Sherrill Milnes is universally acclaimed as the foremost operatic baritone of his generation. With his powerful voice, commanding stage presence, and rugged handsomeness, he received the kind of adulation that is usually reserved for tenors. He sang over 650 performances at the Met, where he was honored with sixteen new productions, seven opening nights, and ten national telecasts. As a leading artist in all of the world’s great opera houses, Mr. Milnes performed and recorded with the likes of Domingo, Pavarotti, Caballé, Sutherland, Sills, Horne, Price, and Tebaldi. He is the winner of three Grammy Awards, and the most recorded American singer of his time. In 2008 he received the Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement.
Driven by his dedication to make the vocal arts vibrant, vital, and entertaining in today’s world, Mr. Milnes continues to give masterclasses, judge competitions, and mentor new generations of singers. With his wife, Maria Zouves, he co-founded and runs the Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs: VOICExperience Foundation and the Savannah VOICE Festival provide training for aspiring young artists while fostering new audiences for the arts.
Grammy Award® winner Ana María Martínez' dramatic range distinguishes her as one of today's most sophisticated lyric sopranos with a career that spans the world's greatest opera houses and concert halls. With a repertoire that encompasses opera’s most intriguing and diverse leading ladies, she engages her audiences season after season with signature roles, spellbinding debuts, and a myriad of captivating recordings. An Opera News cover story on Ms. Martinez raved that her “soprano harks back to the golden age. Her range is even, from a dusky chest-voice through a claret-colored middle and up to radiant top, and is impressive in its quiet moments as it is at full power.”
Leading roles in Europe include Rusalka with the Glyndebourne Festival, Liu in Turandot with De Nederlandse Opera, the title role in Luisa Miller with Bayerische Staatsoper, and Violetta in La Traviata and Cio-Sio San in Madame Butterfly both with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as numerous engagements with the Hamburg Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Opera National de Paris.
Highlights of her American engagements include The Metropolitan Opera as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly and Micaëla in Carmen, Lyric Opera of Chicago as Nedda in I Pagliacci, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and as the title role in Rusalka, and The Los Angeles Opera as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra opposite Plácido Domingo in the title role, as well as numerous leading roles with Washington National Opera, Opera de Puerto Rico, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Houston Grand Opera where her recent portrayal of Rusalka was “Sung to perfection, top to bottom, Dvorák's glorious work gives Martínez, the international soprano who's an audience favorite at HGO, the role of a lifetime. Martinez is as hauntingly radiant as is Dvorák's music for her. A consummate actor, she beguiles in her mute second act scenes, trembling with fright and anticipation, slowly gaining her balance on shaky new legs. Ah, but she has a voice — what a voice! — and it caresses these Slavic melodies that can break one's heart. Martinez is at the top of her game, and that's the best in the world anywhere. “ (Houston Press)
Ms. Martinez’s concert career includes performances with the world’s most celebrated orchestras and conductors, including at Teatro alla Scala with the Filharmonica della Scala, the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony, Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasiliera in Rio de Janeiro, Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony at Barbican Hall, National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, and at the Casals Festival, Ravinia Festival, Esterhazy Festival in Austria, as well as on tour alongside Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli. Her impressive discography includes her solo album Soprano Songs and Arias; Amor, Vida de Mi Vida with Plácido Domingo; American Dream: Andrea Bocelli’s Statue of Liberty Concert and Concerto: One Night in Central Park both alongside Andrea Bocelli; as well as the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut opposite Andrea Bocelli with Maestro Domingo conducting, and Rusalka recorded live at the Glyndebourne Festival
Born in North Carolina David studied with Leonard Bernstein and Nadia Boulanger, gaining degrees from Yale and the Juilliard School. Intensive study of viola, piano & composition gave way to a concentration on conducting from the age of fourteen.
David has conducted many of the top British orchestras, including the LSO, LPO, the CBSO, RLPO, The Hallé, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. His Royal Philharmonic debut was the internationally-televised Les Misérables Tenth Anniversary Concert, and he has since appeared with the orchestra in repertoire ranging from Copland to Puccini and Kern.
