Featured Performers for Milhaud's Sacred Service

On May 5, St. George’s Choral Society will perform Milhaud’s “Sacred Service,” a rarely presented setting of the Jewish liturgy for Saturday morning. This colorful, varied, and poignant work is a masterpiece of the 20th-century sacred repertoire. Tickets are now on sale.

The performance will feature:

Elijah Blaisdell

Elijah Blaisdell

Baritone Elijah Blaisdell performs with ensembles across the country as both a soloist and chorister. An early and new music specialist, his most recent credits include the Adams Fellowship with The Carmel Bach Festival, featured soloist with The Crossing on their Grammy Award-Winning album “Zealot Canticles,” St. Matthew Passion with Bach Society of St. Louis, and Coffee Cantata and Dido and Aeneas with Madison Bach Musicians. Elijah also performs as a chorister and soloist with The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Grammy-nominated Ensemble True Concord, and the Grammy Award-winning Seraphic Fire. Elijah holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and after years of training and performing on the East Coast, is now based in Seattle.

Naomi Lewin

Naomi Lewin

Naomi Lewin is the former host of weekday afternoon music on WQXR, and of the podcast Conducting Business. Before that, she was midday host at WGUC in Cincinnati, where she created the award-winning weekly program Classics for Kids, which airs on radio stations across the country. She has produced music programs and arts reports for NPR; intermission features for Metropolitan Opera broadcasts; and podcasts on subjects ranging from the Tippet Rise Art Center, to Martin Luther in Saxony, to the bicentennial of St. George's Choral Society. Naomi is also a speaker, emcee, and media coach, and the radio voice of Arizona Opera.

Given her previous lifetime as a singer and actress, Naomi has continued to appear onstage, narrating Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, King David, Façade, A Visit from the White Rabbit, and Four Seasons of Italian Futurist Cuisine by Aaron Jay Kernis. She can be seen as J.S. Bach in the Sunday Baroque 30th Anniversary video, and as a spitball-shooting professor in La Folía, from Filmelodic. Naomi created and hosts a new Classics for Kids Live onstage show. She has given talks on operas from Aida to Zauberflöte.

Naomi was born in Princeton, New Jersey, but received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale.

Paolo Bordignon

Paolo Bordignon

Paolo Bordignon is harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic and performs in 2018-19 with Camerata Pacifica, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, ECCO - East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra and a Trans-Siberian Arts Festival tour with the Sejong Soloists. He has appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Knights.

He has collaborated with Sir James Galway, Itzhak Perlman, Reinhard Goebel, Paul Hillier, Bobby McFerrin, Midori, Renée Fleming, and Wynton Marsalis. For the opening of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, he gave the east coast première of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra. Festival appearances include Aspen, Bard, Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Jackson Hole, Palm Beach, and Vail. He has appeared on NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, NPR, the CBC, and on Korean and Japanese national television.

Paolo has worked with composers such as Elliott Carter (performing Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano for his 90th birthday celebration), David Conte, Jean Guillou, Stephen Hartke, Christopher Theophanides, and Melinda Wagner. With the Clarion Music Society, he gave the world première of several newly rediscovered chamber works of Felix Mendelssohn.

Paolo has performed organ recitals at venues such as St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York and St. Eustache in Paris, and he has been a regular organ recitalist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including a 10-recital residency in 2010-11. As interim Organist and Choirmaster at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York, he helps oversee one of the nation’s pre-eminent church music programs.

Born in Toronto of Italian heritage, Paolo attended St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School before attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He earned masters and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School.

Meet our Fall 2018 Soloists

On November 18, we will present our Fall Concert with Orchestra, featuring Bach’s Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 and Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, "Cecilia Mass," Hob XXII:5. These complex and beautiful pieces will feature four top-tier soloists. Tickets are now on sale.

