Guest Conductor

Elizabeth Schleicher, soprano

Emerson Eads, conductor

Rossini

Alaskan composer and conductor, Emerson Eads, studies conducting at the University of Notre Dame with Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez. He also studied with Peabody’s Markand Thakar, and conducted the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ premiere percussion ensemble, 64.8 featuring percussionists Bob Becker and Anders Astrand in several performances of Varèse’ Ionisation.

A student of John Luther Adams, Eads is composing his second commissioned opera, with librettist Dave Hunsaker, in a new opera, The Princess Sophia, for the centenary remembrance of the Sophia’s sinking in 1918. The opera is scheduled to be premiered in the fall of 2018.

Summer of 2017 will feature the release of Eads’ first album, Mass for the Oppressed, which features his arrangement of the spiritual, He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, his own setting of the De Profundis, and the title work, featuring internationally acclaimed soloists, Tess Altiveros, Toby Newman, Barry Banks, David Miller, and Jaunelle Celaire. The live concert recording was produced by Grammy-winning Five Four Productions.

His song cycle, Robinsonade with poetry written by Patrick Milian, will be premiered in the fall of 2017 by internationally acclaimed lyric tenor, Barry Banks, for whom it was composed.

Opera Fairbanks commissioned Eads to write Homeland, a cantata for orchestra, mixed choir, and soloists for the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Alaska’s Statehood with Vivica Genaux, conducted by Gregory Buchalter. His compositions have been performed at the National Saxophone Conference, by Dr Jun Watabe, also by the BBC brass, University of Iceland Reykjavik’s Choir, the University of Alaska’s Choir of the North, and by the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.

Eads’ Song of the Sikuliaq, a song for mezzo-soprano and orchestra commissioned for the dedication of the newly built Research Vessel Sikuliaq, was debuted in the Fall of 2012 with mezzo-soprano, Marlene Bateman, and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Eduard Zilberkant.

In March of 2014, Opera Fairbanks commissioned him to write The Color of Gold, his first opera, with a libretto by Cassandra Tilly. He conducted the premiere to a rave review in Opera magazine. Music critic Mike Dunham declared it one of the musical high points of 2014 in the Alaska Dispatch News.

Starting in 2012 he was hired as the chorus master for the Fairbanks Symphony Chorus. In the fall of 2014 he became the founding director the Fairbanks Symphony Children’s Chorus, and served as chorus master for numerous Opera Fairbanks productions.

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Vocalists

Kimberly Giordano, soprano

A Kipling Passion

Kimberly Giordano’s 2016-17 season is one of world premieres and house debuts, including the role of Mrs. Fairfax in Center for Contemporary Opera’s world premiere of Jane Eyre, conducted by Grammy-winning conductor Sara Jobin; she also returns to Choral Arts Northwest to create the role of Carrie Kipling in John Muehleisen’s But Who Will Return Us Our Children – A Kipling Passion as well as collaborate as soloist with conductor Murry Sidlin in his Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin. Her 2015-16 season included Les Divas de L’Empire, a classical cabaret performance of Weill, Britten, Schoenberg, and Bolcom shared with mezzo Melissa Plagemann; a return to Tacoma Opera in her role debut as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with Portland Concert Opera, and an evening with Michael Miropolsky and the Cascade Symphony Orchestra singing Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder. 

Her 2014-15 season included the joyous Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers, a Three Divas Mozart concert with Christophe Chagnard and the Northwest Sinfonietta, an innovative and intimate staging of Carmina Burana with the Spectrum Dance Ensemble, conducted by Dean Williamson and directed by Donald Byrd; and Haydn’s Messa in tempora belli with Kirkland Choral Society and Philharmonia Northwest.

In 2013-14 she performed the powerful Verdi Requiem with Thalia Symphony and Choir of the Sound, made a return to Washington Idaho Symphony in her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, appeared with Choral Arts – Seattle in the stunning Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and debuted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Yaniv Attar.

