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Since its founding in 2003, Lyric Fest has worked with over 300 collaborators to present over 60 one of a kind concerts. Among them are singers, composers, choirs, actors, dancers, visual artists, pianists, instrumentalists and narrators.

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Abbie Betinis ArtistComposer

The music of Abbie Betinis is acclaimed as –inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), –the highlight” (Boston Globe), and –extraordinary music by a greatly gifted young composer” (Chicago Classical Review). Her catalog of over sixty commissioned works includes projects for the American Suzuki Foundation, Cantus, Dale Warland Singers, Flying Forms Baroque, James Sewell Ballet, New England Philharmonic, Young New Yorkers' Chorus, and Zeitgeist.

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Abla Hamza ArtistSinger

Abla Lynn Hamza, –a genuinely beautiful soprano, warm liquescent and nimble,” is emerging as a versatile and interesting singer. She has had success singing early Verdi and bel canto roles as well as French Opera and Mozart.

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Ailyn Perez ArtistSinger

Hailed by the New York Times as –a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and –a major soprano,” Ailyn P_rez is increasingly in demand at the world's leading opera houses and cultural capitals. She has won both the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, thereby becoming the only Hispanic recipient in the award's 35-year history, and the 15th annual Plˆcido Domingo Award.

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Albert Rudolph Lee ArtistSinger

Tenor, Albert Rudolph Lee's performances have been described as –vocally sumptuous,” –musically distinctive” and even –acrobatically agile.” Having appeared with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Luke's Chamber Orchestra, the Collegiate Chorale of New York City, Caramoor International Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.

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Alexander Tall ArtistSinger

Alexander Tall is rapidly gaining recognition as one of America's rising young baritones. He has performed as a featured soloist at the New York City Opera, the Wolf Trap Opera with the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Festival of Song, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the San Francisco Opera and elsewhere.

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Alison Reese ArtistInstrumentalist

Growing up in my small hometown, I was one of only two harpists. I_was a kid, just starting lessons, and she was a nurse who played weddings and other gigs on the side. We had nothing in common beyond the harp, but I remember always being thrilled when I got to see her because she was the only one I_knew who got this whole harp thing. She knew the struggles and the thrills, and she would come through with an extra third-octave E string in a pinch. The nearest harp teacher was at least a half hour away, and the only time I ever saw kids my age play the harp was at my teacher's studio recital.

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Allen Krantz ArtistComposerInstrumentalist

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.

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Amanda Ashbaker ArtistInstrumentalist


Andrea Clearfield ArtistComposer

Andrea Clearfield (1960) is an award winning American composer. Her full time schedule of commissions includes music for orchestra, chorus, soloists, chamber ensembles, dance, film and multi-media collaborations. She has been praised by the New York Times for her –graceful tracery and lively, rhythmically vital writing”, the Philadelphia Inquirer for her –virtuosity”, –compositional wizardry” and –mastery with large choral and instrumental forces”, the L.A. Times for her –fluid and glistening orchestration” and by Opera America for her –vivid and galvanizing work” of –timeless beauty”. Her works are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad.

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Andrew Cummings ArtistSinger

Andrew Cummings is a compelling artist consistently praised for his rich, flexible baritone and heart-wrenching expressiveness, as well as his stage presence and dramatic intensity. Hailed by the Houston Chronicle in his 2013 role debut of Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera in the Heights: –Andrew Cummings' MacbethÄbrought both hefty voice and formidable presence.

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Andrew Fuchs ArtistSinger

A native of Kansas City, MO, tenor Andrew Fuchs recently made his Lincoln Center debut in Bach's Magnificat with the American Classical Orchestra. The music of J. S. Bach has come to play a central role in Andrew's up-and-coming career, and he has excelled in his interpretations of the Evangelist in both the St. Matthew (Saint Andrew Chorale, Canticum Novum Singers) and St. John Passions (Saint Andrew Chorale): –Fuchs made the Evangelist fully human and…served with exceptional skill” (TheaterScene).

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Andrew Lawson ArtistInstrumentalist


Andrew Senn ArtistInstrumentalist

A native of Chicago, Andrew Senn began his music studies on the piano at the age of six. At thirteen he focused his studies on the organ, primarily with William Aylesworth, and also serving as Organ Scholar at The Parish Church of St Luke in Evanston, Illinois. During this time he also undertook coachings with Paul Manz, David Schrader and Martin Jean.

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Andy Martinek ArtistInstrumentalist

Andy Rinn Martinek is an active performer, educator and composer who works across an extensive range of musical idioms. He has been hailed by Dick Oatts as –A musician who can handle any gig” and by John Abercrombie as –A musician whose music should be heard!” He is currently active in New York City as a fulltime freelance musician.

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Angel Oramas ArtistSinger

Angel Oramas was a vibrant tenor who always had something to say about just about anything.


Anne Marie Frohnmayer ArtistSinger

Soprano ANNE MARIE FROHNMAYER has appeared on opera and concert stages in the United States and Europe. She has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the German National Youth Orchestra, and taken on leading roles with the New Orleans Opera Association, Ohio Light Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks. As a resident artist with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York, she sang Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief.

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Anne Marie Gross ArtistSinger

Anne Gross, soprano, who has been praised for her exquisite tone, excellent breath control and enjoyable stage presence, is a polished performer who delights audiences with her musicality and sense of humor. Ms. Gross holds vocal performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M.), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance (DMA).

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Anthony Newett ArtistInstrumentalist

“Newett Studios is owned and operated by Grammy nominated producer/engineer, Anthony Newett.

Newett Studios has been serving the audio industry since 1985 with the finest music production services for singers, songwriters and musicians; going far beyond the services of a conventional recording studio. Projects are developed from their initial concept to the final product, often co-writing and arranging with clientele, when needed.”

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Anthony Schneider ArtistSinger

Anthony Schneider holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours (Voice Performance) from the University of Auckland. He was a member of the New Zealand Opera Chorus for several years, and sang small roles and covers during his time there, as well as principal roles with Opera Factory in Newmarket. Notable competition wins include the Becroft Aria and Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Awards, as well as reaching the NZ Aria finals and being nominated for a NAPTA prize for best lead role in a play.

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Anthony Whitson-Martini ArtistSinger

Anthony Whitson-Martini is already distinguishing himself in operatic performance as a –young and talented baritone” _ The Peninsula at the beginning of a bright future. Anthony has sung with San Diego Opera & Utah Festival Opera along with regional companies such as the Lambs Players Theatre, Lyric Opera San Diego, Bodhi-Tree Concerts, & Point Loma Opera Theatre.

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Anton Belov ArtistSinger

The voice of baritone Anton Belov has been called rich and mellifluous by the New York Times, while the Philadelphia Inquirer calls it that of an emerging star. A native of Russia and a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, he has appeared with numerous companies and orchestras throughout the United States and has earned critical acclaim for his portrayals of characters as diverse as Count di Luna, Don Giovanni, Escamillo, Count Almaviva, Doctor Malatesta and Eugene Onegin.

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Barbara Shirvis ArtistSinger

Barbara Shirvis has been acclaimed for her “gorgeous tone, technical security and a touching vulnerability” by the Boston Globe. As her reputation has grown, the soprano has been lauded as “magnificent” by the Los Angeles Times, “luminous” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and an “authentic blonde beauty” by Opera News. In summer of 2015 she sang in an opera excerpts concert with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Her 2015-16 season currently includes soloist in returns to the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem and to New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

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Ben Wensel ArtistInstrumentalist

Benjamin R. Wensel, a native of Western New York, received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music where he was Assistant to Professor Alan Harris. While in school, Ben studied chamber music with Peter Salaff and members of the Audubon and Cavani Quartets.

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Benjamin C.S. Boyle ArtistComposer

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.

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Benjamin Sosland ArtistSinger

Trained as a singer, Benjamin Sosland has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Gotham Chamber Opera, and American Opera Projects and has been the guest of several summer music festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute for Young Artists, and the Aspen and Bowdoin Summer Music Festivals.

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Bi-Co Chamber Singers

The Bi-Co Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd.


