OUR PREVIOUS GUEST ARTISTS
     
     
THE SINGERS
     
     
Leif Aruhn-Solen   LEIF ARUHN-SOLÉN, TENOR

Leif Aruhn-Solén was born in 1973 in Stockholm, Sweden. He did undergraduate studies in vocal performance at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm 1994-1998. In 2001, he earned the Artist diploma from Oberlin College, Ohio. At home in both opera and oratorio, Mr. Aruhn-Solén has a particular interest in music from the early Baroque period through Mozart.   More

     
     
Anna Bergman   ANNA BERGMAN, SOPRANO

International concert and cabaret artist, Anna Bergman has been hailed by The Washington Post as “a songstress who has triumphed in everything from Broadway-flavored tunes to opera arias and the sultry innuendoes of the cabaret chanteuse.   More

     
     
Kirsten Blaise   KIRSTEN BLAISE, SOPRANO

Soprano Kirsten Blaise is rapidly emerging as one of the most promising young sopranos performing today. She made her professional debut in 1996 in Handel's Israel in Egypt with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and since then has appeared with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Stamford Symphony, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dallas Bach Society, Concert Royal in New York and Le Parlement de Musique in France.   More

     
     
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano   MEG BRAGLE, MEZZO-SOPRANO

Widely praised for her musical intelligence, “memorable, raw-silk voice” (Toronto Star) and “expressive virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle), Meg Bragle is quickly earning an international reputation as one of today’s most gifted and versatile mezzo-sopranos.   More

     
     
Miriam Dubrow   MIRIAM DUBROW, SOPRANO

Miriam Dubrow, a dynamic interpreter of 17th and 18th century music, inspired the Washington Post to describe her singing as "radiant," and to write that she "clearly has a true affinity for the Baroque style." Her repertoire ranges from Sephardic ballads to opera and oratorio.   More

     
     
Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano   STEPHANIE HOUTZEEL, MEZZO-SOPRANO

Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Houtzeel is winning accolades for her opera and concert performances around the world. Appearances as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Paris-Bastille Opera, the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv and the Graz Opera have been heralded as “vocally, dramatically and physically sublime” (Opera News). She was nominated one of the best up-and-coming singers by Opernwelt Magazine for her Graz performance of the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos (under Philippe Jordan), and has gone on to sing this role with success in Zurich, Tel Aviv and Antwerp.   More

     
     
Dominique Labelle, soprano   DOMINIQUE LABELLE, SOPRANO

Soprano Dominique Labelle, whose voice has been called “angelic,” “silvery,” and “vibrant,” could easily lay claim to the title “diva.” Instead, she simply calls herself a musician, and takes greatest pride not in her rave reviews, but in her work with colleagues and in her probing explorations of the repertoire from the Baroque to new music.  More

     
     
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano   ROSA LAMOREAUX, SOPRANO

Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux is known for her “flawless sense of style, incandescent presence, a wonderfully rich timbre and an amazingly flexible voice” (Washington Post).

After winning the Handel Aria Competition at the Aspen Music Festival as a finalist in the Oratorio Society Competition of New York, she has been a soloist with the Dallas Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony and the National Philharmonic Orchestra among others and has won critical acclaim for her performances at Bach festivals in the United States and abroad.  More

     
     
Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano   JENNIFER LANE, MEZZO-SOPRANO

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane is “a singer whose dark, bottomless voice is matched by her expressiveness and intelligence.” The press has described her singing as “clear, rich, plangent,” “compelling and dramatic,” and possessing “agility and charisma.”  More

     
     
Gaële Le Roi   GAËLE LE ROI, SOPRANO

Renowned for her astonishing stage presence, with which she delights public and critics alike (most recently as Jemmy in Rossini’s Guillame Tell at Opéra National de Paris), Gaële Le Roi has firmly established herself as a leading talent of the young generation of French singers.  Following her professional debut at the Opéra National de Lyon, Ms. Le Roi was quickly remarked upon by Peter Sellars and asked to sing Yniold / Pelleas et Melisande à l’Opéra d’Amsterdam (Simon Rattle) and at the Los Angeles Music Center (Esa-Pekka Salonen). ”  More

     
     
Thomas Meglioranza   THOMAS MEGLIORANZA, BARITONE

Hailed for his "vocal distinction and expressive warmth" (The Boston Globe), American baritone Thomas Meglioranza is quickly establishing himself as one of the country's most sought after singers for a wide variety of repertoire including oratorio, opera and orchestral works. Recently, Mr. Meglioranza was named a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He is also the 2002 Joy In Singing Award Recipient.   More

     
     
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano   SHEREZADE PANTHAKI, SOPRANO

Soprano Sherezade Panthaki has been praised by critics as “luminous” and “exquisitely supple” (The New York Times), "a radiant voiced stand-out" (The Washington Post), "full of light" (The Goldberg International Magazine, UK), and is in constant demand as an opera and oratorio soloist.  More

