Big Apple Baroque

Purcell's Fairy Queen, June 2011

Alexandra Berger
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Alexandra Berger came to New York in pursuit of a B.F.A. in Dance, which she earned from the Joffrey Ballet School/New School University in 2003. After a lifetime of classical training, she switched her focus to modern dance and spent two years on scholarship at the Cunningham Dance Foundation, dancing as a member of the Repertory Understudy Group in 2007. She has danced with Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre since its 2003 inception, as well as with Tricia Brouk, Pat Catterson, Merce Cunningham, Matthew Mohr, and Matthew Westerby. In 2009 she also danced in Thaddeus Strassberger's production of Les Huguenots at Bard College. Alexandra is a certified Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis instructor, and also pours wine at the Stonehome Wine Bar in Fort Greene.

 

Deborah Booth
Orchestra

Deborah Booth is a flute and recorder performer on historical and modern instruments. Her training in flute performance was taken at Cincinnati Conservatory, the University of Kentucky, the Mannes School of Music - Historical Performance Program (NYC) and she has studied with Marion Verbruggen, Sandra Miller, Thomas Nyfenger, and other noted teachers in Amsterdam and New York.

Performances include the Handel & Haydn Society, the Orchestra of St. Lukes', Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble, recorder soloist with the Ciompi Quartet, Gotham City Baroque Orchestra, Bach Vespers Period Ensemble, The Long Island Baroque Ensemble, The Ivory Consort, Christmas Revels, Big Apple Baroque Band, Boston Early Music Festival, and director of Ensemble BREVE. The Times reviewed her performances as 'technically precise and musically expressive'.

Recordings include a CD as flute and recorder soloist with the American Boy Choir ('American Songfest'), as well as soundtrack for the television show 'Blue's Clues'.

Ms. Booth teaches in New York City, Greenwich, CT, directs the Princeton Recorder Academy, and has taught and played each summer at the Amherst Early Music Festival and numerous other summer festivals such as Pinewoods Early Music Week.

Conducting experience includes The Recorder Orchestra of New York (RONY) from 2004 to 2008.

 

Eric Brenner
Singer

Soprano/countertenor Eric S. Brenner's current projects include Beast in Hannah Lash's Blood Rose, with New York City Opera's VOX program; D.A.V.E. in Kamala Sankaram's The Whole Truth; Arbate in Mozart's Mitridate with Little Opera Theatre of NY; Handel's Messiah with the Cathedral of St. John's in Albuquerque (SOPRANO!) and St. Thomas Church, NY (alto); and NYC-area performances (& new CD, EURYDICE) with Toby Twining Music.

www.ericsbrenner.com

 

Burke Brown
Projection Designer

Recent Projection designs: The Encounter (Diverse City Co.); The Shot (Bone Orchard); Giasone (Yale Baroque Opera). Recent dance lighting designs include: Compañia Nacional de Danza ( Mexico ) and the international tour of Aszure Barton's Blue Soup. Mr. Brown's recent NYC work includes work with the Ohio Theater, Apollo Theater, Joyce Soho, Three-Legged Dog, Here Arts Center , Ensemble Studio Theatre, 52nd Street Project, Public Theater, La Mama ETC, Under The Radar Festival, Summer Play Festival, Ars Nova, Joe's Pub, Playwright's Realm, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center . His international work includes productions at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin , the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow , the Seoul Performing Arts Festival in South Korea , and Opera Erratica in Toronto . Mr. Brown is a member of the Wingspace Design Collective and holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

www.wingspace.com/burke

 

Alison Cheeseman
Singer

Mezzo-soprano Alison Taylor Cheeseman has sung in opera, theater, orchestral and dance performances in New York City and points north, with organizations including Pocket Opera of New York, Amato Opera, Amore Opera, dell'Arte Opera, Yard Arts! Opera, Bronx Opera, Human Company, the New York State Early Music Association, and the Christopher Caines Dance Company. Favorite roles include Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, alto soloist in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and the Voice of Orpheus in Human Company's Orpheus and Eurydice.

mezzo.birdhive.com

 

Ann Chiaverini
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Ann Chiaverini, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, joined Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre in 2006. She has performed with the company in NYC, as well as on tours throughout the Northeast U.S. and in Poland and Russia, where she also taught festival master classes. She has also performed with Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dance Company, Nancy Meehan Dance Company, and choreographers Stephan Koplowitz and Larry Keigwin in NYC, as well as Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, MI. Ann has taught ballet, modern dance, and artsin-education programs for several organizations including American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Tech, and guest instruction/ choreography at Oakland University (MI). Ann holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The Joffrey Ballet School/New School University.

