Meet The Artists!

Nathaniel Baker (Music Director)

Nathaniel holds a bachelor's degree from The Hartt School in Piano Performance and Music Theory and a master's in Piano Performance from the University of Connecticut, where as a Graduate Assistant he worked as a coach/accompanist for the school's opera program. He studied piano with Luiz de Moura Castro and Irma Vallecillo. Nathaniel has music directed many local theatrical productions, including for Simsbury Light Opera Company, Seven Angels Theatre, and Choate Rosemary Hall. He is the Music Director of Peace Dale Congregational Church in Wakefield, RI. Nathaniel has also enjoyed an international career as a concert pianist, having performed in Europe and South America, as well as around the United States. He presently works as a staff accompanist at the University of Rhode Island. Nathaniel made his theatrical debut as a composer/arranger with Marc Deaton’s new play, A Memory of Truth, in May of 2021, and Elegy for a Fallen Angel in April 2022. Nathaniel has served as music director on numerous productions with MLS including: Into the Woods, Hansel and Gretel, Music of the Night, The Sun Sits Low, and many concerts. In the 2022 season, Nathaniel conducted Curlew River and The Seven Deadly Sins and was Music Director on Pippin for Madison Lyric Stage.

Marc Deaton (Director)

Marc Deaton occupies a prominent place among today's most distinctive dramatic tenors. He has appeared with leading opera companies and orchestras throughout the world, including: Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Berlin, Dresden, Paris, Barcelona, Augsburg, Munich, Mannheim, London, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Santa Fe; portraying the leading tenor roles of Wagner and Strauss: Tristan, Siegfried, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Der Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten. He is also well-known for his portrayals of leading tenor roles in Samson et Dalila, Otello, Aïda, Turandot, Il Trovatore, Carmen, I Pagliacci. Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, Berg's Wozzeck and Lulu, Reimann's Die Gespenstersonate, Britten's The Turn of the Screw, Peter Grimes, and The Rape of Lucretia, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and many operettas, including Das Land des Lächelns and Eine Nacht in Venedig. His concert repertoire is just as broad, ranging from classical to modern and comprising virtually all the great tenor parts in such works as the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven, Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (he was the first man to perform the role at Vienna's Schoenberg Center). His recordings include the title role in Tristan und Isolde with the Bulgarian Festival Orchestra on Titanic Records; the October 2011 Centaur Records release of Marc Deaton WAGNER, a solo disc of Wagner excerpts recorded with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, Calaf in Turandot with Bangkok Opera on DVD, and Stephen Suber's Upon the Bank at Early Dawn on Centaur Records. Bringing to play his 30 years as an internationally renowned operatic tenor, Marc Deaton also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a stage director. Trained as an actor and director, Mr. Deaton performed key musical theatre roles including Che in Evita, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tony in West Side Story, and the title role in Candide, in European theatres such as Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Berlin, Bregenz, and Zurich. He is the co-founder of Madison Lyric Stage, serving as producer and director for most of the productions in its eleven-year history. In addition to directing many of the productions with MLS, he also appeared on stage recently as Sweeney Todd, and in leading roles in Curlew River, Of Mice and Men, Otello, Peter Grimes, A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Turn of the Screw and Salome among others. Mr. Deaton is also a playwright, writing the libretto for Glen Cortese’s monodrama The Swan Knight, and penning the one character play We Lived Only for the Music: Max Lorenz and the Third Reich, in 2018, and A Memory of Truth, which was premiered in May of 2021 and a new play, Elegy for A Fallen Angel, which will be presented with MLS in 2023. For more information about Marc Deaton, go to www.marcdeaton.com.

Allison Lindsay

Allison Lindsay is an active operatic, theatrical, and concert performer from the Northeastern United States. A few of her notable roles to date include Frau/Inmate in Erwartung and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel (both with Madison Lyric Stage), the title role in Handel’s Ariodante (New York Lyric Opera Theatre), Siebel in Faust and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (both with Connecticut Lyric Opera), among others. Ms. Lindsay’s New York television debut on BronxNet came in 2019 when she played Peep-Bo in Bronx Opera Company’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado that year. She has also appeared as a soloist in concert with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Baroque Ensemble, Connecticut Virtuosi Summer Music Institute Faculty Ensemble, Boston Conservatory Baroque Ensemble, and Hofstra University’s Collegium Musicum. Ms. Lindsay has also been heard as a soloist at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), the Berklee Performance Center (Boston, MA), and at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. She made her international concert debut in the summer of 2018 at the Music in the Alps International Music Festival in Bad Gastein, Austria, where she performed as a soloist on chamber music concerts, and as one of the winners of the festival’s Concerto-Aria Competition. Ms. Lindsay frequently appears in her hometown of Middletown, CT to perform the National Anthem at various events.

