Nonnemacher ~ Soprano
Nonnemacher's solo concert work includes St. Matthew's Passion and
Elijah at the Oregon Bach Festival and she has performed in acclaimed
performances across the United States and Europe, including Helmuth
Rilling's Grammy Award winning debut of Krzysztof Penderecki's Credo.
versatile performer, Ms. Nonnemacher has appeared in a wide variety
music venues with many talented and recognized directors and conductors.
She has worked under the batons of Eve Queller and Kurt Masur, among
addition to her work at the Metropolitan Opera, her operatic appearances
include Volpone in Lo Speziale with Will Crutchfield, Pamina
in Die Zauberflote and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro
with Jim Robinson directing and Philip Brunelle conducting.
Nonnemacher's popular performances include numerous operettas with
the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP), Noel Coward's
After the Ball with Irene Worth, and other musical theater
work. She has worked with Carolyn Marlow, Warren Helms, and Albert
has also frequently created original programs that she has performed
in the New York area.
Kraevsky ~ Soprano
native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalya Kraevsky received her
Masters Degree from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Artist Diploma
from Carnegie Mellon University.
1996 she was offered a principal contract with the National St.
Petersburg Opera Theater as a soloist. She performed the roles of
Violetta in La Traviata, Adele in Die Fledermaus and
Dorina in Tartuffe.
addition, she hosted a popular television program about young opera
singers, shown in St. Petersburg, Moscow and across Russia.
the 2000-2002 seasons she performed the Vixen in The Cunning
Little Vixen and La Voix Humaine in Pittsburgh, Verdi's
Requiem in the concert tour of the Robert Page Festival Singers
with St. Petersburg State Orchestra in Europe, Haydn's Creation
with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh conducted by Robert Page,
the title role in the world premiere of the opera Hadassah
by Pulizer Prize-nominated Normand Pepin and Dona Anna in Don
Giovanni with Lyric Opera Cleveland. She made her world premiere
CD recording for Naxos label of Hangman, Hangman and The
Town of Greed by L. Ballada.
engagements include Desdemona in Otello and Violetta in La
Traviata with St. Petersburg National Theater and Pamina in
Magic Flute with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
has worked with distinguished coaches, conductors and stage directors
including Maurizio Arena, Enza Ferrari, Jonathan Eaton, Jonathon
Field, John Burrows, Andrey Anikhanov, Stanislav Gaudasinsky, Margarita
Heifetz and Kirill Tchernozemov.
is a Winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Auditions (1997, 1999
& 2001) and Regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National
Council. Arriving in the United States a few years ago, Natalya
won a scholarship from the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers,
a full scholarship at the Chautauqua Summer Institute and has worked
with Marlena Malas, Michael Eliasen, Charles Reiker and Ken Merrill.
She was a Diplomant in the Jaume Aragail International Voice Competition
in Spain, finalist in the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Competition
in Montreal and finalist in the Czech and Slovak Music Competition.
Clark Smith ~ Tenor
Tenor Daniel Clark Smith, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus,
is also heard regularly as a concert soloist, and has performed
such varied repertoire as Rachmaninoff's Vespers, Monteverdi's
Vespers of 1610, Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah,
Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Brahms' Liebeslieder
Waltzer, and Handel's oratorios, Messiah, Israel in
Egypt and Alexander's Feast.
Smith recently made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
as tenor soloist in Bach's B Minor Mass. Mr. Smith has also
appeared as the Evangelist in Bach's St John Passion with
Johannes Somary and the AmorArtis Chamber Chorus & Orchestra
in New York. Mr. Smith has appeared as soloist with Richard Westenburg's
Musica Sacra, and with the Stamford (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra.
member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, Mr. Smith's operatic
engagements have included the roles of Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff
and the First Jew in Strauss' Salome with the New York Opera
Project. In addition to his work at the Metropolitan Opera, he has
also performed with the New York City Opera Chorus, and appeared
on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center series with both companies, most
recently in the broadcast of Verdi's La Forza del Destino
at the Metropolitan Opera. He has also performed with the Center
for Contemporary Opera and Cincinnati Opera.
Smith has also performed with such groups as the New York Virtuoso
Singers, the Connecticut Early Music Festival, and Voices of Ascension,
where he can be heard on their most recent Delos recordings, The
Duruflé Album and Berlioz' Te Deum. He spent two
years with The Gregg Smith Singers as soloist and assistant conductor,
touring the United States and Italy, and recording Stravinsky's
The Rake's Progress, Perséphone, Canticum
Sacrum and Les Noces as part of Music Masters' Stravinsky
graduate of both University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of
Music and SUNY at Fredonia, Mr. Smith holds degrees in Vocal Music
Education and Choral Conducting, and currently studies voice with
Stearns ~ Baritone
Opera baritone Jason Stearns has appeared in opera, operetta, concert
and "cross-over" engagements throughout the United States
and abroad. Mr. Stearns has just completed his first season at the
Metropolitan Opera where his sings in the prestigious Metropolitan
Stearns has appeared in leading and supporting roles with the Washington
he sang the principal baritone role in Massenet's Le Cid.
He also appeared there in Boris Godunov, I Puritani
and Wolf-ferrari's Sly. Last year he appeared with the DiCapo
Opera (NY) as Scarpia in Tosca, with the Mississippi Opera
as Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, with the Gold Coast Opera
as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and with the Boston Pro
Musica in the title role of Macbeth. He also appeared with
the Capital City Opera in Washington DC as the Father in Hanzel
and Gretel, with the Cleveland Opera as Montano in Otello
and with the Illinois Opera as Billy Bigalow in Carousel.
Stearns has sung the lead baritone roles in Don Pasquale,
Poliuto, Lecrezia Brogia, Maria di Rohan, Adriana
Lecouvreur, Arieta's Marina and Marino Faliero
with Opera Camerata of Washington. Other leading roles performed
are in the operas Falstaff, Pagliacci, La Traviata,
Il Trabarro, Die Fledermaus, La Vida Breve, Goyescas,
La Boheme, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Manon,
Le Villi, Le Nozze de Figaro, Cosi fan Tutti
Stearns made his Carnegie Hall debut (2000) in Brahm's German
Requiem and sang Handel's Messiah in Avery Fisher Hall
with the National Chorale. With the National Symphony Orchestra
he sang the baritone part in Weill's Seven Deadly Sins with
recording credits include the baritone solos on the 1996 Grammy
Award-winning recording of John Corialano's Of Rage and Remembrance,
also with the National Symphony.
a former member of the US Army Chorus, Mr. Stearns appeared regularly
at the White House and as featured soloist with the US Army Band
entertaining the President, dignitaries and for eight heads of state.
an uncommon musical bonanza, you can hear these fine musicians perform
the Grand Mass again on May 16th & 18th with the full Metropolitan
Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of James Levine. The
soloists for those performances will be Heidi Grant Murphy, Susan Graham,
Matthew Polenzani and John Relyea. We hope to see you there.
But you don't have
to wait for the Met...
get to enjoy the Grand Mass right here in Westchester at 3pm on January
19th. This is clearly a performance not to be missed -- incredible music,
incredible musicians and an incredible venue. It's all happening at the
historic Presbyterian Church in White Plains.
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