Doreen Ziegler (Coloratura Soprano)
Maggie Gitu (Mezzo Soprano)
Cody Thomas (Piano)
Edita Camm (Producer)
The coloratura soprano Doreen Ziegler was born in Dresden, Germany and studied Music at the University of Wuppertal in Germany. She was part of the ensemble of the Theatre of Gummersbach and the Theatre of Hagen, Germany, and took part in various theatre productions of opera, operetta and musical.
In Kenya and Tanzania Doreen Ziegler performed on several concerts with local artists. She played the part of Gretel in the full staged opera “Hansel and Gretel”, performed in Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute”, and sang with the Nairobi Music Society and the Nairobi Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Haydn’s “The Seasons”, Händel’s “Messias” and other productions. In 2010 she was introduced as featured musician of the month in the Kenyan magazine “Classics”.
Maggie Gitu is an American-trained Kenyan Mezzo-soprano currently based in Kenya. While in the US, she earned her BA and her MM, both in Music Performance. During this time, she was also honored to have sung with, among others, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus as a Principal Singer and the Bach Society of St. Louis as a Young Artist. Maggie has been involved in several staged productions including Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, in which she played the role of “Ruth”. She has also been a soloist for several large works including Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, G. F. Handel’s Messiah and Lord Nelson Mass and W. A. Mozart’s Requiem.
Maggie played the role of the “Witch” in the Kenyan debut of Humperdinck’s opera Hansel & Gretel, the “Witchdoctor” in the Kenyan opera Ondieki the Fisherman and “Marcellina” in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. She is thrilled to be playing the role of a diva in Rent-A-Diva.
Cody Thomas is originally from Lizemores, West Virginia, USA, but has been living in Kenya since 2014. He is an alum of Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he studied Music Education and Vocal Performance. Since moving to Kenya, Cody has been active in the classical music scene as an accompanist, member of Greenwood Singers, and in The Magic Flute, amongst other things. Cody is currently a music teacher at West Nairobi School in Karen, teaching the band and orchestra classes.
More information about the Rent-A-Diva cast are available here.