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Biographies

Biennale

Composer-Paul Richards

Born in New York City in 1969 to a musical family, composer Paul Richards has been engaged with music since childhood, including forays into various popular styles, the Western canon, and Jewish sacred and secular music through his father, a cantor.  All of these experiences inform his creative activities, which have included numerous orchestral, vocal, chamber, and theatrical works, including two full-length operas.  Hailed in the press as a composer with “a strong, pure melodic gift, an ear for color, and an appreciation for contrast and variety,” and praised for his “fresh approach to movement and beautiful orchestral coloration,” his works have been heard in performance throughout the country and internationally on six continents. He has been recognized in numerous competitions, winning the St. Mary’s College/Kaplan Foundation Commission Competition, the Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Contest, the Flute New Music Consortium Composition Competition, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Fresh Ink Florida Composers’ Competition, the International Section of the New Music for Sligo/IMRO Composition Award and the Truman State University/M.A.C.R.O. Composition Competitions. Other honors and awards include Special Distinction in the ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Prize, Finalist in the American Composers Orchestra Whitaker Reading Sessions, Second Prize in the International Horn Society Composition Competition, First Place in the Voices of Change Composers Competition, two First Place prizes in the Guild of Temple Musicians Young Composers Award, and many others. Commissions have come from organizations including the Boston Brass, the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Florida State Music Teachers’ Association and Music Teacher’s National Association, Duo 46, Sonoran Consort, Meet the Composer-Arizona, Arizona Repertory Singers, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Catalina Chamber Orchestra.  In addition, many university wind programs have commissioned Richards’ work, including those of Baylor, Del Mar, Florida, Illinois – Champaign/Urbana, Michigan, Nevada – Las Vegas, North Carolina – Greensboro, Northern Iowa, Syracuse and Truman State.  Richards’ theatrical work has included music for dance, plays, film, and two full-length comic operas.  “The Loathly Lady” premiered at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, with Julianne Baird, Thomas Meglioranza, members of Anonymous 4, and a mixed ensemble of period and modern instruments, relating an updated version of Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath’s Tale” in which a knight travels through time, meeting iconic characters in an effort to answer the question, “what do women want most?”  “Biennale” premiered at the Barnes Foundation in 2013 with support from the Mellon Foundation and the Penn Humanities Forum, and a cast including Naomi O’Connell, Christopher Burchett, Caroline Worra, and Jesse Blumberg.   Set in Vienna at the world’s largest contemporary art festival, it relates a woman’s encounter with an art installation, and its artist, in a life-changing moment of self-realization. Music by Paul Richards is recorded on the Meyer Media, Capstone, Mark, Summit, MMC, Raven, and Pavane labels, and his works are published by Carl Fischer Music, TrevCo Music, Jéanne Inc., the International Horn Society Press, and Margalit Music.  Currently Research Foundation Professor of Music and head of composition and theory at the University of Florida, where he has been on the faculty since 1999, he served as Visiting Professor at Florida State University in 2016, and previously taught at Baylor University.  Richards earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Theory and Composition at the University of Arizona. http://www.paulrichardsmusic.com/

Librettist- Wendy Steiner

Wendy Steiner wrote the librettos for two operas composed by Paul Richards: The Loathly Lady (2009) and Biennale (2013), and the lyrics of the song cycle O America (2018) doe composer Mark Rimple. Her digital piece, Traces on the Farther Side (composer, Frances White; co-director, Andrew Lucia) is on exhibit in the 2019 Venice Biennale. Until 2013, she was the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the author of numerous scholarly and trade books on culture, including The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art (2010); Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art (2001); and The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism (one of “NY Times 100 Best Books of 1996”). Steiner has lectured in museums and universities on four continents.

PRODUCTION & PERFORMERS

Director- Hannah Simms

Hannah Simms is a director and teacher based in Hartford, CT. She is a graduate of the Dell'Arte School of Physical
Theatre, and NTI at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Directing credits include: Pegao, Frog Hollow State of Mind and Asylum Hill: Meet Us Where We Are (HartBeat Ensemble), Guenevere and To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This (Ivoryton Playhouse WPI),  To Kill A Mockingbird (Central CT State University) Eurydice, (PVPA Charter High School),  Winter's Tale, Julius Cesar, and Romeo & Juliet (Hampshire Shakespeare). She has also directed in the Write On! festival at Hartford Stage.  Assistant Directing credits include The City That Cried Wolf at 59E59. Hannah is an ensemble member at HartBeat Ensemble, and is lead facilitator of their Youth Play Institute.  She is currently an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College.
 

Conductor-Jaimie LaPine

Having been a full-time music teacher and choir director for the past six years, Jaimie is thrilled to be making her Opera conducting debut with Hartford Opera Theater! Jaimie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education Choral Conducting from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. She studies conducting under master conductor/teacher Dr. Edward Bolkovac.

In addition to conducting, Jaimie has also been a professional vocalist for the past ten years, performing with wedding and event bands across Connecticut and Massachusetts. She is a member of the Massachusetts-based Analog Chorale, a “genre-fluid ensemble using multimedia to expand horizons for the choral art.” Their debut album, “Explorers” is available to download on iTunes, and the music video for the title track is coming soon!

In her spare time, Jaimie enjoys spending time with her family, crocheting, and collecting vintage Pyrex and kitchen wares.

Jaimie would like to thank her wonderful husband Duncan, and her parents for their continued support and encouragement. She would also like to thank Hartford Opera Theater for the opportunity to participate in this incredible event, and is looking forward to future productions!

