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Sheila Willey, Soprano

Sheila Willey, soprano, is well known to Santa Cruz audiences, having appeared frequently with New Music Works, Santa Cruz Chamber Players, and the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival. On the operatic stage, she has sung diverse roles throughout the San Francisco Bay area including Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide (Cinnabar Theater), Constanza in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (West Edge Opera), and Cornelia in Lou Harrison's Young Caesar (Opera Parallèle). In musical theater, she has appeared in roles such as Marian in The Music Man (Cabrillo Stage) and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me (Cinnabar Theater). As a stage director, Willey has directed productions of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, new works by Chris Pratorius Gómez (My Head is Full of Colors and Xochitl and the Flowers), Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and is in pre-production for Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte this spring at UCSC. An Iowa native, she holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the University of California Santa Cruz, where she now serves as a lecturer in voice and directs the opera program. She conducts the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church choir and the University Women’s Club choir, Fiat Musica, and is mother to Kai, four (and a half), and Lia, one.