Meet Our Cast
PrimaVera Opera is proud to present international opera star Alessandro Luciano in the role of Alfredo Germont. Mr. Luciano debuted at La Scala Theatre and performs regularly at major opera houses in Italy, Europe and Asia. Mr. Luciano is a native of Rome, Italy, and graduated from the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica “Silvio D’Amico”. He has performed at La Scala Theatre, Teatro Real de Madrid, Operà de Monte Carlo, Teatro dell Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio of Torino, the Rossini Opera Festival, Teatro Verdi of Trieste, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Sao Carlos of Lisboa, the Welsh National Opera, the Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie de Bruxelles, the Art Center of Seoul, the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome, and The Gasteig of Munich.
PrimaVera Opera is proud to present Italian baritone Massimo Simeoli in the role of Giorgio Germont. Mr. Simeoli is an award-winning, dramatic baritone who who has recorded with opera superstars Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorghiu. Mr. Simeoli’s 2015 recording with Jonas Kaufmann (Sony) was nominated for a Grammy Award and continues to receive significant playtime on classical music stations. Mr. Simeoli completed his musical and vocal studies at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella (Naples), under the guidance of Maestro Raffaele Passaro. His major roles include La Boheme (Marcelllo) at Edinburgh Scottish Opera, La Boheme (Schaunard) at Toronto Mississauga Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio) at Teatro Municipale de L’Aquila, Carmen (Escamillo) at Opernair Festival – Österreich, Malavita (Annetiello) at Foggia Giordano Theater Festival (CD published by Bongiovanni), La Traviata (Germont) at Helsinki Finnish Opera, Aida (Amonasro) at Opernhaus Graz, Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) at Opernhaus Bremen, MR Bruschino (Papà Bruschino) at Theater of Latina, Il Trovatore (Conte di Luna) at Dresden Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico) at Dusseldorf Deutsche Oper., The Barber of Seville (Figaro) at Estate Musicale di Segni (RM), and Turandot (Mandarino) at Teatro Lirico di Lucca-Pisa-Livorno. Mr. Simeoli lives in Rome, Italy.
PrimaVera Opera is proud to present Italian-trained soprano Ransu in the role of Violetta Valery. Ransu learned her Bel Canto (operatic singing originating in Italy, which stresses ease, purity, and evenness of tone production and an agile and precise vocal technique) from the Milan Conservatory of Music (Italy), La Scala Theatre Academy (Italy), the Conservatory of Nice (France), and from legendary singers including the late Maria Luisa Cioni, Bianca-Maria Casoni, Laura Londi, Yoko Hadama, Carlo Meliciani, the late Franco Ghitti, and the late Franco Corelli.
Ransu has performed as prima donna at opera houses in Parma, Italy (La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, and I Lombardi), Bologna, Italy (Malombra), and Busan, Korea (Un Ballo in Maschera). She is an award winning soprano (7 Festival della Lirica di Sanremo, XVI Concorso Internazionale di Giovani Cantanti Lirici "I Voltolini", 4 Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale Johannes Brahms, and 6 Concorso di Esecuzione Musicale Premio Lario in Musica).
Ransu lives in Southern California with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.
Im Sang Yoon
The Fallen One is produced in collaboration with Conductor Im Sang Yoon. Maestro Yoon is the art director of the Los Angeles Korean-American Musician’s Association and the World Mission University Chamber Choir. Maestro Yoon was previously the music director of the Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed regularly at Walt Disney Concert Hall and is known for passionate interpretations of major choral works with orchestra. His performances include Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Oratorio Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, overtures for Die Fledermaus, Nabucco, La Forza Del Destino, Fidelio, Russlan and Ludmilla, La Nozze di Figaro, Der Freischutz, and Candide, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto No. 5, and many opera gala concerts including “Verdi and Shakespeare” and “Verdi Opera Highlight.”
Maestro Yoon is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the American Conservatory of Music. He is currently associate professor and Director of Music at World Mission University.
Mr. Kim is a writer and director for PrimaVera Opera. He draws inspiration from classical sources including Greek mythology, Confucianism/Buddhism, and Christian Medieval and Renaissance culture.
Mr. Kim is a trial attorney in Southern California. He has a M.Phil. in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in History from the University of California. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he received the Henigson Human Rights Fellowship, Kaufman Public Service Fellowship, and a community service award.
After law school, Mr. Kim worked as a human rights lawyer in Haiti, where he assisted in the prosecution of crimes against humanity and organized aid to orphaned children. Mr. Kim is the principal of Arthur Kim Law Firm (www.arthurkimlaw.com), which represents individuals in employment and civil rights matters and businesses in commercial disputes.
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