Angels & Demons

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A concert showcasing the many saints and sinners of the operatic repertoire. As in our main-stage production, Faust, human desires can drive the forces of good and evil, and can take many forms. These universal themes are still a part of contemporary life. Performed by several of Annapolis Opera’s favorite singers, and accompanied by Artistic Director, Maestro Ronald Gretz.

  • Performance Dates

    Friday, December 11, 2015
    7:00 PM
    Calvary United Methodist Church

    301 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD

    Saturday, December 12, 2015
    8:00 PM
    Bowie Center for the Performing Arts

    15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD

  • Ticket Pricing

    $35 general admission*
    $22 student*

    Tickets will be available at the door one hour before the scheduled start time.

    *includes ticket fees

    For group pricing, please contact the Maryland Hall Box Office
    at 410-280-5640.

  • Act One

    Signor nè principe … Addio
    Rigoletto
    Giuseppe Verdi
    Galeano Salas, tenor
    Melissa Wimbish, soprano

    Caro nome
    Rigoletto
    Giuseppe Verdi
    Melissa Wimbish, soprano

    Nacqui all’affanno … Non più mesta
    La Cenerentola
    Gioachino Rossini
    Madelyn Wanner, mezzo-soprano

    Te Deum
    Tosca
    Giacomo Puccini
    Brian Major, baritone

    Ach, ich fühl’s
    Die Zauberflöte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Kisma Jordan, soprano

    Prayer
    Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck
    Melissa Wimbish, soprano
    Madelyn Wanner, mezzo-soprano

    Vision fugitive
    Hérodiade
    Jules Massenet
    Brian Major, baritone

    Che gelida manina
    Sì, Mi chiamano Mimì
    O soave fanciulla
    La Bohème
    Giacomo Puccini
    Galeano Salas, tenor
    Kisma Jordan, soprano

  • Act Two

    Presentation of the Rose
    Der Rosenkavalier
    Richard Strauss
    Melissa Wimbish, soprano
    Madelyn Wanner, mezzo-soprano

    Eri tu
    Un Ballo in Maschera
    Giuseppe Verdi
    Brian Major, baritone

    La donna è mobile
    Rigoletto
    Giuseppe Verdi
    Galeano Salas, tenor

    Senza mamma
    Suor Angelica
    Giacomo Puccini
    Kisma Jordan, soprano

    Là ci darem la mano
    Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Brian Major, baritone
    Madelyn Wanner, mezzo-soprano

    Je veux vivre
    Roméo et Juliette
    Charles Gounod
    Melissa Wimbish, soprano

    Habanera
    Carmen
    Georges Bizet
    Madelyn Wanner, mezz0-soprano

    Nessun dorma
    Turandot
    Giacomo Puccini
    Galeano Salas, tenor

    Bess, you is my woman now
    Porgy and Bess
    George Gershwin
    Brian Major, baritone
    Kisma Jordan, soprano

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Meet the Singers

 

Kisma Jordan

Soprano

Kisma Jordan

Kisma Jordan
Soprano

Recognized by The New York Times for her soul-stirring communicative ability and “shimmering soprano voice”, Kisma Jordan has proven to have a gifted vocal instrument that penetrates the hearts of listeners. The Baltimore Sun praised excitedly, “Kisma Jordan steals the show, vocally…with her truly lovely soprano. She sounds wonderful in the house, the tone ripe and well-supported, the phrasing lively, the diction superb. I can’t prove any great powers of prognostication, but I sure do feel there’s a good chance we could all be hearing more from this singer in time.” Through her sincerity, and elegant statuesque, she makes lasting impressions on audiences across the country.

This season, Kisma returned to the opera stage to cover the role of Clara with Lyric Opera of Chicago in their revival production of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. In March, she will appear with Hilton Head Symphony as soloist for Mendelssohn and Verdi: Nightmares and Dreams, then, returns home to continue preparations for the highly anticipated debut of two of her original works during the Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience, which exclusively presents works created by current Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows.

In previous seasons, Kisma enjoyed appearances with New Jersey Opera in performances of Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Lyric Opera of Baltimore in performances of Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Nedda in performances of Pagliacci, and as Aurora in the North American premiere of Francesco Cavalli’s Gli Amore D’Apollo e di Daphne.

Sought after on the concert stage, Kisma has also appeared as a soprano soloist for works including Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with Lima Symphony Orchestra, and Strauss’ Vier Letze Lieder.

Kisma has won prizes from the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation (2nd Place), Sylvia L. Green Voice Competition (1st Place, Graduate Division), Baltimore Music Club Competition (1st Place, Professional Voice), the Belcanto Vocal Foundation Scholarship Competition (3rd Place), The Cleveland Foundation (A. Grace Lee Mims Vocal Scholarship Award), and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (National Semifinalist, 1st Place Great Lakes Region).