David’s most recent projects include the hugely acclaimed Sweeney Todd at English National Opera (starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson), a new production of Fiddler on the Roof for Grange Park Opera, starring Bryn Terfel, a return to the BBC Proms in 2015 with a performance of the same production, the ‘War Horse Prom’ at the 2014 BBC Proms and Kevin Puts’ World War One opera Silent Night at both Cincinnati Opera and Kansas City Opera. He has conducted the French premieres of four Sondheim musicals: Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods at the Châtelet in Paris and Follies at the Opéra de Toulon. He conducted the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies in London’s West End, as well as the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary spectacular at the O2 which was telecast worldwide.
His operatic credits include also include Porgy and Bess for Cincinnati Opera and Cape Town Opera, Rossini’s La gazza ladra for Opera North, Carmen and Madama Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall and Rigoletto and Manon Lescaut at Sicily’s Luglio Musicale Trapanese. For his work on Menotti’s Maria Golovin, at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, he received the Pegasus Prize for artistic achievement.
David made his BBC Proms debut conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in a live telecast of Richard Rodgers’ Oklahoma! and has conducted at the festival several times, including the Stephen Sondheim 80th birthday celebration in 2010. He has worked with the Concert Orchestra on many other occasions, most recently for the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Laurence Olivier Awards Ceremony. His work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra includes Bliss’ Morning Heroes at the Brighton Festival and a studio concert of music by his mentor, Leonard Bernstein. David has also worked with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, twice conducting Proms in the Park (broadcast live on BBC television) as well as Copland’s Third Symphony in Swansea. His performance with Peter Donohoe of the Gershwin Concerto in F from Swansea was featured in BBC Music Magazine.
David’s TV projects have included Rachel Portman’s opera The Little Prince and The Waltz King, a drama/documentary about the Johann Strausses, father and son (both subsequently released on DVD). Recordings include Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel, the musicals Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre and Man of La Mancha and highlights from La Bohème and Madama Butterfly with the RPO.
His current projects include new productions of Kiss Me Kate with Opera North and the Chatelet, as well as a return to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for Carmen and to Cincinnati for Die Fledermaus. Having conducted a series of Christmas Spectacular concerts for the Philly Pops for three years running, David make his debut for the Boston Pops in May 2016.
Davis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom), and in San Francisco, (where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). Subsequently, he was chosen by Hal Prince and Lloyd Webber to play the leading role in the World Premiere of Whistle Down the Wind. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (with Carol Channing), Camelot (with Richard Burton) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (with Alexis Smith). Gaines’ Off-Broadway appearances include Des McAnuff’s The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, the Maury Yeston/Larry Gelbart musical One Two Three Four Five, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, She Loves Me and Forbidden Broadway. He made his New York City Opera debut in The New Moon and appeared in the concert versions of Parade, Sitting Pretty, The Cat and the Fiddle, Pippin and the Encores production of The Boys from Syracuse. In Southern California, he has appeared at Musical Theatre West as Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (Ovation Award and BroadwayWorld Award, Best Lead Actor in a Musical), King Arthur in Spamalot, Javert in Les Miserables, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Richard Henry Lee in 1776 and Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel. He also portrayed Hannibal Lecter in SILENCE! The Musical (LA Weekly Award, Best Male Musical Performance), appeared as Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate (Cabrillo Music Theatre/Ovation Nomination, Best Lead Actor in a Musical), in I Do! I Do! (with Vicki Lewis/Laguna Playhouse), Parade (with T.R. Knight/Mark Taper Forum), Side by Side by Sondheim (Rubicon Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse) and made his Los Angeles-area directing debut at Musical Theatre West with Oklahoma! Regionally, he was Javert in Les Miserables and King Arthur in Spamalot (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), King Arthur in Camelot (Sacramento Music Circus), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (George Abbott, director), Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace (with Kate Reid), Night of the Hunter (Lyric Stage) The Rink (with Lainie Kazan) and Two