Bonnie Wagner ArtistInstrumentalist

Bonnie Wagner is a Solorepetitorin at the Komische Oper Berlin, where she enjoys working on a diverse and award-winning repertoire under the direction of Barrie Kosky. She has toured internationally with the Komische Oper's cult hit Die Zauberfl_te (2012), as well as played 20th century pillars such as Zimmermann's Die Soldaten and Sch_nberg's Moses und Aron. The Komische Oper has also afforded her experience in baroque style, with the opportunity to play harpsichord under the direction of Christian Curnyn on Rameau's Castor et Pollux. Bonnie also coaches singers and plays chamber music in Berlin in her spare time. She has made an appearance with the Kiez Oper and hopes to do more independent projects like this in the future.

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Bryan Anderson ArtistInstrumentalist

Bryan Anderson serves as organist and pianist at Proclamation Presbyterian Church just outside Philadelphia in Bryn Mawr. He comes from Stockbridge, GA where he previously served for six years as a pianist at his home church of Providence Reformed Presbyterian.

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Bryan Hymel ArtistSinger

One of the opera world's fastest-rising stars, Bryan Hymel continues to perform leading repertoire in the music capitals of the world. Hailed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for his –range of expression and vocal power combined with the subtle art of characterization,” Hymel is the winner of the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his trio of performances in Les Troyens, Robert le diable, and Rusalka at London's Royal Opera House.

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Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church ArtistEnsemble

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Children’s Choirs

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Cara Latham

Cara Latham ArtistSinger

Soprano Cara Latham is noted for her wealth of artistry and musicianship, and her direct and powerful communication with an audience. Drawing from an extensive professional music theatre background she has received critical praise for her many roles including Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story, Mabel in the Pirates of Penzance of Gilbert and Sullivan, Louisa in The Fantasticks, and Sr. Amnesia in Nunsense, to name a few.

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Carla Dirlikov ArtistSinger

Mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales has been praised by Opera Magazine for possessing a voice that –grabs the heartstrings with its dramatic force and musicality.” In 2014 she became the first singer ever to win the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, an honor bestowed upon her by Justice Sotomayor in a ceremony and concert at the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2015 she became the first opera singer to be names as one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015.

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Chadwick Somers ArtistSinger

Baritone Chadwick Somers, a St. Louis native, has received praised for his “mastery in music and voice” in addition to delivering “moving performances” which are “uniquely personal” and “particularly eloquent” by Phindie and Stage Magazines. Hailed by the Philadelphia City Paper as a singer who, “actually acts”, Chadwick uses his rich background in theater to bring new vitality to his operatic roles.

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Charlotte Blake Alston ArtistOther

Charlotte Blake Alston performs in venues throughout North America and abroad. Venues are wide and include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Kimmel Center, the Women of the World Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, prisons, detention centers and a refugee camp in northern Senegal.

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Christopher Bolduc ArtistSinger

Increasingly sought-after for his handsome, flexible baritone and vibrant stage presence, Christopher Bolduc is making a name for himself throughout the United States and Europe. Already in his young career, he has performed leading roles at Oper K_ln, Glyndebourne, Theater Basel, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Fort Worth Opera, Palm Beach Opera and Central City Opera.

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Chrystal E. Williams ArtistSinger

Mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams has been described by leading critics as –strong and so assured”, –lithely negotiating the coloratura demands before descending into a robust low register”, and –poised, polished, in complete command of the vocal calisthenics”.

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Clara O’Brien ArtistSinger

–Flawless” –Exquisite” –Magical” –Perfect” Reviewers use these words praising mezzo-soprano Clara O'Brien. From her first appearance, audiences and critics alike have warmed to the American mezzo-soprano, –an absolutely graceful creature” (Stuttgarter Zeitung).

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Colin Dill ArtistInstrumentalist

A native of Frederick, Maryland, bass Colin Dill has a passion for early music, particularly the works of J.S. Bach and Henry Purcell. He has performed the role of Christus in Bach’s St. John’s Passion with Choral Arts Philadelphia, and has been featured as soloist in Bach’s “Wachet auf” Cantata, BWV 140, Handel’s Utrecht Jubilate Deo, and Haydn’s Nelsonmesse with the Reading Choral Society.

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Cristina Nassif ArtistSinger

Soprano Cristina Nassif is acclaimed on the operatic and concert stage for her “powerful, expressive voice and electric stage presence” (The Washington Post on her Vitellia with Washington National Opera). In roles that include Violetta, Musetta , Rosina, Vitellia, Donna Elvira, Countess Almaviva, Tatiana, Santuzza, Nedda as well as Carmen, critics have praised her versatility as singer and actress.

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Crystal Charles ArtistSinger


Curt Cacioppo ArtistComposer

Curt Cacioppo is a composer whose expressive power and emotional appeal continue to captivate listeners and performers worldwide. A person of great human feeling, he derives inspiration from sources as diverse as the medieval poetry of Dante, aspects of Native American culture, or the vernacular music he grew up with.

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Dan May ArtistComposerSinger

Singer-songwriter Dan May’s career path has taken more twists and turns than a corkscrew in a hurricane. He has worked as a grave-digger, television cameraman, short-order cook, nuclear missile security guard, gas station attendant, ice cream truck driver, delivery man, amusement park worker and greenhouse laborer; all before the age of 25.

While studying music composition in college, he inadvertently stumbled upon an international opera career that forced him to leave a promising future as a songwriter behind. Cut to 15 years later, and after a vocal chord surgery that left him no longer able to meet the demands of opera, Dan returned to doing what he does best; writing and performing his own songs.

Since his crossover from classical to popular music, Dan has hit the ground running. With six critically acclaimed albums already under his belt, including his 2011 release “Dying Breed” making the Philadelphia Inquirer’s list of “Top 10 Albums” of 2011.  Dan’s latest release, “Heartland” has already received stellar reviews on both coasts.

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Dana Beth Miller ArtistSinger

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the evening’s biggest find,” and praised by both the New York Times for “wielding a rich, substantial voice, along with a winning stage presence,” and the Boston Globe for having a “voice full of alluringly dark colorings,” Dana Beth Miller is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most promising and exciting dramatic mezzo-sopranos on the stage today.

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Daniel Mobbs ArtistSinger

American bass-baritone Daniel Mobbs has won praise on both sides of the Atlantic for his “solid, resonant voice and boundless energy…his stage presence virtually ensured that he was the focal point of nearly every scene in which he appeared,” as written in the New York Times. He has performed repertory with major opera companies all over the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, the Caramoor International Music Festival, Washington Concert Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Portland Opera, Washington National Opera, and others.

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Daniel Pantano ArtistSinger

“Daniel Pantano is the executive and artistic director of Concert Operetta Theater, a company which he founded in 2001. Concert Operetta Theater (COT) is still the only concert operetta company in the United States.”

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Daniel Teadt ArtistSinger

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.

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Daron Aric Hagen ArtistComposer

Daron Hagen (b. 1961, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was recognized in 2014 by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Academy Award citing his “outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledging the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice,” an extraordinary statement, since his effusively eclectic works blend with subversive fluency Renaissance polyphony and extended vocal techniques, 40s Americana and electro-acoustic soundscapes, ambient sound installations and opulent multi-media verismo operas, 60s folk rock and Weimar agitprop, sprawling Modernist sound mass works and exquisitely-wrought art songs.

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David Adams ArtistSinger

GRAMMY AWARD winning tenor David Adams has performed in a variety of settings throughout the United States and Europe. His work in opera has been described in Opera News as •light and flexible, yet fiery and expressive'. Specializing in the music of Handel, Mozart, and Rossini, roles to his credit include the title character in Acis and Galatea, and Jupiter in Semele, both by Handel.

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David P. Beatty ArtistInstrumentalist

David P. Beatty is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia AGO. In 2006 he served as the interim director of music and organist at The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. In the 2002-2003 season, he served as interim organist at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. From 1998 through 2001, he was organist of the Kirkpatrick Chapel of Rutgers University.

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Denyce Graves ArtistSinger

Recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. USA Today identifies her as “an operatic superstar of the 21st Century,” and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution exclaims, “if the human voice has the power to move you, you will be touched by Denyce Graves.”

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Diego Silva ArtistSinger

27 year old tenor DIEGO SILVA has already has attracted significant international attention. He recently covered the title role in Faust at the Opera de Paris, a role that he then sang at Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he graduated in the summer of 2015.

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Donald Nally ArtistEnsemble

Donald Nally is responsible for imagining, programming, commissioning, and conducting at The Crossing. He is also director of choral organizations at Northwestern University and chorus master of The Chicago Bach Project. He has held distinguished tenures as chorus master for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Spoleto USA, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

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Donna Wolf-Palacio ArtistOther

Donna Wolf-Palacio's two chapbooks of poetry, What I Don't Know and The Other Side, were published by Finishing Line Press. She received an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University's School of the Arts.

