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The Tales of Hoffmann


Soprano, Roseanne Ackerley will be performing as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus (CA) in 2012. In 2011 she sang as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra (CA) and sang La nonna with Teatro Grattacielo in their production of I Compagnacci (Ricitelli) at Lincoln Center. Ms. Ackerley’s 2010 performances include Liù in Turandot with New Rochelle Opera and Handel’s Messiah with the Westchester Chorale. In 2009, Ms. Ackerley performed Micaëla in Carmen with Miami Lyric Opera in Florida, Mimì in La bohème with Atlantic Coast Opera Festival and Bruckner’s Mass No. 1 in D minor with the Westchester Oratorio Society. Previous operatic engagements include Mimì in La bohème with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, One World Symphony, the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv and New Rochelle Opera;  Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Connecticut Grand Opera;  Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Atlantic Coast Opera Theatre and Opera in the Heights (Houston, TX.);  Micaëla in Carmen with Treasure Coast Opera in Florida;  Liù in Turandot with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis;  Mařenka in The Bartered Bride with Bronx Opera and Hanna in The Merry Widow with New Rochelle Opera.  Ms. Ackerley received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Mannes College of Music and was awarded the prestigious Richard Gold Career Grant upon graduation. In 2006, she was awarded a career grant by the New York Foundation of the Arts which was renewed in 2007.



Tenor Darren T. Anderson has emerged as a versatile singing actor in demand in the U.S. and abroad.  This past spring he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony in Paul Dessau’s oratorio Haggada Shel Passach.  Past roles include Don José in La Tragedie de Carmen, and Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow .  he has appeared in the title roles of Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Roméo et Juliette, as Arrigo in Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani with Opera In Concert in Toronto, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte.  Darren also made an off-Broadway debut as Don José in La tragedie de Carmen with The InCite Festival.



Bass-baritone, Alfred Barclift, a native of East Orange, New Jersey studied with internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Simon Estes and mezzo-soprano, Betty Allen.  Operatic roles for Dr. Barclift include Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, the title role and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso/Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, Colline/Shaunard in La Boheme, Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Porgy in Porgy and Bess to name a few.  Equally at home in more contemporary opera roles, he has performed the roles of Il Nonno/Bargello in I Compagnacci and Un Cerimoniere in Il Re (Jazz at Lincoln Center), La Tigre in Il Piccolo Marat (Avery Fisher Hall – Teatro Grattacielo), Ned in Treemonisha (New York City Opera Ed. Pgm), and many more. Alfred has been a prize winner in numerous competitions such as First Prize in the Friday Woodmere Vocal Competition of New York, Second Prize in the New Jersey N.A.T.S. Vocal Competition, a Finalist in the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition, and a Finalist in the YWCA Vocal Competition of New York.



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).



The Opera Insider, reviewing Scott Lindroth as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte,  said he “brought down the house with his creamy baritone and comic presence.” Mr. Lindroth’s roles include Figaro in il Barbiere di Siviglia, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore,  Masetto in Don Giovanni and Javert in Les Misérables. He has appeared as a soloist under the conductor’s Kenneth Kiesler, Jerry Blackstone, Paul Rardin and Kent Tritle. In competition, he was a finalist in the Liederkranz Vocal Competition and placed second in the Opera Theater of Connecticut Voice Competition.



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”.




Margaret O’Connell enjoys a versatile musical career in opera, contemporary music, musical theatre, oratorio, recordings, and film.  In its January/February 2007 issue, Fanfare Magazine hailed her as “a superb mezzo, who handles [the complex atonal cycle Traveling West] with seeming ease.”  This fall she sang Mozart’s Parto, Parto with the Chamber Philharmonia of New York, Dulcinée in Don Quichotte¸and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro.  She also served as cover soloist for the Chamber Philharmonia’s Das Lied von der Erde.  In August 2011 she sang Olga in William Hobbs’ production of Eugene Onegin with Opera Slavica.  Previous engagements in the 2010-2011 season included the title role in Carmen, Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Maddalena in Rigoletto.



Lauren Pastorek is a perennial crossover artist, appearing in three national tours, Off-Broadway in the original cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes, Carnival! at the Kennedy Center, sailed the high seas as a showgirl, was the mezzo soloist in the midwest premiere of the Philip Glass Choral Symphony, and has appeared with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and Encores! at New York’s City Center.  Favorite past roles include Ulla in The Producers, Gloria in Boeing-Boeing, Diana in Lend Me a Tenor, Guenevere in Camelot, and Handel’s Xerxes.  Discography: The Yeomen of the Guard (Phoebe), Autumn Maneuvers (Treszka), and Blossomtime (Hedy). BM Eastman, MM Cincinnati Conservatory. laurenpastorek.com.



