Lyric Fest has collaborated with singers, composers, choirs, actors, dancers, visual artists, and narrators to present a distinctly different concert experience.
Designed for the aficianado and newcomer to song alike, LYRIC FEST is equally noted for scholarship and fun, presenting artists of upcoming, national and international status, heard in the intimate setting of song. Experience what critics have called. “AN IRRESISTIBLE MIX OF HIGH ART AND HUMANE FEELING…AS ENTERTAINING AS A WELL-MANAGED PARTY.” – Tom Purdom, Broad Street Review
ALLEN KRANTZ, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Stanford University, has received acclaim as a composer, solo guitarist, and chamber musician. His performances throughout the United States have included appearances at Carnegie Hall, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington, with his diverse programs often featuring original compositions.
Personal Website: http://allenkrantz.com
With a voice the New York Times has called, “luminous” and “lustrous,” versatile soprano Amy Burton has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, at the White House, and with major opera companies and orchestras throughout the US, Europe, UK, Japan and Israel, as well as on recital and cabaret stages from New York to Barcelona.
Personal Website: http://www.amyburton.com/
Benjamin C.S. Boyle
BENJAMIN C.S. BOYLE's work encompasses a variety of genres including opera, orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, art songs, and works for piano. Notable performances include the premiere of Hudson Sinfonia by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Riverside Church in New York City in April 2009. Chicago Lyric Opera, led by Donald Nally, premiered his choral work The Holly and the Ivy in the same season.
Personal Website: http://www.benjamincsboyle.com/
Recently praised for her “ripe mezzo of polished sheen and warmth,” mezzo-soprano Claire Shackleton is gaining recognition for her colorful tone and magnetic stage presence.
Personal Website: http://www.dispeker.com/artist.php?id=cshackleton
Internationally acclaimed vocal artist Daniel Teadt has performed over thirty roles in repertoire spanning more than four hundred years with some of the finest musicians, conductors and directors in the world. A distinguished baryton-Martin, Daniel is sought after for his work in opera, concert repertoire and musical theater as well as his insightful performances of art song and Lieder.
Personal Website: www.danielteadt.com
Select Roles: Laura, Iolanta (Tchaikovsky); David, Handel's Saul
Musical Theater - Marmee, Little Women; Nellie Forbush, South Pacific; Crystal, Little Shop of Horrors
Emma Grimsley, soprano, shares her talents in many realms throughout the theatre, opera, and musical theatre worlds. A champion of new works, Ms. Grimsley is constantly involved in innovative productions in multiple genres.
Personal Website: http://www.uzanartists.com/portfolio/emma-grimsley/
Mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig is currently in her fourth year at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA., where she has recently performed the role of Charlotte in Werther, Isabella in L’italiana in Algieri, Frugola in Il Tabarro, and Siebel in Faust.
Personal Website: http://piperanselmi.com/portfolio/hannah-ludwig/
Harold Evans joined the faculty of Westminster Choir College of Rider University as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice in September 2007. In addition, he maintains studios in New York City and Philadelphia, where he teaches classical voice, coaches singers and teaches conducting. Mr. Evans also has a significant background in operatic, orchestral and choral conducting.
Personal Website: http://www.rider.edu/faculty/harold-evans
American soprano Jennifer Aylmer has developed a sterling reputation for her beautiful voice, compelling stage portrayals and impeccable musicianship. The New York Times has hailed her for her, –awesome accuracy,” while The Chicago Sun-Times has recommended that listeners, –bask in the aural delight of Aylmer's dazzling shifts from regal command to cool insouciance and fatally attractive seduction”.
Personal Website: http://music.cmu.edu/profiles?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=aylmer
JONAS HACKER is an up and coming tenor from Lake Delton, Wisconsin, praised for his beauty of tone, innate musicality, and intuitive interpretation, especially in the operas of Mozart. He currently attends the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where he studies voice with William Stone.
Personal Website: http://www.avaopera.com/education/resident-artists/jonas-hacker/
Pianist and Co-founding Artistic Director of Lyric Fest,LAURA WARD has been gracing Philadelphia audiences with her powerful, sensitive accompanying since arriving here in 1998. As a distinguished collaborative pianist she is known for both her technical ability and vast knowledge of repertoire and styles.
Hailed for his warm, expressive sound and winning way with the audience, baritone Randall Scarlata enjoys an unusually diverse career. He has appeared as soloist with top orchestras and on important concert stages throughout the world. Mr. Scarlata is particularly well known for his interpretations of German Lieder and American Art Song.
Personal Website: http://www.randallscarlata.com/
Recently described in the San Francisco Chronicle as singing with “an appealing blend of vulnerability and grace” soprano Rebecca Myers is a solo and ensemble singer who performs in and around the Philadelphia area.
Personal Website: http://www.rebeccamyerssoprano.com/home/
Richard Troxell's beautiful lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences in leading roles in opera houses and on concert stages around the world, among them Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Australia in Sydney, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, L'Op_ra Comique Paris, Op_ra Monte Carlo... His vocal artistry and powerful stage presence set him apart, and his ability to connect with audiences have made him a favorite.
Personal Website: http://richardtroxell.tv/
Ron Kerber is one of Philadelphia's first call musicians, with a career that has crossed genres and styles. He was formerly saxophonist, composer and producer for Blue Note recording artists "Pieces of a Dream."
Personal Website: http://www.uarts.edu/users/rkerber
Praised by the New York Times for her “luminous voice” and “intensely expressive interpretations,” and named “remarkable, artistically mature” and “a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer is quickly emerging as a sought-after artist on both the operatic and concert stage.
Personal Website: http://www.sarahshafersoprano.com/
Mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis is a widely appreciated artist who is featured regularly as soloist throughout the region. Noted for her moving renditions of songs and for her intimate way with an audience, Ms. Duplantis “deeply imprints the music with her personality with great emotional underpinning” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
American baritone Thomas Meglioranza was a winner of the Walter W. Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Franz Schubert/Music of Modernity, and Joy In Singing competitions.
Personal Website: http://meglioranza.typepad.com/