“A Grand Night For Singing” Cast

Kimberly Christie, soprano, was praised by the Washington Post for her “uninhibited movement and shining vocal abilities” as Ernestine in M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le with Bel Cantanti Opera.  Also with Bel Cantanti, Ms. Christie has performed the role of Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, which was hailed by Maurice Saylor as “one of the great joys of the opera” and her aria, “a wild ride that brought down the house.”  In fall 2012, the Baltimore Sun said of her Adelaide in Guys & Dolls with the Annapolis Chorale, “Adelaide was made irresistible by Kimberly Christie who proved triply skilled as a singer, dancer and comedienne shining in ‘Adelaide’s lament.’  She made her debut with the Annapolis Chorale earlier that year as Bonnie in Anything Goes! and had the great pleasure of performing with them again as a soloist in JS Bach’s Mass in B Minor.  Ms. Christie most recently sang her very first Handel’s Messiah with the Frederick Chamber Singers of Frederick, MD, and then with the Long Island Choral Society.  She has enjoyed a wonderful season as LICS’s artist-in-residence, first singing soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria followed by the Messiah and, to complete her residency, will sing Mozart’s Requiem in March.  This past December also saw Ms. Christie singing with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra as the First Place Winner of their 2012 Competition.  Of her performance a local reviewer very kindly wrote, “….this tiny soprano with the big voice has it all; she sings like an angel hitting high C with no apparent effort, and with her vocal excellence is beautiful and a superb actress, particularly while singing the amusing but difficult ‘Glitter and Be Gay’ by Leonard Bernstein.”  Other exciting engagements of the past year include performing as a soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G Major and JS Bach’s Christ lag in Todes Banden with the Advent Project of Virginia as well as revisiting the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Wendy Taucher Opera Dance Theater in Martha’s Vineyard.  Other opera credits include Mary Warren in Peabody Conservatory’s production of The Crucible, Adele (cover) and Sally in Die Fledermaus with Carol Community College, Serpina in La serva padrona with the Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation, Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Peabody Opera, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia and Clara in Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne with the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA).  She is so excited to return to the Annapolis Chorale stage as Victoria in A Grand Night for Singing.  Ms. Christie received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory in May 2012, and was granted the Anita Erdman Award in Opera upon graduation.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University where she received the award for outstanding vocalist.  Ms. Christie has also studied with FAVA in Excideuil, France, under tenor William Lewis, and at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, with Metropolitan Opera coach Joan Dornemann.

Catrin Rowenna Davies, mezzo soprano, is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. In addition, 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 at the National Festival in Wales winning the mezzo soprano competition in 2012.  With regard to opera, Ms. Davies has performed roles with Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Annapolis Opera, Live Arts Maryland, Young Victorian Theatre Company and Baltimore Concert Opera.  Her favorite roles include Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard, Pitti Sing in The Mikado, Meg in Little Women and Maria in The Sound of Music.  As an oratorio singer, Ms. Davies has been seen with the Annapolis Chorale, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.  She is also a member of Lyric Opera Baltimore’s educational program and the chorus.  Ms. Davies is an avid recitalist and is in demand for straight theater, musical theater and cabarets.  Upcoming engagements include her solo debut on the stage of the Modell Performaing Arts Center with Lyric Opera Baltimore, in its Bravisima Bel Caonto! gala concert.

Tom Magette, tenor, is a frequent performer in Live Arts Maryland productions, most recently as Nathan Detroit in the fall 2012 production of “Guys & Dolls.” Other roles include Billy Crocker in Anything Goes!, a role he first performed at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre in the last century and reprised with Live Arts Maryland last season, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, Charlie Dalrymple in both our productions of Brigadoon, Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music, the Padre in Man of La Mancha, Henrick in A Little Night Music, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Dickon in The Secret Garden, Merlin in Camelot, Enoch Snow in Carousel and Captain Andy in Show Boat.  He also sang the role of the Sailor in the Live Arts Maryland’s production of Dido and Aeneas.  Mr. Magette has appeared in at many area theaters, including Colonial Players and the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, where he appeared in more than 400 performances.  Among his favorite roles locally are Che in Evita, the title role in Pippin, Rooster in Annie and of course that spell-binding cymbal salesman, Mr. Hill.  He created the role of Scrooge’s nephew Fred in the original production of Colonial Player’s ever-popular production of A Christmas Carol, a show he has also music-directed.  He has served as the music director for several other local shows, including Annie, Pippin and Grease.  Mr. Magette is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he sang and danced while earning bachelors and masters degrees in nuclear engineering.  He recently joined PricewaterhouseCoopers where he manages the nuclear practice.  He and his wife Marci are soon to be grandparents, an entirely new role altogether.

