OLGA BAKALI


OLGA BAKALI was born in Athens Greece where she graduated from the Greek Conservatory of Music in both piano and voice with honors. She is a recipient of various awards including Prize-scholarship from the Vinas competition in Barcelona Spain, Fulbright Grant, the Simegiatos Award for the Performing arts, Franco Gentilesca Award and also grants and scholarships from the European Union that enabled her to study with distinguished artists as Kostas Paskalis, Luigi Alva, Ileana Cotrubas and others.

She represented Greece as a young Wagnerian voice at the competition held annually in Bayreuth. She has sang with the National Opera of Greece, the Athens Megaron Concert Hall, the Athens International Festival, the New Jersey State Opera, Regina Opera, Opera of the Hamptons, Opera Thessaloniki, Harrisburg Opera, and with Opera Brasil that enabled her to sing in 7 different capitals of Brasil replacing Aprile Millo at the opera Lo Schiavo of C.Gomes.  Also she has sung with famous orchestras as the Dresden Philharmonic, and with stellar colleagues as Giuseppe Giacomini, Hildergard Behrens, Leo Nucci, Alain Fondary, and others.

At 2012 she was called to substitute for an ill soprano during the dress rehearsal of Nabucco with the great Leo Nucci as Nabucco in the Festival of La Coruna Spain, thing that brought her, the attention and admiration of the public and her colleagues since she was called literally while seated in the audience. She has collaborated with conductors as: Eugene Kohn, Ralf Weikert, Miltiades Carides, Lukas Karytinos Stefanos Tsialis and others.

The current season she sung in a concert with the Opera Dolce in Manhattan with music of Carlos Gomes and Richard Wagner with rave reviews. She also has concerts in Athens Greece and Corfu. Next year she is debuting the part of Cassandra in Les Troyens of Berlioz.

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DONALD BOOS


DONALD BOOS has appeared as a featured artist with many New York and New Jersey music and opera groups including: Columbia University Glee Club, Sacred Heart Cathedral Orchestra of Newark, Coro Lirico, Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey, New Jersey State Opera, Bel Canto Opera, and Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. He has sung with New Jersey State Opera in a performance of La Boheme as Schaunard, as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, as Scarpia in Tosca and as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In December he was bass soloist in performance of Messiah in Miami, and he will sing the Mozart Requiem and Haydn’s Theresienmesse with the Summit Chorale in May.

He has appeared in concert (Carmina Burana, Bernstein’s Mass) at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, and on Robert Sherman’s Listening Room program on radio station WQXR. He has presented programs at Miami-Dade College, Drew University, and the Graduate Center of the City College of New York. While still a student he appeared in recital at The New York Cultural Center as a finalist in the New York Singing Teachers Association Young Artist Competition.

Mr. Boos has several musical theater roles to his credit, including Tony in The Most Happy Fella, Mr. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, El Gallo in The Fantastiks, J. D. Sheldrake in Promises, Promises, and Phil Arkin in Milk & Honey.

In addition to performing, Mr.Boos has directed Tosca, Hansel & Gretel, Mademoiselle Modiste, Trial by Jury, Riders to the Sea, Street Scene and Down in the Valley, and served as music director/conductor for several musical comedies including: Carousel, The Music Man, Li’l Abner, The Boy Friend, and The Pajama Game. His extensive concert soloist experience ranges from performances of traditional pieces as Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, to Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible and Schönberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw. 
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VICTORIA CANNIZZO


VICTORIA CANNIZZO, soprano, is currently a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY and was recently cast as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata with the company and performed in February of 2011. Most recently she sang the High Priestess in Verdi’s Aida with Coro Lirico where she was spotted and signed by Liadi Artist Management because she possesses all the attributes that will ultimately lead her into an International Career.

Her debut role with the Tri-Cities Opera, La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, was met with spectacular reviews naming Ms. Cannizzo “the show’s stand-out… She sang a particularly moving “Porgi amor” and is in possession of a richer, darker timbre than usually found in such a young singer. She is also a fine actress and made a striking figure on stage.”

