“Voices of Light” Soloists

Catrin Rowenna Davies (mezzo soprano), is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. She also holds an honors degree in history from McGill University, Montreal, and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Oxford University. Ms. Davies specializes in Welsh repertoire and three times has won the first prize at the North American Festival of Wales. She has also competed “across the pond” at the National Festival in Wales winning the mezzo soprano competition in 2012. She has performed locally with Baltimore Opera, as Mrs. Nolan in The Medium; Live Arts Maryland, most recently in the role of Maria in The Sound of Music; Annapolis Symphony Orchestra; Opera AACC in the role of Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus; Young Victorian Theatre Company in the roles of the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard, Pitti Sing in The Mikado, Constance in The Sorcerer, Hebe in HMS Pinafore, and Tessa in The Gondoliers (among others); and Annapolis Opera, also in the role of Pitti Sing. Ms. Davies performed at Lyric Opera of Cleveland in the role of Peep Bo in The Mikado, and the understudy of Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Meg in Little Women. She has performed with Wolf Trap Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, and Washington Concert Opera. Formerly a member of the Baltimore Opera chorus and Baltimore Opera’s educational program, she is now a part of Lyric Opera Baltimore’s educational program and the chorus. Her solo oratorio work includes Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat and the Mass in B minor.  Ms. Davies is an avid recitalist, and has been known to indulge in musical theatre and cabaret.

 

David Murray (baritone), has a rich baritone voice, dramatic presence, and versatility as a performer that has brought him acclaim from critics and audiences throughout the world. Recognized for his steady lyric tone, Mr. Murray has triumphed in many of the great operatic roles including: Figaro in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, Eisenstein in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Murray has performed with the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart and John Williams conducting, The Handel & Haydn Society, The Tokyo Philharmonic, The Telemann Orchestra of Japan, The New Japan Philharmonic, The Boston Academy of Music (Opera Boston), Theatre Lyrique d’Europe, Chorus proMusica, Boston Lyric Opera, Back Bay Chorale, as well as leading roles with Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, and Connecticut Concert Opera. Recent engagements include Soloist in Bach’s B minor Mass with the Annapolis Chorale, and Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Gianni in Gianni Schicchi and Don Alfonzo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Baltimore Concert Opera. Upcoming engagements include Tonio in Leoncavallo’s I Paglicci with the Claflin Hill Orchestra.  For more information about Mr. Murray, please visit www.davidbmurray.com.

 

Frederic Rey (tenor), A native of Canadia, Mr. Rey?s most recent performances include tenor soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass, Captain Richard Warrington in Victor Herbert?s Naughty Marietta, Ralph in Gilbert and Sullivan?s HMS Pinafore, Goffredo in Handel?s Rinaldo, Edgardo in Donizetti?s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Tamino in Mozart?s The Magic Flute.  Mr. Rey has performed with such companies as Washington National Opera, Sarasota Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Opera Vivente, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Hopkins Symphony, Southern Delaware Choral Society, Washington Savoyards, Lake George Opera, Opera AACC, Baltimore Opera and The Peabody Opera Theatre. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.  Mr. Rey was a Young Artist in the 2010 Sarasota Opera Apprentice Program and the 2006 Lake George Opera Apprentice Program. He is a member of the Voice Faculty at Anne Arundel Community College.

 

Amy Cofield Williamson (soprano) – Praised by the New York Times for her “lovely, rich tone,” Ms. Williamson has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and in Italy, France, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, England, Santo Domingo, Taiwan and Guam. Highly regarded for her “technical facility,” her “beauty of interpretation” and an “arresting presence,” her operatic roles have included Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Roanoke under the baton of MET opera conductor Steven White, Violetta with Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, a role that marked her debut at Houston Grand Opera where she covered Renee Fleming’s Traviata, a return to HGO for the role of Berta to Joyce DiDonato’s Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mimi, with Pro Cantus Lyric Opera (TX), Cunegonde and Susannah with Fort Worth Opera, Musetta and Pamina with Knoxville Opera, Gilda with Wildwood Opera, Gilda, Norina and Violetta with Lyric Opera San Antonio, Konstanze and Violetta with Teatro Lirico D’Europa, Musetta with American Opera Theater, Mimi with Opera Lenawee (MI)and Frasquita with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Greenville Symphony Orchestra.Ms. Williamson’s busy concert schedule has included performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, Einhorn’s Voices of Light, Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah with Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, led by Maestro J. Ernest Green, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s The Seasons, Bach’s St. John Passion and Beethoven’s Mass in C with Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society and in works from Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, to Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Requiem with Garden State Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In addition Amy has appeared with Opera Camerata of Washington, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Virginia Symphony and Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Chamber Music in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and with The Masterwork Chorus (NJ) in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall.  Recent performances included a return to Opera Roanoke in the role of Micaela, Ravel’s Sheherazade with Norfolk Chamber Consort, a concert of opera excerpts for Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio with Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society.  Current engagements include a return to Goshen, IN, for Brahms’ Requiem, to Southern Nevada for Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, as well as recitals in Italy, Montenegro, Slovenia and across the US.