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2014-2015 Roster and BIOS

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2014-2015 ROSTER

Jay Meetze, OCB Artistic and Music Director
Pianists: Naoko Aita, Ming Kwong, Susan Morton, Jestin Pieper, Lynn Rice-See, Jody Schum

SOPRANOS
Roseanne Ackerley, Lianne Aharony, Noelle Banks, Eudora Brown, Gudrun Buhler, Kristen Charpentier, Melissa Jean Chávez, Katherine Corle, Brittany Cusack, Lydia Dahling, Stacy Dove, Eugenia Forteza, Elana Gleason, Aine Hakamatsuka, Rachel Hippert, Nozomi Kawaguchi, Adriana Lee, Caitlin Mead, Meredith Mecum, Winnie Nieh, Soo Hyun Oh, Erica Page, Katherine Cecelia Peck, Elizabeth Perryman, Angela Pinti, Nikoleta Rallis, Constance Rogalski, Heidi Sauser, Hannah Spierman, Leslie Swanson, Yuko Tsuda, Kristin Renee Young

MEZZO-SOPRANOS AND ALTOS
Victoria Graves, Lorraine Helvick, Heather Jones, Fran Bjorneby Kraemer, Catherine Leech, Margaret O’Connell, Heather Roberts, Giulia Sanford, Melissa Serluco

TENORS
Darren Anderson, Jonathan Coleman Brinson, Nicholas Carratura, Kevin Courtemanche, Christopher Eaglin, David Gordon, James Grandjean, Luke Grooms, Marques Hollie, Adam Margulies, Percy Martinez, Jon Thomas Olson, Ivan Rivera, Jesus Rodriguez, Byron Singleton, David Charles Tay, John Tedeschi, John Villemaire

BASS/BASS-BARITONES/BARITONES
Ivan Amaro, Nathan Bahny, Benjamin Bloomfield, Alex Boyd, Thomas Cannon, Jay Lucas Chacon, Brian Ming Chu, Jonathan Dauermann, Shannon De Vine, Joseph Flaxman, Robert Garner, John Green, Duncan Hartman, Juan Jose Ibarra, Boris Mitchell, Gustavo Morales, Alonzo Murphy-Johnson, Michael O’Hearn, Tyler Putnam, Luke Scott, David Tapp, Scott B. Thomas, Scott Tomlinson, Gerald Yarbray, Gabe Zimmerman

