Sarai Johnson (7) ernational Spinto Soprano Sarai Elizabeth Cole, Holds a BA in Acting from Rider University, and an MM in Opera Performance from Temple University.While at Temple University, Sarai was featured in Temple University Opera Theater's productions as The First Lady in The Magic Flute, Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, and Lady Billows in Albert Herring. Of Sarai's "Suor Angelica" performance, director Linda Brovsky had this to say: "Sarai Johnson brought enormous dignity, compassion and heartfelt despair to the role of Suor Angelica. During the rehearsal process I watched her transform...into a confidant, very charismatic performer willing to plumb the depths of the soul to find Angelica's madness as well as redemption. She brought the audience to tears--and to their feet in admiration." During the production of Albert Herring with Temple University Opera Theater, Sarai was privilaged enough to work with director Leland Kimball, retired general director of OperaDelaware. "[Mrs. Cole] possesses a magnificent and unusually powerful voice with a burnished sound that she uses expressively and dramatically...I have rarely heard the exciting vocal power exhibited by [Mrs. Cole]. In the role of Lady Billows in the Albert Herring production, [Sarai] sang with musicality and authority, and her voice sailed over the orchestra and ensemble." - Leland Kimball. Aside from Temple Unversity, Sarai performs regularly with The Opera Project and Sunday Opera. Roles performed with these two companies, include Tosca, Santuzza, large excerpts from Aida, and La Bohème. Her résumé includes performances with a number of regional companies, including Harlem Opera Theater, Hunterdon Symphony Orchestra, Newtown Chamber Orchestra, in full roles, concerts, and scene programs. Mrs. Cole has given solo performanves in many distigished venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Kimmel Center (Verizon Hall & Perelman Theater), Teatro Sodre (Montevideo, Uruguay), Auditorio Astengo (Rosario, Argentina), Auditorio Juan Victoria (San Juan, Argentina), as well as numerous auditoriums, churches, and synagogues in the US, South America, and Spain. Sarai has won a number of competitions including the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition, the Harlem Opera Theatre Competition, the Long Beach Mozart Festival Competition, and has been a finalist in many more, the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition (2012 & 2013) and the AIMS Meister Singer competition among them. Recently Mrs. Cole went on tour in South America with Harlem Opera Theater, in a concert feturing works by African American and Jewish composers like William Grant Stills, George Gershwin, and Scott Joplin. The concert was well recieved and reviewed in many cities in Argentina and Uruguay. Learn more of Sarai's singing on her website, www.SaraiCole.com .
Alyssa Lehman (8) Mezzo-Soprano email@example.com Mezzo-Soprano Alyssa Lehman made her professional soloist debut with the Maine Music Society, and has since performed with various musicians, chamber groups, orchestras and opera companies. Highlights include the title role in Carmen, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Bersi (Andrea Chenier) and Ottavia (L’Incoronazione di Poppea). Alyssa performed with the Tuscia Opera Festival (Viterbo, Italy), as well as studied and performed in the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium (Spoleto, Italy) and the Mozarteum Conservatory Summer Academy (Salzburg, Austria). Under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor, Joshua Green, Alyssa performed opera scenes with the New York Summer Opera Scenes, and has performed with groups such as the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, The Southampton Chamber Music Society, Androscoggin Players and The Delaware Valley Opera Company. A lover of art song, chamber music, as well as new music, Alyssa performs regularly as a soloist in numerous recitals and chamber music concerts.
“Bass Baritone, Clayton Mathews (9) as Don Alfonso was great. His low, rich tone left nothing to be desired and I was very happy every time he sang.” Dominic Santos, Stage Magazine
"Bass-baritone Mathews’ diction and bright, forward tone ensured that pitch and text were never lost in the texture, delivering with a charming smile."
Dorthy Hindman, South Florida Classical Review
Baritone Clayton Mathews, a native of St. Louis, Mo has been praised for his rich colorful tone and animated interpretations. He has performed professionally in opera companies such as On Site Opera, Harlem Opera Theatre, Miami Lyric Opera, Riuniti Opera, Sunday Opera and the Opera Project of Lambertville, NJ. Mr. Mathews' most distinguished roles includes Amonasro (Aida), Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte), and Giorgio (I Puritani). Currently performed Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Mike in George Gershwin’s Blue Monday. He was a featured soloist in the “Rising Stars from the Metropolitan Opera” annual concert for the Manchester Music Festival. In 2012 he has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra in an Opera Gala called A Night of Opera. In musical theatre he has performed roles such as Javert (Les Miserable) and Agwe (Once on this Island). In 2012, he performed an opera gala with the Miami". He holds a B.M in Voice Performance from Barry University and currently attending Rutgers University's Opera Institute.
Soprano Susan Myers (10) began studying voice in 2007. She has studied at Westminster Conservatory and with Deborah Maher. She currently studies with Diana Broderick. She has appeared in recital with the Opera Project and as a supernumerary in non-singing roles with New Jersey Opera.
Baritone Don Sheasley (12) has appeared in over fifty roles on the stages of most New Jersey opera companies. His favorites are Rigoletto, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Count Almaviva inLe Nozze di Figaro, Tonio and Silvio in Pagliacci, Scarpia in Tosca, and Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana. With Berks Grand Opera he appeared as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. Besides his opera performances he can be heard singing oratorio, cabaret and concert throughout New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. A long-time academic and community theater actor-director, Mr. Sheasley has been seen as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Emil deBecque in South Pacific, and Horace Tabor in the seldom produced Ballad of Baby Doe. He is a former high school English teacher and golf coach, and resides in Princeton.