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Donte Ford ArtistInstrumentalist


Douglas Cuomo ArtistComposer

Douglas J. Cuomo has composed highly acclaimed and original music for concert and theatrical stages, television, and _lm. His music, with in¤uences from jazz, world music, classical, and popular sources, is as personal, distinctive, and recognizable as it is wide-ranging. His compositions range from well-known television themes ã for Sex and the City and Now with Bill Moyers, among others ã to evening-length works for theater, including the operas Doubt and Arjuna’s Dilemma.

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Duncan Wu ArtistOther

Duncan Wu, distinguished Professor of English, came to Georgetown University in 2008.¾He began his career as Fellow by Special Election at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the British Academy, in 1991. In 1995 he was appointed Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he became Professor of Romantic Studies in 1999.

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Elizabeth Racheva ArtistSinger

Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, dynamic soprano Elizabeth Racheva has been hailed as –a great storyteller” (The Dallas Morning News) offering –bright, well-focused tone, exemplary diction and persuasive acting” (The Baltimore Sun).

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Elizabeth Shammash ArtistSinger

Acclaimed by Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe as a “mezzo voice that makes one sit up and take notice,” Elizabeth Shammash's opera credits range from Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea to contemporary scores.

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Elizabeth Weigle ArtistSinger

A native of Harrisburg, PA, soprano Elizabeth Weigle received critical acclaim for her “fine-spun performance” of Handel’s Messiah with her “exquisite control of volume, pitch and line and her easy adornments” (American Bach Soloists, San Jose Mercury News). For her recently released recording of Lucas Foss’ The Prairie, Opera News writes: “Of the soloists, soprano Elizabeth Weigle is the standout. Her rendition of O Prairie Girl, a plaintive lament for a young woman abandoned by her lover, is very affecting.”

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Ellen Mandel ArtistComposer

Ellen Mandel has composed music for over sixty plays for the Mint, Jean Cocteau Rep, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, and Riverside Shakespeare in New York, the Asolo, Peterborough Players, Arkansas Rep, Tennessee Rep, and other regionals. She has written five film scores, and recorded five CDs: the latest, THE CAT AND THE MOON, includes songs to Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats (title track) and others.

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Emilio Gravagno ArtistInstrumentalist

play bass in The Philadelphia Orchestra. I started playing the bass at age 13, attended the Curtis Institute, and then joined the orchestra in 1967. I then spent two years in New Orleans and five years in Baltimore. Officially, I retired this past year, but I am here performing as a substitute musician for the Saratoga season.

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Emily Bullock ArtistSinger

Emily A. Bullock, Mezzo-soprano and Associate Professor of Voice and Opera: has appeared with Nashville Opera, the Colorado Symphony in performances of Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah. She has performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Boulder Philharmonic and with Belmont University, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Littleton Symphony; Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Sch_nberg’s Brettl-Lieder with the Boulder MahlerFest; Bach’s Magnificat with the Boulder Bach Festival; and Amy Beach’s Mass in E-flat with the Boulder Chorale.

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Emily Noel ArtistSinger

Soprano EMILY NOEL, praised for her “sparkling performances” and “sheer vocal beauty” by The Washington Post, concertizes throughout North America and Europe in a wide variety of repertory expanding from the Medieval to the contemporary.

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Eric Rieger ArtistSinger

Eric Rieger has enjoyed success performing opera throughout Europe where he has sung under such conductors as John Elliot Gardner, Stefano Ranzani, and Franz Welser-M_st. His career has led him to the opera companies of Zôrich, Luzern, Basel (Switzerland), Trier, Regensburg, Kaiserslautern, Bremerhaven, Osnabrôck, Nordhausen, Konstanz (Germany), and Novara (Italy), as well as Zomeropera Alden Biesen (Belgium), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Citizens Theatre (Scotland), and Everyman Palace Theatre (Ireland).

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Erica Miller ArtistSinger

“As Marie in LA FILLE DU R€GIMENT the Houston Chronicle raved –Erica Miller mesmerizes us and takes us to that place of coloratura heaven where few have trodÄHer bright and stunning instrument so powerfully and profoundly touches usÄ”

Ms. Miller makes her Carnegie Hall debut as the Soprano Soloist in FAUR€'S REQUIEM in June, conducted by Craig Jessop, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). “

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Eve Miller ArtistInstrumentalist

Led the bass section of the baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare, including: cello, bass and bassoon. Collaborated with the chordal bass instruments (lute & harpsichord) to shape lines, determine articulations, etc.

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Gabriel Preisser ArtistSinger

Critically acclaimed lyric baritone Gabriel Preisser has been praised by Opera News for his –handsome voice, charismatic energy, and timbral allure” and The New York Times called his performance as Lt Gordon –wonderful.”

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Galina Sakhnovskaya ArtistSinger

Born in Moldova, lyric soprano Galina Sakhnovskaya has emerged as a young artist of remarkable versatility and great vocal beauty. Galina made her operatic debut with the Delaware Valley Opera Company in Philadelphia singing the role of Nedda in I Pagliacci in 2001, while still attending the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music which she completed in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance.

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George Ross Somerville ArtistSinger

Tenor, George Ross Somerville, recently in Sarasota Opera’s Tosca “was an excellent and spidery Spoletta, his versatile tenor holding us like Velcro.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle / Nino Pantano) Originally from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, he has appeared with companies such as Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Philadelphia, The Princeton Festival, CoOperative Concert Opera, Opera Slavica, and the Metropolitan Opera.

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Ghenady Meirson ArtistInstrumentalist

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Ghenady Meirson graduated from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and the Curtis Institute of Music (’81, ’84), where he studied piano with Seymour Lipkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski and accompanying with Vladimir Sokoloff.

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Tempesta Di Mare, Lewes, Delaware

Gwyn Roberts ArtistInstrumentalist

Gwyn Roberts has performed around the world, with solo engagements including the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Philomel Baroque Orchestra, Recitar Cantando (Tokyo), Prague Spring Festival (New York and Prague), Piffaro, Washington Bach Consort, and Philadelphia Classical Symphony.

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Harold Evans ArtistInstrumentalist

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.

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Ian DeNolfo ArtistSinger

Ian DeNolfo is one of the most exciting artists of his generation, and has been acknowledged as one of the most important dramatic voices to be heard today. He has been featured in many of the leading opera houses of the world including; the Metropolitan Opera, Theatro alla Scala, La Fenice, Dresden Semper Oper, Berlin Deutche Oper, The Washington Opera and The Los Angeles Opera. Ian's repertoire centers around the spinto/dramatic tenor roles in which he has sung many of the world's most famous and celebrated tenor parts.

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Indra Thomas ArtistSinger

Of Indra Thomas' performance as Imogene in Il Pirata at the Caramoor Festival, The New York Times wrote: –The mad scene was a triumph, especially its reflective first half in which Ms. Thomas' affinity for long-spun, slow melodic phrases was impressive. The audience awarded her a tremendous ovation.” Considered one of the foremost Aidas in the world today, Ms. Thomas sang this role at the Chor_gies, d'Orange in a performance that was televised throughout France during the summer of 2011.

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Inna Heasley-Lobanova will read verse in her mother tongue (Russian) in the special program titled "A Russian Salon of Music and Poetry," to be held at the International Institute for Culture Ballroom at Ivy Hall, Saturday, Oct. 29. Photo by Alexander Izilaev.

Inna Heasley ArtistOther

Inna Lobanova-Heasley was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. At age 15, she graduated from Moscow Regional School of Music with focus in piano performance and music theory. She then received her diploma in English as Second Language and Translation from the Moscow University of Foreign Languages.

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Isabella Nicole Ness ArtistComposer

ISABELLA NICOLE NESS is a composer, vocalist, and sound designer intent on exploring and challenging the principles of narrative. Part of a family of artists and readers, Isabella was born in 1993 in Alexandria, Virginia. Her sound aims to illustrate vivid moments by coloring emotions, characters, and scenes with particular orchestration and evocative melody. Isabella is a student at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is earning a Bachelor of Music in composition.

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Jake Miller ArtistOther

Jake Miller is an actor, director and artist educator living & working in the Philadelphia area. He is co-founder and currently chairs the Board of Directors for Yes! AndÄ Collaborative Arts, a youth development organization that uses the collaborative work of theatre to build character and community.


