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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.
Having made his debut as Gianni Schicci, Nathan Bahny has appeared with Washington Chorus at Kennedy Center, Long Beach Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, New York Grand Opera, the Wagner Society of Washington D.C, Sanibel Music Festival, Opera Northeast, New Jersey Verismo Opera, National Grand Opera, New York Liederkranz Society and Four Corners Opera of Colorado. Recent: Alberich in Wagner’s Ring cyles; Wotan, the Flying Dutchman, and Klingsor. He made his Broadway debut in Baz Luhrmann’s  “La Boheme”. Oratorio: “Messiah”, “Creation”, Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio”, “Verdi Requiem”, “Elijah”, “St. Matthew Passion.” Mr. Bahny has also  appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” as part of the Late Night Choir and appears on the Polygram CD, “Chants Mystique”.

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.

Mary Brown Bonacci (mezzo-soprano) Is an active artist in Southern New England, Boston and New York. Her operatic roles include Carmen(Carmen), Regina(Regina), Mary Stone(Devil and Daniel Webster), Buttercup(HMS Pinafore), Zita(Gianni Schicchi), Principessa(Suor), and a menagerie of animal roles in opera for young audiences for Kansas City Lyric Opera. She has appeared in New York with the EnCanta Collective(Christmas Rose), in Boston with Revolutionary Voices(The Mother) and in New England as guest artist with the Pioneer Valley Symphony(Elegy for JFK/Dido’s Lament) and with the Hampshire Choral Society(Vaughan Williams Cambridge Mass, Bach B minor Mass, Mendelssohn Paulus). She appears as Mother in the PBS video release of The Wise Women by Conrad Susa, and in collaboration with violist Joel Lipton in Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge. Dr. Brown Bonacci serves on faculty at Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts.

Baltimore based baritone, Jason Buckwalter has been praised for his theatrical fire and tour de force singing.  He performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with companies such as the Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Opera, and the Annapolis Chorale.  Jason can be seen later this spring as Wagner in Faust with Annapolis Opera and the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Harrisburg Choral Society.

Jay Lucas Chacon is a baritone from Phoenix AZ, currently residing in NYC. Recently with Opera Company of Brooklyn, Jay sang Ping in Turandot. The summer of 2015 was very productive for Jay where he sang Inkeeper/Governor in Man of La Mancha with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Figaros in the Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di Figaro with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and Opera Company of Brooklyn, respectively.  This coming May, Jay will be covering Schaunard in La Bohéme with Saint Petersburg Opera. Jay has also performed with Utopia Opera, Austin Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and Winter Opera St. Louis.

Mark Cotton possesses a strong, ringing voice and a stage presence that brings his characters to life with great dramatic range. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States in more than 28 roles including Falstaff in Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Germont in La Traviata, Valentin  in  Faust,  Belcore  in  L’elisir  d’amore, Schaunard in La Bohème, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Malatesta  in  Don  Pasquale,  Figaro  in  Le  Nozze  di Figaro, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, to name a few. He has also performed extensive oratorio repertoire to much acclaim. Works include Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, Bach’s St. John Passion, Haydn’s Creation, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem.

Soprano Danielle Davis, noted for her “high pure notes” that she “delivers with power and sustainability”, recently gave a critically acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall. Roles include Giorghetta (Il Tabarro), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Title Role (Suor Angelica), & Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), amongst others. Danielle has sung in notable venues internationally, & has a number of awards. She has worked with such namely artists as Jeanine Altmeyer, Peter Mark, Ricky Ian Gordon, Linda Watson, & Elizabeth Hagedorn. Davis appeared as a Guest Artist at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival & with The Metropolitan Opera Guild.

Charlotte Detrick sang as an Associate Chorister with the now-defunct New York City Opera. With NYCO she also toured Japan and appeared in an Emmy award-winning “Live from Lincoln Center” telecast of Madama Butterfly. Recent solo credits include Marguerite in Faust (Hudson Opera Theatre), Nedda in Pagliacci (Opera 691), the title role in Countess Maritza and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (Liederkranz Opera Theatre) as well as Clorinde in La Cenerentola at the Belleayre Festival and on tour with the Jacksonville Lyric Opera.