COMPANY BIOGRAPHIES
Hailed by critics as a singer with “commendable stage presence,” a “pleasingly intense, well placed voice” soprano Roseanne Ackerley has distinguished herself by her flare for dramatic and emotional characterization.  This season, Ms. Ackerley sang as a soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with the Westchester Chorale and Micaëla in Carmen with New Rochelle Opera. Ms. Ackerley has performed leading roles with Teatro Grattacielo, Connecticut Grand Opera, Opera in the Heights, Union Avenue Opera, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera and Bronx Opera.  Her signature roles include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Liù in Turandot, Mimì in La bohème, Hanna in The Merry Widow, Micaëla in Carmen and the title role in Suor Angelica.
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Born and raised in Jerusalem and currently resident in NY, Lianne Aharony performed across Israel and the United States, as well as in concert halls in Japan, Portugal, Russia, Italy and Turkey. Her Operatic roles I include Zerlina, Nanetta, Frasquita, Gilda,Oscar and  Pamina. Her concert work portfolio includes performances as the soprano soloist in Bach’sMagnificat and Mendelssohn’s 42nd psalm with the Haifa Symphony orchestra, The Angel in Scarlatti’s Agar et Ismaele with the Jerusalem Baroque orchestra and a soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Symphonette Raanana. She performed with the Israeli Philharmonic and the Israeli Symphonic Orchestras, among others.
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This summer Naoko Aita will be a pianist intern for Joan Dornemann’s IVAI in New York City.Born in Osaka, Japan, equally comfortable playing Jazz and classic, she began piano and composition studies at the age of 7. She received her degree in composition at Kobe Yamate Women’s College. In U.S., she received her Bachelor’s of Music and Master’s of Arts in Piano Performance from Hunter College in New York City where she won numerous awards and prizes including the Aria and Concerto competition. Naoko is currently a staff accompanist at Hunter College and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet and  assistant to Cesare Civetta at the Beethoven Festival Orchestra.
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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.
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Tenor Darren T. Anderson has appeared with Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Connecticut Concert Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Midsummer Opera, Sinfonia da Camera, The InCite Festival, Syracuse Opera, Connecticut Concert Opera, Chicago Cultural Center, Granite State Opera, Opera Institute at Boston University, Olney Theater, Opera In Concert in Toronto, Boston Opera Institute, Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony. Mr. Anderson holds degrees in voice performance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Opera Institute at Boston University.
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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”.
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Noelle Banks is a Full Lyric Soprano who holds a B.F.A. in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and a M.M. in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Her performance credits include Susannah (Susannah), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors) and Sr. Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites). She has sung with the Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera. Noelle most recently performed the role of Countess Almaviva in New York Lyric Opera’s performance of Le Nozze di Figaro.
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Baritone Benjamin Bloomfield has understudied roles at both the Met(Lewitsky, Boris Goudonov) and NY City Opera(Baron Douphol, La Traviata).  He spent the summer with Chautauqua Opera covering Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Horace Tabor in the Ballad of Baby Doe, as well as singing Barney in the latter. In September he made his debut with DC Public Opera as Marcello in their new immersive production of La Boheme.  In January he premiers Ben Weatherstaff in the new revision of Gasser’s The Secret Garden with Vermont’s Weston Opera Theatre. In the spring he will be travelling to Rochester, NY to perform Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem.Visitwww.benjaminbloomfield.com
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Possessing “a fine vocal authority and ease on stage,” baritone Alexander Charles Boyd is originally from Purcellville, Virginia. Mr. Boyd took third place in New York Lyric Opera Theater’s 2014 voice competition, was a finalist in the 2013 Concert Festival concerto competition, and has been a young artist with both Opera New Jersey and Sarasota Opera. Other roles this season include the eponymous Don Giovanni with Amore Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with the Regina Opera company, Jess in Carlisle Floyd’s Slow Dusk with the Little Opera Theater of New York, and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly with Prelude to Performance.
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Jonathan Coleman Brinson just returned from the Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia in Italy where he has been studying and performing the past few months. He has been fortunate to star as Nemorino in Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program’s production of L’elisir d’amore in Colorado. While attending school at Georgia Southern University, Jonathan performed multiple roles such as Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte along with Donald in Douglas Moore’s Galantry. He has also performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with the Sieur DuLuth Music festival in Minnesota, along with Alfred in Die Fledermaus in Arkansas. He currently resides in New York where he plans to move to Europe in the upcoming year.
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Eudora Brown, soprano, will perform Berg’s “Sieben Fruhe Lieder” as well as the final scene from Salome in recital this September with pianist Jeffrey Swann and the Wagner Society of Washington DC. In December she will perform the role of Liu with Opera Hong Kong. She performed the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration with Maestro David Zinman and pianist Peter Serkin. She recently participated in the American Wagner Project with Ms. Dolora Zajick. She has sung with conductors Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Graeme Jenkins, Antony Walker, Kenneth Montgomery and Jane Glover and has performed with the Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Chicago, Washington Concert Opera and at the National Cathedral.
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Gudrun Bühler is a Soprano from Germany. She holds a Master in Voice from Manhattan School of Music. Gudrun has performed operatic Lead Roles in Venues such as Carnegie Hall, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Karlsruhe Operahouse, Kaiserslautern Operahouse, Muffat Hall Munich and many more. Gudrun’s most recent performances include a concert of classical Lied at the Dellaware Museum in December 2014 and the performance of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with Orchestra in O’Byrne Chapel, Purchase NY in December 2014. Gudrun’s is also a writer. Her latest work: ”Who is afraid of the Moon” won best original Play in the Venus Festival in February 2015.
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Thomas Cannon, described as “Strong and striking,” with a “talent for characterization” (Opera Today), has participated in programs at The Glimmerglass Festival, Arizona Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Crested Butte Festival, The Dallas Opera and The Santa Fe Opera. He has appeared with Opera Roanoke as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly; and The Music Academy of the West, where he sang Escamillo in Carmen. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in Verdi’s Requiem. Thomas is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Baylor University. He has garnered awards from: The Dallas Opera, Opera Birmingham, Chautauqua Opera, The Anna Sosenko Foundation and The Metropolitan Opera.
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Nicholas Carratura is happy to return with OCB where he first appeared as Gastone and Gisuseppe in La traviata. Nick is a four time participant at the Castleton Festival, and is currently working on his Graduate studies at Shenandoah University. Recent and upcoming roles include; Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur), Alfed (Die Fledermaus), Martin (The Tenderland), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Pang (Turandot).
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Jay Lucas Chacon, baritone from Phoenix AZ, recently relocated to NYC and very quickly began singing throughout the city.  Earlier this year, Jay performed L’horloge Comtoise in L’enfant et les Sortileges with Utopia Opera as well as covering with New York Opera Exchange. Jay recently performed his program From Bach to Berg: a Tribute to Dietrich Fischer Dieskau at Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village.  In June of 2015, Jay joins the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre for their production of Man of La Mancha. Jay has also performed with Austin Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and Winter Opera St. Louis as well the training programs Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria, the Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigord, France, and Spotlight on Opera in Austin TX.  Favorite roles include the title roles in Gianni Schicchi and Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Sam inTrouble in Tahiti, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.
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Soprano Kristen Charpentier has performed with Opera Providence in Pirates of Penzance and as a soloist for their holiday concert.  She has studied roles from Idomeneo, Daughter of the Regiment, Cendrillon, Don Pasquale, and Little Women, among others.  Ms. Charpentier has participated in the Crittenden Opera Workshop twice, the Coaching Diva’s Audition Workshop, the RI College Opera Workshop, and the New England Conservatory Summer Opera Studio.  She was the soprano soloist for Masterwork Chorale’s Summer Sing of Brahm’s Requiem and she sings with the RI Civic Chorale and Orchestra.  She is looking forward to reprising her role with Opera Providence this fall.