Rebecca Farley

Rebecca Farley

Rebecca Farley, soprano, has been praised for her poise (Opera News), her "fine, flexible soprano" (Parterre Box), and her "filigree phrasing" (Scoop NZ). She received her master's degree from The Juilliard School in New York City where she was a Kovner Fellow and now as an alumna is a proud recipient of the Novick Career Advancement Grant. At Juilliard she appeared as Bubikopf in Ullman's Der Kaiser von Atlantis and as the stratospheric Controller in Jonathan Dove's Flight. She was also featured in a showcase as the title character of Manon in Massenet's sensuous St. Sulpice scene and appeared at Songfest with Brian Zeger in a recital of obscure Liszt lieder. Ms. Farley premiered Sherry Wood's Mara: A Chamber Opera at The Rubin Museum. January brought her Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra debut in a staged concert of Mozart favorites. Ms. Farley took on Fiordiligi, Countess, and Donna Anna all in one night in scenes from Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, and Don Giovanni. Just last month she made her David Geffen Hall debut with The National Chorale in Angela Rice's oratorio Thy Will Be Done. This performance included an aria written specifically for Ms. Farley and was the New York premiere of the work. Ms. Farley made her Carnegie Hall debut December 2016 singing the soprano solo in Bach's Magnificat with The Cecilia Chorus of New York. She returned with the same ensemble as the soprano soloist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Another Carnegie highlight from last season was Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in which she sang the role of Clorinda.

Kara Dugan

Kara Dugan

Mezzo-Soprano Kara Dugan has been praised by the New York Times for her “vocal warmth and rich character.” In the 2019/19 season, Ms. Dugan looks forward to performing Michael Tilson Thomas’ Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and again at Carnegie Hall with the New World Symphony. She has performed with major orchestras like the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Ms. Dugan has spent summers with the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Steans Institute, Boston Early Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Mainly Mozart Music Festival. KaraDugan.com

James Reese

James Reese

James Reese is an avid ensemble, chamber, and solo musician whose singing has been praised for its “intensity and sensitivity...spirituality and eloquence.” Highlights of James' 2018–19 season include his Canadian and Austrian debuts with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Gallicantus, and his solo debuts with TENET Vocal Artists, Bourbon Baroque Orchestra, Delaware Choral Society, St. George’s Choral Society, and the Duke Chapel Evensong Singers.  In addition this year, James will appear with The Crossing, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, True Concord, and Variant 6. Earlier this season, James sang an all-Mozart program with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, about which Michael Anthonio of Parterre wrote, “the biggest discovery of the night for me was tenor James Reese. His clear voice was so effortless.” Previously, James has appeared in concerts with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, the American Classical Orchestra, and at the Ad Astra Music Festival. He recently made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Bach's B Minor Mass with the New York Choral Society, about which the New York Classical Review wrote, "the high, easy tenor of James Reese...floated beautifully on its own over the long, gentle lines of the Benedictus." An advocate for new music, James is a founding member of Philadelphia vocal sextet Variant 6. He appears on The Crossing's release of Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century, which won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance in 2018. He is also a soloist on 2016 Grammy-Nominated Bonhoeffer, released by the Crossing. He holds degrees from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and the Yale School of Music.

William Guanbo Su

William Guanbo Su

New York City-based opera singer William Guanbo Su, bass, is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Cynthia Hoffmann. In 2018, he was a member of GYA young artists at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and a voice fellow at The Aspen Music Festival and School, where he played as the principle role of Don Basilio in Il barbiere di siviglia. Other roles that he has performed include Pluton in Hippolyte et Aricie; Herr Reich in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor; and Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea. He has also concentrated on German Lieder at the Franz Schubert Institute in Vienna, where he was coached by Emmy Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Robert Holl and others. In December, 2017, Mr. Su has made his Carnegie Hall Solo debut with The Cecilia Chorus of New York, and also the 1st prize winner for the Gerda Lissner Lieder competition the same year.

Meet our Soloists for the Verdi Requiem

On April 29, we will present a joint concert of the Verdi Requiem with the Greenwich Village Orchestra, a 70-person community orchestra under the baton of Barbara Yahr. This fiery and intense, powerful and transcendent Requiem will feature a stellar line-up of soloists. Tickets are now on sale.