 

Christian Collier
Actor

Christian is 13 years old and has just graduated middle school. He is a well rounded teenager whose passion is acting and singing and has participated in all of his middle school's productions. He has starred in I Remember Mama, Pop Music Through the Century (an original musical), Pippin, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Switching Principles and Bye Bye Birdie. Aside from acting and singing, Christian participates in many sports such as jujutsu, tennis, sailing and swimming.

 

Michael Conwill
Singer

Michael Conwill, a native of Tupelo, MS, has appeared as Silas Barnaby in Babes in Toyland with The Little Orchestra Society of Lincoln Center, in Meredith Monk's Songs of Ascension both at The Guggenheim and BAM, sung in the pit for Mark Morris's L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato at BAM, and played the role of Sy in Southern Gentlemen and Other Myths, which won an Off-Off Broadway Review award. Michael sings with The Stonewall Chorale and is currently a soloist at St. John's in the Village.

 

Joshua Copeland
Singer

Joshua Copeland, baritone, completed his Masters degree in voice at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music and his Artist Diploma at Yale Opera. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Joshua received a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Joshua is quickly developing as a specialist of Baroque music, particularly the works of Bach and Handel. In June 2006 he was awarded second prize in the American Bach Soloists International Young Artists Competition, first prize in the 2008 American Bach Society biennial Young Artist Competition at the Bethlehem Bach Festival, and spent the summer of 2008 as an Adams Masterclass Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival. As a resident Britten/Pears Young Artist at the Aldeburgh Festival in both 2009 and 2010, Joshua has appeared in performances of Bach's St Matthew Passion and Handel's Saul.

An avid recitalist, Joshua gave his debut performance of Schubert's monumental song cycle Winterreise in Yale's Morse Recital Hall with pianist Ted Taylor. He has also taken part in a recital of Charles Ives songs at New York's famed Weill Recital Hall, as well as recitals of English song and Wolf and Strauss Lieder as a Britten/Pears Young Artist. In the realm of opera he has appeared as Die Fledermaus as Falke, as Ramiro in Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole, and has performed with the Orchestra Sinfonico Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, reprising Falke in Fledermaus and Bill in Kiss me Kate.

Performances from recent seasons include the Mass in B Minor and the St John Passion with the American Bach Soloists; Bach Cantata 82 Ich habe genug with Seraphic Fire; Bach Magnificat and Christmas cantatas with Helmuth Rilling; a commercially-released recording of the Bach St John Passion conducted by Simon Carrington; Messiah at Carnegie Hall with the Masterwork Chorus; Mozart Vespers with Sir Neville Marriner; Vaughan Williams'Dona Nobis Pacem at the ACDA National Convention; Five Mystical Songs with the Mount Holyoke Orchestra; Handel La Resurrezione; Mozart and Faure Requiems; Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije; Barber Dover Beach; Mendelssohn Elijah; and the Brahms Requiem. The upcoming season features performances of Christmas cantatas with the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Bach and Telemann cantatas with the American Bach Soloists, and the St John Passion with Chatham Baroque.

 

Sarah Davol
Orchestra

Sarah Davol, serves as principal oboe of Big Apple Baroque and Grand Tour Orchestra in NYC; Vox Ama Deus Orchestra in Philadelphia; La Follia in Austin, the Connecticut Early Music Festival Orchestra; and is a founding member of American Classical Orchestra. Ms. Davol has been featured as soloist with Amor Artis, Concert Royal, Vox Ama Deus (Philadelphia) Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, toured South America as soloist with Bachanalia, and her recording of Sunbin Kim's Aphorisms for solo oboe won a national ASCAP award. Tulpe, an Englewinds CD with works by Dawn Avery and Ms. Davol, was listed for Grammy Nomination. She has made multiple recordings on BMG, Centaur, Dorian, Harmonia Mundi, Helicon, Loft, Lyrachord, Music Masters, Newport Classics, Okenti, Smithsonian, Teldec, Titanic and Vox. She is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and William Paterson University.