Pianist- Mark Ceppetelli

Mark Ceppetelli is a pianist, music director, and composer currently based in New York. Having played for New in November last year (Triangle, Tony Solitro), he is excited to return to play for Hartford Opera Theater this year! He has worked in Connecticut primarily as a music director and keyboardist for musical theater, from amateur, community groups to regional, professional productions. Notable regional projects include Ragtime at Music Theater of Connecticut (Piano 2), The Who’s Tommy at Seven Angels Theater (Keyboard 2 / Associate Conductor), In the Heights at Playhouse on Park (Keyboard 2), Altar Boyz at Seven Angels Theater (Keyboard 2), and Saturday Night Fever at Ivoryton Playhouse (Keyboard 2). Mark was trained at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford as a composition major and completed his undergraduate program in 2017. www.markceppetelli.com

Caterina- Olivia Wallace

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Olivia Wallace is completing her Masters degree at The Hartt School in December. She received her B.A. in Music from Carthage College. Some of the recent highlights of her performance history include her appearance as the Cousin in Opera Connecticut’s production of Madama Butterfly this past October. This past summer, she had the privilege of being a featured performer at the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia, in Morelia, Mexico. She is excited and proud to be a part of this special production, as her appearance as Caterina marks her professional debut.

Kate- Jennifer Brevik

Jennifer Fijal-Brevik, mezzo-soprano, hails from Palmer Massachusetts.  She pursued her bachelor's degree at Plymouth State University in vocal performance and pedagogy. She continued on to the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) for her master’s degree in voice and opera. At NEC, Fijal-Brevik was involved in outreach operas, choruses, entrepreneurial courses, and historically significant performances, including the North American premiere of Rossini's La Gazzetta.

Critics have described her voice as "lovely" and possessing "rich timbre and a range of musical coloring." In 2016, Jennifer joined a non-profit organization in Fort Wayne, Indiana called Heartland Sings. During her stay as a full-time Vocal Artist, she performed extensively in a variety of styles including classical, Celtic, pop, liturgical, jazz, musical theater alongside Les Misérables star J. Mark McVey, and a cappella with Sweden’s The Real Group. Jennifer helped pioneer the curriculum for Heartland Sings Vocal Arts Institute and has taught students privately, and in both a classroom and choir setting.

Jennifer works as music and arts director at First Presbyterian Church in Hartford. She teaches voice and directs choirs through the Hartt School of Music's Community Division.

Sandro- Evan Rizvi

Tenor Evan Rizvi received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he performed as Monostatos (The Magic Flute) and Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) with the Undergraduate Opera Studio, and sang in the ensemble for the American premiere of Rossini’s La gazzetta with NEC’s graduate opera program. He has been featured as Alfredo (La traviata) and Vasek (The Bartered Bride), as well as in the ensemble of Monteverdi’s Ulysses with Opéra Lousiane. Evan has also performed the role of Don Ottavio with Greater Worcester Opera, and sang the role of Arthur in Triangle by Tony Solitro as part of Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November Festival, in addition to performing in a gala concert for UNICO’s Hartford chapter. He most recently sang in Opera in Concert, an afternoon of opera’s greatest arias, duets and choruses featuring Greater Worcester Opera and the Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra. Evan is thrilled to be returning to Harford Opera Theater for their 10th annual New in November Festival.

Shakespeare- Phillip Fisherman

Phillip Fisherman is a fifth year senior at the University of Hartford. Since 2017, Phillip has done extensive work with Hartt Opera Theater through the University, portraying the Badger in Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2017), the Poet in Antonio Salieri’s Prima la musica e poi le parole, Danilo in Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow (2018), low voice of the trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (2018), and a double bill featured as the King in Lori Laitman’s The Three Feathers and the Cat in Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (2019), and scenes from Mozart in the school’s 2019 Blackbox Production.  Phillip has also taken part in three productions in Opera Connecticut, having portrayed Count Ceprano in the 2017 production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, the Wolf in Samuel Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood in 2018, and most recently as Prince Yamadori in last month’s production of Madama Butterfly.  Phillip will be graduating with a double Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance in May of 2020.

The Séance

Composer- Timothy Peterson

Driven by constant curiosity, composer TIMOTHY PETERSON draws on a kaleidoscope of influences. Finding inspiration in sources ranging from impressionist, jazz, and classical Arabic styles to literature from the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds, he aims to welcome audiences into musical narratives of genre-crossing expressivity. Timothy’s music has been performed in the US and Europe at venues ranging from galleries and distilleries to halls such as Lincoln Center. Ensembles that have presented Timothy's music include the New York Philharmonic, yMusic, Sō Percussion, and Duo Cortona.  A frequent participant in festivals including the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, Timothy holds a MM in Composition from the University of Southern California and BM in Composition and BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Timothy has also studied Carnatic singing in Mysore, Afro-Cuban drumming in Havana, and Arabic zither in Tangier.

Librettist- Sara Fetherolf

Sara Fetherolf is a poet, essayist, storyteller, and librettist, whose work has recently appeared in Muzzle, Iron Horse, Indiana Review, The California Journal of Poetics and Plath Profiles, among others. She is the winner of an Academy of American Poets University Prize, and she was recently a finalist for prizes from Able Muse, Gulf Coast, Crab Creek and Radar Poetry. She holds an MFA degree from Hunter College, and is currently a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at University of Southern California. She lives in Long Beach, next to a half-tamed stretch of Pacific Ocean.