A native of Detroit, MI, Kisma earned a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University (OH) and Bachelor of Music degree from Kentucky State University before appearing as a resident artist at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

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Brian Major

Baritone

Brian Major

Brian Major
Baritone

Baritone, Brian Major, has been praised for his “velvet voice” and “commanding stage presence.” A recent studio artist with Sarasota Opera he covered George Milton in Of Mice and Men and performed excerpts from Macbeth. This season Major will make role debuts as Don Giovanni with Opera in the Heights and Germont in La traviata with Opera Company of Midllebury and perform an all French Opera concert with Maestro Michel Plasson in France.

Galeano Salas

Tenor
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Galeano Salas
Tenor

Galeano Salas is a Texas native who grew up in Mexico City. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He holds a MM from Yale University and a BM from the University of Houston. This summer, Galeano performed the role of Borsa in Rigoletto with the Santa Fe Opera.

Most recently, Galeano sang the roles of Rodolfo in La bohème, Alfredo in La traviata and German in Pique DameRecent concert work includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Riverside Symphonia, the Mozart Requiem with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with Choral Arts of Philadelphia.

Other roles include Stage Manager (Cover) in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, Vaudémont in Iolanta, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Leandro in Le Donne Curiose, Mario Ruoppolo in the second U.S. premiere of Il Postino by Daniel Catán, Raoul de Gardefeu in La Vie Parisienne, Frank Shallard in Elmer Gantry, Don Luigino in Il Viaggio a Reims and Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld.

This year, Galeano has won first place in the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition, the Young Texas Artists Music Competition, the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation Competition and the American Prize Competition. Young Artist Programs include Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, the Texas Music Festival: Le Chiavi di Bel Canto and Ohio Light Opera.

www.galeanosalas.com
@GaleanoSalas

Madelyn Wanner

Mezzo-Soprano
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Madelyn Wanner
Mezzo-Soprano

Hailed by The Washington Times as a “marvelous mezzo…truly a talent who deserves greater notice,” Madelyn Wanner has enjoyed critical acclaim for her work on the operatic stage. Her portrayal of Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito was lauded as “eye-opening” and “masterful” (The Washington Times) and “shining with radiance” (DC Theater Scene). Her voice was praised as “…convincing and secure, her ornamentation tight and accurate…her voice itself was clear, robust, emotional, yet fearless, possessing just the right qualities to address this opera’s peculiar blending of the classical and the baroque” (The Washington Times). Her Sesto also earned her recognition as one of the Best Scene Stealers of the Year by DC Metro Theater Arts. Recently, Ms. Wanner was an apprentice artist at the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York City.

Other operatic credits include Mallika/Lakmé (Opera Delaware), Hansel/Hansel and Gretel (Hub Opera Ensemble), Dorabella/Così fan tutte (Baltimore Concert Opera), Carmen/Carmen (Carroll County Summer Opera), Siebel/Faust (Baltimore Concert Opera), Prince Orlovsky/Die Fledermaus (Carroll County Summer Opera), Rosina/Il barbiere di Siviglia (Maryland Opera Studio), Paula/Florencia en el Amazonas (Maryland Opera Studio), Cherubino/Le nozze di Figaro (Peabody Conservatory), L’Enfant/L’Enfant et les sortiléges (Peabody Conservatory), Second Lady/Die Zauberflöte (Peabody Conservatory), and Iolanthe/Iolanthe (Young Victorian Theatre Company).

She has been a winner in the Annapolis Opera competition, a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a finalist in the National Opera Association Competition.

Concert credits include the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s outreach concert series at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Manuel DeFalla’s El corregidor y la molinera with the Inscape Chamber Orchestra at the National Gallery of Art, Vivaldi’s Gloria under the direction of Robert Shafer (Washington Summer Sings!), Handel’s Messiah (New Castle Music Club), and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore and Requiem (Central Maryland Chorale).

An advocate of new music, she has sung the role of Bobachino with Wolf Trap Opera for their reading of John Musto’s opera The Inspector, and has premiered and recorded several new works. Upcoming engagements include the alto soloist for Theresienmesse (Haydn) with The City Choir of Washington under the direction of Robert Shafer, and an apprenticeship with Sarasota Opera.

Melissa Wimbish

Soprano
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Melissa Wimbish
Soprano

Praised by The New York Times for her “stylish singing” and by The Boulder Daily Camera as “simply incredible…the highlight of the entire evening,” Melissa Wimbish is consistently recognized for her artistry, technical prowess, and captivating stage presence. Recently appearing as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera Baltimore, the young soprano did not go unnoticed with Opera News noting her “promising soprano” while The Baltimore Sun praised her “bright voice” and “knack for animating phrases”. She was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2014 NATS Artist Award Competition in addition to the Franco-American Award for best interpretation of French repertoire. A finalist in the 2013 International Liszt-Garrison Competition, she received special honors for her performance of American song. Melissa made her Kennedy Center recital debut as a winner of the Vocal Arts Society Discovery Series in 2012 and was a winner of the Denver Philharmonic Concerto Competition the same year.

