Sandra López & Stuart Neill

Sandra López, soprano

Internationally-acclaimed soprano Sandra López has made her mark on the classical music scene in a wide variety of repertoire. She has performed on the world’s great stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Venice’s Gran Teatro La Fenice, the Verbier Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, Finnish National Opera, Opera de Oviedo, to name a few, in portrayals of opera’s greatest heroines, such as the title roles of Tosca and Suor Angelica, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Bohème, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Desdemona in Otello, as well as numerous other roles in the lirico-spinto repertoire. She has also participated in several world premieres, including Crozier/Krask's With Blood, With Ink which will be released on Albany Records. She has collaborated with many conductors including James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Daniele Callegari, Valery Gergiev, Edoardo Müller, Julius Rudel, Dennis Russell Davies, Donald Runnicles, Yves Able, Anton Guadagno, among others. Ms. López was selected for the acoustical testing of the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Opera House at the Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, and also performed the role of Mimi in their Opening Night Gala Celebration.

As comfortable in concert as on the operatic stage, Ms. López has toured with Andrea Bocelli to critical acclaim and has performed a wide variety of repertoire, including the Verdi Requiem, Strauss' Four Last Songs, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Gounod's Saint Cecilia Mass, and Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, as well as many Opera Galas and recitals with various festival and symphonies, including the Nurenberg Symphoniker, Orquesta Nacional de Puerto Rico, Fort Worth Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Greensboro Symphony, Manchester Festival Orchestra, Miami Chamber Society, among others.

Ms. López has been the recipient of numerous prizes, awards, and grants, including Winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, and subsequently a Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist, the Grand Prize Winner of the Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses of the Opera, Career Grant Recipient from the George London Foundation and the Beau Bogan Foundation, and World Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition.

Ms. López is also a lover of Spanish song repertoire and zarzuela, and regularly performs concerts, recitals, galas, and fully-staged performances of this unique repertoire.

Stuart Neill, tenor

Through his successful performances in the world's finest opera houses and concert halls with leading conductors and orchestras, Stuart A. Neill has established himself as one of the most important tenors in the classical singing world.

Mr. Neill has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro La Fenice, Vienna Staatsoper, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Teatro Colón, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Dresden's Staatskapelle.

The renowned tenor has collaborated with conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Lorin Maazel, Edoardo Müller, James Conlon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Roger Norrington, Nello Santi, as well as the lates Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Colin Davis, Wolfgang Sawalisch, Michelangelo Veltri, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Anton Guadagno.

Mr. Neill is internationally recognized for his interpretation of the tenor role in Verdi´s Requiem, having performed the role more than 200 times, including four recordings of the work. He can be heard on more than a dozen classical recordings including Bellini's Il Pirata for Berlin Classics, Verdi's Oberto for Philips Classics and the three-Grammy recipient recording of Stravinsky's Perséphone with the San Francisco Symphony for RCA Red Seal, as well as several regionally available recordings.

His 2014/15 engagements include performances of the role of Radames in Aida, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Canio in I Pagliacci, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and the debut role of Otello in Verdi´s Otello for the Teatro Municipal, São Paulo.

An alumn of The Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, PA where he was a student of Maestri Christofer Macatsoris, Richard Raub and William Schuman, Mr. Neill studied privately with Roberta Knie, Elizabeth N. Colson and the late Peter S. Harrower at Georgia State University - Atlanta.