James Primosch ArtistComposer

When honoring him with its Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters noted that “A rare economy of means and a strain of religious mysticism distinguish the music of James Primosch… Through articulate, transparent textures, he creates a wide range of musical emotion.” Andrew Porter stated in The New Yorker that Primosch “scores with a sure, light hand” and critics for the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Dallas Morning News have characterized his music as “impressive”, “striking”, “grandly romantic”, “stunning” and “very approachable”.

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James Reese ArtistSinger

James Reese, tenor, is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, where he studied with Kurt R. Hansen, Alan Darling, and Donald Nally. This season, James will sing with The Crossing, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Chicago Bach Project, Music of the Baroque, Lyric Fest Philadelphia, The Bridge Ensemble, and vocal ensemble Variant 6, of which he is a founding member. In addition, he will join the Philadelphia Orchestra for their 2015 Messiah concert series under Maestro Yannick N_zet-S_guin, and will be a member of the first-ever Dallas Choral Festival, presenting Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.

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Jarrett Ott ArtistSinger

Young, American baritone Jarrett Ott was recently named one of twenty-five –Rising Stars” by Opera News, and called –charismatic” and –remarkable” by The New York Times and Baltimore Sun, respectively. In the 2015 -16 season, Jarrett will perform with Opera Philadelphia as Marchese D’Obigny in La Traviata and W.P. Inman in the East Coast Premiere of Cold Mountain.

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Jason Switzer ArtistSinger

American baritone Jason Switzer made his professional debut with Central City Opera singing the role of Hel Helson PAUL BUNYAN and the Bonze MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Debuts with both Utah Opera and Opera Tampa in the role of Capulet ROM_O ET JULIETTE quickly followed. Eager to explore contemporary and modern works, Mr. Switzer was seen in Philadelphia as Lord Henry Wotton THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY and as Theodore Weiss in the world premiere of THE ALWAYS PRESENT PRESENT, which were both produced by Center City Opera Theater.

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Jean Bernard Cerin ArtistSinger

JEAN BERNARD CERIN has charmed audiences throughout the United States, France, Austria and his native Haiti. This season, Jean Bernard will sing the bass solos in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Mendelssohn Club, Javert in a concert version of Les Miz at St. Joseph’s University, and make his debut with Philadelphia’s premier early music ensembles Piffaro and Tempesta di Mare in a program of German Renaissance music.

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Jeffrey Brillhart ArtistOrganizer

Jeffrey Brillhart is Director of Music and Fine Arts at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA and on the music faculty at Yale University, where he teaches organ improvisation. He is also Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s famed Singing City Choir.

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Jeffrey Halili ArtistSinger

Jeffrey Halili –has the keen performing instincts that any good character tenor needs.” Last spring featured his return to Anchorage Opera as Monastatos. Jeffrey also recently performed the First Jew in Salome in his return to Virginia Opera. Earlier this season he performed one of his highly acclaimed signature roles _ that of Goro opening the season with Hawaii Opera Theatre, which he then reprised with Anchorage Opera.

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Jennifer Aylmer ArtistSinger

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”.

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Jennifer Casey Cabot ArtistSinger

Soprano, Jennifer Casey Cabot's career includes many of opera's great heroines: Violetta, Mimi, Manon, Susannah, Musetta, Donna Elivira, the Countess, Pamina and Konstanze with the following opera companies: Boston Lyric Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, Calgary Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Central City Opera among others.

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Jennifer Hsiung ArtistSinger

ennifer Hsiung is a singer pianist and music teacher in Center City Philadelphia. She started in San Jose California studying voice and piano. There she taught both privately and at the South Bay School of Music Arts. Graduate studies brought her to New York City to study voice at the Mannes College of Music.

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Jennifer Tucker ArtistOther

Hatch Dance Theater is a non-profit professional-minded, youth modern dance performance company which includes a repertory, school and outreach programs.


Jessica Julin ArtistSinger

Originally from Danville, California, soprano Jessica Julin was a 2009 Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Auditions. In the same year, she completed her studies at the renowned Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia (AVA).

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Jessica Lennick ArtistSinger

Soprano Jessica Lennick –is a complete package, including a terrific smile and stage presence to go along with her pleasing voice,” according to The Baltimore Examiner. She has used these qualities to great effect on the opera stage, singing Adina, Giulietta, Susanna, Zerlina, Blonde, Gretel, Norina and die K_nigin der Nacht for Washington Camerata of DC, Chesapeake Chamber Opera, and Center City Opera Theater, among others.

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Jim Bergwall ArtistOther

Jim Bergwall has been an actor and a teacher in the Philadelphia area for the past fourteen years. As an actor he savors cross-disciplinary opportunities, such as narrating Biography in Music concerts with Lyric Fest.



Jodi Bohr ArtistSinger

Jodi Acker Bohr is the Lower School Music Coordinator at Germantown Academy and the Director of Music and Organist at Lower Providence Presbyterian Church. For three years she has accompanied for the summer PAPA choirs

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Jody Kidwell ArtistSinger

Jody Kidwell, Mezzo-Soprano, was a winner in the third Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, and was later chosen by Mr. Pavarotti to appear in Luisa Miller filmed by PBS. Gian Carlo Menotti directed her in his opera, The Saint of Bleecker Street and her portrayal of Desideria was heralded by critics as “all stops out singing…haunting..steamy..intense”.

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Joel Puckett ArtistComposer

Named as one of National Public Radio's listeners’ favorite composers under the age of 40, Joel Puckett is one of the most performed composers in America. Hailed by the Washington Post as “visionary,” Mr. Puckett believes in the life-changing power of music to heal and provide comfort to those who need it.

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John Conahan ArtistComposer

As a composer, John's Choral and Orchestral works have received much acclaim and are performed frequently all over the world. His works have been premiered by an array of artists including Lorin Maazel, Marin Alsop, Denyce Graves, Donald Nally & The Crossing, Deborah Voigt, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Jeffrey Brillhart & Singing City, and Sir James Galway _ at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Lincoln Center.

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John Moore ArtistSinger

John Moore is garnering praise for his energetic performances and burnished baritone in both operatic and concert repertoire. The upcoming 2015-2016 season sees several significant company debuts for the baritone including: Seattle Opera, as Count Almavivia in Le nozze di Figaro; the Bayerische Staatsoper, as Adario in Les indes galantes; Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (Lisbon), as Thoas in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Florida Grand Opera, as Tadeusz in The Passenger;Portland Opera, as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Opera Omaha, as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

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John Musto ArtistComposer

Composer and pianist John Musto is regarded as one of the most versatile musicians before the public today. His activities encompass virtually every genre: orchestral and operatic, solo, chamber and vocal music, concerti, and music for film and television. His music embraces many strains of contemporary American concert music, enriched by sophisticated inspirations from jazz, ragtime and the blues.

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John Packard ArtistSinger

American singer John Packard has garnered international prominence on the opera stage as a baritone. He has recently transitioned to tenor and is poised to make a name for himself singing Heldentenor repertoire. John created the role of Joseph deRocher for San Francisco Opera's world premiere of Jake Heggie's acclaimed Dead Man Walking (–a voice of ferocious power and insistence” _ San Francisco Chronicle; –a deeply and powerfully affecting characterization”, The New York Times). John has performed the role more than 50 times in Europe and the USA, and can be heard in a live recording on Erato Disques.

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Jonas Hacker ArtistSinger

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.

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Jonathan Beyer ArtistSinger

Jonathan Beyer has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Munich Philharmonic, Dallas Opera, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Teatro Petruzelli, Chicago Symphony, Oper Frankfurt, Opera Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera de Montreal, Chicago Opera Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and others. He performs a wide variety of roles including Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Malatesta in Don Pasaquale, Papageno in Die Zauberfl_te, Escamillo in Carmen, Marcello in La Boheme, and Richard Nixon in Nixon In China.

