Cinnabar Favorites Carolyn Bacon (The Fantasticks, My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra) and Sergey Khalikulov (The Fantasticks, The Most Happy Fella) join forces with pianist Cesar Cancino to cook up a salon concert of delicious favorites from the Great American Songbook, including the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and many more. Add in a pinch of operatic spice, and you’ve got a recipe for musical fun and romance.
Based in San Francisco, Soprano Carolyn Bacon is known for her imagination, intelligence, and versatility as an opera and musical theater performer. She was recently seen at Cinnabar Theater as Louisa in The Fantasticks, and in the sold out run of My Way, a tribute to Frank Sinatra’s career with jazz trio. She also sings jazz at San Francisco’s premier jazz club, Black Cat. Recognizing her dramatic skills as a singer in multiple genres, Carolyn was a 2017 semi-finalist in the Kurt Weill Institute’s Lotte Lenya Competition in New York. Recent Bay Area performances have brought Carolyn to Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, TheatreWorks, Pacific Coast Repertory Theater, Pocket Opera, Opera Parallèle, Foothill Music Theater, and others. She also recently made her professional German debut in Freiburg, singing Adele (Die Fledermaus) with the Markgräfler Symphonie Orchester. The Badische Zeitung writes, “Carolyn Bacon was a bitingly fresh, cheeky Adele…Her high notes were divinely effortless and powerful.” Carolyn holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College, where she originally prepared for a career in medicine. Visit www.carolynbaconsoprano.com.
Baritone Sergey Khalikulov was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 1990, his family immigrated to the United States, where he grew up in San Francisco and attended the San Francisco School of the Arts (Vocal Department). His studies led him to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where he earned his B.A in music while studying voice with Vladimir Chernov. He acquired his master’s degree and post graduate diploma studying with Cesar Ulloa at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has participated in Artist Training Programs including the Tanglewood Institute, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the inaugural seasons of IVAAP, the Mosher Studio Artist program with Opera Santa Barbara, and most recently the Apprentice Artist program with Sarasota Opera. Sergey has appeared in productions with a variety of companies and institutions throughout the Bay Area, including the title role in Don Giovanni with Waffle Opera, La Serva Padrona (Uberto) with Livermore Valley Opera and Waffle Opera, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mr. Page) with Pocket Opera, Opera Parallele’s World Premiere of My Head is Full of Colors (Father), The Woman in the Wall (Fortitude) with Overtone Industries, My Fair Lady (Freddy) with Broadway by the Bay, The Most Happy Fella (Joey) and The Fantasticks (El Gallo) with Cinnabar Theater, Foothill Music Theater’s productions of South Pacific (Lt. Cable), for which he was nominated by BATCC for best principle actor in a musical 2014, and the title role in Sunday in the Park with George. Additionally, Sergey participated on a special Los Angeles workshop of Emma, a new musical by Meghan Brown and Sarah Taylor Ellis, working with Apples and Oranges Studios Accelerator. Currently, he is a regular performer with the San Francisco opera troupe Opera on the Spot, with whom he puts on “pop-up” opera performances at non-traditional locations all over San Francisco! In addition to his work as a performer, Sergey has served as an Assistant Director with Opera San Luis Obispo, and currently with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he has worked on numerous productions. He also maintains a voice studio with students of all ages in San Francisco. More information can be found on his website, www.sergeykhalikulov.com.
Pianist Cesar Cancino enjoys a musically diverse career as pianist, musical director and conductor. He was for many years the musical director/pianist for “Teatro Zinzanni” and toured with singer/songwriter Joan Baez as her musical director and pianist. Most recently, he was the Musical Director/Pianist for Life Without Makeup starring the legendary Rita Moreno at Berkeley Rep. Mr. Cancino has performed throughout North America, Europe and Australia in such venues as Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Int’l Music Festival of Mexico City, Atlanta Summer Pops Symphony and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Local credits include Rrazz Room, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 42nd St. Moon and others. He has appeared with such diverse artists as Florence Henderson, Paula West and Maria Muldaur. Cesar music directed Cinnabar’s production of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra last season, and will return in December to music direct Love Linda, The Story of Mrs Cole Porter.