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About Us

Current Production

Past Productions

.... 2011 Les contes d'Hoffmann

... 2011 La fanciulla del West

... 2009 Don Giovanni






La Rondine Cast List and Biographies

Magda Linda Kiemel


Ruggero Michael Talley

Lisette Delia Zielinski

Prunier John Turner

Rambaldo Sean Pflueger

Yvette – Mary Ann Vandermark

Bianca  Alisa Kieffer

Suzy/Lolette  Mariana Pino
                   Donna Kepler
Georgette – Chris Herman
Gabriella  Lillian Rouly
Adolfo/Gobin  – Brian Lee
Rabonnier – Richard Stoneberg
Crébillon – Michael Oberhauser
Maggiordomo/ –  Zain Shariff
Périchaud     –   Rolland Stoneberg
Accompanist – Kathy Detwiler
Conductor & Chorus Master – Molly Khatcheressian



Magda Linda Kiemel

Linda Kiemel, Soprano


Ruggero Michael Talley

American tenor Michael Talley earned his master's degree in vocal performance from The Catholic University of America. He has been a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus for many years, and appeared in dozens of productions with WNO at the Kennedy Center, including the recent productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, and Turandot. Michael has performed numerous lead roles with local companies including, "The Prince" in The Student Prince, 'Pinkerton" in Madame Butterfly, "Don Octavio" in Don Giovanni, and "Alfredo" in La traviata. He also premiered as "Aegisthus" in Andrew Simpson's Agammemnon.

Michael Talley, Tenor


Lisette Delia Zielinski

Lyric coloratura soprano Delia Zielinski is a versatile performer of opera, art song, musical theatre and jazz. She has performed widely in the Mid-Atlantic area, including companies such as Annapolis Opera, the Mount Vernon Players, Center Stage Opera (PA), Studio Theatre (u/s), Montgomery Playhouse, OutOfTheBlackBox Theatre Co., and the DC Playwright's Forum, as well as recitals at the Levine School of Music and the Martin Luther King Library Music Series.  In 2006 she was a featured performer with the Johnny Mercer Music Festival in Savannah, GA.  Ms. Zielinski holds a BA from Trinity University in Texas.  In addition, she is a graduate of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, DC, and has studied voice and music at the Oxenfoord International School in St. Andrews, Scotland, the Crittenden Opera Studio in DC and with Mr. Anastasios Vrenios.  She has performed in master classes with mezzo-soprano Ann Murray, soprano Faith Esham, and baritone Ryan Edwards.

Delia Zielinski, Soprano




Prunier John Turner

American tenor John Turner has appeared in forty operas with many local opera companies.  He sang the role of Ottavio in last year’s Riverbend production of Don Giovani.  He has also performed Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and appeared in supporting roles as Marcelo in Vives zarzuela Bohemios, as First Man in Maurice Saylor's Express-A Bus Ride, as Gastone in la Traviata, Léon in Signor Deluso, Vendador and Colonel in Luisa Fernanda, Lope in El barberillo de Lavapies, El Rato in El duo de la Africana, and many others. As an oratorio soloist he has appeared in Mozart's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, and Messiah. A performance member of the Washington’s Friday Morning Music Club, he has also performed with The In Series, Summer Opera Theater Company, Belcantanti Opera, Opera Bel Canto, Zarzuela DiSi, Victorian Lyric Opera Company, Southwest Chamber Players, and others.

John Turner, Tenor


Rambaldo Sean Pflueger

Sean Pflueger, bass, is an active performer with many opera companies in the Washington area including Washington Savoyards, Bel Cantanti Opera, Loudoun Lyric Opera, and The In Series.  Recently, he performed the role Pish-Tush in Washington Savoyard’s The Mikado and Bass Soloist singing many of Mozart great Bass roles in The In Series and Washington Ballet’s join production, WAM: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Mr. Pflueger has also performed the roles of Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Count in Sousa’s Desiree, Bob in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, , Il Comendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Pooh-Bah in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Mars in Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld, Alcindoro/Benoit in Puccini’s La Boheme, Chevalier in Victor Herbert’s Madeleine, Betto and Master Spinelloccio/Amatio di Nicolao in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and St. Peter in Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos.  He will appear in an original production Romance from Broadway to Lincoln Center with Loudoun Lyric Opera in August. Sean also appeared with the Washington National Opera chorus in their production of Wagner’s Gotterdammerung in 2009.


Sean Pfleuger, Bass



Bianca / 'A Voice' Alisa Kieffer

Alisa Kieffer, soprano, is a brand new James Madison University alum. Her recent work with the Washington Savoyards includes Scott Joplin's Treemonisha and Gilbet & Sullivan's Trial by Jury. Alisa has also appeared in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (Despina, JMU), Handel's Acis and Galatea (Staunton Music Festival), Puccini'sSuor Angelica (Suor Osmina, Operafestival di Roma), Ibert's Angelique (Angelique, JMU), Lehar's The Merry Widow (Valencienne cover, Grisette Girl, JMU), Handel's Semele (Staunton Music Festival), Edward Penhordwood's Too Many Sopranos (Miss Titmouse, Virginia Concert Opera Theater), Mozart's The Impresario (Madame Heartmelt, Virginia Concert Opera Theater), Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (1st Knabe, Virginia Concert Opera Theater), (Queen of the Night, JMU), (ensemble, Operafestival di Roma), Street Scene (JMU), and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (Staunton Music Festival).

Alisa Kieffer, Soprano

Yvette / 'A Voice' Mary Ann Vandermark

Mary Ann Vandermark, soprano, is a member of the Washington National Opera chorus, and appeared most recently in Turandot. Other companies she has sung with are Summer Opera Theater Company, including Il Trovatore, Tosca, and Carmen; and Arizona Opera Company, including Turandot, Un ballo in maschera, Carmen, Don Carlo, The Merry Widow, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, L'Elisir d'Amore, Tosca, Pearl Fishers, The Mikado, La Boheme, and Cosi fan tutte. Ms. Vandermark additionally sang as a soloist for various oratorio works with The Mormon Choir of Washington DC, and has toured as an opera chorister in Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary. She also was the first place winner in the local NATS competition for the Continuing Education category.

Mary Ann Vandermark, Soprano

Our La Rondine Cast


Riverbend Opera La Rondine Cast


June 20, 2010







Audition Information


To be considered for future productions,  please send us your resume, or contact us with any questions about performances and venues.



Synopsis of La Rondine


 There are many excellent summaries of La Rondine on the websites of major US Opera Houses (example: The Met, San Francisco Opera, etc.) who have presented this popular work.  A more detailed synopsis with references to all the arias, duets, and ensembles is on Stanford’s wonderful opera site, and of course, on Wikipedia.