Dylan Sauerwald is a distinctive historical keyboardist and conductor, known for his inventive continuo playing and passion for underperformed works of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Dylan has been music director of Helios Early Opera's critically acclaimed productions of Charpentier's David et Jonathas, Cavalli's Artemisia, and Telemann's Pimpinone. He has been music director for staged productions by Ensemble Musica Humana, Ensemble la Félicité and others, leading repertoire spanning from Hildegard of Bingen to Mozart. He is a regular continuo player and répétiteur at the Amherst Early Music Festival and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute opera program.
A versatile keyboardist, Dylan is featured on harpsichord, organ and lautenwerck on the world premiere recording of David Funck's Stricturae Viola di Gambicae (New Focus recordings), on fortepiano in the Handel & Haydn Society's latest recording of Haydn's orchestral music (Coro records), and as harpsichord soloist in Unitas Ensemble's upcoming release of Manuel de Falla's Retablo del Maese Pedro (Naxos). His harpsichord playing is featured in the BBC historical drama Poldark. He has appeared as soloist with Emmanuel Music, the Unitas Ensemble, and the Cambridge Concentus, performing the complete concertos for multiple harpsichords of J.S. Bach alongside Peter Sykes, Matthew Hall and Joshua Rifkin. His continuo playing has been compared to “the best jazz rhythm sections” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), and his solo playing hailed as “impeccable,” (Local Arts Live, Philadelphia) and of “the highest level” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).
Dylan directs Polyphemus, a monthly early music series in lower Manhattan, and can be heard performing with with the Handel & Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, TENET and others. He is director of music at the New Dorp Moravian Church in Staten Island, and he holds degrees in historical performance from McGill and Boston University. Read More
Brittany Goodwin is thrilled to be joining the Cantanti Project this season. Goodwin made her opera stage directing debut last spring with Jarrar’s Fall of the House of Usher at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to work with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble as a stage director (La Rondine, Aug. 2016, La Calisto, Aug. 2017). Goodwin’s lyrics will be featured in Jarrar’s newest song cycle, Songs of the Soul Beams, and her play, The Wonders of Alice, has been nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She would like to thank Lauren, Joyce & Dylan for being awesome collaborators and Chris Fecteau for his mentorship and support. For more on this artist: begoodwin.com, on media: @be_goodwin . Read More
Alexandria Hoffman has been the Millinery Assistant to Corrina Griffin for Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular since 2011, and the Costume Administrator at Glimmerglass Theater Festival since 2012. Alex hold an MA from NYU in Visual Culture: Costume Studies and a BA from UCSB in History and Theater, emphasis Costume Design. The Seafarer, (Floriday Repertory Theater); Anoush, Roudolf Kharatian (Ballet 2021); The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome, Brandon Stock (Outside Inside at NYCFringe); “Cross”, Gerry Maravilla (Isosceles Media). Assistant Costume Design- Off Broadway: That Poor Dream, Kate Fry (The Assemly); The Architecture of Becoming, Kate Fry (Women’s Project Theater); Philosophy for Gangsters, Sarah Cogan (Rotten Apples Theatrical); One Night, Jessica Jahn (Rattlestick at Cherry Lane Productions); F#%ng Up Everything, Melissa Trn; Totally Tubular Time Machine, Sarah Cogan. Other: “The Story of Vice”, Kama Royz (National Geographic Productions); “Cop Show”, Michael Bevins (M.E.G.A. Films); “How You Look at It”, Stefanie Genda (How You Look at It LLC); Marry Harry, Stefanie Genda (American Theater Group); The Cripple of Inishmaan, Stefanie Genda (Hartt School). www.ahcostumedesign.com Read More
Kayte Zhang, (pronounced like "Kate") is an actor, singer, seamstress, and mystery lover currently living in New York City. Originally from Arizona, Kayte has performed throughout the US, including at College Light Opera Company, Phoenix Theatre, and TheatreSquared. Though primarily a performer, Kayte has worked in many aspects of performing arts both on and off stage. Her experience includes five years as a costume maker and dresser for musical theatre and opera productions and, most recently, as a development intern at Ma-Yi Theatre Company, an off-Broadway company focused on producing works by Asian American playwrights. As an arts administrator, Kayte is interested in finding innovative ways to develop audiences for performing arts that match our society's rapidly changing relationship with social media and entertainment.
