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Valerie Girard
Valerie Girard
soprano Real Player - Ravel's Scheherazadae
Rosanna  Perch
Rosanna Perch
soprano
Jennifer Lane
Jennifer Lane
mezzo soprano
Everett McCovey
Everett McCorvey
tenor
Doug Hall
Douglas Hall
tenor
Leslie
Leslie "Buz" Tennent
baritone

Valerie GirardValerie Girard, soprano, was born in New York and began her vocal studies at an early age with Felix Knight, former leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera. She began her young career as a recitalist and concert soloist affiliated with the Concert Artist Guild of New York and completed her studies in New York with a full-scholarship to the American Opera Center of the Juilliard School, where she had the rare opportunity to work with such great musicians as Leonard Bernstein and Jennie Tourel. Honored with many prizes from notable American competitions, she came to Europe: first to the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera, then as leading lyric-coloratura soprano to the National Theater Mannheim where she sang over 22 major roles. Later she joined the ensemble of the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, this time as lirico-spinto soprano with roles including the title role in Strauß’s “Arabella,” Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades,” and Antonia in “The Tales of Hoffmann.” She was also featured as soloist with the Staatskapelle Weimar in Verdi's "Requiem" and Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs."

As guest artist, Ms. Girard was also featured in leading roles with the Semperoper in Dresden, the Aalto Theater in Essen, the Frankfurt Opera and the Stuttgart Opera, Théâre du Chatelet, Paris, the Marseille Opera and in the United States with the Wolf Trap Festival, the Michigan Opera Theater and the New York City Opera.

As concert soloist, she sang with symphony orchestras in major European cities including Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, the Ottorino Respighi Music Festival in Assisi, the Festival for Early Music in Innsbruck and with the Konzertverein in Vienna, Austria. Valerie Girard was also chosen as featured Mozart soprano for the International Mozart Festival in Prague and for the most important Mozart Gala of the year in the country of Guatemala in 2006. She has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Florence, Italy and in most of the large cultural centers in Germany. In the United States, she sang concerts in Chicago with the Ravinia Festival, in New York's Lincoln Center as soloist with the New York Choral Society, the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and with the Lincoln Center Chamber Ensemble. She is the creator and artistic director of a new music festival called "Camerata Colombaia" located in the beautiful Casentino mountains near Florence, Italy.

She has been featured in radio broadcasts in both Europe and the United States and can also be heard on CD recordings including "Mozart Concert Arias" and Ravel's "Schéhérazade."

Listen to Valerie: Real Player - Ravel's Scheherazadae
valeriegirard.com


Rosanna PerchRosanna Perch, soprano, is a young aspiring singer currently completing her bachelor's degree at the University of Hawai'i. She has been a member of the Hawai'i Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Hawai'i Opera Theatre Studio. Ms. Perch's former festival appearances have included soprano solos in both the Haydn Mass in time of War and Dona nobis pacem by Vaughan Williams. Her most recent performances include an appearance in the cast of Hawai'i Opera Theatre's Suor Angelica as la sorella infermiera and as a featured soloist HVAE's 2005-2006 concert season. Ms. Perch hopes to continue her music education and further develop a career in the musical field.

 


Jennifer LaneJennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano 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. She has been featured by many of the most prestigious institutions and orchestras in the US and abroad. These include the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opra Monte Carlo, and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as with orchestras and period instrument ensembles in the US, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

In addition to her position as Associate Professor of Voice, Opera, and Early Music at the University of Kentucky-Lexington, she teaches regularly at the Amherst, SFEMS, Lake Placid, Longy, and Madison summer workshops, among others. For nine years, she taught at Stanford University, where she produced and directed seven fully staged operas and instituted an early music vocal and instrumental Collegium which, in its third year, performed Shadwell & Dryden's The Tempest.

Ms. Lane has over forty CD recordings to her name as well as two films: Dido & Aeneas (with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra) and The Opera Lover. Recent CDs include Jocasta in Sravinsky's Oedipus Rex, Waldtaube in Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, Schoenberg's Das Buch der Húngenden Gúrten (Naxos), The Pleasures & Follies of Love, Villancicos y Cantadas (Koch), and 17th Century French Airs de Cour (Magnatune).

In June, 2005, she was the vocal soloist for the marriage ceremony of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, former Governor of California. Later this season, she will perform the contralto solos in Brahms' Alto Rhapsody (Lexington Philharmonic) and Mahler's Song of the Earth (Vancouver). In November, 2006, Ms. Lane will premiere the lead female role of Charmian London opposite baritone Rodney Gilfrey in Everyman Jack, in a newly commissioned opera by Phillip Littell and Libby Larson for Sonoma City Opera, about the life of author and adventurer, Jack London.

Visit Jennifer Lane's website at www.stanford.edu/~jlane.


Everett McCoveyEverett McCorvey, tenor, is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He received his degrees from the University of Alabama, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts. He has performed in many cities around the world and theaters across the country, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Whitewater Opera Company, Radio City Music hall, Birmingham Opera Theater, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England, as well as performances throughout Spain, the Czech and Slovac Republics, Austria, Japan, China, Brazil, Poland, Portugal and Hungary. He is tenor soloist on two CD recordings conducted by Maestro Julius Williams, one entitled Symphonic Brotherhood featuring the Bohuslave Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra performing the symphonic works of African-American Composers released in the fall of 1994, and one entitled The American Soloist featuring the Dvorak Symphony in Praue, Czech Rebuplic released the fall of 2004 highlighting new American works. He has returned to the Czech Repbulic to perform with the Bohuslave Martinu Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Kirk Trevor as well as to the Slovac Republic. He has also appeared in television movies and feature films including The Long Walk Home.

