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Cast Biographies

Choong Lee Choong Lee- (Faust)

A native of South Korea, Choong Lee came to the United States to study political science at Washington
State University. He left his major when he received a distinctive award from the Metropolitan Opera
National Council Auditions. The following year he received a full scholarship from the Eastman School of
Music and he was able to begin his formal training in classical singing. In his second year at Eastman, he
was cast in the role of Rodolfo in Puccini's La bohème. Before graduation, he had the opportunity to sing
at a competition before the legendary soprano, Teresa Stratas. She called his voice a blessing from God,
assuring him of her support so he could bless the audience with his voice. Lee continued his studies as a
master's student at the Manhattan School of Music, during which he met another great soprano and his
future mentor, Martina Arroyo. It was through her guidance that Lee learned and performed several
leading tenor roles at Prelude to Performance. These roles include Hoffmann in Les contes d'Hoffmann,
Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and Beppe in Rita by Donizetti. Opera News
commented on his portrayal of Alfred, noting that he has “real humor on stage.” Afterwards, Lee joined
the Young Artists Program at the Natchez Festival of Music. He also performed as a tenor soloist in
Beethoven’s 9th symphony, with the American Classical Orchestra at its 75th anniversary concert at the
Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Lee’s versatile voice has been likened to that of the
golden age tenors, and enables him to sing such roles as Tamino, Rinuccio, Faust, as well as Andrea
Chénier and Turiddu. Lee has been awarded prizes at several competitions including the Gerda Lissner
International Vocal Competition, the Lotte Lenya Competition, the NATS, and the Sun Valley Opera Vocal
Competition.

 

Brynn Terry- (Marguerite)

Brynn Terry, originally from California, now studies with Eduardo Chama in Philadelphia. Recently Brynn appeared as Constanza in Abduction from the Seraglio, Adele in Die Fledermaus and was also involved in a production of Speed Dating for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Brynn has appeared as Blonde, Annina, Margaret and Queen of the Night. In 2012, Brynn was a Resident Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; appeared as Anne Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and covered the role of the Doll in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman. She is very happy to debut with ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia as Marguerite in Faust. Brynn received her Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University and her Master’s from Boston University.

 

Vincent Grana- (Mephistopheles)

Vincent Grana (Bass-Baritone) is an emerging young artist  of 26 years and hails from Phillipsburg, NJ.  He  received his Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  While at Rutgers, Mr. Grana  received many accolades  including the Presser Foundation Award, which rewards academic scholarship in music, and the Michael Fardink Memorial Award, which rewards outstanding performance as a singer.  He has also performed with the Castleton Festival under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel covering such roles as Alcindoro and Benoit (La Boheme), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), and Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen.  Additionally,Mr. Grana  has performed in Opera at Rutgers’ productions of Donizetti’s Il Campanello di Notte (Annibale Pistacchio), the U.S. premiere of Haydn’s Le Pescatrici (Lindoro), and Die Zauberflöte (Papageno).  He also has appeared in the Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program’s production of L’elisir d’amore (Dulcamara) and has worked with eminent artists such as Samuel Ramey.  Mr. Grana was named a 2013 Philadelphia District winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  He has performed with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia and Tel Aviv, Israel where he sang roles in their productions of Susannah (Elder Ott), and Le Nozze Di Figaro (Antonio). Mr. Grana returns to ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia where he performed the role of Sam in Un ballo in maschera, 2012, to essay the challenging and magnificent lead role of Mephistopheles in this season's Faust.

 

Scott Lindroth- (Valentin)

Baritone Scott Lindroth was praised as “sonorous” and “a highlight” by Opera News. Last season he appeared with Sarasota Opera in performances of Les pêcheurs de perles, Of Mice and Men, Un Giorno di Regno and Turandot. He also portrayed Sharpless in Madame Butterfly and Marcello in La Bohème. This year, Mr. Lindroth is a Resident Artist with Dicapo Opera of New York and appeared as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore.

Mr. Lindroth’s other roles include Valentin in Faust, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Dancaïro in Carmen, Marcello in La Bohème, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Mandarin in Turandot.

Mr. Lindroth created the role of Kaczynski for the American premiere of All Quiet on the Western Front with the Metro Chamber Orchestra; the New York Times commended his “appealing baritone.” Other recent roles include Der Lautsprecher (cover) in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Opera Moderne and Chanticleer in The Dwarf with the Vertical Player Repertory.

Mr. Lindroth also appears on the concert stage. He was the baritone soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, directed by Kent Tritle at the Manhattan School of Music, and also appeared with the Astoria Symphony in Saint-Saens’ Oratorio del Noël and Beethoven's Die Ruinen von Athen. Other concert engagements included Orff’s Carmina Burana, Dubois’ Les sept paroles du Christ and Bach’s Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis.

In competition, Mr. Lindroth placed second in the Opera Theater of Connecticut Voice Competition, and was a finalist in the Lieder Division of the Liederkranz Vocal Competition and 2014 Career Bridges Competition. Mr. Lindroth holds a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He currently lives in New York City.

