Hailing from Northern Virginia, nestled between the Shenandoah mountains and D.C., mezzo-soprano Mary Burke, “reveals [her] powerfully rich voice of regal warmth and strength” (critic Patrick D. McCoy). She has performed abroad, having made her debut with the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra in 2015. Mary made her operatic debut as Hänsel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Peabody Opera Department in 2016. This season, Mary recently performed in a studio recital at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia with her studio mates, Denyce Graves, and Lee Musiker. She is thrilled to perform an American Music Recital at the Anderson House in Washington, D.C. on November 12, 2017, and she will be taking the stage as Chérubin in the Peabody Opera Departments production of Massenet’s Chérubin in March 2018. Mary began her musical studies at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore, Maryland under the care of Phyllis Bryn-Julson. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a joint degree with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore, studying with Alan Bennett. She is currently in the second year of her master’s degree at Peabody under the tutelage of Denyce Graves-Montgomery and Margaret Baroody.
Emma Dickinson is an operatic mezzo-soprano who possesses a rich, vibrant tone that is only matched by her crisp technique and her polished artistry. Emma prides herself on being a multifaceted, hard-working, detail-oriented, and learned musician who is always ready for a challenge. She has already dazzled audiences in her portrayals of The Mother in Hansel and Gretel, The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, The White Cat in The Child and the Magic Spells, La Nature in La Calisto, and Emma Jones in Street Scene with Simpson College Opera. She made her first professional opera debut as Dater #6 in Speed Dating Tonight! by Michael Ching with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Dickinson has also been a finalist in Regional and Statewide NATS competitions for the past four years, advancing to the Semifinals at the NATS National Conference this past summer. She is currently studying at Peabody Conservatory for her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Denyce Graves and Peggy Baroody. Future engagements include chorus for L’Elisir D’Amore, and Zosha in Out of Darkness: Two Remain, both with Peabody Opera.
Symone Harcum, a soprano studying in the studio of Denyce Graves, is in her second year of pursuing her Master’s in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Peabody Conservatory. A native of Baltimore, she received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Norfolk State University. She served in the chorus of the Norfolk State Concert Choir and the 105 Voices of History National HBCU Choir. She has performed as a featured soloist in Norfolk State’s “Voices” concert series with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and at the Grand Ole Opry and Kennedy Center with The 105 Voices Choir. After receiving her undergraduate degree in 2012, Symone performed regularly with the Virginia Opera as a chorister and was the Choral Director at Ruffler Academy Middle School of Norfolk Public Schools until 2016. During her time in Virginia she performed roles with Tidewater Opera including La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and covered 2nd Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Virginia Opera. Symone made her Peabody Opera debut in the role of Gertrude, the mother, in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel in Fall 2016 and covered the role of Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in Spring 2017. In Spring 2018, she will be singing the role of Krystyna in Peabody’s production of Out of Darkness, Two Remain by Jake Heggie.
Tammi Lee is a Korean-American mezzo-soprano from Bellevue, WA. Prior to her studies at Peabody, she was a member of Seattle Conservatory of Music and Jubilate! Young Women’s Ensemble at St. James Cathedral. In 2014 she was awarded Kiwanis Club’s High School Musician Award as well as second place at the WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Competition in the mezzo-soprano category. As a soloist, she has been featured in Fairlington UMC’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah in 2014 and 2015. In November 2016, she performed the solo in Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning with Peabody Singers. In addition to solo experience, she served as alto section leader of Peabody Singers last season. On the opera stage, she has performed the role of Third Lady in Peabody’s outreach production of Papageno!. She also covered the role of Cherubino in Peabody Opera’s main stage performance of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017. Outside of the classroom, in 2015, she studied with Lorraine Nubar at the Academie Internationale d’ete de Nice. Most recently, she was a Young Artist at SongFest at Colburn School in Los Angeles where she was able to work with artists such as Sanford Sylvan, Kayo Iwama, and Jake Heggie.
Alyce (Lisa) McNulty is an undergraduate sophomore mezzo-soprano from Los Angeles, CA studying with Denyce Graves at Peabody Conservatory. Alyce got her start taking piano lessons at the age of six, studying for 7 years before began to study voice at age 10 under the direction of soprano Angelique Bresinski. Alyce sang in multiple choirs during her education, including Holy Family Church Choir, All Saints Church Choir, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Choir, La Canada High School Concert Choir, and the La Canada High School Chamber Singers. She was also very invested in theatre and musical theatre, performing roles such as Fan/Narrator in A Christmas Carol, Mrs. Paddy in The Curious Savage, Mustardseed /ensemble member in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Shakespearience, Chris Gorman in Rumors, Granda Tzeitel/ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof, and Florinda in Into the Woods to name a few. She also has a great passion for education, working at Theatrical Education Group’s Summer Acting Camp for two years, one of which teaching tap dance and the other teaching singing to up to 230 children ranging in age from 4-15. She also was an actress and dancer in Shakespearience, a popular field trip in Southern California to teach children about the importance of Shakespeare and theatre in general. At the age of 15, she was selected to study under the Vocal Department Head at Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, Mike Stevens. Currently, she sings with the First & Franklin worship choir as a section leader and soloist in Baltimore, serves as the Musical Director of the Johns Hopkins University Vocal Chords, and sings with the Peabody Singers at Peabody Conservatory. In addition to choreographing Cavalli’s La Calisto, she made her Peabody Opera debut in the roles of La Natura and Furia 2, as well as a cover for Satirino. Later this year, she is excited to perform in the ensemble for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
Brianna Grace Samuels is a budding lyric soprano who has already amassed a rich and diverse performance resumé. Brianna was born and raised in Miami, Florida and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music with an Outside Field in Marketing from Stetson University. In the summer of 2013, Brianna was selected as a participant in the VOICExperience Summer Workshop where she performed scenes as Papagena from The Magic Flute and as Rapunzel from Tangled. Before transferring to Stetson University, Brianna spent two years at Florida State University where she was an active member of the opera department and performed as an ensemble member in Orpheus in the Underworld as well as Camelot. She also performed in scenes from The Magic Flute, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Calisto and was cast as the Second Lay Sister in a workshop production of Suor Angelica. At Stetson, Brianna performed the role of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo and understudied the role of Franzi in a recent production of Ein Walzertraum. She is currently pursuing graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Denyce Graves and Margaret Baroody.
Soprano, Morgan Sanchez, is a second year undergraduate double degree student from Madison, NJ currently pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering as well as a BM in Voice at Peabody Conservatory. She began studying voice with Stan Dunn in high school and is looking forward to continuing work with Denyce Graves and Peggy Baroody. Her past roles include Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Cosette in Les Mis, Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, and The Sour Kangaroo in Seussical. Morgan has also been a member of the NJ All-State Mixed Chorus and has performed solo excerpts at a variety of venues including the Wolf Trapp National Park for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Morgan is the first recipient of the John H. Bunnell Music Award and the annual recipient of the Arion Award.
Learn more about Denyce Graves in her bio.