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Melissa Jean Chávez is acclaimed by the Washington Post for her “voluptuous voice” and “cooly exemplary production”. Roles include Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Libby Norton (Norton), Beatrix (Les Bavards), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Desdemona, Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) and title roles in Suor Angelica, Princess Ida.  She has sung for Supreme Court justices, the head of the IMF, and as a soloist with the US Army Chorus.  Ms. Chávez was a young artist at the Castleton Festival for three years, under the direction of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, including roles and covers in A Little Night Music, Otello, and Britten’s Les Illuminations. She is a two-time winner of the Bach-Handel Competition and numerous NATS competitions.
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Acclaimed by the Washington Post for his “sterling performances” and for his “rich and resonant voice…an impressive performer of wide range, agility, and expressive storytelling ability” [Monterey Herald], baritone Brian Ming Chu has performed numerous roles with opera companies from Philadelphia to LA, including signature performances as Marcello in La Bohème, The Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and the title role in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. He has given recital debuts at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Merkin Hall, the Annenberg Center for the Arts, and the Phillips Collection, and on tour to Rome, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and as a US Embassy Cultural Artist in West Africa and Vienna, Austria.
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Katherine Corle performed the Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with the Burgas Opera in Bulgaria, where she also covered the role of Mimì.She sang the role of Frasquita and covered Micaëla with the Hradec Kralove International Summer Opera Festival in the Czech Republic. With Light Opera of New York: Gretchen in The Student Prince and cover Marianne in The New Moon. Other :Echo and First Lady with Manhattan Opera Studio, Fiordiligi at the Metropolitan Opera Guild with Sing Through Central, and the title role in Suor Angelica with Trinity Opera. She received her B.F.A. with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studies voice with Dorothy Stone.
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Tenor Kevin Courtemanche created the role of Brigadier General in Philip Glass’ Appomattox at San Francisco Opera. He has performed with many opera companies in New York City and State. Throughout the U.S. and the world, he has essayed the great Verdi (Otello, Radamès, the Duke, Alfredo, Don Carlo, Ernani), Puccini (Calaf, Dick Johnson, Mario Cavaradossi, Rodolfo, Pinkerton), verismo (Maurizio, Canio, Turiddu, Andrea Chénier), German (Bacchus and Tamino) and French (Don José, Hoffmann, Faust) tenor roles, among many others. He previously covered the title role in Werther for Opera Company of Brooklyn, and is happy to be back and singing with Maestro Meetze. He has also directed a number of operas, including directing and singing in Pagliacci under the baton of Maestro Meetze.
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A graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory, Irish-American Soprano Brittany Cusack made her New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut in the role of Dorothée and the Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Cusack has performed in Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon, Daphnis et Chloe, Hélène, L’Elisir d’Amore, Rorem’s Fables, Royce & Vavrek’s Vinkensport, Gianni Schicchi, and Le Nozze di Figaro. She resides in New York City and is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Brookyln College-Conservatory of Music. She studies with the legendary Mezzo Soprano Mignon Dunn.
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Soprano Lydia Dahling sang the world premier of Dorian Wallace’s A Letter to My Wife with Tenth Intervention in 2014. A graduate of Mannes College and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Dahling has sung the title role of L’incoronazione di Poppea, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, among others. An avid performer of chamber music, she has also performed Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems by Alexandr Blok and two world premiers by Israeli composer Talia Amar.
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Jonathan Dauermann is a rising performer whose singing career has already taken him around the world.  This past summer, he made his Canadian debut with the Opera on the Avalon festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Later, he debuted with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, appearing as Bardolf in Salieri’s Falstaff and covering Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth.  Last season, he appeared with Regina Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto (where critics praised him as having “subterranean notes. His resonant basso… [was] perfect.”) and made debuts with Bronx Opera, Utopia Opera, and enCANTA Collective.  For further information on Mr. Dauermann’s engagements, pleasevisitwww.jonathandauermann.com.
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Baritone Shannon A. De Vine appeared in Chenier with Opera Orchestra of NY, in Rienzi at the Avery Fisher Hall and in Adriana Lecouvreur, in L’Africaine with The Opera Orchestra of NY in Lincoln Center, at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the Italian Ambassador to the United States. Other roles: Escamillo, Gerard in Andrea Chenier and Silvio in I Pagliacci, Scarpia in Greece, Leporello and Ford at the Theatre Municipal in Toulouse, France, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata and Silvio in Pagliacci with the Opera Co. of Brooklyn. Also in NY he’s been Alfio, Iago, Valentin, Count di Luna, Marcello and Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Michele in Il Tabarro. The NY TIMES said “After a few hours notice Mr. De Vine stepped in and is a very impressive baritone in the role of Michele” and also wrote, “I can’t wait to see him on bigger and more important stages”. He has appeared with the Aspen Opera Theater Center as Michele and Ford, both with Maestro Juluis Rudel and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Maestro Sian Edwards. He made his Houston Grand Opera debut as Morales in Ron Daniel’s new production of Carmen under Maestro Alain Lombard. Other roles with HGO include Riolobo in Florencia en las Amazonas, Top in Copland’s The Tender Land and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte. He joined the Tanglewood Music Center for his debut as Jose Tripaldi chosen by the composer Osvaldo Golijov under the baton of Maestro Robert Spano in participation with world premiere opera Ainadamar. Ainadamar was commissioned by the BSO and Jose Tripaldi written for Mr. De Vine and he later performed Ainadamar for the inaugural season at the Walt Disney Theater in Los Angeles under the baton of Miguel Harth Bedoya. While earning his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, he performed the roles of Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Silvio in I Pagliacci. Other roles include Ottone in L’Incorazione di Poppea and John Sorel in The Consul, as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly the Vicar in Albert Herring and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Among his many awards and recognitions include winner of the Licia Albanese – Puccini Foundation Awards, a semi-finalist in the Marseille International Voice Competition in France, the International Voice Competition of Francisco Vinas in Barcelona and finalist in the Opera National de Paris de la Bastille International Voice Competition, the MacAllister Awards, the Rosa Ponselle International Voice Competition and winner of the Verdi Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival.
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American soprano Stacy Dove is a versatile vocalist and powerful performer. This fall, Miss Dove joins the Metropolitan Opera Guild in their tour of Mozart’s The Magic Flute as First Lady and Papagena. She made her professional mainstage debut with Opera Roanoke as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, covering the role of Pamina. Additionally, Stacy has appeared with Nashville Opera, Opera Carolina, Greensboro Opera, Capital Opera Raleigh and at the Eastern Music Festival as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Mercédès (Carmen – Cover), and in scenes as Musetta (La Bohème), Violetta (La Traviata), Norina (Don Pasquale) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).
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Christopher Eaglin most recently sang Vaudemont in Opera Slavica production of Iolanta in NYC praised for his “emotional vocalism”. He previously was part of the International Vocal Arts Festival performing Brahms Liebeslieder and scenes from Don Giovanni and Most Happy Fella. He has also sung Don Ottavio with CoOPERAtive Opera in NJ, Tamino with New York Opera Forum, and Steva from Jenufa by Janacek performed by Opera Slavica. He is the winner of the Metropolitan International Music Festival and a finalist for Joy in Singing. Prior to focusing on singing, Mr. Eaglin worked on economic development and climate change in Southern Africa.
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Possessing a “devilish manner and burly baritone” that is “robust and vocally powerful,” Joseph Flaxman is a baritone who has been drawing praise from musicians and critics alike internationally and throughout America for his compelling dramatic portrayals. Joseph has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, La Palacio del Opera (Spain), Lyrique-en-mer (France), Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Opera Memphis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Bard Summerscape, Opera Saratoga, Opera Naples, and St. Petersburg Opera amongst others. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Flaxman’s talents have been recognized by the Liederkranz Foundation, Opera Index, the Bel Canto Foundation Scholarship, Career Bridges, the Comeptizione dell’Opera, the Armel Opera Competition, and the MacGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR.
