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JACK SWANSON, Tenor

JACK SWANSON
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

TAYLOR RAVEN
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.

CHRIS KENNEY, BARITONE

CHRIS KENNEY
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
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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

Philip Cokorinos, bass-baritone

Philip Cokorinos
Photo by Sarah Shatz

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

Philip Cokorinos was winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1985 and went on to sing his debut during the Metropolitan Opera’s 1987–88 season. Since then, he has appeared in more than 400 performances of 40 operas at the Metropolitan Opera, including “Live from The Met” telecasts of Don Giovanni; the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles; and The Met’s premieres of SlyCyrano de Bergerac, The Gambler, and Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk. He has also appeared in their productions of ToscaLa bohèmeLa fanciulla del WestLa traviataAdriana LecouvreurLa rondine, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Macbeth, ManonDon Carlo, Tosca, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Manon Lescaut, and Le Nozze di Figaro.

His recent appearances include several The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts including ManonLa fanciulla del WestThe NoseWertherManon Lescaut, Le Nozze di Figaro, La bohème and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. This season, Mr. Cokorinos returns to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of La bohème and Adriana Lecouvreur, and to perform Billy Jackrabbit in La fanciulla del West, Amantio in Gianni Schicchi, and Sacristan in Tosca. He will also perform as 2nd Nazarene in Salome with the Spoleto Festival USA.

Spring 2019

Kevin Burdette, bass

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

Recent highlights include Stefano in Adès’ The Tempest with the Metropolitan Opera (Deutsche Grammophon DVD, 2014 Grammy Award); Beck Weathers in Talbot’s Everest, Eric Gold/Bazzetti’s Ghost in Heggie’s Great Scott, and Ob in Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus, all world premieres with The Dallas Opera; multiple roles in Shostakovich’s The Nose with the Metropolitan Opera; Doktor in Wozzeck with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Scattergood in The Last Savage, Général Boum in La grande-duchesse de Gérolstein, Sulpice in La fille du régiment, and Stobrod/Blind Man in Higdon’s Cold Mountain (world premiere) with Santa Fe Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Sulpice with Washington National Opera; Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with San Diego Opera; and Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Stobrod/Blind Man and Dulcamara with Opera Philadelphia.

Mr. Burdette’s upcoming engagements include performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Dallas Opera, Austin Opera, and San Diego Opera.

Spring 2019

Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano

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

Raehann Bryce-Davis is a recipient of the 2018 George London Award. In the 2018-19 season she returns to Opera Vlaanderen for a role debut of Ms. Alexander in Satyagraha and a world tour of Unknown, I Live With You. She also sings Kristina in The Makropulos Affair at the Janáček Brno Festival, makes her role debut as Leonora in La Favorita with Teatro Massimo Palermo, sings Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Verdi’s Requiem with Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

Upcoming engagements include her role debut as Eboli with Opera Vlaanderen. Last season included her first performances of Wellgunde in Die Ring-Trilogie (Theater an der Wien), Madeline Mitchell in Three Decembers (Opera Maine), Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Musikverein Vienna), the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road (Carnegie Hall, Oratorio Society of New York), and Verdi’s Requiem (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica and the Greenwich Village Orchestra). While a member of the ensemble of Opera Vlaanderen, Ms. Bryce-Davis sang Nezhata in Sadko, Kristina in The Makropolus Affair, and Mary in Der fliegende Holländer.

Ms. Bryce-Davis is the 1st Place and Audience Prize-winner of the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino competition, a Prize Winner of the 2016 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, and Winner of the 2016 Richard F. Gold Career Grant.

Spring 2019

Tichina Vaughn, mezzo-soprano

Tichina Vaughn

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

Tichina Vaughn began her career as a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program of the Metropolitan Opera and debuted in Europe as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff at Staatsoper Stuttgart, where she was awarded the title of Kammersängerin. Ms. Vaughn sings regularly with Semperoper Dresden, Teatro alla Scala, Spoleto Festival, the Arena di Verona, and the Metropolitan Opera. Her repertoire includes roles such as Klytämnestra in Elektra, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Amneris in Aida, Herodias in Salome, Fricka in Die Walküre, Waltraute in Die Götterdämmerung, Brigitta in Die tote Stadt, and La madre in Il Prigioniero. Future performances include Mother of Aida/Ritual singer in Caruso a Cuba (Dutch National Opera) and Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmélites (Metropolitan Opera).

Spring 2019

David Cangelosi, tenor

David Cangelosi
Photo by Ken Howard

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

David Cangelosi made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2004 as Mime in Das Rheingold. He has returned in multiple principal roles and Der Ring des Nibelungen-related assignments over the past twelve years.

Recent highlights include a multi-year performance/recording project of the Ring with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, his company debut with Houston Grand Opera (Tosca, Eugene Onegin), his role debut of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and reprising his signature role of Mime for the Ring with the Washington National Opera and Boston Wagner Society. Other notable Ring highlights include a recording of the Forging Scene (Siegfried) with Placido Domingo for EMI Classics’ Scenes from the RingSiegfried and full Ring productions with Lyric Opera of Chicago; and the San Francisco Opera, where he reprised both Mime roles in 2018.

Recent performances include The Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra and Mime in Das Rheingold with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood and the Opéra de Montreal. Mr. Cangelosi sang his role debut of Shuisky in Boris Godunov with the Dallas Opera in 2012 and has returned to the company for Moby Dick and Madame Butterfly. This summer, he makes his debut with Bard SummerScape as the Blind Judge in Das Wunder der Heliane, conducted by Leon Botstein.

Spring 2019

Sara Jakubiak, soprano

Sara Jakubiak
Photo by Ashley Plante

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

In 2018, Sara Jakubiak created the role of Heliane in Christof Loy’s Das Wunder der Heliane at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Other recent highlights include Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Bavarian State Opera, Agathe in Der Freischütz at the Semperoper Dresden, and portrayals of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and Marta in The Passenger in new productions with the Frankfurt Opera. Other roles have included Marie in Wozzeck at the English National Opera, Polina in The Gambler at the Dutch National Opera, Marietta in Die Tote Stadt at the Hamburg State Opera, Elsa in Johannes Erath’s production of Lohengrin at the Graz Opera, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with the Israeli Philharmonic.

In the 2018–19 season, Ms. Jakubiak will sing Marietta in a new production of Die Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper, directed by Robert Carsen. She joins the Bavarian State Opera in a reprise of her role as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony. Other concert performances include Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Hallé Orchestra and Erwartung with the Bergen Philharmonic. She will also make a studio recording of Erwartung with the Chandos label.

Ms. Jakubiak was a member of the ensemble at the Frankfurt Opera between 2014 and 2018, and performed as Prima Donna in Ariadne auf Naxos, Marie in Die Tote Stadt, Lina in Stiffelio, Polina in The Gambler, Marie in Der Diktator, Alice Ford in Falstaff, the Goose Girl in Königskinder, and Freia in Das Rheingold.

Spring 2019