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, and OperaRD in Dominican Republic.
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. His most recent performance as "Riccardo" in "Un Ballo in maschera" received rave reviews, hailing Jose as someone in "a position of rapid forward momentum toward international acclaim" (Brooklyn Discovery). Upcoming concerts include Canto Lírico pt.2 on April 2nd (Dominican Republic), B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, October 21-23rd with Opera West (Santa Fe, NM), and Tenor soloist in Youth Orchestra of San Antonio's Production of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, on November 6 (San Antonio, TX).
Soprano Rachel Hippert has recently performed with the Amore Opera Company of New York in Cosí fan tutte (Fiordiligi), 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). Her most recent performance was in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza) with the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus in May, 2019.
Ms. Hippert has released two albums of original songs by Colombian composer Julian de la Chica under the Irreverence Group Music record label. Experimentelle und unbestimmte Lieder, Op. 9, and Profanum are currently available on both 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).
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-born tenor Omar Bowey is a burgeoning young tenor with stunning versatility. Meche Kroop has described his voice as a “fresh sweet tenor”. Mr. Bowey’s operatic work includes the lead roles of Tamino, Don Ottavio, Ferrando, and a recently covered Nemorino. Other operatic roles include Borsa in Rigoletto as well as Soldato #2 and Famigliario #1 (L'incoronazione di Poppea). Mr. Bowey’s soloist concert work includes Schubert’s Mass in G., Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, the first part of Handel’s Messiah, and Kathleen Battle’s groundbreaking Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey concert.
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.
Cuban-American soprano, Jennifer Zamorano, recently performed the role of La Contessa Almaviva at the Center for Jewish History in NYC and critics comment "She shone in both arias --"Porgi amor" and "Dove sono", eliciting compassion in the midst of all that hilarity. Her instrument has a lovely vibrato and opens up beautifully in the upper register." Previously, she performed in the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series performing scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata and La Sonnambula. Critics commented that her performance "was brilliant, and bordering on perfection. Zamorano that night could be compared with some of the biggest divas of the moment". In 2016, she received an Encouragement Award from the Met Council Auditions and received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Florida International University in 2008. In recent years, she has performed with Opera Companies such as the Florida Grand Opera, Miami Music Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera New Jersey, Vero Beach Opera, The Opera Collective, Opera on Tap – Providence, RI, Gold Coast Opera, Amici del'Arte, Pro Arte Grateli, Hispanic Lyric Theatre and the Miami Lyric Opera. Ms. Zamorano's most distinctive roles include: Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Violetta in La Traviata, Elvira in I Puritani, Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Margarita Xirgu in Ainadamar, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, among others. Ms. Zamorano currently resides in New York, NY.
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.
Mary Rice is a mezzo-soprano praised for her flexible range, “exceptional coloratura” and “outstanding facility as a physical actress”. Roles include Rosina, L’enfant (L’enfant et les sortiléges), Cherubino, Hänsel, Jean (Le portrait de Manon), Edith (The Pirates of Penzance), Mrs. Nolan (The Medium), Sr. St. Charles (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and musical theatre and stage roles, including Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Macduff (Macbeth), Millie (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)– even tap-dancing through the Hot Box in Guys and Dollsand putting years of childhood violin lessons to the test as the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof. Other engagements: the premiere of "6 Encounters of Mistrust and Coffee" for mezzo, cello, and harp with Dynamic MusicFest, Indemini Music Festival, Carnegie Hall (Beethoven 9th, Rutter Octavos), Symphony Space (Broadway Premieres, Wall-to-Wall Stephen Schwartz), NYUO2 (Vivaldi Gloria). ASPS Mary Trueman semifinalist '17, NYLOT Div I semifinalist ('17, '19), 2019 Saltworks Opera finalist. www.mary-rice.com
Shannon pursued her BFA in Musical Theatre at Manhattanville College, where she was awarded the Brian Lethbridge Award for Outstanding Vocal Achievement, and won First Prize in the Arlene Kaplan Music Competition. She has appeared as a soloist for many choral works, including Elijah (Hear Ye, Israel!), Carmina Burana (Stetit Puella), and Poulenc's Gloria (Domine Deus, Agnus Dei). She recently performed in the chorus of Amore Opera's Un Ballo in Maschera, and made her Gilbert and Sullivan debut as Isabel in Utopia Opera's The Pirates of Penzance, which ran both in NYC and in Skytop, PA. Her theatrical roles include Kate in Avenue Q, Rona in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Kathy in Company. Shannon resides in Manhattan, and studies with Ronald Cappon. She is honored to be a part of the Opera Collective and share her newfound love for this incredible art form. wwww.shannongaffney.com
Hailed as having an “elastic and luxurious” voice (Ars Raving Mad), Bronx native Mezzo-Soprano Linda Collazo, has performed for audiences across the world. Her roles include Vera Boronel in The Consul with Encompass New Opera Theater, Orlofsky (cover) in Die Fledermaus and Meg Page (cover) in Falstaff with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Mary Magdalene from Grullon’s El Caminante de Nazaret with the Mimesis Ensemble, Solo Handmaiden in Turandot with Sarasota Opera, Cherubino and Dorabella (cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, and La Cesca and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. Her concert work includesYarmolinsky’s The Constitution, Handel’s Messiah,Mozart’s Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She is the co-founder of Voces Unidas, a Latino opera group that performs music from Spain and Latin America. She is the winner of the Woodmere and BAE Young Artist Competitions, and an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. www.lindacollazo.com
Michael Celentano is a former young artist at Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY. Recent appearances include covering the role of Alfred in Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance 15th Anniversary production of Johann Strauss, Jr’s Die Fledermaus. Max in Bronx Opera’s production of Der Freischütz, Miner in La Fanciulla del West and Ensemble in L’Amore de tre Re, both with New York City Opera as well as a Nibechung Vassal in The Metropolitan Opera's 2019 production of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Upcoming performances include Ducca in Rigoletto with West Side Opera Society, Janik in Bronx Opera’s production of The Bartered Bride, and workshopping the role of Botticelli in Larry Lipkis’s new opera, Simonetta.