PRODUCTION & PERFORMERS

 

Director-Christopher Baker

Chris is the dramaturg for the national tour of THE KING’S SPEECH, which premiered at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and will appear at Hartford Stage in March. His adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE will be produced by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in December, and at small theaters and schools across the US and Canada in the following months. His play THE LINCOLN VAUDEVILLE was produced at the Hartt School and Trinity College. As a director, Chris’ work had been seen at the Alley Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, The University of North Carolina, and Hartford Opera Theatre’s New In November Festivals. Credits as a dramaturg include the off-Broadway productions of The Roads to Home, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. He has been on the artistic staffs of Hartford Stage (14 years), the Alley Theatre, and The Shakespeare Theatre. His publications include Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Broadway Play Publishing), Shakespeare in an Hour and Moliere in an Hour (Smith & Kraus) and chapters in The Production Notebooks (TCG) and African American Connecticut Explored (Wesleyan). He is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Conductor- Brian Jones

Brian Jones is the director of choirs at Canton Middle School and Canton High School, where he teaches four choirs, two chamber ensembles, two a cappella groups, and AP Music Theory. Brian has also taught at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford, CT, Hall High School, also in West Hartford, and Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield, CT. Brian is a sought after conductor and singer around Connecticut. He currently sings in the Hartford-based professional ensemble, Voce, which will be releasing their latest album in March, and the professional ensemble Voices of Concinnity, based out of Mansfield, CT. He has served as music director for North Haven Congregational Church, assistant conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus, guest conductor/clinician, and vocal coach for choirs, a cappella groups, and private voice students around CT. He has performed with choral composers such as Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Eriks Esenvalds, Paul Mealor, and Eric Whitacre, and has sung with choirs across the United States and China. Brian received his BA in Vocal Performance and CT Teaching Certificate from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), and his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music. He has studied voice with Maxim Ivanov, Craig Hart, Joanne Scattergood, and Jack Pott, and studied conducting with Dr. Pam Perry, Dr. Peter Bagley, and Dr. Edward Bolkovac.

Pianist- Stephen Scarlato

Stephen Scarlato is a collaborative pianist and organist based in central Connecticut. He received his bachelor's degree in organ performance from The Hartt School, where he studied under Larry Allen.  While at The Hartt School, Stephen received the University of Hartford's Regents Honors Award for academic excellence, won prizes in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival/USA, and graduated summa cum laude.  He can be heard on several commercially available recordings, including the recently released album ‘Music of the Spheres’ by the choral group Voce and a collection of Chinese art songs entitled "Infinite Time" with baritone Chai-lun Yueh. In addition to a wide variety of freelance work, he currently serves as organist at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, CT and as a staff accompanist in The Hartt School's Vocal Studies Division.

Voice of the Dead- Hannah Roemhild

Hannah Roemhild (soprano) is very pleased to make her first appearance with Hartford Opera Theater as ‘The Voice of the Dead’ in The Séance. Hannah attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Voice and a minor in Theatre Arts. With WCSU Opera, roles performed include Greta Fiorentino in Street Scene, the Queen of the Night and Papagena (cover) in The Magic Flute, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, Nella (cover) in Gianni Schicchi, and Chorus in The Tsar’s Bride with soprano Olga Makarina at Carnegie Hall. This past August of 2019, Hannah was 1 of 11 singers invited from 8 countries to participate in the inaugural season of the Vienna Opera Academy summer program in Austria. During the finale concert at the Lorely-Saal in Vienna, Hannah performed excerpts of the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Gilda in Rigoletto. Next up, Hannah will perform the role of Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with Genesis Opera Theatre in San Diego county in January 2020. When not on stage, Hannah enjoys gardening; maintaining exotic plants at her home in Middletown, cooking for family & friends, and attending a
wide variety of shows when time allows. A special shoutout to the staff, composers and musicians involved in making HOT’s New In November 10th Anniversary Festival come to life and to the audience for their

support.  Instagram: hannah.roemhild.soprano ... Facebook: Hannah Roemhild - Soprano

Mrs. Foster- Teryn Kuzma

Teryn Kuzma is a Ukrainian-American soprano, hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, where she studies voice with Dr. Constance Rock. Ms. Kuzma is a member of the Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America, where she is an ensemble member and serves on the artistic committee. She is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. While at school, she performed with the Opera Theater and Opera Outreach programs in several roles, including Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Una Novizia in Suor Angelica, and a Fairy Sprite in Massenet’s Cendrillon. Most recently, she appeared with The Ohio Light Opera as an ensemble member and featured soloist, and the Ukrainian Art Song Project as a featured artist. Last year, she attended the SongFest Program in Los Angeles as a Young Artist and won the 2018 University of Connecticut Concerto & Aria Competition.

Medium- Charity Clark

Praised for her warm, rich contralto voice and “gloriously heart-wrenching” performances, Charity Clark is thrilled to return to Hartford Opera Theater to sing the role of The Medium. Charity’s opera credits include the roles of Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, La Maestra Delle Novicie and Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, The Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Lady Jane in Patience, The Duchess in The Gondoliers, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Emilia in Otello, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Third Lady in The Magic Flute. Charity is a sought after guest solo artist and has performed oratorio and song repertoire such as Mozart's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Mozart's Regina Coeli, Handel's Messiah, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Schubert’s Mass in G, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Berio’s Folk Songs, and Mahler's Das Klagende Lied.  Recently, Charity has collaborated with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra for performances of William Walton’s Façade, Derek Bermel’s Canzonas Americanas, and the world premieres of Jessica Rudman’s song cycles Iseult Speaks and Songs for Lady MacBeth, the latter which was produced in partnership with Hartford Opera Theater. 