Into One (with Tony Randall). Gaines played Anthony Hope, in the 20th anniversary concert productions of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd in Los Angeles (with Kelsey Grammer and Christine Baranski), in London (with Len Cariou and Judy Kaye) and in New York, San Francisco and Ravinia Festival (with George Hearn and Patti LuPone). He played Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd (with Faith Prince), and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, both with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. He also toured the country with Olympic Champions Dorothy Hamill and Ekaterina Gordeeva in Broadway on Ice. Film work includes a featured role in Warlock: The Armageddon (with Julian Sands) and television credits include Desperate Housewives, Charmed, Chicago Hope, Veronica’s Closet, Bodies of Evidence and Murder, She Wrote. He appeared in three PBS Great Performances broadcasts (Emmy Award-winning Sweeney Todd with the San Francisco Symphony, Broadway Originals with the Boston Pops and Jerry Herman’s Broadway at the Bowl), as well as the televised specials of the 1994 Kennedy Center Honors and the opening ceremony of the 1998 Goodwill Games. Additionally, Gaines has sung for five U.S. Presidents and with every major symphony orchestra in North America, including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. He has performed in cabaret in New York at ‘Feinstein’s at Loews Regency’ and ‘Rainbow and Stars’, Hollywood’s ‘Cinegrill’ and San Francisco’s ‘Plush Room’. His voice can be heard over 30 cast recordings and compilation albums, as well as two solo CDs, Against the Tide and All My Tomorrows: Songs of Sammy Cahn. Gaines is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Florida State University with a BA in Theatre, where he established the Davis Gaines Endowed Scholarship in Music Theatre, was selected as a 1990 Grad Made Good and inducted into of the FSU Circle of Gold. He also holds an honorary Doctorate of Music from Seton Hall University. In his hometown of Orlando, Florida he received the 1996 John Young Award presented by the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce and was inducted into the Edgewater High School Hall of Fame. Gaines currently resides in Los Angeles and is a frequent singer of our National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Dodgers.
Jennifer Johnson Cano is a naturally gifted singer noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry with a warm, velvety timbre that has garnered critical acclaim. Ms. Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008, and made her Met debut during the 2009-2010 season. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she has given stunning recital debuts with husband and pianist Christopher Cano in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in Washington, DC, at the Kennedy Center and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Among her honors is a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and 2014 George London Award.
Ms. Cano has given over 100 performances at The Metropolitan Opera, with recent roles including Bersi, Emilia, Hansel, Meg Page, Mercedes, Nicklausse, Wellgunde and Waltraute. Other operatic appearances included Orphée in Orphée et Eurydice with Des Moines Metro Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera and Arizona Opera, Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the Tucson Symphony, The Sharp Eared Fox in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra and Diana in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera. She has worked with an impressive array of conductors, such as James Levine, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop, Gary Thor Wedow and Sir Andrew Davis.
This season, Ms. Cano bows as Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera, as the Priestess in Aida with The Metropolitan Opera, and as Wellgunde in the concert version of Wagner’s Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic in one of Alan Gilbert’s closing conducting engagements in his tenure with the orchestra. Other orchestral engagements include Bruckner’s Te Deum with Christopher Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony, and Bach’s Cantata No. 34 with the Cleveland Orchestra and vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. Cano also makes her European debut on a tour of John Adams’s El Niño with appearances in London and Paris with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mr. Adams, as well as The Radio Filharmonisch Orkest with Markus Stenz in Amsterdam, and finally with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra under Grant Gershon.
A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, she performs at Mt. Gretna Playhouse with Christopher Cano with a program including songs and arias by composers Hugo Wolf, Enrique Granados, Antonín Dvořák and Jonathan Dove, and she appears in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Nathan Hughes (oboe), Rafael Figueroa (cello), and Ken Noda (piano). At Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Ms. Cano performed Manuel de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat with the New York Philharmonic.
