Lydia Dahling

Soprano Lydia Dahling is an emerging singer known for her dynamic and intimate performances and her wide range of vocal colors. This season she sings Melinda in selections from Bánk bán and Proserpina in Caccini's L'Euridice with The Cantanti Project, for which she also served as dramaturg. Last season, she sang Dorinda (Orlando) and the title role of Dido and Aeneas, and joined the Academy of Sacred Drama as Obbedienza in Bassani's 1689 oratorio Giona. Her interpretation of Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Mannes Opera was called “sweet voiced” by Opera News. Other credits include Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Sugar Creek Opera, Pamina (The Magic Flute) and the title role of Alcina. Also a performer of chamber music, she has performed works by Shostakovich, Berg, and Respighi. Dahling holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Mannes College. She is also the co-host of the podcast “Straight From the Wolf’s Mouth”. A native of Indiana, she currently resides in New York City.

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Dorian Baroque

Dorian Baroque is one of New York’s most exciting early music ensembles performing orchestral, chamber, and operatic music on period instruments. The ensemble was founded as a means for musicians of diverse musical paths to come together and push the boundaries of historical performance. The organization’s unique philosophy to music making focuses on exploring the versatility of historical instruments while adhering to the principles of baroque artistry – opulence, exuberance, dissonance, and ornate grandeur. Since its debut in 2012, Dorian Baroque has collaborated with some of the most distinguished early music specialists in the field and continues to flourish in the growing movement of historical performance practice that has taken New York City by storm.

Dorian Baroque es uno de los conjuntos de música antigua más emocionantes de Nueva York. Música orquestal, de cámara y operística en instrumentos de época. El conjunto fue Fundado como un medio para que músicos de diversos caminos musicales se unan y empujen Los límites del desempeño histórico. La filosofía de la organización es la creación musical y se centra en explorar la versatilidad de los instrumentos históricos, mientras que Adhiriéndose a los principios del arte barroco: opulencia, exuberancia, disonancia y grandeza adornada. Desde su debut en 2012, Dorian Baroque ha colaborado con algunos de los más distinguidos especialistas en música antigua en el campo y continúa floreciendo en El creciente movimiento de prácticas de rendimiento histórico que ha tomado la ciudad de Nueva York como una tormenta.

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Tara Gruszkiewicz

Emerging mezzo Tara Gruszkiewicz is pleased to collaborate with the Cantanti Project again, after singing in several concert projects and as Bradamante in Alcina in recent seasons. This season, Tara toured China with artists from the iSing! International Young Artists Festival for multiple national television performances of Chinese song. Last summer at iSing, Tara debuted the role of Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and began to develop a repertoire in Mandarin. This summer, Tara will be featured alongside bass-baritone Hao Jiang Tian in concert at Herbst Hall in San Francisco, before returning to the iSing festival for a national concert tour. Past operatic roles include La Zia Principessa, Hansel, Le prince charmant, Dorabella, Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Erste Norn, and Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief). She holds a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Tara resides in upper Manhattan, where she enjoys riding her bike and caring for her cats, Legend and Sardine.

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William Lewis

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.

Principal Music Advisor

William Lewis, pianista / acompañante, entrenador vocal, arreglista y artista está comenzando su quincuagésimo año como músico profesional. En 2014, ganó dos nominaciones en los Premios de Teatro de Charleston por sus actuaciones en "El hombre y la diva del piano" (Mejor director musical y Mejor actor en un musical) para la temporada 2013-2014. En Savannah, Georgia, ganó el Premio People´s Choice durante la competencia American Traditions. El Sr. Lewis aparece regularmente con el tenor irlandés Ronan Tynan en conciertos y también toca para Marcello Giordano y el violinista Gregory Harrington. Se ha desempeñado como entrenador vocal para la Ópera de Santa Fe, el Festival de la Ópera de Lake George, la Ópera de Omaha, la Ópera de Texas, el Teatro Internacional de Música de Ópera con Jerome Hines, el Festival de la Ópera de la Ciudad Central y el Festival de la Ópera de Natchez. Como profesor, el Sr. Lewis ha servido en las facultades de los conservatorios de Boston y Nueva Inglaterra y en la Universidad de Rutgers. Ha impartido clases magistrales en los EE. UU. Y actualmente es Artista Residente en la Universidad de Kentucky con el Dr. Tynan.

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Alaina Logee

Mezzo Alaina Logee is a returning member of the Cantanti Project, previously seen in Alcina, Spring's Awakening, and Her Story. Most recently she has performed roles such as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and the title role of Suor Angelica with New York Lyric Opera.  She has performed with Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Siena Summer Music Festival. Miss Logee is a graduate of Texas Tech University and is currently a student of Mark Oswald.

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Grant Mech

]Grant Mech has appeared in numerous operatic productions, including Alcina (Melisso) with Cantanti Project, La Clemenza di Tito (Publio) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the titles role in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi with Delaware Valley Opera, Turandot (Mandarin) with New Rochelle Opera, La Serva Padrona (Uberto) and The Pirates of Penzance (Police Sergeant) with Boheme Opera NJ, and  La Cambiale di matrimonio (Tobias Mill) with Garden State Opera. He has appeared in concerts and recitals, singing works such as Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Schubert’s Schwanengesang. He has appeared in concerts with the early music ensemble La Fiocco from Bucks County Pennsylvania.  Grant is the director of music at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in New York and the choral director at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, NJ.  He is also the conductor of the Down Town Glee Club in New York and has been a faculty member for the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA. During the summer of 2018, Grant will lead a concert tour of both choral and solo vocal repertoire in Poland and Germany.

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Laura Mitchell

Operations Director Laura Mitchell holds a B.A. in Music and minor in Mathematics from UC San Diego and an Artist Diploma from the prestigious University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Her administrative background includes IT Project Management, Business Analysis and Systems Analysis & Integration. Her personal mission as an administrator of an arts organization is to create a space that celebrates the singer as much as the company; to create a space where singer’s opinions matter and where they can learn to make their own decisions as musicians. Laura is passionate about leveraging the booming market of free technologies to enhance the experience for both singers and productions in a cost-effective way.

At CCM, she performed the roles of Fiordiligi, Musetta, Susanna, and the title roles in Alcina and Manon. Laura has worked with Lyric Opera Virginia, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theater, along with programs in several other countries. Her performances are often praised for “captivating” performances (Classical Singer Magazine), and “nuanced delivery” (Oberon’s Grove).

Core Artist and Operations Director

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Joyce Yin

Soprano Joyce Yin, praised by New York Concert Review for singing with an “otherworldly quality,” brings a committed physicality and depth of emotional connection to the stage. This season, Joyce sings the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Libby Larsen’s Try Me Good King, and Clara Schumann’s Sechs Lieder. A performer whose “deft characterization” is “matched by her fearless singing” (Entertainment Hour), Joyce particularly enjoys exploring the nuances of determined women such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Morgana (Alcina), and Gilda (Rigoletto). Recent highlights include Ines in Donizetti’s La Zingara with Amore Opera, Linfea in La Calisto with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the title role in Caccini’s Euridice with Cantanti Project, and her debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic as the soprano soloist in the Messiah. Joyce is a winner of the Met Auditions Audience Choice Award and the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego. She graduated with her M.M. in Opera Performance from Arizona State University. Please visit www.joyceyin.com and @joycesings for updates.

Core Artist and Artistic Director

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