Philip Barsky, bass, has been studying voice since the age of fourteen. At the New York State Summer School of the Arts’ School of Choral Studies he performed the role of Reverend Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah. In 2017, he won first place in the Long Island Choral Society’s Young Artist Competition. He has participated in New York’s All-State Conference Mixed Chorus for two years. He has also sang choruses from Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Trovatore, and Die Fledermaus. He looks forward to performing in the Bernstein MASS this fall at Peabody.
Kyle Leigh Carney, soprano, is a first year master’s student in the studio of William Sharp. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016 as a recipient of the McCabe Achievement Award and the Swarthmore Music Department’s Freeman Scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in music. During her undergraduate studies, she premiered the role of Kai in Thomas Whitman’s The Royal Singer and portrayed the role of Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She sang as a soloist in the Swarthmore College Choir’s performances of Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and the premiere of James Matheson’s Peace Talks. She has sung with multiple church choirs in the city of Philadelphia and served as a choral scholar with the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. She has also appeared as a soloist with Choral Arts Philadelphia’s Bach @7 series, performing in works including J.S. Bach’s Jesu, meine freude, David Carpenter’s A Love So Still, and Kile Smith’s Vespers. Her summer studies have included appearances at the Amherst Early Music Festival, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and Illinois Bach Academy. Kyle Leigh is currently pursuing a degree in vocal performance and pedagogy at The Peabody Conservatory and will appear as a witch and a fairy in Peabody Chamber Opera’s joint production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Fairy Queen this fall.
Baritone Rahzé Cheatham is a performer with a strong foundation in music, theatre art, and dance applications. This Fall 2018 season, Rahzé joins Marin Alsop’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS as a blues soloist and a member of the Street Singer ensemble. Further, they will be featured as Hannah before in Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera, As One, opening at the newly redesigned Motorhouse in Baltimore. In Spring 2019, Rahzé returns to the stage as Betto in Gianni Schicchi from Il Trittico by Giacomo Puccini. This past season, Rahzé made their Peabody Opera Theatre debut as L’Aubergiste in Jules Massenet’s Chérubin. They have been included in numerous projects, including opera scenes, performing as: Sam, Trouble in Tahiti; Bob, Old Maid and the Thief; Dr. Pangloss, Candide; and Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro. Rahzé also attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Vocal Program, where they studied with Colin Levin. There, they were 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. This spring, Rahzé graduates from Peabody Institute with a degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in Music Theory.
Soprano Laura Doyon is a free-spirited and passionate performer, who enjoys bringing life to each role she plays. She is a 2nd year Masters of Music student at Peabody Conservatory, where she studies under the direction of William Sharp Baritone. In 2018, Ms. Doyon debuted at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage concert series with Errollyn Wallen’s contemporary opera, ANON, performing the role of Actor 1 as part of Peabody Opera Outreach. Other notable roles include Zémire in André Grétry’s Zémire et Azor and Zerlina in Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Summer Music in Tuscany, Suor Dolcina, in Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Music Academy International in Primiero, Italy, Bastienne in Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne, and Fiordiligi in Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Così fan tutte. John Campbell of Artsong Update described Ms. Doyon as “most convincing in the roles of the young women.” Ms. Doyon received her Bachelors of Music at Old Dominion University in 2015 whilst studying with Agnes Fuller Wynne. Following that she briefly studied with Frank Kelley tenor, and Karen Hoy soprano, Founder and President of the Cantabile Project. Later this year, Ms. Doyon will be performing Doctor 2 in Zach Redler’s The Falling and The Rising at the Theatre Project in February 2019.
