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Opera on The Bluff Staff

Nicole Leupp Hanig

Nicole Leupp Hanig, Artistic Director

Soprano Nicole Leupp Hanig has appeared as a soloist with the Jussi Björling Festival in Sweden, the Maggio Musicale Festival in Italy, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and Atelier Lyrique in France.  She has performed a solo recital at St. Martin’s in the Field in London and Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder at Durham Cathedral in Durham, England. She was a soloist in Opera Galas for Amnesty International at St. James’ Picadilly in London and for the Cairo Opera in Egypt, which was recorded for Egyptian television. Hanig holds degrees from the University of Colorado, and the University of Illinois as well as a post graduate diploma from The Royal Academy of Music in London where she was awarded the Diploma of the Royal Academy for distinction in performance. In addition to serving as artistic director for Opera on The Bluff, she is an associate professor of music and director of vocal studies at University of Portland. She also is an artist/teacher with Music in the Marche, an opera training program and festival in Mondavio di Pesaro, Italy.

David DeLyser

David DeLyser, Music Director

David De Lyser, director of choral activities, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Performing & Fine Arts, joined the University of Portland faculty in 2010. His conducting duties at the University include the UP Singers, Chamber Choir, and music director for campus musical productions. He has previously conducted the UP Orchestra. He teaches composition, orchestration, music theory, and fine arts courses. Outside of the University, he is the artistic director/conductor of the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland and maintains a busy schedule of guest conducting and adjudicating. He holds graduate degrees in conducting and composition from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Portland, and a bachelor of music degree in music business from Minnesota State University Moorhead. De Lyser is a published author and award-winning composer whose works have been commissioned, premiered, and performed by professional, collegiate, community, and high school performing ensembles across the country.

Gregory Pulver

Gregory Pulver, Producer

Gregory Pulver is the theater program director and associate professor of theater at University of Portland where he teaches costume and make-up design as well as serving as a stage director for main-stage productions. In addition, he serves as one of Artists Repertory Theatre’s resident artists. Prior to moving to Portland, he served as an associate professor of costume design at Western Washington University for 12 years and chair of the WWU theatre department for three and a half of those years. Pulver holds an MFA in costume design and choreography from Humboldt State University, CA. He is the 1993 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Costume Design Winner for his work on Three Penny Opera. He is a member of the international board of advisors for The Last Frontier Theatre Conference and participates yearly as a guest artist, mentoring new American playwrights. In addition he has designed for Bag & Baggage Productions and Broadway Rose Theatre Company.