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Soprano Emily Nelsonis a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Master of Music in Opera. An Oregon native, Emily Nelson has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Czech Republic. Most recently, Emily performed the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte with Portland Opera Workshop, under the direction of Luke Housner. Emily was also a soprano soloist for Bravo! Northwest’s 2015- 16 season, performing in both Handel’s Messiah and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert. Other concert works to her name include Mozart’s Requiem, Bach Magnificat, and Vaughan-William’s Dona nobis pacem. Operatic credits to her name include La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Gertrud in Hänsel un Gretel, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. In addition to performance, Ms. Nelson maintains an extensive studio of voice and piano students. Emily is the Co-Manager of Opera On Tap—Portland.
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Baritone Nicolai Strommer’sperformances have taken him from Astoria, Corvallis and Portland to New York, Boston and Beijing. He has performed most recently with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Boston Modern Opera Project, Flint Symphony Orchestra and Chautauqua Opera, among others. His opera performances include leading roles in La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, Così fan tutte and Falstaff. In concert settings he has performed as a soloist in Carmina Burana, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Haydn’s Creation, Johann Bach’s Magnificat and Saint John Passion and others. He is a graduate of Oregon State University. Nicolai earned a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and the Artist Diploma from Boston University Opera Institute.
Dr. Nancy Bowen-Hicks
Sarah De Rosier
Tenor John Stott,a native of Memphis, Tennessee, made his professional operatic debut in 1979, with Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has since performed over 30 different roles in over 400 performances in the United States and European theaters. At Chicago Lyric, he was soloist in the North American premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’ chamber opera The Martyrdom of St. Magnus. While in Chicago, he also sang with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of Maestro James Levine. After a national tour with Houston’s Texas Opera Theater in 1982, he was engaged in Germany where he spent the next six years singing leading roles in Ulm, Kaiserslautern, Mannheim, Darmstadt, and Kiel among other cities. He has been heard most recently as Cantor/soloist in Dave Brubeck’s jazz oratorio The Gates of Justice and Beethoven’s Ninth (Choral) Symphony with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel with the University of Memphis Orchestra..
Guest Artist - Tierney Sutton:An 8-time Grammy nominee, Tierney has received 7 nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album." With a recording and touring history spanning 20 years and 9 CDs, her recordings are thematic and have addressed: Americana (American Road, 2011) Materialism (Desire, 2009), and the musical legacies of Bill Evans (Blue in Green, 2001) and Frank Sinatra (Dancing in The Dark, 2003). Tierney Sutton Band composed music for Clint Eastwood’s feature film “Sully”, starring Tom Hanks. Tierney has headlined at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Jazz At Lincoln Center. She can be heard on film and TV soundtracks including the Academy Award nominated film "The Cooler.”
“A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level” – New York Times
Bravo! Northwest Chorale:
The Bravo! Chorale is recognized as one of the premiere civic choral groups in the Pacific Northwest. Our members live throughout the Portland-Vancouver region and include both highly trained amateur and professional musicians. The Chorale has performed many of the major choral music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including: Rachmaninov’s Solemn Vespers, Handel’s Messiah, Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; the Requiems of Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Duruflé and Guiseppe Verdi; Joseph Haydn’s Te Deum and Creation, Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives and 9th Symphony and Felix Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio and Elijah to name just a few. The Chorale has performed concerts of Dave Brubeck’s To Hope: A Celebration and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert; and is equally at home performing jazz, Broadway, American folk and patriotic songs, American Spirituals and more. The Bravo! Chorale has toured nationally and internationally. The Chorale has toured throughout Croatia with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and produced a 5-city Pacific Northwest concert tour with the DSO, with concerts in Portland, Vancouver, Olympia, Edmonds and Seattle. The Chorale has performed in Washington D.C. and in New York City at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The Chorale has released two CD recordings: Hear My Prayer: The American Spiritual, a collection of classic Negro Spirituals and spirituals by contemporary American composers; and a live concert recording of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah: An Oratorio.
Hae Jin Kim
Bass Baritone Gregory Brumfield is a native of Gary, Indiana. Now living in Corvallis Gregory has sung as a soloist and/or chorister with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, the Madison Opera, the Dallas Opera, the Virginia Opera and the Wichita Opera companies. He is a currently a regular chorister with the Portland Opera Company. He recently performed as Ol’ Mister and the Preacher in the Portland Center Stage production of The Color Purple. His favorite musical roles include: Jim, from the musical Big River; Booker T. Washington, from the show Ragtime; and the villainous Javert, from Les Miserables. Gregory received his degree in Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mezzo Soprano Beth Madsen Bradfordhas been praised by critics for her “lovely, vibrant tone” and “gutsy” portrayals of opera’s greatest characters. She performs throughout the West Coast, where her roles encompass the dramatic and comedic repertoire, from Verdi to Gilbert and Sullivan. A regular on the concert stage, Beth’s orchestral repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis, and Handel’s Messiah. Beth was recently selected as a semifinalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition. Beth has sung with Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Opera, Skagit Opera, Portland Concert Opera, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Juneau Symphony, Vashon Opera, Resonance Ensemble and Walla Walla Symphony, among others. She received training with the International Vocal Arts Institute, the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program and Aspen Opera Theater Center.
Northwest Chamber Orchestra:
The NCO includes the best freelance musicians from the Portland metropolitan region. Our musicians perform regularly with Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Oregon Symphony. Their experience includes performing in orchestras and ensembles including Miami Pops Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, The Metropolitan Opera, New Jersey Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and others.
Patricia Joy Stepp
Hui Juan Ma
HARPSICHORD / PIANO
Violinist Dr. Tatiana Kolchanova earned her Ph.D. from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia. Dr. Kolchanov has 27 years of performing experience, and 20 years of teaching experience. Beginning in 1983, Tatiana toured the world as a violinist, including performances at Carnegie Hall under Zubin Mehta and collaborative performances with Jessy Norman in France, Italy, Lebanon and Germany. From 1996-2006 she taught at the Moscow Conservatory, and was first violinist of the Moscow String Quartet for 10 years. A sought-after adjudicator for International Competitions, currently Tatiana is founder & director and principal teacher of Music & Arts Academy in Camas, Washington.
Hyun Jin Kim