Kayte earned dual Bachelor of Music degrees from Arizona State University in Music Theatre and Vocal Performance. In her free time, she likes to take long walks in idyllic brownstone neighborhoods, listen to NPR podcasts, and dote over every dog she meets. Read More
Kimberly Hann, Mezzo-Soprano, has performed across the United States and Europe. Roles include Madame de la Haltière (Cendrillon) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Bradamante (Alcina) with New York Opera Forum, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) with The Castleton Festival, Cecilia March (Little Women) and Maestra delle Novizie (Suor Angelica) at Northwestern University and scenes as the title role in Carmen and Charlotte (Werther) with the The Mannes Opera. Concert appearances include Holofernes in Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans with The Mannes Baroque Chamber Players and Alto Soloist in Bach’s Magnificat with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 she performed as an Advanced Artist with OperaWorks and the International Vocal Arts Institute in New York City. Kimberly has also performed extensively in the Chicago area, where she was awarded a Bravo Award from the Bel Canto Foundation. She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University and is currently earning her Master’s Degree at Mannes College of Music under the instruction of Beth Roberts-Sebek. Read More
Juecheng Chen is an expressive, virtuosic countertenor who specializes in interpreting Baroque music. His operatic roles include: Handel - Bertarido (Rodelinda, USA, 2016), Ruggiero (Alcina, USA, 2015), Rinaldo (Rinaldo, Italy, 2015), Radamisto (Radamisto, Netherlands, 2013), Arsamene (Serse, UK, 2012); Cavalli - Apollo (Gli Amori di Apollo e di Dafne, Italy, 2015); Monteverdi -Ottone (L'incoronazione di Poppea, UK, 2011). He completed his Bachelor's degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK. Hailing from Guangzhou, China, he pursues his passion for Baroque music throughout Europe and now in New York. He is completing a Master's degree in voice in Mannes College The New School for Music. Read More
Rachel Duval is a lyric soprano living and working in New York, NY. She made her television debut singing on the Spanish National Television (TVE) series Insuperables to wide acclaim in July 2015. On stage, she performed in Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) in 2012, Le Nozze di Figaro (Contessa) in 2013, and Orfeo ed Euridice (Euridice) in 2014 with the Barcelona Opera Studio. She performed widely throughout Barcelona for the past five years, and studied with baritone Roberto Accurso and coach and Liceu pianist Mark Hastings. She made her formal opera debut with Opera Cultura in San Jose, CA singing Paula in Rio de Mujeres in May 2016, and then sang Rosalba in Emerald City Opera’s production of Florencia en el Amazonas. In 2017, Rachel will be part of the world premiere of Symphony of Poems by Nilda Scalisé in Madrid. Rachel currently studies with acclaimed soprano Pamela Armstrong, and holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of Washington. Read More
Mezzo-Soprano Kirsti Esch is a versatile musician garnering notice for her interpretations of Baroque and Wagnerian repertoire. Roles include: Arnalta (L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Trentino Music Festival), Gerhilde (Opera Company of Brooklyn) and Waltraute (NYLOT) in Die Walkure, The Mother (Hansel and Gretel, Opera Oggi), Nireno (Giulio Cesare, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival), Laura (Iolanta, Opera Slavica), King Ajax I (La Belle Hélène, Opéra du Périgord), Mae Jones (Street Scene, Mittelsächisches Theater). Miss Esch has also been seen in concert in NYC (with Lauren Flanigan), Minneapolis (Minnesota Opera), London (Royal College of Music), Boston (Symphony Hall), Germany, France, and Iceland. Miss Esch is a graduate of Boston University. She currently studies with Bill Neill, and resides in Brooklyn. Read More
Allison Gish is a mezzo-soprano based in New York with a special interest in historically-informed performance of Baroque music. Ms. Gish is currently pursuing a Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College, where she appeared with Mannes Baroque as soloist in Monteclair’s cantata Pan et Syrinx and Piacere in excerpts from Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo. She will return in December as Vagaus in excerpts from Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans. She will also appear as Green Pants & Co. in Robert Ashley’s DUST at The New School this spring. Ms. Gish has also appeared as a soloist with the Con Vivo Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Singers as Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, New Amsterdam Singers (Dear Theo, Bach’s Singet den Herrn), Louisiana Sinfonietta (De profundis), and LSU Symphony (Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor). With LSU Opera, Ms. Gish performed the roles of Mother / Grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood, La Badessa in Suor Angelica, and Armelinde in Viardot’s Cendrillon. Read More