 

Jonah Dill-D'Ascoli
Actor

Jonah started his love of classic and classical theatre while finishing up his masters in Classical Acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He soon became intrigued with the idea that in every theatrical era there was room to play within the language that was written. Combining his love of clowning, classical theatre, and improvisation has given him a unique spin on how to approach Baroque Opera, and pre-modern theatre in general. Shooting the silent film for The Plaint within the Fairy Queen was a singularly interesting oppurtunity to put those skills to the test.

 

John Eirich
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

John Eirich is from Miami, FL and has a B.F.A. in dance from the New World School of the Arts. John has spent the past few years as a member of Taylor 2 (Paul Taylor Dance Company) and also dances with Take Dance. He's previously worked with the Amy Marshall Dance Company, New England Dance Theatre, and Miami Contemporary Dance Company among others. John joined Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre in 2010.

 

Patrick Fennig
Singer

Patrick Fennig, countertenor, made his solo debut in 2009 with the American Classical Orchestra in a period performance of Handel's Messiah. This April, he rejoined the American Classical Orchestra as a soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Recently making his New York City stage debut, Patrick sang a role composed for him in I Fioretti in Musica, a neo-Renaissance madrigal opera, which premiered at LaMaMa Experimental Theatre Club.

Patrick holds a degree in Religion with a Concentration in Music from Northwestern University, where he studied and coached with Ellen Hargis, Mary Springfels and Grant Herreid. He currently lives in New York City, where he sings with the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, and studies with Jacqueline Horner- Kwiatek.

www.patrickfennig.com

 

Seth Fragomen
Film director

Seth Fragomen is a NY based experimental filmmaker/poet. He primarily works with 16mm film and his pieces have been at shown at the Maysles Center, Binghamton University Film Festival, Tama Art University in Tokyo, BRIC galley, New Vision Cinema Series, CAA Art Show, and The New School. He studied filmmaking at San Francisco Art Institute and received his MFA from Bard College.

For a project like this, a short silent period piece, 16 mm film's graininess and classic cinematic nature seemed to match the feel of the opera best.

 

David Fulmer
Orchestra

Composer, violinist, and conductor David Fulmer is the winner of the 14th International Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers; the first American ever to receive the award. He is also a winner of an ASCAP Morton Gould Composers Award, BMI Composer Award, and a Charles Ives Award (Scholarship) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other honors and awards include a special citation from the Minister of Education of Brazil, the Hannah Komanoff Scholarship in Composition and the 2005 Dorothy Hill Klotzman Grant from Juilliard, and the coveted 2004 George Whitefield Chadwick Gold Medal from the New England Conservatory. This season Fulmer made his European debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing and recording his Violin Concerto under the direction of Matthias Pintscher. Following rave reviews of the premiere of the concerto, Fulmer was immediately engaged to perform the work with major orchestras and festivals throughout Europe, North America, Scandinavia, and Australia. Upcoming performances of his music will be featured at the Grieg Festival in Oslo, the Mozarteum Summer Festival in Salzburg, Heidelberger Frühling Internationales Musikfestival, Tanglewood, and numerous others. He is completing his studies as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard, where he studied with Milton Babbitt.

 

Emily Gayeski
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Emily Gayeski received her B.F.A. from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed it Moderato and The Hard Nut with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 2002-07. Emily was also a member of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company from 1998- 2004 and Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends since 1994. She currently performs with Lady Rizo and the Assettes and is certified in both Pilates and Kinesis Myofascial Integration. Emily joined Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre in 2010.

