Project 18 Artists
Far and Near
Soprano Angela Dixon is faculty of music at Ethical Culture School in Manhattan and holds a certificate in the Kodály method of music education. She currently studies voice with Hilda Harris, professor of music at the Manhattan School of Music. Angela holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts in voice performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Emeritus Dean Willis Patterson. Patterson compiled the Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers with Angela organizing and distributing this landmark song collection. Angela holds an M.A. in dance history and cultural studies from New York University. She combined her love of music and dance in her Masters thesis performance, exploring the intersection between flamenco and African-American music as she delved into the poetry of Langston Hughes and Federico Garcia Lorca. She is the proud mother of two daughters Luna (4) and Rose (1) and enjoys making music with them and her husband David.
Mary Kathryn Monday, mezzo-soprano, has been praised for her wide array of vocal colors and passion for characterization on the operatic stage. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, she grew up around dynamic storytelling which has led her to also perform musical theater and contemporary works. During the 2017-18 season, Ms. Monday gave a recital with Christopher Berg and Drew Watson entitled "L'amour et la mort" featuring Berlioz's Les nuits d'été and scenes as Didon from Les Troyens and as Carmen. She also took the stage as Charlotte (Werther) and Maddalena (Rigoletto) with Golden Rose Opera. Other highlights include La suora infermiera (Suor Angelica) with Chelsea Opera, Queen Gertrude (Hamlet) in "Ophelia Transformed" with Cantanti Project, and being featured in the chorus of LoftOpera’s Tosca. Mary Kathryn moved to Manhattan upon her graduation from Furman University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She continues her vocal studies with Carol Yahr and holds a certificate in French from NYU.
Coloratura soprano Jane Hoffman is a true singing actor who brings an engaging stage presence and expressive voice to a variety of repertoire. She has performed with the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project, New Camerata Opera, Pasadena Opera, Utopia Opera, and the Emerald City Opera Artist Institute. She has sung roles such as Elizabeth ‘Baby Doe’ Tabor, Adele, Olympia, and Le Feu (Ravel). Jane is particularly in demand as a performer of new works; she has premiered multiple works as a Core Company Resident with the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company, and she recently premiered scenes from The Contract Player with OperaRox Productions. She is also a member of the chamber music duo Reed & Word. Jane is an alumna of Sarah Lawrence College and the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently a student of David Jones. She is thrilled to be a part of this concert, which will be her second appearance with Cantanti Project.
Noted for her lyrical pathos and comedic flair, mezzo-soprano Brittany Fowler has been praised by the New York Times for her “dynamically fluid characterization”. Recent and upcoming engagements include Venere in the Cantanti Project’s production of Euridice, the alto soloist in Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostra in Pennsylvania, La Beata Vergine in Sances’ Le Lachrime di San Pietro with the New York Continuo Collective, and First Lover/Evil Tongue 2 in a workshop of Kate Soper’s The Romance of the Rose. Her operatic roles include Larina (Eugene Onegin), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Meg (Little Women), The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and La Musica (L’Orfeo). Brittany received her BA in Music and Italian Studies from Wesleyan University; her training includes young artist residencies with the Boston Early Music Festival and Opera North as well as studies at the University of Bologna in Italy.
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.
Artist and Entrepreneur Aumna Iqbal premieres the role of Clara Schumann in Ghost Variations with OperaRox this August. She also co-directs the premiere of new microopera The Times are Nightfall, opening July 1st. The intrepid mezzo has performed with The Industry, the LA Philharmonic, Pacific Opera Project, and Pacific Symphony.
Soprano Rebecca Richardson has performed throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Australia and has made appearances in such musical landmarks as Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Smetana Hall. Rebecca recently made her Cantanti Project debut as the Jazz Singer/ Lee Miller in the world premiere of Tabula Rasa, a jazz opera written by Felix Jarrar and Bea Goodwin. Past roles and scenes include L’Éternita/ Furia in La Calisto, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Manon in Manon, Magda in La Rondine, Pamina and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Marguerite in Faust, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Beth in Little Women, and Jay in Cunning Little Vixen. Accomplished in early music and oratorio, Rebecca has performed such masterpieces as selections from Monteverdi’s Eight Book of Madrigals, Bach’s Cantata BWV 120, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, and Rutter’s Requiem.
Lyric coloratura 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 performs the title role in Caccini’s Euridice, Papagena, and Lucy in The Telephone. A performer whose “deft characterization” is “matched by her fearless singing” (Entertainment Hour), Joyce particularly enjoys exploring the complexities and 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, 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.