Saturday, March 12 at 7pm
Peruvian-born bass-baritone, Ivan Amaro, has been acclaimed by critics for his vibrant voice and his exceptional communication of the characters he performs. He has many opera roles to his credit: Rigoletto, Germont , Don Carlo, Il Conte di Luna, Ferrando, Sulpice, Enrico, Dulcamara, Count Almaviva, Figaro and Bartolo (both from Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di Figaro) , Don Magnifico, Bruschino Padre, Don Pasquale, Slook, Tobia Mill, Marcello, Benoit/Alcidoro, Tonio, Leporello, Papageno, Don Alfonso, Crespel , Elviro, Salieri, Chorazy, Mr. Gobineau, Pizarro, and Sancho Panza, among many others, totaling more than 80 roles, including also operetta, zarzuela, and oratorio ones. Mr. Amaro is also an archaeologist and archaeomusicologist with published works.
Lucas Barkley is a pianist and coach who recently relocated to the New York City area from Pittsburgh, PA, where he was a staff pianist at Duquesne University and accompanist and vocal coach for Undercroft Opera (Carmen, Norma, The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly). He was also an accompanist and coach for CO-OPERA, a collaboration between Pittsburgh Opera and Carnegie Mellon University featuring the premieres of five one-act chamber operas by student composers. He has also curated and accompanied numerous art song recitals, most recently 1815: A Schubert Song Bicentennial in May 2015. Lucas holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Duquesne University and a master’s in collaborative piano from Carnegie Mellon.
A native of the Bronx, NY, tenor Lindell Carter has been noted as “a promising young tenor … [who] lacked nothing in power or finesse (Classical Voice of North Carolina) and praised for his “rich timbre and ringing, easy top” (London Herald). In the current season, Mr. Carter expands his wide-ranging repertoire with his debuts as the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Camille in The Merry Widow, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, and the title role in Donizetti’s rarely performed drama Poliuto. The 2015 – 2016 season also includes Mr. Carter’s returns to the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Don José in Carmen, and Vaudémont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
Ms. Flaxman has previously appeared with The Opera Company of Brooklyn as Fenena in Nabucco. Other recent roles include Frugola (Il Tabarro) with Garden State Opera, La Principessa (Suor Angelica) for Golden Rose Opera Works, Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) at the North Shore Music Festival, Meg Page (Falstaff) with Utopia Opera, Carmen (cover) with Golden Rose Opera Works, Flora (La Traviata) with Bronx Opera and Zita (Gianni Schicchi) with Ralynmor Opera. This spring, Laura will be singing Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) with the Midwest Institute of Opera.
Bass Paul Goodwin-Groen has sung in the UK at the Royal Opera House, with the Royal Ballet, London Lyric Opera, Garsington Opera and at the Aldeburgh Festival. In Australia he has performed with Pacific Opera, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera and at the Sydney Opera House. He has also performed in Germany and at the Macau International Music Festival. In New York, he was in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohéme on Broadway, sang with the Bronx Opera and is very pleased to return to the Opera Company of Brooklyn.
Julio Hernandez has an extensive music career since career since childhood. He has played and performed in well-known venues Around North and Central America. He holds a diploma in performing and liberal arts. He has studied at the Mannes School for Music Extension Division polishing his knowledge in: music theory, ear training, Music Dictation, Music History, Piano, Keyboard Reading as well as being part of the opera workshop. Mr. Hernandez has been training with the renowned teacher Arthur J. Levy since 2010. Currently he works as a music and instrument teacher as well as participating in different opera productions.
Maestro Jay Meetze is Opera Company of Brooklyn’s Founder, Artistic & Music Director. According to CNN, “Meetze makes opera accessible.” His vision, on Jeopardy quiz show, is to reach “nontraditional” patrons. Lauded for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances and leadership,” Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News also named his Grammy-nominated CD “BEST OF THE YEAR” and “CRITIC’S CHOICE.” “Magic is wielded in the hands of Meetze.” American Record Guide.
Elisabeth is thrilled to be performing the title role in Gioconda with the Opera Company of Brooklyn. Formerly a mezzo, Elisabeth was featured as the title role Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s Carmen. Her performance was lauded by Meche Kroop, saying, “Carmen herself, finely sung by Elisabeth Shoup, appeared as a sexily androgynous biker chick; by dint of acting skill, she overcame her naturally soft and vulnerable features to adopt a coolly rebellious and mostly indifferent aspect,“ Vocedimeche.net. Other roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with the Martha Cardona Theater, la Ciesca and Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance.
Mezzo Kristin Starkey is currently working towards her D.M.A. in Vocal Performance at Stony Brook University. She has recently been seen as La Principessa (Suor Angelica) and Grimgerde (Die Walkure) with New York Lyric Opera, and as a featured soloist with One World Symphony singing Field of the Dead. Repertoire includes roles as Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Mrs. Grose (Turn of the Screw), Dalila, Carmen, Cenerentola, Octavian, La Voix, Third Lady, and Arsamene, Musette (Leoncavallo), Hermia, and Dorabella. Upcoming roles include: Il Tebro (O come chiare e belle) with Stony Brook Opera and Erda, Myrtale, and La Cieca with OCB.
Baritone David Tapp recently performed as Wotan with New York Lyric Opera, and in Salome and Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Opera Company of Brooklyn. Other work includes Marcello and Danilo with Bel Canto Lyric Opera of Philadelphia. With Downtown Performing Arts of Lambertville (NJ): Sweet Charity (Vittorio), Secret Garden (Craven), Into the Woods (Wolf/Prince), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh). Also Le Nozze di Figaro (Il Conte) with Opera Semplice, The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp) at Kelsey Theater, The Italian in Algiers (Taddeo) and Madame Butterfly (Yamadori) at Ash Lawn Opera. Masters and Professional Studies from Mannes at the New School.
John Yohalem, noted raconteur and critic, has written on opera for the Metropolitan Opera program, Parterre Box, Opera News and Enchanté: The Journal for the Urbane Pagan.
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Enjoy views of Manhattan’s last natural forest, Muscota Marsh, Spuyten Duyvil Creek, The Harlem River, The Henry Hudson Bridge, Columbia University’s C-Rock, Boathouse, Indoor Tennis Courts, Football Stadium. Our spacious and clean venues have superb acoustics and high-quality instruments. Free upgrade, if available. Instruments: 6’1, Yamaha G3E Grand, 1936 Art Deco Baldwin Grand, Hammond XK Vintage System Organ, Leslie 3300 Speaker, Yamaha P-60 Keyboard.