Mr. Foster- Taka Komagata

Tenor Taka Komagata brings his earnest vocal style to the classical music world internationally. His unique voice and genuine interpretation bring new life to his repertoire.  He recently made a Bulgarian debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi conducted by Gregory Buchalter at Varna International Music Academy in June 2019. He also performed the Tenor Solo in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with Varna International Music Academy Orchestra at The Festival and Congress Centre in Varna, Bulgaria. Previously in the 2018-2019 season, he performed the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Lowell House Opera and the role of Baron Zsupán in Kálmán’s Countess Maritza with Longy School of Music of Bard College. Taka performed his Canadian debut as Don Ottavio inDon Giovanni in August 2018 at Halifax Summer Music Festival. Recent engagements include the title role in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, the leading male role of Charles in The Finishing School by Franz von Suppe, Le Surintendant des plaisirs in Cendrillon, and Federico inL’amico Fritz by Mascagni. Mr. Komagata is the co-founder of Balcony Series, an artistic troupe delivering timeless compositions to the unsuspecting listener through impromptu performances. This series builds spontaneous bridges between everyday life and the experience of classical music by catering to audiences who would otherwise not seek out classical music. This season he will sing the role of King Kasper (Amahl and Night Visitors) and Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro) with Vox New England.

Mr. More- Ryan Burns

RYAN F. BURNS, baritone, was named the National Winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance — The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in the professional opera division for 2017-18. He performs extensively with opera companies, orchestras, ensembles, and sacred groups in the Northeast. He has received training from the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster, the VOICExperience program, and the Total Interpretation Project as part of the Capobianco Opera Studio. He has also sung in master classes with Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, Chuck Hudson, Laura Brooks
Rice, and Sherrill Milnes. Dr. Burns has performed with the former Opera Boston, Salt Marsh Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Opera Providence, Hartford Opera Theater, Greater Worcester Opera, Opera del West, and the Jessica Lang Dance Company. Additionally, he has been a soloist with the New Haven Symphony, Greater Middletown Chorale, South Hadley Chorale and Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Sounds of Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra. In 2017, he graduated with a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Connecticut, where he was a former Concerto Competition winner. While at UCONN, Dr. Burns was an adjunct instructor of Opera Studio, directing the voice area’s opera outreach program, and currently serves as Program Coordinator for the JOY! Conservatory Scholarship Program. Since 2018, he has also served as the Director of Music at The Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT. He and his family live in South Windsor, CT. He is a student of soprano, Dr. Constance Rock.

Opera Kardashian

 

Composer- Dana Kaufman

Dana Kaufman’s works have been heard throughout North America and Europe. Her music has been featured at venues/festivals including New York Opera Fest, Jordan Hall, Contemporary Music Center of Milan, Boston New Music Festival, Ravinia Festival’s One Score, One Chicago youth division, National Opera Week, Opera on Tap Chicago, soundSCAPE Festival, and Women Composers Festival of Hartford; it has been performed by Great Noise Ensemble, Na Wai Chamber Choir, Firebird Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, 5th Wave Collective, Passepartout Duo, So Percussion, and members of OperaRox Productions and the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. Kaufman has received numerous awards, including a Fulbright Research Grant in Estonia, and honors from the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, The American Prize, Black House New Operas Project, Boston Choral Ensemble, New American Voices, and more. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Composition at University of California, Riverside.  danakaufmanmusic.com

Librettist- Tom Swift

Tom is a playwright, librettist and founder member of award-winning Irish theatre company The Performance Corporation. His work has included site-specific plays, and stage adaptations of classic texts, and in recent years he has written texts for opera including the award-winning version of James Joyce’s The Dead (Breda Cashe Productions, national tour), Beyond the Pale (Aldeburgh Music), a translation of Susanna’s Secret (Irish National Opera) and the reality TV themed Opera Kardashian. Other work includes Candide (Judges’ Prize, Irish Times Theatre Awards); Dr. Ledbetter’s Experiment; Drive-By, Lizzie Lavelle and the Vanishing of Emlyclough, The Nose, Power Point, Swampoodle, Across the Lough, and The Table. Tom has also been commissioned by The Abbey, The Ark, NAYD and Fishamble. Tom was awarded the Jerwood Foundation Opera Fellowship at Aldeburgh Music (UK) in 2013. A book of his work, Tom Swift – Selected Plays is published by Carysfort Press.

PRODUCTION & PERFORMERS

 

Director- Julia B. Rosenblatt

Julia B. Rosenblatt is a playwright, director and actor. She is currently the Theater Coordinator/Assistant Professor at Capital Community College. Julia was the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the award winning HartBeat Ensemble for 16 years, where she wrote her acclaimed plays, Flipside and Gross Domestic Product among others. In 2018, Julia was a Graustein Memorial Fund Playwriting Fellow and a Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame “Women Center Stage” Honoree. In 2015 and 2016, Julia was the Playwriting Consultant at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Julia is a Theater of the Oppressed (TO) practitioner and has taught TO workshops throughout the United States, Nicaragua and Mexico. Julia holds a BA from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and an MFA from Spalding University.

 

Conductor- Dr. John T. Hart Jr.

Dr. John T. Hart Jr. is Assistant Professor of Music at Keene State College in Keene, NH, where he is the Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education, Concert Band Director, low brass studio instructor, and Coordinator of Brass Studies. John’s prior appointments include teaching music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and as an Adjunct Professor of Music Education and Conducting at The Hartt School. He has performed with a number of the region’s top ensembles, and has guest conducted with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra. As an active clinician and conductor, he has conducted festivals and workshops throughout the Northeast. Composers with whom he’s worked include Jess Turner, Ryan Jesperson, Frank Ticheli, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Stephen Montague, Stephen Gryc, Donald Grantham, Paul Richards, and David Maslanka. In addition to teaching and conducting, John designs and publishes empirical research on music teacher education and instrumental teaching methods. His publications appear inMusic Educators Journal, Contributions to Music Education, and Journal of Music Teacher Education.  Dr. Hart received a Ph.D. in Music Education and a Master of Music Education from The Hartt School, and a B.A. in Music from Gettysburg College.  He is a member of NAfME, NHMEA, SMTE, AERA, Conductors Guild, CBDNA, College Music Society, and the academic music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. John lives in Keene, NH with his talented wife Katie, a mezzo-soprano, and his charming daughter Ellie. 

