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Vocalists

Soprano Deborah Voigt
Widely acknowledged as the preeminent dramatic soprano today, Deborah Voigt has made her mark on both the operatic and concert stages in a remarkably varied repertoire. Critics have lauded Ms. Voigt for her "lyricism, beauty of tone and dramatic acuity" as well as her "impressive aura and voice." Voigt has garnered enthusiastic acclaim from critics and the world's opera audiences as one of today's leading exponents of operas by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi and others.



Soprano Nicole Cabell
Nicole Cabell, the 2005 Winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff and Decca recording artist, is fast becoming one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of today. Her solo debut album, “Soprano” was named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone and has received an incredible amount of critical acclaim and several prestigious awards: the 2007 Georg Solti Orphée d’Or from the French Académie du Disque Lyrique and an Echo Klassik Award in Germany.


Tenor Matthew Polenzani
One of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation, Matthew Polenzani has been praised for the artistic versatility and fresh lyricism that he brings to concert and operatic appearances on leading international stages.



Bass-Baritone David Salsbery Fry
David Salsbery Fry has been praised for his “darkly sonorous” bass (Opera News). He made his New York City Opera debut while still a student at Juilliard. Since graduating in 2006, he received additional training at The Santa Fe Opera and Tanglewood. Recent performances include Olin Blitch in Susannah, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, which garnered the following: “The discovery of the evening: David Salsbery Fry. Incredible! A young guy, whom you cannot imagine as Sarastro until you hear what he has to offer vocally. Wow! Rich, deep voice, stirring and overwhelming. Truly remarkable and astounding.” (Haaretz)



Bass-Baritone Samuel Ramey
American-born Samuel Ramey, whom Time Magazine referred to as "a basso of extraordinary dramatic and lyric gifts," can be found regularly on the stages of the world's great opera houses, including La Scala, Covent Garden, Vienna Opera, the Paris Opera, the New York City Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. With astounding versatility he commands an impressive breadth of repertoire encompassing virtually every musical style.



Mezzo-Soprano Frederica von Stade
Endowed with a supple mezzo-soprano voice of shining radiance and a presence distinguished by its genuine warmth and elegance, Frederica von Stade captivates audiences worldwide, and is recognized as one of the great opera stars of our time.



Soprano Christine Goerke
Soprano Christine Goerke, recipient of the 2001 Richard Tucker Award, has established an outstanding reputation with many of the world's leading opera houses and orchestras.



Soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs
Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs is rapidly establishing herself in the lirico-spinto repertoire. Her Italian debut was in the title role of Maria Stuarda at the Teatro Regio di Torino. She has appeared at Metropolitan Opera as Violetta in La Traviata; at Washington National Opera debut as Fedora opposite Placido Domingo; and at other prominent opera house throughout the world.


Tenor Howard Haskin
The most splendidly finished dramatic tenor of his generation, Howard Haskin rose to prominence in Europe in the early 1980s, where critics have praised his "strong, true tenor voice" as well as his "prodigious flair" as a singer and actor. Highlights of the current and past seasons include performances at London's Royal Albert Hall and his Carnegie Hall debut.



Tenor Stuart Neill
American born and trained Stuart Neill is one of the most important singers performing today. His engagements bring him to many of the finest opera houses and concert halls in the world with debuts with La Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, and Opera de Paris/Bastille.



Soprano Nicole Yazolino
Soprano Nicole Yazolino is just beginning her ascent into the opera world. Ms. Yazolino is in the process of completing her Master's degree in voice at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She is in the studio of Mrs. Barbara Honn, internationally known soprano and highly acclaimed voice teacher.



Instrumentalists

Flutist Joshua Smith
Heralded as "a masterful soloist instilling lines with bite, subtlety and bracing virtuosity," Joshua Smith is one of the most brilliant artists of his generation. Principal Flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1990, he enjoys a multi-faceted career as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, and clinician.



Harpsichordist, Conductor Jory Vinikour
Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. A highly diversified career brings him to the world's most important festivals and concert halls as recital and concerto soloist, partner to several of today's finest singers, and as one of the most visible continuo performers. A complete musician, Mr. Vinikour is gaining a reputation as a conductor and music director.



Pianist Warren Jones
Described in the press as "the single finest accompanist now working," Warren Jones frequently performs with many of today's best-known artists, including Marilyn Horne, Denyce Graves, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Ruth Ann Swenson, Barbara Bonney, Carol Vaness, and Samuel Ramey.



Cellist Carlos Prieto
Mexican-born and MIT-educated, Carlos Prieto is currently one of the most respected cellists in the world. Mr. Prieto has played with orchestras all over the world, including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the American Symphony in New York, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.



Conductors/Composers

Conductor Leonard Slatkin
Internationally recognised as a conductor of the highest stature, Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and was for 12 years Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. His performances have been distinguished by imaginative programming and highly praised interpretations of Classical, Romantic and 20th Century repertoire.



Composer Steven Stucky
Widely recognized as one of the leading composers today, Steven Stucky was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Second Concerto for Orchestra. He has written commissioned works for many of the major American orchestras and ensembles. Mr. Stucky has taught at Cornell University since 1980, where he serves as Given Foundation Professor of Composition. He has also been associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for more than 15 years, and is currently Consulting Composer for New Music.



Rob Kapilow: Conductor, Composer and Commentator
With his diverse array of talents and his infectious enthusiasm for all things musical, Rob Kapilow has been compared to Leonard Bernstein for bringing the pleasures of classical music to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.




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