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Mar. 7 Don Pasquale in Inwood – Bring Your Own Beverage, BYOB OPERA SERIES

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March 7, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

Our last two shows were sold out in advance. Buy your seats now!

Don Pasquale, Ivan Amaro
Norina, Kristin Renee Young
Ernesto, John Villemaire
Dr. Malatesta, Robert Garner
Notary, James Grandjean
Pianist, Susan Morton
Conductor, Jay Meetze

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Opera Company of Brooklyn (OCB) brings you our famous and casual Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) Opera Series. Artist biographies are below.

In living rooms, hear and mingle with top-flight artists, bring drinks and we’ll provide cups and snacks. After shows, receive a free drink at the Indian Road Café by showing your program. Shows begin at 7PM and are located in upper Manhattan at W. 218th Street & Indian Road, west of Seaman Avenue.  The exact address is given after tickets are purchased online. Adults = $35, 2 for $50. Students with ID = $25 or 2 for $40. Include your name, email address and the date/s or operas you wish to attend. Mail checks to OCB, 33 Indian Road, 1G, NY, NY 10034.

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In the Press
OCB was featured on the Jeopardy quiz show, Good Morning America with MythBustersCNNNational Public Radio, 1010 WINS, reviews and articles (some front-page and full-page) in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NY Post and NY Daily News, New York Magazine, American Record Guide, Opera News and Crain’s New York Business. The company’s Grammy-nominated CD, Divas, on Albany Records and featuring music by and with American composer, Thomas Pasatieri, was named “Critic’s Choice” and “Best of the year” by Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News magazine.
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Quotes from the Press
“Magic is wielded in the hands of Meetze!” – American Record Guide
“Jay Meetze attracts a new generation of music lovers.” – CNN 
“Undeniably impressive.” – Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News
“Jay Meetze achieved impressive results” – The New York Times 
“Meetze’s Flute was a game, witty and endearing.” – New York Post
“It was a reminder that opera is still a “pop” art.” – New York Daily News 
“It’s to bring in the newer, younger audiences” – New York Daily News

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Opera Company of Brooklyn’s (OCB) in-home Saturday Night Live – Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) Opera Series: NO BROADCASTS, ONLY VOICES IN THE RAW, UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL. Free drink at Indian Road Cafe following performance. 

Click here for April 11, Der Schauspieldirektor & I Pagliacci
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Click for April 25, Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes & Trouble in Tahiti

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Click here for May 9, Falstaff

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Click here for May 23, Faust

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Click here for June 6, Barber of Seville

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Click here for June 20, Salome

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Click here for July 11, Il Trovatore

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Click here for July 25, Elixer of Love 

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Click here for August 8, Le Nozze di Figaro

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Click here for August 22, La Traviata

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Click here for September 12 La Rondine

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Click here for September 26, Otello

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Click here for October 10, Elektra

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Click here for October 24, Nabucco

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Click here for November 7, The Rakes Progress

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Click here for November 21, Turandot

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Click here for December 5, Aida

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Click here for December 19, Amahl and the Night Visitors

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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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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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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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Mezzo-soprano, Helena Brown: Having a “stunningly large round sound,” (Voce di Meche) she recently made her Chautauqua Opera debut as the Aunt in Puccini’s Brescia version of Madam Butterfly. Other performing credits include Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte) at New York Opera Exchange; Witch (Hänsel und Gretel), Klementia in Hindemith’s rarely performed Sancta Susanna, Angel and Queen Jezebel (Elijah), in which she was acclaimed by the New York Times for having sung “attractively…especially in her duskier moments as Queen Jezebel,” and Madame Halitiere (Cendrillon), the Amato Opera-in-Brief – all at Manhattan School of Music. She has performed in festivals such as the Opera Studio of Richard Crittenden in Boston, where she sang La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), the International Vocal Arts Institute in Virginia, and Lied Austria International in Graz.
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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 has been acclaimed by the Washington Post for her “voluptuous voice” and “cooly exemplary production”. Recent roles include Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Libby Norton (Norton), Beatrix (Les Bavards), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Desdemona (Otello), Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) and the 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 United State 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 also performs with DC Opera on Tap.  Ms. Chávez is a two-time winner of the Bach-Handel Competition and numerous NATS competitions.
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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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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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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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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 recenly earned his BM in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Some of his recent roles include Laurie in Little Women (Opera Breve), The Stage Manager in Ned Rorem’s new operatic adaptation of Our Town(Oklahoma Opera Music Theatre Company),  Lippo Fiorentino in Street Scene(OOMTC), and Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte(Hawaii Performing Arts Festival). He is also a tenor solist and chorister at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New York City.
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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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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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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 musical theater companies across the country and abroad. She has most recently appeared as Marta in Opera Slavica’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Bohemian National Theater, Mad Margaret in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, and as Filli in Musica Nuova’s pasticcio production of Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate at Le Poisson Rouge. 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. Undergraduate Opera Theater at Manhattan School of 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Dante Lucio Zuccaro most recently debuted the roles of Loge (Das Rheingold) & Mime (Siegfried). Upcoming performances include Arindal (Wagner’s Die Feen) and Box (Cox & Box) with Waldorf Opera. Additional credits include Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Alfred (Die  Fledermaus), Basilio/Don Curzio(Le Nozze di Figaro) (TusciaOperafestival, Italy), Mayor (Albert Herring), Yamadori / Goro cover (Madama Butterfly) (Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall),  Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor) (Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall), Roderigo / Cassio cover (Verdi’s Otello) (with Nico Castel), Ralph (HMS Pinafore), and Il  Piccolo Marat  (Avery Fischer Hall).  Mr. Zuccaro holds a Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music. http://www.dantetenor.com
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