One event on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:30pm
Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love is a charming romantic comedy in the Italian bel canto tradition that tells a tale of star-crossed lovers who eventually find happiness in one another’s arms.
RAMÓN TEBAR is considered one of the leading Spanish conductors of his generation. Recently appointed new Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Valencia Symphony Orchestra in Spain for a first period of four years, he holds other positions in both America and Europe such as: Opera Naples (Artistic Director, 2014-…), Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia (Principal Guest Conductor, 2015-…); Florida Grand Opera (Music Director and Principal Conductor, 2010-…, being the first Spanish conductor to be appointed Music Director of an American opera company); Palm Beach Symphony (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, 2007-…); Santo Domingo Music Festival (2009-2015).
Acclaimed for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills, conductor Ramón Tebar’s international reputation in both the opera and orchestral arenas continues to expand. Among the orchestras and opera companies he has conducted and will conduct are: Philharmonia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Malasyan Philharmonic, Orchestre de Rouen, Het Gelders Orkest, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, Munich Radio Symphony, Prague Philharmonia, Spanish National Orchestra (OCNE), Spanish Radio Television Orchestra (ORTVE), Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC), Galicia Symphony Orchestra (OSG), Valencia Orchestra,…Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Regio di Parma, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Kremlin Palace, Royal Festival Hall, Kölner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Staatsoper,…
Ramón Tebar has been recognized with various honors and awards, including the Henry C. Clark Conductor of the Year Award by Florida Grand Opera in 2010 and 2013, The Miami Herald as “Top 20 under 40” and “100 españoles by Marca España”. In 2014, he was bestowed the Cross of Officer of the Order of Mérito Civil in recognition of his cultural accomplishments by His Majesty, the King of Spain Felipe VI.
Tebar has recorded for UNIVERSAL MUSIC, UNITEL CLASSICA and DECCA.
Israeli stage director Omer Ben Seadia has quickly established herself as one of the fresh new voices of opera to watch. Omer got her start in theater but has been working at professional opera companies since the age of 15. She moved to the U.S to study opera directing at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and ever since then has worked all over the country directing for various companies such as Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, HGOco, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Santa Barbara, Dayton Opera, Tulsa Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, University of Michigan, The Crested Butte Music Festival, The Merola Opera Program of which she is a graduate, and more. Ms. Ben Seadia is committed to the training of young singers and has served on the faculty of the Houston Grand Opera studio, the Young Arts Vocal Academy, and the International Vocal Arts Institute.
Naomi Brigell, mezzo-soprano, is thrilled to join Opera Naples as a Resident Artist for the 2018 season. Most recently, Naomi made her professional debut with Opera in the Heights in Houston, TX, singing Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte. Other recent operatic roles include Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with Chicago Summer Opera and Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri with Operativo Houston, with whom she also covered the role of Isabella. As a recent graduate of the University of Houston, Naomi performed many roles at the Moores Opera Center including Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Barbara Ansley in Robert Ward’s Roman Fever, Countess Lydia Ivanova in David Carlson’s Anna Karenina, Bobachino in John Musto’s The Inspector, and Suzy in La rondine. Naomi also sang the role of Nancy in Albert Herring with Opera Breve in 2015, the roles of Stepmother and Florinda in Into the Woods and Una Conversa in Suor Angelica with Opera in the Ozarks in 2014. Naomi looks forward to joining Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist this coming summer, singing the role of Third Wood Sprite in Rusalka.
In March 2017, Naomi was awarded the grand prize at the Kristin Lewis Foundation Vocal Scholarship Competition. The award from this national competition included a trip to Vienna to study with coaches and stage directors at the Wiener Staatsoper. Throughout her formal academic studies, Naomi was awarded titled scholarships. These include the Winifred and Maurice Hirsch Memorial Scholarship at the University of Houston and the prestigious Ellalou Dimmock Vocal Honors Award at Boston University, which recognizes outstanding achievement in vocal performance at the undergraduate level and includes a presentation of the winners in recital.
Naomi Brigell performs regularly with the Houston Saengerbund and at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church. She has also appeared in concert with Bach Society Houston, The Piping Rock Singers, and Houston Lutheran Chorale. Naomi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and a Master of Music degree from University of Houston. She is a student of Melanie Sonnenberg. www.naomibrigell.com
Korean Soprano Joowon Chae is a second year PDPL student at Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Ruth Falcon. She completed her M.M. in Opera at Temple University in Philadelphia, U.S.A. and her B.M. in vocal performance at Seoul National University in Seoul.
Ms. Chae has performed in Aspen Music Festival, Kimmel center for the performing arts, Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, the Opera House of Seoul arts center, Sejong Arts center, Mannes school of Music, Temple University among many others. Ms. Chae’s repertoires includes such roles as Mimi in La Bohème, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Hanna Glawari in Merry Widow, Giunia in Lucio Silla, Serpetta in La finta giardiniera and Maia in The Cows of Apollo.
Joowon Chae received 5th Prize of Cooper-Bing Competition 2017 at Ohio Opera, Audience Award of Opera Libera Competition and Winner of Kennett Symphony Voice Competition.
Jung-Yong Kim, Tenor, was born in Seoul, Korea.Even from the early stages of his life, Jung-Yong was recognized to have great potential, winning many awards from competitions within Korea before attending the renowned Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and graduating with high marks. He has since moved to the United States and earned an Artist Diploma at Montclair University.
Jung-Yong’s debut was ‘Orfeo’ in 2007 at the Mantova (bibiena) Theatre in Italia, and received praise and adoration from the locals as a rising star through performance in ‘L’elisir d’amore’. He solidified his position as a highly esteemed lyrico through his performances as Duca in Rigoletto and Alfredo in Traviata. Since moving to the United States, Jung-Yong has expanded upon his success in Italia, adding Il Giovedi Grasso (Ernesto), La Boheme (Rodolfo), Die Fledermaus (Alfred), Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton), Don Pasquale (Ernesto) to his repertoire.
