Archives for September 2016

Carsten Wittmoser, bass-baritone

Carsten Wittmoser

Appearing in the concert Intolerance, which was performed on March 1, 2018 at Carnegie Hall.

Carsten Wittmoser began his career at the State Opera of Stuttgart. He became a principal soloist of the Staatstheater Stuttgart, which led to engagements with the Landestheater Linz, the Freiburg Opera, and the Hamburg State Opera. Mr. Wittmoser has sung with such prestigious opera houses as Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, State Opera Munich, Teatro Real de Madrid, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Seattle Opera House, Michigan Opera Theater, Ópera de Bellas Artes Mexico City, and recently at the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed at the Bayreuth Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, Bard SummerScape, and in Taiwan and Singapore. Concert appearances include the Musikverein in Vienna, Sala São Paulo, Herkulessaal in Munich, Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Culture and Convention Center in Lucerne, and Carnegie Hall. He recently debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde.

Spring 2018

Ricardo Lugo, bass

Ricardo Lugo
Photo By Tim Hill

Appearing in the concert Troubled Days of Peace, performed on October 19, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

Puerto Rican bass Ricardo Lugo made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Un Barnabotto in La Gioconda and has since been involved in multiple productions with the company, including The Nose, Ariadne auf Naxos, Khovanshchina, Billy Budd, La fanciulla del West, Adriana Lecouvreur, Macbeth, The Gambler, Otello, Tannhäuser, Tosca, Turandot, Manon Lescaut, and Salome. In recent seasons Mr. Lugo has joined Michigan Opera Theater as Timur in Turandot, Alfieri in Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, and Don Fernando in Fidelio, and has sung Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Memphis and Mr. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor with Boston Midsummer Opera. With the San Francisco Opera he has appeared as Reinmar von Zweter in Tannhäuser, the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Sarastro in their adapted “Magic Flute” for families, and covered Banquo in Macbeth. Additional recent highlights include his return to The Metropolitan Opera as Hans Schwarz in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Il bonzo in Madama Butterfly; the Prison Guard in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, the Sacristan in Tosca, and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Sarasota Opera and the Princeton Festival. In the 2016–17 season he will return to Michigan Opera Theater as the French General in Silent Night, debut with Virginia Opera as Timur in Turandot, and return to the Metropolitan Opera for Salome.

Fall 2016

Doug Jones, tenor

Doug Jones

Appearing in the concert Troubled Days of Peace, performed on October 19, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

American tenor Doug Jones’ repertoire embraces all styles from Monteverdi to premieres of new works by composers such as György Ligeti, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Luca Lombardi, and Tobias Picker. He recently performed at Covent Garden in Elektra, as well as a live-in-cinema production of Turandot (available on DVD, Opus Arte). Other recent performances include Ariadne auf Naxos in Seattle, the American professional stage premiere of Bloch’s Macbeth with Long Beach Opera, Puts’ Silent Night and Carmen with Kansas City Lyric Opera, and Der Rosenkavalier with the National Symphony featuring Renée Fleming.

In the U.S., Mr. Jones has performed with Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Dallas Opera, Austin Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Colorado, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Bard Music Festival. Internationally, he has appeared in many European houses, including the Opéra Bastille, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatre Liceu in Barcelona, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Dutch National Opera, Theater Basel, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Wiener Operntheater, and the Israeli Opera. He also appeared with the summer festivals of Salzburg, Bregenz, Innsbruck, San Sebastián in Spain, Batignano in Italy, and Aix-en-Provence.

Mr. Jones can be heard on the premiere recording of the opera Die Menschen on the Wergo label by Detlev Müller-Siemens.

Fall 2016

Scott Joiner, tenor

Scott Joiner
Photo by Fay Fox

Appearing in the concert Troubled Days of Peace, performed on October 19, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

This season Scott Joiner returns to Carnegie Hall as soloist in Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light with Distinguished Concerts International, appears at the National Opera Center in Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President, and in concert with the Helena Symphony and the Center for Contemporary Opera. Joiner made his San Francisco Opera debut as Dickon in the 2013 premiere of Gasser’s The Secret Garden. Recent appearances include Ivan in Giordano’s Siberia with Teatro Grattacielo, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with St. Petersburg Opera, and Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons with Manhattan School of Music.

In the 2014–15 Season, Mr. Joiner created the role of Captain Scott in the world premiere of The Boston Tea Party Opera at the New York International Fringe Festival and made role debuts as Fenton in Falstaff and Pang in Turandot. His concert activity includes appearances with the Colorado Music Festival, Asheville Symphony, Greenwich Choral Society, Harrisburg Choral Society, Wintergreen Music Festival, Hendersonville Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, and Escher String Quartet. Winner of the Heafner-Williams Competition and a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist, he has performed with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Asheville Lyric Opera, New York City’s Center for Contemporary Opera, Cinnabar Opera Theater, Opera Company of Brooklyn, American Opera Projects, and internationally at Teatro Magnani di Fidenza.

Fall 2016

Karen Chia-Ling Ho, soprano

Karen Chia-ling Ho
Photo by Richard Blinkoff

Appearing in the concert Troubled Days of Peace, performed on October 19, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

Winner of the prestigious Renee Fleming Award from Eastman School of Music, soprano Karen Chia-ling Ho began her music career at the age of six singing in the Taipei Hua-Hsin Children’s Choir of Taiwan. This performance marks her debut with the American Symphony Orchestra. This fall she made her San Francisco Opera debut in the role of Princess Jia in Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, a role she reprises with the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2017.