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Joseph Fitzmartin ArtistEnsemble

Joseph Fitzmartin is a co-founder of the Keystone State Boychoir. His role with KSB combines his long dedication to music education, conducting, and composing. A distinguished composer, Joe has written and arranged extensively for choirs and orchestras, including A Fantasy of Carols, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Joseph Gaines ArtistSinger

Of his recent performances in THE RETURN OF ULYSSES with Opera Omnia, The New York Times wrote, –you had no reason to want to spend so much time with the glutton Irus on his way to his suicide: no reason, that is, apart from the fine singing of Joseph Gaines.” Recognized nationally and internationally as a highly energetic, vibrant, and extremely versatile singer and actor, tenor Joseph Gaines is known for beautifully sung and richly detailed interpretations of character roles, and has been described as “such an exuberant performer you couldn’t help but smile” (The Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

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Joshua Rosenau ArtistInstrumentalist


Julia Blumenreich ArtistPoet

Julia Blumenreich is a poet and is completing her 18 th year of teaching 4th grade at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA. Julia has been recognized a number of times for her teaching beginning with being a finalist for Philadelphia Teacher of the Year.

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Julian Rodescu ArtistSinger

In March of 2004, Julian Rodescu earned rave reviews for his debut performances at London’s Covent Garden. He got similar raves for Fafner in Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Dresden and Bilbao. The Dresden Ring Cycle, conducted by Semyon Bychkov and directed by Willy Decker, was completed in 2004. His debuts in Madrid (in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtensk), Naples, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv brought more praise. Mr. Rodescu has recorded for EMI, RCA, Erato and Albany Records. Rest in Peace, dear Julian.

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Juliana Hall ArtistComposer

JULIANA HALL is known primarily as an American art song and vocal chamber music composer whose songs have been described as –brilliant” ( Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post), –the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe), and –legitimate modern heirs to the great tradition of German lieder” (Philip Greene, New Haven Register).

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June Huang ArtistInstrumentalist

June Huang, violinist, holds a Master of Music degree from the University of California and a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory. She attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Meadowmount School of Music, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Kneisel Hall. She is a former member of the UC Young Artists String Quartet and the Cascade String Quartet.

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Justin Hopkins ArtistSinger

A standout among his peers on the operatic stage and a performer in increasingly high demand, bass-baritone Justin Hopkins continues to move audiences around the world with his performances. The 2015-16 season includes a 33-concert run as featured soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall for their 2015 Holiday Pops series, as well as his return with the Pops in the spring for the concert “The Golden Age of Broadway”. This season also marked his Lincoln Center debut in Ricky Ian Gordon’s A Coffin in Egypt, starring Frederica von Stade.

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Justine Aronson ArtistSinger

Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “a deep reservoir of expressive devices,” soprano Justine Aronson employs artistic and technical versatility to create passionate performances. Her interpretations have captured the attention of those producing new music, earning her premiers of works by composers including David Lang, Daron Hagen, Christopher Cerrone, Aaron Jay Kernis, Thomas Pasatieri, Fred Hersch, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Nicholas Deyoe, Andrew McIntosh, Richard Valitutto, and Philip Rice.

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Katherine Pracht ArtistSinger

In the 2014-15 season, Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht made a role debut as Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera; another role debut as Ariel in the World Premiere of Joseph Summer's The Tempest for The Shakespeare Concerts in Somerville, MA; followed by Covering the role of Baroness –Nica” in Daniel Schnyder's Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD commissioned for Opera Philadelphia; and performing the role of Flora Bervoix in Opera Philadelphia's La Traviata.

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Kaylee Goodwin ArtistOther

Kaylee Goodwin is excited to join the artistic collaboration that is Lyric Fest! A dancer and actor from a small town in South Berwick Maine, Kaylee has moved to the Philadelphia area to pursue her career.

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Keenan Boswell ArtistInstrumentalist

Keenan Boswell is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Westminster Choir College and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in opera coaching at the University of Texas' Butler Opera Center. He has served as principal pianist for many of the Butler Opera Center's recent productions, including the stage premiere of Jake Heggie’s “At the Statue of Venus.” In 2013, Keenan collaborated with Denyce Graves as part of Lyric Fest/Singing City's Journey to Freedom concert in Philadelphia.

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Keith Phares ArtistSinger

A noted interpreter of Mozart and bel canto repertoire as well as Benjamin Britten and many of today's living composers, Keith Phares is regarded as one of his generation's most versatile artists.

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Kelly Ann Bixby ArtistSinger

Soprano Kelly Ann Bixby is a native of Philadelphia and is a featured concert and chamber music soloist in the tri-state region. She made her debut at Opera Philadelphia in Ainadamar and won the 2014 Eastern Regional Artist Award in the competition held by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

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Kendra Colton ArtistSinger

Ms. Colton is a versatile singer who enjoys a career of great variety. Described by Opera News as a soprano who sings “with beauty, brightness and poise”, Ms. Colton has performed with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. She has performed repertoire from Monteverdi and Lully to new works specifically written for her. Her career has been largely centered in the United States but she has also performed in Germany, Switzerland, England, and Spain.

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Kevin Deas ArtistSinger

Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America's leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Calgary, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Hartford, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Utah, and Vancouver, and at the Ravinia, Vail and Saratoga festivals.

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Kevin Langan ArtistInstrumentalist

Kevin Langan has earned a sterling reputation as a leading performer in opera and concert with international audiences. Mr. Langan was the last prot_g_ of Walter Legge, the legendary operatic record producer and promoter, and husband to Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. Under their sponsorship, he began his extensive career with a critically acclaimed recital at The Wigmore Hall in London.

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Kiera Duffy ArtistSinger

American soprano Kiera Duffy is recognized for her gleaming high soprano and insightful musicianship in a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Handel, and Mozart to the modern sounds of Carter, Feldman, and Zorn.

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Kile Smith ArtistComposerOther

The music of Kile Smith is praised by critics and audiences for its emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice. Gramophone hailed the –sparkling beauty” of his music, calling Vespers –spectacular.” The Philadelphia Inquirer called it –ecstatically beautiful,” American Record Guide, –a major new work,” Audiophile Audition, –easily one of the best releases of the year of any typeÄ a crime to pass up,” and Fanfare, –a magnificent achievement.”

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Laquita Mitchell ArtistSinger

Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim in eminent opera companies throughout North America and Europe. Already in her young career, she has led performances with the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Op_ra Comique in Paris, among many others.

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Latonia Moore ArtistSinger

Born in Houston and raised in Texas, Latonia Moore began her studies at the University of North Texas, where she originally planned to study Jazz. Fortunately for opera lovers, one of her teachers convinced her to study classical music. She continued as a student of Bill Schuman at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia where she graduated in 2005.

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Laura Dixon Strickling ArtistSinger

Laura Strickling was praised by The New York Times for her, –flexible voice, crystalline diction, and warm presence.” She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Ravinia Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Trinity Church on Wall Street, Washington National Cathedral, Opera America Center, Dankhaus Chicago, and the inaugural season of Liederfest in Suzhou, China.

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Laura Pritchard ArtistOther

Laura creates paintings working in the ancient technique of batik. This resist process is traditionally used for fabric decoration. She paints with molten wax and French dyes in alternating applications on stretched silk. The wax is removed at the end of the process.

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Laura Ward ArtistInstrumentalist

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.


Lawrence Indik ArtistSinger

Studied with Margaret Hoswell, Adele Addison, Jan De Gaetani; numerous opera, symphony, recital performance; active performer of contemporary music; articles on vocal pedagogy and vocal science in National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal of Singing; High Holy days cantor, Congregation Beth Sholom Synagogue.

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Les Reisz ArtistInstrumentalist

Les Reisz is a guitarist mastering many styles such as rock, classical and jazz, with a passion for finger-style. Les started performing at age 12 and has been in a number of bands and acts throughout his life. Teamed up with vocalist Virginia Zinke, who grew up singing four part harmony with her family and sang her first solo at age 12. She continued her solo career throughout high school and performed with the PCB Chorale during college.

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Lisa Daltirus ArtistSinger

Soprano Lisa Daltirus' recent noted engagements include the title roles of Tosca and Aida, and Leonora in Il Trovatore for the Seattle Opera; Aida for the Portland Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia and Cincinnati Opera; Cilla in Margaret Garner at New York City Opera.

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Lisa Lovelace ArtistOther

Lisa Lovelace received her Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance from Temple University. In her 23 years as a professional dancer/teacher and choreographer in the Philadelphia area, Lisa has performed and taught all over Philadelphia and the 5 county region.

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Lisa Willson ArtistSinger

Lisa Willson DeNolfo hails from the rolling hills of the Palouse. From a wheat farming family in Colfax, Washington, she began piano lessons at the age of 5 and began singing in choirs in the Colfax public school and the local First Baptist Church at the young age of 7. She then attended the University of Idaho and began her vocal training with Mrs. Dorothy Barnes. Her interest in teaching was sparked by the vocal pedagogy class she took as part of her vocal performance requirements.