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French-Argentine soprano Eugenia Forteza holds a B.M in Vocal Performance Summa Cum Laude from Boyer College of Music at Temple University. She is currently a M.M Opera student at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Recent performance highlights include Miss Rose (Lakmé) and Lucy (The Threepenny Opera) with Opera at Rutgers and Duchess Carolina (Luisa Fernanda) with Concert Operetta Theater in Philadelphia. Some of her past roles include Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne), Clori (Acis and Galatea), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Suora Zelatrice (Suor Angelica), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Peaseblossom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Sœur Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites).
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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.
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Elana Gleason, hailed by the New York Post for flaunting “pinpoint finesse on high B’s and C’s” and by Opera News for singing with a “particularly beautiful soprano,” is a full lyric soprano native to New York City. Upcoming roles include Cio Cio San (cover) in Madama Butterfly with Natchez Festival of Music. Select recent appearances include Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Louisiane, Tosca (cover) with Mississippi Opera, Frasquita in Carmen with the Staten Island Philharmonic, the soprano soloist in Mississippi Opera’s “Opera Goes to Hollywood” Gala, Tosca (cover) with Natchez Festival of Music, Nedda in I Pagliacci (Regina Opera), Gilda in Rigoletto (Dicapo Opera), and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito (dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.) You can visit her at www.elanagleason.com.
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Tenor David Gordon’s roles include: Pedrillo, Die Entfurung aus dem Serail; Loge, Das Rheingold; Male Chorus, The Rape of Lucretia; Roderigo, Otello (Kalamazoo Symphony); Remendado, Carmen (New Rochelle Opera); Pong, Turandot; Tanzmeister,Ariadne auf Naxos; Elders Hayes and Gleaton, Susannah; Lennie, Of Mice and Men. David made his New York City Opera debut in 2005 in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, where he also covered Imperatore Altoum in Turandot and the Duke of Dunstable in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. He has also performed leading roles with The Center for Contemporary Opera, American Opera Projects, Vertical Repertory Players, One World Symphony, Central City Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Opera on Tap, Octavia Cup Dance Theatre, and the Ontological Hysteric.
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James Grandjean hails from Prescott Arizona and recently earned his BM in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Some other recent roles include Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor (New York Opera Exchange) Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (NYOE), Laurie in Little Women (Opera Breve), The Stage Manager in Ned Rorem’s Our Town (Oklahoma Opera Music Theatre Company) Lippo Fiorentino in Street Scene, (OOMTC) and Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival). Upcoming: Remendado in Carmen (NYOE). James is also a chorister and soloist at Holy Trinity Catholic church in New York City.
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Lyric Mezzo-Soprano, Victoria Graves was most recently seen performing as a Studio Artist in Opera Guadalajara’s International Summer Festival. She sang the role of Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon at New York University and last fall she performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Victoria received her Master of Music degree, specializing in Vocal Performance, from NYU and her Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University. Favorite roles include: Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Suora Infermiera (Suor Angelica), Mrs. Segstrom (A Little Night Music), and Edith (Pirates of Penzance).
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Baritone John Green has enjoyed success on both Opera and Oratorio stages. He has been seen as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Marcello in La boheme, Dr Rappaccini in the premiere of the new, revised edition of La Hija de Rappaccini, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Don Giovanni.  For his performance of Germont in La traviata, John received the Male Opera Performance of the Year Award from Illinois Opera Theatre.  John was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, where he was honored with the Ann O’Donnell Scholarship Award for Outstanding Apprentice.  John has been equally at home in Oratorio, having appeared as a featured soloist in performances of Bach’s B-minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, and St John Passion, as well as Handel’s Messiah and as the title character in Handel’s Saul.  He also gained critical acclaim for his performances of Haydn’s The Creation, and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony.
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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.
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Japanese Soprano Aine Hakamatsuka is the winner of the 2013 Yokohama International Music Competition. She has performed roles including Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Gretel and Taumännchen (Hänsel und Gretel), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and Kate (Pirates of Penzance). Equally gifted as a concert performer, she has been seen as guest soloist performing Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Salina Symphony. Ms. Hakamatsuka received her Master of Music degree from Manhattan school of music in 2014 and Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas Wesleyan University. While at Kansas Wesleyan University, she also performed with Wichita Grand Opera.
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Duncan Hartman, Bass.  Opera:  New Israeli Opera, Teatro Lirico di Milano, Opera Colorado, Dayton Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera , Boise Opera, Greater Buffalo Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Roanoke, Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C.  Concert:  Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Tulsa Philharmonic, Flint Symphony, Connecticut Symphony, Dartmouth Symphony, Florida Symphony, Yorktown Symphony, Jefferson Symphony.  TV:  Armel International Opera Festival (Sorin/The Seagull):  Recordings:  Albany Records (Bob Cratchit/God Bless Us Every One)  Voice-Over:  The Dawn of Fantasy (The Wizard of the Deep)  Awards:  National Opera Association, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Liederkranz Foundation, Wagner Society of New York, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.
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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
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Young dramatic coloratura soprano Rachel Anne Hippert has recently performed with such local companies as the New York Opera Exchange (“Fiordiligi” in Così fan tutte) and the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus (soprano solo in Carmina Burana). Her upcoming engagements include “Isabelle” (Robert le diable) in Clef Note Productions’ November bel canto opera scenes concert, directed by Evelyn La Quaif, and she will be returning to the Brooklyn Philharmonia as the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria this December. 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 currently studies with Metropolitan Opera veteran Atarah Hazzan.
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Mr. Hollie is thrilled to return with Opera Company of Brooklyn.  His 2013-2014 season concluded with a critically-acclaimed role and company debut as Malcolm in Verdi’s Macbeth with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.  Mr. Hollie’s operatic repertoire spans a diverse range of comedic and dramatic roles including the Pilot in The Little Prince, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Pang in Turandot, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Don Jose in Carmen, and Cavaradossi in Tosca.  For an up-to-date schedule of Mr. Hollie’s singing engagements, please visit www.marqueshollie.com.
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Juan Jose Ibarra: Performed Capulet in Romeo et Juliette for St. Petersburg Opera, FL; Marullo in Rigoletto, mainstage and Papageno for outreach at Salt Marsh Opera, Stonington, CT; Dr. Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore for New York Lyric Opera; baritone solos in Carmina Burana with Burlington Choral Society, VT; bass solo in Beethoven 9th with the Orchestra of the Bronx. Also: Policeman in Schwartz’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon and Maecenas in Antony and Cleopatra with New York City Opera; Frank and Falke in Die Fledermaus, title role in Eugene Onegin, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Jochanaan in Salome with One World Symphony; Leporello in Don Giovanni, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, and Tonio in Pagliacci with Bronx Opera; Ping in Turandot for Natchez Opera Festival.
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Mezzo-soprano Heather Jones was most recently an Apprentice Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor, a part of the Caramoor International Music Festival, in Katonah, NY, where she performed scenes fromLa Cenerentola, Ernani, and in the opera chorus of Lucrezia Borgia. Last season, Ms. Jones’ credits included: Hänsel in Sinfonietta Nova’s Hänsel und Gretel, Siebel in OperaMODO’s Faust, Suzuki in Opera Forza’s Madama Butterfly, and Cherubino in New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s Le nozze di Figaro. A Charleston, South Carolina native, Ms. Jones is currently based in Princeton, NJ, where she earned a B.M. from Westminster Choir College.www.heatherjonesmezzo.com
