Joining us this season
Soprano Elizabeth Schleicher has been seen as a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera chorus in productions of Lohengrin, Boris Godunov, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Recent roles include Julia in The Cousin from Nowhere with Chicago Folks Operetta and as Damon in Acis and Galatea with Union Avenue Opera. Other opera roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Lucy Brown in Three Penny Opera. She has appeared as the soprano soloist for Schubert’s Mass in E-flat with Nicholas McGegan and the St. Louis Symphony. Elizabeth has sung with Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Masters program and is on the voice faculty at Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame. Elizabeth maintains a private studio in South Bend, Indiana and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Originally from Connecticut, Mezzo Soprano Jamie Caporizo recently performed the role of Rosalind in the world premiere of Roger Steptoe’s ‘As You Like It’ for Opera Notre Dame. Other roles of note include Mrs. Noye (Britten’s Noye’s Fludde—Notre Dame Children’s Choir) and Dido (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas—UNC Charlotte Opera). Recent concert appearances include Vivaldi’s Gloria, RV 589 with the South Shore Orchestra. Ms. Caporizo earned the Master of Sacred Music degree at the University of Notre Dame, where she appeared as a soloist with the Notre Dame Chorale (Handel’s Messiah) and Notre Dame Vocale (Elijah with Nathan Gunn, Vivaldi’s Gloria, RV 639 and C.P.E Bach’s Magnificat).
A passionate educator, Ms. Caporizo spent 5 years teaching music in the Connecticut public schools and intermittently travels to Brazil to run a choral program for disadvantaged youth. She is currently an adjunct professor of voice at Indiana UniversitySouth Bend and Saint Mary’s College.
In addition to her performance endeavors, Ms. Caporizo serves as Asst. Director of music and liturgy for the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Notre Dame, IN.
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Emanuel- Cristian Caraman, tenor
Throughout his career Romanian tenor Emanuel- Cristian Caraman has appeared with opera companies, symphony orchestras and on the recital stage in Europe, South America and North America. Mr. Caraman has performed with Los Angeles Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, George Enescu International Music Festival in Bucharest, Die Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie in Bremen, New England Chamber Orchestra, Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, Opera in the Heights in Houston, American Opera Group in Chicago, da Corneto Opera in Chicago, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra in Chicago and Musical Arts Indiana in South Bend.
As a distinguished concert performer Mr. Caraman has performed the tenor solos in Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and Haydn’s Stabat Mater.
In the fall of 2016, Mr. Caraman will appear with Harbor Country Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata and will travel to Romania for a recital at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.
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Stephen Lancaster, baritone
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