“Thrilling” contralto Eowyn Driscoll is a versatile singer with a voice of unusual size, color, and range. 2015 included several role debuts including: Maddalena (Rigoletto), La Frugola (Il tabarro), La Badessa (Suor Angelica), The Mother (Hansel and Gretel) and Filieppinewa (Eugene Onegin).  She was a 2014 finalist in the Ensemble 212 Young Artist competition, singing Beethoven’s Concert Aria “Ah Perfido”. Other roles include Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Ottavia (The Coronation of Poppaea), and Woglinde (Das Rheingold). Eowyn regularly performs on concerts with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, an organization dedicated to celebrating and uplifting the diverse talents of Uptown Manhattan.

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.
Joseph Flaxman posseses a “devilish manner and burly baritone” that is “robust and vocally powerful.”  He has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, La Palacio del Opera (Spain), Lyrique-en-mer (France), Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Opera Memphis, Kentucky Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Bard Summerscape, Opera Saratoga, Opera Naples, and St. Petersburg Opera amongst others. For the 2015-2016 season Joseph will be performing Il Banchiere Miskinsky and L’Invalido while covering Gleby in Giordano’s Siberia at Lincoln Center with Teatro Grattacielo this October, and this January he will be performing the Father and Sandman in Hansel and Gretel at Opera on the James.
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.

Robert Garner, Baritone, has been lauded for his “deep, rich voice”, and “strong dramatic presence”.  He has been a member of The Metropolitan Opera extra chorus since 2007, appearing this season in Aida, Don Carlo, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. His solo repertoire encompases a wide range of roles including: Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, and other French and verismo roles.  Mr. Garner received his Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Alabama.  He was a New York City district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was a winner of the Friedrich Schorr Vocal Performance Prize and the Giulio Gari Foundation Vocal Competition.  Upcoming, he sings the title role of Don Giovanni with Amore Opera, Escamillo (Carmen) for New Rochelle opera, Elgar’s Coronation Ode with New Jersey City University, and a private parlor recital on the Upper West Side, NYC.

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.

Newport, Tennessee born Luke Grooms played Piangi in the third national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, the New York premiere at Carnegie Hall and Speakeasy Stage Company performances of Jerry Springer: The Opera, playing the Dual roles of Dwight/God, Beadle in Sweeney Todd with Fulton Theatre, and recently as Valjean in Les Miserables at Skylight Music Theatre. Opera roles include Roderigo in Otello(Rossini),Tonio, Elvino, Lindoro, Count Almaviva, and Nemorino , with The Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, OONY, New York City Opera, and others. This season he can be seen again as Valjean at Red Mountain Theatre Company, at Skylight as Don Ramiro in La Cenrentola and as Beadle in Sweeney Todd at Hawaii Opera Theatre. www.lukegrooms.com.

Award-winning Mezzo-Soprano, Lorraine Helvick, recently finished work on the film “Crackers” starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Brenda Vaccarro, Dan Hedaya, and Anthony Laciura.  Ms Helvick received her Masters from Westminster Choir College. During this time, she won 2nd place in the Hilliard Rankel Vocal Competition and was just named a national semi-finalist for the NYLOT Competition. Ms Helvick is excited to cover Amneris in Opera Brooklyn’s production of Aida this December.  Other performed repertoire includes Flora (La Traviata), Soldier’s mother (Once upon the Wind), Carmen (Carmen), Charlotte (Werther), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), and many more.  She currently studies with the MET’s and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” star, Anthony Laciura.  www.LorraineHelvick.com

Soprano Rachel Anne Hippert has recently performed with the Opera Company of Brooklyn (“Elettra” in Mozart’s Idomeneo), the New York Opera Exchange (“Fiordiligi” in Così fan tutte), and the New York Evangelic Choir (“Mother” in Amahl and the Night Visitors). In concert, Ms. Hippert has performed twice in collaboration with the Schiller Institute and the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah. She also recently made her NYC recital debut at Middle Collegiate Church last November, and serves as the resident soprano soloist with Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus.  Ms. Hippert earned her B.M. in voice performance from Boston University, is an alumna of Ann Baltz’s Operaworks Advanced Artist Program, Sherril Milnes’ V.O.I.C.Experience!, and Simon Estes’ Young Artist Performance Program. She studies with Metropolitan Opera tenor Dr. Dana Tally.