Ms. Cannizzo maintains an active concert schedule performing frequently with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in NJ to make another Fall tour in 2010. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 with Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and her oratorio debut in 2008 as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In her most recent concert with the Monmouth Symphony, a critic claimed that Ms. Cannizzo “effectively stole the show… with a near-perfect performance of scenes from Madama Butterfly… she was deeply engaged with the material on all levels.”

Her other recent roles include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, the Sandman and the Dew Fairy in Hansel und Gretel, Liù in Turandot, Donna Anna in the Russian operaThe Stone Guest, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Elsie Maynard in The Yeoman of the Guard.

A New Jersey native who earned her undergraduate degree in music from the University of Chicago in 2004, she is presently a Master of Music student in opera at Binghamton University.
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JOHN CHEVALLIER


JOHN CHEVALLIER possesses the attributes of a bygone age of golden-voiced tenors. Conductors, colleagues and other professionals describe him as “The real thing... a tenor’s tenor”, having “...a first class instrument” and with “... a consistently exciting color throughout”. Gleaming with stentorian brilliance and grace, his repertoire encompasses not only the dramatic, but the spinto-dramatic, spinto-lyric and lyric as well. He commands the lead roles in such varied works as Otello, Tosca, Carmen and La Boheme. While displaying the lustrous timbre of a dramatic voice, he proves that warmth and suppleness are as native to his arsenal of vocal talents as are his easy and confident top, full middle and lower registers.

Tall, athletic and broadly educated, he embodies a wealth of insight and natural abilities that extend well beyond an operatic tenor’s purview. With B.A.s in Philosophy and Drama combined with a lifelong involvement in various sports, including collegiate boxing, he brings to his roles along with his musical training all the skills necessary to create vivid three-dimensional portrayals on the stage.

Originally trained as a classical actor, there is a strong dramatic presence in Mr. Chevallier more usually encountered in the theatre than in the opera house. His thorough physical characterizations extend from his training in the theatre and specifically the disciplines of Ballet, Mime and Stage Combat. Fortunate enough to have apprenticed at the world famous Circle in the Square theatre in New York City early in his dramatic career, there is a uniquely full-bodied experience of such roles as Canio of I Pagliacci, the title role of Andrea Chénier or Carmen’s Don José. His passionate and uniquely crafted characterizations demonstrate a sublime and powerful partnering of the vocal splendors of another era with the refined dramatic sensibilities of our own.

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BRIAN ERNSTES


BRIAN ERNSTES is a powerful tenor with a compelling stage presence. Brian began the 2008-2009 season singing highlights in Jealousy in Opera under the baton of maestro Anton Coppola and Shakespeare in Opera for the Opera of the Highlands and will be ending the season with several private concerts. During the 2007-2008 season, Brian sang highlights from Verdi's Otello at the Altamura Center, under the baton of maestro Anton Coppola, and was reviewed as having a voice "that reminds one of the young James McCracken." Brian sang Edgardo in Lucia in November 2007 with the Verismo Opera of New Jersey and Handel's Messiah in Mendam, New Jersey at the Hilltop Presbyterian Church. Mr. Ernstes performed the roles of Turiddu and Canio in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci in May 2008 with the Opera Company of the Highlands in Newburgh, New York.

In 2006-07 Brian performed the role of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Verismo Opera of New Jersey. Recognized by the late Maestro Alfredo Silipigni as a tenor possessing an Italian verismo technique, Mr. Ernstes had the honor of singing in his memorial service at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Mr. Ernstes also made his debut in Switzerland with the Ensemble Vocal Kneusslin for whom he was the tenor soloist in the Spectre’s Bride by Antonin Dvorak.

Having won the 2nd Annual Mario Lanza Competition in New York City in the Summer of 2005, Brian has since been a featured soloist in New York City’s Little Italy Summer Festival and Christmas celebrations. Recent engagements in the New York area also include appearances with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, a duo recital at the Donnell Library, and Calaf (cover) in Turandot with the New York City Opera. Also a winner of the New Jersey State Opera Vocal Competition, he is a frequent soloist in their Operalogues and New Jersey State Opera Guild Concerts, and has performed the roles of Turiddu, in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Manrico, in Il Trovatore with the company.