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Nozomi Kawaguchi is from Tokyo, Japan. Her appearances in New York, Florida, Los Angeles and Tokyo include oratorio solo works, opera, concerts, recitals and musicals. In 2014-2015 season highlights include solo recital (Mahler, Barber, & C. Schumann) in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Maria Celeste (new opera) portraying Abbess (lead), also served as Assistant Music director, and workshop of revival of Sayonara (musical) portraying Hanaogi (lead) with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. She is a soloist at the Church of Saint Elizabeth and Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine in Washington Heights. She is currently pursuing MA in Christian Spirituality, Religious Education at Fordham University. Ms. Kawaguchi has BA in Acting, Theatre from University of Southern California.
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Mezzo-Soprano Fran Bjorneby Kraemer is delighted to return to Opera Company of Brooklyn where she last was heard singing Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Fran has sung with opera companies from San Diego to Atlanta to Philadelphia and New York as well as Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Italy. Favorite roles include Azucena in Il Trovatore, Amneris in Aida, Santuzza in Cavalleria Russticana, Laura in La Giocondaand Leonora in La Favorita. When not singing opera, Fran enjoys singing oratorio works, musical theatre and choral concerts, having worked with Robert Shaw and David Hayes among others. Fran has enjoyed teaching at two universities in California and been Director of Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta before moving to the northeast.
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Pianist/Coach Ming Kwong is very active in the world of opera. In spring 2014, he joined the music staff at Portland Opera for their production of “Postcard from Morocco” by Dominic Argento. He is currently the coach-accompanist at Manhattan Opera Studio, music director of Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera) and pianist for Opera Company Brooklyn. In this coming fall, he will be playing the NYC auditions for Washington National Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, Portland Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. Ming is regularly engaged by the Metropolitan Opera Guild as well to accompany their master class series. His past credits include an assistant coach position at Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood Music Center (assisting Maestro James Levine on Don Giovanni), and an apprenticeship with Florida Grand Opera for their 2008-2009 season. He has been invited frequently to join summer programs as a faculty coach. They include the CoOPERAtive program in New Jersey, Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland, Canada. He held a fellowship coach position at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and was a vocal pianist at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, where Marilyn Horne chairs the program. Mr. Kwong was the Music Director of the Undergraduate Opera Theater at Manhattan School of Music.
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Mezzo-soprano Catherine Leech is a versatile artist who has sung with opera and operetta companies across the country and abroad. Recent roles include L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in Périgueux, France, Marta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Bohemian National Hall, Mad Margaret in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, Rosina in Scarlatti’s Il Trionfo dell’Onore, and Filli in Musica Nuova’s pasticcio production of Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate at Le Poisson Rouge. Other roles include Achille in Sacrati’s La Finta Pazza and Sophonisba in Cavalli’s Scipione Affricano with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. With a voice hailed by critics as “sublime,” Catherine has performed in genres stretching from opera and operetta to country and folk music. A native of Pasadena, California, Catherine is currently studying with Beth Roberts at Mannes the New School for Music.
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Adam Margulies is a young tenor from New York.  He recently starred in the film The Bohemians, a modern adaptation of La Boheme.  This past year he portrayed The Miller in El Gato Con Botas with EnCanta Collective and has just come back from a recital at the Moss Arts Center in Virginia Tech.   amargulies.blogspot.com
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Soprano Caitlin Mead made her operatic debut at the age of 15 when she sang in Madison Opera’s Die Zauberflöte (3rdSpirit) alongside world-renowned artists Nicole Cabell, Sumi Jo, and Richard Troxell.  She has since pursued her studies and has appeared in the Montefeltro Festival, the Madison Opera chorus, and as a chorus member under Maestro Lorin Maazel’s baton at the Castleton Festival. Ms. Mead has also appeared as a soloist with the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern Baroque Music Ensemble, and Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church.  A native of Madison, Wisconsin, she holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Mannes College The New School For Music.
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Soprano Meredith Mecum’s performances include Clara Schumann (Clara) with Cutting Edge Concerts, Fedora (The Circus Princess) with Amore Opera, Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) with LOFTOpera, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Banff Centre Opera, Mimi (La Boheme) with New York Lyric Opera, Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera New Jersey, Donna Anna (cover) at Ash Lawn Opera, Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, and Rose Segal (Later the Same Evening) at Manhattan School of Music.  Awards include a 2012 Solti Foundation Grant, Second Place in the Ades Competition (Manhattan School of Music), and an Encouragement Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. She will be a participant in the 2015 Merola Opera Program.
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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.
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Russian-born baritone Boris Mitchell, SAG-AFTRA actor, started his training as pianist in Russia; later graduated as classical singer from Manhattan School of Music, and coached at Moscow State Conservatory. Boris is experienced performer of German, Italian Lyric repertoire. His credits include Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte; Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera Tuscia in Italy; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Carnegie Hall, Robert in Iolanta, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Dandini in La Cenerentola; bass solos in Mozart’s Regina Coeli; Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with LA Master Choral; he appeared on NBC’s Law&Order and CW’s Gossip Girl.
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Susan Morton, pianist, linguist, conductor, is based in New York City. Long associated with Italian opera, language and culture, she is Director/Founder of SingThrough Central, a full-score reading program and Festa Lirica Italiana, for full-immersion role-study and language in Forio,Ischia (Italy). Credits include: New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Florida State University, Hofstra University, Westminster Choir College, Manhattan School of Music, New Jersey City University, and the SUNY New Paltz Language Institute, Opera Colorado, Connecticut Opera, Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Martina Arroyo Foundation, IVAI in Italy and Tel Aviv. She is an active recitalist: Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Trinity Wall Street Church, in Williamsburg, VA and Hudson, NY. She toured with CAMI Community Concerts and Cunard Lines.
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Alonzo Murphy-Johnson is happy to be performing with OCB again. He has performed in major roles across the country including Die Zauberflöte, Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail, Don Giovanni, Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto and in Nashville Opera’s world premiere of Surrender Road. An eclectic performer, Alonzo’s range includes opera, R&B, jazz and gospel. Some of his professional musical theatre credits include leading roles in Ragtime and Smokey Joe’s Café.
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Winnie Nieh, soprano, won First Place in the 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition, Third Place and Audience Favorite in the 2013 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition, and competed at Carnegie Hall as a National Finalist in NY Lyric Opera’s 2014 National Competition. A versatile artist with perfect pitch praised for her “fantastic facility” and “clarity of tone”, she has performed as a soloist with legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling and collaborative pianist Graham Johnson. Ms. Nieh graduated from Harvard, holds Associate of Trinity College London diplomas in voice, violin and piano, and was a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn.
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Margaret O’Connell (www.mezzomargaret.com) made her Carnegie Hall debut this fall in The Oracle at Delphi: The Music of Dinos Constantinides. She made her international debut as Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Berlin, preparing the role with two days’ notice. Margaret was also invited to perform recitals in Berlin and Munich. Premieres: Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight (excerpts), Sweet Dreams (Empire Opera), Judgment of Midas (American Opera Projects), Agamemnon (La Mama), Best Friends (w/Lauren Flanigan), Emily Dickinson in I Dwell in Possibility. Other roles: Carmen, Dulcinée (Don Quichotte), Olga (Eugene Onegin w/William Hobbs), Nicklausse (Hoffmann), Maddalena, Adalgisa, Dido, Florence (Albert Herring), Maman (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Berta (Barbiere).  Theater: Young Jennie (Portrait of Jennie w/Brent Barrett), Fiddler Jones (Spoon River).  MM Voice, McGill University; BM Violin, Oberlin Conservatory.