Born in France, Laetitia Ruccolo graduated in Piano at the “Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique” of Paris. She also attended the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, and she got a full scholarship from the Mannes College of Music of New York to study collaborative piano. She has performed in masterclasses presented by Alicia de Larrocha, Aldo Ciccolini, Margo Garrett, Ken Noda, Martin Katz, Roger Vignoles and Graham Johnson. She made her debut at the age of 9 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. She attended the International Festival of Colmar, the International Summer Academy of Nice, and the program Songfest in Malibu.  She collaborated with several opera companies in France, with the Opera Studio of the Mozarteum, and the Mannes Opera. In New York she performed at Carnegie Hall, at Alice Tully Hall, and at the New York Historical Society. She is a prizewinner at the “Gino Gandolfi” Competition in Italy, “Marie Jaëll” in France and at the International Chamber Music Competition “Les Corts” in Barcelona. .



Rachel Sitomer is delighted to make her OCB debut singing the role of Olympia.  This season, she was seen as Zerlina (Don Giovanni), a featured soloist with Repertory Opera Theater of Washington’s concert series, and most recently as Monica (The Medium) with Chelsea Opera where she was praised by Chelsea Clinton News as “sing[ing] and act[ing] with a subtlety that suited the space and the show well.”  Other roles include Gilda (Rigoletto), Papagena (The Magic Flute), First Witch (Dido and Aeneas), and Michaela (Carmen).



Originally from Maryland, Baritone Xavier Taylor has made himself known as a singer of many varying styles. Recentely moving to New York from Boston Xavier studied at the New England Conservatory under Micheal Meraw and Vinson Cole. While in Boston Xavier performed the roles of Signor Deluso(Signor Deluso,NEC) Procolo(Viva La Mamma,NEC) Bob (Old Maid and the Thief,BMO) and  Sweeney Todd ( Sweeney Todd,MIT). Some other roles performed:Papageno (Die Zauberflute,BMO) Pangloss(Candide,NEC) Bobby Strong(Urinetown,CCT) Edward Rochester(Jane Eyre:The Musical)  and recently performed the role Gregorio (Rome et Juliette) with  OCB and is looking forward to more opportunities to work with OCB. Within the last year Xavier has become very active with his side project as a folk singer/Ukuleleist. He currently is working on a underground classical recital series with pianist Jea Han.



John Torres, Baritone, received his Masters of Music degree in Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he performed in scenes with the Contemporary Opera Ensemble, was part of the Ensemble in the mainstage production of Le nozze di Figaro with MSM’s Opera Studio. Mr. Torres also had the pleasure of performing the role of Schaunard in La bohème as part of Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program, Harlekin/Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Brooklyn Repertory Opera and the roles of L’Horoge and Le Chat in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in Hawaii and was a Resident Artist with Dicapo Opera Theatre.



Mr. Vincent is quite thrilled to be making his Opera Company of Brooklyn debut.  Mr. Vincent was last seen singing The Boy in “The Magic Fish” and Lelio in Opera Moderne’s production of “Le Donne Curiose.”  Mr. Vincent also sang the role of Ashmenton in “Trillium J” this past October with composer Anthony Braxton as part of the Tri-Centric Foundation’s four day festival of Braxton’s music.  Mr. Vincent was a recipient of the Iris Henwood Richards award from Central City Opera at the close of the 2010 season, where he performed Yakuside in “Madama Butterfly” (family performance), two solo recitals and scenes from “Don Quichotte” (Sancho), “L’Italiana in Algeri” (Taddeo) and “The Old Maid and the Thief” (Bob).  In May 2010, he completed his MM in Opera Performance with Yale Opera where he performed the roles of Papageno in “Die Zauberflöte”, Bustamente in “La Navarraise” and Count Almaviva in Le “Nozze di Figaro”.  While at Yale, Mr. Vincent performed in various scenes programs and concerts throughout the US, Europe and China.  Following this performance Mr. Vincent will head to CT and MA where he will perform the role of Mordecai in Donald Sosin’s “Esther.”  The following week, Mr. Vincent will be giving a recital in Paris France at the Cathedral of Rue Madame. In June, Mr. Vincent will be the baritone soloist in Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles” as part of Opera Moderne’s “Red Scare” concert series with The Deutsches Haus of New York.  Aside from his operatic career, Mr. Vincent also serves as Chair of the Arts Department and Music Director at Oakwood Friends School.

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