 

Jonathon Hampton
Singer

Jonathon Hampton performs as an alto, tenor and bass in sacred and secular music. A native of Chicago and graduate of Cornell University, he now performs across the tri-state area, regularly at St. Mary the Virgin, St. Thomas Fifth Ave, and St. John the Divine. His upcoming performances include recitals of African-American spirituals, a European tour as soloist with the Grammy Award-winning Pacific Boychoir, and choral concerts with Early Music New York.

www.JonathonHampton.com

 

Alistair MacRae
Orchestra

Cellist Alistair MacRae has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. His playing has been praised for its 'rich sound and lyrical phrasing' (Palm Beach Daily News) and his performances have been featured in radio broadcasts across the United States on WWFM The Classical Network and WQXR. Mr. MacRae made his Carnegie Hall (NY) solo recital debut at Weill Hall in 2001.

Mr. MacRae is the cellist and Artistic Director of Fountain Ensemble (NY), one of its generations most accomplished and versatile chamber music groups. As a New York-based chamber musician, he has also appeared on Carnegie Hall's Making Music Series, as a member of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble (MA), with the Manhattan Sinfonietta, Suedama Ensemble (NY), and counter)induction (NY), and at summer festivals such as Monadnock Music (NH) and the Music Festival of the Hamptons (NY). He has been heard at major New York chamber music venues such as Carnegie's Zankel and Weill Halls, BargeMusic, Merkin Hall, the 92nd St Y, and Miller Theatre at Columbia University. His recent seasons have included premiere performances of new works at Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and Harvard Universities; recordings of chamber music by Telemann and Laurie Altman; music for The Discovery Channel; and ensemble CDs of music by Mozart and George M. Cohan. His eclectic collaborations have found him on stage with tap dancer Savion Glover, jazz bassist Ben Wolfe, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and the rock band The Scorpions.

Mr. MacRae teaches cello at Princeton University, is on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center, and also maintains a private studio in New Jersey. He has given master classes and lecture-performances at Marshall University, the University of Utah, Palm Beach Community College (FL), and Kings College (PA).

www.alistairmacrae.net

 

Kenneth Mattice
Singer

Award-winning baritone Kenneth Mattice (Coridon/Phoebus) has recently been called "outstanding" by the Chicago Tribune and "charismatic and robust- toned" by the San Francisco Chronicle. A Wisconsin native, Mr. Mattice's engagements in 2010/11 have included Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for the Macau International Music Festival, Petruccio in La Bisbetica Domata for Bergamo's Festival Internazionale della Cultura, Cascada in The Merry Widow with Opera Tampa, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte for Opera Providence, and Procolo in Donizetti's Viva la Mamma at Opera Saratoga. He has also performed with Baltimore Opera, Opera San José, Chicago Opera Theater, Shreveport Opera, Opera Idaho, Chautauqua Opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Newton Symphony, and the Ravinia Festival.

www.kennethmattice.com

 

Kala Maxym
Singer

German-born Kala Maxym recently made the switch from mezzo to soprano. As a mezzo her roles included Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Nancy in Albert Herring, Queen Nefertiti in Akhnaten, Flora in La traviata, and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, among others. She holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University and an MMus from The Boston Conservatory. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Opera Insider (www.theoperainsider.com).

www.kalamaxym.com

 

Eden Mazer
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Eden Mazer was born in Gloucester, MA, and studied dance with Ina Hahn, Mimi Ferrell and at St. Paul's School and Barnard College. She has performed with Jonathon Appels, Sue Hogan, Stephanie Lazzara, Spela Sterle, bopi's black sheep/dances by Kraig Patterson, and Gina Gibney Dance. Eden's own choreography has been shown at St. Mark's Church, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, and Cleveland State University. Eden joined Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre in 2003 as a founding member.

 

Thomas McCargar
Singer

Thomas McCargar (baritone) launched his singing career with the Grammy Award- winning men's vocal ensemble Chanticleer, extensively touring the United States, Europe and Japan .  He now lives in New York City , where he is a member of the acclaimed Trinity Wall Street Church Choir, and the Grammy Award-nominated early ensemble Pomerium.  Other engagements include Big Apple Baroque, Musica Sacra, Early Music New York , VOX Vocal Ensemble, New York Virtuoso Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, St. Thomas Church Choir, and Seraphic Fire, Miami's professional chamber choir.