Rebecca Farley, Soprano

Rebecca Farley, Soprano

Soprano Rebecca Farley holds a master's degree from The Juilliard School where she appeared as the Controller in Flight, Bubikopf in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and covered Amina in the Met+Juilliard production of La Sonnambula. She premiered the role of Mary in Angela Rice's oratorio Thy Will Be Done at David Geffen Hall and has performed as soloist with the Cecelia Chorus in Bach's Magnificat and in his Christmas Oratorio at Carnegie Hall.


Raehann Bryce-Davis, Mezzo-soprano

Raehann Bryce-Davis, Mezzo-soprano

George London award winner Raehann Bryce-Davis, hailed by the New York Times for her "striking mezzo soprano" recently sang Verdi’s Requiem with Marywood University, joined the Aspen Music Festival for John Corigliano’s Of Rage and Remembrance, and performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. This season she joins Theater an der Wien as Wellgunde in Wagner’s ring cycle and makes her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Oratorio Society in the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road.


Jonathan Tetelman, Tenor

Jonathan Tetelman, Tenor

Tenor Jonathan Tetelman is also an old hand at the Verdi Requiem, having performed it with the Milan Festival Orchestra last season in Lake Como, Italy. This season he joins the Metropolitan Opera roster for Norma, makes his New Orleans Opera debut as Marco in Chadwick and Barnet’s Tobasco. Upcoming engagements include Rodolfo in La Bohème with English National Opera and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Virginia Opera. He has previously performed with St. George’s Choral Society as a soloist for Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Dvorak's Requiem.


Christian Zaremba, Bass

Christian Zaremba, Bass

Bass Christian Zaremba, described by the New York Times as "a stage animal with a big bass voice" is currently singing the role of Angelotti in Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera. This season he has also sung Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Michigan Opera Theater, and Zuniga in Carmen with Austin Opera. Recent engagements include Il Re in Aida with the National Symphony and the Bass Soloist in The Little Match Girl Passion with the Glimmerglass Festival and Portland Opera.

Meet the Soloists

Jennifer Check

Jennifer Check

Celebrated by the New York Times for her “rare talent that can send chills down a listener’s spine even in familiar music,” Jennifer Check returns to Verdi’s Requiem in the hallmark Defiant Requiem presentation with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Philharmonic. She also returns to the Metropolitan Opera roster as the High Priestess in Aida and for its production of Saariaho’s L’amour de loin and joins the Lyric Opera of Chicago roster for Norma. Last season, she returned to Utah Opera for the title role of Aida, her first performances of Desdemona in Otello with Berks Opera, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda. On the concert stage she joined the Aspen Music Festival for Saariaho’s Cinq reflets. She recently debuted three other Verdi titles: Macbeth (Nancy, Palm Beach), Il trovatore (Utah Opera), and Don Carlos (Caramoor) and sang her first Ariadne auf Naxos (Toulon). Other recent performances include Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera), Muhly’s Dark Sisters (Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Philadelphia), Norma (Palm Beach, Philadelphia), Elektra (London, Tokyo, Detroit), Iphigénie en Tauride (Valencia), Dialogues des Carmélites (Caramoor, Austin), and The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (Amsterdam).

Carla Jablonski

Carla Jablonski

Hailed as a “vibrant stage personality” matched with a “sizable creamy mezzo,” Carla Jablonski’s vocal versatility has captivated audiences across the globe. Ms. Jablonski was most recently praised for inhabiting the title role in Dido and Aeneas with “impressive sophistication.” She joined The Metropolitan Opera for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and a new production of Verdi's Otello. At Florida Grand Opera she sang Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte followed by performances of the Secretary in The Consul. Past seasons include various roles with Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Central City Opera, and Chautauqua. Equally at home on the concert stage and an advocate of new music, Ms. Jablonski made her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall singing Five Songs by Charles Ives arranged for orchestra by John Adams, followed by her Carnegie Hall debut as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah. She also has sung as a featured soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, Caramoor International Music Festival, and American Opera Projects, among others. Upcoming, Ms. Jablonski is featured on a tango album of specially arranged and newly commissioned Piazzolla songs in collaboration with The Neave Trio. She holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music and is a proud recipient of a Drama Desk Award.