Brian's career, to date, demonstrates considerable range in performing styles, with credits including Aida, New Moon, Die Fledermaus, Merry Widow, Marriage of Figaro, Daughter of the Regiment, Faust, Anna Bolena, Don Carlos, Orfeo, Don Pasquale, Coyote Tales, Carmen, L’Italiana in Algeria, Magic Flute, Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Lord Nelson Mass, Hello Dolly and was a headliner in Branson, Missouri. Mr. Ernstes was a winner in the Leiderkranz Competition and a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Vocal Competition.

While earning his undergraduate degree at Marian College in Indianapolis, Brian performed ragtime and jazz at the Boggstown Inn and Cabaret in Boggstown, Indiana and was the youngest member to ever sing with the Indianapolis Opera Company Chorus.
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LUIZ-OTTAVIO FARIA


LUIZ-OTTAVIO FARIA, made his operatic debut in the title role of Tom, in Un Ballo in Maschera with the legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi, at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Since his auspicious debut, the distinguished basso's career in concert and opera performances has take him around the globe, especially in Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.


He won several vocal competition and musical Foundation awards, such as the 23rd national Carmen Gomes Competition (1988), prize Bass Guilherme Damiano, The Juilliard School Scholarship (1989), William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Die Meistersinger, (Aims), Austria (1994), Opera Index, YWCA Vocal Competition and The Great Buffalo Opera Competition (1995), The New Jersey State Opera Vocal Singing Competition, Lola Hayes Vocal Competition (1996). He is also the recipient of the (1997) The William Matthews Foundation etc.

- He made his auspicious debut in the Famous Teatro Alla Scala in Milano in 2008 singing Banco in Verdi's Macbeth.
- He has sung in Teatro Real Madrid Rigoletto 
- Teatro Carlo Felice Genova Vespri Siciliani and Nabucco
- Teatro Arena Di Verona from which circulates a DVD from his performance in Turandot with Guleghina and Licitra
- Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Aida, Simon Boccanegra
- The Greek Passion, Stabat Mater Dvorjak
- Opera de Marseille Aida
- Opera Di Bilbao,Don Carlo
- Opera Festival la Coruna Turandit, Nabucco,Attila
- Opera Di Pamplona Rigoletto
- Opera Oviedo Don Carlo
- Teatro Municipal of Sao Paolo Aida, Lohengrin
- Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro Trovatore, Turandot
- Greek National Opera Nabucco Opera de Quebec Requiem Verdi and Norma
- Teatro San Carlo Portugal La Gioconda, Opera de las Palmas de Gran Canarias Abduction from the Seraglio etc.

In this season he sung Requiem Verdi in La Coruna Spain, Nabucco in Palma de Mallorca.

Next season he will sing Fosca in Teatro Municipal of Sao Paolo, Capellio in Capuletti e Montecchi in Pamplona and at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Timur in Turandot in Teatro Cervantes de Malaga etc..

He has collaborated with great stage directors as Zefirelli, Arnaud,Vick and others.

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JUSTYNA GIERMOLA


JUSTYNA GIERMOLA. Born in Poland, soprano Justyna Giermola brings a traditional European flavor to opera with a layered, luxuriant voice, and striking beauty. The critics called her a soprano with a rich, velvety timbre, during her performance with the Glens Falls Symphony. Her voice was described as “sparkling” and “pristine” as the featured soloist in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.

Ms. Giermola has recently sung the roles of Auretta in Mozart’s L’oca del Cairo for Garden State Opera, Violetta in La Traviata for Teatro Giuseppe Verdi. Ms. Giermola added the role of Musetta in La Boheme when she made her company debut with New Jersey Verismo Opera and reprised the role with Eastern Opera Company that same year.

A regular at Eastern Opera Company she has sung the roles of Micaela in Carmen, Nedda in Pagliacci, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and the title role in Tosca. She just added the roles of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and the title role in Suor Angelica with the company this Fall.

Equally active on the concert stage, Ms. Giermola recently made her company debut with the St. Peter of the Sea Orchestra in an all Puccini concert in collaboration with the New Jersey State Opera. She was also very excited to be asked back to sing with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey in their Czech Mates concert this Spring where she debuted an original orchestration of Dvorak’s “Song to the Moon” from the opera Rusalka.