 

Galway McCullough
Actor

Galway McCullough works as an actor and fight director. His most publicized role on the NYC stage was in Caligula with Andre de Shields at the Classical Theatre of Harlem. In 2010 Galway was decapitated at the end of a sword fight in The Crimson Mask which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and worked HBO's Boardwalk Empire and ABC's Primetime: What Would You Do?. Galway is a partner at Combat Inc.

www.combatinc.com

 

Alex Nguyen
Actor and musician

Trumpeter/composer Alex Nguyen moved to New York in 2007, first gaining recognition in the city with appearances at Iridium with the Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, a 9-piece band he founded with fellow college alumni. In 2008, Nguyen's composition The First Year was featured on NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron's The Traveler. The following year, the JCO released its debut album to positive reviews. Playing to audiences throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, Nguyen has appeared alongside artists such as Curtis Fuller, Vincent Herring, Fred Wesley, and Nicholas Payton. He counts among his honors a first-place finish at the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition, the Jamey Aebersold Award for Artistry at the National Trumpet Competition, and residencies at Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival.

alexnguyenmusic.com

 

Elisa Osborne
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Elisa Osborne is from Venezuela and has danced with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Connecticut Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Lexington Ballet, Ian Spencer Bell Dance Circle, Rastro Dance, and Patricia Hoffbauer. Elisa attended La Escuela de Ballet Teresa Carreno in Caracas, Venezuela prior to training at the North Carolina School of the Arts where she received her High School Diploma and B.F.A. She currently teaches Pilates and Ballet for Adults. Elisa joined Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre in 2003 as a founding member.

 

Katherine Paladino
Actor

Katherine is very excited to be a part of the Fairy Queen. Having graduated recently with a BFA in Musical Theatre this is exactly where she wants to be. Helena has always been a dream role and to get the opportunity to preform it with my friends is a blessing. Katherine has been seen in many regional theaters around the country, some of her favorite roles include Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Natalie in All Shook Up, Frenchy in Grease, and Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde.

 

Stephen Petrilli
Lighting Designer

Stephen Petrilli has designed several shows for Dell Arte Opera Ensemble, The Pearl Theatre Company, National Asian American Theatre Company, The Mint Theatre Company and The Melting Pot Theatre Company. In the dance world he has designed for Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Noche Flamenca, Shapiro & Smith Dance and Ailey II. Musical performances Stephen has designed include several marathons for Bang on a Can and a few evenings for the New York Guitar Festival. Regional theatre credits include work for Penguin Rep, The Village Theatre in Seattle, State Theatre Company in Austin, and The Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Stephen also spent five years touring as the Lighting/Sound Supervisor for Pilobolus. He has a seven year old son, Liam, and they have a really great cat, Chynno.

 

Michael Pine
Actor

Michael Pine is thrilled to have been afforded the opportunity to take part in this production. Most recently, Michael performed in Ignorance is Bris, a finalist in The 6th Annual LIC One Act Play Festival. Other NYC & regional credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Ernest), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Ichabod), & Forever Plaid (Smudge). As always, Michael would like to thank his family for their unyielding support.

 

Allison Pohl
Singer

Allison Pohl made her debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at Boston Lyric Opera. This summer she will sing her first Susanna in the same opera with Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. Allison has appeared with Opera on the James, Opera Saratoga, Opera New Jersey, Virginia Opera, and many more. Favorite roles include Frasquita in Carmen, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Adina in L'elisir d'amore. Allison received her MM from Boston University and her BM from SUNY Purchase.

www.allisonpohl.com

 

Jessica Powell
Orchestra

Jessica Powell performs on double bass, violone and viola da gamba, freelancing with groups including the National Philharmonic, Washington Bach Consort, National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, and Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, where she appeared as the viola da gamba soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion in April 2011. Jessica recently completed her DMA at SUNY-Stony Brook, and is a graduate of Cincinnati College-Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music.

 

Jason Priset
Orchestra

Jason Priset began studying the guitar at the age of 13 mostly playing rock and blues styles. He was also involved with the Symphonic Band and Concert Choir at Lancaster High School winning the highest award at state level competitions. Eventually Mr. Priset became interested in the classical guitar and was accepted into the music program at the State University of New York at Fredonia under the direction of James Piorkowski. During his tenure at Fredonia (1999-2004) Mr. Priset served on the Fredonia Classical Guitar Society, once serving as president, and played and toured for two years in the Fredonia Guitar Quartet, the premiere guitar ensemble at the time. Mr. Priset also won second prize in Fredonia' s First Annual Guitar Competition.

