2018-19 Season


St. Hugh-Steinway 2018-19 Concert Series

Friday, September 28, 2018, 8 pm
6 OPERA STARS SING ZARZUELA, BROADWAY, AND OPERA FAVORITES

Brea Marshall, soprano,   Kathryn Grumley, soprano,   Maria Brea, soprano,
Sarabeth Belon, mezzo-soprano,   Martin Nusspaumer, tenor,   Thomas Cannon, baritone
with Roberto Berrocal, piano

Roberto Berrocal, piano

Artistic Director Roberto Berrocal, who grew up in Bilbao, Spain, entered Charleston College, South Carolina in 1996. He made his professional debut at 18, playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2. After graduation in 2000, he studied with pianist Joaquín Soriano in Madrid, and then entered the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston to study with pianist and conductor John Moriarty. There he won the Blütner Foundation Piano Competition, and finished with Masters degrees in both Solo Piano and Vocal Accompanying. 

In addition to his recital repertoire, Roberto has played concertos by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Shostakovich, and Mozart in Europe, Latin America and the US. In May of 2015 he played Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in the St Hugh-Steinway Series at the New World Center, and in October, 2016 will play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. 

In 2006, Roberto joined the Florida Grand Opera as principal pianist and vocal coach for the 25th, 26th, and 27th YPO FGO National Voice Competitions and Young Artist's Program. He has taught at The New World School of the Arts, and in 2007 became the Music Director at St. Hugh Catholic Church. 

Youtube: Liszt Spanish Rhapsody - Roberto Berrocal



mARTIN NUSSPAUMER, TENOR

One of the outstanding singers of his generation, Martin Nusspaumer “possesses star potential, with a tenor reminiscent of Domingo. His control of diction and intonation, phrasing, and deeply emotional delivery is stunning.” “Nusspaumer’s singing was excellent throughout, virile and showcasing a heroic tenor with clarion top notes.”South Florida Classical Review.Other major publications as Newsweek, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Arts Paper, ArtBurstMiami and Sinfonica Magazine have written about his “creamy, cultivated lyric tenor which has ring and strength at the top, easily riding over the full orchestra and chorus.” “He is a handsome man in a big-star way, which made his performance even more persuasive.” “Nusspaumer melted hearts with his honey-coated lyric tenor voice.” “His effortless high notes and full, mature color make him a heartbreaking lead.” “Without a doubt, both scenically and musically, his portrayal of Don Ottavio was the best of the night.”

He has sung major roles in “La Traviata”, “Madama Butterfly”, “Luisa Fernanda” “Eugene Onegin”, “Don Giovanni”, “Thais”, “Nabucco”, “Falstaff”, “L’Elisir d’Amore”. He appeared as Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La bohème” and Arrigo in Verdi’s “La battaglia di Legnano” with Sarasota Opera. Last season included Leandro in “La tabernera del puerto” with Teatro de la Zarzuela, Spain and opera “Dulce Rosa” in SODRE, Uruguay. This season Martin will appear as Don Jose in “Carmen” with Vero Beach Opera and Rodolfo in “La bohème” with ABAO in Bilbao Spain.

Mr. Nusspaumer lives in South Florida with his wife, the distinguished soprano Maria Antunez and their daughter Amelia.


SARABETH BELON
, Mezzo soprano

Soprano Sarabeth Belon, a San Diego native and UCLA alumni, is already making great strides in her opera career. A Mezzo-Soprano who showcased her start as Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, was distinguished by the "color and character to her singing that is distinctive and memorable." Bel& reached new heights at San Diego Opera as Madama in Maria de Buenos Aires, and as a Handmaiden in Turandot. Rounding out 2018, Sarabeth took part in the Miami Music Festival as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, which was praised by her stage presence and "sweet-toned, well-focused voice," and she expanded her career as Armindo in Partenope. The recipient of the MONC Auditions San Diego District Encouragement Award, Sarabeth Bel& will be a voice to watch as Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Center Stage Opera and in Carmen in San Diego Opera.





    

MARIA BREA , soprano

Maria Brea “is an up and coming” Soprano from Caracas, Venezuela. She most recently sang the role of  Nanetta in Falstaff with the  Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. Upcoming this spring, Maria sings a recital in Spain, with the organization International Solidarity for Human Rights. She will also premiere a new opera of Maestro Coppola with Opera Tampa this spring. She recently performed Micaëla in Carmen with West Bay Opera. She performed the role of the Bird in Glass-Moran’s Juniper Tree at Wolf Trap Opera 2017. Ms. Brea performed the role of Glaša in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova in  2017 at the Juilliard School. In 2015 Ms. Brea sang the role of Marie in La Fille du Regiment with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance and Lisa in Lehar’s Das Land des Lächelns at Manhattan School of Music.   In 2014 she sang the role of Adina in L’elisir d’amore at WBO. Maria was an  Apprentice Artist at Palm Beach 2018 where she performed Bridesmaid I in Le Nozze di Figaro at Kravis Center.

