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AMANDA CASTRO ANITA ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Castro studied under Glen Eddy (Nederlands Dans Theater), Andre Tyson (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and Colin Connor (director of Limón Dance Company). Principal dancer of Urban Bush Women for four years, Castro won New York City’s 2016 Run the Night competition and placed second in 2017 with her collaborative trio Soles of Duende, which recently participated in the 2018 Women in Dance Leadership Conference as invited artists. Castro has danced in Jared Grimes’ 42nd Street pre-production workshop in Chicago and performed with Jason Bernard, Ayodele Casel, and Andrew Nemr. She also assisted choreographer Nick Kenkel for his work in BC Beat, has been featured as a model/movement specialist in New York Fashion Week, and danced at Radio City Music Hall for the Ellie Awards. She recently finished In the Heights at Geva Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.

BRIAN VU RIFF

ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT In the 2018-19 season, Brian debuts with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and The Atlanta Opera as Riff in Francesca Zambello’s new production of West Side Story, a role he premiered at Houston Grand Opera and The Glimmerglass Festival. He then sings Alcée (Sapho) with Washington Concert Opera and Moralès (Carmen) with San Diego Opera. Previous roles include Schaunard (La bohème) with Glimmerglass, Hannah before (As One), John Brooke (Little Women), Fiorello and Figaro (student matinee Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Pittsburgh Opera. He has performed songs from the Frederick Koch collection with Yale in New York at Carnegie Hall and as baritone soloist with in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Yale Glee Club and Yale Symphony Orchestra. A first-place winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition, he is a grand finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Award, third prize in the Gerda Lissner Lieder competition, and a major prizewinner in the Opera Index Competition, among others. Brian holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and University of California, Los Angeles. You can find him @vouski on Instagram. 27

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Encore Atlanta is the official show program for the Fox Theatre; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Alliance Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center; Th...