Mr. Priset was accepted into the graduate program at Stony Brook University and continues to study with Jerry Willard. At Stony Brook Mr. Priset had completed the Masters program will graduate from Doctoral program this May.

During his time Mr. Priset was on scholarship and was the teaching assistant for Prof. Willard teaching the undergraduate guitar students and occasionally the class MU266. Mr. Priset also spent some time working closely with the jazz trombonist Ray Anderson in SBU Blowage (the Stony Brook big band) and performed with Prof. Anderson in jazz combos.

For the past five years Mr. Priset has also been performing regularly on the theorbo, a lute used in the 17th and 18th centuries. He currently studies early guitars and theorbo with Pat O' Brien in NYC. Mr. Priset has played theorbo and baroque guitar for the Stony Brook Baroque Players (the resident baroque ensemble led by the harpsichordist Arthur Haas) and served as Prof. Haas teaching assistant for a year at Stony Brook. The Baroque Players perform around the New York City and Long Island region. In 2007 the group was invited by Early Music America to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival as part of a scholarship prize.

Outside of school Mr. Priset has been an active performer in and around New York City area on a variety of instruments including modern and early guitars, and the theorbo. He has participated and played for the New York Continuo Collective and Big Apple Baroque.

Mr. Priset has also been an active participant and member of some of the few early music festivals in the United States. Mr. Priset has, and continues, to work closely with the festival director Phil Rukavina as his assistant for the Lute Society of America (LSA).

He has participated at the International Baroque Institute at Longy (IBIL) and worked on staff for the Amherst Early Music (AEM) festivals over the past few years. These festivals always offer numerous performance opportunities for Mr. Priset to perform, including with the Baroque Academy Faculty and a full baroque opera at the Amherst festival.

 

Nancy Ranger
Orchestra

Nancy Ranger, Oboe, has accompanied such diverse musicians as Jean-Luc Ponte, Roberta Flack and reggae artist Freddy McGregor. Ms. Ranger has been heard on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserable, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma and Jekyll & Hyde. She toured Japan with the Gershwin Centennial Tour of Porgy & Bess. In the New York area, Ms. Ranger has performed with the American Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Greenwich Symphony, the Stonewall Chorale and the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. This summer will be her 6th season with the Utah Festival Opera Company.

 

Ben Rezendes
Film Actor and Stunt Choreographer

'When arranging a theatrical fight, there are three major elements I focus on. The first and most important for me is to start with the script. It is paramount that you know the story you are trying to tell. Who are the characters? What is their relationship? Are they trained fighters? Questions like these have to be asked because they are at the core of what the fight should become. A fight should serve the play, not the other way around.

The next factor is the actors. A fight needs to be safe and if you overcomplicate a fight when working with inexperienced actors, you are putting not only their safety on the line but also the believability of the fight. In contrast, you want to use everything they have. If they can pull off a perfect backflip, assuming that works in the type of fight, why not use it? You can't limit your choreography to your own physical limits but rather you have to work around the physical attributes of your actors. They are the clay. They determine what you can create and ultimately, they are the ones performing it. Listen to them. They know their bodies and if something feels wrong to them you have to listen.

The Third major focal point is the audience. Thats who we do all this hard work for and we want to make sure that they understand the story we are tying to tell. The audience's physical perspective is important because it determines how you mask things such as punches and kicks. They also determine the rhythm of a fight. Space has to be built into the fight to allow the actors to act. Go too fast and you loose the human connection the audience has to the characters; it becomes a flurry of movement and no matter how impressive, they won't follow the story. If you go too slow however, the audience gets ahead of the fight and gets bored. When working on a fight, I try to periodically step back and view the work as if I was untrained. It forces me to kill my babies sometimes but it almost always makes the fight better. If something doesn't work, no matter how cool it is, it has to be changed or cut. Every move that makes it to the stage has to in someway grab the attention of the audience. On that note, less is more. Shorter, simpler fights often do the trick better than long, complicated fights. Leave the audience wanting more.'