Coming up in 2017 Ms. Giermola will add the title role in Manon Lescaut when she makes her company debut with Roman Borgman Opera Theatre. In the spring she will reprise the roles of Micaela in Carmen and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Giermola will also debut the role of Teresa Stoltz in the premiere of a new work based on the life of Giuseppe Verdi. 

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ADELMO GUIDARELLI


ADELMO GUIDARELLI. Luciano Pavarotti told Adelmo to “Make Opera Your Bible” when they first met and since that meeting early in his career he has strived to do so. After meeting Mr. Pavarotti, Adelmo was granted a Fellowship by international superstar Jerome Hines into his young artist program Opera Music Theater International (OMTI). Mr. Hines confirmed Mr. Pavarotti’s sentiment and Adelmo worked with him until his death. In addition to opera Mr. Guidarelli has hosted a TV show called “Voices Among Us”, won the 2011 MAC Award for “Best Comedy Performer” for the opera comedy show OPERATION OPERA, was invited by Ryan Seacrest to perform Mozart’s “Non più andrai” on his E! Channel series Bank of Hollywood, was heard on a national commercial for Lidia’s Italian Gourmet Kitchen and is a featured soloist on a German Children’s CD called "Der Kleine Tanzbar Schubidu". He is also part of the SONY MBA (Music Business Association) catalog singing the seasonal hits A Christmas Toast and Sing Your Song (lyrics by Michael MacKenzie Wills). His debut solo album titled “Treasured Songs of Italy & Germany” spawned an International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) certified International #1 hit for his dual language version of “Funiculi, Funicula” and he won The Akademia Music Award for Best Gospel Song for his rendition of Sweet Little Jesus Boy. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy and an annual participant at the Grammy Awards.

Adelmo will begin his 2017 season as Ramfis in Verdi’s AIDA with Pensacola Opera, then joins Opera Tampa as Don Magnifico in Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA and revisits Don Magnifico again in Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA with Opera Ithaca. Adelmo began 2016 as Dick Deadeye in Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. PINAFORE with Shreveport Opera then moved onto Bob Jones University as Don Magnifico in Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA and returned to Shreveport Opera as the Warden in Jake Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING.

He started his 2015 season co-producing a cast album with composer Stephen Melillo of Melillo’s work SON OF THE STORM on which Adelmo also takes on the role of Victor Frankenstein. He then moved on to Shreveport Opera as Alidoro in Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA and joined Central City Opera for the roles of Dr. Grenvil in Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA and the Inkeeper/Governor in Mitch Leigh’s MAN OF LA MANCHA for their Summer Festival. In December his one man opera comedy show Operation-Opera made its orchestral debut with The Garden State Philharmonic and he won The Akademia Music Award for Best Gospel Song for his rendition of Sweet Little Jesus Boy. 2014 highlights included the Sacristan in Puccini’s TOSCA with The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Martino in Rossini’s L’OCCASIONE FA IL LADRO with Little Opera Theatre of New York, baritone soloist at the Sanibel Music Festival with Opera Theater of Connecticut, his MAC AWARD winning show OPERATION OPERA made its Lincoln Center debut and he took on the title role in GIANNI SCHICCHI for Salt Marsh Opera.

In 2013 his roles included Horace Tabor in Douglas Moore’s THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE with Winter Opera of St. Louis, Don Magnifico in Rossin’s LA CENERENTOLA with Salt Marsh Opera, Dr. Nilch in THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERBUNNY for the Midtown International Theater Festival, Alfio in Mascagni’s CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA for The Altamura Summer Music Festival and Don Pasquale in Donizetti’s DON PASQUALE with Salt Marsh Opera.

In 2012 he was seen as Figaro in Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for The St. Petersburg Opera, Marcello in Puccini’s LA BOHEME with North Shore Music Festival, Judge Turpin in Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD with The St. Petersburg Opera and Tonio in Leoncavallo’s PAGLIACCI with Opera 691.

In 2011 he was seen as Dr. Bartolo in Rossini’s IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Opera 691 and he had a hugely successful 4-week run of his show OPERATION OPERA at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where he became a favorite guest on the BBC’s Festival Café. In the U.S., OPERATION OPERA won Mr. Guidarelli the MAC Award for Best Comedy/Musical Comedy Performer in New York City where critics dubbed him “The Clown Prince of Opera”. The show was compared to the work of Victor Borge and Anna Russell. OPERATION OPERA also got him noticed by Ryan Seacrest who invited him to perform Mozart’s “Non più andrai” on his E! Channel series Bank of Hollywood.

