration. He has performed a wide variety of roles in terms of voice type, musical style and character. He is enthralled to be joining Silicon Valley Community Opera as Nemorino in this production of L'Elisir D'amore. Some favorite past roles include: Rodolfo(La Boheme), Candide, Faust, Pinkerton(Madame Butterfly), Mengone(Lo Speziale), Jaquino(Fidelio), Basilio(Nozze di Figaro), Camille(Merry Widow), Don Alberto(L'Occasione Fa Il Ladro), Ko-ko(Mikado), Frederic(Pirates of Penzance), Grosvenor(Patience), Henrik(Little Night Music) and Pirelli(Sweeney Todd).