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Soprano, Soo Hyun Oh has completed her Master degree and Performance Diploma at Indiana University, her Bachelor at Ewha Woman’s University in Korea and a Diploma at the Conservatory “Licinio Refice” in Italy. Oh’s operatic appearances include The 1st Lady in The Magic Flute  with Sugar Creek Opera, Princesse in L’enfant et les sortilèges with New York  Lyric Opera, Pamina in The Magic Flute with New York Opera Studio, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte with Manhattan Opera Studio, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with Opera BASOTI, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi & Buoso’s Ghost with Bay View Music Festival and others. She appeared at many concerts at Savannah Voice Festival, National Opera Center, Carnegie Hall and KBS Broadcast Concert Hall in Korea.
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Atlanta native Michael Blake O’Hearn has been hailed by critics for his abundance of personality, his authoritative singing and his wide impressive range. Recent engagements include Dumas in Andrea Chenier with OONY at Avery Fisher Hall and Tonio in Pagliacci with both Amore and Utopia Opera. Favorite roles include Falstaff, Pooh Bah, Don Bartolo, Dr. Dulcamara and Don Pasquale. He has been featured with NYCO National Company, Atlanta Opera, Augusta Opera, Tulsa Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera, DiCapo Opera, National Lyric Opera, Mississippi Opera, Amarillo Opera, Bronx Opera and the Opera Orchestra of New York
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Jon Thomas Olson (tenor) was last seen as Michael (Emperor Norton/ Chelsea Opera). Previous engagments include Giuseppe (La Traviata/NY Opera Exchange), Kaglar (Lisa[Sissy]/ enCANTA Collective), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte/NY Opera Exchange), Troubador (The Perfect Fool/enCANTA Collective), Abdallo (Nabucco/ Minnesota Opera), and Don Jose (Carmen/Minnesota Opera Education Dept). Previously he has worked with the Minnesota Opera in over 20 productions as well as some smaller companies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. He earned his B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Bemidji State University in Minnesota.
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Erica Page, soprano. Notable roles include: Musetta in La Boheme, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Despina in Così fan tutte, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring.  Ms. Page holds music degrees from the University of Florida and East Carolina University, and is currently a student of Dr. Julian Kwok.
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Known for her sterling musicality and shimmering voice, soprano Katherine Cecelia Peck lives in New York City where she is an avid soloist and chorister. She is singing the role of Laetitia in Arthur Sullivan’s The Zoo with Utopia Opera in spring of 2015, and will be giving recitals in March and April. Katherine “K.C.” Peck received a Masters Degree in in Voice Performance at Boston University last year where she studied with Dr. Jerrold Pope. She earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This past summer, she sang Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with the Brevard Janiec Opera Company, and covered Johanna in Sweeney Todd.
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Elizabeth Perryman, soprano, received a Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Illinois, Masters in Voice at UNLV, and Professional Studies at Mannes in NYC.  Ms. Perryman has appeared with the Bronx, OCB, Chelsea, Pensacola, and Des Moines Opera, and the Altamura Festival.  Ms. Perryman has been a three time regional finalist with the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.  From a review, “Perryman stunned with her visceral performance as Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.  Her woman grasped the house.”  Ms. Perryman sang the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the NJ Symphony and the Newark Cathedral.  Ms. Perryman teaches elementary music in North Brunswick, New Jersey.
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Jestin Pieper is a versatile and intuitive pianist, collaborator and teacher in New York City. As an active performer, Mr. Pieper has appeared in venues throughout the USA. During the past year a few highlights include an appearance as soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, guest artist at the Curiosity retreat for the Discovery Channel, staff pianist for of the Accademia Vocale di Lorenzo Malfatti institute in Lucca Italy, musical director and pianist for Franc D’ambrosio, and assistant conductor and pianist for the a new opera titled “A certain Quiet” with 12 shows at the Theater for the New City. Jestin holds a BM Magna cum Laude from Lawrence University and an MM from the Butler School of Music at UT Austin.
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Soprano ANGELA PINTI, recently featured in the Brooklyn-based series, Concerts on the Slope, received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College where she was seen in Hansel and Gretel (Gertrude) and The Magic Flute (First Lady). Ms. Pinti attended the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium where she performed in opera scenes as the Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) and Pamina (The Magic Flute). A section leader and soloist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Angela is also a certified group fitness instructor.
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Tyler Putnam, bass, recently sang in the Apprentice Singer Program at The Santa Fe Opera (covering Rocco inFidelio) and made company debuts at Opera Omaha (Ceprano in Rigoletto) and Sarasota Opera. This winter Mr. Putnam makes his Off-Broadway debut in the title role of Markheim by Carlisle Floyd with Little OPERA Theatre of NY. Other upcoming engagements include a second season with Sarasota Opera where Mr. Putnam will sing The Monk in Verdi’s Don Carlos. Mr. Putnam is a winner of a Career Development Grant from the Sullivan Foundation, top prize from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges and is a Boston District winner of the Met’s National Council Competition.
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Ms. Rallis made her Carnegie Hall debut this year at Stern Auditorium as the soprano soloist in John Rutter’s Requiem.  As part of the 2013-14 Season she was a Resident Artist at Dicapo Opera Theatre performing the roles of Musetta in La Bohème and Adina in L’elisir d’amore.   She also joined the Annapolis Opera as a featured artist on their Celebrate Opera concert, performing arias and duets from Bellini’s I Capuletti and i Montecchi and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. She will begin the 2014-15 Season singing the role of Laurie in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. Ms. Rallis holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with additional studies at the Manhattan School of Music.  She is currently a Master of Music candidate at the Brooklyn College-Conservatory.
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Lynn Rice-See has been a solo pianist, collaborative pianist, and opera coach in many parts of the world. She has finally come home to New York and is enjoying the challenge of opera again after a break of about 25 years. She is also adjunct professor of piano at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
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Ivan Rivera was last seen with the Opera Company of Brooklyn as Don Almaviva in The Barber of Seville plus in Cosi fan tutte as Ferrando, Alicina (Handel) as Oronte, Monostatos in Magic Flute and Nermorino in The Elixir of Love. He was recently seen in Capitol Heights Lyric Opera’s Amahal & The Night Visitors as Kasper, Don Ramiro in Cenerentola and Don Almaviva in the Barber of Seville, Tamino (German) in Magic Flute with OperaOggiNY,  Ferrando in Opera Manhatttan’s Cosi fan tutte, and Ferrando in the Underworld Productions’ mounting of Cosi fan tutte at Symphony Space
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Heather Roberts is “…riveting…she has an enormous and powerful voice…truly thrilling…” raves Concertonet.com.  Known for her versatility, Ms. Roberts has performed opera, operetta, oratorio, musical theater, and lieder.  In addition to her Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space appearances as Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, she revived the role with the Salt Marsh Opera in 2014. The 2015 season began with Mum in Albert Herring followed by Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung, Adalgisa in Norma, and Idamante in Idomeneo. Other roles include the Composer, Witch, Suzuki, Donna Elvira, Tigrana in Puccini’s Edgar, Stephano, Florence, Cenerentola, and Carmen.
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Tenor Jesús Rodríguez is a native of New York City.  He studied at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music with Justino Díaz and Antonio Barasorda, Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone and tenor, respectively, where he participated in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  His musical training began in New Jersey at the Newark Boys Chorus School with Gwen Moten and Arts High School with Dr. Jerry Forderhase.  His opera credits include: Nerone and Lucano (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Nemorino, Edgardo, Tamino, Monostatos, and Frederic (Pirates of Penzance).
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Soprano, Constance Rogalski received her BM in Voice Performance from Stetson University. Her roles include the title role of Angélique, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Company of Brooklyn and Stetson University Opera Theatre, The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Fünf Magde in Elektra, Owl in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortileges (Utopia Opera). She sang the Soprano Solo in Fauré’s Requiem (Orlando Chorale) and has performed in Orlando Operas’ productions of Madama Butterfly and Turandot. Miss Rogalski is a New York based artist and studies under the tutelage of Eduardo Valdes.