Mr. Guidarelli has worked with such operatic legends as, Luciano Pavarotti, Jerome Hines, Giulietta Simionato, Licia Albanese, Sherrill Milnes and Robert Merrill. In Europe he has performed with Opera Evreux of France; as a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana in Italy; at The Vatican before Pope John Paul II; for Queen Elizabeth in the UK; as well as Spain, Portugal and Germany. Mr. Guidarelli has been the recipient of career grants from The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, The Amadeus Fund, The Bloomfield chapter of UNICO, The New Jersey Alliance for Performing Artists, The Columbians, The Caruso International Voice Competition, and from Richard and Donna Esteves.

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RISA RENAE HARMAN


RISA RENAE HARMAN, soprano, has been acclaimed for her technical virtuosity and communication skills as an artist. As a winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition, she made a concert tour of Sweden and appeared with Elisabeth Söderström in a gala benefit concert honoring Jenny Lind’s birthday. She is also a recent career grant recipient from the Lee Schaenen Foundation and a winner of the Dalton Baldwin Mélodie prize in the Lotte Lehmann Vocal Competition. Recent engagements for the soprano include Samuel Barber’s The Prayers of Kierkegaard at the Kennedy Center with The Washington Chorus (The Washington Post stated, “Risa Renae Harman sang the solo part in a warm and sweetly lyrical soprano”), Dorine in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe with Lake George Opera (The Post-Star, “Her exquisite voice and spunky acting shone in each and every scene...”), Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti ed i Montecchi and Mum in the East Coast Premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek with Stony Brook Opera, Female Passerby in the workshop of Adam Silverman’s Korczak’s Orphans and a return to the Bay View Festival as Artist-in-Residence. On the operatic stage, Miss Harman has sung The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera and as special guest artist with Tri-Cities Opera. Her debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus with Lyric Opera of Cleveland prompted The Cleveland Plain Dealer to remark that she “sparked the action with her vivid portrayal of Adele”.

Miss Harman toured North America with the New York City Opera National Company, and she also performed with the New York City Opera Educational Outreach Division, For Miss Harman’s debut with the Cathedral Choral Society in an all-Baroque program at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post described her voice as “luminous” and “outstanding”. Among Miss Harman’s recent recital engagements was a solo recital for the Trinity Church Concert Series in downtown New York. The New York Times proclaimed, “But she is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist ... she seemed to have something to say in all five languages she was singing in”.

Other recital and concert engagements include the world premiere of Seymour Barab’s “Born as a Child” with Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, recitals in Naples, Florida and at Georgia College and State University, Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Orchestra Sinfonica Nacional de Mèxico and as soloist in the annual Messiah Sing-in with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Miss Harman received an Artist Diploma in Opera from Hartt School of Music. Miss Harman is the recipient of numerous awards and career grants, including the Lee Schaenen Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Shoshana Foundation, Palm Beach Opera, Lola Hayes Foundation, Liederkranz Foundation, YWCA Studio Club, Washington International and the D’Angelo Vocal Competition.

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RICHARD C. HILTON


RICHARD C. HILTON is an operatic tenor and tenor soloist who has performed numerous roles and concerts with opera companies throughout the tri -state region, including the New Jersey State Opera, New York Grand Opera, and Boheme Opera of New Jersey. Recent opera performances include roles in Pagliacci, Aida, Susannah, and Turandot.

Recent oratorio performances include the Messiah, Bach Christmas Oratorio, and Puccini's Messa di Gloria. Mr. Hilton is also a certified music teacher and presently teaches instrumental music in New Jersey. Mr. Hilton has also done extensive church work, and is presently the leader of song in St. Anthony's Church in Hawthorne, N.J.
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VALERIE SUE MULLER