     
     
Karim Sulayman, tenor   KARIM SULAYMAN, TENOR

Karim Sulayman is consistently praised by audiences and critics for his sensitive musicality, vivid portrayals, and unique vocalism. With a vast repertoire that spans baroque to contemporary music, he enjoys a busy calendar in opera and concert performances throughout the world.   More

     
     
Douglas Williams, bass-baritone   DOUGLAS WILLIAMS, BASS-BARITONE

“The gifted young bass-baritone Douglas Williams” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times) combines a “formidable stage presence” (Seattle Times) with “a bass voice of splendid solidity” (Bernard Jacobson, Music Web International), making him one of the most appealing singing actors of the younger generation. He has collaborated with leading ensembles and conductors including Helmut Rilling, Sir Neville Marriner, John Nelson, Christoph Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Stuttgart’s Mozart-Saal, and the Frankfurt Alte Oper.  More

     
     
THE INSTRUMENTALISTS
     
     
Anne Briggs, traverso   ANNE BRIGGS , TRAVERSO

Anne Briggs is one of America's foremost solo baroque flutists whose discography of the music of Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Rameau and Bach has received international critical acclaim. She has concertized extensively in the United States, Canada and Australia, including appearances at the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection.  More

     
     
Josh Cohen, Baroque Trumpet   JOSH COHEN, BAROQUE TRUMPET

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, baroque trumpeter Josh Cohen is greatly sought after by many leading early music ensembles throughout North America.

For the past seven seasons, Josh has been principal baroque trumpet with the Washington Bach Consort. He has also performed as principal and solo baroque trumpet for ensembles such as Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal, Arion (Montreal), Bach Sinfonia (Washington D.C.), Aston Magna (Boston) Musica Maris (Rhode Island), Houston Bach Society, Ensemble Telemann (Montreal).  More

     
     
Elizabeth Field   ELIZABETH FIELD, VIOLIN

Elizabeth Field enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and soloist on period and modern instruments. She has served as concertmaster for The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Bach Festival Orchestra, and as guest concertmaster of the Washington Bach Consort, National Philharmonic, Opera Lafayette, and Choral Arts Society. More

     
     
Andrew Fouts, Baroque violin   ANDREW FOUTS, BAROQUE VIOLIN

Andrew Fouts, baroque violin, recently moved to Pittsburgh to join Chatham Baroque. In performance he has been noted for his “mellifluous sound and sensitive style” (Washington Post) and as “an extraordinary violinist” who exhibits “phenomenal control” (Bloomington Herald-Times). In 2008 Andrew won first prize at the American Bach Soloists’ International Baroque Violin Competition and will be a featured soloist in their 2010-2011 Season.  More

     
     
Liv Heym, violin   LIV HEYM, VIOLIN

Liv Heym, whose playing has been described as "elegant and sensual, stylishly wild" by the New Yorker, performs on both the modern and the baroque violin. A native of Berlin, Germany, Liv studied Violin and Chamber Music with Heinz Dinter, Ulrike-Anima Mathé and Daniel Phillips.   More

     
     
William Hicks   WILLIAM HICKS, PIANO

William Hicks, conductor, pianist, and voice coach, recently conducted the London Sinfonietta in a recording of Jerome Kern's "Have a Heart." In 2003 he made his New York conducting debut conducting a Mozart/Beethoven concert; in that same year he conducted two Opera Galas at Binghamton featuring tenor Richard Leech and baritone Jake Gardner.  More

     
     
Vassily Primakov, piano   MUSIC FROM CHINA

Music From China celebrates eighteen years of performing traditional and contemporary Chinese music to audiences throughout the U.S. and preserving this musical heritage among the Chinese American community. The ensemble invokes the delicate sonorities and compelling melodies of traditional Chinese music on age-old instruments such as the erhu and other 2-string fiddles, pipa (lute), yangqin (hammered dulcimer), zheng (zither with movable bridges), ruan (moon guitar), dizi (bamboo flute), and an assortment of Chinese percussion instruments.  More

     
     
Pedja Muzijevic, piano   PEDJA MUZIJEVIC , PIANO

One of the most versatile of artists, Bosnian-born Pedja Muzijevic has been widely praised for his interpretations of the standard literature and for his imaginative programming. He has toured extensively as soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist throughout eastern and western Europe, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, South America and Asia.   More

     
     
Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin   ANTONIO CAMPILLO SANTOS, TRAVERSO

Born in Madrid (Spain), Antonio Campillo Santos encountered the traverso early on and began his studies with Agostino Cirillo, Frank Theuns and Guillermo Peñalver. In 2001, he finished his studies in modern flute and moved to The Netherlands to begin his Bachelor Degree with Wilbert Hazelzet, at the Conservatory of Utrecht.   More