Jung-Yong has received accolades from the following competitions: Finalist Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, Finalist New York Lyric Competition, 2nd Prize NATSARTIST AWARD Competition , 1st prize Riverside Opera Competition , 1st prize of UNESCO(orfeo) International Competition , ’34th 3rd of JOONG-ANG Competition,Finalist 47th Dong-A Competition, 1st prize and Prize of Best performance at Sungjung Competition, 2nd of Ehwa kyunghyang Competition, 2nd prize of Music journal Competition.
Jung-Yong has also been featured as the tenor soloist in a number of oratorio and concert performances, including Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem.
Tenor Jung-Yong Kim’s greatest appeal as a performer is the passion he has for his craft.The long years of training and honing his performance in the Italian opera scene has yielded a performer that emotes to make a cathartic connection with his audience. Jung-Yong’s ability to flexibly work with many vocal colorization is just the icing on the cake for this bonafide Tenor. www.miaartists.com/roster/jkim.html
Born in Zaragoza, the 28 years old tenor, begins his musical studies at a very young age and got his diploma in Piano at the Conservatory of Music José Pérez Barceló in Benidorm. Directly after, the tenor starts his singing studies at the Conservatory of Zaragoza and in the same years he obtains his Bachelor Degree in Music. In 2013 he continues his perfecting at the Madrid Superior School of Singing under the guidance of the tenor Juan Lomba, Roberto Anadón and the guidance from the soprano Raina Kabaivanska in Modena, Italy. An important contribution to his development as a singer comes from master classes with many prestigious interpreters as Francisco Araiza, Javier Camarena, Miquel Ortega, Carlos Chausson, Montserrat Caballé, ecc.
In 2014 he Debuts in the part of Ricardo from “La del Manojo de Rosas” at the Theater Cuyás from Las Palmas of Gran Canaria. Since then he has interpreter Don Luis from “El Barberillo de Lavapiés” and Ferrando in “Cosi fan tutte” at the Superior School of Singing in Madrid, Gustavo from “Los Gavilanes”, Sargento in “La cantada vida y muerte del General Malbrú” and the world Premiere of José Sorozábal´s “Juan José” from the Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid. In 2016 he debuted at Teatro Real of Madrid with Schönberg´s Moses und Aron.
His Italian Debut was in 2016 as Arminio in Verdi´s I Masnadieri in Teatro Verdi – Busseto, as a part of the Festival Verdi from Teatro Regio di Parma in cooperation with the Scuola dell´Opera from the Teatro Comunale of Bologna. The Production was to see again in Busseto in 2017. In December 2016 he was Pong in Puccini´s Turandot, under the guidance from Raina Kabaivanska in the Sofia National Opera and Ballet.
This year he was part of the I Sing Festival in Suzhou performing Western and Chinese Repertoire during July and August.
His latest engagements include a concert in Teatro Pavarotti di Modena with the staging from E. Stinchelli and in September 2017 the role of Flavio and Pollione (cover) in the production of Bellini´s Norma at the Sofia National Opera and Ballet as a part of the productions from “Raina Kabaivanska´s School”.
Recently he has debuted in Taipei and other theaters from Taiwan the role of Don José in Bizet´s Carmen.
Luke Scott, Described by the New York Times as “the robust-voiced baritone,” Luke Scott has made recent appearances as Escamillo (Carmen) Maryland Symphony, the Caramoor Festival, Figaro in (Le Nozze di Figaro) Opera on the Avalon, El Sistema in Venezuel, and Emille de Becque* (South Pacific) at St. Petersburg Opera.
Concert and symphony appearances range from the Brahms Requiem with Newburyport Chorale Society, Mozart Requiem with Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, Caramoor Bel Canto festival, clinician with El Sistema orchestra in Venezuel, Handel Alexander’s Feast with New Haven Chorale, soloist with Cape Cod Symphony, and a winner of the New England Concerto competition.
This season after his role of Escamillo (Carmen) with Opera Western Reserve and a debut with Opera in Williamsburg he returned to New York’s Broadway district in the critically acclaimed revival of Figaro 90210 then continued to Boston’s Opera Brittenica for the the world premiere of Noli Me Tangere followed by performances at the Oregon Bach festival, Don Giovanni with Salt Marsh Opera, Trial at Rouen with Odyssey Opera, and later this season will debut with Opera Naples as Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro. Mr. Scott has received awards from the Martina Arroyo Foundation, the American Prize in opera, Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year, and Gerda Lissner Foundation. www.lukescottbassbaritone.com
Natalie Young Lyric coloratura soprano, Natalie Young, is an active singer and voice teacher based in Lawrence, Kansas. Natalie has performed in the United States and Germany, most recently participating in the Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich where she performed for German agencies and studied German opera. She plans to return to Germany in 2018 to sing Micaëla and Frasquita in Carmen. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Belmont University and earned her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory where she sang the roles of Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe), and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro). Additionally, Natalie performed as The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) with Lawrence Opera Theatre, Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) at Opera in the Ozarks, Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music) at Theatre in the Park, and participated in masterclasses and scenes programs at Lawrence Opera Theatre, Kansas City Opera Institute, and Westchester Summer Vocal Institute. Natalie enjoys singing oratorio repertoire of which she has sung as soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Rutter’s Magnificat, Bach’s St. John Passion, and several Bach cantatas. Ms. Young maintains an active voice studio and is passionate about helping young singers develop vocally while studying classical and musical theater repertoire. Natalie is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.www.natalieyoungsoprano.com