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Logan Skelton ArtistComposer

Logan Skelton is a much sought after pianist, teacher and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. As a performer, Skelton has concertized widely in the United States, Europe and Asia and has been featured on many public radio and television stations. He has recorded numerous discs for Centaur, Albany, Crystal, Blue Griffin, and Naxos Records, and is a frequent juror for international competitions.

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Lois Herbine ArtistInstrumentalist

Lois Bliss Herbine is a solo piccolo artist on Crystal Records. All six accompanied recordings from her CD, Take Wing, including premieres of Daugherty, Persichetti, and Dorff, can be heard on radio stations across the United States.

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Lori Laitman ArtistComposer

Described by Fanfare Magazine as –one of the most talented and intriguing of living composers,” Lori Laitman has composed multiple operas and choral works, and over 250 songs, setting texts by classical and contemporary poets (including those who perished in the Holocaust). Her music is widely performed, internationally and throughout the United States, and has generated substantial critical acclaim. The Journal of Singing wrote –It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music.”

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Lorie Gratis ArtistSinger

As a soloist, Gratis has sung at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music, The National Catherdal in DC and with groups such as The National Symphony Orchestra, The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Sacra, The Washington Bach Consort, Amor Artis, Tempesta di Mare, The Delaware Symphony, and Vox AmaDeus. She was invited to participate in the Marlboro Music Festival for two seasons, has performed with the family division of Opera Delaware and has made several recordings with Julianne Baird.

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Lorraine Hinds ArtistSinger

Audience Choice winner Lorraine Hinds has established a singing career in Europe.

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Luis Ledesma ArtistSinger

Luis Ledesma frequently portrays the heroes and villains of Puccini and Verdi in addition to performing the important bel canto roles of Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini. His growing repertoire includes many roles in the French repertoire and has extended to the verismo composers as well.

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Lynne Bieler ArtistInstrumentalist

Lynne Bratlie Beiler began playing the cello at age 13 in Houston, Texas, and won the Corpus Christi Young Artist's competition five years later. Coming to Philadelphia, Lynne studied with Orlando Cole and William Stokking at the New School of Music.

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Maggie-Anthony Riker

Maggie-Anthony Riker ArtistSinger

Maggie is an award-winning dramatic coloratura soprano and Pottstown native and has been applauded by audiences in the United States and Europe for her refined vocalism and powerful stage presence. A versatile actress, she has appeared in principal roles in opera, operetta and musical theater such as the Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Laurie in Oklahoma and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors.

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Manon Strauss Evrard ArtistSinger

French soprano Manon Strauss Evrard is one of the most promising young artists today. Her professional operatic debut was as Violetta at the Prague State Opera in their 2006 new production of La Traviata. Miss Strauss Evrard made her Asian debut as Juliette in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette with the Hong Kong Opera as well as with the New Jersey Opera Festival both in 2007. In the 2010-2011 season she makes her Rossini Opera Festival debut as Folleville in Viaggio a Reims and returned as Clorinda in La Cenerentola and the role of Teti in Le nozze di Teti et di Peleo.

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Maren Montalbano ArtistSinger

Maren Montalbano began her vocal career with the San Francisco Girls Chorus at age seven, and has been singing ever since. A graduate of both New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University, Ms. Montalbano sang in the historic world premiere of John Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning work, On the Transmigration of Souls, which was later released into a Grammy Award-winning CD.

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Margaret Claudin ArtistInstrumentalist

Margaret Claudin, flutist, began her musical studies with piano lessons from her father, renowned organist and sacred composer, David N. Johnson. Her flute teachers include the late New York Philharmonic principal Julius Baker, English flute soloist William Bennett, David Shostac of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and David Cramer of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Maria Aleida ArtistSinger

Cuban Soprano Maria Aleida has started her musical studies at the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory in Venezuela in 1999. In 2007 she moved to Miami where she continued her study with voice teacher Manny Perez. Subsequently she attended master classes with Mirella Freni in Venezuela, (2007), and Montserrat Caballe in Zaragoza (2008). She currently studies with voice teacher Bill Schuman.

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Mark Anderson ArtistEnsemble

A native of Montana, Mark Anderson began serving as the Director of Music Ministry at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in September 2011. Previously, he served as Organist/Choirmaster at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia) for fifteen years, in addition to holding prior church positions in New York, Kentucky, Texas, and California.

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Mark Moliterno ArtistSinger

Bass-Baritone Mark Moliterno is an artist/educator who enjoys an extensive performing career in Opera, Oratorio, and Concert singing. He has appeared throughout the United Stated, Canada, Great Britain and the Far East in leading operatic roles and is a frequent soloist on the concert stage in a repertoire that covers a wide range of eras and composers.

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Mark Rimple ArtistInstrumentalist

Mark Rimple has garnered critical notice for his interpretation of early music from national newspapers and journals including the Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Early Music America, and Early Music (UK).

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Mark Wade ArtistOther

Mark is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama in Acting, and The Neighborhood Playhouse (where he studied with Sanford Meisner). Acting and directing credits include work for The Westport Country Playhouse, The Long Wharf Theater, and Trinity Repertory Theater.

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Markus Beam ArtistSinger

Baritone Markus Beam, a North Carolina native, has a career on both sides of the ocean. He has performed leading roles with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he was a member of the Fest ensemble for two years, Theater St. Gallen Switzerland where he lived and sang for three years, Rome Opera, Il Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Leipzig Oper, Komische Oper Berlin, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Wolf Trap Opera, among many others.

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Marquita Raley ArtistSinger

Mezzo-Soprano Marquita Raley is a native of Washington, DC. She has toured the US, Caribbean, Germany, Austria and Italy. In 2004, she was a performer in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide starring Sir Thomas Allen and Paul Groves.

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Matthew Glandorf ArtistEnsemble

I believe that art has the power to make us more aware of our present everyday experience of lifeãthe beauty of everyday things and events, and the inspiration we can derive from these to become better and more whole people. An essential element of my work with Choral Arts Philadelphia is breaking down the social and economic barriers to broader enjoyment and experience of musicãto bring the realization that music transcends all boundaries and nourishes our fundamental hunger for living life to its fullest.

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Matthew Shaw ArtistSinger

Matthew Shaw has been performing since the grand old age of three on both the stage and the small screen, and still holds the record as the youngest solo performer on the Liverpool Empire Theatre stage, a record he is proud of, even at 33 years of age!! Matthew first arrived on television at six years of age as the ‘Breakaway Kid’ for Rowntree’s Breakaway biscuits in which he coined the famous catchphrase….. ‘It’s Wicked!’ He continued the award winning nationwide advertising campaign for five years.

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Maura Church ArtistInstrumentalist

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Maurice Wright ArtistComposer

Maurice Wright was born in 1949 in Front Royal, Virginia, a small town situated between the forks of the Shenandoah River and near the Blue Ridge Mountains; he began composing at age 10. He attended Duke University and Columbia University, where he explored diverse interests that included music composition, computer science and film.

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Meagan Miller ArtistSinger

Acclaimed for the expansive colors, rich tones and texture of her voice, soprano Meagan Miller is making celebrated debuts on important stages worldwide, interpreting the leading ladies of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi and Wagner. Her compelling stage presence, intelligently nuanced portrayals and varied repertoire have been applauded at such distinguished opera houses as the Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Metropolitan Opera, Oper Leipzig, Opera Monte Carlo, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Volksoper Wien, Washington National Opera, and Wiener Staatsoper, among others.

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Megan Dey-Toth ArtistSinger

Praised by Opera News for her –smooth-toned mezzo” and for her ability to “spin floating, shimmering lines”, Megan Dey-T„th is a young singer who garners attention wherever she sings. Career highlights include perfomances of Young Offred in the North American premiere of THE HANDMAID’S TALE with Minnesota Opera, Hansel in HANSEL AND GRETEL with Arizona Opera, Charlotte in WERTHER for Sarasota Opera, Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Si_bel in FAUST with Los Angeles Opera, and concert appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen's baton. Personally selected by Christa Ludwig for public master classes and a Lieder concert at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Ludwig declared that Ms. Dey-T„th had one one problem — –too much talent”.

