December 1, Bach+ Performers and Notes

b4c9fd_75069f2ff9484ad69113da4e1df68564Lindsay Espinoza, soprano, has been praised for “[handling] difficult coloratura passages with the ease of a true professional, and all the high notes too” (Opera Pronto). She recently graduated from Colorado State University with her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. During her studies in Colorado, she was an apprentice artist with Opera Fort Collins and performed Adina, Young Heidi, and Laurie in their abridged productions of Elixir of Love, Follies, and The Tender Land.  She also competed in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s voice competition where she was awarded an honorable mention.  Ms. Espinoza currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland, where she is establishing herself as an opera singer.  This past year, she was advanced to the second round of the Classical Singer Competition.  She also appeared as Lily in Colonial Player’s production of The Secret Garden. This summer, Ms. Espinoza will be traveling to Florida to participate in the Miami Music Festival.  She will perform in their Broadway and Opera Aria Night performances as well as being Le Feu in their production of L’enfant et les sortilèges. After this program, she will travel to Mezzano, Italy, where she will sing Adele in the Music Academy International’s production of Die Fledermaus. Ms. Espinoza will be seen in the ensemble of Mozart’s Magic Flute at Opera AACC in Maryland next winter where she will also be covering the role of First Lady.  In addition to performing, Ms. Espinoza also has experience as a voice and beginning piano teacher.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, she taught for a year at the Royalton Music Center in Ohio.  She also received her teaching certificate from Music Together, where she learned to work with children ages 0-5.  She travels to her students’ homes in the Annapolis area and teaches her students how to read music, match pitch, sing in foreign languages, and various performance techniques.

Jason_HentrichJason Hentrich, bass, is thrilled to perform again with Annapolis Chorale. He regularly performs in plays, musical theater, and classical music across the Baltimore/Washington region. He has performed as a soloist in a variety of choral repertoire, including Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Intende Voci, and Britten’s Rejoice In The Lamb. Mr. Hentrich is a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus, and was featured in Andrea Chénier and Lucrezia Borgia, under the baton of Plácido Domingo. His stage credits include The Merry Widow, Hello Again, Travesties, and The Fall of the House of Usher. He is an alumnus of Cabrillo College, the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.


Molinaro_photo_2Larry Molinaro, organist, regularly presents solo concerts of the music of J.S. Bach for Live Arts Maryland.  In recent seasons these have included performances of the Goldberg Variations, the Art of Fugue, the Clavier-U?bung series, the Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I), and a lecture-recital, “Dance, Dance Revelation,” about dance rhythms in the music of Bach. His interpretation of the music of Bach has won praise from critics and audiences alike for being innovative, thoughtful, informative and “a model of its kind” (Washington Post). Critics have written about his “graceful agility” (Baltimore Sun) and his ability to be “both instructive and entertaining.”  Following a performance with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, The Capital wrote that “Molinaro opened the program with a spectacularly rousing performance of Bach…There were times when one would swear there had to be another person at the organ, too: two hands and two feet couldn’t have struck all those notes and produced all that marvelous sound.” About Molinaro’s recreation of Felix Mendelssohn’s famous Bach recital at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig in 1840, the Washington Post remarked “…the organist’s propulsive, immaculately articulated playing revved the evening to a thrilling conclusion.” The Washington Post also noted that in a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations “…it was obvious that Molinaro had thought long and hard about this music and had come up with arresting ideas.”  In addition to his performances of the music of J.S. Bach, Mr. Molinaro has pursued an interest in the art of classical improvisation.  This past year, as part of the Thursday “St. Anne’s Concert Series,” he improvised original  lm scores for Lon Chaney’s The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings (1928).  In the spring and summer of 2012, under the auspices of Live Arts Maryland, he conducted a “virtual collaborative” on baroque-style improvisation with a group of international experts and presented related research at the 15th biennial International Baroque Music Conference at the University of Southampton, England.  This coming July, he will present a lecture-recital on the improvisation treatises of Johann Mattheson, one of the most important writers on music during the 18th century (and a colleague of C.P.E. Bach and Bach’s godfather, Telemann) at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria.  Mr.  Molinaro earned the Artist’s Diploma in organ performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and continued his studies at Yale University’s School of Music where he was Frank Bozyan Scholar for Organ.


