Lucas Debargue, Piano

Lucas Debargu
Photo by Felix Broede

Will appeared in Beyond Beethoven, which will be performed on January 31, 2020 at Carnegie Hall.

French pianist Lucas Debargue was discovered through his performances at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in year 2015. Although placing only fourth in the final round, he was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded with the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize as a pianist who’s “incredible gift, artistic vision, and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience”.

Straight after this incredible breakthrough Lucas Debargue was invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls of the world: the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow; Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall and St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall; Theatre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Paris Philharmonic; Conservatory of Milan; Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall; Konserthuset in Stockholm; Carnegie Hall in New York and further prestigious concert halls in Tokyo, Osaka, Chicago, Montréal, Toronto, Seattle, Mexico, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul.

He also collaborates with such famous conductors as Valery Gergiev, Andrey Boreyko, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yutaka Sado, Tugan Sokhiev and he also appears regularly in chamber music ensembles with Gidon Kremer, Janine Jansen and Martin Fröst.

Alexander Birch Elliott, baritone

Alexander Birch Elliott

Appeared in the concert The Kingdom which was performed on October 31, 2019 at Carnegie Hall.

Baritone Alexander Birch Elliott continues to garner praise for his “heated intensity and beguiling timbre of mahogany” (New York Times). Alexander made major debuts last season at both The Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera singing the role of Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles. In the 2019–2020 season he debuts at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra for Elgar’s The Kingdom, as well as with New York’s PROTOTYPE Festival as Lucifer in Rev 23, directed by James Darrah and conducted by Daniela Candillari. He returns to Tulsa Opera for performances of Carmen, as well as to the Pittsburgh Symphony for Fidelio.

Alexander made two significant festival debuts in the summer of 2018, both in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. He appeared with the Ravinia Festival in June under the baton of Marin Alsop as a Street Singer in Bernstein’s Mass, followed by performances of Maximilian, the Sea Captain, and the Grand Inquisitor in Candide at the Tanglewood Festival. Recent operatic appearances include as Sonora in La fanciulla del West in his debut with New York City Opera; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Santa Barbara; Anthony in Sweeney Todd and the title role of Eugene Onegin with Portland Opera; and as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Opera Omaha.

Cooper Nolan, tenor

Cooper Nolan
Photo by Kristin Hoebermann

Appeared in the concert The Kingdom which was performed on October 31, 2019 at Carnegie Hall.

Tenor Cooper Nolan, praised for his “bright, shining, tenor” (Musical America) and his “powerhouse voice” (Opera News), is increasingly making a name for himself as an important interpreter of some of opera’s most demanding tenor roles. Cooper begins the 2019–2020 season making his Carnegie Hall debut in Elgar’s The Kingdom with the American Symphony Orchestra, followed by debuts with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra in the Verdi Requiem and the Jacksonville Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He will also return to Theater Aachen for Hermann in a new production of Pique Dame.

Last season, he made his role/house debut as Canio in I Pagliacci with Opera San Jose. Concert appearances included the Verdi Requiem with Lexington Philharmonic and TŌN (The Orchestra Now), Act III of Lohengrin with the Victoria Symphony (Canada) conducted by Christian Kluxen, Act I of Die Walküre with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra conducted by Federico Cortese, and was a feature soloist in Charlottesville Opera’s Encore: Opera Favorites conducted by Steven Jarvi. Mr. Nolan made his Oper Frankfurt debut as the title role in Verdi’s Stiffelio and made his role debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He made his role/house debut as Bacchus in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at Theater Aachen and sang Don Jose in Carmen with El Paso Opera and in his European debut with Theater Kiel. He returned to Santa Fe Opera, singing Tybalt in Roméo and Juliette under Harry Bicket, while covering Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West under Emmanuel Villaume.

Eve Gigliotti, Mezzo-soprano

Eve Gigliotti
Photo by Arielle Doneson

Appeared in the concert The Kingdom which was performed on October 31, 2019 at Carnegie Hall.

Mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti has a voice that been described as “spirited, handsome-toned” (Opera News), with a stage presence that is “strong” and “impassioned” (The Washington Post). This season Ms. Gigliotti returns to San Francisco Opera as Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, and at National Sawdust in a highly anticipated residency she curates and performs a program entitled It All Goes Through You, collaborating with Royce Vavrek (libretto), RB Schlather (director), and composers Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Paola Prestini and Ellen Reid. Later in the season, she performs Gertrude in Hamlet with Washington Concert Opera, joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for Messiah, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera, singing Glasha in Kat’a Kabanova.

Last season, Eve Gigliotti was seen at the Metropolitan Opera as Siegrune in Die Walküre, reprised The Little Prince with Opera Parallele, and appeared with the Prototype Festival. During the 2017–2018 season, Ms. Gilgiotti joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the U.S. premiere of A Trip to the Moon, San Francisco Opera for their production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, both the Eugene Symphony and the Seattle Symphony for Handel’s Messiah, and Opera Parallele as the Pilot in The Little Prince.

Ms. Gigliotti has also been seen recently with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florentine Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Washington National Opera. She created the role of Ruth in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, produced by Gotham Chamber Opera, Music Theater Group, and Opera Philadelphia.


Photo by Dario Acosta

Appeared in the concert The Kingdom which was performed on October 31, 2019 at Carnegie Hall.

Amerian soprano, Janai Brugger, a 2012 winner of Operalia and of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, begins the 2019–20 season in the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera, a role she also sings at Washington National Opera later in the season. The artist travels to Michigan for performances of Mahler 4 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra before joining the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall to sing Elgar’s The Kingdom. With the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra she performs in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Gloria, and Sanctus from Mass in C. She then joins musicAeterna on tour in Germany and Austria for performances of Ninth Symphony. At Cincinnati Opera she performs in the premier of new opera, Castor and Patience, by Gregory Spears in the role of Wilhemina.

Last season saw her return to Grant Park Music Festival in performances of Haydn’s Theresienmesse. She sang Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts Center under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and made her Salzburg Festival debut in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with musicAeterna conducted by Teodor Currentzis. At Lyric Opera of Chicago she sang the role of Ilia in Idomeneo and joined Dutch National Opera for Clara in Porgy and Bess, a role she also sang at Cincinnati Opera alongside performances as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. In her artistic home at Los Angeles Opera, the artist appeared in the role of Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito.


Photo by Fay Fox

Will appear in Sons of Bach, on December 19, 2019 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. 

 A native of Crestwood, Kentucky, soprano Amanda Woodbury has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as having a voice that is “bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion.” The 2019 – 2020 season sees Ms. Woodbury’s role debut as Ophélie in Thomas’ Hamlet with Hong Kong Opera, and a return to the role of Konstanze in Alison Moritz’s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Omaha. Ms. Woobdury also returns to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the title role in a new production of Manon and the role of Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Orchestral appearances include an appearance with American Symphony Orchestra for a concert of Bach Arias, marking her Alice Tully Hall debut.

The 2018 – 2019 season sees Ms. Woodbury return to the Metropolitan Opera for a 5th season, with roles including Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles, conducted by Emanuel Villaume, and Woglinde in Robert Lepage’s productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Ms. Woodbury also makes house debuts as Violetta in La traviata with both the Glimmerglass Festival and San Antonio Opera, and as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Hawaii Opera Theater.

Career highlights include multiple appearances at the Metropolitan Opera including a role debut as Juliette in the new Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in Les Pêcheurs des perles, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, appearances on the Rising Stars concert series, and covers of Norina in Don Pasquale and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann.


Photo by Craig VanDerSchaegen

Will appear in Sons of Bach, on December 19, 2019 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. 

Stillwater, Minnesota native Jack Swanson is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young tenors in the opera world. His distinctive high lyric voice is known for singing the acrobatic arias of Rossini and the legato melodies of Donizetti.