Pianist- Kamilla Mammedova

Kamilla Mammedova, a native of Azerbaijan, a concert pianist and educator. Since pursuing her career in piano performance, she has received many awards and scholarships including the I. Kahn Piano Award, the R. Hanson Scholarship, Artists International Alumni Award, and the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship from the Musical Club of Hartford. Ms. Mammedova holds Master’s degrees with Honors from both University of Hartford and Azerbaijan Academy of Music. Her regular solo concerts as well as a soloist with Symphony orchestras in Azerbaijan, USA, England, Italy, Spain, Canada, Russia at the most prestigious concert arenas-solo debut concert in Carnegie Hall, Yamaha hall, recitals at Sheen Center, Tribeca Performing Arts Center in NYC, Borough Hall in Brooklyn , Oxford University in England, and many more. She performed at the events organized by patronage of First Lady of Azerbaijan, foreign embassies in Azerbaijan and in the USA, United Nations Mission in NY. For all her continuous performing career she received An Outstanding Award of Ongoing Support and Commitment in building a Cultural Bridge between Azerbaijan and USA. Ms. Mammedova also serves on the jury in many International competitions and festivals in USA and around the world. K. Mammedova is a Piano Faculty of University of Hartford, Hartt School, as well as Music Director and Organist at First Congregational Church of S. Windsor.

Caitlyn Jenner- Paxton Gillespie

Paxton Gillespie is a baritone pursuing her Master of Music degree in Opera and Voice at McGill University in Montreal. Recent roles include Publio (La clemenza di Tito, Opera McGill) Pistola (Falstaff, Drake Opera Theater) and Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte scenes, Teatro Nuovo).  She has performed as the baritone soloist in Beethoven's Mass in C and Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem, both with the Drake Choir.  In January she will play the role of Frank Maurrant in Street Scene with Opera McGill. Paxton is incredibly excited to be a part of this project, and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to portray a trans person in an operatic context.  She'd like to express her gratitude to her colleagues and fellow performers and especially to Dana Kaufman.

Kim Kardashian- Vanessa Paré

Soprano Vanessa Paré enjoys singing in every genre, from performing with and serving as President of the University of Hartford a cappella group HartAttack, to works by composers such as Gounod, Schoenberg, Bizet, Schubert, and Heggie. Popular music performances include singing backup for CT singer/songwriter Javier Colon, backing CT performances for Rocktopia, and in the Rock the Audition masterclass with famed NYC “rock musical guru” Sheri Sanders. A current Hartt vocal music education major, Vanessa is passionate about working with young students. She serves the PRISM project as a music buddy for children with exceptionalities, is a Sigma Alpha Iota Eta Mu sister, a CT CMEA counsel member, and the former President of NAfME (Hartt School Collegiate Chapter). As an active local church musician she has been the alto section leader for Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford for three years, and cantors at a variety of local churches.  Vanessa is a proud graduate of the Vocal Intensive Program (VIP) with Benjamin Rauch and Colin Britt, and is thrilled to make her Hartford Opera Theater debut in Opera Kardashian.

Twitterati 1- Madison Ruta

Madison Ruta is in her senior year at the University of Connecticut pursuing a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, a Bachelor of Arts in music history, and a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies. She has most recently been seen as the Spirit in the UConn Opera Theater’s production of Dido and Aeneas in Spring 2019. She has been a part of UConn Opera Theater, Concert Choir, Collegium Musicum, as well as other voice area recitals since Fall 2016. Madison is also involved in the UConn Opera Workshop scenes program and outreach, where she recently performed the roles of Opera Singer and Swingin’ Sally Sue in their 2019 production of Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing. She has performed as a soloist for Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Manchester, CT and is a section leader at Storrs Congregational Church. She is also a member of the budding CT vocal group Project Choir One. She is excited for her first performance with Hartford Opera Theater, and the opportunity to highlight the new music being created in the CT area.

Twitterati 2- Madison Finke

Madison Finke is a mezzo-soprano from Norfolk VA where she graduated from the Governor School for the Arts. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelors of Music in vocal performance at the Hartt School of Music where she privately studies with Cherie Caluda. Recently she made her professional debut as Kate Pinkerton in Opera Connecticut’s Madama Butterfly. Past credits including the title role in L’enfant et les sortileges, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Sorceress from Dido and Aeneaus.

Twitterati 3- Cameron Cintron

Connecticut tenor Cameron Cintron is a third-year music studies student at MCC. During his degree program he has performed works by composers including Mendelssohn, Donizetti, Donaudy, Fauré, and Mozart, in addition to singing across genres ranging from opera to musical theatre. He has participated in numerous master classes at MCC including Musical Theatre Audition Technique with Broadway Veteran Janelle Robinson, and Rock the Audition Technique (Founder/CEO Sheri Sanders) with Dr. Michelle Fiertek. This fall he will make his debut with Hartford Opera Theater as part of their New in November Festival in Opera Kardashian by California-based composer Dana Kaufman. He’s currently a choral scholar with Center Church/First Church of Christ in Hartford.