Mary McCue

Mary McCue, soprano, has been involved with music her entire life. She began singing at age seven with her local church choir and has been performing ever since. In 2009 she earned a Bachelors in Music from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT where she was a member of the opera theater program, performing in various scenes and productions including Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea as Cathleen. While in her undergrad, Ms. McCue became the alto/soprano section leader for St. James’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, CT. During her ten years there she was the featured soloist in many pieces, most notably various Requiem settings by Faure, Mozart, Duruflé, and Brahms. In the summer of 2017 Ms. McCue joined Connecticut Lyric Opera for the Greve Opera Academy & Music Festival in Greve-in-Chianti, Italy where she performed the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte. After returning to the states she continued her work with CLO, being cast as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. That September, Ms. McCue earned a spot in Connecticut Lyric Opera’s Young Artist Program for the next two seasons. Her first production as a Young Artist and third production with CLO was a four performance run of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in which she was cast as First Lady. She returned to Italy the following two summers, as Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro then as Nella and Sister Genovieffa in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica. While in Italy she studied with famed soprano Katia Ricciarelli, Maestro collaboratore at the Opera di Firenze Paolo Bellocci, renowned bass-baritone Armando Ariostini and Maestro collaboratore Clavicembalista at Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini Firenze, Giacomo Benedetti. Here in the states she has performed with CLO as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and Tebaldo/Celestial Voice in Verdi’s Don Carlo. Following that production, she appeared as Eglé in Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Daphnis et Eglé and Bubikopf in a multi-city tour of Viktor Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. In 2021, she made her debut with Madison Lyric Stage as Mistress of Novices/Nursing sister in their production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She continued her work with Madison Lyric Stage as a Pilgrim in their production of Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River, as ensemble in Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin, and took on the flamboyant antagonist, Adolfo Pirelli, in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Ms. McCue is excited to continue her work with Madison Lyric Stage for their 2023 Season.

Meera Mennillo

Meera Mennillo recently made her MLS debut in Spring Awakening and is very excited to be part of Women of Opera. When Meera was 14, she was awarded best solo act in New England’s Got Talent. This recognition marked a major shift toward turning her passion for music into a profession. Since then, Meera has written 50+ songs and is in the process of recording and releasing her original work. She is the Worship Leader at Peace Dale Congregational Church where she also teaches piano and voice lessons to local children. She has performed with Madison Lyric Stage and Simsbury Light Opera Company for the past two years. Meera is a junior at University of Rhode Island majoring in creative writing and psychology. She hopes that the combination of academic and experiential learning will support her in her artistic aspirations.

Juliet Rumbold

Julie Rumbold is happy to be back on stage with Madison Lyric Stage. The Connecticut native has been described by artistic and music directors as enthusiastic and extremely talented with a solid vocal technique. She has been featured in Operas, Operettas and Concerts. Some of the companies she has performed with are Connecticut Lyric Opera, Berkshire Opera Festival, The Whitney Center for the Arts MA, Lollipop Opera, Greylock Opera MA, Contemporary Theater Company RI, Simsbury Light Opera Company and CT Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has also studied and performed with New England Opera Intensive program in Boston and at the International Music Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy. As well has been a finalist for Opera Connecticut’s American Opera Idol competition. Julie’s voice range and performance versatility have enabled her to portray a variety of roles and voice parts. This included the role of Elle in La voix humaine and Princess Ida in Princess Ida generally sung by a soprano along with the dramatic roles of La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica and Eboli in Don Carlo. A few other notable roles include Dorabella in Così Fan Tutte, the debut of Marie-Thérèse in the opera The Weeping Woman, Maurya in Riders to the Sea, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and Phoebe in Yeoman of the Guard.

Lizzy Stant

Lizzy Stant is originally from Dover, Delaware, and she is thrilled to be back with Madison Lyric Stage after her debut in Spring Awakening! She has a Master of Music degree in Voice from New England Conservatory of Music and has been performing in the New England area for over four years. Her stage performances include opera, musical theater, and as a concert soloist. Recent credits include Rapunzel in Sondheim's Into the Woods with NEMPAC Opera, First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Miami Music Festival, Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music with Franklin Performing Arts Company, and as the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Martinez’ Dixit Dominus, and Handel’s Messiah. Up next, Lizzy will play the role of Mother to Born in Prayer in White Snake’s world premiere of Monkey: A Parable Opera. When not performing, Lizzy is a voice teacher at various locations in the Boston/Providence areas and enjoys teaching a variety of ages and genres of music.

Allison Waggener

Allison Waggener has been praised by critics as a singer of “strength and vocal beauty” with “a fine legato,” and is thrilled to return to Madison Lyric Stage, where she was previously seen as Suor Angelica, Hotel Fables (Manon), Into the Woods (Rapunzel/Milky White), Company (Kathy) and Blithe Spirit (Elvira) and in 2022 as Catherine in Pippin. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall three times, At herCarnegie debut she “nicely handled the travesti role” of Prince Orlofsky in New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s Opera Gala (Voce di Meche, Superconductor). Favorite roles include Miss Pooder in Abilene Opera’s Texas premiere of The Hotel Casablanca, Ruggiero in Alcina with East Coast Chamber Opera, Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmelites with One World Symphony, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Bleecker Street Opera, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Oggi, and the title role in Cenerentola with Downtown Symphony. In addition to performing in musicals and singing baroque, standard, and contemporary opera repertoire, she is also a dancer, performing regularly with NYC and Greenwich-based Mixt Company. She participated in the 2016 E|Merge residency for interdisciplinary artists at Earthdance arts residency in the Berkshires. A graduate of Yale College, she grew up in Boston and currently lives in Bridgeport, CT. During the pandemic she co-founded Bridgeport Mutual Aid, an organization helping alleviate food insecurity in Bridgeport through food deliveries, free community refrigerators, and home vegetable gardens.