Jonathan Tetelman

Jonathan Tetelman

Praised by Opera News for his “galvanizing presence” tenor Jonathan Tetelman joins the Milan Festival Orchestra in Lake Como, Italy for his first performances of Verdi’s Requiem, the Orchestra Now for Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Opera Company of Middlebury for Luigi in Il Tabarro, and New England Symphonic Ensemble for Mozart’s Coronation Mass. He also joins the St. George’s Choral Society for performances of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, the Greenwich Choral Society for Bizet’s Te Deum and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, and Gulf Shore Opera for concert performances including selections from La Traviata, La boheme, and Rigoletto. Next season, the tenor joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera and sings his first performances of Duca in Rigoletto with the Berkshires Opera Festival. Last season, he joined the Martina Arroyo Foundation as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Teatro Grattacielo covering Agamemnone in Gnecchi’s Cassandra. As a young artist with Opera North, Mr. Tetelman sang Steven Sankey in Weil’s Street Scene, Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, and Alfredo in La Traviata. Additionally, he joined the New York Opera Exchange for performances of Alfredo in La Traviata, and attended the International Vocal Arts Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia performing as Elder Gleaton along with direction by composer Carlise Floyd, in his masterpiece, Susannah.

Matthew Anchel

Matthew Anchel

Bass Matthew Anchel, called "a voice to watch" by the Wall Street Journal and praised for his “magnetic, deep voice” by the New York Times, was a Grand Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This season he will sing the role of Sparafucile with Anchorage Opera; the bass solos in the U.S premiere of The Hyland Mass: A Prayer for Unity and Diversity by Joseph Vella with New York Choral Society at St. Patrick’s Church in New York City; and the role of Sun Tze in a workshop performance of REV. 23 with the Prototype Festival. He will make his Carnegie Hall debut singing Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and join The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of The Magic Flute, Idomeneo, and Der Rosenkavalier. Next season he will return to the The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of The Exterminating Angel and Cendrillon and sing Sarastro in The Magic Flute with St. Petersburg Opera. Recent engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Annapolis Chorale, B Minor Mass with Canterbury Choral Society, Marpa in Mila, Great Sorcerer with American Lyric Theater, Zuniga in Carmen with the Savannah Voice Festival, and singing #8 in Transformations with the Merola Opera Program. Past highlights include two seasons covering in five productions with The Metropolitan Opera, Sarastro in The Magic Flute with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, a season with Oper Leipzig, performing in eight productions, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Knoxville Opera, Ferrando in Il Trovatore and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Opera San Jose, and Don Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia with Loft Opera. Mr. Anchel was a Young Artist with LA Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Caramoor. He has won awards from The George London Foundation, Loren L. Zachary Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation, Palm Beach Vocal Competition, and Opera Index.

Meet Our Fall 2015 Soloists

We look forward to performing with the following three soloists for Mendelssohn's Lobgesang at our Fall 2015 concert on November 22.

Sarah Brailey, Soprano

Sarah Brailey

Hailed by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone,” “exquisitely phrased” and “sweetly dazzling” singing, soprano Sarah Brailey is in growing demand as a concert and chamber music artist. She previously appeared with St. George’s Choral Society in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Highlights of Sarah’s current and recent seasons include Handel’s Messiah with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, and Albany’s Cathedral of All Saints, Constance in Franz Joseph Haydn’s L’isola disabitata with the American Classical Orchestra, Steve Reich’s Drumming at Carnegie Hall (Zankel), Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder and the Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Alberto Ginastera’s Cantata para América Mágica and Stravinsky’s Les Noces with Julian Wachner at Trinity Wall Street, Handel’s Samson under the baton of Nicholas McGegan, Britten’s Les Illuminations with NOVUS NY, and numerous appearances with the Brooklyn Art Song Society and the Polydora Ensemble, a vocal quartet focused on German repertoire of the 19th century.