Flávia Darcie is a Brazilian Mezzo-Soprano based in NYC. She got her Master’s degree in Classical Vocal Performance from New York University and received her Bachelor’s in Music with concentration in Choir and Orchestral Conducting from her home country. She is a member of the The Opera Collective and IBOC and her most recent performances include the International Brazilian Opera Company’s Brazilian Independence Day and Spring Recitals, and the operas Waiting for the rain(Hildegard), Prima la musica e poi le parole (Poeta), L’enfant et les sortilèges(Chinese tea cup and Dragonfly), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Sister Anne) and A Game of Chance (Third Lady). Other previous experiences in the US are the Conducting workshop with The String Orchestra of Brooklyn and The Messiah at Lincoln Center with the DCINY’s Orchestra (Distinguished Concerts International New York). mezzoflaviadarcie.com
Sarah Knott, mezzo-soprano, praised by Opera News, “getting the maximum response with a minimum of mocking sycophancy,” as Mistress Quickly in Bronx Opera’s production of Falstaff. She has sung Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera with Amore Opera (NYC), Principessa in Suor Angelica with Capitol Opera (Troy, NY), Katisha in Mikadowith Troupers Light Opera (Norwalk, CT), Third Witch in Macbeth with Empire Opera (NYC), Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette with West Side Opera (NYC), Suzy in La Rondine and Gerhilde in Die Walkure with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Ms. Knott was a 2017 Young Artist at Cedar Rapids Opera (IA) where she covered Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana. She created the role of Mrs. Fowler in Theodore Christman’s Adriana McMannes at the National Opera Center in 2016 and reprised in 2018. She sang the world premiere of Brad Bombardier’s collection of Marion Thompson van Steenwyk’s poetry titled, Brittle Bright, in recital at the University of MN Duluth in February 2019. Originally from Iowa, Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Voice Performance and Flute Performance from Waldorf College (Iowa) and a Master Degree in Voice Performance from the University of MN Duluth. www.sarahknott.com
Praised for her “round, shiny” mezzo-soprano, “flexible, plangent sound,” and “affecting” acting, Andrea Howland is an opera singer with a special interest in new and rare works.
In 2019 she appeared as the Third Witch in previews of Verdi adaptation M*cBeth at La MaMa ETC, and as Mary Seton in Thea Musgrave’s Mary, Queen of Scots with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. She covered the principal role of Aleta in dell’Arte’s new commission, Princess Maleine, as well as the role of Olga in Eurasia Festival’s Eugene Onegin.
Previous credits include: Dorabella in Così fan tutte with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble; Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, and Third Lady in The Magic Flute with Opera Theatre of Montclair; and Mercédès in Carmen and Soeur Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Opera Company of Brooklyn.
Soprano Christa Dalmazio’s performance credits include the roles of Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Shepherd (Dinorah), and Celeste (Scrooge and Gillbert & Sullivan) with Amore Opera, Flora (The Turn of the Screw), Papagena (The Magic Flute), and Philomèle (Delibes’s Le roi l’a dit) at Manhattan School of Music (MSM), Maria (West Side Story) with Phoenix Productions, Emmie (Albert Herring) with Opera in the Ozarks, and Amor (Orpheus and Euridice), and Euridice (Orpheus in the Underworld) with the Concordia Vocal Academy’s Opera Lab. Her opera scenes credits include Blonde (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail), Nannetta (Falstaff), Norina (Don Pasquale), Joanna (Sweeney Todd), and Adele (Die Fledermaus). She was a member of the Baroque Aria Ensemble at MSM for three years. Christa received Encouragement Awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2018 and 2019. She also plays the piano, viola, violin, and harp, and is the Director of Music at Holy Innocents Church in Neptune, NJ. Christa graduated from MSM with a Bachelors and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance, and studies with Catherine Malfitano.
Colombian soprano Sasha Gutiérrez began performing at a very young age in children choirs. Her vocal studies began under the instruction of Dr. Carolina Plata at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and graduated with honors with her Bachelor of Music. Back in her home country, she was winner of the Jóvenes Intérpretes of the Banco de la República de Colombia in 2013 and 2016. She has performed in the prestigious Teatro Colón, Teatro Julio Mario Santodomingo and Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Metropolitan Museum of Arts, among others. In addition, she has been a soloist with the Bogotá Philharmonic on several occasions. Ms. Gutiérrez has performed as Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and made her operatic role debut as Suor Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica in the Mainstage Opera at Manhattan School of Music in Fall 2018. In May 2019, she performed as a guest soloist with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra during the Templeton Prize Ceremony at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A recipient of the International Advisory Board Scholarship, Ms. Gutiérrez studied with Ashley Putnam and recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.