In addition to her continued relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra, Ms. Cano has appeared with such esteemed orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Utah Symphonies and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She toured with Musicians from Marlboro singing Respighi's Il Tramonto and Cuckson's Der gayst funem shturem, recorded live for the Marlboro Recording Society. A live recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde featured conductor George Manahan, tenor Paul Groves and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble in a rare arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg and Rainer Riehn. At the invitation of Mrs. Carol Armstrong, Jennifer Johnson Cano was particularly honored to sing the Anderson/Weill September Song at the private funeral for American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong. In 2014, she released her debut recital recording, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival, recorded completely live and unedited.
Ms. Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and made her professional operatic debut with the Opera Theater of St. Louis. She earned her degrees from Webster University and Rice University. www.jenniferjohnsoncano.net
“Her voice seems to come out of a happy nexus of heart, soul and brain that lends an authoritative weight to every note.” - The New York Times
Sarah Joy Miller, praised by The New York Times as “vivacious and fearless” is widely acknowledged as one of the industry’s foremost emerging talents. Ms. Miller began turning heads at her New York City Opera and BAM débuts to great critical acclaim singing the title role of Anna Nicole Smith in the Royal Opera House commissioned opera Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage. This season, Ms. Miller performs Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Tampa, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance at Palm Beach Opera, and Roxanne in David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan’s Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre. Miller will also perform as a featured soloist in a “Puccini to Pop” concert with Tulsa Opera.
Highlights of previous seasons include: her début at Michigan Opera Theater singing Gilda in Rigoletto, with subsequent returns as Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles and a role début as Marguerite in Faust; Musetta in La bohème at New York’s Symphony Space; Micaëla in Carmen with New York Lyric Opera; performances of Carmina Burana with Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Violetta in La traviata with Palm Beach Opera; selections from Faust at St. Bart’s Music Festival, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Carolina, and Lyric Opera Baltimore.
Ms. Miller is frequently a guest artist on international concert stages including the Bolshoi Theater, Slovak Sinfonietta, the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, the New York Choral Society, and in Verona, Italy in collaboration with the Veronalirica Associazione, the Marcello Giordani Foundation, the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation, and is a frequent soloist with the St. Bart’s Music Festival. An advocate of bridging the gap between opera and musical theatre, Ms. Miller made her professional operatic début singing Mimì in Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed Broadway production of Puccini’s La bohème and went on to reprise the role at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.
Ms. Miller’s musical collaborations and accomplishments reach well beyond the traditional scope of opera. Signed to Decca Records as part of the trio Three Graces, Ms. Miller recorded an album featuring contributions by the finest producers and songwriters in the pop music industry including Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion), Desmond Child (Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin) and Guy Roche (Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton). She co-wrote two of the album’s original tracks – “I Wish” and “Don’t Let Me Forget” and recorded a Music video of “Requiem” for Panasonic. Three Graces performs throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and enjoyed an invitation to perform at a Youth Rally honoring Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York, among numerous televised appearances.
In 2013, she celebrated the release of her début classical album, A Glorious Dream, recorded with the Pannon Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio in Pécs, Hungary, with a concert of arias and duets with orchestra at NYC’s famed performance space, (Le) Poisson Rouge.
A regional finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Miller earned and was honored with an array of awards and scholarships including: the Palm Springs Opera Guild, Elizabeth Parham Vocal Scholarship, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the New York Lyric Opera Competition, and the Jensen Foundation.
During the 2015-2016 season, Javier Abreu performed the title role in Orpheus and the Underworld with Virginia Opera, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Florida Grand Opera, and El pozolero in La Reina with Prototype, and American Lyric Theater, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd with Mill City Summer Opera, and Fenton in Falstaff with Arizona Opera. Recent performances include Pirelli in Sweeney Todd with Virginia Opera, Carmina Burana with The Louisville Orchestra, Mozart Requiem with Jacksonville Symphony, Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas with Nashville Opera, Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri with Opera Santa Barbara, Ramiro in La cenerentola with Lismore Music Festival and Nashville Opera, Castleman in the world premier of The Long Walk with Opera Saratoga, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Atlanta Opera and Central City Opera, Tonio in La fille du régiment with Madison Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara, as well as Carmina Burana, and Messiah with The Phoenix Symphony. He has also performed leading roles with Stuttgart Staatsoper, The New Israeli Opera, Opera de Oviedo, Theater Basel, Teatro Municipal de Chile, New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Knoxville Opera, and Austin Opera, to name a few. Also sought out for contemporary music, Mr. Abreu has premiered works with Fort Worth Opera, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. Upcoming performances: Pepe in Florida Grand Opera’s production of Before Night Falls.
