Joanna Mongiardo (Adina) Versatile soprano Joanna Mongiardo is recognized for her effortless coloratura and spellbinding charisma on stage, and is in high demand for both operatic and symphonic repertoire internationally. Most recently, she has had great success as Cinna in Mozart’s Lucio Silla with Odyssey Opera and in the title role of Flotow’s Martha with Boston Midsummer Opera. The 2014-2015 season included a role debut as Rossini’s Semiramide with Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, her Dallas Opera debut as Brigitta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and a return to the Back Bay Chorale for Mozart’s Mass in C minor.
In recent seasons, Joanna has brought the “energy and charm [of] her delicious Blonde” (ForumOpera Magazine) to more than 30 performances of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, including productions at Grande Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. A gifted comedienne, her Rosalina in Il Re with Teatro Grattacielo was named “Best Individual Performance of 2011” by Das Opernwelt Jahrbuch, with Opera Today writing, “Joanna Mongiardo, who has a voice of impressive size and warmth, as well as a technique with ornament…also has a putty face, capable of expressing several emotions at once and making fun of herself while expressing them.” Opera News raved, “As the besotted Rosalina, lyric coloratura Joanna Mongiardo scored a triumph, effortlessly negotiating the fiorature, extended trills and stratospheric high notes.” www.joannamongiardo.com
Eric Barry (Nemorino) Spanish-American tenor Eric Barry is “making an impressive mark” on opera and concert stages “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity” (Opera News). His current and future engagements include a leading role with Opera Colorado, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly for the Florentine Opera Company, Lensky Eugene Onegin for the North Carolina Opera, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for Orchestra Iowa, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Utah Symphony, the featured soloist on Minnesota Orchestra’s concert Inside the Classics, Fritz L’amico Fritz for Boston Midsummer Opera, and Prince Hal At the Boar’s Head for the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw.
Highlights of 2014 / 2015 included Lionel Martha for Boston Midsummer Opera, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Opera Memphis, Alfredo La traviata for Shreveport Opera, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with New Choral Symphony and Symphony No. 9 with Indianapolis Symphony and Madison Symphony Orchestras and Handel Messiah with the Winston Salem Symphony.
Other past engagements have included Rodolfo La bohème for Pittsburgh Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Memphis and the Teatro Comunale di Sulmona, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for Shreveport Opera, Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo La bohème and The Duke of Mantua Rigoletto for Amarillo Opera, Arbace Ciro in Babilonia at the Caramoor Music Festival, the title role in Rossini’s Otello and Tito La clemenza di Tito for Opera in the Heights, Jenik The Bartered Bride and Lyonel Martha for Boston Midsummer Opera, Eginhard Fierrabras for Bard Summerscape, and Tom RakewellThe Rake’s Progress, Anthony Hope Sweeney Todd, and Florindo Le donne curiose for Wolf Trap Opera. www.eric-barry.com
Jason Budd (Dr Dulcamara) Jason Budd made his South American debut in December as the title character in Verdi’s Falstaff with Theatro São Pedro in São Paulo, Brazil. He is receiving accolades and recognition for his buffo performances in the United States and around the world. In a recent performance as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Detroit Free-Press exclaimed, “Jason Budd as Bartolo was the definition of a buffo bass: rotund, blustery, funny, with an alluring, deep-chested voice.” Of an L’Elisir d’Amore performance, Opera News said, “Jason Budd’s Dulcamara was a good-natured quack, nimble of limb and voice.”
Most recent engagements include Falstaff in Boston Midsummer Opera’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Western Reserve where he shared the stage with his college friend Lawrence Brownlee in their hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème with Toledo Opera, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with Michigan Opera Theatre, Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with The Bar Harbor Music Festival, and Major General in Pirates of Penzance at Fresno Grand Opera.
Keith Phares (Belcore) A noted interpreter of Mozart and bel canto repertoire as well as Benjamin Britten and many of today’s living composers, Opera News has hailed Keith Phares “as an authentic contemporary-American-opera divo” with “an impressive gallery of finely-drawn character portraits”.
16-17 engagements include Hurstwood in the world premiere of Robert Aldridge’s Sister Carriewith Florentine Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Santa Barbara, Maximilian in Candide with New York City Opera, Elder Tull in the world premiere of Craig Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage with Arizona Opera, Charlie in Three Decembers with Hawaii Opera, Albert in Wertherwith Manitoba Opera, the American premiere of Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton’s The Trialwith Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Belcore in L’elisir d’Amore with Boston Midsummer Opera. scottlevinemanagement.com/baritone/keith-phares