VALERIE SUE MULLER, soprano, is an active performer in concert, opera, musical theater and music ministry. She has appeared on stage around the world, from Italy to Japan, and has performed in front of audiences across the country from New Jersey to California, and everywhere in between. On stage, she has performed leading and featured roles in such productions as The Mikado, Elixir of Love, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, The Crucible, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Merry Widow, The Barber of Seville, Anything Goes, Dames at Sea, Over Here!, and Oklahoma. She has appeared with many companies, including The New Jersey State Opera, New York Grand Opera, Central Florida Lyric Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, The Rome Festival Opera Company, Opera In the Ozarks, and Jerome Hines’ Opera Music Theatre International. She has also been a member of the New Jersey State Opera Outreach Program and Children’s Opera Theatre of Opera Northeast, performing opera for children along the East Coast. She has been a featured soloist with the Musical Revue Troupe, In Love with Broadway, and as an active member of New Jersey Alliance of Performing Artists, has appeared in various concerts throughout the state. Other notable concert credits include: the special Concert of Dedication at the Misawa A.F.B. in Misawa, Japan; the encore Misawa performance entitled “God and Country”; the Hausmusik Series for the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra in Cheyenne, WY; National Anthem guest artist at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo --- “The Daddy of them All!”; St. Peter By the Sea Orchestra Christmas concerts; and the NY Century Club Elixer of Love excerpts performance, with the late George Plimpton acting as narrator.

Ms. Muller has recently focused her musical talents and passion on the Church and is very active singing throughout the Archdiocese of Newark. She has performed benefit concerts for the Office of Vocations, is the Cantor and Music Director for the Women’s Commission Annual Day of Reflection, and leads the beautiful Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for various Archdiocesan Events.

Valerie was also honored by an invitation to sing during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to New York in 2008. Valerie has released three CD recordings – “Spirit of the Season”, a Christmas album, “Stages” which features songs from the stage, screen and concert hall, and “Lights”, a collection of spiritual and inspirational music. Ms. Muller currently serves as Director of Music and cantor at The Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes, NJ. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice and Opera Performance.

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GENYA MUZYCZKA


GENYA MUZYCZKA, soprano, began her career as a singer at age sixteen as a church soloist, and she made her professional debut with the New York Grand Opera seven years later. As a principal soprano with Amato Opera, Long Island Opera, and Dobbs Opera, she has sung roles in numerous operas, including Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Musetta and Mimi in La Boheme, Violetta in La Traviata, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and the title role in Manon. Of her performance in a Tri-State Regional Opera production, one reviewer noted that "Genya Muzyczka is . . . refined with her lyric soprano . . . ."

Her solo engagements include recitals and oratorios throughout the New York metropolitan area with the New Jersey Alliance of Performing Artists, New Jersey State Opera West Essex Guild, the Glen Ridge Choral Society, the Oratorio Society of New Jersey, the Maplewood Glee Club, the BRAVO Alliance of Performing Artists, and her own solo recital, Edgy Women and Women on the Edge: Comic and Tragic Women of Opera. Ms. Muzyczka loves to collaborate with other artists to present engaging and humorous recitals, such as the recent Opera Goes to the Movies, an exploration of opera music in popular culture. In addition, she directed the Long Island Opera's successful production of Hansel and Gretel.

Ms. Muzyczka is a soprano soloist at Glen Ridge Congregational Church in Glen Ridge, and a soprano substitute at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. She maintains a voice studio, Lyric Voice Studio of Montclair, where she offers private voice lessons to students of all ages.

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ELIZABETH PERRYMAN


ELIZABETH PERRYMAN, soprano, received a Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Illinois, Master's Degree at University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and Professional Studies at Mannes in NYC. Ms. Perryman has appeared the Bronx Opera, Opera Brooklyn, Opera 691, Chelsea Opera, Pensacola Opera, Des Moines Opera, and the Altamura Festival.

Ms. Perryman has been a three time regional finalist with the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, semi finalist in the Chicago Bel Canto Competition, and won the audience choice award at the Altamura International Competition. From a review, “Perryman stunned with her visceral performance as Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Her woman grasped the house.” Ms. Perryman has sung with the NJ and Plainfield Symphony.