A veteran in the demanding Verdi and Puccini repertoire, Opera News describes Mark Walters as “a force to be reckoned with” and “Heroic.” The Salt Lake Tribune says, “The tall, handsome singer possesses a magnificently resonant voice and unforced dramatic ability.”
Last season Walters made a company debut as Scarpia in Tosca and as Mark Torrance in world première of The Shining with Minnesota Opera. He also made company debuts as Don Giovanni with Opera Santa Barbara and as Germont in La Traviata with the Finger Lakes Opera. He returned as Scarpia in Tosca with Sarasota Opera, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Florentine Opera and as Marcello in La bohème with Opera Coeur d’Alene. In concert he was heard in the Milnes Voice Gala Honors James Morris, Baritones on the Bayou with Opera Louisiane, as Elijah with the Pensacola Choral Society and in a Gala concert for the Canterbury Festival, UK. This season Walters returns to Seattle Opera as Peter in Hansel and Gretel, as Scarpia in Tosca with Opera Tampa and as Don Giovanni with the Kalamazoo Symphony. He will also be heard in concert with Opera Louisiane , in Handel’s Messiah with the Handel Oratorio Society and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Springfield Symphony and the Traverse Symphony.
Recent engagements include the title role of Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera and The Orlando Philharmonic, the title role in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera; Germont in La traviata with Arizona Opera and Florentine Opera; Don Pizarro in Fidelio with Kentucky Opera and Opera Omaha; Marcello in La bohème with Florida Grand Opera; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Carolina; Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Tampa; Valentin in Faust and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera; a production of Peter Grimes with Canadian Opera Company; Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West with Mobile Opera and his début with the Spoleto Festival USA in John Adams’ El Niño.
Career highlights include the world première of Rappahannock County by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon recorded on the Naxos label. His European début as Germont in La traviata with Den Nye Opera, Norway and his Asian début as Don Giovanni in Osaka, Japan. He also portrayed the Reverend Olin Blitch in a special 50th anniversary production of Susannah, personally overseen by Carlisle Floyd.
Walters’ oratorio work includes his Carnegie Hall début in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Fauré’s Requiem conducted by John Rutter; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Tallahassee Symphony, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Lima Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with the Mississippi Symphony; the Brahms Requiem with Arizona Music Festival and Händel’s Messiah with the Mississippi Symphony and the Händel Oratorio Society.
Cecilia Violetta López, named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News, praised for her “alluring voice and incredible range,” (Washington Times) and her “voice: plush and supple, exquisitely colored.” (San José Mercury). Ms. López has performed her signature role, Violetta in La traviata, countless times throughout North America. Her début of the role was with Martina Arroyo Foundation’s prestigious summer festival, Prelude to Performance. From this performance, The New York Observer exclaimed “[López delivered] a performance of the leading role of Violetta that is among the loveliest I have witnessed on any stage.” She has also performed the role with Opera Tampa, Opera Idaho, Ash Lawn Opera, and in her company début with Virginia Opera.
This season, Ms. López returns to Bard SummerScape for concert performances, including Puccini: The Man and the Reputation, Opera After Verdi, and The Turandot Project, which juxtaposes the third act of Puccini’s posthumously finished opera as adapted by Luciano Berrio and that of Ferruccio Busoni, who adapted the Turandot story seven years before Puccini. She will also perform the role of Beatrice in Il postino with Opera Saratoga, Micaëla in Carmen in her house début with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Norina in Don Pasquale with Zomeropera in Belgium. Additionally, she will be performing the soprano solo in Händel’s Messiah with Boise Philharmonic.