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Giulia Sanford joins OCB this season! Prior to OCB, she performed with the Connecticut Lyric Opera as Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis and as Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. She also appeared with the Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance program and has been a first place recipient of the N.A.T.S. competition. Giulia graduated from the Boston Conservatory and Western Connecticut State University, where she sang the roles of Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Arsamene in Serse, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. She has also performed Tessa in The Gondoliers.
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Heidi Sauser, soprano and Atlanta native, has performed roles that include Morgana in Alcina, Marie in La fille du regiment, and Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor with Opera Company of Brooklyn, Utopia Opera, and Apollo Opera, among others. She will sing the role Violetta in La Traviata with OCB later this year. She sang the role of Nannetta in Falstaff with Utopia Opera this past June. A graduate of Mannes College of Music, Heidi was a member of the acclaimed Mannes Opera with which she performed roles such as Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann and a Bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro. Heidi was a finalist for The American Prize in Opera in 2013.
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American pianist Jody Schum is an engaging, versatile collaborator known for his deep musicality at the keyboard and warmth and dynamism as a vocal coach and music director. He has performed with Fort Worth Opera, Townsend Opera, Opera Saratoga, American Lyric Theater, Opera America, and Seagle Music Colony. A champion of new music, Mr. Schum has music directed works by Royce Vavrek, David T. Little, Stefan Weisman, Mohammed Fairouz, and Matthew Schickele. Mr. Schum has performed at Carnegie Hall and appeared on The Wendy Williams Show. He lives in New York.
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Luke Scott, graduate of The Hartt School Music and Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation grant winner recently appeared in leading roles at Opera on the Avalon, Salt Marsh Opera, Opera Theater of CT, One World Symphony, Martina  Arroyo foundation, Connecticut Lyric Opera, and Opera Western Reserve.  Concert appearances (Brahms Requiem) Newburyport Chorale Society, (Mozart Requiem) Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, El Sistema orchestra in Venezuela, and a winner of the New England Concerto competition.  This season he began at Caramoor followed by engagements of Sharpless (Madame Butterfly), Basilio  (Il Barbiere di siviglia), Ford (Falstaff), Leporello  (Don Giovanni), Albert (Werther), Argante (Rinaldo) and Marcello in (La Boheme).
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Melissa Serluco, mezzo-soprano, received a Master’s of Music from Northwestern University in 2014, studying with W. Stephen Smith. She is scheduled to have her debut with The Secret Opera as Mrs. Norris in Menotti’sThe Medium in November of 2014. Serluco starred in Northwestern’s production of Adamo’s Little Women as Jo. She was also featured in Sounds and Sweet Airs as Gertrude, Anita and Meg. Past credits include La Perichole in La Perichole and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at Franco-American Vocal Academy; Marcellina inLe Nozze di Figaro, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at Stetson University; Monitor in Suor Angelica at Northwestern University; Rinaldo in Rinaldo and Die Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel at the New York Opera Forum.
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Byron Singleton is becoming widely known for his “powerful and compelling interpretations” of the romantic tenor repertoire. Most recently he sang Cavaradossi in Tosca with MORE Opera conducted by Maestro Anton Coppola as well as making his 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”,  Tenor Soloist in the 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). In May he will sing the title role in “Les Contes D’Hoffmann” with Vocal Productions NYC.
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Leslie Swanson, is a native of New York City, where she enjoys performing regularly in several genres. She has performed music of the Baroque with The Orchestra of The Bronx, The Bronx Opera Company, Collegium Westchester, The National Chorale and other organizations. In addition, Swanson studied elementary education and oboe and played in the orchestra pit for many operatic and musical theater productions. As a professional singer Leslie has had a wide ranging career as an operatic artist, church musician and international recitalist. Her operatic roles have included Ma Moss in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, the Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and most recently, Gertrude in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She is an international recitalist and frequently presents programs of art songs of the Romantic era.
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Baritone David Tapp performs has performed with regional companies in opera and musical theater. Recent work includes La Bohème (Marcello) with Bel Canto Lyric Opera of Philadelphia.  With DPAC/Open Air Theater (NJ): 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, Amahl and the Night Visitors (Melchior) and Three Penny Opera (Mack) with Piccolo Theatro. He Received his Masters and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music.
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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.
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John Tedeschi has performed with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Osh Opera, New Britain Symphony, Wichita Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Center City Opera and Eastern Opera of New Jersey. Broadwayworld.com cites: “John Tedeschi mastered the role of Otello, delivering a powerful performance, and lending the perfect blend of musical triumph and drama.”  FigandFlan of Theatermania wrote: “He sang beautifully… (his) Pinkerton is one of the best we have seen, and he brings real life to a character we usually see at a distance.
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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
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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.
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Japanese Soprano Singer, YUKO TSUDA made her New York Debut Solo Recital as a winner of the Artists International at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2006.  In 2010, she appeared as a soloist by Mozart Coronation and Beethoven The Ninth Symphony “Choral” at Riverside Church with Reona Ito Orchestra and Chorus. Her operatic roles include: Pamina (Zauberflöt), Manon (Manon), Mimi and Musetta (La Bohem), Giulietta(I Capuleti e i Montecchi), etc. Ms.Tsuda holds a BM and a MM from the Osaka University of Arts. She attended Dicapo Opera studio, The Martina Arroyo Foundation , and  Inernational Opera workshop at OperAverona ‘2011 and performed in Verona, Italy.
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Hailed by Opera News for ”the most musical and stylistic sophistication onstage, taking everything…as Rossini would have expected, “ John Villemaire, tenor, recently performed at Carnegie Hall with New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s Opera Gala as Romeo in Romeo et Juiliette. Recent credits include: Il Duca in Rigoletto with The Opera Project,  Bastien (Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne), L’Arithmétique (L’Enfant et les sortilege) with NYLOT, Don Ramiro, (La Cenerentola) with Opera New Jersey, Giannetto in Rossini’s La gazza ladra, with Bronx Opera. Upcoming Engagements: the title role in Idomeneo with Cantanti Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Company of Brooklyn.
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Gerald Yarbray, Baritone, hails from the land of Jessye Norman, Augusta, GA and holds a BM from Columbus State University and an MM from Georgia State University.  His roles include Danilo in The Merry Widow, Escamillo in Carmen, title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, John Brooke in Little Women, Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Doctor Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Amonasro in Aida,  Pandofe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Mr. Gobineau in The Medium, Martin Luther King in the Premier of  King the Opera based on the studies and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr, the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk and the Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood for community outreach. Concert performances includes Beethoven’s 5th, Schubert’s Mass in C, Bach’s Cantata 54, and Faure’s Requiem. He has served as Phi Mu Alpha, Xi Gamma Chapter President and Board Member of the Classical Singer National Forum, as well Feeding the Homeless Organization Fonder, which is on it’s 7th year of operation.
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Kristin Renee Young, soprano, received her Master’s degree from Boston University and studies with Sharon Daniels.  Hailing from Philadelphia, Kristin graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she studied with Harolyn Blackwell. Recent performances include a new opera workshop with Ardea Arts and Center for Contemporary Opera, and Carol in Tamandua with International Brazilian Opera Company. Other roles: First Flower in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of La Hija de Rappaccini, Despina (Così fan tutte), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mrs. Julian (Owen Wingrave), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Pamina (The Magic Flute).
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Gabriel Zimmerman earned degrees from Boston University and University of Michigan. As a boy soprano, he appeared frequently as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera National Company. He has participated in the programs offered by the Chautauqua Institution and the Wesley Balk Institute. He appeared as Gobin and Perichaud in La Rondine, Pasha Selim in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and in the ensembles of Rigoletto with OCB.