A native Texan, Ricardo “Ricky” Garcia is an aspiring lyric tenor, who seeks to connect with audiences through heartfelt performances. Mr. Garcia was recently seen in Cosi Fan Tutte where critics praised, “Ricardo Garcia sings Ferrando with excellent diction and a truly unique voice”-Front Row Reviewers Utah. His upcoming performances include performing in the Bernstein MASS as a street singer and soloist; reprising the role of Ferrando in a concert form of Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera Alchemy; and performing in scenes as Tony West Side Story and Candide Candide in the Symphony Pops Theatrical concert at the Gordon Center and the chamber ensemble version at the Steinway Series at Silo Hill. Mr. Garcia’s other notable operatic and musical theater roles consist of Ovlur and Vladimir Prince Igor; Capitaine Ricardo Cherubin; Frederic The Pirates of Penzance; Nanki Poo The Mikado; Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro; First Armored Man Die Zauberflöte; Tony West Side Story. Notable scenes include: Henrik A Little Night Music; Julien Louise; Tamino Die Zauberflöte; Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Ricardo is a former O.M.A. Opera Teaching Artist, a performance/teaching position which integrates fine arts with language arts, math, and science. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory studying with American Baritone, William Sharp. Ricardo holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, cum laude.
Amelia Gil-Figueroa, soprano, graduated with her MM in Voice in May 2018 from the Peabody Institute, where she is currently completing a Graduate Performance Diploma. Originally from Vienna, VA, Amelia earned her BM 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 actively performed with 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. During her time at Peabody, Amelia appeared as La Comtesse in Massenet’s Cherubin, performed in scenes from Die Fledermaus and Menotti’s The Consul, and covered the role of Mutter in Hänsel und Gretel. She also covered the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with La Musica Lirica, Inc. in 2017. This season will see Amelia as the Badessa (Suor Angelica) and covering the role of Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) in Peabody’s production of Il Trittico by Puccini. AMDG
Dena Goodman, soprano, is a first year Masters of Music student in Bill Sharp’s studio. Her Peabody Opera credits for the 2018-19 season will include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Witch) and The Fairy Queen (Fairy); and Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Osmina) and Il tabarro (Midenette). Dena graduated from Northwestern University cum laude with a BA in Political Science and a BM in Music Cognition (department honors). While at Northwestern, Dena appeared in a production of Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. She was a featured soloist in several works, including Derr’s I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, and Reich’s Tehillim (high soprano). Dena has sung with many Washington, DC choral groups, including as soprano section leader for the award-winning 18th Street Singers. She has appeared as a guest singer with the Capital Hearings and with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, accompanying them on their performance tour of China and for their performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Wolf Trap. She currently sings at the Church of the Presidents St. John’s Lafayette Square and previously sang at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA. Her Washington, DC area credits include being a featured soloist for Bach’s Cantata 140, Mozart’s Missa brevis in F major, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Also an accomplished violinist, Dena is known around the Washington area for her membership in Adas Israel’s Return Again Band.
Tenor from Homer Alaska, Falcom is very well known in Alaska for being selected to attend NAfME (All-National choir) from 2015-17 (solo in 2017) Was also selected for NAfME All Northwest in 2015 and 2017 (solo). And got the chance to participate in the Stangland Family Youth Choral Academy ( SFYCA) Oregon Bach Festival in 2017. Greear has also had the chance of performing in many musicals in his home town like; Les Miserables (streets child), Jesus Christ Superstar (priest), Monty Python’s: Spamalot (monk, laker girl, Frenchman, and a fairy) Little Orphan Annie (lead), and so much more. Greear also was a Cheerleader at his high school for three years, and was awarded region cheerleader for three years, Cheerleader of the game at 2016 March Madness, and in 2017 was awarded the title of “ All American Cheerleader at UCA Camp. Living in Alaska, Greear took advantage of every performing opportunity there was. As well as performing, Greear also used his love of music to become a Zumba instructor. Falcom Greear is currently a part of Williams Sharp’s studio.
Baritone Matthew Grifka is a first-year master’s student at Peabody studying with William Sharp. A native of Los Angeles, he received his bachelor’s degree from Chapman University where he performed the roles of Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Frank in Die Fledermaus. He has also performed with the Chapman Orchestra and the LA Opera Orchestra in venues such as the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Matthew has sung in lessons and master classes with Milena Kitic, James Patrick Raftery, and Carol Neblett. Also an experienced chorister, he was a member of the Chapman University Singers for four years, serving as Vice President then President in his last two years of membership, and he currently sings with the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Choir. In the summer season, he was recently a young artist at Taos Opera Institute where he performed the role of Dater #33 in Speed Dating Tonight! He will be making his debut with Peabody Opera Theatre this spring as Betto in Gianni Schicchi.