With an impressive repertoire of leading female roles, some highlights from recent seasons include the role of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Opera Tampa; the title roles of Suor Angelica with Opera San Luis Obispo and L’incoronazione di Poppea with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival; Magda di Civry in La rondine with Skylark Opera Theatre; and Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Idaho. Additional highlights include the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Tampa and Opera Las Vegas and productions of Les vêpres siciliennes with Caramoor Music Festival and The Merry Widow where she joined the esteemed roster of The Metropolitan Opera.
Ms. López recently completed a tenure as a Resident Artist at Opera San José where she performed as Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles, Roselinda in Die Fledermaus, Leonora in Il trovatore, the title role in Suor Angelica, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Nannetta in Falstaff, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
Ms. López’s solo concert performances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and selections from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra; Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society; and Bach’s Magnificat, Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise with the UNLV Orchestra. She also recently performed a Spanish song recital with Bard SummerScape’s Song Cycle Series.
Ms. López was awarded First Prize and Audience Favorite in the 2014 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition. She was a semifinalist in the 2011 Loren Zachary Vocal Competition in Los Angeles and won the 2012 The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Utah District, advancing to the Rocky Mountain Regional Finals at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado. Ms. López earned a Bachelor of Music degree in from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
American tenor Cody Austin is quickly becoming one of the most promising singing actors of his age. A 2009 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, his voice has been described as possessing "a warm, rich quality… produced with an evenness that's rare." His professional debut was with the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Roderigo in Otello in 2009, where he was invited to return the following season to perform Edmondo in Manon Lescaut. Upcoming he debuts with Pittsburgh Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata.
Recent engagements include the Duke in Verdi's Rigoletto for Opera Santa Barbara, Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata and Roméo in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette for Virginia Opera, Alfredo for Utah Opera, Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Des Moines Metro Opera, Don Jose in Le Tragedy de Carmen for Shreveport Opera, and Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio with Opera Grand Rapids. Next season he sings the role of Faust in Boito's Mefistofile with Knoxville Opera, Tamino with Portland Opera, Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Alfredo in La Traviata for Opera Tampa.
Mr. Austin has also been featured in concert engagements with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, New Jersey Master Chorale, the Ambler Symphony, Jupiter Symphony of New York, and Ocean City Pops performing such works as Mendelssohn's Elijah, Beethoven's Irish Songs, Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass, and the Verdi Requiem.
He was awarded 2nd place in the Dallas Opera Competition, received the Ralph Appelman Award for Vocal Promise, a Mario Lanza Scholarship, the Alfonso Cavaliere Memorial Scholarship, and the Arthur E. Walters Memorial Award.
Called “Oustanding” and “Hilarious” by critics, tenor Alex Mansoori has been hailed as “solid and convincing” and “smartly characterized” by The New York Times. Specializing in character tenor roles, Mr. Mansoori’s varied repertoire runs the gamut from Handel and Mozart to Bernstein and Sondheim.
Most recently, he appeared as Monostatos in the Orlando Philharmonic’s staged concert of Die Zauberflöte and was also part of the rebirth of Opera Orlando, singing Monsieur Vogelsang in The Impresario and Lacouf, le Fils, and le Journaliste in Les mamelles de Tirésias. In the coming season, he returns to the Orlando Philharmonic for their staged performances of Bernstein’s Candide and will be heard as Pang in Turandot and Monostatos with Opera Naples under the baton of Artistic Director Ramón Tebar.
Past seasons have seen him as Nika Magadoff in The Consul with Seattle Opera, as Bastianello and Lorenzo in the double bill of Bastianello/Lucrezia with UrbanArias in Washington DC, and a return to the Ravinia Festival as Monostatos in a concert production with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon. He also appeared in the same role in Peter Brook’s Une flûte enchantée which toured Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Morocco, and Russia. It also was in residence at Mr. Brook’s home theatre Theatres des Bouffes du Nord in Paris.