New York-based soprano Marisa Karchin completed her Master’s in Vocal Performance at Mannes School of Music in 2016, after earning a BA from Yale University. During the 2015-2016 season, she performed with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Utopia Opera, and Opera Company of Brooklyn, and debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Marisa is an avid performer of new music and has recently appeared with the Center for Contemporary Opera, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, the Mannes Contemporary Music Ensemble, and C4: The Choral Composer- Conductor Collective. Favorite roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), and Shirley Temple in a new production of Robert Ashley’s DUST. Read More
Soprano Sara Lin Yoder, from Oskaloosa, Iowa, is finding her niche in early and new music. Sara Lin received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota where she performed the roles of Nanetta (Falstaff) and Ida (Die Fledermaus). In the Spring 2016, she earned a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she performed the roles of Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Laurie (The Tender Land). Sara Lin’s interest in new music was discovered in 2012 while working with Grammy Award winning composers Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein to workshop the role of Jessica in their new production of Sister Carrie. Sara Lin has also workshopped Aschera in Apocalypse: Now and Then (Manuel Kerer, Guerino Mazzola), Susan in A Song for Susan Smith (Zach Redler, Mark Campbell) and Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life (Jake Heggie, Gene Scheer). Sara Lin currently resides in NYC. Read More
Coloratura soprano Mary Rose Go is noted for her warm voice and sparkling high notes. Full roles include her first role, the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Amor (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Rosina (The Barber of Seville). Ms. Go has participated in OperaWorks, Bay Area Summer Opera Training Institute at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the UCSB Opera Workshop, the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival, and the Pasadena City College Opera Workshop. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Honolulu. Ms. Go received her Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies from Scripps College, with a minor in music and her Master of Music in Voice from UC Santa Barbara. Read More
Michael David Gray is a DMA Candidate at the University of South Carolina, where he operatically performed as Peter in Mr. Scrooge, Rafael & Perico in La Dolorosa, Lyonel in Martha, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, The Notary and Jailor in La Périchole, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Dater 15 in Speed Dating Tonight. During the 2016 – 2017 season, Michael performed as El Remendado in Quisisana Resort’s production of Carmen, covered the role of Argirio as an Apprentice Artist in Opera Southwest’s production of Tancredi, fulfilled duties as the understudy of Ferrando in Opera Omaha’s production of Cosi fan tutte, performed the role of Beppe in Pagliacci as a Guest Artist with Opera Southwest, performed the role of The Tyger in the world premiere of Stranger From Paradise with Opera Omaha, and will perform as Monsieur Vogelsang and The Sailor as a Young Artist in Tidewater Opera Initiative’s productions of The Impresario and Dido and Aeneas. Read More
Soprano Lydia Dahling is an emerging singer known for her dynamic and intimate performances and wide range of vocal colors. This season, she covers Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Vocal Productions NYC and makes her role debut as Gilda in Rigoletto. In the 2015-2016 season, she made role debuts as Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Lisette (La rondine) and joined The Cantanti Project as Ophelia in excerpts from Hamlet. Her interpretation of Zerlina with Mannes Opera was called “sweet voiced” by Opera News, and other roles include Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Sugar Creek Opera, the Voice from Heaven (Don Carlo), and the title role of Alcina. Also a performer of chamber music, she has performed works such as Seven Romances by Aleksandr Blok (Shostakovich) and a world premier by Dorian Wallace with new music consortium Tenth Intervention. Dahling holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Mannes College The New School for Music. Read More
William Lewis, pianist/accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, and performer is beginning his fiftieth year as a professional musician. In 2014, he earned two nominations in the Charleston Theater Awards for his performances in “The Piano Man and the Diva” (Best Musical Director and Best Actor in a Musical) for the 2013-2014 season. In Savannah, Georgia, he won the People’s Choice Award during the American Traditions Competition. Mr. Lewis regularly appears with Irish tenor Ronan Tynan in concert and also plays for Marcello Giordano and violinist Gregory Harrington. He has served as vocal coach for the Santa Fe Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Omaha, Texas Opera, Opera Music Theater International with Jerome Hines, Central City Opera House Festival and Natchez Opera Festival. As a teacher, Mr. Lewis has served on the faculties of both the Boston and New England Conservatories and at Rutgers University. He has taught master classes across the U.S. and is presently an Artist in Residence at the University of Kentucky with Dr. Tynan. Read More