Starsong

 

Composer- Elliot Yokum

Elliot Yokum (b. 1996) is an Armenian-American composer and sound designer from Boston,
Massachusetts. Elliot’s body of work primarily explores the intersection of sound, visuals, and movement, and the infinite ways in which these parts can come together to build stories. Their compositions have been performed and recorded by several ensembles, including the Compos-It Opera Festival Company, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, and several Carnegie Mellon University chamber ensembles. They earned their BFA in
Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018, where they studied under the tutelage of Nancy Galbraith. They are currently pursuing their MFA in Sound Design at the CalArts School of Theatre. When they’re not composing or working in theatre, Elliot enjoys sewing patches onto jackets and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Librettist- Sarah Barker

Sarah Florence Barker is a writer, poet, and classically trained soprano. Having recently completed her BFA in Vocal Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, with a minor in Creative Writing, Barker is now working on her MM in Voice at Mannes School of Music and searching for the next big idea. A native of Carroll County, Maryland, Barker has been enamored with music and storytelling since early childhood. She began formal voice study at age 13 and quickly became enamored with classical styles of music. She began writing far earlier, using the art of poetry and short story to depict the beauty and mystique she saw in the world around her. But then, of course, she discovered fantasy and took a sidetrack to work on writing the same high fantasy series for nine years running... watch for Feilan hitting bookshelves in 2029, if we’re lucky! She first began to combine the art forms during her undergrad, creating a song cycle titled ‘DAWN’ out of old poetry from high school for her senior recital. Starsong is her first real libretto.

PRODUCTION & PERFORMERS

 

Director- Michelle Hendrick

Michelle Hendrick has staged the operas Albert Herring, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Enchanted Child, Noyes Fludde, The Elixir of Love, Hansel and Gretel, HMS Pinafore, La nozze di figaro, Cendrillon, Suor Angelica, She Loves Me and Dido and Aeneas for the University of Connecticut; The Rape of Lucretia, Trouble in Tahiti, The Telephone, A Hand of Bridge, Hansel and Gretel, The Old Maid and the Thief, Der Schauspieldirektor, Bastien und Bastienne and Tom Sawyer for Hartford Opera
Theater; Le mariage aux lanternes and The Three Hermits for the Hartt School; and the plays Eurydice and Romeo and Juliet at Trinity College. She was Stage Director of UCONN Opera Theater from 2013-2019 and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College and Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts. Previously she was an Associate in Opera at the Hartt School and founding Artistic Director of Hartford Opera Theater. Her professional roles as an actress include work at Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks, Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Ko Festival among others. Also a championship figure skater, Ms. Hendrick was ranked third in New England and 7th on the east coast in 1990. Ms. Hendrick has an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professional Actor Training Program.

Conductor- Sarah Kaufold

Sarah Kaufold is an experienced conductor, teacher, and singer who strives to interweave the teaching of vocal pedagogy into the choral experience.  She has directed choirs for singers of all ages, range of abilities, and in a number of settings, which include:  children and adult church choral programs, teaching middle and high school, collegiate choirs, adult community choral programs, and now at the professional level. She is honored to participate in her third year conducting for New in November.  Sarah holds a M.M. in Choral Conducting from University of Connecticut with extensive graduate study in choral conducting from Cal State Los Angeles.  She has studied conducting under Jamie Spillane, Donald Brinegar, and Iris Levine.  She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona where she also began her studies as a music educator.  As Founding and Artistic Director for Consonare Choral Community, a new local non-profit organization that strives to build community through choral music, Sarah directs Voices of Concinnity Chamber Ensemble and Choir Matrix Women’s Ensemble.  Since 2000, she has served as music director in various churches and is currently the choir director at First Church of Mansfield.  In addition to singing with Voices of Concinnity, Sarah is currently sings with two other chamber choirs: Collegium Ancora, located in Providence, RI, and Alchemy, located in Middletown, CT. Although music is her passion, Sarah also loves photography, traveling, and hiking with her family.

Pianist- Cihan Yücel

Born in 1987, Cihan began his piano studies at age six. In 1998, he entered Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory and studied piano for ten years. In 2009, Cihan came to the United States for his Master’s degree, studying with Paul Rutman and Anne Koscielny at The Hartt School. Cihan is still pursuing the degree of DMA at the Hartt School of University of Hartford where he is currently employed as a staff accompanist.

the Girl- Lisa Williamson

Lisa Williamson, soprano, is delighted to return to Hartford Opera Theater for New in November 10. She was last seen on the HOT stage as Laurie in The Tender Land in a groundbreaking accessible co-production with the American School for the Deaf featuring American Sign Language. A frequent soloist on opera and concert stages throughout the state, Lisa has sung with Opera Theater of Connecticut (Musetta, La Bohème; Adele, Die Fledermaus; Giannetta, L’Elisir d’amore), Opera Connecticut (Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi), Salt Marsh Opera (Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro), the Hartford Symphony (Knoxville: Summer of 1915; Carmina Burana; Musetta, La Bohème), New Haven Symphony and New Haven Symphony Pops (Carmina Burana; Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady), and the United States Coast Guard Band, where she was the vocal soloist from 2005-2010. Nationally, she has sung lead roles at Washington National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Portland Opera, and this season will make debuts with the Missoula Symphony singing Mozart’s Requiem and at the Ivoryton Playhouse singing Sarah in Ragtime, in Concert. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, Yale School of Music, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance at UConn under the guidance of Dr. Constance Rock. At UConn she has sung with the UConn Symphony Orchestra, UConn Wind Ensemble, and with UConn Opera, the title roles in Cendrillon, Suor Angelica, and Bess in the world-premiere production of Bessie and Ma, directed by Michelle Hendrick.

the Star- Nadia Aguilar

Nadia Aguilar, soprano. Born in Mexico. Ms. Aguilar started her voice studies at the School of Music and Dance in Monterrey, Mexico. Later, Nadia earned a Bachelor’s degree from The Hartt School where she studied with Maureen O’Flynn. Her operatic roles include Mrs. Fiorentino in Kurt Weill's Street Scene, The Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Juliette in
Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme.Nadia was the winner of the first prize in the American Opera Idol Competition hosted by Opera Connecticut in 2016. Her future engagements include singing with Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November 10th anniversary in Hartford, a concert with BEMA orchestra in West Hartford, CT in December and she will be seen as Romilda in Handel’s Serse with UCONN opera in the spring semester. She is currently earning a masters degree at UCONN under the tutelage of Dr. Constance Rock.