Appearances also include Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with the Santa Fe Opera, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro with Glimmerglass Opera, Monostatos with Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Aspen Music Festival where he was also heard as Lenia in the North American Premiere of Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. Other roles include Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Seattle Opera), Remendado in Carmen (Aspen Music Festival), and the Stage Manager in the New York premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town (The Juilliard School). He has also appeared on the Musical Theatre stage as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls and Igor in Young Frankenstein.
Mr. Mansoori has a long relationship with the Steven Blier and New York Festival of Song, most recently appearing in “A Modern Person’s Guide to Hooking Up and Breaking Up”. He has also appeared with NYFOS for tributes to Harold Prince, Cole Porter, and Johnny Mercer and is a favorite at their annual seasonal concert “A Goyische Christmas to you!”
Mr. Mansoori has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York’s famed Rainbow Room and appeared in Candide in Concert with The New York Philharmonic which was also broadcast on PBS and later released on DVD.
A native of Seattle, Washington, he received his B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the William Schuman Prize and was a winner of the Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital, singing a collection of spirituals by Harry T. Burleigh and Moses Hogan.
Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand and prolific librettists in the country. Of the fifteen plus operas he has written, his most known work is Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer in Music. Since its premiere at Minnesota Opera, the work has been broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances and produced by many opera companies across the country. Mark’s other successful operas are Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, As One, The Manchurian Candidate, and most recently, The Shining (with composer Paul Moravec). His musical theatre works include Songs from an Unmade Bed, Splendora, and The Other Room.
Mark has received many prestigious prizes, including a Grammy® nomination, the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, and the first Dominic J. Pelliciotti Award.
Mark is also an advocate for contemporary American opera and mentors future generations of writers through such organizations as American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theatre, the University of Colorado's New Opera Workshop, and Opera Philadelphia's Composer-in-Residence Program.
He is premiering five new operas in 2017: Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera, The Nefarious, Immoral But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Messrs. Burke & Hare for Boston Lyric Opera, Elizabeth Cree for Opera Philadelphia and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for Santa Fe Opera.
Paul Moravec, recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music, has composed numerous orchestral, chamber, lyric, and operatic works. Frequently commissioned by notable ensembles and major music institutions, Mr. Moravec's recent premieres include The Shining, to a libretto by Mark Campbell based on the Stephen King novel, which premiered at Minnesota Opera in May. Other recent premieres include a Violin Concerto with violinist Maria Bachmann and Symphony in C, The King's Man, with Kentucky Opera, Amorisms, with Alias and the Nashville Ballet, and Piano Quintet, with Jeremy Denk and the Lark Quartet. Recent recordings include Amorisms on Delos/Naxos and Violin Concerto on Naxos American Classics. Upcoming premieres include The Overlook Hotel Suite with American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in October, Nocturne with Orchestra of the Swan in the U.K. in December, Winter Songs with the Harvard University choruses, and an oratorio about the Underground Railroad for the Oratorio Society of New York in 2018 at Carnegie Hall. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia universities, he holds the distinguished rank of University Professor at Adelphi University, and recently served as Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as well as Composer-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome. His website is www.paulmoravec.com and his works are published by www.subitomusic.com.
Ybeth Bruzual (host) is a Venezuelan-Puerto Rican journalist who has lived in Central Florida since 1982 and considers this area home. She is an anchor on News 13 and hosts "Political Connections" every Sunday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., as well as "Revista" on Infomas, Channel 900 on Bright House Networks. She is fascinated by politics. So much so, that she’s earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics from the University of Central Florida. She puts that knowledge to good use in her job at News 13. She calls herself an “endless prisoner of hope,” and demonstrates that by her many community activities. She is a past board member for both Shepherd’s Hope Clinic and Central Florida Chapter Board for Lighthouse of Central Florida, offering service to the blind, and a former mentor for the Compact Program for Orange County Public Schools. Ybeth is past president for the Central Florida chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), and is a proud lifetime member of that organization. She has won numerous Paoli Awards for Anchor and Reporter of the Year, and has been recognized as a leader for her community service as a YMCA Developing Hispanic Achievers Program recipient.