2012-2013 ROSTER

Sopranos
Roseanne AckerleyAlexandra FilipeElana GleasonMalinda HaslettNina Kassis, Hannah Kloepfer, Alison McAuleyWinnie NiehAmy PolomoElizabeth PerrymanMieke Rickert, Heidi Sauser

Mezzo-Sopranos
Marie Gailey, Briana Hunter, Julie Morrissey, Lauren Pastorek

Tenors
Darren AndersonIvan Rivera

Bass/Bass-baritones/Baritones
Ivan AmaroNicholas ConnollyShannon De VineDewey MossJorge OcasioKenneth OvertonGregory Voinier

Gail Archer, Barnard-Columbia Chamber Choir Mus. Dir., Barnard Music Dept Chair
Ming Kwong, OCB Pianist
Alan Anibal, OCB Assistant Conductor
Jay Meetze, OCB Artistic and Music Director

2011-2012 ARTIST ROSTER

Sopranos
Roseanne AckerleyLauren AlfanoNatasha BhatiaJill DewsnupChristina DouglasJaquelyn FamilantAudean FarmerJennifer FurstHalley GilbertMalinda HaslettSarah HeislerDevon HuhnKristin JensenAmelia LakeJulia LimanovaVictoria LotkowictzPage LuckyMaggie MaloneMaryann MootosWinnie NiehBarbara PatersonJody SheinbaumRachel SitomerBengi TasciAsuka UchidaErika WuerznerMinah Yim

Mezzo-Sopranos
Rachel ArkySarah KrausMelinda LearnardKristen LeichBarbara LeMayMargaret O’ConnellLauren PastorekLaura SmithBarbara Staffen

Tenors
Philip AlongiDarren AndersonWayne BehrJavier BernardoAaron BlankfieldOscar CastroRobert MackPercy MartinezIvan Rivera

Bass/Bass-baritones/Baritones
Gustavo AhualliAubrey AllicockIvan AmaroCourney CareyKelvin ChanJohn Dominick IIIRobert GarnerKurt KanazawaScott LindrothAlonzo Murphy-JohnsonJorge OcasioClayton OkalyKenneth OvertonJohn TorresSteve UtzigXavier Taylor

Gail Archer, Barnard-Columbia Chamber Choir Mus. Dir., Barnard Music Dept Chair
Ming KwongSusan Morton, OCB Pianists
Linus Lerner, Guest Conductor
Dustin Bear and Jamie Reeves, Assistant Conductors
Jay Meetze, OCB Artistic and Music Director

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