Eduardo Chama, bass-baritone, has received great acclaim for his work on both the operatic and concert stages of the world. Mr. Chama received the Richard F. Gold Debut Artist award at New York City Opera in 1997. He made his New York City Opera debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni during the 1996–97 season. At last report (in 2011), he was working at Rutgers.
Eduardo Valdes, tenor, is a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Valdes has appeared as Borsa in Rigoletto with the Met touring company in Japan. He appears with Placido Domingo on the recording The Verdi Tenor. Much more may be learned about Mr. Valdes from his excellent Web site.
Deanne Meek, mezzo-soprano, has been a principal artist with the New York City Opera since 1996, performing roles including Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Harriet Mosher in the acclaimed New York premiere of Tobias Picker's Emmeline. Ms. Meek made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Idomeneo in the 2001 season. She performed Jo, the lead role in the premiere of Mark Adamo's Little Women with the Minnesota Opera. She can be found as a soloist with The Boston Baroque on the Telarc recording: Mozart: The Impresario / Mozart's Circle: The Beneficent Dervish. A search in 2011 shows her to be on the roster of the Lyric Opera in Chicago.
Soprano Jane Thorngren has been heard in two Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts from New York City Opera, in the title role of The Merry Widow and as Musetta in the Emmy-winning La Bohème. Her extensive oratorio experience includes appearances with the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Seattle, Phoenix, Savannah, Hartford, and Denver as well as the chamber orchestras of New York, Los Angeles and Stamford. She can be heard on two recordings: Composer Morten Lauridsen's Northwest Journey and her new collection of art songs, This and My Heart. Listen to samples on her Web site www.janethorngren.com.
Greta Feeney, soprano, was the 2002 Adler Fellow, and made her San Francisco Opera debut that season as Jano in Jenufa. A native of Nantucket, MA, she sang Serpetta in the Opera Center's 2002 Showcase production of La finta jardinière and Despina in Merola's 2001 production of Cosi fan tutte. As of 2011, she is director of the Nantucket Island Academy of Music, and is still singing opera all over the world.
Julia Faulkner, soprano, can be found as a soloist on opera stages all over the world. She sang the role of Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier with the Metropolitan Opera during the 2002–2003 season. In 1985 Faulkner was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, following which she enjoyed her Met debut. As of 2011 she is teaching at University of Wisconsin at Madison, and continues her solo career at various venues around the world.
Ms. Faulkner's name is misspelled on the cover of the Mass in C minor, for which I sincerely apologize.
Mikhail Kofman, alto, is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus. He is also an excellent pianist.
Valerie Wilson-Morris, soprano, studied at Juilliard. She has been heard as a soloist on numerous national television commercials. She has an astonishing command of wide-ranging vocal styles, from opera and oratorio to jazz and pop. Ms. Wilson-Morris is also a world class producer and vocal arranger. She was the first musician to lend support to my project. Without her tireless and generous efforts and continuing encouragement, the Mass in C minor would never have come about. (See also Chorus)
The chorus is made up of professional singers from New York City. Many are soloists with the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera. Though each singer has a background in classical choral music, many are also involved in jazz and pop recordings and performance groups. It was an enormous privilege to work with this esteemed group.
Special thanks to Valerie Wilson-Morris for contracting such a magnificent group of singers. Valerie Wilson-Morris's website is at: www.vamnation.com
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