Opera News, reviewing Scott Lindroth (baritone) as Valentin in Faust, described him as “sonorous” and possessing a “pleasant baritone that made his aria a highlight”. His roles also include Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia/Amore Opera), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos/Dell’arte Opera), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore/Garden State Opera), Masetto (Don Giovanni/Bronx Opera), Marcello (La Bohème), Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte/Prelude to Performance). He has appeared as a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s The Ruins of Athens. In competition, he placed second in the Opera Theater of Connecticut Voice Competition, and was a finalist in the Liederkranz Vocal Competition.
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, and Samson et Dalila. 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.
Madison Marie McIntosh, soprano, has been a young artist of the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro and appeared as Delia (Il viaggio a Reims) with the Rossini Opera Festival. This season, she will perform the Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims), Marzelline (Fidelio), Lucy (The Telephone), and lead roles in two opera premiers. In previous seasons, she has sung Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Lucy (The Telephone), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Serpina (La serva padrona), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Papagena in (Die Zauberflöte), and other roles with companies in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

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. His work  made front-pages of the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Post & Daily Newspapers, National Public Radio, 1010WINS, WNYC and German Public TV, appearances on WNYC, in Life & NY Magazines, Crain’s New York Business, Frommer’s and three books. 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,” recorded on Albany Records and features music by and with Thomas Pasatieri, whose many film orchestrations include Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty. The CD is sung by San Francisco Opera’s Sheri Greenawald and Ashley Putnam. “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.

Soprano Margaret Newcomb is pleased to be making her OCB debut.  She recently appeared at Seagle Music Colony for their 100th anniversary season, performing the roles of Alice Ford in Falstaff, Fantine in Les Misérables and Trassie in a new opera workshop by Richard Wargo, Sharon’s Grave. Other performance highlights include L’Italiana in Algeri (Elvira), Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde), Orlando Paladino (Alcina), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), The Mother Of Us All (Lillian Russell), Le nozze di Figaro (Countess), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Poppea), Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira), and Alcina (Alcina) in NYC and abroad.

Mezzo-soprano Shawn Palmer has been on stage in various forms since she was three years old. She began in ballet and progressed through musical theater and straight theater before joining the Connecticut Lyric Opera. Career highlights include creating the title role in the children’s opera Mambo (world premier in March 2015); being invited to reprise Ravel’s cycle “Sheherazade,” first performed in her Master’s recital,  in May 2015; and singing Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with the New York Opera Theater.

Jestin Pieper is currently a working pianist in New York City. During the past year a few highlights include soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway, assistant conductor for a world premier at the Theater for the New City. Musical director for Dido and Aneas and was a featured artist in the 2015 season of the Crystal Theatre in Michigan. Jestin also teaches at Long Island City Academy of music. Jestin holds a BM magna cum laude from Lawrence University and an MM from the Butler School of Music at UT Austin. Jestin is happy to be back as pianist for Opera Company of Brooklyn.

Nathan Resika, Bass, most recently performed the title role in Don Giovanni with Amore Opera and Orchestra in 2015. other recent roles: Leporello (Don Giovanni) & Daland (The Flying Dutchman) with Connecticut Lyric Opera and Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra. Mr. Resika covered the role of the Grand Inquisitor with Opera Orchestra of New York. Additional performance highlights: Commendatore/Leporello (Don Giovanni) with Opera North, Marchese di Calatrava (La Forza del Destino) with Caramoor, Ramfis (Aida),Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Padre Guardiano (La Forza del Destino), with Amato Opera, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), with Opera in the Heights, and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte),  with Underworld Productions. He is scheduled to perform t Alvise Badoero (La Gioconda) with NJ Verismo Opera in 2016.

Sonya Rice has lived and performed on three continents and is currently based in New York. 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 with Opera Company of Brooklyn this season.

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.
Korland Simmons, tenor is a recent transplant to the NY/NJ area.   Recent operatic engagements include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Basilio/Curzio) and Hiram Titus’ Rosina (Mendoza) with Dell’ Arte Opera Ensemble; New York City Opera/BAM co-production of “Anna Nicole: The Opera”; Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha (Remus); La Boheme (Rodolfo) and Trouble in Tahiti (Tenor/Trio).  As well, he has covered roles in Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein (Baron Puck) and Hindemith’s Cardillac (Kavalier). His oratorio credits include a number of works including the Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Magnificat in D.  As a frequent interpreter of new works, he has premiered Shawn Jaeger’s The Generals, Richard Webster’s Empathy, and sang the role of Conrad in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Goose Girl.  Korland currently resides in Jersey City, NJ and studies with Neil Semer.

