Vocalists
Joseph Evans, TenorJoseph Evans - Joseph Evans recently appeared as leading tenor at La Scala, Austria’s Bregenz Festival, Ireland’s Wexford Festival, the English National Opera, and the Welsh National Opera, in addition to his performances in France at the Opera de Nantes, Toulouse, Orleans, and Nancy, at La Fenice in Venice, the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, and the Grand Théatre de Genève in Switzerland. In the United States he has sung leading tenor roles during eight seasons with the New York City Opera, as well as guest appearances with major American opera companies including the Houston Grand Opera, Washington, San Diego, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Palm Beach, Boston and Cleveland. His concert appearances include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Atlanta Symphony, among many others. Mr. Evans teaches at the University of Houston. http://www.music.uh.edu/people/evans.html

 

David Evitts, BaritoneDavid Evitts  - Baritone David Evitts made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of the Sacristan in Puccini's Tosca in September 1994 singing opposite Luciano Pavarotti and Sherrill Milnes. He has since repeated the role in several seasons and toured Japan with the Met and Pavarotti in summer 1996. His association with the Met continued in 1999 and 2000 with the role of the Marquis in the new Zeffirelli production of La Traviata. Widely acclaimed for his portrayal of the title role in Verdi's Falstaff, he has sung numerous roles with opera companies and festivals in both the United States and Europe, including Washington Opera, Cleveland Opera, Boston Lyric, Seattle, Memphis, Knoxville, and many others. He appears regularly with the Opera Festival of St. Louis, where he recently sang in Handel's masterpiece Radamisto. This season he performs in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Tulsa Opera. He has concertized with many leading orchestras, including the Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Detroit and Pittsburgh symphonies and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

 

Grayson Hirst, tenorGrayson Hirst - Tenor Grayson Hirst has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and numerous symphonies in between, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, National, San Francisco and St. Louis. Since his debut in Carnegie Hall with Beverly Sills in the American Opera Society's revival of La fille du régiment, he has performed more than 70 leading roles with opera companies throughout the United States. He has premiered many works, including the main tenor role in Ginastera's Beatrix Cenci, which inaugurated the Kennedy Center.

 

Steven Rickards, countertenorSteven Rickards  - One of America's finest countertenors, Steven Rickards studied in Aldeburgh with Sir Peter Pears and Robert Spencer.  Mr. Rickards recently returned from a performance in Oslo of Bach's B minor Mass with the Bærum Bach Choir; he also performed it in 1994 at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival under Joshua Rifkin. Mr. Rickards' association with Mr. Rifkin has led to a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London of the St. Matthew Passion, and an Australian tour of the B minor Mass. Mr. Rickards has sung with Chanticleer, the Music of the Baroque, His Majesty's Clerkes, Theater of Voices and the American Bach soloists, among numerous other prominent early music groups. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including Boston's prestigious Handel & Haydn Society. Mr. Rickards also appears with lutenist Dorothy Linell in a program of Elizabethan music.  http://www.stevenrickards.com.

 

Paul Sperry, tenorPaul Sperry - Paul Sperry is recognized as one of today's outstanding interpreters of American music. Although he is equally at home in a repertoire that extends from Monteverdi opera and the Bach Passions to Britten's War Requiem and hundreds of songs in more than a dozen languages, he brings to American music a conviction and an enthusiasm that has brought it to life for countless listeners. Many of today's leading composers have written works specially for him, and he has premiered works by Bernstein, Wuorinen, Bolcom, Talma, Musto and many others. Mr. Sperry was the first non-composer to be elected president of the American Music Center, as a result of his longtime devotion to American song. He teaches at The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School and Brooklyn College, and was a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival for 24 seasons.  http://www.paulsperry.net

 

Rose Taylor, mezzo sopranoRose Taylor - Mezzo Rose Taylor performed Gyorgy Ligeti's Aventures/Nouvelles aventures with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and subsequently recorded the work in London with the Philharmonia, a recording which earned a Grammy nomination. She performed it again with the Philharmonic in London and Paris under Esa-Pekka Salonen in early 1997. She appeared in Eugene Onegin with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Barber of Seville with Austin Lyric, and La fille du régiment with the Fort Worth Opera. She has been with Austin Lyric for The Ballad of Baby Doe and Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Taylor has performed in concert with many of today's notable conductors, including Ozawa, Commisiona, Leppard and Tilson Thomas. She teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Jeannette Thompson, sopranoJeanette Thompson - Soprano Jeanette Thompson won the Gold Medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She has been most enthusiastically praised by critics as the soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem (which she performed in Carnegie Hall), Brahms' German Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Poulenc's Gloria. She made her debut with the Toledo Symphony in Britten's War Requiem in April 1995 and was invited to return to sing Strauss' Four Last Songs in May 1997. She has appeared with the Long Island Philharmonic, the Aspen Opera Orchestra, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra and the Rjecka National Opera Orchestra, as well as solo recitals around the United States and in Cameroon, Kenya and Zaire.

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