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La Fille du Régiment-December 20, Bring Your Own Beverage

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December 20, Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
Marie, Heidi Sauser (Aine Hakamatsuka, Kristin Young)
Tonio, Luke Grooms (Jonathan Brinson, James Grandjean)
Sulplice, Ivan Amaro
Marquise of Birkenfeld, Francesca Erni 
Duchess of Crakenthorp, Kristin Young (Minah Yim)
Hortensio, James Grandjean
Corporal, Jonathan Dauermann
Peasant, Jonathan Brinson
Pianist, Ming Kong
Conductor, Jay Meetze 
January 24, Verdi’s Attila
Odabella, Eudora Brown (Jody Doktor)
Foresto, Luke Grooms (Byron Singleton, Jonathan Charles Tay)
Ezio, Joseph Flaxman (Gerald Yarbray)
Attila, Matthew Burns (Scott Tomlinson, Ivan Amaro)
Uldino, Jon Thomas Olson (Jonathan Charles Tay)
Leone, Scott Tomlinson (Ivan Amaro)
Pianist, James Besser (Naoko Aita)
Conductor, Jay Meetze 
February 7, 2014 Mozart’s Idomeneo
Ilia, Caitlin Mead (Kristen Charpentier, Rachel Hippert, Kristin Young)
ElectraRachel Hippert (Noelle Banks, Alexis Cregger)
Idamante, Francesca Erni (Melissa Serluco)
Idomeneo, Brent Turner (Christopher Eaglin, Jon Thomas Olson)
Arbace, Gerald Yarbray (Joseph Flaxman)
High Priest, Byron Singleton (Jon Thomas Olson)
Voice of Neptune, Scott Tomlinson
Pianist, Susan Morton
Conductor, Jay Meetze 
March 7, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Don Pasquale, Jorge Ocasio (Ivan Amaro)
Norina, Kristin Renee Young (Amy Palomo, Nikoleta Rallis)
Ernesto, Luke Grooms (Jonathan Brinson)
Dr. Malatesta, Alex Boyd
Notary, James Grandjean
Pianist, Susan Morton
Conductor, Jay Meetze

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. Seating is limited so buy fast. The exact address is given after tickets are purchased online, via USPS, or in person at Indian Road Café. Adults = $35, 2 for $50. Students with ID = $25 or 2 for $40. Mail checks to OCB, 33 Indian Road, 1G, NY, NY 10034. To buy seats in person, drop off cash/check in an envelope to a barista at Indian Road Café. Include your name, email address and the date/s or operas you wish to attend.

Buy online:  http://operabrooklynbyobopera.brownpapertickets.com.

We look forward to having you at our BYOB’s. All best wishes and happy holidays,

Arthur Brown, OCB President

Andrew Matthews, OCB Board Member
Jay Meetze, OCB Founder, Artistic & Music Director
Jason Minter, OCB Treasurer, Co-owner of Indian Road Café
Nicole Zernone, OCB Secretary, Co-owner of Indian Road Café
Auditions:1/31, Auditions