Sarah is a core member of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, an all-female vocal chamber music ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music. She is a frequent guest artist with the GRAMMY® Award-winning alternative-classical vocal band Roomful of Teeth. She has worked with composers such as John Zorn, Steve Reich, Merrill Garbus, Gabriel Jackson, Tarik O’Regan, Jesse Jones, Paola Prestini, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, Scott Wheeler, and Doug Balliett.

Sarah has recorded with tUne-yArDs, John Zorn, Paola Prestini, Bang on a Can All-Stars (Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning work Anthracite Fields), and is featured on New York Polyphony’s GRAMMY®-nominated album Sing Thee Nowell. She can be heard on recordings released by Naxos, Tzadik, Musica Omnia, BIS, 4AD, Soundbrush Records, and VIA Records.

Sarah’s awards include first prize in the 2015 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition and the Leopold Damrosch Award in the 2014 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition. She was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Concert Artist Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Recent opera engagements include the American premiere of Hércules en el Mato Grosso, a new opera by Esteban Insinger, Pablo Ortiz’s Gallos y Huesos with The Americas Society, Stefan Weisman and David Cote’s The Scarlet Ibis with American Opera Projects, and Lera Auerbach’s The Blind at The Lincoln Center Festival.

Kate Maroney, Mezzo-Soprano

Kate Maroney

Recognized for elegant and versatile singing in oratorio and opera spanning the Renaissance to works by contemporary composers, Kate Maroney was recently featured worldwide in over 75 performances of Einstein on the Beach and made her Lincoln Center soloist debut with the American Classical Orchestra in Bach’s Mass in B-Minor. Kate has recently appeared as a soloist with Musica Sacra and New York City Ballet, Oregon Bach Festival, Anonymous 4, The Bangor Symphony, Clarion, Bach Collegium San Diego, American Symphony Orchestra at Bard SummerScape, Princeton Pro Musica, Yale Choral Artists, Sacred Music Sacred Space, Bach Vespers Holy Trinity, Ensemble Signal at the Lincoln Center Festival, Ekmeles, Mark Morris Dance Group, Vox Vocal Ensemble, St. Luke in the Fields, American Opera Projects, Berkshire Bach Society, Brooklyn Art Song Society, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 2015-2016 season, Kate will perform Missy Mazzoli’s Song From The Uproar at LA Opera and travel to South Korea for Einstein on the Beach. Kate teaches at Mannes NEXT (The New School) and holds degrees in music from Eastman, Yale and SUNY Purchase. www.katemaroney.com

 

Marc Andrew Day, Tenor

Marc Day

Marc began his music education at the Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir School in Salt Lake City, Utah. While studying at the Choir School, he performed two roles with the San Francisco Opera beside Frederica von Stade and David Daniels. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. While at UofI, he performed the title role in Bernstein’s Candide with the late Jerry Hadley performing the role of Pangloss. In addition to Candide, Marc performed the roles of Goro, Gastone, Paco (Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve), First Rock Singer (Bernstein’s Mass), as well as roles in The Coronation of Poppea and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. Marc earned a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and performed the role of Tony from West Side Story with the School’s Opera Scenes. He currently serves in the professional choir at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, under the direction of Maestro Kent Tritle. He enjoys performing regularly with Musica Sacra, Clarion Society, Voices of Ascension, St. Ignatius Loyola, American Classical Orchestra, and other prominent choral ensembles within the greater New York City Metropolitan area. Most recently, Marc premiered the role of Wilbur Wright in Aaron Siegel’s Brother Brother, part of the Experiments in Opera series, which specializes in contemporary works.  In addition to developing his performing abilities, Marc serves as assistant to the president and liaison to the board of trustees at Manhattan School of Music.