Ms. Perryman teaches elementary music in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

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BRUCE REED


BRUCE REED is known for his mellifluous voice and poetic style, and is increasingly performing more of the fuller lyric tenor roles. During the past two seasons, Mr. Reed has added to his repertoire such roles as Ashenbach/Hotel Porter in Britten's Death in Venice, Nick in Fanciulla del West. Tiberge in Massenet's rarely-performed Le Portrait de Manon, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, William Marshall in Blitzstein's Regina, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Sam Polk in Floyd's Susannah. MacDuff in Verdi's MacBeth, Don Jose in Carmen and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo; the Glimmergiass, Florida Grand, Anchorage. Palm Beach. Indianapolis, Gold Coast and Utah Festival Opera Companies; and with the Monterey, South Bend, Valdosla, Ocala, Kunming (China) and Seoul (Korea) Symphony Orchestras.

Previously, Mr. Reed was a mainstay with the New York City Opera Company for nine seasons following his debut with the New York City Opera as Camilla de Rosilion opposite Beverly Sills in The Merry Widow. He was especially known for the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute, Fenton in both Falstaff and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment Mr. Reed has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Company of Boston, Pittsburgh Opera, and the Canadian Opera as well as with the Cleveland, Arizona, Virginia, Indianapolis, Mobile. Palm Beach, Tampa, Rochester, Memphis, Syracuse, Orlando, and Shreveport Opera Companies, Central City Opera, and the Spoleto Festival (USA). Mr. Reed made his European debut at the Spoleto Festival (Italy) in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and was leading tenor at the Landes theater Liuz in Austria for several seasons. He also performed with the Zurich Opera and other major European opera houses and symphony orchestras.

In concert, Mr. Reed has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo, Rochester, Evansville, Florida, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestras; with the Syracuse, Mississippi, Monterey, and Savannah Symphonies; and with the Boca and Ocean City Pops Orchestras. He has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both at Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center under such batons as Julius Rudel, Christopher Keene, and Christian Badea.

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RICKY RUSSELL


RICKY RUSSELL, tenor, is a Director of Performing Arts, Music and Stage Director, Voice Teacher, and has provided leadership for Improvisation Workshops. He has performed numerous roles on National Tours throughout the United States and Europe. He has starred in Off-Broadway Theatre in New York, Regional Theatre in the United States, Modern Dance with the Tennessee Dance Theatre, and has been an actor for T.V. Commercials.

Ricky’s career extends to various teaching experiences. He is a Teaching Artist at the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts, the Leonard Bernstein Center in Nashville, the North Jersey School of Performing Arts, the West Milford Summer Arts Program, and the Palisades Jewish Community Center. He is also Musical Director of the Bucks County Kids on Campus.

Ricky has attended the University of North Caroline at Charlotte as a Liberal Arts Major and the Gaston College as a Humanities Major. He resides in West Milford, New Jersey.

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DAVID SANTIAGO


DAVID SANTIAGO is a versatile lyric tenor whose repertoire ranges from Bel Canto to Verismo. A graduate of Mannes College of Music, he has performed under the baton of Maestro George Manahan in the Emmy Award winning production of La Boheme “Live from Lincoln Center”. While at New York City Opera, David also performed with Maestro Joseph Colaneri.

Tenor David Santiago launches the 2017/2018 season with the Bravo Alliance of Performing Artists Opera Gala Concert. Later this spring he will debut the role of Jaquino in Bethoven's Fidelio.

In the 2015/2016 season, Tenor David Santiago appeared in the Concert Paris: Part 1, featuring French Composers Bizet, Massenet & Donizetti, of which the "St. Suplice" scene from Manon was a highlight.

The 2014 season found David performing with the Amici Opera as Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, Prunier in La Rondine, Macduff in Macbeth, the title role "The Earl of Essex" in Roberto Devereux and Giannetto in the Verismo Opera La Cena delle Beffe. He was cast for the tenor role in Mozart’s Réquiem with Masterwork Chorus’ Summer Sings. David ended the season with his debut as Alfredo in La Traviata in Atlantic City, NJ.

In past seasons, David made his Carnegie Hall debut (Weill Recital Hall), in an event sponsored by Operafest, LLC. He was cast as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore and The Messenger in Aida with the Amato Opera. Other roles include Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Little Bat in Susannah, Fritz in L’amico Fritz and Max in Der Freischutz. He was a featured soloist with the Bravo Alliance of Performing Artists in Travelogue: Eastern Europe, a concert featuring composers from Eastern European countries.