She won the first prize in the Giulio Gari Competition 2017 and New York Lyric Opera Competition 2016. Ms. Brea won second prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal competition 2017 and she received an Encouragement award from The Metropolitan Opera National Council, Connecticut District  and The Gerda Lissner Song Competition. She was a finalist of the Violetta DuPont International Vocal Competition 2016 and the Mary Truman Art Song Preservation Competition 2018. Maria  performs Venezuelan folk music and she has shared stage with international folk musicians such as Grammy award winner Jorge Glem. 



BREA mARSHALL, soprano

Brea Marshall, soprano, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX where she is a student of Dr. Jammieca D. Mott. Roles performed include Anna in Le Villi with Lamar Opera Theatre, and Miss Jesse' in Red River Lyric Opera's 2017 production of Turn of the Screw under the direction of Copeland Woodruff. Ms. Marshall has also appeared in scenes as Mimi from La boheme, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Rosina in The Ghost of Versailles. Ms. Marshall has also been featured as a soloist in Schumann's Requiem, Haydn's Nelson Mass: Kyrie, Mozart's Missa brevis in F, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Handel's Messiah. Ms. Marshall was named the 3' Place Grand Finalist in the 2017 Classical Singer's Vocal Competition in Chicago, IL and is also an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Young Artists Vocal Academy. Ms. Marshall was also selected to participate in The Song Continues masterclass series this past January with Marilyn Horne, Renee Fleming, and Graham Johnson at Carnegie Hall. She sang in the masterclass with Renee Fleming and worked with coaches such as Ken Noda and Warren Jones throughout the duration of the program. Earlier this summer, Ms. Marshall was selected as a Studio Artist for the Miami Music Festival's 2018 opera season. Ms. Marshall portrayed the role of Fraarte in their production of Handel's Radamisto, and participated in masterclasses under the instruction of artists and coaches such as Warren Jones, Alan Held, and Sandra Lopez Neill.






tHOMAS CANNON, BARITONE

Thomas Cannon is attracting attention as an important singer with a unique voice, exquisite musicianship, and sensitive artistic expression. He has participated in artists’ programs such as the Glimmerglass Festival, where he was singled out for his “forceful, throbbing voice” (Opera News), Arizona Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and The Dallas Opera. Thomas has recently appeared with Opera Roanoke in the role of Scarpia (Tosca), and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. He was also featured at The Music Academy of the West, as Escamillo in Carmen. Further roles of note include: Germont (La Traviata), Albert (Werther), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rigoletto and Gianni Schicchi. This year he will add the role of Porgy to his repertoire.

Mr. Cannon has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and with The American Symphony Orchestra, in Delius’ Mass of Life. He has also performed with The St. Cecilia Chorus of NY, singing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Shubert’s Stabat Mater (D. 383). Elsewhere, he has been featured in a host of oratorio and orchestra works, including the well-loved Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. Up and coming concert engagements will include Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Haydn’s Creation, in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Thomas is a graduate of Baylor University and The Juilliard School, with notable teachers including: Nico Castel, Mignon Dunn, Marlena Malas, Dr. John Van Cura and Marylin Horne. He is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Oklahoma, studying with Kim Josephson. Mr. Cannon has garnered awards from: The Dallas Opera Guild, Chautauqua Opera, The Anna Sosenko Foundation, West Palm Beach Opera, Opera Birmingham, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council.

kathryn grumley, soprano

Soprano Kathryn Grumley, has been praised by the Grunion Gazette for her ability to sing "beautifully, and with impressive musicality." In the summer of 2018, Kathryn sang the role of Magda in the Miami Music Festival's production of Puccini's La Rondine. She was praised by the South Florida Classical Review as "dominating the stage, owning every scene from the rise of the curtain." The same reviewer noted that she has "the hall-filling spinto voice to float Puccini's phrases with ardor as well as subtlety...and sung with just the right touch of lifting enchantment."

In the spring of 2017, Kathryn sang the role of Kate Pinkerton in Austin Opera's production of Madama Butterfly. She was celebrated by The Austin Chronicle stating: "her voice possesses a rich, caramel quality that beautifully suits her character's choices as she sings the role with elements of sadness, fear, and remorse."

A native of Phoenix, AZ, Kathryn has been featured as a guest soloist in the "Singer's Choice for Spring" concert with the Orpheus Men's Chorus of Phoenix. She has also been featured with her Alma Mater singing the Soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem.

Other operatic credits include: Annina in La Traviata and the Nominee's Wife in The Manchurian Candidate with Austin Opera; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Reparatory Opera Company; Marzelline in Fidelio with Celestial Opera Company; and Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking with the Miami Music Festival. Kathryn holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Opera Performance from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, Kathryn holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, is a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) and works in Austin, TX as an ER nurse.









FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2018, 8 PM 
a christmas EXTRAVAGANZA
Six opera stars 
with ROBERTO BERROCAL, PIANO

 

 

Friday, FEBRUARY 22nd, 2019, 8 pm
DUO PIANOS
GEORGE HARLIONO AND Roberto Berrocal

GEORGE HARLIONO, PIANO

British pianist George Harliono was invited to make his first one hour long, solo recital at the age of nine and since then has performed in numerous locations both in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia, appearing at venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and Chicago Symphony Centre.

In 2013 he was invited to record Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op.2 No.1 at the Southbank Centre in London. In 2016 his performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at the Great Hall of The Moscow Conservatory was broadcast live on Russian national TV and streamed live on Medici TV.

Since his concerto debut at the age of 12 he has been a regular performer with orchestras including the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The Mariinsky Orchestra, TatarstanNational Symphony Orchestra, New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra and Ealing Symphony Orchestra. George also regularly performs alongside eminent artists such as Lang Lang and Denis Matsuev and has worked with many renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev, Alexander SladkovskyEvgeny Shestakov and Francesco Milioto

George has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions throughout the world including The Grand Piano Competition in Moscow, Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Utah and Dinu Lipatti Piano Competition in Bucharest.

Most recently he performed with The Mariinsky Orchestra in Vladivostok, Russia under the baton of Valery Gergiev and was also invited to perform a recital as part of the Scherzo Young Series in Madrid. Scherzo is the most important piano series in Madrid and has previously featured artists such as Yuja Wang and Mitsuko Uchida.

He studies with Professor VanessLatarche (Chair of International Keyboard Studies and Head of Keyboard, Royal College of Music in London) and travels to Switzerland to work with his mentor, renowned pianist professor Vovka Ashkenazy and also his father Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has taken masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Lang Lang and Vladimir Ovchinikov among others. George also works closely with Alexander Sladkovsky who has taken a personal interest in his development as an artist.

“George Harliono is very talented, he’s got a phenomenal career ahead of him.” Says the acclaimed Russian pianist Denis Matsuev.

George began studying at The Royal College of Music for a BMUS Degree on a full four yearscholarship in September of last year. He is one of the youngest students ever to be accepted onto this course.

This year he has been shortlisted for an award in the ‘Sound of Classical Poll’ at the Classic BRIT Awards in London, which promotes the best emerging artists and ones-to-watch in classical music.

Upcoming engagements for George include performances with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, The Tatarstan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Sladkovsky and an open air performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at the Jurmala Festival in Latvia. George will also be giving a concerto performance at the Berliner Philharmonie as well as a recital at the Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan.

Friday, MAY 3RD, 2019, 8 pm
STEVEN labrie, baritone
roberto Berrocal, piano

steven labrie, baritone

Baritone Steven LaBrie is attracting attention for his beautiful timbre, expressive singing and dramatic presence. Mr. LaBrie’s 2017-2018 season features debuts with Sarasota Opera as Escamillo in Carmen and Florida Grand Opera as Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas as well as a return to San Antonio Symphony for performances of Elijah. Future projects include a return to Opera Omaha as Belcorein L’elisir d’amore, and debuts with San Diego Opera as Charlie Mitchell in Three Decembers and Tulsa Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia

Mr. LaBrie’s 2016-2017 season included performances of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Hong Kong, Marcello in La Bohème with Opera Omaha, and the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with North Carolina Opera. In concert, he was heard in Carmina Burana with the San Antonio Symphony and Brahms’s Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony.

Prior to that, Mr. LaBrie made his debut at Lyric Opera Baltimore as Figaro in their production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He also appeared with soprano Erin Wall in recital for the George London Foundation Recital Series, with the New York City Ballet singing the baritone solos of Estancia both in New York City and on tour in Paris, and made his Carnegie Hall debut as the soloist in Matthias Pintscher’s Songs from Solomon’s Garden with the American Composers Orchestra.

Mr. LaBrie has received numerous awards and honors including a 2016 Top Prize Award and a 2013 Encouragement Grant from the George London Music Foundation, Second Place from the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition as well as the Judges Award with the Opera Index Competition. In 2010, he was an encouragement award winner in Washington, DC for the Metropolitan Opera National Council. He was also awarded First Place in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition and Second Place in the Palm Beach Opera Competition in 2008, where he performed in the grand winner's concert accompanied by the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. That same year, he was awarded Second Place at the Parkinson Competition and was a recipient of the Sergio Franchi Scholarship. In 2006, Mr. LaBrie was a Third Place winner of the Dallas Opera Vocal Competition, where he was also awarded The Mozart Award for best aria interpretation. Additionally, he has been awarded the Grand Prize at the Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition, Fourth Prize at both the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition and recently the 2015 Gilda Morelli Prize for Best Vocal and Dramatic Interpretation of an Aria at the Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli in Mexico City, which was especially chosen by Francisco Araiza. 

For more information visit www.stevenlabrie.com.

 


Mr. Cannon has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, as soloist in Verdi’s