ROSTER ARTIST NEWS 2013-2014
Roster artists MARY-JEAN O’DOHERTY, Soprano and KATHARINE TIER, Mezzo-Soprano are among 30 singers of 200 applicants world-wide chosen to participate in the 2013 Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Norway. Ms. O’Doherty looks forward to a return to Welsh National Opera to cover Lulu. Ms. Tier returns to Badisches Staatsoper Karlsruhe in a third season with the company and makes her Dallas Opera debut in 2014.
Conductor ANTONY WALKER returns to Pittsburgh Opera, Washington Concert Opera and Opera Australia following acclaimed productions of Falstaff, Tales of Hoffmann, La Cenerentola, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni and Maria Stuarda in the past season. Mo. Walker also looks forward to a chamber orchestra project on Cape Cod with leading US instrumentalists in the season.
Recent roster addition JEFFREY BERUAN, Bass has been named a 2013 Career Bridges Competition winner. Mr. Beruan debuts with Gotham Chamber Opera, returns to Caramoor Summer Music Festival, returns to Opera Sarasota, returns to Madison Opera and debuts with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the season.
New to the roster JULIA MINTZER, Mezzo Soprano joins Die Semperoper Dresden Junges Ensemble in the 2013-2014 Season following a debut with Glimmerglass Opera in 2013, having completed a season with the Washington National Opera’s distinguished Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and a summer in the Apprentice Program of the renowned Santa Fe Opera.
Bass-Baritone DARREN K. STOKES makes his Portland Opera debut in the season, returns to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to sing Salieri in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, returns to Indianapolis Opera for Amahl and the Night Visitors, and reprises the Bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem which he performed for both Virginia Symphony and Buffalo Symphony in the past season.
Following a brilliant performance as Don Ramiro for Pittsburgh Opera in the US and numerous appearances on stages in Europe and Asia, tenor ARTHUR ESPIRITU next makes a role debut singing Fernando in La Favorita in a return to Theater St. Gallen.
“Tenor Arthur Espiritu was superb as Don Ramiro, singing with an appealing lyric quality that matches his character's temperament.” Triblive.com
Stage Director JUSTIN WAY continues his responsibilities as Head of Staff Directors at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and revives productions of Butterfly and Cendrillon for Teatre Liceu Barcelona, assisting in a new production of Eugene Onegin and Elektra for ROH, and reviving Adriana Lecouvreur at the Vienna State Opera.
Composer/Conductor MICHAEL CHING premieres his new opera Speed Dating Tonight at the Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company. Music Director for Nickel City Opera he next conducts Don Pasquale for the company and Lucia for Amarillo Opera. Mr. Ching is the current President of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera which provides fellowships for young composers.
Soprano DEBORAH SELIG makes her Boston Lyric Opera debut reprising Pamina following Donna Elvira for Kentucky Opera, Bella for Boston Modern Orchestra Project, a recital series with Ravinia /Steans musicians on tour, the Brahms’ Requiem with the Dayton Philharmonic and numerous additional concert performances.
Tenor CARL HALVORSON returns to Portland Opera for Salome and Lucia di Lamermoor following excellent successes in Falstaff, Turandot and other projects with the company. An acclaimed concert and recital artist, Mr. Halvorson has successfully added performances on the opera stage where he continues to evoke the extraordinary dramatic images he has demonstrated in concert.
Soprano REBEKAH CAMM makes a company and role debut singing Alice Ford under the direction of Jose Maria Condemmi for Opera San Jose. In concert, Ms. Camm’s most recent performances include a debut with the Akron Symphony, a return engagement with the Alabama Symphony and a debut with the Saginaw Symphony along with opera assignments for Opera Philadelphia, New York City Opera and Gotham Chamber Opera.
Tenor HUGO VERA returns to The Metropolitan Opera for a 4th season following a reprise of Alfredo for Center City Opera and Manrico for Minnesota Concert Opera. Mr. Vera performed a number of concerts and recitals for the Westminster Choir College in the season in addition to assignments with the MET.
Stage Director KRISTINE McINTYRE begins a season of new productions including Peter Gri mes for Des Moines Metro Opera, Elmer Gantry for Tulsa Opera, Dead Man Walking for Madison Opera, and a second production of Dead Man Walking for a TBA company. Ms. McIntyre garnered particularly high marks for her recent Cenerentola for Pittsburgh Opera touted as “… hilarious, well done…” and Don Giovanni for Kentucky Opera