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01 Jan 2017 by In Past Events

March 2 & 4, 2017 7P | March 5, 2017 3P


Engelbert Humperdinck


Adelheid Wette

Act I

In the broom-maker’s house. Hansel complains he is hungry. Gretel shows him some milk that a neighbor has given for the family’s supper. The children dance. Their mother returns and wants to know why they have got so little work done. She accidentally spills the milk and chases the children out into the woods to pick strawberries.

Their father, a broom-maker, returns home drunk. He brings out the food he has bought, then asks where the children have gone. The mother tells him that she has sent them into the woods. He tells her about the Witch who lives there, and that the children are in danger. They go out into the woods to look for them.

Act II

In the woods. Hansel picks strawberries. The children hear a cuckoo singing and eat the strawberries. Soon they have eaten every one. In the sudden silence of the wood, Hansel admits to Gretel that he has lost the way. The children grow frightened. 
The Sandman comes to bring them sleep, sprinkling sand over their eyes. The children say their evening prayer. In a dream, they see 14 angels.


The gingerbread house. The Dew Fairy comes to waken the children. Gretel wakes Hansel, and they see the gingerbread house. They do not notice the Witch. The Witch decides to fatten Hansel up and puts a spell on him. The oven is hot. Gretel breaks the Witch’s spell and sets Hansel free. When the Witch asks her to look in the oven, she pretends she doesn’t know how to: the Witch must show her. When the Witch peers into the oven, the children shove her inside and shut the door. The oven explodes. The gingerbread children come back to life. The mother and father find the children, and all express gratitude for their salvation.

—Courtesy Welsh National Opera

Ticket Prices

  • Floor & Balcony Reserved $15
  • Floor & Balcony Seniors 55+ $10
  • Floor & Balcony Student/Educator/La Sierra Employee $5
  • Floor & Balcony Child (age 6 and under) $3

OPERA AT LA SIERRA | Note from the Director

Welcome to the La Sierra Opera Productions! Our cast members consist of current La Sierra University students, community members, and freelancer singers.

What comes to your mind when you think of ‘OPERA’? “Boring, singer’s exaggeratedly opened huge mouth, loud, serious and long, lyrics in incomprehensible foreign language, intended for adult audiences only.”

We will make you break the stereotypes about operas through our productions and experience that an opera can be fun, short, child oriented and sung in English, and even when it is in a foreign language, its message can still be delivered to the audience through the use of appropriate musical dynamics, articulation and expression. OPERA AT LA SIERRA will constantly strive to make people become familiar with the opera genre.


Are you ready to laugh out loud?

Enjoy the show!

– Raejin Lee, Director of Vocal Studies

RAEJIN LEE has performed extensively throughout the United States, Italy, and Korea, singing with prominent festivals and orchestras, as well as in recitals, concerts, and operas. As an opera director, her credits include: Die Zauberflöte; Hansel and Gretel; Così fan tutte; Les Contesd’Hoffmann; and The Old Maid and the Thief. Her recent production of The Sound of Music sold out and received rave reviews from the critics.

Dr. Lee has received many honors and awards, including a special prize for her distinguished performance of the Italian Art Song repertoire from the Italian America Cultural Foundation. Her biography has been listed in several of the prestigious Marquise, Who’s Who reference books including; Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women. She was a featured soloist in the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at Indiana University, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She received an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music and she completed her doctoral studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey as a student of Faith Esham.

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Dr. Lee is currently Director of Vocal Studies at La Sierra University. She resides in Yorba Linda with her husband Justin, and their two daughters, Ashley and Olivia.




Dean Anderson, conductor

DEAN ANDERSON is currently in his fourth year as the Director of Orchestra Studies at La Sierra University. He has been the Music Director for the Dana Point Symphony for over four seasons and is also the Artistic Director for Symphony Irvine. He is frequently engaged as an orchestra clinician and has worked with youth ensembles from across the United States.

As a guest conductor, he has led the National Congress Chamber Orchestra (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Grumo Festival Orchestra (Grumo, Italy), Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta (Bangkok, Thailand),Yakima Chamber Orchestra, Cerritos College Orchestra, and the Southern California Chamber Ensemble in Nagoya, Japan. In 2011, he was invited to guest conduct the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony in Vietnam, becoming the first American ever to conduct the orchestra professionally there.

In 2015, he was invited to join the faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival as the Principal Orchestra Director. He also led the combined orchestras of La Sierra University and Symphony Irvine at Walt Disney Hall in the West Coast premiere of Marcos Galvany’s operatic tableau O My Son.