Byron Singleton most recently sang Cavaradossi in Tosca with MORE Opera conducted by Maestro Anton Coppola,  the title role in “Les Contes D’Hoffmann” with Vocal Productions NYC,  Ismaele in “Nabucco” and Canio in “I Pagliacci” with Opera Company of Brooklyn.  He also made his solo Carnegie Hall debut in a concert featuring the music of Bernstein and Sondheim. Other career highlights include Manrico in Vera Musica Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore”,  Rodolfo in “La Boheme with the Crotan Symphony, Tenor Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Foresto in Attila with Empire Opera and Riccardo in “Un Ballo in Maschera” at Symphony Space and  Der Steuermann in “Der Fliegende Hollander” with the United Nations Orchestra.Over the past six seasons he has sung in eleven productions at the Metropolitan Opera(chorus).

Laura Smith is honored to return to OCB tonight in the role of Fricka after having performed Baba the Turk in “The Rake’s Progress” last November.  Other recent performances included originating the role of “Diana” in Thomas Z. Shepherd’s version of “Thespis” with Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera company, Azucena (cover) in “Il Trovatore” with MORE Opera; Katisha in “The Mikado” and The voice of Antonia’s mother (cover) in “Les Contes d’Hoffman” with Regina Opera. Ms. Smith lives in Patchogue, NY with her husband Charlie.

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.

Tenor David Charles Tay did his undergraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Neil Rosenshein. He went on to complete for his Graduate studies at the New England Conservatory with Lorraine Nubar. Tay sang the role of Lindoro in the US premiere of Nina, o sia la pazza per amore by G. Paisillo in 2011. Since then, he has performed Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Fritz Kobus L’amico Fritz, Peter Quint inTurn of the Screw, Harlequin in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and Mozart roles such as Don Ottavio and Tamino. He has also enjoyed performing in operetta, singing Piquillo in La périchole and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.

Scott B. Thomas, lyric baritone, lives, performs, and teaches voice in the Washington, D.C., area.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Arizona, where he performed such roles as Dr. Bartolo in the Barber of Seville, Mr. Kaufner in The Consul, Papageno in Die Zauberflote, and Don Pedro in La Perichole.   He obtained his Master of Music in Voice at the University of Kentucky as an Alltech and T.J. Freeman Graduate Scholar.  Scott has performed to critical acclaim in several Washington metropolitan area productions (“Scott Thomas has a smooth baritone that’s very powerful,” DC Metro Theater Arts) Publio in La Clemenza de Tito, Achilles in an original opera, A Fire in Water, and as Dortch in Norton, A Civil War Opera.  Scott is honored to return to Opera Company Brooklyn this year to sing Belcore in Elixir of Love, Count in Le Nozze di Figaro and Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress. www.scottbthomas.com

Scott Tomlinson is a bass from Woodstock, Illinois.  He received his B.M. in vocal performance, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He continued his studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  There he completed his M.M. in opera performance.  During his studies, he was selected as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera, where he performed the roles of the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Jose Tripaldi in Ainadamar.  Scott Tomlinson has studied under the exceptional tutelage of Prof. Ronald Hedlund, Prof. Nikita Storojev, Dr. John Van Cura, and Mark Oswald. Since his initial training, Mr. Tomlinson has been seen on the stages of Dayton Opera, Edmonton Opera (Canada), Austin Lyric Opera, and others.  Scott Tomlinson is currently singing with the Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, for his seventh season.

Soprano Jessica Vadney performed most recently with Opera Guadalajara as Suor Angelica and the Monitor in Suor Angelica, as soloist in multiple televised orchestral galas on Mexican Television, and as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Vivace Vancouver.  Upcoming appearances include Tatiana in Eugene Onegin with New York Opera Theater.  Past engagements include; Elle in Poulenc’s La voix humaine, Dorabella (Così fan tutte), La Suora Infermiera and Suora Dolcina (Sour Angelica), First Woman (Die Zauberflöte), and with OperaWorks in Los Angeles premier of The Cloud.  Concert performances include; soloist with Distinguished Concerts International NY, soprano soloist in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Mozart C minor mass, Faure Requiem, and with Rutger’s Presbyterian Church at all seasonal concerts.

Soprano Emily Woodruff performs standard and contemporary vocal repertoire across the U.S. and abroad. Favorite roles include Mimi (La Boheme), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Anna Bolena, and Violetta (La traviata). Emily has appeared on the Composer’s Voice Concert Series (Manhattan), and the Brooklyn College Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. She premiered the role of Geraldine in Christabel, a chamber opera by Jennifer Bellor, and looks forward to singing her first Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) this spring. Also an actress, Emily appears in film and commercials in Western New York, represented by NY Model Talent.
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