Pop-Up Opera

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What do you get when you have three opera divas, one tenor, a baritone, a completely improbable plot with jealously, murder, general mayhem, and someone returning from the dead? It’s Annapolis Opera’s Pop-Up Opera!

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  • Sunday, October 2nd 2016
    1 PM: First Sunday Arts Festival
    West Street, Annapolis, MD
    3 PM: Arundel Mills Mall
    700 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD

Meet the Artists

Gabrielle DeMers

Soprano

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Gabrielle DeMers
Soprano

Soprano Gabrielle DeMers performs regularly with The Lyric Opera Baltimore, where she made her role debut as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in November 2014 under the baton of Maestro Steven White. In 2015, Gabrielle made her role debuts as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with OperaAACC and Mimi in La Boheme with HUBOpera, where DC Metro Arts wrote that she was “sweetly demure as ingenue seamstress Mimi…’Donde Lieta’…was heart-breaking and left most of the audience in tears.” She also performs with The Young Victorian Theater Company, where she sang Phyllis in Iolanthe, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, where Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun singled her out as “a dynamo as Gianetta, with her bright, hearty soprano,” and Josephine in HMS Pinafore.  Gabrielle received her Masters in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park.  As a member of the Maryland Opera Studio, she sang the title role of Sandrina in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera and Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Southern California where she sang Betty in the west-coast premiere of Lowell Liebermann and J.D. McClatchy’s Miss Lonelyhearts and Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina. Gabrielle has also been featured in concerts and recitals around the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan area.

www.gabrielle-demers.com
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Matthew Hill

Tenor

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Matthew Hill
Tenor

Matthew Hill, tenor, from Laurel, Maryland recently finished his Master of Music degree in Opera Performance at the University of Maryland. He enjoys a varied career as a soloist and ensemble singer, based in Washington D.C. Recent roles include Parpignol in La Bohème with Wolf Trap Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the Maryland Opera Studio and Music Academy International, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with the Maryland Opera Studio, and Damon in Acis and Galatea with New Dominion Chorale.

Past solo concert work includes Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, and Purcell’s Welcome to All the Pleasures, under the baton of Matthew Halls. He was a frequent soloist with the University of Maryland Bach Cantata series. As a choral musician, Matthew sings weekly at the Washington National Cathedral. He also performs as a soloist and chorister with the Washington Master Chorale and Washington Bach Consort.

Matthew recently won first place at both the local and regional rounds of the NATS competitions, placed as a finalist in Vocal Arts DC’s 2016 Art Song Competition, and received an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Virginia. Matthew received his bachelor of music in vocal performance from the University of Maryland on a Creative and Performing Arts full scholarship.

Katherine Sanford

Mezzo-Soprano

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Katherine Sanford
Mezzo-Soprano

Katherine Sanford is a versatile and dynamic mezzo-soprano, hailing from Annapolis, MD. The 2015-2016 season included several important role debuts for Katherine, beginning with her performance of Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Nashville Opera, followed by performances as Prince Orlofsky in the company’s production of Die Fledermaus. In the summer of 2016, she sang the role of Iolanthe in the Young Victorian Theatre Company’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.

Other opera credits include Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Mercédès in Carmen, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.

Equally at home in concert and recital repertoire, Katherine looks forward to singing as the soloist in Rutter’s Magnificat with the Easton Chorale Arts Society in December 2016 and the alto soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Baltimore Chorale Arts Society in March 2017. She was the alto soloist in St. John’s Passion by J.S. Bach, performing with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Chancel Choir of Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in the winter of 2013. She also performed as a pre-concert recitalist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in both 2012 and 2013, performing songs by Debussy and Strauss.

Katherine sang as a young artist with Nashville Opera, Opera Colorado, and Des Moines Metro Opera. She completed her Masters degree at the University of Michigan, and her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland.

www.katherinesanfordmezzo.com

Peter Tomaszewski

Bass-Baritone
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Peter Tomaszewski
Bass-Baritone

Peter served as an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera for the 2014 and 2015 seasons; there he made his mainstage debut as the Cappadocian in Salome and covered the roles of Ethan & Owens in the world premier of Cold Mountain by Jennifer Higdon. Peter performed as a Young Artist with Palm Beach Opera where he played Luther & Crespel in Les contes d’Hoffmann, First Nazarene in Salome, and Doctor Grenvil in La Traviata. He also workshopped and later went on to cover the role of Herman Broder for the world premier of Ben Moore’s Enemies: A Love Story.

Opera News magazine praised Peter’s work as the physician in Macbeth with Des Moines Metro Opera; there he also covered the title role in Don Pasquale and played Elder Ott in Susanna. Other opera roles include: Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress with The Peabody Conservatory, Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette with Annapolis Opera, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Maryland Concert Opera.

Peter has distinguished himself as a local favorite in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. He has played: The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance with Maryland Concert Opera; also Lord Monterarat in Iolanthe,  Counsel for the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore and Pooh-Bah in The Mikado all with the Young Victorian Theater Company.