Joined Orlando Ballet in 2011
Arcadian Broad began dancing at age 9 and was a finalist for the title role of “Billy” in the Broadway musical Billy Elliot. At 13 he made his TV debut as a semi-finalist on season 4 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and was a guest on the ELLEN show soon after. He has won numerous medals in the American Dance Competition and YAGP including the ADC prize from 2006-2011. He also has trained on full scholarship at Orlando Ballet School, the Carreno Festival and the Juilliard School. At 16, Arcadian was the youngest to be hired into Orlando Ballet under Artistic Director Robert Hill. With Hill’s guidance Arcadian has branched out into the world of choreography for the company and abroad. Arcadian also has a presence in the film industry. This is Arcadian’s fourth season with Orlando and he would like to thank everyone who has touched his life and guided him to the man he is becoming today.
Palm Harbor, Florida
Joined Orlando Ballet in 2011
At 13, Kate-Lynn attended her first summer program at Orlando Ballet, where she decided to pursue a career in ballet. She trained at Florida Ballet School with Daniel Deal and then America’s Ballet School with Paula Nunez and Osmany Montano. Kate-Lynn won a gold medal at the 2010 YAGP Regionals. In 2011 she was the Senior Division prize winner at the American Dance Competition. This is Kate-Lynn’s third year as a company member.
Beginning his 7th year as Artistic Director for the Orlando Ballet, Robert Hill continues with his vision for the company to make ballet relevant to today’s audiences. Mr. Hill blends modern entertainment with classical ballet and his choreography has been critically acclaimed in the Orlando Sentinel as energetic, graceful and theatrically beautiful. Under his direction, artistic collaborations have developed with other organizations such as The Abbey, The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Cirque du Soleil.
Mr. Hill has been a principal dancer with ABT, The Royal Ballet, and the New York City Ballet. As a guest artist, he has appeared with numerous companies including the Scottish Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Australian Ballet. Mr. Hill’s interpretation of the title role in John Cranko’s Onegin, opposite Julie Kent as Tatiana, presented at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center by ABT, was selected by the New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Moments in Dance” in 2002.
Mr. Hill is especially grateful to the loving dedication he received in his initial training with Liz Bevilacqua and Al Packard of The Dussich Dance Studio, and with Phyllis Papa of the Atlantic City Ballet.
Ayako Yonetani, DMA violinist and violist, was born in Kobe, Japan, where, at the age of five, she began violin studies with the famous Saburo Sumi. Since winning the Japan National competition at age nine, She has quickly ascended to the top ranks of Japan’s violinists.
Yonetani received her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Hyo Kang and the late Dorothy DeLay, world-renowned violin pedagogue, who taught such artists as Perlman, Midori, Gil Shaham and Sarah Chang. She was an assistant faculty to the late Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard pre-college division and at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Yonetani has appeared frequently as a recitalist in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Orlando. The prestigious venues includes Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Vienna’s Musikverrein, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Slovak Republic’s Dome Umenia, Dresden’s Semperoper, and Astana City Hall in Kazakhstan.
Her international reputation has also been enhanced by recordings and engagements as a master-teacher and/or judge for musical competitions. Her Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn concerto CD with the Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra was selected as “The CD of the Month” by WMFE-90.7FM in October 2004.
Currently she is a full professor of violin and viola at the University of Central Florida and is also a member of Japan’s premier chamber ensemble, Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra. Japan’s premier music publisher, Ongaku no Tomo, published her Japanese translation of Barbara L. Sand’s book Teaching Genius: Dorothy DeLay and the Making of a Musician in November, 2001. Yonetani was elected as Honorary Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and she has been invited back every year to perform for the graduation ceremony at the Aspen Institute for the last 18 years. Yonetani is scheduled to play a concerto with the UCF Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic of Kosice in Kosice, Slovakia and the Uzhhorod Symphony in Ukraine this 2016-2017 season.