Her 2012-13 season included a return to Seattle Opera as Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica, her role debut as Fiordiligi in a concert version of Cosi fan tutte with Washington Idaho Symphony, and a return to the Thalia Symphony singing Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été. She also made her role and company debut with Seattle’s Music Of Remembrance, singing The Drummer in a new production of The Kaiser from Atlantis, conducted by Ludovic Morlot. Other recent season highlights include Elettra in Idomeneo with Puget Sound Concert Opera, Nedda in I Pagliacci with Tacoma Opera conducted by Carolyn Kuan, Strauss‘ Vier letzte Lieder with the Thalia Symphony, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Whatcom Symphony, her Seattle Opera debut in Elektra (Die Vertraute), directed by Chris Alexander and conducted by Lawrence Renes; and Marguerite in Faust with Tacoma Opera.

Equally captivating on the concert stage, Ms. Giordano made her Carnegie Hall debut in Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She has performed Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Thalia Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with both the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Helena Symphony, and Mozart’s C minor Mass with the Bremerton Symphony Association. A gifted performer of contemporary music, Ms. Giordano sang Pasatieri’s poignant Letter to Warsaw with Music of Remembrance as well as the role of Kelly in the West Coast premiere of Black Water, with music by John Duffy and libretto by Joyce Carol Oates. A lover of art songs, she recently performed song recitals in Seattle and New York, with works by Bellini, Canteloube, Schubert, Hundley and Sondheim. She has been a performer of the National Anthem at Seattle Mariners games since 2013.

Ms. Giordano was a winner in the Lois Alba Aria Competition, and a finalist in the inaugural Irene Dalis Competition, the Nico Castel Master Singer Competition, The American Prize (Art Song Division), and the Altamura/Caruso International Vocal Competition. She holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from the University of Washington and a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University.

To learn more, visit the artist’s website.

Kimberly Giordano, soprano
Matt Kelly, tenor

Matt Kelly, tenor

A Kipling Passion

Matt Kelly, tenor, is currently pursuing a Master of Sacred Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Notre Dame where he performs often with the Notre Dame Vocale, Notre Dame Medieval Quartet, and Opera Notre Dame. This year, after singing and dancing as Wilson in Annie Get Your Gun! and covering Nanki-Poo in The Mikado at Ohio Light Opera, he will sing the Evangelist in Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie, King Solomon in the world premier of Robert Kyr’s Paradiso with the International Dante Project (professionally recorded), and Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera Notre Dame. Mr. Kelly received his Bachelors of Music with Distinction, summa cum laude, from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where he also sang and covered roles with Virginia Opera, the Virginia Chorale, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Corey Crider, baritone

A Kipling Passion

Baritone Corey Crider is an alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and recently returned to the company as Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Additional recent highlights include Marcello in La bohème with Arizona Opera and the Munich Philharmonic, Cavaliere di Belfiore in Un giorno di regno with Sarasota Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Lyra Ottawa. In the 2014-15 season Corey debuted the title role of Sweeney Todd with Madison Opera, sang Marcello in La bohème with Opera on the James, Scarpia in Tosca with the New Philharmonic, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Opera Naples, the Sacristan in Tosca with the Detroit Symphony, and Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love with Finger Lakes Opera. The 2015-2016 season includes the reprise of his celebrated Sweeney Todd with Opera Roanoke, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with Dayton Opera, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Sarasota Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Handel’s Messiah with Augustana College.

In the 2011-2012 season, under the baton of Maazel, Corey sang the role of Bartolo in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Beijing, and Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen in Bari, Italy. He was also featured as the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, as Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Opera on the James, the title role in Don Giovanni with the Natchez Opera Festival, and made his Nashville Opera debut as Sonora in La fanciulla del West. Corey was recently heard at the Castleton Festival in the title role of Gianni Schicchi and as Marcello in La bohème under the baton of Lorin Maazel. For the Lyric Opera of Chicago, he has previously performed Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Larkens in La fanciulla del West. Also an alumnus of Florida Grand Opera’s young-artist program, Corey has been heard on their mainstage as Schaunard in La bohème and Prince Yashvin in the world premiere of Anna Karenina by David Carlson.

