AUBREY ALLICOCK, Baritone – AENEAS
Aubrey Allicock was a recent artist with the Metropolitan opera for the 2010-2011 season. There he covered the roles of Astarotte in Arimda, and Marullo in Rigoletto. Mr. Allicock has also appeared with Opera theatre of Saint Louis, the Wexford festival opera, the Phoenix symphony orchestra, and the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic. Mr. Allicock has also shared the stage with Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. in Chamber music PLUS’s production of Dvorák’s A New world: Portrait of H.T. Burliegh. This season Mr. Allicock will appear with the Juilliard school in the American premiere ofKommilitonen, and with Opera theatre of Saint Louis in the American premiere of Alice in Wonderland.
Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who has specialized in drawing attention to composer anniversaries with her annual recital series in New York City: Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time-Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008 ” in Classical music and opera. Her recordings include Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach, the Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic In the Making on Meyer-Media LLC and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils on CALA Records, London. Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.
RACHEL ARKY, Mezzo-Soprano – DIDO – cover, SECOND WOMAN
Mezzo-soprano Rachel Arky’s recent roles include Vitellia (BASOTI), Donna Elvira (La Musica Lirica), Cendrillon (New York Lyric Opera), and Cherubino (Manhattan School of Music). Ms. Arky was the Third Place Winner in the NJ Association of Verismo Opera’s 2011 Vocal Competition, a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper Competition, and Third Place Winner in The 2010 Liederkranz Voice Competition’s Art Song Division. The New York-born mezzo completed her M.M. at Manhattan School of Music and her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Upcoming engagements include Siébel with New York Opera Forum and Emmy (Der Vampyr) with Liederkranz Opera Theater. Ms. Arky resides in New York City where she studies with Fredrick Martell.
NATASHA BHATIA, Soprano – BELINDA (Cover)
Natasha Bhatia, soprano, is a sophomore at Columbia University studying Financial Economics. Her passion for music developed early on, beginning with piano lessons at age five and choral performances at age eight. In high school, Natasha had the opportunity to be a three time member of the Texas All-State Choir, and she also played the role of Marian in her high school’s production of Music Man in 2009. Natasha is currently under the instruction of Harolyn Blackwell of Barnard College, and she is excited for her first opportunity to perform in an opera.
JILL DEWSNUP, Soprano – FIRST WITCH
Known for her “eloquent and moving” singing (Deseret News), Jill Dewsnup possesses the rare type of voice that has both power and agility.
Operatic roles Miss Dewsnup has performed include: Königin der Nacht from Die Zauberflöte , Countess from Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role of Anna Bolena, Giada di Lauria in Bergman’s Piazza Navona , the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, and Mimi from Puccini’s La Bohème, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Matilda in William Tell.
Her concert performances include: the soprano soloist in Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Handel’s Messiah. She also appeared as a guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
KRISTIN JENSEN, Soprano – SPIRIT
Kristin Jensen makes her debut with Opera Company of Brooklyn. Kristin’s most recent operatic appearance was with New York Lyric Opera Theater as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. Kristin’s opera credits include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Adina in L’elisir d’amore; Pamina, First Lady, and First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte; Atalanta in Xerxes; Vespetta in Pimpinone; Nora in Riders to the Sea; and the Shepherd Boy in Tosca. Kristin has sung with Phoenix Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theater, and Loveland Opera Theater. Ms. Jensen is an avid concert artist, having delighted audiences across the United States, Europe, and Canada.
KURT KANAZAWA, Baritone – AENEAS – cover
This summer, Kurt Kanazawa (Baritone) made his Chinese debut at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, performing with the NCPA Orchestra as part of ISINGBEIJING Program, sponsored by the Chinese government’s Hanban Institute. He is currently in his first-year MM degree from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Marlena Malas, and is a recipient of the MSM President’s Award. He also received his BA degree in Visual Arts from Columbia University. His past performances include Gugliemo in Cosi Fan Tutte, the title role in Elijah, Angelotti in Tosca, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Chou-En Lai in Nixon in China. He made his debut with Opera Company of Brooklyn as Angelotti inTosca and returns again this season as Talpa in Il Tabarro.
SARAH KRAUS, Soprano – SORCERESS
This season, Sarah Kraus joins OCB for Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress), and sings Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) with Opera Lancaster and Messiah with Hanson Place Orchestra. In 2011, she created Lisa (The Tin Angel) for the Center for Contemporary Opera Development Series and performed Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Maddalena (Rigoletto) and the title role in Carmen. Previous engagements include performances with Connecticut Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Green Mountain Opera Festival. Sarah has won multiple awards in international competition, including prizes from Metropolitan Opera National Council, and currently works with the Playwrights Theater of New York Eugene O’Neill Studio.
KRISTEN LEICH, Mezzo-Soprano – DIDO
Ms.Leich completed her preparatory studies at The Colorado Springs Conservatory and received her B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She attended the Academy of Vocal arts as the recipient of the American Business Fellowship and Giardiniera Fellowship. Ms. Leich was awarded the Barbara Stanley Richman Memorial Award by The Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Violette G. McCarthy Study Award as a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Ms.Leich made her New York City Opera debut in the roll of Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte under the direction of Julius Rudel. She has appeared with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel) , Giulio Cesare (Sesto), The Cunning little Vixen (The Fox). le Grand Théâtre de Genève Il Satirino in La Calisto and Bourbon Baroque as Ruggiero in Händel’s Alcina..
STEPHEN KENNEDY MURPHY, Tenor – FIRST SAILOR
Stephen Kennedy Murphy (staging) has directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway at Juilliard and at Yale, where he was a resident director for a decade. He is artistic director of The Eugene O’Neill Festival in NY, which has featured appearances by Oscar honorees Charles Durning, Rudy Dee, Julie Harris and Liam Neeson. Mr. Murphy has directed the premiers of three O’Neill plays. He is a former member of the directing staff of NY City Opera and staged his adaptation of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale at Alice Tully Hall. He also staged the recent concert of Carmen for Opera Company of Brooklyn.
BARBARA PATERSON, Soprano – SECOND WITCH
Barbara Paterson’s operatic roles include Elle (La Voix Humaine), Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Cathleen (Riders to the Sea), Despina, Donna Elvira, Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Fox Goldenstripe (The Cunning Little Vixen), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief) and Musetta. She was a featured artist at Westminster Choir College’s 2011 French Art Song Festival and has attended SongFest and the CoOPERAtive Program. She has a MM (Hons) from Westminster Choir College and undergraduate degrees in music and German from Victoria University of Wellington. Barbara is a diction instructor at Westminster Choir College and is on the coaching staff at the CoOPERAtive Program.
JODY SHEINBAUM, Soprano – BELINDA
Jody Sheinbaum, Soprano, has appeared with New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater, Opera Festival of New Jersey, the Bard Music Festival, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the New York Pops. Roles include Susanna, Despina, Zerlina, Pamina, Servilia, Adina, Sophie and Musetta. Contemporary roles include Beth in Little Women, Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Monica in The Medium, Sybil in Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Young Alyce in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied. Her recording of Russell Platt’s From Noon To Starry Night – A Walt Whitman Cantata with The Mirror Visions Ensemble is available on Albany Records.