 

Karina Sweeney- (Siebel)

Karina Sweeney is a lyric mezzo-soprano who hails from Annapolis, Maryland. In the upcoming 2014-2015 season, she will be singing Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Poor Richard’s Opera, and will be joining Opera Philadelphia and the Bearded Ladies Cabaret as a soloist in their new piece “Andy: A Popera,” a cabaret/opera hybrid inspired by the life, fame and philosophy of Andy Warhol. Last season, Ms. Sweeney joined the Opera Philadelphia chorus for their production of Nabucco and Dialogues of the Carmelites. She made her solo debut with the Concert Operetta of Philadelphia, and was a finalist in the New Jersey State Opera Competition. During the 2012-2013 season, Ms. Sweeney was a Young Artist with the Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she appeared as Flora (La Traviata) and as a soloist in their musical cabarets. Ms. Sweeney also appeared with Poor Richard’s Opera, as Bellini’s Romeo in their scenes program of “Romeos and their Juliets,” as well as Hippolyta in their production of Britten’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

During the 2011-2012 Season, Ms. Sweeney appeared wtih Atlantic Coast Opera Festival as Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) and as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) with West Virginia University Opera Theater. In prior seasons, she appeared as Mother (Hansel and Gretel) with Red Branch Theatre, as Rosemary (Summer and Smoke) with West Virginia University Opera and with the Towson University Opera as Drei Knabe (Die Zauberflöte) and Gabriel (Too Many Sopranos!).

Ms. Sweeney has also performed as a concert soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Towson University Choral Society and University Chorale, and the Napier University Chamber Choir (Scotland). She is also an avid recitalist, and has been featured as a soloist in numerous recitals including Lieder recitals in Graz, Austria. She completed her Masters in Voice performance at West Virginia University, and received her Bachelor of Science in Voice from Towson University. She was a regional finalist in the Classical Singer competition and a first place winner at the Tri State NATS competition in Pittsburgh in Fall of 2009. Ms. Sweeney was a Resident Artist at the CoOPERAtive Program in 2010 and was also Resident Artist with the American Institute for Music in Graz, Austria in 2006.

 

Joseph Han- (Wagner)

Baritone Joseph Kyungjin Han has sung in many master classes with Dalton Baldwin, Maria Chiara, and Maestro Maurizio Arena. Joseph was awarded first prize in the advanced division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (NATS) in 2011. He sang some title roles, such as Figaro, Escamillo, and Count, with professional opera companies in Pittsburgh while he pursued his masters' degree at Carnegie Mellon University.

He has participated in the following summer programs: Academie Internationale d'Ete de Nice (2005), Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera, EPCASO (2012).

In the past summer, he sang the title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the AVA Russian Opera Workshop. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at SUNY Stony Brook, and he will sing the role of Enrico in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with Stony Brook Opera in 2015 season.

 

 

 

 

Suzanne M. Chadwick- (Marthe)

Contralto Suzanne Chadwick has appeared extensively both as soloist and in ensemble with the Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi (Charleston and Italy), the Princeton Festival, the Little Opera Theater of New York, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Empire Opera, One World Symphony, the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Opera Company of Brooklyn, American Singers’ Opera Project and the Austrian American Mozart Academy.

Suzanne has appeared as La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Dritte Dame and Geiste in The Magic Flute, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Hansel in Hãnsel und Gretel, Ciboletta in Eine Nacht In Venedig, Mrs. Nolan in The Medium, Mary in A Feast in Time of Plague and Rosina in Signor DeLuso. She has been a soloist in the Mozart and Durufle Requiems, Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Ms. Chadwick has appeared in ensemble throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and on recordings of Pagliacci (Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra), Honneger’s Joan of Arc (Masur, New York Philharmonic) and Dvorák’s Stabat Mater (Macal, New Jersey Symphony). Other credits include Florence (Yeston/ Kopit Phantom), Mrs. K in the world premiere of The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rosemary Clooney’s White Christmas (Sands, AC) and the National Anthem for the Atlantic City Surf.

Suzanne will be Section Leader at Trinity Episcopal Church in Moorestown, New Jersey for the 2014-15 season. With her husband, she is co-owner and director of the Village Carolers, an a capella Victorian caroling group.

Ms. Chadwick has a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College, a Master of Arts from Montclair State University and has had further study in New York, Italy and Austria. She was a 2003 grant recipient from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts.

 

Cara Latham- (Cover: Marguerite)

Soprano Cara Latham is noted for her wealth of artistry and musicianship, and her direct and powerful communication with an audience.  Drawing from an extensive professional music theatre background she has received critical praise for her many roles including Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story, Mabel in the Pirates of Penzance of Gilbert and Sullivan, Louisa in The Fantasticks, and Sr. Amnesia in Nunsense, to name a few.  Her professional and academic opera credits include the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors of Menotti, Mrs. Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutti of Mozart and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi of Puccini.  Locally, she has performed as a soloist with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Reading Choral Society and has been a guest artist on various recitals with both art song series, Lyric Fest and ARTCY Philadelphia.  Cara has taught voice and musical theater on the faculties of West Chester University, The Guthrie Theater and the Yale School of Drama. She holds a doctorate in Voice from Temple University as well as degrees in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.

 

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