In addition to appearances with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in Don Giovanni and Opera Festival di Roma as Mozart’s Figaro, Crider has been heard with the major opera companies of Omaha, Cincinnati, Nashville, and Dayton. He performed excerpts from Don Giovanni with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, having sung that opera’s title role with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

A two-time national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, Corey took fourth prize in the Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses of the Opera Voice Competition. He is an alumnus of the Artist Diploma program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; as well as of the University of Kentucky (M.M.) and Murray State University (B.M.).

To learn more, visit the artist’s website.

Corey Crider, baritone

Guest Conductor

Elizabeth Schleicher, soprano

Emerson Eads, conductor

Rossini

Alaskan composer and conductor, Emerson Eads, studies conducting at the University of Notre Dame with Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez. He also studied with Peabody’s Markand Thakar, and conducted the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ premiere percussion ensemble, 64.8 featuring percussionists Bob Becker and Anders Astrand in several performances of Varèse’ Ionisation.

A student of John Luther Adams, Eads is composing his second commissioned opera, with librettist Dave Hunsaker, in a new opera, The Princess Sophia, for the centenary remembrance of the Sophia’s sinking in 1918. The opera is scheduled to be premiered in the fall of 2018.

Summer of 2017 will feature the release of Eads’ first album, Mass for the Oppressed, which features his arrangement of the spiritual, He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, his own setting of the De Profundis, and the title work, featuring internationally acclaimed soloists, Tess Altiveros, Toby Newman, Barry Banks, David Miller, and Jaunelle Celaire. The live concert recording was produced by Grammy-winning Five Four Productions.

His song cycle, Robinsonade with poetry written by Patrick Milian, will be premiered in the fall of 2017 by internationally acclaimed lyric tenor, Barry Banks, for whom it was composed.

Opera Fairbanks commissioned Eads to write, Homeland, a cantata for orchestra, mixed choir, and soloists for the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Alaska’s Statehood with Vivica Genaux, conducted by Gregory Buchalter. His compositions have been performed at the National Saxophone Conference, by Dr Jun Watabe, also by the BBC brass, University of Iceland Reykjavik’s Choir, the University of Alaska’s Choir of the North, and by the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.

Eads’ Song of the Sikuliaq, a song for mezzo-soprano and orchestra commissioned for the dedication of the newly built Research Vessel Sikuliaq, was debuted in the Fall of 2012 with mezzo-soprano, Marlene Bateman, and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Eduard Zilberkant.

In March of 2014, Opera Fairbanks commissioned him to write The Color of Gold, his first opera, with a libretto by Cassandra Tilly. He conducted the premiere to a rave review in Opera magazine. Music critic Mike Dunham declared it one of the musical high points of 2014 in the Alaska Dispatch News.

Starting in 2012 he was hired as the chorus master for the Fairbanks Symphony Chorus. In the fall of 2014 he became the founding director the Fairbanks Symphony Children’s Chorus, and served as chorus master for numerous Opera Fairbanks productions.

Visit artists’ website

Vocalists

Kimberly Giordano, soprano

Kimberly Giordano, soprano

A Kipling Passion

Her 2016-17 season is one of world premieres and house debuts, including the role of Mrs. Fairfax in Center for Contemporary Opera’s world premiere of Jane Eyre, conducted by Grammy-winning conductor Sara Jobin; she also returns to Choral Arts Northwest to create the role of Carrie Kipling in John Muehleisen’s But Who Will Return Us Our Children – A Kipling Passion as well as collaborate as soloist with conductor Murry Sidlin in his Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin. Her 2015-16 season included Les Divas de L’Empire, a classical cabaret performance of Weill, Britten, Schoenberg, and Bolcom shared with mezzo Melissa Plagemann; a return to Tacoma Opera in her role debut as Rosalinde inDie Fledermaus, the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with Portland Concert Opera, and an evening with Michael Miropolsky and the Cascade Symphony Orchestra singing Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder. 

Her 2014-15 season included the joyous Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers, a Three Divas Mozart concert with Christophe Chagnard and the Northwest Sinfonietta, an innovative and intimate staging of Carmina Burana with the Spectrum Dance Ensemble, conducted by Dean Williamson and directed by Donald Byrd; and Haydn’s Messa in tempora belli with Kirkland Choral Society and Philharmonia Northwest.