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Meredith Rainey ArtistOther

Meredith Rainey began dancing at 15 in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale. In 1985 he joined the Milwaukee Ballet, and in 1987 he was asked to join the newly formed Pennsylvania-Milwaukee Ballet. When the joint venture ended, he remained with the Pennsylvania Ballet and was promoted to soloist in 1999 until his retirement in 2006.

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Student Actor, Lyric Fest debut in “A Neighborhood of Friends”.


Michael Adams ArtistSinger

Rising baritone Michael Adams joins the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, at which he will sing a number of roles including Ping in Turandot, the Marquis in La traviata, Hara_ta in The Cunning Little Vixen, in addition to covering Neluso in L'Africaine in the 2015-16 season. He also makes company debuts as Melisso in a new production of Alcina at the Grand Th_Štre de Genve and Lescaut in Manon with Des Moines Metro Opera. Future seasons include a return to the Grand Th_Štre de Genve and debuts with Seattle Opera and Washington National Opera as a member of its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

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Michael Djupstrom ArtistComposer

The work of composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom (b. 1980) has been honored with first prizes in the international composition competitions of the UK's Delius Society, the American Viola Society, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and has been further recognized through awards and grants from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship), Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Pew Fellowship), New Music USA, S&R Foundation (Grand Prize, Washington Awards), Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Acad_mie musicale de Villecroze, and the Sigurd and Jarmila Rislov Foundation, among many others. The Music Teachers National Association named him its 2005 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year.

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Michael Fabiano ArtistSinger

Of Michael Fabiano's debut as Lensky in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera, The Sunday Times in London wrote: –I can't think of a Lensky at Covent Garden who has held the audience so spellbound in 40 years of Onegin-goingÄ a glorious debut.” The recipient of the 2014 Beverly Sills Artist Award and the 2014 Richard Tucker Award, Mr. Fabiano is the first singer to win both awards in the same year, and is considered one of the greatest tenors in the world today.

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Michael Locati ArtistInstrumentalist

Michael Locati received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance at Rutgers University as a student of Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet. Other teachers include Taras Gabora, Albert Gillis, Michael Tree, and Dr. David Margetts. Michael has been active as a chamber musician in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He has performed as first violinist with the Tristan String Quartet (Canada) and the Petra String Quartet (New Jersey). He has been an artist in residence at Seton Hall University, the Shaw Festival in Canada, and the Pundaquit Chamber Music Festival in the Philippines. Michael was the winner of the 1992 St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Award and the Ellen M. Egger Award in viola performance.

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Michael Riley ArtistSinger

Bass-baritone Michael Riley has performed more than 200 roles in a career spanning more than 40 years, portraying –fathers, devils and villains” with companies throughout the U.S.

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Michelle Eugene ArtistOther

NY Innovative Theatre Awards Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role for “Helen” in “The Detour”

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Michelle Johnson ArtistSinger

Soprano Michelle Johnson has been praised for her “extraordinary breath control and flawless articulation. Her voice is velvety and pliant – a dulcet dream.” A highlight of Ms. Johnson’s 2011/12 season was her debut with Opera Company of Philadelphia as the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.

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Misoon Ghim ArtistSinger

Possessed of a powerful voice and striking stage presence, Misoon Ghim has appeared on the stages of the New York City Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and with Opera Delaware as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Most recently she appeared with the Daegu International Opera Festival as Amneris in Aida. The New York Times' Bernard Holland praised Ghim’s New York City Opera performance as –first rate,” and Clive Barnes raved of her –dramatic sensitivity” in the role of Suzuki.

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Nicholas White ArtistComposer

Nicholas White's musical career has evolved over a period of twenty five years spent in the United States. He is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America's oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

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Olivia Vote ArtistSinger

Lauded for her “theatrical magnetism ”and “ striking expressiveness ,” American mezzo-soprano, Olivia Vote is a “voice to pay attention to…”

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Patrick Hughes ArtistInstrumentalist

He grew up in Monroe, Connecticut. Listening to Bunny Berigan at the age of 16 is what got me excited about learning to play and listen to trumpet music. I studied music at Temple University in Philadelphia PA.

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Paul Sperry ArtistSinger

American lyric tenor Paul Sperry is that rarity in today's musical world: a singer dedicated to preserving the song recital. Though his experience in opera extends from Monteverdi through Stockhausen, he continues to devote much of his time to the programming and performance of songs from every country and every period of music.

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Philip Frohnmayer ArtistSinger

The American baritone and Loyola University professor, Philip B. Frohnmayer, began his operatic career in Europe and continued with singing and teaching in New Orleans. He often appeared as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and in notable roles with the New Orleans Opera and throughout the south. Phil was admired for the breadth of his musicianship and artistry, and inspired the careers of many operatic stars. Rest in peace, beloved Phil.

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Philip Horst ArtistSinger

Hailed by Opera News for a –theatrical intensity [that] was harmonized by sheer vocal beauty” in his first performances of Orest in Elektra, Philip Horst returns to San Francisco Opera for Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nôrnberg, while also being responsible for Hans Sachs, as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Capulet in Rom_o et Juliette in the 2015-16 season. Last season, he joined both Seattle Opera and Opera Grand Rapids for Scarpia in Tosca, returned to San Francisco Opera as Panth_e in Les Troyens and for Tutino's Two Women, sang Lieutenant Horstmayer in the European premiere of Putz's Silent Night at the Wexford Opera Festival, created the role of Tortsheiner in the world premiere of world premiere of Moore's Enemies, A Love Story with Palm Beach Opera, and joined the Grand Rapids Symphony for a varied program featuring works of Beethoven, Orff, and Puccini.

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Randall Scarlata

Randall Scarlata ArtistSinger

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.

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Randi Marrazzo ArtistSinger

RANDI J. MARRAZZO, soprano and co-founder of Lyric Fest, emerita, is lover of song and unique programming. With a passion for songs of all genres, she will be singing recitals of Grieg, Ives, Bolcom and cabaret including a duet recital at the Free Library, Temple University and community concert halls.


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Rebecca Carr ArtistSinger

Soprano Rebecca Carr has been hailed in the press for singing –radiantly” and –brilliantly” with her –big, vibrant soprano voice,” matched with “remarkable” and “touching” portrayals. She brings her exuberance for singing and love of performing to opera, concert and recital stages.

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Rebecca Whitlow ArtistSinger

Rebecca Whitlow received her bachelor's degree in music in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and her master's degree in music in vocal performance from Converse College School of Music.

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Richard Clement ArtistSinger

Grammy-winning American tenor Richard Clement has performed with most of Americas major orchestras and music directors, bringing tonal beauty and superb musicality to repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary. He recently earned particular acclaim for the title role of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the North Carolina Symphony and Sacramento Choral Arts Society and Orchestra.

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Richard Troxell ArtistSinger

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.

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Robert Martin ArtistInstrumentalist

Violinist Robert Martin is Concertmaster of the United States Army Orchestra of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC, and Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the post of Principal 2nd Violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

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Roger Isaacs ArtistSinger

Countertenor Roger O. Isaacs hails from Cape Town, South Africa where he completed his music education at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. He enjoyed a highly successful solo career in his native country performing a wide range of repertoire from the early music to works by twentieth-century composers. Mr. Isaacs has to his credit numerous television and radio appearances with the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

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Sally Wolf ArtistSinger

Soprano Sally Wolf has sung her brilliant dramatic coloratura and lyric repertoire all over Europe and North America in a career spanning over 30 years. In addition to her acclaimed portrayals of Mimi (LA BOHEME), Violetta (LA TRAVIATA), Lucia (LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR), and the title role in NORMA, Miss Wolf has sung many roles in the Mozart repertoire which included Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (DON GIOVANNI), Constanze (DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL), Countess (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Elettra (IDOMEMENEO), and Giunia (LUCIO SILLA).

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Sara Duchovnay ArtistSinger

Praised by Opera News for “the agility with which she negotiated her beautiful upper register”, soprano Sara Duchovnay continues to garner critical acclaim for her performances across the country.

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Sara Seglem ArtistSinger

Sara Seglem-Hocking holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Oklahoma City University. She continued her graduate work at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where she completed a four-year program of intensive operatic and vocal training. Ms. Seglem-Hocking is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Music at the University of Delaware and has taught voice at Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges in Pennsylvania.

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Sharon Rose Rhinesmith ArtistSinger

A versatile singer comfortable in the concert, oratorio and operatic repertoire, Ms. Rhinesmith has appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philadelphia Singers, The Princeton Pro Musica, The Lake George (NY) Opera Festival, The Tachkonic Chorale, New York, The Music Group of Philadelphia and the ConcertOpera Philadelphia among many others.

