Audrey Babcock, mezzo-soprano

Audrey Babcock
Photo by Laura Marie Duncan

Appearing in the concert A Mass of Life, performed on April 5, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

Award-winning mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock is quickly gaining acclaim for her performances as Carmen and her portrayals of Maddalena in Rigoletto. As Carmen, Ms. Babcock made her French debut with the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer and has performed the role with the Florentine Opera Company; Opera San Antonio; OperaDelaware; and the Nashville, Florida Grand, New York City, Toledo, and Utah Festival Operas. She has premiered several new operas, including the NY premiere of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin with Dicapo Opera Theatre; the world premiere of With Blood, With Ink at Fort Worth Opera; La Reina and The Poe Project with American Lyric Theater in New York; and appeared as Mother in Winter’s Child at Beth Morrison’s Prototype Festival in NYC in 2015.

Other engagements for 2014–15 included Carmen with Knoxville Opera and Suburban Symphony, and La Tragédie de Carmen with OperaDelaware. Additional recent highlights include Maddalena in Rigoletto with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Omaha, Tulsa Opera, Florentine Opera Company, and Nashville Opera; Erika in Vanessa with Sarasota Opera; Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Tulsa Opera; Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul with New Jersey State Opera; and Jo in Little Women with Utah Opera and Syracuse Opera, where she won Artist of the Year.

Engagements for the 2015–16 season include Carmen with Anchorage Opera, Rosette in Manon with Dallas Opera, La Reina at the Prototype Festival, and a concert with Flamenco Sephardit. Future seasons include Maddalena in Rigoletto with Palm Beach Opera and Carmen with Dayton Opera and Fort Worth Opera.

Winter 2016

Thomas Cannon, baritone

Thomas Cannon

Appearing in the concert A Mass of Life, performed on April 5, 2016 at Carnegie Hall.

Thomas Cannon has participated in young artists’ programs at The Glimmerglass Festival; Arizona Opera; Chautauqua Opera; Crested Butte Music Festival; Dallas Opera; International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel; Santa Fe Opera; Opera Roanoke; and the Music Academy of the West. He has appeared on the concert stage at Carnegie Hall as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem to benefit victims of Japan’s Earthquake; and with The Cecilia Chorus of New York, singing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Schubert’s Stabat Mater. Elsewhere, he has performed a host of oratorio and orchestra works including Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Handel’s Messiah.

Mr. Cannon is a graduate of Baylor University and The Juilliard School on full scholarship. Notable teachers include Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann, Mignon Dunn, Marlena Kleinman Malas, and Sherrill Milnes.

Mr. Cannon has garnered awards from the Dallas Opera Guild (Encouragement Award), Chautauqua Opera (Guild Award), the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, Palm Beach Opera (Finalist), Opera Birmingham (Encouragement Award), and the Metropolitan Opera National Council (Regional Finalist).

Winter 2016

Ancient Harmony (1925)

Abstract Trio (1923)

Little Blue Devil (1933)

The Twittering Machine (1922)

Arabian City (1922)

An Eerie Moment (1912)

Pastorale (1927)