He earned both a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and an Opera Graduate Performance Degree at The Peabody Conservatory, where he studied under Stanley Cornett and the late celebrated English bass-baritone, John Shirley-Quirk.

Tomaszewski hails from the rural outskirts of Bellingham, Washington. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Washington University where he studied with Marvin Regier. He won the 2004 Concerto Competition in which he performed Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the WWU Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his singing career Peter served two terms in AmeriCorps (National Civilian Community Corps) which included teaching in inner city schools, environmental work with The Nature Conservancy, construction with Habitat for Humanity, and disaster relief with FEMA. In 2006 he rode solo on a 6,000 mile cross-America bicycle tour.

www.petertomaszewski.com

 

Rebecca Wood

Soprano
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Rebecca Wood
Soprano

Known for her “lyrical passion” and “silvery tone” soprano Rebecca Elizabeth Wood received her Graduate Performance Diploma in Voice after receiving her Masters from the Peabody Conservatory. She is studied under the direction of Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Stanley Cornett.

In November 2015 she sang the principal role of Rose in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene at the Modell Lyric Opera House with the Peabody Opera and in the Spring of 2016 she was the Assistant Director of Peabody’s production of Cosi Fan Tutte.

During her time at the Peabody Conservatory she performed the lead role of Cendrillon in Peabody Opera’s MainStage production of Massenet’s Cendrillon in 2014. She also performed the roles of Amore and Damigella in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in 2013 and covered the role of Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014.

She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina on a choral music scholarship. Her most renowned accomplishment was singing the role of Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera at USC during her senior year.

She has also participated in summer programs including Crittenden Opera Studio in Bethesda Maryland, Music Theater Bavaria in Germany, and Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival performing the role of Amore in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Most recently she attended Music Academy International in Italy performing the role of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi in Fiera di Primiero, Italy.

She has advanced in the Classical Singer Competition in 2012, 2013 and 2015, she was awarded the George Castelle Memorial Award in voice in 2015, 1st place winner of the Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert Young Artist Competition and the 2nd place winner of the biennial Sylvia L. Green voice concerto competition in March 2016.

She is currently on call for the Boston Lyric Opera House chorus, performed with Center Stage in May 2016 in Frank Proto’s new opera Shadowboxer and sang the role of Phyllis in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe with the Young Victorian Theatre Company this summer.

www.rebeccaewood.com

Chorus

Tania Bindhoff, soprano
Lauren Anderson, mezzo-soprano
Scott Nunn, tenor
Matthew Frieswyk, baritone

Phillip Collister

Director

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Timothy McReynolds

Accompanist
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Timothy McReynolds
Accompanist

Enjoying a career that embraces art song, opera, chamber music, and cabaret, pianist R. Timothy McReynolds is also active as a teacher and vocal coach.  He is a member of the Voice/Opera faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Music, and the former Principal Coach of Towson University’s Music for the Stage.  He has participated as vocal coach/pianist for the Washington National Opera’s Opera Institute and the Aspen Music Festival.  He was Instructor of Piano at American University in Washington, D.C.

He has toured internationally in concerts, cabarets, and masterclasses in Mexico, Germany, Italy, and Austria, as well as across the United States.  He also performed in recital with acclaimed bass-baritone, the late William Warfield.  He has been heard with, among others, Delores Ziegler, Linda Mabbs, Isabel Leonard, Timothy Mix, and Corinne Winters. The Washington Post hails him as the, “perceptive accompanist”, the Baltimore Sun, an “excellent pianist”, while the website Classical Journal proclaims him as the “brilliant accompanist” in a recital with mezzo-soprano, Delores Ziegler.  He continues his close association with UrbanArias, an opera company specializing in new American Opera, and Vocal Arts DC, both of Washington, D.C. Recent concert venues include the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Maryland Arts Festival in Baltimore, a state tour of Maryland with the Annapolis (MD) Symphony, the Egyptian Embassy Concert Series in Vienna, Austria, and both the Stern Auditorium with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In the Spring of 2012 he played (and sang) the world premier of Dominick Argento’s Cabaret Songs with Linda Mabbs at the University of Maryland.

In the summer of 2013 he was invited to play recitals at International ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy.  In January, 2015 he was the vocal accompanying  Artist-in-Residence at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.

Dr. McReynolds received his B.M. from Indiana University, M.M. from the University of Michigan, and completed his D.M.A. at the University of Maryland.  His teachers have included Edward Auer, Martin Katz, Jeffrey Gilliam, Robert McCoy and Rita Sloan.

He has several recordings with the Grammy-nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra of Washington, D.C. on the Sono Luminus label.  Other recent recordings include Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin with tenor Bryce Westervelt, and another with the chamber music group, Greenbrook Ensemble.  His concert schedule includes venues in New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Italy.