Bass-baritone Rahzé Cheatham is a classical voice performance major at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he studies with William Sharp. He is a performer with a strong foundation in music, theatre art, and dance applications.
Formerly a student at CCBC Essex, Rahzé studied with baritone Braxton Peters. There, he acted as a Section Leader and soloist for the school’s Chamber Singers. A graduate with high honors from Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied with soprano Lauretta Young, he has been involved in numerous projects, including opera scenes, performing as: Leporello, Don Giovanni; Frank, Die Fledermaus; Greek Chorus/Trio, Trouble in Tahiti; Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro; Monastatos, Die Zauberflöte; and Dr. Pangloss, Candide. Rahzé also had the opportunity to attend the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Vocal Program, where he studied with Colin Levin. There, he was featured as Bernardo in Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story. Further, Rahzé had the opportunity to perform, as part of the Record shop Kid Ensemble, alongside John Waters in a concert adaptation of Hairspray! at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Principal Pops Conductor, Jack Everly.
Currently, Rahzé serves as a Section Leader and soloist for the Sanctuary Choir of First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, under the leadership of Dr. Jason Kissel. In 2017, Rahzé will premiere an original composition for bass-baritone and orchestra, When I Have Fears, by Baltimore-based composer Elliott Grabill.
Camille Crossot is a first-year M.M. student, studying vocal performance with William Sharp. She is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and recently graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in English and a minor in music. During her undergraduate studies, she performed with Harvard College Opera Society, the Harvard Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Society, the Choral Fellows of Harvard University, and Music Academy International in Trentino, Italy. Performance highlights include Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, leading roles in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and The Gondoliers, Soprano I soloist in Bach’s Magnificat in D, and Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
Robert Ellsworth Feng, Bass-Baritone, is a committed performer. Described as having a commanding darkness and thickness to his tone, Robert is a dynamic performer and his energy as he performs is infectious and full of life. Feng is always ready to take on the next challenge and is constantly seeking new styles of vocal repertoire.
Previously, Robert has sung the role of the 1st Spirit from Purcell’s The Tempest, the Israelitish Messenger from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Brendan from The Place Where You Started, and Antonio and Bartolo from Le Nozze di Figaro. Feng has also performed under award winning composer Tony Small with Smithsonian and Artiste in his operetta Qadar.
Before attending the Peabody Institute, Robert had the privilege of singing with the Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus where he performed in Puccini’s Turandot and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci. Robert is honored to be studying with esteemed baritone William Sharp at the Peabody Institute. Later this year, Robert will be performing the world premiere of composer Nicholas Bentz’s Mikylvxka Hllupo for bass-baritone and pierrot ensemble as well as performing the roles of Le Philosophe from Massenet’s Chérubin and Capellio from Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
Amelia Gil-Figueroa, soprano, is a second-year Master’s student in the studio of William Sharp. Originally from Vienna, Virginia, Amelia received her Bachelor of Music from George Mason University in 2015 where she studied with Samuel L.E. Bonds. While at GMU she performed the role of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and was an active participant in the opera and choral departments. Through Mason Opera and summer opera scenes workshops she has appeared in scenes from La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, L’Italiana in Algeri, The Inquisitive Women, and Don Giovanni. Last year, Amelia covered the role of Mutter (Mother) in Hänsel und Gretel and performed in scenes from Menotti’s The Consul both with the Peabody Opera Workshop. Most recently, she covered the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with La Musica Lirica, Inc. This season at Peabody, Amelia will be singing Rosalinde in scenes from Die Fledermaus and will appear as Le Comtesse in the spring mainstage production of Massenet’s Cherubin. AMDG.
Hailing from Avon, CT, soprano Carly M. Henderson is in her fourth year of study with William Sharp at the Peabody Conservatory. With Peabody opera Theater, she has sung a Sprite in Massenet’s Cendrillon, premiered the role of Louisa in Posner’s Now We are Met, scenes from Tosca as the title character, and covered the role of Rose Maurrant in Street Scene. Prior to attending Peabody, Carly has sung the roles of Mère Marie, in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone. Carly is a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Chancel Choir, in Baltimore. Carly is excited to see where the next step in her journey will take her, as she embarks on the process of graduate school applications.
Countertenor Min Sang Kim is originally from South Korea and moved to the United States in order to attend the Juilliard School’s pre-college and received his Bachelor of Music at New England Conservatory with an academic honor.
Most recently, Min Sang has performed Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with New York Lyric Opera Theater; Endimione in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Peabody Opera; Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; Secrecy, Mopsa in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival; Ixion in Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Peabody Opera; Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina with Opera NEO; Ottone, Valetto in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Aspen Opera Center. He has also performed with Washington Bach Consort; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Alto solo in Handel’s Messiahwith Washington National Methodist Church; Alto solo in Bach’s Magnificat with Peabody-Hopkins Chorus; Alto solo in Bach’s Mass in B minor with American Bach Soloists. He is a recent winner of George Woodhead Prize, Baltimore Music Club Competition, Osaka International Music Competition and finalist of Vocal Arts DC Competition.
Min Sang is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a Graduate Assistant and a recipient of George Woodhead Quasi-Endowed Scholarship and the G. Raymond Ziegler Endowed Scholarship where he also earned his Master of Music.
Praised by Opera News for his “evenly produced, promising bass,” William Meinert continues to be a proud participant of the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. William joins American Bach Soloists in Spring 2018 as bass soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and during the 2017-18 year performs Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Le philosophe in Massenet’s Chérubin at Peabody Institute. In Summer 2017, William joined Des Moines Metro Opera, covering Timur and the Mandarin in Puccini’s Turandot. Highlights of recent seasons include Varlaam (Boris Godunov) with Commonwealth Lyric Theatre, Carceriere (Tosca) and Hortensius (La fille du régiment) with Opera North, Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Loudoun Lyric Opera, Aeolus and Cold Genius (King Arthur) with American Bach Soloists Academy, Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with Old Towne Opera, and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) with Metro Opera Workshop of Detroit. Additional operatic performances include Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Colline (La bohéme), Father Peter (Hansel and Gretel) and both Sarastro and Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte).
Singaporean Lyric Baritone, Ong Wei Shen Keane is a graduate student majoring in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of American Baritone William Sharp. He recently graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music where he studied under Lyric Tenor, Alan Bennett. Keane has attended masterclasses conducted by artists and groups such as Sumi Jo, Roger Vignoles, Bill Sharp, Phyllis Bryn-Julsen, Karen Vourc’h, Yun Hyunjoo, the Philippine Madrigal Singers and The King’s Singers. Keane has sung the bass solo in the Orchestra of the Music Maker’s and The Vocal Associate’s production of Mahler’s 8th Symphony for the celebration of Singapore’s 50th Birthday. Keane has also sung the Bass Solo for Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Keane recently lived the role of John Styx in New Opera Singapore’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld in July 2016, performed in EVOKX’s annual evocation outreach series, and presented lieder in a Schubertiade in Cambodia. He is currently singing and is the assistant conductor of EVOKX, a Singaporean non-profit organisation under the baton of Terrence Toh. Keane is also the conductor of The Pioneer Voices.
Lauren Redditt graduated as a vocal music major from the Baltimore School for the Arts. Lauren has been a featured soloist in several of BSA’s concerts including Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, and Heiligmesse Mass No. 10 in Bb major by Joseph Haydn. She has attended the Lyric Summer Opera Camp and the Washington National Opera Institute. While attending the Washington National Opera Institute, Redditt performed at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage. She has performed in a masterclass with Eric Greene, and she studied with Robert Cantrell. Lauren is continuing her her vocal studies at Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University with William Sharp.