Carmina Burana Soloists – 2014
Soprano Marnie Breckenridge’s versatility of roles range from highly acclaimed performances of Lucia di Lammermoor to Emily in Rorem’s, OUR TOWN. Her excellent acting credits and musicianship have brought her into the worlds of television and voice-over as well as theatre where she recently composed the vocal lines for and sang the lead in WAKE an original production with director Mei Ann Teo and composer Jon Bernstein at the Connelly in New York. As a champion of contemporary music, she regularly performs new music by modern composers in concert and recital. Recent modern opera roles include: Mother in DOG DAYS by David T. Little with Montclair Peak Performances which was voted Best Opera 2012 by TimeOut Magazine, Sierva Maria in Peter Eötvös’s LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS at Glydebourne Festival Opera, La Princesse in Philip Glass’ ORPHÉE and Margarita Xirgu in Golijov’s, AINADAMAR with Opera Parallele, her Berkeley Symphony debut in Chin’s, CANTANTRIX SOPRANICA with Kent Nagano and her Ravinia Festival debut in Jake Heggie’s TO HELL AND BACK with Philharmonia Baroque, co-staring Patti LuPone. Of her performance at Ravinia noted by reviewer John Von Rein, “she sounded as gorgeous as she looked, achieving both lyrical poignancy and dramatic power” (The Chicago Tribune).
As the 2013 recipient of the Fanfare Award for “Alumni of the Year” at the San Francisco Conservatory, Ms. Breckenridge gave a recital honoring Bay Area composers (Heggie, Conte, Garner, Erickson, Getty) and their works weaving together a “Woman’s Journey” with Kristin Pankonin accompanying on piano. For her recent debut with the Sacramento Philharmonic she sang the BACHIANAS BRAZILERAS and CHICAGO SONGS written for her by Kurt Erickson conducted by Michael Morgan. Other recent concert work includes CARMINA BURANA soloist with the SF Choral Society, BERG IN VIENNA concerts at Bard Festival, Barber’s, KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 and Mahler’s, 4TH SYMPHONY with Napa Symphony and Pacific Symphony.
She has regularly performed under the baton of Lorin Maazel as Lucia in Britten’s, “Rape of Lucretia” at his Castleton Foundation and on tour. Other opera roles include, Papagena in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and Olga in THE MERRY WIDOW with the San Francisco Opera, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Mobile Opera and Indianapolis Opera, Yum Yum in THE MIKADO with Arizona Opera and Gretel in HANSEL UND GRETEL with Indianapolis Opera and Arizona Opera. Ms. Breckenridge is a featured soloist on the 2012 New World Records’ album of Victor Herbert songs and recently made her European and Asian debuts as Cunegonde in “Candide” with the English National Opera, Prague State Opera on tour in Japan where her performances were reviewed as “note perfect” (Prague Post) and “simply terrific” (Opera Magazine, UK). http://www.marniebreckenridge.com/
Jason Hentrich is thrilled to make his debut with Annapolis Chorale and Live Arts Maryland. 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.
Justin Berkowitz, tenor, originallyfrom Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been praised for his “exacting and animated” performances, and is quickly gaining national attention for both his character work, as well as his “bright future in Bel Canto.”
2014-2015 season highlights include concert debuts with the Northwestern University Concert Series and The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra as tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana,, and the Rochester (MI) Symphony in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Justin has also been invited to perform as guest artist for the Minnehaha Music’s fall concert, featuring Bel Canto arias and operatic hits. This fall, he also returns to the Harris Theater for Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Macbeth.
Justin made several operatic debuts during the 2013-14 season: in fall 2013, he joined the young artist roster at Chicago Opera Theater, then spent several months as resident tenor artist with Opera Naples (FL), where he made his role debut of Beppe in Pagliacci and covered Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He also appeared under the auspices of Opera Naples in numerous community and school performances, singing opera arias and ensemble pieces with fellow young artists. He made his debut with St. Petersburg Opera (FL), where he covered the role of Tony in their production of West Side Story and performed the role of Snowboy.
Justin recently received Master Degree in Voice Performance at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Stanford Olsen and Freda Herseth. On the opera stage, he performed the role of Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Male Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, Sellem in The Rake’s Progress, and Luciano and the First Soldier in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Justin was also selected to perform the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with the University Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Kenneth Kiesler. http://www.justinberkowitztenor.com/
David Murray‘s rich baritone voice, dramatic presence, and versatility as a performer 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, David 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. Recent engagements include Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Gianni in Gianni Schicchi and Don Alfonzo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with Baltimore Concert Opera. Past appearances with the Annapolis Chorale include Soloist in Bach Mass in B minor and Einhorn Voices of Light. This November David will be singing the role of Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata with Baltimore Concert Opera.
In addition to David’s singing and teaching career he has become one of the foremost editors of concert music in the music publishing industry. Having apprenticed under world reknowned editors from Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer and ECS Publishing, David is currently the Editor and Publishing Manager for Subito Music Corporation.
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