AARON BLANKFIELD, Tenor – PEDRILLO
A Tennesse native, Aaron Blankfield was most recently an apprentice artist for Sarasota Opera’s winter season covering the role of Judge Danforth, The Crucible. In 2009, Mr. Blankfield was a studio artist with Florentine Opera where he performed Borsa, Rigoletto and Bully and Dr. Binch, Elmer Gantry. While participating in the Caramoor Music Festival, he performed the roles of Trabuco, La Forza del Destino and covered Count Almaviva, Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Other roles include: Messaggiero, Aida (Riverfront Opera), Normanno and Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (NY Opera Forum), and Gastone, La Traviata (Boheme Opera NJ).
JILL DEWSNUP, Soprano – KONSTANZE
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.
Tenor Robert Mack, has received glorious reviews for his powerful but sweet lyric tenor voice, throughout the US and Europe. He has performed principal roles with noted opera companies, such as New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Carolina, The Paris Bastille, The Tearto Real in Spain, and took part in the world famous Metropolitan Opera’s La Fanciulla del West and The Nose. He toured with the National claimed Three Mo’ Tenors and recorded the role of Sportin’ Life from the Opera Porgy and Bess with Nashville Symphony. He co-founded and is the General Manager of Opera of New York.
Susan Morton, pianist, linguist, conductor has long been associated with Italian opera, language and culture; she is Director/Founder of SingThrough Central, a score reading program and Festa Lirica Italiana, for intensive role-study and language immersion in Ischia, Italy. Both foster professionalism through all aspects of preparation and performance. She is pleased to be doing her second project with Opera Company of Brooklyn!
Susan’s idiomatic mastery of both Italian and French languages sets her apart from other pianist-coaches of her generation, and is at the heart of her ability to prepare singers at the highest level possible to handle musical, dramatic and linguistic styles of the Italian/French repertoire.
Susan has been teaching singing actors to integrate the language of music with the music of language for over 25 years, including credits from: New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Florida State University, Westminster Choir College, Manhattan School of Music, SUNY New Paltz Language Institute, Opera Colorado, Connecticut Opera, Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Martina Arroyo Foundation, IVAI and others.
Alonzo Murphy-Johnson (Bass) 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.
Winnie Nieh, First Prize winner in the 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition, will be making her Canadian debut this summer. A Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn, she made her opera debut as Susanna while at Harvard and has since sung Pamina, Blondchen, Olympia, La Fée, Romilda, Galatea, Gilda, Sophie, Violetta, Mélisande, Juliette and Giannetta. Upcoming roles include Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo) at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Papagena. An all-round musician with Associate of Trinity College London diplomas in voice, violin and piano, she has also performed extensively as an oratorio and concert soloist, and continually captivates her audiences with her “fantastic facility” and exquisite “clarity of tone”.