In the 2015/16 season, Melissa will perform Györgi Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with Maestro Ed Polochick and Concert Artists of Baltimore at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in October. This April, in collaboration with Tom Cipullo and Urban Arias, Melissa will star in a new one-woman opera centered on the life of a prominent Black entertainer in the 30s. Followed by that appearance, she returns to the Kennedy Center as the soprano soloist for Carmina Burana presented by Washington Ballet. Her Carnegie Hall recital debut in October 2016 will feature works of living American composers including Jake Heggie, Tom Cipullo, Gregory Spears, and Jessica Meyer.

The 2014/15 season was one of debuts, beginning with Merkin Hall as a soloist with American Modern Ensemble in Robert Paterson’s Ghost Theater, followed by Opera Delaware in Lakmé (Miss Rose) and with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as the Sheep (yes!) in Candide. She sang the role of Juliette with Young Artists of America and was “ … especially captivating at the onset performing the reveling Je veux vivre complete with impressive vocal runs and coquettish mannerisms.” (DC Metro Theater Arts)

Melissa made her Prototype Festival premiere with the critically- acclaimed DC-based opera company Urban Arias as the History Teacher in Gregory Spears’s highly celebrated chamber opera, Paul’s Case. Also with Urban Arias, she has appeared in recitals alongside pianist and composer Tom Cipullo at Atlas Performing Arts Center and at Strathmore Mansion where she performed selections from Craigslistlieder and the role of Eve in Patrick Soluri’s dark comic opera, Adam and Eve. These frequent interpretations of modern music have led the soprano to several premieres including her debut with Strathmore’s National Philharmonic as the teenage anti-Semite, Christine in Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood, her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy’s closest advisor, Nancy Tuckerman in Camelot Requiem (Bornfield), and her collaboration with renowned organist Donald Sutherland in Anton Heiller’s Zwei geistliche Gesänge. Other operatic roles include Micaëla in Carmen, the Soprano in Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Manon (Manon), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Blöndchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Cunegonde (Candide), and her wannabe signature role as Elle in Poulenc’s monodrama for soprano, La voix humaine. A budding fan of early music, Melissa regularly appears in recital with the Baltimore-based early music ensemble S’amusant performing various works including Purcell’s Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation, selections by Bach, Dowland, Arne, Handel, and an early-music-inspired new composition by John Belkot, entitled A Valediction of Weeping, inspired by the group.

Her abilities as a versatile young artist have earned a number of performance engagements both on and off the opera stage. An equally compelling stage actress, her résumé includes a healthy roster of theater experience. Featured roles include Andy Two in the premiere of Rich Espey’s original play, Three Andys, based on the life of Andy Warhol, the Cuban Singer in Linus & Alora by Andrew Irons, for which she composed original music, and Reverend Beaux in Young Jean Lee’s evangelical drama, Church.

Melissa is represented by Mirshak Artists Management. She lives in Baltimore with her dog, Scarlett and her cat, Billy.

www.melissawimbish.com
@MelissaWimbish

Ronald J. Gretz

Artistic Director and Conductor

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Ronald J. Gretz
Artistic Director and Conductor

Ronald J. Gretz is celebrating his 33rd season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Annapolis Opera, a position that he has also held with both the Chesapeake and Harford Opera companies. Mr. Gretz served as chorus master and assistant conductor with the Baltimore Opera and Chautauqua Summer Opera in New York and has conducted Baltimore Opera’s Summer Opera. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, Mr. Gretz returned to his alma mater for five years [1995-2000] as an Opera Coach. In 2012, he was again appointed to the Vocal faculty as a Vocal Coach where he remains as a part-time faculty member.

In addition to his work in opera, he has conducted musicals with Cock-pit-in-Court and various area dinner theaters. Internationally he has performed twice at the Kanagawa Theater Festival in Japan as well as in Shanghai, China. In 1994 Mr. Gretz was appointed conductor of the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 10 years. In 2004 he founded the Maryland Philharmonic Orchestra and continued as artistic director and conductor until 2008. Mr. Gretz was named Professor Emeritus upon retiring from teaching at CCBC where he taught music theory for 41 years. His theory textbook “Music Language and Fundamentals”, published by McGraw Hill, is used throughout the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Gretz is also the organist and choir director at the University Baptist Church in Baltimore, a position that he has held for over 25 years.