SINGING & MUSIC

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I'm a Contralto (Tiefer Alt/ Contralto Profondo/ Oktavista) based in Buffalo, NY; for 5 years prior, I lived in York, UK where I studied historical performance practice, having worked with Grammy-winning John PotterPeter SeymourRichard Vendome, and world famous soprano Lynne Dawson. I've been praised highly for my very expansive range and dramatic skills, singing from Bass I to Soprano II; I perform professionally as a Bass in the famous 'Vivaldi's Women' choir (Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi, SPAV), as seen on the BBC and Sky Arts TV. Currently, I sing as a Tenor with some of the top groups in Buffalo such as Vocális Chamber Choirand as a soloist with Buffalo Chamber Players, Music NiagaraCamerata di Sant'Antonio, Nickel City OperaOpera Sacra, and The Opera Foundation of Buffalo. I perform in a cabaret-style show (the longest run in WNY) with the award-winning DIVA by DIVA, and my Demo CD Brucia La Terra came out in late 2016. In fact I was nominated for Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the JazzBuffalo Reader's Poll! In demand as a Paid Soloist and Section Leader, I also enjoy singing in some of Buffalo's most beautiful churches.

Having studied Vocal Performance, Musicology and Historical Performance Practice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Joint BA With Honors), the Eastman School of Music with Paul O'Dette, and the University of York, my focus has been on vocal music of the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition, I have a Masters in Medieval Studies and Religion from Harvard University, where I won a university-wide Teaching Award of Distinction for a course on Jazz and Music of the Swing Era. Learn more about my academic pursuits here. You can also find me presenting lectures through OperaBuffs of WNY. Check out my interview in Buffalo Rising's Sounds of Buffalo feature.

From 2004-7, I sang professionally with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & Chamber Singers, serving as the Alto & Tenor Section Leaders with the Grammy-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under EGOT winner Marvin Hamlisch, and Maestra JoAnn Falletta. Voice teachers include Tony Arnold, Jacqueline QuirkYvonne SeymourRobert VeharGerald Crawford and La Scala mezzo Genia Las. I’ve performed with directors/ conductors Doreen RaoPaul O'DetteRoland E. Martin, Daniel Bassin, Richard VendomeNadja ZwienerWill Todd TrioRobert ShoupLorna Cooke de VaronLisa Goode CrawfordSteven Plank and Frank Scinta. I've had great coachings with the Grammy-winning Tallis ScholarsRobert HollingworthFrancis SteelePhilip ThorbyBlack Hair Ensemble and more.

I've performed in top venues in the US, England, Scotland, France, Malta, Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic. As a conductor, I've directed scenes from Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro for The Operagasmic Project, conducted in York Minster, served as co-conductor with Graham Coatman for the North Eastern Early Music Forum's Venetian Christmas Music workshop, and was a mentor, rehearsal director and vocal coach for Vivaldi's Women Summer School. For 4 summers, I was a music instructor, teaching voice lessons, vocal performance class, jazz choir, chamber choir, and music history & theory at Camp Encore/ Coda in Maine.

Collaborating with composer Emily Kalies on a theatrical work, in early 2010 I gave the world-premiere of one-woman piece Reflection noitcelfeR, at Sensorium - York; I have performed it a number of times around the UK since. My female trio consort Juniper, experimenting with repertoire across the Western canon, debuted as Young Artists in Residence at the Harrogate International Festival in 2009. Proficient performance languages include Italian, Sicilian, German, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, French, Provençal, Spanish, Catalan, Latin, Russian, Old Church Slavonic, Friûlan, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Hebrew and Welsh.

Some of my favorite works are Monteverdi Vespers 1610, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Berg Wozzeck, Victoria Requiem, Messiaen Quatour pour la fin du temps, Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah, and most of Byrd's Gradualia.

