Electra, Rachel Hippert (Noelle Banks, Alexis Cregger)
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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.
Alexis Cregger, Soprano -Ms. Cregger hails from Winchester, MA and currently resides in New York City. She has performed with OperaDelaware, Chelsea Opera, Regina Opera, Opera Manhattan, the Helena Symphony, the Blue Hill Troupe, the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival and the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company in Buxton, England. Her roles include the Queen of the Night, Pamina, Baby Doe, Lucia di Lammermoor, Mimi & Musetta in La Bohème, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. In October 2013 she was featured in the New York Times Arts section in relation to her performance as Queen of the Night in Amore Opera’s Das Labyrinth (Magic Flute II), an American Premiere.
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 sining, Mr. Eaglin worked on economic development and climate change in Southern Africa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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