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Sheryl Woods ArtistSinger

Sheryl Woods first came to national attention when, as an apprentice artist at the Santa Fe Opera, she stepped in to replace the leading lady in –Le Comte Ory. Subsequently, Miss Woods has appeared in most of the country’s major and regional opera houses in roles ranging from Gilda, Lucia, Violetta and Marguerite to Virginia Poe in Dominic Argento’s –Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe” and Blanche in –Streetcar Named Desire” by Andre Previn.

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Singing City ArtistEnsemble

For over half a century, Singing City has been Philadelphia’s premier avocational chorus, committed to bringing people of diverse races, creeds and backgrounds together under the common purpose of music making. Singing City grew out of the Fellowship House movement, and has been deeply engaged not only in creating a community of mind and purpose in Philadelphia, but also in other civil rights and social justice movements since the 1950s.

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Siobhan Lyons ArtistPoet

Siobhan is a literary artist and instructor of Creative Writing at the Allegheny County Jail.


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Stephen Costello ArtistSinger

As the Associated Press observes, Stephen Costello is –a prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact.” The Philadelphia-born tenor quickly established a reputation as a –first-class talent” (Opera News) after coming to national attention in 2007, when, aged 26, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut on the company’s season-opening night. Two years later Costello won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, and he has since appeared at many of the world's most important opera houses and music festivals, including London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Vienna State Opera; the Lyric Opera of Chicago; San Francisco Opera; Washington National Opera; and the Salzburg Festival.

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Stephen Powell ArtistSinger

The dynamic American baritone Stephen Powell brings his handsome voice, elegant musicianship, and robust stage presence to a wide range of music, from Monteverdi and Handel through Verdi and Puccini to Sondheim and John Adams.

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Steve Fisher ArtistEnsemble

Steve Fisher has been the Director of the Children's Choir since 2005. He has a wealth of experience with children's choirs and is recognized nationally and internationally for his work with young singers.

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Steven Bradshaw ArtistSinger

A graduate of University of the Arts, Steven Bradshaw has appeared as a soloist with many of the premier ensembles on the East Coast, including The Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, Bang on a Can, and Network for New Music. He is a founding member of The Crossing, an award-winning vocal ensemble fully dedicated to the performance of new compositions.

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Steven Combs ArtistSinger

Acclaimed vocal artist Steven Combs has appeared with many musical organizations including the National Cathedral Choral Society, the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington Chorus, the National Philharmonic, the Master Chorale of Washington and the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed at Lincoln Center, Washington National Cathedral, the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Steven Gearhart ArtistEnsemble

Steven Gearhart is responsible for all things organizational and administrative at The Crossing and moonlights as our assistant conductor. He has been our Managing Director since 2014, previously Operations Manager, and longtime member of the bass section.

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Steven LaBrie ArtistSinger

STEVEN LABRIE, a native of Dallas, Texas, is a recent graduate of The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, PA and is beginning to attract attention for his beautiful timbre, expressive singing and dramatic presence.

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Susan Fleshman ArtistPoet

Susan Fleshman is a writer and editor living in Philadelphia.


Suzanne DuPlantis ArtistSinger

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).


Takesha Mesh Kizart ArtistSinger

Takesha Mesh_ Kizart is –blasting star quality all over the stage with her stunning voice and sensational good looks” (Opera News). Star of the feature film The Verdian Voice, and laureate of numerous international competitions, she is rapidly being hailed as the next great Verdian Voice of her generation.

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Tam Tran ArtistInstrumentalist

Violist Tam Tran is a regular performer at the White House as a member of the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine White House Orchestra. Tam has performed in several concerts with members of the Emerson String Quartet, Ani Kavafian, and Colin Carr. Tam has also participated in quartet performances at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Camp David, the State Department, the Library of Congress, United Nation functions in New York City, Constitution Hall, and the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

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Taras Lewyckys ArtistOther

“Taras Lewyckyj has been Artistic Director of the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble since September of
1995. He first joined the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble as a dancer in 1974. “

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Mezzo-soprano Tatyana Rashkovsky will also perform on the program.

Tatyana Rashkovsky ArtistSinger

Tatyana Rashkovsky, was born in Moscow, Russia, where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Musical College of Moscow State Conservatory. She came to the United States, where she joined Advanced Studies program at the University of Southern California.

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The Crossing

The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. Consistently recognized in critical reviews, The Crossing has been hailed as “superb” (The New York Times, 7/15), “ardently angelic” (Los Angeles Times, 4/14), and “something of a miracle” (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/14). Formed by a group of friends in 2005, the ensemble has since grown exponentially and “has made a name for itself in recent years as a champion of new music” (The New York Times, 2/14).

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Thomas Lloyd ArtistComposerEnsembleSinger

Thomas Lloyd is a classical conductor, composer, and singer. He currently is a Professor of Music at Haverford College, where he has directed the combined Choral and Vocal Studies Program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges since 1996. He has also served as Artistic Director of the Bucks County Choral Society since 2000. In addition, he was appointed Director of Music at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral in 2010, where he has reconstituted the Cathedral Singers with a core of eight professional choral scholars. He has remained active as a tenor soloist in his role as cantor at the Cathedral and as a recitalist with Lyric Fest of Philadelphia.

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Timothy Bentch ArtistSinger

He’s bright, confident, and heroic, and his Blicket auf! is stunning. Timothy Bentch is a treasure in today’s Hungarian music life like a voice from heaven in praise of the Almighty.

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Tony Boutte ArtistSinger

Tenor TONY BOUTTÉ made his professional operatic debut as Orfeo in the groundbreaking Monteverdi Cycle with Skylight Opera of Milwaukee. Since then he has appeared in a wide range of roles, including Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Acis in Handel’s Acis & Galatea with soprano Elizabeth Futral, and Gandhi in the Philip Glass opera Satyagraha.

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Tracey Matisak

Tracey Matisak ArtistOther

Ms. Matisak has more than 20 years of major market radio and television experience and spearheads special projects for WHYY throughout the year. These include anchoring election coverage and hosting live events on WHYY, PBS and National Public Radio. She has been an occasional contributor to PBS’S Nightly Business Report. Prior to WHYY, she served for 12 years at FOX Philadelphia.

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Troy Cook ArtistSinger

American baritone Troy Cook recently performed his first Ford in the Hamburgische Staatsoper’s Falstaff following his debut with the company as Marcello in La bohème, and debuted with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.

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Wes Mason ArtistSinger

Based in New York City, Wes is a singer-actor-writer whose interests and experiences range from Opera to Rock and from stage to camera. A lover of comedy as well as drama, he is known for his fierce dedication, playful attitude and impersonation ability.

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Wilder Troxell ArtistOther

Ninth grade PALCS student Wilder Troxell was a dancer from the moment he was born. His mother, Lisa Lovelace, who is also a dancer, has always encouraged her two children to appreciate the arts. –Wilder has a passion for dance. I started both of my children at a young age with creative movement.” The whole family was involved with Lisa's studio, with Wilder participating in performances as early as six months old. –In the last couple of years, he fell in love with hip hop.”

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William Ferguson ArtistSinger

Acclaimed for his versatility in both opera and concert, William Ferguson made his debut with the Santa De Opera in 2006 as Caliban in the North American premiere of Thomas Ads’ The Tempest, and in 2005, he bowed in Sydney with Opera Australia singinging Truffaldino in a new production of The Love for Three Oranges…

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William Stone ArtistSinger

William Stone has sung extensively in the major opera houses of Europe and especially in Italy, having twice opened the May Festival in Florence as Wozzeck and as Orestes, in Gluck’s Iphig_nie en Tauride under Riccardo Muti. His creation of the role of Adam for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere of Penderecki’s Paradise Lost, was followed by his debut at La Scala in its European premiere and a performance at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II. With Sir Georg Solti, he toured with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the role of the Count in Le nozze di Figaro.

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Zach Borichevsky ArtistSinger

An outstanding graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Zach Borichevsky continues to impress all around the world, concluding an eventful season during which he made his critically acclaimed European operatic debut as Rodolfo in La bohme for Finnish National Opera under Michael Gôttler, his role debut as Tamino in Die Zauberfl_te with Boston Lyric Opera under David Angus and Alfredo in La traviata with Michigan Opera.

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