View More: Regan, tenor, born in Boston, MA, is a successful singer and voice teacher based in the Mid-Atlantic region making appearances throughout the east coast.  A regular performer at the Strathmore, Meyerhoff, and Kennedy Center Concert Halls, Mr. Regan has been privileged to sing under the batons of Marin Alsop, Christian Eschenbach, Masaaki Suzuki, Emil de Cou, Martin Issep, and many others.  A specialist in French Mélodie, Mr. Regan is a deft interpreter of the unique poetic and musical characteristics that define this exquisite art form and is frequently engaged around the region to perform in this capacity.   He can be seen on the opera stage where he has performed the roles of Fenton from Verdi’s Falstaff, Tamino from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Jenik from Smetana’s Bartered Bride and many more.  Mr. Regan is also an accomplished performer of musical theatre.  His credits include: Henrik in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Nicely-Nicely Johnson from Loesser’s Guys & Dolls, and has performed a number of cabaret and recital programs dedicated to the style.  In addition to his work in opera and musical theatre, Mr. Regan is well known for his work in the field of oratorio.  He has sung Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, and is particularly notable for his expertise singing Bach.  He has performed the St. John Passion solos on multiple occasions and has performed more than a dozen of Bach’s Cantatas.  Mr. Regan is also a highly sought after ensemble singer and sings regularly with top choral groups in the region, with whom he has toured much of the Eastern seaboard.  Mr. Regan received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and his DMA in Voice Performance at the University of Maryland.  He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Bowie State University.

View More: Zayas Regan, mezzo-soprano, is a well known teacher and singer based in Maryland.  Ms. Regan earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.  She maintains a robust studio and directs the Opera Workshop at Shepherd University.  A number of her students have gone on the great success at nationally recognized graduate programs and can be found performing all along the East Coast.  In addition, Ms. Regan maintains a full voice studio at Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland.  There, Ms. Regan is stage director for the school’s annual Spring Musical, runs the Saint James Girl’s A Capella group, and provides assistance for a wide range of activities within the department.  In addition to her teaching, Ms. Regan has been privileged to have an active performance presence in the area.  Highly regarded as a soloist in recital and with orchestra, Melanie has had particular success with the Oratorio repertoire.  She has performed as the mezzo-soprano soloist in the Rossini Stabat Mater, the Mozart Mass in C, the Bach Magnificat, the Vivaldi Gloria, and Mozart’s Requiem among others.  Ms. Regan has studied and sung with prestigious teachers such as Frederica Von Stade, Steven Rainbolt, Ruth Drucker, and John Shirley-Quirk.

Jessica Satava Headshot resizedJessica Satava, soprano, “lent great beauty and intensity of feeling to her performance.” (The Baltimore Sun, 2015)  Ms. Satava has appeared as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Lancaster, Julie in Carousel, La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with Zeiders American Dream Theater, Musetta in La bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Inez in Il Trovatore with Center Stage Opera, Voce dal Cielo in Don Carlo with Repertory Opera Theater of Washington, and as Mimí and Micaëla in concert performances of La bohème and Carmen.  While at Peabody Conservatory, she performed the roles of Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Polly in The Threepenny Opera.  Ms. Satava has appeared with The Figaro Project in the premiere of a new opera, Strong like Bull, by Joshua Bornfield, and as Donna Elvira in Who Killed Don Giovanni? both to critical acclaim.  In concert, Ms. Satava was the soprano soloist in the second movement of Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 and Rutter’s Requiem with Live Arts Maryland, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the American University Symphony and Chorus, in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem with Bach in Baltimore, Schubert’s Mass in G, in Bruckner’s Te Deum, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Handel’s Messiah with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra for two consecutive seasons, SaintSaëns’ Oratorio de Noël in South Bend, Indiana, in Dvo?ák’s Stabat Mater with the Lancaster Symphony and Chorus and the Franklin and Marshall College combined choirs, in Britten’s Ceremony of Carols at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA, and with The Bach Concert Series as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1.  Her New York recital debut took place in Merkin Hall, featuring the premiere of a song cycle written for her. For more information, including upcoming performances, please visit


Carolene nov 11Carolene Winter is the Parish Organist at St. Anne’s Parish in Annapolis, Maryland, and is the rehearsal accompanist for the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus. She holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Piano and the Master of Music in Vocal Performance from California State University, Fresno, and has also studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria.  Ms. Winter’s vocal and dramatic abilities have included performances at The Barnes at Wolf Trap, Cleveland Opera, Ohio Light Opera, West Bay Opera in California, Prince George’s Civic Opera and Annapolis Opera.  Her operatic repertoire includes the roles of Gilda in Rigoletto, Musetta in La Boheme, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Euridice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Ms. Winter’s concert and oratorio performances have included appearances with the Washington Bach Consort, the Baltimore Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Chesapeake Youth Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic and the Annapolis Chorale.