 

SELECTED CREDITS (*world- or modern-premiere)

OPERA ROLES

  • Mother Wine Cask/ The Queen of Lasciviousness; Joan Of Arc At The Stake, Honegger; Opera Sacra final production, Buffalo
  • The Huntsman; Venus & Adonis, John Blow; Buffalo Chamber Players
  • Prioress Mme De Croissy; Dialogues of the Carmelites, Poulenc; Opera Sacra 40th Anniversary production, Buffalo
  • Queen of Noon (Wife 2); Bluebeard's Castle, Bartok; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Dale Chihuly set (dir. JoAnn Falletta)
  • Consiglio; Il Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo, Cavalieri (dir. Lewis Reynolds); Philip Thorby; Venice Italy
  • Sancho Pança; Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse, Boismortier; Viriditas Opera; Paxton Festival Scotland
  • Sancho Panza; Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Camacho, Telemann; Viriditas Opera; Paxton
  • Singer/ Actress; noitcelfeRReflection, * Emily Kalies; Sensorium Project; York, Dublin Ireland
  • Testo; Il combattimento di Tancredi & Clorinda, Monteverdi (dir. G. Romagnoli); Trinacria Productions; York
  • The Emperor; The Emperor's New Clothes, * Hilary Nicholls; Viriditas Opera; York
  • Maria Magdalena; Quem Queritis; Viriditas Opera
  • Amor Celestis; Ordo Virtutum; Viriditas Opera
  • Isemene, Euridice; Antigone, * Jon Hughes; Viriditas Opera
  • Historicus; Jepthe, Carissimi; Eastman Collegium Musicum
  • Prince Hilarion; The 3 Princesses Project, * Gilbert & Sullivan (dir. Gayden Wren); International Gilbert & Sullivan Fest; Philadelphia
  • Carmen (scenes); Carmen, Bizet; York Opera Society
  • Dido (scenes); Dido & Aeneas, Purcell; York Opera Society
  • chorus; Maria Stuarda, Donizetti; Opera Sacra
  • chorus; Semele, Handel; (dir. Peter Seymour) York Chamber Choir
  • chorus; Olav Tryggvason, Grieg; Harvard Dudley House; Cambridge MA
  • chorus; Suor Angelica, Puccini (dir. Carlo Morganti); Oberlin in Italy; Urbania

SOLO/ CHORAL

  • Contralto Soloist: Vivaldi WinterFest; Clarae stellae scintillateNulla in mundo, Stabat Mater, Gelido in ogni vena and Filiae maestae Jerusalem; Music Niagara Festival, Atis Bankas (dir and violin); Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
  • Alto Soloist; Magnificat, Bach; Bach & Beyond Festival, Fredonia Opera House
  • Tenor Soloist; Cantata 106 (Actus tragicus), Bach: Psalm 92, Schubert; UU Church of Buffalo
  • Alto Soloist; Christmas Oratorio (II), Bach; UU Church of Buffalo
  • Contralto En Travesti Soloist; Gelido in ogni vena, Vivaldi; Camerata di Sant'Antonio, Buffalo
  • Singer, Choral Director; Copland And The Cold War; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Alto Soloist; Stabat Mater, Caldara; Opera Sacra; Buffalo
  • Alto Soloist; Verdi & Wagner bicentennial (Verdi 6 Romanze 1838), Opera Sacra (accomp Roland E. Martin); Buffalo
  • Contralto Soloist; Un Vespro Venexiano (dir. Philip Thorby); Venice
  • Tenor Soloist; Vespers 1610, Monteverdi (dir. Philip Thorby); 400th Anniversary Concert; Venice
  • Alto soloist; Stabat Mater, Pergolesi (dir. G. Romagnoli); Trinacria Productions; York, Rome
  • Tenor Soloist; Magnificat, * Isabella Leonarda; (dir. Richard Vendome) Vivaldi’s Women; Canterbury
  • Alto soloist; Neue Liebeslieder, Brahms; (dir. L. Brett Scott); Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Chamber Chorus
  • Alto soloist; Messiah, Handel; Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra
  • Alto soloist; Lamento di David, Mazzocchi; (dir. Paul O'Dette) Eastman Collegium Musicum
  • Alto soloist; Usquequo peccatores, Carissimi; Eastman Collegium Musicum
  • Soprano soloist; Musicalische Exequien, Schütz; Harvard Dudley House Chamber Choir
  • Soprano soloist; Mass in G Minor, Vaughan Williams; Harvard Dudley House Chamber Choir
  • Bass; Festival Mediterranea; (dir. Richard Vendome) Vivaldi's Women; Gozo, Malta
  • Alto & Tenor Section Leader; (dir. L. Brett Scott, JoAnn Falletta); Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
  • Tenor Section Leader; St Paul's Schola Cantorum; Buffalo
  • Contralto, Co-Founder; Juniper (female trio), Young Artists in Residence, Harrogate International Festival

DISCOGRAPHY