Mr. McCorvey’s operatic roles include Don Jose in Carmen, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Fenton in Falstaff, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Puck in La Grande Duchess de Gerolstein, and many others. Orchestra and Oratorio works include the Beethoven Symphony #9, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and the St. Matthew Passion, among others.

As a recitalist, Mr. McCorvey has given concerts, masterclasses and workshops throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist and with his wife, soprano Alicia Helm. Mr. McCorvey presented a recital and Master Classes in Beijing, China and recently returned from Warsaw, Poland where he performed with the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra as a part of a commemoration concert for the events of September 11th. Mr. McCorvey is the founder and Music Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group of 16 professional singers performing spirituals and other compositions of African-American composers. In the short 11 year history of the group, the group has presented over 100 concerts including six tours of the United States and 10 tours of Spain. The American Spiritual Ensemble has released three CD’s, On My Journey Now – The American Spiritual Ensemble on Tour, Ol' Time Religion, and the recently released Lilly of the Valley CD. In March of 2004, The American Spiritual Ensemble was invited to Madrid by the city of Madrid to present a commemoration concert dedicated to the victims of the March 11th bombing in Madrid. In February of 2007, PBS will present a nationwide special on the American Spiritual Ensemble.

Mr. McCorvey toured the United States, Europe and the Far East with the Sherwin Goldman Production of Porgy and Bess. In 1992 he played the role of Peter in the Asian debut of Porgy and Bess, in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. McCorvey has served on the faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, New York where he was Artist-in-Residence and Associate Conductor and is also a frequent advisory panelist and on-site reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre program in Washington, D.C.

Mr. McCorvey is also a teacher and vocal advisor to many students in the profession. In 1998, Mr. McCorvey was chosen by the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education as the Recipient of 1998 Acorn Award given by the Kentucky Advocates. This prestigious Award goes to only one Professor in the state of Kentucky who exemplifies excellence, innovation and creativity in teaching and research. Mr. McCorvey was also the recipient of an outstanding faculty award from the University of Kentucky Lyman T. Johnson Alumni Association for 1998 and was selected to receive the Outstanding Alumni Award in the Arts from the Society for the Fine Arts at the University of Alabama, his Alma Mater, in February of 1999. Mr. McCorvey recently produced only the second full-length recording of The Tender Land by Aaron Copland with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre recorded in Zlin, Czech Republic and released January 2002, featuring singers from the University of Kentucky Opera Program with Kirk Trevor conducting the Boshuslave Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra

Mr. McCorvey has served as guest Master Clinician at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Artist in their Artist-In-Training Program and in the summers, Mr. McCorvey serves on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Gratz, Austria. He was recently selected to give a masterclass at the Voice Symposium held by renown professor of Otolaryngologist Rober Thayer Sataloff in Philadelphia.

This fall of 2004 Mr. McCorvey produced a CD for Metropolitan Opera Soprano Angela Brown which was released by Albany Records in October, 2004. The CD entitled Mosaic has received rave reviews. Ms. Brown, whose Metropolitan Opera Debut in the title role of Aida was called the most exciting debut since Leontyne Price, is a protĄgĄe of Mr. McCorvey’s. The CD release coincided with her MET debut.

Mr. McCorvey is also Vice-Chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He holds the rank of Professor of Voice and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is married to soprano Alicia Helm. They have three children.


Doug HallDouglas Hall, tenor, has been a member of Hawai‘i Vocal Arts Ensemble for ten years. Originally from Tennessee, he earned a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Belmont University in Nashville.  He earned a master's in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu, and is currently a doctoral candidate in psychology at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco. He has been a featured soloist and section leader with HVAE and at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Kailua, as well as performing in local musical theater productions.  He is an instructor of music and psychology at Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University.


Leslie Leslie “Buz” Tennent, is internationally recognized as a versatile performing artist, equally at home in opera, oratorio, concerts, recitals as well as musical theater. He has performed leading roles with New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Hannover Staatsoper, Hawaii Opera Theatre and in Palma di Mallorca, Spain. As principal baritone with the Hannover Staatsoper, Mr. Tennent’s diverse roles included Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino, Michel in Il Tabarro, Stankar in Stiffelio, Germont in La Traviata, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Boheme, Moses in Mahagonny and Amfortas in Parsifal.
An alumnus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Mr. Tennent earned his Master’s in Voice at the Manhattan School of Music, working with notable baritones Sherrill Milnes and Thomas Stewart. Following his Carnegie Recital debut, Mr. Tennent became a finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera Auditions as well as the Oratorio Society of New York Competition. He made his European concert debut as a soloist in Carmina Burana. A frequent guest artist with the Honolulu Symphony Mr. Tennent has appeared in Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth, Verdi’s Requiem, Hermann Suter’s Le Laudi and the Faure Requiem. In 2004, Mr. Tennent was soloist in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War at the first annual Hawaii Vocal Masterworks Festival and in Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem in the summer of 2005.

Leading roles in musical theatre include Emile De Beque on the national tour of South Pacific, Curley in Oklahoma! with the Alaska Light Opera Theater, as well as leads in Kiss Me Kate,The Fantasticks and Kismet. Recent oratorio and operatic engagements include appearances with the Honolulu Symphony as baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth, Mozart Requiem with the Kona Chamber Orchestra and roles in Rigoletto and Gianni Schicci with HOT. The baritone looks forward to a debut this summer with the Maine Grand Opera as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Currently Mr. Tennent is a professor of voice at Chaminade, and teaches privately at St. Christopher’s in Kailua where he is baritone soloist.