Monteverdi Vespers – Guest Soloists



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The “extraordinary” (Classical Voice N. America) soprano Mary Bonhag is captivating audiences around the country with her “marvelous versatility” and “supple, expressive” voice (San Antonio News).  Since making her Carnegie Hall solo debut and orchestral debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in 2009, she has sung in large and intimate venues from Herbst Hall in San Francisco to cozy barns in Vermont, where she is co-artistic director of Scrag Mountain Music with her husband, composer/double bassist Evan Premo.  Together, they organize chamber music residencies and innovative and affordable concerts around VT.  A consummate collaborator, Mary has performed as part of numerous chamber music festivals including Cactus Pear, San Francisco Contemporary Players, Strings, 21st Century Consort, and Yellow Barn.  As a recitalist, she has been presented at Dartmouth, Smith, Goucher, and University of Vermont, and was a SongFest Stearns Fellow.  She will be a Tanglewood Vocal Fellow summer 2017.  Ms. Bonhag especially enjoys working closely with composers, and has premiered works by C. Curtis-Smith, Lembit Beecher, David Little, Evan Premo, Shawn Jaeger, and Evan Chambers.  She has been featured on the NPR shows Performance Today and From the Top and appears on Albany Records.  After studying at the University of Michigan, she worked closely with Dawn Upshaw while earning her master’s degree at Bard College, winning concerto competitions at both institutions.  She and her husband Evan make music and homestead in Vermont where they tend to their two young boys, animals, and gardens.


Jason Hentrich is thrilled to return to Live Arts Maryland. He has previously appeared with LAM in Carmina Burana and Fiddler on the Roof.  Mr. Hentrich has also appeared in plays, musicals, opera,  concerts, and radio.  His past stage credits include Roderick in the premiere production of the musical The Fall of the House of Usher with Pallas Theatre Collective, The Mad Hatter and Mock Turtle in Lean & Hungry Theatre’s radio adaptation Alice, and Gérard in Becoming George at Metro Stage.  Mr. Hentrich is also an active teacher of music and drama, having served on the faculties of Washington College, the Peabody Preparatory and Imagination Stage. He currently teaches music in Prince Georges County Public Schools. He is an alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. He can be found on social media @jasonhentrich.



DavidMurray for webDavid Murray’s rich baritone voice, dramatic presence, and versatility as a performer has brought him acclaim from critics and audiences throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. David began his professional operatic career in 1986 singing the role of Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbieri di Sivilia with Boston Lyric Opera. He has since gone on to sing the title role of Figaro (in the same opera) more than 30 times in the US, Canada and Europe. Other notable and often performed roles include Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Eisenstein and Dr. Falke in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.   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, Annapolis Chorale as well as leading roles with Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, and Connecticut Concert Opera.  His recent engagements include: Baritone soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Annapolis Chorale, the role of Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata with Baltimore Concert Opera, Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Gianni in Gianni Schicchi with Baltimore Concert Opera and Don Pasquale in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with Light Opera of NJ.  Upcoming engagements include as a soloist Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Fairfax Symphony (VA), and Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbieri di Sevilia with Light Opera of NJ.  In addition to his singing and teaching career, Mr. Murray has become one of the foremost editors of concert music in the music publishing industry and has won numerous Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence from the Music Publisher’s Association. He is currently the Editor and Publishing Manager for Subito Music Corporation.


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Born in Boston, MA, Joseph Regan 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. Joseph 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 and 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.  Joseph is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Bowie State University.


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Mezzo-Soprano, Melanie Zayas Regan, 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, she 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, she 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 such prestigious teachers as Frederica Von Stade, Steven Rainbolt, Ruth Drucker, and John Shirley-Quirk.


Jason Rylander Jason Rylander has been praised by the Washington Post for his “strong, clear tenor” and for performances that “coupled sonorous warmth and emotional depth.”  A frequent interpreter of early music, he has appeared with the Bach Sinfonia, Washington Bach Consort, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Mountainside Baroque, New Dominion Chorale, and the TENET/Green Mountain Project in such works as the Bach B-Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers, and Mozart’s Requiem.  Season highlights include a debut as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion in Baltimore and as tenor soloist in a production of the same with Musikanten Montana.   Mr. Rylander has also performed the title role in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the Rutgers-Camden Theater under the direction of Dr. Julianne Baird, a concert of Dowland’s lute songs on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Haydn’s Creation with the Easton Choral Society, and a recital of Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert songs at the Society of the Cincinnati in Washington, DC.  A sought-after ensemble singer, he has performed with some of the Washington region’s leading chamber choirs, including Cathedra, Chantry, the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington National Cathedral choirs, and the chorus of Opera Lafayette. With the Bach Sinfonia, he recorded Bach’s Motets and Carissimi’s Historia di Jephthe on the Dorian/Sono Luminus label.  Mr. Rylander has been invited to perform in numerous workshops and festivals including the American Bach Soloists Academy and Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, Winchester Bach-Handel Festival, International Baroque Institute at Longy, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and the Queens College Baroque Opera Project. Originally trained in environmental law, Jason holds degrees from Cornell University and the College of William and Mary.


“Soprano JesJessica Satava Headshot resizedsica Satava lent great beauty and intensity of feeling to her performance.” (The Baltimore Sun, 2015) In concert, Ms. Satava has appeared as soprano soloist in Bach’s Meine Seel erhebt den Herren, BWV 10, as part of Annapolis’ Bach + Series at St. Anne’s, Mozart’s Requiem with both the Annapolis Chorale and Bach in Baltimore, selections from Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 and Rutter’s Requiem with LiveArts MD, 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 Bach’s Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1. 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. 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