Tenor Ashley Faatoalia is a native of Southern California. Noted for his soaring tenor and warm stage presence, his most recent engagements with LA Opera include: Who Wants to be an Opera Singer? and The Festival Play of Daniel. Other recent engagements include his debut performance with San Francisco Opera as The Crab Man in Porgy and Bess, and his debut performance with San Francisco Lyric Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Mr. Faatoalia has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the historic Hollywood Bowl. Mr. Faatoalia studied vocal performance with his teacher and mentor, Dr. Peter Atherton at Chapman University. As a member of Opera Chapman, Mr. Faatoalia performed the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in Così fan Tutte, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and A Sailor in Dido and Aeneas. He was honored by the Pasadena Opera Guild in their scholarship competition for his continued success as a young artist. Other awards include: The Opera 100 Competition, The NAACP-ACTSO Competition, The BEAM Foundation, The William Grant Still Performing Arts Society Competition, district finalist for the Metropolitan Opera Competition, and Chapman University’s Bramledge Award for outstanding performance in an opera.