In 2013-14 she performed the powerful Verdi Requiem with Thalia Symphony and Choir of the Sound, made a return to Washington Idaho Symphony in her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, appeared with Choral Arts – Seattle in the stunning Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and debuted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Yaniv Attar.

Her 2012-13 season included a return to Seattle Opera as Suor Osmina inSuor Angelica, her role debut as Fiordiligi in a concert version of Cosi fan tutte with Washington Idaho Symphony, and a return to the Thalia Symphony singing Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été. She also made her role and company debut with Seattle’s Music Of Remembrance, singing The Drummer in a new production of The Kaiser from Atlantis, conducted by Ludovic Morlot. Other recent season highlights include Elettra in Idomeneo with Puget Sound Concert Opera, Nedda in I Pagliacci with Tacoma Opera conducted by Carolyn Kuan, Strauss‘ Vier letzte Lieder with the Thalia Symphony, Santuzza inCavalleria Rusticana with Whatcom Symphony, her Seattle Opera debut inElektra (Die Vertraute), directed by Chris Alexander and conducted by Lawrence Renes; and Marguerite in Faust with Tacoma Opera.

Equally captivating on the concert stage, Ms. Giordano made her Carnegie Hall debut in Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She has performed Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Thalia Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with both the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Helena Symphony, and Mozart’s C minor Mass with the Bremerton Symphony Association. A gifted performer of contemporary music, Ms. Giordano sang Pasatieri’s poignantLetter to Warsaw with Music of Remembrance as well as the role of Kelly in the West Coast premiere of Black Water, with music by John Duffy and libretto by Joyce Carol Oates. A lover of art song, she recently performed song recitals in Seattle and New York, with works by Bellini, Canteloube, Schubert, Hundley and Sondheim. She has been a performer of the National Anthem at Seattle Mariners games since 2013.

Ms. Giordano was a winner in the Lois Alba Aria Competition, and a finalist in the inaugural Irene Dalis Competition, the Nico Castel Master Singer Competition, The American Prize (Art Song Division), and the Altamura/Caruso International Vocal Competition. She holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from the University of Washington and a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Learn more, visit the artists’ website

Matt Kelly, tenor

Matt Kelly, tenor

A Kipling Passion

A native of Virginia, Matt Kelly, tenor, makes his debut with the South Bend Chamber Singers after completing a Master of Sacred Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, he conducted the Notre Dame Children’s Choir and performed regularly with the Notre Dame Vocale, Notre Dame Medieval Quartet, and OperaND. In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Kelly will sing Don Ottavio with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and join Virginia Opera as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist. Mr. Kelly is featured on a recording of “Frosty the Snowman” with the acclaimed gospel singer Emorja Roberson and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval to be released in the fall of 2017.

Corey Crider, baritone

Corey Crider, baritone

A Kipling Passion

Described as “a fine storyteller” (American Record “Guide), “varied in tone and alive to feeling” (Fanfare Magazine), baritone Stephen Lancaster engages audiences through diverse repertoire in concert, recital, and opera. He has been featured in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Centro Cultural de Belém, Petit Palau de la Música Catalana, and Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.

Recent concert credits include the Fauré & Duruflé Requiems at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York, Carmina Burana with Lisbon Summer Fest, Warren Symphony, and Oakland Symphony Orchestra at the Max M. Fisher Music Center; Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Holland Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem with Chorosynthesis in Seattle and Duruflé’s Requiem with Macalester College in St. Paul.

Born and raised in Canada, he holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan and serves as Associate Professor of the Practice in voice at the University of Notre Dame.

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“We are always moved by the performances of the South Bend Chamber Singers. The musical works and their interpretations are thought-provoking. It is impossible not to be struck by the intensity of the vocalists under Nancy Menk’s strong direction. The Chamber Singers are one of the true gems of our community, an invaluable artistic asset.”

Carol and Scott Russell – Kalamazoo, Michigan

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