As an opera conductor, he performed Giuseppe Lupis’ Il Pianista Disgraziata in Bologna, Assisi, Binetto, Loro Piceno, and Toritto. Other opera performances include Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna  and Mercadante’s I Due Figaro with Opera UCLA and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Fullerton College Opera Workshop. He conducted the West Coast premiere of Daron Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, with the La Sierra University Opera.

Dr. Anderson studied violin with John Mcleod and conducting with Edward Dolbashian at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UCLA under the mentorship of Neal Stulberg. He has also participated in conducting master classes with Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Daron Hagen, Don Thulean, and Lawrence Golan.

Shane Wood, Stage Director

SHANE WOOD holds masters degrees in English from La Sierra University and Theatre Studies from San Diego State University.For the last two years, he has worked as Assistant Editor for Theatre Topics and with the San Diego Repertory Theatre as a literary intern, where he created dramaturgical materials for their audience guides. Shane currently holds three Meritorious Achievement awards in Directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: two in design; two Irene Ryan nominations for acting; and an award for best dramaturgy from SDSU. He is excited to be back home at La Sierra working on this classic and thrilling show.

Sara Pinto da Silva, Stage Manager

SARA PINTO DA SILVA is a graduate from La Sierra University with a Music Performer’s Certificate. She also has a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal, and she has completed her prerequisites for Medicine at La Sierra University. In her home country, Sara studied music at the Conservatório Regional de Setúbal and participated in several Choral groups. Sara obtained a Music Performer’s Certificate in Voice from La Sierra University in 2014, under the direction of Professor Aram Barsamian. During that year Sara discovered a passion for Choral Conducting while taking conducting classes with Dr. Lesley Leighton. She completed a Music Performer’s Certificate in Choral Conducting with Dr. Ariel Quintana this past academic year.

During her years as a student at La Sierra University, she was part of the cast for The Sound of Music, Die Fledermaus, and Fiddler on the Roof productions. In 2014, she was given the task to be the Stage Manager for the production of Fiddler on the Roof. She continued her role as the stage manager for the 2015 productions of Gianni Schicchi and Little Nemo in Slumberland. During the summer of 2015, Sara was appointed as the conductor for the vocal chamber ensemble United and she also accepted a teaching position at San Antonio Christian School as their music director. Recently, she has accepted the position as the International Enrollment Counselor for the Enrollment Services at La Sierra University. She served as the Associate Director and Stage Manager for the 2016 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance

Michael Patterson, assistant conductor

MICHAEL PATTERSON has lived and served as a musician in Southern California for most of his life. Currently, he serves as Assistant Conductor of instrumental ensembles at La Sierra University, where he actively works with the university orchestra, wind ensemble and big band. In addition, he will begin this season as assistant director of the Dana Point Symphony. 

Having started on piano as a child, Patterson began performing nationally as well as internationally at the age of eleven, where he appeared as a guest musician on Carnival Cruise Line voyages across Central America. By the time he graduated high school, he had participated in three album recordings and various competitions.  In 2009, he won the Inland Empire Piano Festival Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the La Sierra University Orchestra.

In 2009, Patterson attended school at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Maryland. There he received a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance. His primary professor in piano and mentor was Dr. Daniel Lau. While at WAU, he performed as piano soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble (NEYE), traveling to counties such as South Africa, Germany, Jamaica, Italy, Puerto Rico and others. In addition to piano, he studied chamber music with Dr. Victor Yuzefovich, and conducting with Dr. Preston Hawes, Dr. James Bingham and the late Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse.

Upon graduation, he accepted a position as Director of Bands at Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) in Spencerville, Maryland, where he directed the Academy Concert Winds, the SAA Jazz Ensemble, SAA’s Beginner Band and SAA’s Middle School Band.  In addition, he directed SAA’s productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein Fiddler on the Roof (2014), and South Pacific (2015).

As a conductor, Patterson serves as Music Director and Founder of the PianoForte Symphony Orchestra (PFSO).  Based in Loma Linda, California, this orchestra has members from across the USA who come together to perform. Having started in 2009, the orchestra holds approximately 80 members.

Currently achieving a Performance Certificate in conducting at La Sierra University, Patterson remains active as a member of many of the university ensembles. He plays bassoon in the university orchestra and wind ensemble, and also plays bassoon in the Loma Linda University Church Orchestra.

While juggling the world of conducting and piano, Patterson composes on the side. He is currently actively studying under Dr. Ken Narducci as a private theory student. His last composition, “Symphony of Our Father”, was written in 2012 for full orchestra. It was premiered at the Loma Linda University Church by the PFSO. He has approximately 30 compositions under his name.

Jordan Otis, Hansel
Susana Leiva, Gretel
Anthony Leon, The Witch
Lexi Escobar & Loyda Leon, Sandman