This season brings Mr. Swanson to new stages in new roles: first in Frankfurt as Rodrigo in a new production of Rossini’s Otello, then as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Omaha and to Opera Lafayette as Cody in Philidor’s The Blacksmith. Jack Swanson will debut with the Minnesota Opera as the title-role in the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s Edward Tulane.  Mr. Swanson rounds out the season with a return to the Santa Fe Opera as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  In concert, the tenor will be heard in Paris in Rossini’s Messa di Gloria and at New York’s Alice Tully Hall for a concert of pieces by sons of J.S. Bach.  Future engagements include a debut with the Houston Grand Opera and returns to the Norwegian, Frankfurt Garsington Operas.

Last season Jack Swanson made several role and company debuts, first as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with the Norwegian Opera, later as Sam Kaplan in Street Scene with Oper Köln.  He returned to the title-role in Candide for concert performances in Paris and Marseille and to his celebrated portrayal of Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Portland Opera.  In concert, he performed music by Leonard Bernstein at the Moab Music Festival and by John Musto (his Bastianello) with Festival Napa Valley.

TAYLOR RAVEN, Mezzo-soprano

Photo by André Peele

Will appear in Sons of Bach, on December 19, 2019 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. 

Ms. Raven is currently a member of the LA Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. With the company, she has appeared on the mainstage as Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlo , Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel , Vanderdendur in Bernstein’s Candide , and Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. She returned as a 2019 Filene Artist with Wolf Trap Opera appearing as Concepción in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. In the spring of 2020, Ms. Raven will make her debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Grimgerde in Wagner’s Die Walküre and will return in the summer to sing the role of the Mother in Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s Blue. She recently made her debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied led by James Conlon. She appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in their 2018 Hollywood Bowl performance of Beethoven Choral Fantasy. She was the first prize winner of the 2018 Loren L. Zachary Competition. She is a recipient of a 2017 Sara Tucker career grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Ms. Raven holds degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Photo by Arielle Doneson

Will appear in Sons of Bach, on December 19, 2019 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. 

American baritone Chris Kenney, whose voice was called “lush” by Broadway World, is in his second and final year as a member of the Ryan Opera Center ensemble at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Kenney will debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as Silvio in I Pagliacci, and at Lyric, will sing Fiorello and cover Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, sing the Motorcycle Cop in Dead Man Walking, sing the Registrar and cover Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and cover Yeletsky in Pique Dame. On the orchestral stage, he will make his New York City concert debut singing Bach cantatas with the American Symphony Orchestra and Leon Botstein at Alice Tully Hall.

In the 2018-2019 season in Chicago, Chris Kenney appeared as the Master of Ceremonies in Cendrillon and the Marquis d’Obigny in La traviata. He also covered Schaunard in La bohème and the King in Cendrillon. Orchestral debuts included the Guide in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony, and Bob or the Thief in The Old Maid and the Thief with the Grant Park Music Festival. He also presented a series of songs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I.

Rebecca Jo Loeb, mezzo-soprano

Rebecca Jo Loeb
Photo by Ralph Rühmeier

Appeared in the concert The Key of Dreams, which was performed on March 22, 2019 at Carnegie Hall.

Rebecca Jo Loeb debuts with Los Angeles Opera and Beth Morrison Projects as Lumee in the world premiere of Ellen Reid’s Prism in the 2018-19 season. She also returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for a staged production of Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Frasquita in Carmen, and to the New York Festival of Song to reprise Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles on tour to Boston and New Hampshire this season. Last season, she debuted with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Gymnasiast/ein Groom in Lulu) and Theater Freiburg (Susan in Love Life) and returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Zweite Magd in Elektra) and New York Festival of Song (Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles) on tour.

Ms. Loeb spent five seasons as an ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Hamburgische Staatsoper, where her performances included Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Siebel in Faust, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen. Following her performances of Bellante in Handel’s Almira in Hamburg, she reprised the role at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik.

Other recent engagements include joining the Metropolitan Opera (Flora in La traviata); Oper Köln (Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen); Dutch National Opera (Eine Theater Garderoberie/Gymnasiast/ein Groom in Lulu); Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Second Angel/Marie in Written on Skin); and Dallas Opera (Fyodor in Boris Godunov).

Spring 2019