Caitlin Vincent, soprano, is a native of Seattle, Washington.  She made her international debut in 2007 as Amour in Clérambault’s solo cantata “Amour piqué par une abeille” at Le Mois Molière in Versailles, France. A classically-trained ballet dancer, Ms. Vincent holds degrees from Harvard University and the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with William Sharp and Ah Hong.  Recent roles include Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls with the Annapolis Chorale, Zerlina in Who Killed Don Giovanni? and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with The Figaro Project, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with Opera AACC, the Dew Fairy/Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Peabody Opera Theater, Sister Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites with Dunster House Opera, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Lowell House Opera.  In April 2011, Ms. Vincent premiered the role of Janey in Paul Mathews’ opera Piecing it Apart, a performance for which she was described as a “standout” by sequenza21.com.  Equally praised for her interpretations of concert repertoire, Ms. Vincent has performed with the Annapolis Chorale, Central Maryland Chorale, Maryland Choral Society, Harford Choral Society, and Evergreen Philharmonic in such works as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Bach’s Cantata 51, Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang,” Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Mozart’s “Exsultate, jubilate,” and Vivaldi’s Magnificat.  She has received first place honors from both MD/DC/VA and Pacific Northwest chapters of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition, as well as the George Woodhead Prize for Voice and two Peabody Career Development Grants.  Upcoming performances include Eve in Haydn’s The Creation with the Central Maryland Chorale and the role of Jackie Kennedy in the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem with The Figaro Project.

Nathan Wyatt, baritone, is a native of North Carolina.  He has been praised by Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun for his “sensitive and natural” voice and “standout” performances. Recent performances include the role of John Proctor in The Crucible, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Le Director in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and the title role in Don Giovanni.  In September 2012, Mr. Wyatt premiered Jake Heggie’s “Epilogue: Under the Blessing of your Psyche Wings” at the opening ceremony of the National Opera Center in New York.  In June 2012, he premiered William Bolcom’s “Gettysburg, July 1, 1863,” a commission by SongFest with support from the Sorel Organization.  Acclaimed for his work in oratorio repertoire, Mr. Wyatt has performed as bass soloist in Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and Simon in Haydn’s “The Seasons” with the Maryland Choral Society, bass soloist in Bach’s Cantata No. 49 with the Bach Concert Series of Baltimore, and the bass soloist in Bach’s “Magnificat” at the Peabody Institute.  In the fall of 2011, Mr. Wyatt made is Carnegie Hall debut under the direction of Marin Alsop in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s production of Arthur Honneger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher. Upcoming performances include the role of Marullo in Rigoletto with Annapolis Opera and the role of Robert Kennedy in the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem with The Figaro Project.  In the summer of 2013, Mr. Wyatt will be a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival.

Eloise Ullman (staging) lives in Annapolis and has for many years enjoyed performing a wide variety of roles in musical and non-musical theatre.  Ms. Ullman staged the Annapolis Chorale’s Brigadoon, Oklahoma! and Anything Goes and starred as Desiree in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.  She has also appeared as Parthy in the Chorale’s Show Boat and Hattie in Kiss Me Kate, as well as on the stages of Colonial Players, 2nd Star Productions, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Bowie Community Players, Remember, Inc., and others.   In “real life,” Ms. Ullman serves as executive director of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, a national trade association for rare coin, currency and precious metals dealers.