Goldie Locks and the 3 Bears Cast

Nathan Bahny, Bass-Baritone (Papa Bear)
Bass-baritone Nathan Bahny has appeared with numerous opera companies throughout the United States including Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Long Beach Opera, Sorg Opera, Belleayre Music Festival, Four Corners Opera of Colorado, Sanibel Music Festival, Opera Northeast, New Jersey Verismo Opera, and the New York Liederkranz Society.

Papa Bear is not his first foray into fairy tale fathers, as he has also appeared as the father in Hansel and Gretel as well as Cinderella’s papa in Massenet’s Cendrillon.

Concert appearances include performances with the Wagner Society of Washington D.C, as well as a Kennedy Center debut in an all-Mahler program with the Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus under Julian Wachner.

In addition, he has taken part in Ring cycles with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh and Long Beach Opera, assuming the role of Alberich. Other favorite roles include Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Falstaff in Otto Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, the title role in Peter Cornelius’ Der Barbier von Bagdad and Orest in Elektra.

Roles of a non-Germanic bent include the four villains in Tales of Hoffmann, Amonasro in Aida and Mephistopheles in Faust.

His extensive oratorio experience includes performances of Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the Bach St. Matthew Passion.

Mr. Bahny made his Broadway debut in Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme and has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman.
Christyan Seay, Tenor (Mama Bear)
Christyan Seay, is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and a resident of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. As a trained vocalist, he studied voice with the late Dr. Thomas Houser and Dr. Anthony Leach (Pennsylvania State University). Active in recital, oratorio and opera, Mr. Seay has performed extensively throughout central Pennsylvania and abroad, including performances with the Harrisburg, Lancaster and West Shore Symphonies, The Pennsylvania Consort, the Harrisburg Opera Association, Opera Lancaster, Opera North and Concert Operetta of Philadelphia. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall in New York City as well as Smetana Hall in Prague (Czech Republic). Among his memorable performances, in April 2018 Mr. Seay sang as a member of the chorus and soloist in “The Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey” with renown soprano Kathleen Battle. Mr. Seay assisted in preparing the chorus for the February 2o20 performances of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess with the Harrisburg Symphony and the February 2022 performance of selections from Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances included tenor soloist for the Mozart Requiem (Shippensburg University), the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and Neue Liebeslieder with Stuart Malina and Market Square Concerts, A Mass for the Homeless (Wilmington, DE) and guest artist for the African American Music Festival at Pennsylvania State University (February 2023 & 2024). In June 2024, Christyan will travel to Paris, France to be guest soloist in The Tribulation Suite (composed by Roger Holland and conducted by Dr. Anthony Leach). His civic work in the community includes serving on the boards of the State Street Academy of Music, the Harrisburg Symphony Association, Harrisburg Opera Association and the Nativity School of Harrisburg. He also serves on the Artistic Committee for Gretna Music as well as Artistic Director of the Capital Area Music Association (CAMA) – a choral organization with emphasis on music of the African American Composers and African American Culture. He is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Harrisburg where he currently serves as the Senior Warden of the parish in addition to serving on the Commission On Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.
Hadley Qualls, Soprano (Baby Bear)
Hadley Qualls, a junior at Harrisburg Academy, is excited to join the Harrisburg Opera Association for their world premiere production of Goldie Locks and the 3 Bears, An Opera for Children. Hadley is coached and trained by teachers and mentors, Ashley Shade Byerts, Michael Gamon, and David Shover. Hadley is an active member of Harrisburg Academy’s Upper School Chorus and Jazz Ensemble and Vice President of the school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter. Some of Hadley’s favorite theatrical credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), School of Rock (Tomika Spencer-Williams), Bonnie and Clyde (Blanche Barrow), and The Crucible (Mary Warren).
Kimberly Sogioka, Mezzo-Soprano (Goldie Locks)
Kimberly Sogioka, mezzo-soprano, recently sang the role of Gertrud in Hansel and Gretel with Opera in the Heights, covered the role of Phuang Tran in The Rift with Washington National Opera, Mercédès in Sheldon Harnick’s English libretto of Carmen with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Mastervoices, sang the role of Madison in Intermountain Opera’s Montana Mikado, and the title role in L’enfant et les sortilèges with Pacific Opera Project.

Previously she sang Suzuki in the dual Japanese/English Madama Butterfly with Opera in the Heights and Pacific Opera Project, which she will reprise with Pacific Opera Project this season. Other roles include Siébel (Faust) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) with Detroit Opera and Northern Lights Festival, Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) with Opera Tampa, Opera Carolina, Virginia Opera, Toledo Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Opera Grand Rapids where she also sang Berta (il Barbiere di Siviglia).

A frequent collaborator with composers on new music projects, Kimberly sang the role of Nurse 3 in The Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera workshop of Michael Torke’s Senna, performed Clint Borzoni’s operas Margot Alone in the Light and Antinous and Hadrian, workshops of Bruce Wolosoff’s The Great Good Thing and Sarah Mattox’s Heart Mountain, and also performed scenes from Stephen Andrew Taylor’s opera, Paradises Lost, with Operamission. With the American Lyric Theater, she has workshopped Johanny Navarro and Marcus Yi’s Working for the Macbeths, Theo Popov and Tony Asaro’s The Halloween Tree, Jorge Sosa and Julian Crouch’s The Opposable Thumb and Andrea Clearfield and Jean-Claude van Itallie and Lois Walden’s, MILA, Great Sorcerer.