Ms. Ho was a San Francisco Opera young artist where she sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and sang in their Grand Finale Concert. She was presented in concert with the American Composers Orchestra in music by the Chinese composer Li Shaosheng and sang operatic arias and duets with the Shanghai Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras. She was featured with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra in the Yellow River Cantata, Strauss’ Op. 27, and operatic arias by Verdi.

As a Glimmerglass Festival young artist she covered leading roles in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and David Lang’s the little match girl passion. She has performed at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman in The Music Man as Alma Hix and has since added the roles of Liù and Pamina to her repertoire.

Ms. Ho was honored as a participant in the final rounds of the Belvedere, Viñas, NeueStimmen, and Marcello Giordani competitions and was a District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Fall 2016

Steven Eddy, baritone

Steven Eddy
Photo by David Hobby

Appearing in the concert Troubled Days of Peace, performed on October 19, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

An avid concert performer and Baroque music specialist, Steven Eddy has appeared with Seraphic Fire, American Classical Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, New York Virtuoso Singers, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, The Choralis Foundation, Columbia Pro Cantare, Ensemble VIII, Saginaw Choral Society, and Kalamazoo Bach Festival. His wide range of oratorio and concert works include Handel’s Messiah; Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion, and cantatas; Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine; Mozart’s Mass in C minor; Carmina Burana; the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé; and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. This performance marks his debut with the American Symphony Orchestra. Other upcoming engagements include soloist with Seraphic Fire, Messiah soloist with Handel Choir of Baltimore, recitalist with Brooklyn Art Song Society, and the role of Charlie in Three Decembers with Opera Birmingham.

He has worked with Fort Worth Opera, Opera Saratoga, LoftOpera, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Tanglewood Music Center, Center for Contemporary Opera, and Arbor Opera Theater, and includes the roles of Dandini in La Cenerentola, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, John Brooke in Little Women, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Raimbaud in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.

He has been honored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Dallas Opera Guild, and Connecticut Opera Guild, Joy in Singing, and the Oratorio Society of New York. In addition to his B.M.Ed and M.M degrees from the Indiana University, he holds an advanced degree from the University of Michigan.

Fall 2016

Mark Duffin, tenor

Mark Duffin

Appearing in the concert Troubled Days of Peace, performed on October 19, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

This year American Heldentenor Mark Duffin joins the Washington National Opera for their Francesca Zambello Ring Cycle. Recent engagements include his Teatro Colón debut as Boris in Káťa Kabanová, the title role in Tannhäuser with the Teatr Wielki in Poland, Pollione in Norma with Theater Dortmund, Florestan in Fidelio with the Bayerische Staatsoper, the title role in Parsifal with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, additional performances of Boris in Káťa Kabanová with Opera Zuid in Holland and Oldenburgische Staatstheater, and Pollux in Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae with Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Highlights from earlier seasons include the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlos with San Francisco Opera; Don José in Carmen and Boconnion in Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur with New York City Opera; the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao with Santa Fe Opera; Mao Tse-tung in John Adams’ Nixon in China with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Portland Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater; Bruno Hauptmann in the world premiere of Cary John Franklin’s Loss of Eden with Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Herod in Salome and the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Connecticut Opera; and leading roles with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Opéra National de Lyon, Wiener Kammeroper, Vienna’s “Mozart in Schönbrunn” Festival, and Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg.

Fall 2016

Ilana Davidson, soprano

Ilana Davidson

Appearing in the concert Troubled Days of Peace, performed on October 19, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

Grammy-winning soprano Ilana Davidson returns to Carnegie Hall after previous engagements for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Boston Philharmonic, Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience with the Saint Louis Symphony, and Max von Schillings’ Mona Lisa with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra. Her extensive concert repertoire includes Brahms’ A German Requiem with North Carolina Symphony and Berkshire Choral Festival; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Fort Worth and Detroit Symphonies and at the Brevard Music Center and Bellingham Festival of Music; Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville, Pacific, Ann Arbor, and Alabama Symphonies, and National Philharmonic; Fauré’s Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony; Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Wheeling Symphony and at the Brevard Music Center; Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Harrisburg Symphony, Philadelphia’s Voces Novae et Antiquae, and at the Bellingham Festival; Bach Cantatas with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society; Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium and Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Québec, Delaware, Baton Rouge, and Acadiana Symphonies, and Rhode Island Philharmonic. In addition she sang Orff’s Carmina Burana for her debuts with the Houston, Edmonton, Reading, and Toledo Symphonies. More information can be found online at

Fall 2016

Donnie Ray Albert, baritone

Donnie Ray Albert

Appearing in the concert Troubled Days of Peace, performed on October 19, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

Donnie Ray Albert is a regular guest of opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, plus numerous appearances with Opera Pacific, Houston Grand Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Dallas Opera, Arizona Opera, Atlanta Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, and the opera companies of New Orleans, Baltimore, Columbus, Kansas City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, and, in Canada, with the companies in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Manitoba, and Vancouver.

In Europe, Mr. Albert has appeared at the Cologne Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Semperoper Dresden, Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, the Royal Opera Wallonie in Liège, the National Theater in Prague, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lithuanian National Opera, plus the opera houses in Bordeaux, Cologne, Bregenz, Milan, Mannheim, Hamburg, and Vienna. He has appeared in Japan with the New National Theater in Tokyo, and in Brazil in São Paulo.

Mr. Albert has appeared with symphony orchestras around the world, including the American Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Radio France, Vienna Festival, and Deutsche Radio Philarmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, plus orchestras in Austin, Irving, Nashville, Plano, and Rhode Island.

Mr. Albert is Professor of Voice on the faculty of University of Texas at Austin.

Fall 2016