An avid recitalist, David performed a variety of works, which have included Benjamin Britten’s Folk Songs of the British Isles and Richard Strauss’s 6 Lieder aus “Lotosblatter”. His passion for the Italian repertoire has led David to perform Donizetti’s Composizioni da Camera, Bellini’s Tre ariette and Sei arietta, as well as programs which included compositions by Respighi, Pergolesi, Caldara and Tosti. In addition, David has also sung a program which focused primarily on songs by Russian composers Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
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MICHELE  SEPRISH


MICHELE SEPRISH, soprano, has enjoyed listening to classical music, especially opera, since she was a child and is thrilled to perform the music she has always loved. She has been a soloist in several concerts with the Bravo Alliance, including their recent concert celebrating Poland’s culture. She appeared at the Festival Musica e Arte in Italy at numerous venues. Operatic engagements include appearing as Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni with the Hawthorne Symphony Orchestra and her self-titled “Very Verdi” concert. She has also performed the roles of Donna Anna from Don Giovanni as well as Desdemona from Othello in Operalogues for the New Jersey State Opera Guild and appeared in multiple concerts for them as well. Ms. Seprish has also appeared in area churches and concert halls in New York and New Jersey as a recitalist, soloist, and chorister.

In addition to her performances of classical music, she has a diverse musical theater background having appeared in original works such as a musical version of Rumpelstiltskin and Jack the Ripper to well-known and beloved favorites such as Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music.

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MADELAINE WARREN


MADELAINE WARREN, a trained classical singer, has sung lead roles with the Metropolitan Opera Studio, St. Luke’s Orchestra, Eastern Opera, Manhattan Savoyards - as well as Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” with regional orchestras and Julie in “Carousel”, Marsinah in “Kismet” as guest artist on Holland America, Anna in “The King and I” in its first ever production in Thailand. With husband Arthur, her singing partner in the successful vocal duo “The Warrens”, Madelaine has shared the stage with Shecky Greene, Vic Damone, Tommy Tune, Iris Williams, Phyllis Diller, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Roberta Peters - on world cruises (Holland America, Cunard, Crystal, Royal Viking); in the Catskill Hotels (Kutshers, Concord, Nevele, Grossingers, Browns); Florida condos; resorts throughout New England; PA; and community concerts (Indian River, FL; Downingtown, PA; Queens College, NY; Greene, Me; Bar Harbor, Me; Reading, PA, San Diego, CA; Santa Monica, CA) Worldwide corporate entertainment includes IBM, Zonta, Cohen Fashion Optical, Lotus, Aetna, GE, Hartford Insurance, Alcoa, Farmers’ Cooperative, U S Postal Service, Habitat for Humanity.

Madelaine’s 2012 cabaret debut in NYC, “Street of Dreams” was a tribute to Tin Pan Ally lyricist Sam Lewis. She is founder of the classical cabaret series called “The Melody Arts Trio” with soprano, cello, piano. Madelaine’s new cabaret show “Moving Forward by Looking Backward at the Great American Songbook” marked her performance debut at the Metropolitan Room May 3 and May 7, 2015.

By popular demand, Madelaine reprised her show at the venerable NYC cabaret room “Don’t Tell Mama” on April 18, April 25 and May 1, 2016.

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ALICIA VITALE


ALICIA VITALE (BM, MMEd) Alicia has performed opera and musical theatre at numerous cities and venues, including Carnegie Hall. She has studied in Florence, Italy with Benita Valente and Martha Collins, among other accomplished performers. Alicia has performed in the operas Il Matrimonio Segretto as Carolina, Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges and Puccini's La Boheme. Alicia also played the role of Susanna in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro during Boston Conservatory's Opera Scenes. She has been a featured soloist in numerous choral ensembles in Boston. More recently, Alicia performed the role of Philia in “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” with The Greater Lowell Musical Theatre Company along side Eddie Mekka. She played the leading lady in an original musical, “Winners of the Heart,” written by Nancy Tiritilli at the Rhino Theatre.

Alicia has also performed the roles of Cosette in Les Miserables, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and The Beast, and Rose in The Secret Garden among others. She has performed in fund raising events, charity performances, and restaurant cabarets in New Jersey with The Bravo Alliance.

Alicia currently teaches voice lessons in northern New Jersey.

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