     
     
Colin St-Martin, flute   COLIN ST. MARTIN, FLUTE

Baroque flautist Colin St. Martin received his Premier Prix (Bachelor of Music) from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium, under the tutelage of Barthold Kuijken and continued his studies at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University where he received a Master of Music with Performer’s Certificate.   More

     
     
Theresa Salomon, violin   THERESA SALOMON, VIOLIN

Theresa Salomon received her musical education in her native Germany, the Netherlands and in Austria. Her teachers have included Philip Hirshorn, Wolfram Konig and Todd Philips. She played her solo debut concert in New York at Weill Recital Hall presented by Artists International.  Since 1991 she has been a member of the Goldberg Ensemble of Vienna and has toured with the string quartet of the Ensemble in Austria, Germany, France and Italy.   More

     
     
Daniel Swenberg   DANIEL SWENBERG, LUTE

Lutenist Daniel Swenberg concentrates on Renaissance and baroque performance practices--with special devotion to the role of basso-continuo playing and the instruments central to its practice: the theorbo/chitaronne, renaissance and baroque lutes, early guitars, and the gallizona/callichon.   More

     
     
Joseph Thalken   JOSEPH THALKEN, PIANO

Joseph Thalken works in New York City as a composer, pianist, arranger and conductor. He is currently writing the new musical Harold and Maude with Tom Jones. He contributed original music for Blake Edward’s Big Rosemary and was the Broadway conductor for Victor/Victoria and the associate conductor for the off-Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together, both starring Julie Andrews.   More

     
     
Henry Valoris, viola   HENRY VALORIS, VIOLA

Violist Henry Valoris has performed with period instrument groups including Opera Lafayette, the Four Nations Ensemble, the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, Bach Sinfonia, and the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra.

On modern viola he has played with the National Gallery of Art Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, Signature Theater, and many other ensembles in the Washington, DC area.   More

     
     
Diane Walsh, piano   DIANE WALSH, PIANO

With a reputation as a performer of “romantic sweep and arching lyricism” (The New York Times) and “a pianist with superb technique” (The Boston Globe) Diane Walsh has created an international career of distinction. On disc, as well as in recital, chamber music and concerto performances worldwide, she has brought a clear vision and superlative skill to a broad range of repertoire from Bach to Berg.  More

     
     
THE LECTURERS
     
     
Jeffrey Collins, Lecturer   JEFFREY COLLINS, LECTURER

Jeffrey Collins is Professor and Chair of Academic Programs at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, where he specializes in the visual and material culture of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and the Americas. He is the author of Papacy and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Rome: Pius VI and the Arts (Cambridge, 2004).   More

     
     
Julia Doe, Lecturer  

JULIA DOE, LECTURER

Julia Doe is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. She holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University, where she also served as an affiliate of the Whitney Humanities Center. Julia Doe is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. She holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University, where she also served as an affiliate of the Whitney Humanities Center.   More

     
     
Mary Tavener Holmes, Lecturer   MARY TAVENER HOLMES, LECTURER

Mary Tavener Holmes is from Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a specialty in Baroque and Rococo European Art. She is a teacher, curator and author in th e field for over thirty years.  Her publications include A Magic Mirror: The Portrait in France from 1700 to 1900, with George T.M. Shackelford, Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections, with Perrin Stein.   More

     
     
Paul Leclerc, Lecturer   PAUL LECLERC, LECTURER

Paul LeClerc began his tenure as Director of the Columbia Global Center | Europe on July 1, 2012. LeClerc’s academic interests are Voltaire and the French Enlightenment.   More

     
     
Domna Stanton, Lecturer   DOMNA STANTON, LECTURER

Domna Stanton, Distinguished Professor of French at the Graduate Center, CUNY, is the author of The Dynamics of Gender in Early-Modern France: Women Writ, Women Writing (2014). She is now working on the two-volume Les femmes en littérature, to be published by Gallimard in 2017, and to which she is contributing 150 pages on 17th-century women.   More

     
     
Caroline Weber, Lecturer   CAROLINE WEBER, LECTURER

Caroline Weber received her Ph.D. in French literature from Yale University (1998) and her BA in Literature from Harvard University (summa cum laude, 1991). Before coming to Barnard/Columbia, she taught for seven years at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a specialist in eighteenth-century French literature and culture.  More

     
     
THE DIRECTORS
     
     
Catherine Turocy   CATHERINE TUROCY, STAGE DIRECTOR

Catherine Turocy, recognized as one of today’s leading choreographer/reconstructors and stage directors in 17th and 18th century period performance with over 60 Baroque operas to her credit, has been decorated by the French Republic as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. She received the prestigious BESSIE Award in New York City for sustained achievement in choreography as well as the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence.   More


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