Die Walkure, Saturday 4/2 at 7pm
Pianist, Lucas Barkley
Brunhilde, Erin Carr
Siegfried, Percy Martinez (Kevin Courtemanche)
Sieglinde, Mariella Baier
Wotan, Paul Goodwin-Groen, (Ryan Kinsella)
Fricka, Laura Smith
Hunding, Scott Tomlinson (Ryan Kinsella)
Helmwige, Eilin O’dea (Elizabeth Moran)
Ortlinde, Brittany Cusack
Gerhilde, Anita Lyons
Waltraute, Laura Kate Garner
Siegrune, Caterina Rossini
Rossweisse, Shawn Palmer
Grimgerde – Sonya Rice
Schwertleite – Elizabeth Moran
German soprano Mariella Baier is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory Brussels. She discovered her passion for singing while studying music education at university. Tonight she is making her OCB debut in the role of Sieglinde.Roles: Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Elettra (Idomeneo), Elsa (Lohengrin), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Micaëla (Carmen) and Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica). Venues include: Theater Lüneburg (Germany), Symphony Hall Bamberg (Germany), Palais de Beaux Arts (Brussels/Belgium),Bruno Walter Auditorium (Lincoln Center, NYC), Festival Santa Florentina (Spain) and Narnia Festival (Italy).
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.
Brittany Cusack is an Irish-American Soprano. Future engagements include Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Nedda in I Pagliacci, and Patrica in G Train the Musical at Brooklyn College Opera Theater and Ortlinde in Die Walkure and Gutrune (Cover) in Gotterdamerung with Opera Company of Brooklyn. Brittany has performed Freia in Das Rheingold, Crobyle (Cover) in Thais, Kate Pinkerton (Cover) in Madama Butterfly, Guest Soloist in Die Fledermaus, Grisette in La Rondine, Dorothée in Cendrillon, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Niobe in Daphnis et Chloe (Offenbach). Brittany was featured as Lady Macbeth in the International Electroacoustic Festival’s production Electrified Lady Macbeth.
Laura Kate Garner – Career highlights include: Hansel (NevadaOpera), Flosshilde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung (Arizona Opera); Waltrautein Die Walküre, (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), Clarina in La Cambiale diMatrimonio (Alice Tully Hall), Siebel in Faust (Dicapo Opera), Bersi in AndreaChénier (Arizona Opera) Paquette in Candide and High Priestess in Aïda (AustinLyric Opera) among others. As concert soloist she has performed altosolos in Bruckner’s Te Deum, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass andVivaldi’s Gloria. Laura Kate holds an M.M. in Performance from Arizona State and B.Mus, Music Theory from Converse College. While apprenticing with the Santa Fe Opera she met and eventually married baritone, Robert Garner. The couple resides in Manhattan with theirdog, Talladega, who also sings.
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.
Hailed by Opera News for displaying “a fine natural tenor that remained sonorous through the range….”, Peruvian-born tenor Percy Martinez is known for the power, beauty, and elegance of his singing, as well as a commanding stage presence. His recent debut as Samson earned him critical and popular acclaim for his use of “powerful vocalism to guide the drama”, in which “his diction and legato were exemplary.” Mr. Martinez has performed leading roles in La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Aida, La Forza del Destino, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, I Pagliacci, Faust, Idomeneo, Samson et Dalila, and Wagner’s Die Walkure. In the summer of 2005, Mr. Martinez was invited to participate in the prestigious Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program. Before joining Santa Fe Opera, Mr. Martinez was a member of the Apprentice Artist Program at Sarasota Opera. Mr. Martinez holds Performance and Teaching Diplomas from the Accademia Internazionale de Canto in Pesaro, Italy, and a Performance Diploma from the Accademia Del Teatro, Cagli, Italy.
Maestro Jay Meetze is Opera Company of Brooklyn’s Founder, Artistic & Music Director. According to CNN, “Meetze makes opera accessible.” “Magic is wielded in the hands of Meetze.” American Record Guide. Artists who know & support his work: Martina Arroyo, Carlisle Floyd, Itzhak Perlman, Frederica Von Stade and Francesca Zambello. Meetze graduated from Michigan State University, majoring in vocal music education and received a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship.
Elizabeth Moran most recently performed as Blondchen with Opera Theatre of Montclair and Suor Genovieffa and Morgana with New York Lyric Opera. She performed Juliette with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Queen of the Night and Polissena with Manhattan Opera Studio, and was a young artist with La Lingua Della Lirica. As a studio artist with Anchorage Opera, Ms. Moran performed in Eugene Onegin, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, and Don Carlos and performed solo recitals throughout Alaska. Other roles include Laetitia, Zerlina, Rosina and Adina. Ms. Moran is a soloist with the Baldwin Festival Chorus and the CJS Orchestra. She resides in New York City.
Eilin O’Dea is an Irish actress/classically trained singer. Eilin completed her studies at the Conservatory of Music, Dublin. Recent performances have included Abigaile (Cover) in Verdi’s Nabbuco with OCB, Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Soprano Soloist with Una Voce Opera Company as well as a Concert Recital at St Malachy’s Chapel, NY. Eilin will perform as a soloist at Una Voce Opera’s Gala Concert at St George’s Concert Hall on March 12th. As an actress Eilin has performed throughout the world to critical acclaim and recently made her US movie debut. Eilin is a student of Katherine Johnson, NY.
Mezzo Shawn Palmer (Rossweisse) is thrilled to return to the Opera Company of Brooklyn to sing her very first Wagner. Among other recent performances, her credits with the company include La Cenerentola (La Cenerentola) and Bertha (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) for their Rossini Gala, and covering Albine in their production of Thais. Later in April she will create Pina (La Lupa) in an excerpt from Norman Mathew’s new opera La Lupa; and this summer she will sing La Cenerentola in the Bay View Music Festival’s production of La Cenerentola. Ms. Palmer is a student of Mignon Dunn.
Laura Smith is honored to return to OCB tonight in the role of Fricka after having performed the role in “Das Rheingold” with OCB in February. Other recent performances included Baba the Turk in “The Rake’s Progress” with OCB last November, originating the role of “Diana” in Thomas Z. Shepherd’s version of “Thespis” with Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera company of Long Island, Azucena (cover) in “Il Trovatore” with MORE Opera; Katisha in “The Mikado” with with Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera company of Long Island and Regina Opera. Ms. Smith lives in Patchogue, NY with her husband Charlie.
Sonya Rice has lived and performed on three continents and is currently based in New York. Recent roles with Opera Company of Brooklyn include: Die Aufseherin in Elektra, High Priestess in Aida, and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Other recent engagements include: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, La Maestra Delle Novizie in Suor Angelica, and the leading role Anat in Thomas Lawrence Toscano’s Made in America: The Interview, a role which was written specifically for her. Ms. Rice’s previous engagements included coloratura repertoire such as: Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lucy in The Telephone, Serpina in La Serva Padrona, and Clorinda in La Cenerentola. She looks forward to singing roles in the entire Ring Cycle with Opera Company of Brooklyn this season.
Mezzo-soprano Caterina Rossini is a formally trained actress, singer and a native of Italy currently expanding her career in NYC. As an actress she trained with the tradition under the guidance of Dominic De Fazio, Lee Strasberg’s last assistant, between the USA and Italy. As a singer she attended the private Conservatory of Maestri Francesco and Liliana Recchia in Rome. Caterina is currently furthering her repertoire and education with Maestro Gregory Buchalter (The Metropolitan Opera) and Maestro Sergio La Stella (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma). She debuted in the role of Flora at the Summer Opera Festival in Rome.