Peace & Joy Soloists

Lindsay Espinosa, soprano, has been praised for “[handling] difficult coloratura passages with the ease of a true professional, and all the high notes too.” (Opera Pronto). This talented performer is a recent graduate of Colorado State University, where she earned a 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. In 2016, she was advanced to the second round of the Classical Singer Competition in Boston. She also performed the role of Lily in Colonial Player’s production of The Secret Garden. Ms. Espinosa traveled to Florida to participate in the Miami Music Festival, where she performed in their Broadway and Opera Aria Night performances as well as singing the role of Le Feu in its production of L’enfant et les sortilèges. After this festival, Ms. Espinosa traveled to Mezzano, Italy, where sang the role of Adele in the Music Academy International’s production of Die Fledermaus. In winter 2017, Ms. Espinosa performed in the ensemble and covered the role of First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera AACC in Maryland. Immediately following this production, she revived her role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème for the annual Opera Night at the Osteria 510 in Front Royal, Virginia. Ms. Espinosa has also had the pleasure of singing in the Annapolis Chorale for their 2016-2017 season and was a featured performer in their performance of Oklahoma! as well as a soloist for their concert “Music for a New World II. In addition to performing, Ms. Espinosa is also a voice and beginning-piano teacher. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, she taught for a year at Ohio’s Royalton Music Center. She also received her teaching certificate in working with children aged 0-5 from Music Together, an early childhood music education program. As a teacher, she offers in-home lessons on reading music, matching pitch, singing in foreign languages, and performance techniques to her students in the Annapolis area.

 

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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.

 

 

“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 www.jessicasatava.com

 

Pianist Joseph Satava has a diverse repertoire with performances spanning the standard solo literature, chamber music, and works just composed.

Dr. Satava has collaborated with orchestras and conductors and performed at festivals across Europe, Canada and the U.S. His performances have included appearances with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, the Millennium Orchestra, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, and at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Steinway Gallery in Tuscon, AZ, the Music Academy of the West, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the French Embassy in Washington D.C., the American Conservatory of Fontainbleau, France, Iglesia San Felix de Candás, The Banff Centre, and the International Piano Festival in Gijon, Spain. Dr. Satava has appeared in Alice Tully Hall as part of the Focus! Festival for Contemporary Music and at Merkin Hall in New York City. In Baltimore, he has appeared as a frequent collaborator with the artists of Baltimore Musicales. He has performed with the New Prism Ensemble, culminating in a recording of works by Robert Baker, the album Sharp Edges. His playing is featured on the Navona label, in solo and chamber works by composer Keith Kramer. Notable recent regional performances include a recital tour featuring works of Franck, Duparc and Faure with tenor Joseph Regan, the piano obligati in Ola Gielo’s Luminous Night of the Soul and Dark Night of the Soul with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at York College, Pennsylvania.

In 2011, he received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Classical Music Solo Performance, and was named a finalist in The American Prize for Piano. He has taken prizes in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the Miecyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Peggy and Yale Gordon Piano competition, and was named a Promising Young Artist by the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Dr. Satava is a committed teacher. In the spring of 2013, Dr. Satava was appointed Distinguished Artist in Residence at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and currently holds faculty positions at Harford Community College, St. James School and maintains a large private studio. He served as vocal and instrumental collaborator for five years at Shepherd University, for ten years he was on the piano faculty of the Bryn Mawr School, and has acted as program coordinator for the Gijón International Piano Festival in Gijón, Spain.

Primary teachers and mentors have included Julian Martin, Jerome Lowenthal, Olga Radosavljevich, Ann Schein, Marc Durand and Boris Slutsky. Dr. Satava received his DMA from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was awarded the Turner Memorial Prize in Piano and a Peabody Career Development Grant to complete a residency at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada. He completed a bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory and master’s degree at the Juilliard School.

Recent appearances include a collaboration with the artists of Annapolis’ Bach+ Series in Bach’s seminal work The Art of Fugue in October 2017.

 

Bennett Umhau is an energetic young baritone who “[handles] his vocal chores flawlessly.” With his recent performances in opera, operetta, concert works and new music, Mr. Umhau has appeared with many organizations in the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore area. Recent roles include “Jud” in Oklahoma!, sung with a “golden voice”; “Pandolfe” in Massenet’s Cendrillon; “Mr. Goldbury” in Utopia Limited, “Strephon” in Iolanthe, as well as a frequent soloist in Handel’s Messiah. He appears frequently as a soloist with the Live Arts Maryland!  Mr. Umhau maintains a voice studio in the Annapolis and Columbia area, and welcomes students of all ages and populations.