Mother- Kate Callahan Hardman

Kathleen Callahan-Hardman is delighted to be debuting with Hartford Opera Theater. Kathleen enjoys a lovely career performing opera, oratorio and song repertoire. Her opera roles include Mimi in “La Boheme”, Cio Cio San in “Madama Butterfly” and Marschallin in “Der Rosenkavalier” and most recently, Violetta in “La Traviata” with the PANOPERA in Northampton. Kate has sung with the Santa Fe, CT Lyric Opera, Longview Opera, Harrisburg, CT Lyric, Aspen and Juilliard Operas, among others. Active in concert rep, Kate has sung with the Tucker Foundation, Met Opera Guild, Vallis Musicae, New Haven and West Hartford Symphonies, Garmony Foundation, Mid America at Carnegie Hall and at  Hofkirche St. Leorgard in Lucerne.  Kate has presented song recitals at the Woodstock Fringe and Marlboro Music Festivals, the Ferris-Burtis Foundation and the Wood Library. Kate’s awards include Top Prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation, winner of the  Jenny Lind and Paul Robeson Competitions and  2nd place winner, NY Region Met Council auditions. Kathleen has a BM from Eastman, an MM from Juilliard and did apprenticeships with Santa Fe Opera, Aspen and Marlboro Music Festivals. Kate lives in West Hartford, CT with her husband Ray Hardman and their 2 amazing boys, Ben and Jack, where she teaches voice privately. She is cantor and section leader at St Thomas and St. Patrick’s in CT.

A Womb with a View

 

Composer- Beth Ratay

Beth Ratay has been composing and performing for over 25 years. As a composer, she has had works performed around the world, by ensembles such as Earplay, West Edge Opera, Third Millennium Ensemble, The Boston New Music Initiative, Boston Opera Collaborative, Coalescence Percussion Duo, the Cambridge Chamber Singers, the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, and the Willamette University Wind Ensemble. Her works have been featured at the April in Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Festival, the Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford and the Society of Composers, Inc National Conference. Dr. Ratay received her Doctor of Musical Arts in World Music Composition from the University of California, Santa Cruz, her Master of Music in Music Composition from Arizona State University, and her Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Ratay is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Bunker Hill Community College as well as the Artistic Director of the Boston New Music Initiative.

Librettist- Rich Orloff

Rich Orloff is the author of 18 full-length plays, mostly comedies and mostly award- winning.  The New York Times called his comedy BIG BOYS "rip-roaringly funny" and named FUNNY AS A CRUTCH a Critic's Pick.  Rich’s 80 short plays have received over 1900 productions on six continents (and a staged reading in Antarctica).  His short comedies have been published seven times in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology, more than any other contemporary playwright.  His comedy ROMANTIC FOOLS has had over 100 productions on four continents, including two productions in Madrid, where they’re apparently no better at romance than we are.  www.richorloff.com

PRODUCTION & PERFORMERS

 

Director- Moira O'Sullivan

Moira O'Sullivan is a director and actor based in NYC. Most recently, she directed "The Mon Valley Medium" as part of The Emerging Artists Festival in New York and transferred the show to Carnegie Stage in Pittsburgh just this month. She has directed for Hartford Opera Theater's New in November Festival the last two years ("The Loathly Lady" and "Triangle"). Other credits include “Rosemary” (New Wave Theater Collective), and "Insomniacs" (Playhouse on Park). As an actor, she has been seen Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across New England. Nextup: see her in Ivoryton Playhouse's "An Actor's Carol" this Christmas. BFA NYU Tisch. moiraosullivan.com

Conductor- Dan D'Addio

Daniel D'Addio, DMA, is Music Director of the Connecticut Youth Symphony, Artistic Director of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Music Director of the Classic Brass Band, and has been recently appointed as Music Director of Capitol Symphonic Winds. From 1990 until 2010, D'Addio served as Music Director of the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble, from 2000 until 2006 as Conductor of the Hartford Pops Band, and from 1990 until 1994 as Music Director of both the University of Bridgeport Civic Wind Ensemble and Civic Orchestra. He has guest conducted the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Opera Theater, the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, as well as numerous middle school and high school music festivals throughout the Northeast United States. Also, he has served as conductor of both the band and orchestra at Laurel Music Camp and as Band Director at New England Music Camp. In addition to his conducting activities, D'Addio remains active as a trumpet soloist and chamber musician. D'Addio holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from Ohio State University, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Hartford's The Hartt School. He has also studied at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz and Vienna, Austria, and the Scola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, as a Fulbright Scholar. D'Addio currently serves as Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University. Daniel D'Addio is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Wedge Mouthpiece Endorsing Artist.