Jared Hancock, baritone, is a second year master’s student at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. In 2016, he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Mercyhurst University. During his time there, he sang the roles of Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He had the opportunity to reprise the role of Sharpless in 2015 as part of La Musica Lirica, a young artists’ program located in Novafeltria, Italy. Last year, he covered the role of Belcore in Peabody Opera’s production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. He also sang the role of Le Compte in the conservatory’s spring production of Massenet’s Cherubin. This year, he will appear in Peabody’s fall production of Bernstein’s Mass as a street singer, and in the spring he will sing the title role in Gianni Schicchi.
Anqi He, mezzo-soprano, recently earned her master of music in vocal performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. And she is currently pursuing her Graduate Performance Diploma in the studio of William Sharp.
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.
Known for his full and lyric baritone, William Marshall is passionate about the study and vocal performance of Renaissance and Baroque repertoires. This Fall, William will perform with hexaCollective for Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine and the Rowan University Concert Choir as soloist for Mozart’s Requiem. On the stage he will portray Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, and Puck in The Fairy Queen with Peabody Opera Theatre.
His recent career highlights include a finalist in the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers as part of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem Bach Festival, Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival with The Baltimore Bach Ensemble, and a participant in the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco.
This past year William made his debut as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Peabody Opera Theatre and sang the role of Cold Genius in Purcell’s King Arthur with the Baltimore Baroque Band. In previous seasons William has portrayed characters in various operas ranging from Mozart to Rossini. Other opera company engagements include Rowan Opera Company, OperaDelaware, and Amherst Early Music. On the concert stage he has acted as baritone soloist for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Mass in B minor. William is a two-time winner of the New Jersey State NATS Competition and a winner of the Rowan University Soloist Competition.
William Marshall is currently based in Baltimore, MD pursuing a Master of Music in Historical Performance at the Peabody Conservatory. He received a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Rowan University.
William Meinert, bass, has been praised for his “evenly produced, promising bass” (Opera News) and “charismatic [and] exhilarating comic flair” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). This season, William performs Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Baltimore Concert Opera, Commentator in Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg with Opera North, and Vodník in Dvořák’s Rusalka with Madison Opera. During the 2017-18 season, he was the baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Baltimore Youth Orchestra and a bass soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with American Bach Soloists. He also sang Uberto in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, as well as Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Le philosophe in Massenet’s Chérubin at Peabody Institute.
Lauren Redditt graduated as a vocal music major from the Baltimore School for the Arts. During her studies at Baltimore School for the Arts, Lauren was 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, Ms. 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 vocal studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with William Sharp. Thus far, Ms. Redditt has been in several productions at the Peabody Institute. These productions include “L’elisir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti and “Chérubin” by Jules Massenet. This coming year, Lauren will perform in Peabody Institute’s productions of “The Fairy-Queen” by Henry Purcell and “The Falling and the Rising” by Zach Redler.
Garrett J. Sanderson, baritone, is a first year MM student studying with William Sharp. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of California at Irvine in 2017. Through UCI’s opera program Garrett has performed the roles of Editor Webb in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, and the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido And Aeneas. He has performed in many of UCI’s Art Song concerts and was a featured soloist in the UCI Chamber Singer’s performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Messe as well. Outside of school Garrett has performed the roles of Prince Yeletsky and Tomsky in Tchaikovsky’s Queen Of Spades with the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia.
Vocalist Joshua Scheid specializes in the performance of opera, chamber music and art song—particularly contemporary works. At Peabody this year, Joshua can be seen in MASS (Street Singer) and The Falling and the Rising (Colonel) as well as a solo recital and the Opera Etudes project. Recent operatic performances include Susannah (Olin Blitch), Carmen (Escamillo), Eugene Onegin (Zaretsky), Don Giovanni (Leporello) and the world premiere of Greg Nahabedian’s War is A Racket (Smedley Buttler). With the Boston Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble, Joshua has performed works including Crumb’s Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death and Birtwistle’s Liebeslied. Joshua is also an active composer and improvisor. He holds a Bachelor’s in Voice Performance from DePaul University and a Master’s in Contemporary Classical Music Performance from Boston Conservatory. www.joshuascheid.com
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