Noelle McMurtry, soprano, recognized for her “expressive panache” and “flashing” voice, is devoted to the interpretation of art song and Baroque repertoire. Her recent operatic credits include Calisto in La Calisto with Peabody Opera Theatre, and Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. She was a Young Artist at SongFest in Los Angeles and was awarded the Outstanding Performance Award for the Art Song Division of the Metropolitan International Vocal Competition. An avid recitalist, Noelle is most interested in innovative, thematic programming that creates new contexts in which to experience song, particularly those which highlight female perspectives. Examples of her original programs include Ophelia and Her Sisters, Femme en fleurs, and The Heavenly Banquet. Noelle’s original cabaret show exploring female perspectives on love, Queen of Hearts, was awarded a Career Development Grant from Peabody Institute of Music. Noelle is in the 2nd-year of her Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody as a student of soprano Ah Young Hong. www.noellemcmurtry.com
Laura Mitchell is a lyric soprano from Prunedale, California. She received her Artist Diploma from CCM, where she performed the roles of Fiordiligi, Musetta, Susanna, and the title roles in Alcina and Manon. Laura received her Bachelor's from U.C. San Diego, where she was a frequent soloist with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, as well as a winner of their Young Artist Competition. Living in New York City, Laura has had the pleasure of working with many of the local companies. Roles have included Violetta, Pamina, Suor Angelica, Gretel, and Cendrillon, among others. In past years Laura has worked with Lyric Opera Virginia, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theater, along with programs in several other countries. Laura has won 1st place in the Advanced Division in the Mendelssohn Society’s Competition, as well as being a Vocal Competition Winner with Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego. She has been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Read More
Mezzo-soprano Kristin Roney recently moved to the New York area from Phoenix, Arizona. This fall, she performed the role of Zulma from L’italiana in Algeri with Utopia Opera. She performed at Carnegie Hall in the world premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s Dream Weaver this past spring with Manhattan Chorale. Other recent engagements include Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos with Manhattan Opera Studio and Bradamante in Alcina for New York Lyric Opera. She earned her M.M. in Opera Performance from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she performed the role of Florence in the Lyric Opera Theatre production of Albert Herring and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. She sang as a core chorister with Arizona Opera and covered the roles of Stephano, Suzuki, Kate Pinkerton, and Orfeo through the AZ Opera/ASU Study Cover program. Also, she made her professional debut with the Phoenix Symphony. She received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Read More
Known for his “unfailing sensitivity” (Rochester Democratic & Chronicle), baritone Jonathan Rohr has performed with Utopia Opera, Regina Opera, Eastman Opera Theatre, UNC Opera, and the New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Roles have included Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Don Giovanni, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Sid (Albert Herring), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), L’arbre (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Morales (Carmen), and Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Jonathan has made solo concert appearances with the North Carolina Symphony, the Publick Musick, the UNC-Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra, and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, with whom he sang the role of Faust in Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust. With the Public Musick, he recorded the bass solos in BWV 62 and BWV 145, which can be found on the Musica Omnia label. Jonathan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.M., Highest Distinction and Highest Honors) and the Eastman School of Music (M.M.; Performer’s Certificate). Read More
Eric Sedgwick is pianist, accompanist and vocal coach who has performed with top musical talents including Leona Mitchell, Marni Nixon, Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic, Broadway leading ladies Sarah Rice and Carole Demas, and jazz vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He is on the coaching staff at the Manhattan School of Music and has music directed several productions at OperaWorks in southern California. He appears regularly with Opera Singers Initiatives, the Art Song Preservation Society of New York, the Stonewall Chorale and Broadway Concerts Direct. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, he is an alumni of the Manhattan School of Music and Brown University. Read More