Pianist- Mijin Choi

Mijin Choi is a versatile pianist and vocal coach, with more than a decade of experience working in the field of vocal and
instrumental music. This includes having worked as a pianist and vocal coach in more than a dozen opera and opera scenes productions throughout the United States and Europe. Choi is currently working at University of Connecticut as a staff pianist. Prior appointments include SUNY Binghamton, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, La Musica Lirica, and Franco-American Vocal Academy. Choi holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota, in Collaborative Piano and Coaching, a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, with an emphasis in Vocal Accompanying, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Kyung Hee University. Choi recently served as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at Universal Artists Festival (UAF), a program of the New England Conservatory, and Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation.

New Kid- Katelyn Lewis

Katelyn Lewis, soprano, is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she received her Masters Degree in Voice Performance. She has performed in several operas both domestically and abroad including: Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Berlin Opera Academy, Annunciata in William Bolcom’s Lucrezia and Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, both with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Opera. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from The University of Connecticut where she sang several roles including: Adele in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Gretel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, Le feu, le rossignol, and le princesse in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortiléges, Gianetta in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, and many others. In addition to operatic roles, Katelyn has also participated in many masterclasses with world renowned artists such as Martin Katz, Warren Jones, and Philippe Jaroussky. This is her second year performing in Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November Program as she was in Mark Hoffeditz’s Prescription in 2015. Throughout Katelyn’s musical career she has studied with Laura Mashburn, Dr. Constance Rock, and Jane Randolph.

Supervisor- Emily Rose Walsh

Emily Rose Walsh is a coloratura soprano and D.M.A. candidate at the Hartt School of Music.  Her lyrical voice and expansive range have enabled her to sing repertoire by composers as diverse as Couperin and Strauss, while her command of music history has inspired compelling programs for audiences largely unfamiliar with art song.  Her dedication to reaching broad audiences is inspired by her tenure as special assistant to the late Maestro Charles Ansbacher, who devoted his career to public outreach through informative performances of symphonic works.  As a doctoral candidate, Emily has distinguished herself as a strong writer and historical analyst.  In addition to her career in music, Emily has worked for over a decade in the nonprofit sector, building expertise in operations, project management, and copy editing.  Among her editorial achievements is the 17,000-word article, “How Philanthropic Collaborations Succeed, and Why They Fail,” published by Stanford Social Innovation Review.  A West Hartford native, Emily earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College and her master’s from the Longy School of Music.  She studies with Dr. Michelle Fiertek and Dr. William Braun, and leads the soprano section at St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford under esteemed director Tim Stella.

Assistant A- Sarah Himmelstein

Sarah Himmelstein, soprano, is excited to return for her second “New in November” production with Hartford Opera Theater. Last November, Sarah performed as the Elf Queen in scenes from The Loathly Lady. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (2017) and a Performer’s Certificate in Voice (2018) from the University of Connecticut and continues her vocal studies with Dr. Constance Rock. Notable performances at UConn include: Le nozze di Figaro (Barbarina), soloist “Glaubige Seele” in the North American premiere of the Keiser Brockes-Passion, Cendrillon (Fairy Godmother), and Suor Angelica (Suor Dolcina). Most recently, Sarah sang the role of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Madison Lyric Stage. This past spring, Sarah was the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Missa Solemnis with the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra. Sarah is an active member of the professional chamber choir Alchemy and sings with the Greater Middletown Chorale. She is also a frequent featured performer with the music series at Beth El Synagogue in West Hartford, CT. Sarah is a section leader and soloist at The First Congregational Church of Cheshire, CT. Outside of music, Sarah enjoys her work as a counselor at a camp for people with developmental disabilities.

Assistant B- Rachel Abrams

American mezzo-soprano Rachel Abrams has been praised for her dynamic stage presence, warm vocal timbre, and sensitive interpretations of opera, oratorio, art song, and new music. She is thrilled to return to Hartford Opera Theater to sing in A Womb with a View by Beth Ratay after performing the role of Miss Paige in Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position, and appearing in past New in November Festivals as: Ms. Romano in I Can Hardly Wait! by Jeremy Beck, Pythia in We’ve Got Our Eye on You by Nkeiru Okoye; and Elise in Verlorene Heimat by Dawn Sonntag. Most recently, she was the alto soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Debussy’s Trois Chansons with Clark University Concert Choir and the PANOpera Orchestra in Worcester, Massachusetts. In December, she returns to Cappella Cantorum Masterwork Chorus and
Orchestra as the alto soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and is the alto soloist for their 11th annual Messiah: Sing or Listen at the KATE. This summer, Mrs. Abrams joined Finger Lakes Opera as a member of their young artist program where she was the featured mezzo-soprano soloist in their OPERA HITS! concert with Finger Lakes Opera Orchestra; Giant’s Wife in Finger Lakes Opera Outreach performances of Jack and the Beanstalk; and performed in scenes from Der Rosenkavalier and Così fan tutte. She has also appeared with the Nahant Music Festival, Berkshire Opera Festival, Salt Marsh Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, and VOX New England. To learn more about Rachel, please visit her website: www.rachelabrams.com

Technician- Madelyn Stewich

Madelyn Stewich (Stage Manager and Technician), a Vocal Music Education Major studying at the Hartt School, is delighted to be joining New in November for the first time and would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work. Stage managing credits include Merry Wives of Windsor at Capital Classics 2019, La Boheme and Rigoletto at Opera Connecticut, and NEOI Opera Showcase at the New England Opera Intensive. Recent acting credits include L'enfant et les Sortileges (Squirrel/Various Characters) and The Three Feathers (Frog) at Hartt Opera Theatre and The Glass Menagerie (Amanda) with Dramatis Personae. Recent directing work and assistant directing work includes Madama Butterfly with Opera Connecticut and A Feminine Ending with Dramatis Personae.