A 1st prize winner of NJ Verismo Opera's 2014 Vocal Competition, and an encouragement award winner in the 2015 & 2017 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, he has sung the lead tenor roles in La Boheme, Rigoletto, Carmen, La Taviata, Un ballo in Maschera, L’elisir d’amore, Aida and Tosca, with Companies like Amore Opera, Regina Opera, NJ Verismo Opera, dell'arte Opera Ensemble, NY Lyric Opera Theater, Bravo Opera Alliance, and the Long Island Lyric Opera.
Mr. Heredia has toured the US, Puerto Rico, Italy, and South Korea, where he sang over 34 concerts, some of which were aired on NBC Korea. He will be performing the role of "Alfredo" in Verdi's La Traviata at the Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito in Santo Domingo, DR, in April 2019.
Soprano Rachel Hippert has recently performed with the Amore Opera Company of New York in La bohème (Mimí), La Traviata (Violetta), Carmen (Micaëla), and Die Fledermaus (Rosalinda), as well as with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (NJAVO) in Verdi’s Aida (High Priestess). She will appear in Amore Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart's Cosí fan tutte (Fiordiligi), and in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza) with the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus this spring.
Ms. Hippert released her debut album of twelve original songs by Colombian composer Julian de la Chica under the Irreverence Group Music record label, Experimentelle und unbestimmte Lieder, Op. 9, currently available on iTunes and Spotify.
Alexis Cregger, Soprano - From Winchester, MA and currently residing in New York City has performed with OperaDelaware, Chelsea Opera, Regina Opera, Opera Manhattan, Annapolis Opera and the Helena Symphony. Recently hailed by Opera News as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni “Alexis Cregger’s eye-opening Donna Anna sailed through the difficult role with vocal ease and stylistic aplomb, wielding her gleaming soprano like a shining sword of justice”.
Recent highlights include Donna Anna and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Geneva Light Opera, Donna Anna with Regina Opera in Brooklyn, the Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Putnam County Chorale in Brewster, NY, in Poulenc’s Gloria with the Rockland Camerata, in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Litha Symphony, and reprised her performance in Litha Symphony’s New Year’s Eve concert in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. 2018 brought a change in repertoire with her debut as Aida, and Lady Macbeth. This season, she revisits the role of Amelia in Ballo in Maschera with the Amore Opera (NYC), and Leonora with Regina Opera (Brooklyn). She currently studies with Mark Oswald. www.alexiscregger.com
Jonathan R. Green (baritone) is originally from the south side of Chicago, IL and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. Jonathan is an alum of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. While at Oberlin, Jonathan studied with RIchard Miller. Jonathan also studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying with Distinguished Professor of Voice Timothy Noble. Jonathan also studied at the University of Kentucky with Dr. Everett McCorvey. Jonathan’s operatic credits include Rigoletto, Falstaff, Germont (La Traviata), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro, Barbieri di Siviglia), Marcello (La Bohème), Crown (Porgy & Bess), Scarpia (Tosca), Sid (Albert Herring), and De Bétigny (Manon).
Cassandra Douglas is a captivating and inspiring performer with a vibrant Lyric soprano voice. She earned her BA in Music from Westminster Choir College, became a certified Spanda Yoga Instructor, and continued for her Masters in Music at Manhattan School of Music. Her intention with her artistry is to make Opera accessible to all audiences. She has performed with The Opera Collective with Music Under New York, Larchmont Music Academy at Carnegie Hall, Simon Estes Young Artist Program, International Lyric Academy of Rome, Amore opera and Chelsea Opera.
Versatile in drama and comedy, mezzo-soprano Erica Koehring recently completed her first Amneris in Verdi’s Aida. Recent roles include Azucena (Il Trovatore-Verdi), Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen-Bizet/Brooke), Zulma (L’Italiana in Algeri-Rossini), and Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro-Mozart). Other roles include Cecilia and Alma March (Little Women-Adamo), Madame de Croissy (Les Dialogues des Carmélites-Poulenc), and Flora (La Traviata-Verdi). Erica is also a professional choral artist and soloist in the tri-state area, from chamber to large scale works, favorites of which are Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s Rejoice in the lamb, Verdi’s Requiem, and Bach’s Magnificat.
Jamaican tenor Omar Bowey is a burgeoning young singer with stunning versatility. Meche Kroop described his voice as a “…fresh sweet tenor.” Mr. Bowey has been a soloist in Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël and Part I of Handel’s Messiah. His operatic roles include Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutti and Caliph in Kismet. In November Mr. Bowey was privileged to sing in Kathleen Battle’s return to the Metropolitan Opera. In June Mr. Bowey will be singing Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with The Lighthouse Opera Company in the Bronx. He currently studies with H. Roz Woll, mezzo soprano.
Allegra Durante began studying classical voice nine years ago, after seeing an opera in her hometown of New York City and realizing how this beautiful and vibrant art form can help bring people together. Since then she has trained with numerous music, acting, and dance programs in NYC, and performed extensively in the Tri-State Area as well as abroad in Germany and Italy.
Most recently, Allegra has been heard as Echo (Echo et Narcisse), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Morgana (Alcina), Giulietta (Romeo & Giulietta), Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice), Euridice, and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte). Her operetta credits include Casilda (The Gondoliers), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Phyllis (Iolanthe), Aline (The Sorcerer), and Sally (Die Fledermaus).
Her interest in all aspects of a performance has led her to produce and direct multiple shows, including Romeo & Giulietta (a pastiche of I Capuleti ei Montecchi and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet), two productions of Orfeo ed Euridice, and a pastiche of opera scenes entitled Replenished Repertoire.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Anna has been praised for delivering her warmth, engaging presence, musicianship and intensity of sound to countless audiences on the stages of New York City, the Pacific North West, Bulgaria and Germany. Anna developed her ever warming voice where she was “destined perhaps for heftier assignments…” (NYT), serving perhaps as a precursor to her eventual homecoming to the mezzo repertoire. Anna has performed with houses on the East and West Coasts of America, Germany and Bulgaria, bringing her unique and beautiful instrument to music lovers worldwide.
Daria Somers, hailed for her “vocal power and strong acting abilities,” was most recently featured as Micaëla in Carmen with New York City Opera in Bryant Park and in acclaimed turns as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Mimì in La bohème with Pacific Opera Project. She has previously portrayed the roles of Nedda, Violetta, Cio-Cio San, Fiordiligi, the Countess, and Suor Angelica, among others, with companies such as New York City Opera, Pacific Opera Project, Orange County Symphony, Heartland Opera Theatre, High Desert Opera, Southern Illinois Music Festival, Nevada Opera Theatre, and Montana Lyric Opera, as well as numerous outreach engagements with LA Opera.
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