Staff

Artistic Director

Basil Considine is the founder and Artistic Director of Really Spicy Opera. Prior to starting Really Spicy Opera, he was the manager of the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theater and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater. He lives in Minneapolis’s Bryn Mawr neighborhood.

Managing Associate

Angela Sorenson (on maternity leave) is a recovering community theater nut and bartender from Florida who turned into a Minnesota arts administrator. She lives in Roseville.

Lead Teaching Artist

Elissa Edwards is a soprano and clinician on historically informed performance and gesture. A specialist in 17th- and 18th-century song, she is the co-director of the Élan Ensemble and the Jane Austen Songbook project. She holds an MA in Vocal Performance from the University of York and a BA in Vocal Performance from Boston University.

Director, Nordic Tours

Deborah Justice is a musician, educator, festival organizer, and concert manager. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, an MA in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, and dual bachelor’s degrees in Music and Middle Eastern Studies from the College of William and Mary. Dr. Justice was the President of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Music, Religion, and Sound Section from 2015-2016.

Cultivating drama that burns and music that sates.