Amy Jean Suznovich(14),Coloratura Amy Jean Suznovich, noted for her "impressive vocal range," was recently nominated for the Main Street Tony Awards for Best Leading Actress for her portrayal of Cunegonde in Candide and Best Female Solo for her performance of Glitter and Be Gay. This summer Amy originated the role of Frenchie in A Night in the Wilde Wild West with the Baroque Orchestra of NJ and performed Azerbaijani arias at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Past performances include: Angelica in Handel's Orlando, Rodelinda in Handel's Rodelinda, Gilda in Rigoletto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Rosalina in Giordano's Il Re. She has performed with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Queens Opera (NJ), Opera Siena, and Main Street Theatre, among others. A Hungarian-American, Amy has performed Hungarian Operetta with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, at the Hungarian Festival for 2 years in New Brunswick, at the Carousel Ball Gala for the American Hungarian Foundation and collaborated with Csurdongolo, a hungarian folk dance group.
Amy is a magna cum laude graduate of Ithaca College where she performed the roles of Le Rossignol in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges and La Prima Sorella Cercatrice in Suor Angelica. Also active in theater, Amy has portrayed Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Serenity in Mitch Albom's And The Winner Is and Rapunzel in Into the Woods, all at the Villagers Theatre in Somerset. She appeared at the Access Theater (NYC) in When Words Fail as Elizabeth Swan and Helen. A singer for weddings and other special events, as well as private voice/piano teacher, Amy welcomes correspondence at: firstname.lastname@example.org and www.amysuznovich.com
Mezzo-Soprano Kaitlyn Tierney(15) 2123 Murray Street, Philadelphia * Cell (267) 495-9905 * E-mail - Kbtierney7141@gmail.com
Performance Experience: Soloist, Vivaldi Gloria, Christ Church, Villanova, PA, December 2012
Pitti-Sing (Cover), The Mikado, Savoy Opera Company, Philadelphia, PA, June 2012 , Mother (Cover), Amahl and The Night Visitors, Delaware Valley Opera Company, Philadelphia, PA, December 2011, Recital, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, May 2011, Dido, Dido and Aeneas, New England Conservatory Undergraduate Opera, Boston, MA, March 2011, Habanera, Carmen, New England Conservatory Chorus Concert, Boston, MA, March 2011
Recital, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, May 2011, Liederabend Concert Series, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, December 2010
Rosina, Il Barbiere di Sivilglia, New England Conservatory Undergraduate Opera , Scenes Program ,Boston, MA December 2010 , Cat and Squirrel, L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, 2010, Recital, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, 2010, Third Knitter, A Game of Chance, New England Conservatory Undergraduate Opera, Boston, MA, 2010, Dorabella, Così fan tutte, New England Conservatory Undergraduate Opera Scenes Program, Boston, MA, 2009, Rosine, Signor Deluso, New England Conservatory Undergraduate Opera, Boston, MA, 2009, Mrs. Grose, The Turn of the Screw, New England Conservatory Undergraduate Opera Scenes Program, 2008, Duchess of Monteblanco, A Dinner Engagement, New England Conservatory Undergraduate Opera,Boston, MA 2008, Soloist,Excerpt from Margaret Garner, All-Philadelphia High School Choir, Phila, PA, 2007, Recital, Newtown Presbyterian Church, Newtown, PA, 2007, Recitals, Settlement Music School, Phila, PA, 2004-07, Soloist, Vivaldi Gloria, Central High School Choir, Phila, PA, 2004 Delaware Opera Company Chorus, Phila, PA, 2004-Present.
Awards/Honors: Recipient, New England Conservatory Scholarship, 2007-2011, Dean's List, New England Conservatory, 2007-2011 Outstanding Student Award, Settlement Music School, Phila, PA, 2007, Recipient, Settlement Music School Scholarship Phila, PA, 2004-2007, Delaware Valley Opera Company High School Apprentice Program, Phila, PA, 2004-2007, Boheme Opera Company High School Apprentice Program, Trenton, NJ, 2004-2007
Education, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, BM in Vocal Performance & Music Theory, 2011
Principle Teachers Conductors: Emily Golden Donald Teeters, Patricia McCaffrey David Loebel, Wiliam Cotten Erica Washburn
Susan Rheingans, mezzo-soprano, began her career as a soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale on tours of the United States and the Orient. Most recently she has been heard in performances of Brahms’ Zwei Alto Gesänge with members of the Newtown Chamber Orchestra and the role of Martha in Gounod’s Faust with Bohème Opera New Jersey. She has also appeared with Los Angeles Opera, New York Opera Forum, Bel Canto Opera of Los Angeles, Concert Opera Philadelphia and Delaware Valley Opera Company, among others, and she includes the roles of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Meg Page in Falstaff, Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande, the Princesse de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur and Laura in La Gioconda in her repertoire.
Ms. Rheingans has been on the voice faculty of Settlement Music School in Philadelphia since 2001, and maintains a busy private voice studio in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. A former first prize winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition for the southern California region, Ms. Rheingans was President of the New Jersey Chapter of NATS from 2008 to 2012. For more information, visit www.susanrheingans.com.