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.
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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Company Bios
Born in Osaka, Japan, equally comfortable playing Jazz and classic, Naoko Aita 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.
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.
James Besser was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began piano studies at the age of five.  He studied piano and accompanying at Princeton University, Stanford University, Columbia University, New York University, the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Mannes College of Music.  He performs frequently as solo pianist, accompanist, and opera and choral conductor.
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. Visit www.benjaminbloomfield.com
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.
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.
Declared as “having a beautiful bass-baritone voice” by the New York Times, Matthew Burns is a dynamic performer known for his unique portrayals of opera’s most acclaimed bass-baritone roles spanning the repertoire from dramatic roles to buffo roles, and everything in between. This season, Mr. Burns makes his Austin Lyric Opera début in the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni, which he will also sing at Opera Memphis, sings Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Fargo Moorehead Opera, performs in Wuthering Heights at Florentine Opera, and sings Rambaldo in La Rondine at Opera Theatre Saint Louis.
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.
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, please visitwww.jonathandauermann.com.
Jody Doktor is a New Jersey based dramatic soprano, who performs frequently as a soloist and recitalist.  This season, her recital repertoire featured all-Czech composers including the music of Dvořák, Janáček, Eben, and Kaprálová.  Additionally, her opera credits include:  Cio-Cio-San inMadama Butterfly, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Lady with Cake Box in Postcard from Morocco, Maria Callas in Jackie O, Savitri in Savitri, The Secretary inThe Consul, and the Mother in Amahl andthe Night Visitors. Doktor is currently working on the roles of Turandot (in Turandot) and Kostelnička (in Jenufa).
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.
Francesca Erni is a recent graduate of the Master’s Program in Classical Voice at NYU. Last year, Francesca made her Carnegie Hall debut with New York Lyric Opera, performing in scenes as Mercedes (Carmen) and Annio (La Clemenza di Tito). With NYLOT she also performed the roles of Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea),  Third Lady, and Third Spirit (Die Zauberflote). At NYU she played in scenes concerts as Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) and Charlotte (A Little Night Music). This summer, Francesca sang as the alto soloist for Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Regina Coeli.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soprano Meredith Mecum’s performances include 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 New York Lyric Opera Competition, Second Place in the Ades Competition (Manhattan School of Music), and an Encouragement Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition.
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.
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.
Amy Palomo made her New York debut as an Artist-in-Residence (New York Lyric Opera Theatre) singing Pamina in “Die Zauberflöte”, and was immediately engaged to perform the title role in “Alcina” (New York Opera Forum) at Lincoln Center. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Palomo performed Gilda in “Rigoletto,” at Carnegie Hall. To critical acclaim, Ms. Palomo sang the title parts in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Manon” and “Cendrillon,” and has most recently performed with Regina Opera and Opera Company of Brooklyn. Twice awarded at the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition, she was a recent finalist in the Irma M. Cooper Columbus Opera International Competition.
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.
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.
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.
Perri Sussman has been on the rosters of prestigious companies including the Bronx Opera Company, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Amore Opera, and OperaOggiNY. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in the 2011 Master Singer Finalist Concert for the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. She was named the 2012 Grand Prize Winner in the voice category of the Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition. She has
performed at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, the DiMenna Center, and Symphony Space. Roles include Angelina in La Cenerentola, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Annina in La Traviata, and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflote.
Tenor Jonathan Charles Tay, from Singapore he has since completed his Bachelor of Music studies at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Neil Rosenshein. He then completed his graduate studies at Northwestern University, studying with W. Stephen Smith. Jonathan has performed Dichtelierbe, Winterreise, Die schöne Müllerin, An die fern Geliebte, Charles Loeffler’s Five Irish Fantasies & Finzi’s Till Earth Outwears. Roles include Astolf in Schubert’s Die Versworenen, Edoardo in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Muley Graves in Ricky Ian Gordon’sGrapes of Wrath, Laurie in Mark Adamo’s Little Women and Ferrando, The Sailor in Dido and Aeneas, Bach’s Kaffee Kantate as the Narrator, and Stravinsky’s Mavra as the Hussar. In the fall of 2014, Jonathan will appear in Faccio’s Amleto with Opera Southwest.
Scott Bradford Thomas, lyric baritone, lives, performs, and teaches voice in the Washington, D.C., area.   He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Arizona and his Masters of Music in Voice at the University of Kentucky as an Alltech and T.J. Freeman Scholar.  This is Scott’s principal debut with Opera Company Brooklyn and 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 will appear in upcoming performances with the Washington National Opera.
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.
In the 2013-’14 season, American tenor Brent Reilly Turner debuted with Syracuse Opera, Opera Louisiane, and Ash Lawn Opera.  In 2013, Turner took 1st place in the Orpheus Vocal and Florida Suncoast Opera Competitions.  In 2014, Turner took top prizes at the Peter Elvins Vocal and Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competitions, 2nd place honors at the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and 3rd place in the Irma M. Cooper Competition.  Turner was an encouragement award recipient in the Wagner Division of this year’s Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition in New York City.  Mr. Turner has participated with several major Young Artist programs including Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Ash lawn Opera, Opera North, and Opera Saratoga.
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.
Minah Yim (soprano) recently sung the role of Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with New York Lyric Opera Theater. She also performed in the ensemble of Copland’s The Tender Land with Chelsea Opera and played multiple roles in the Little Opera Theater of NY’s production of Rossini’s Opportunity Makes the Thief. Minah has sung Bastienne in Mozart’sBastien und Bastienne (FAVA in Salzburg) and covered Gianetta
in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Opera Company of Brooklyn). She has also sung in number of new american operas such as Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position (June Jinkins) and Richard Burke’s The House (Vivian).
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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