 

Andrew Rowat
Photographer

Today Andrew can count the world's leading publications as clients, and he splits his time between New York City and Shanghai. His portraits have appeared in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, his travel work regularly appears in Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, and his architecture and lifestyle work finds its way into the pages of Wallpaper, Monocle, and Dwell. His profile features have appeared in Esquire, and GQ.His Shanghainese is nothing to write home about but his Mandarin can certainly get him into trouble, and occasionally out of it. And his French always gets him into trouble.

Re Fairy Queen: "Had I known that the 1690s basically consisted of dressing up in outrageous costumes, or simply in drag, I would have become a scholar of the era much sooner."

 

Melanie Russell
Singer

Ms. Russell has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival Choir, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Etherea Vocal Ensemble, Yale Schola Cantorum, and Yale Voxtet. Solo engagements in opera, musical theater, and concert repertoire have taken her from New Orleans to Carnegie Hall, Moscow, and London.

www.melanierussellsoprano.com

 

Satoshi Takao
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Satoshi Takao is from Japan, where he studied ballet, jazz and hip hop at the Osaka School of Music. He has performed choreography by Kanji Segawa, Ichinohe Saeko, Jeff Moen, and Darcy Nagannuma, and joined Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre in 2008.

 

Dušan Týnek
Choreographer and Dancer, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Hailed by the New York Times as one of New York's most promising young choreographers, Dušan Týnek is known for his striking blend of theatricality, musicality, and humanism in formally structured contemporary dance. His fascination with classical music, theatre, art, natural sciences, literature, history and, of course, dance has led him to explore the intricacies and glories of Baroque music several times in his previous choreographic efforts. His involvement with Fairy Queen seems to be a natural course of his unabashedly daring affinity to take on new challenges. This Czech- born choreographer is thrilled to try to make sense and navigate through the fascinating and phantasmagorical world of Purcell's opera. Not very often does a modern dance choreographer have the chance to make a dance for a bevy of swans and a troop of monkeys.

Týnek owes much of his training and inspiration to Judson Church luminary Aileen Passloff as well as Merce Cunningham who personally tutored him for several years while Týnek served as an understudy for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Since founding his own eight-member company - Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre - in 2002, Týnek has created over fifteen major dances and held six critically-acclaimed (and some sold- out) seasons in NYC at The Kitchen, Joyce SoHo, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Brooklyn Lyceum and Dance Theater Workshop (which the New York Times named one of NYC's top 5 dance performances of 2006).

www.dusantynek.org

 

Steven Ungar
Actor

Recent work: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Master Ford), The Taming of the Shrew (twice, Gremio & Vincentio), Romeo and Juliet (Lord Capulet), The Three Sisters (Ferapont), Treasure Island (Ben Gunn), Arabian Nights (Abu Hassan), The Three Musketeers (La Chesnaye), The Dentist, The Man Who Came to Dinner (Mr. Stanley), Trader Jack (Jack Smith), Alcestis (Chorus). Training: American Academy of Dramatic Art, John Basil (classical theater), David Wells (voice).

 

Steven Viola
Actor

This past May, Steven Viola was seen as Polonius in Hamlet at the Theatre on 45th St. Past credits include Iago in a Village Voice-acclaimed production of Othello; Henry IV, Canterbury and the French King in Henry IV & Henry V; and Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet and Chebutykin in The Three Sisters in Prospect Park.

 

Nicholas Wagner
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Nicholas Wagner is from Baltimore, MD where he studied dance and theatre from the age of 4. He received his B.F.A. in Dance from The University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign in 2009, where he performed works by Merce Cunningham and Bill T. Jones alongside many faculty members and alumni. In 2009 he was the recipient of University's Carey Erickson Beverly Blossom Alumni Award and was asked to return to perform his senior solo. Since moving to NYC in 2009 he has worked with Yung-Li Dance, and i-danse. Nicholas joined Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre in 2010.

 

Steve Wilson
Singer

Praised by the New York Times as "a powerful, polished and moving Evangelist" for his April 2011 performance in C.P.E. Bach's Matthew Passion at the church of St. Luke in the Fields NYC, tenor Steven Caldicott Wilson is a frequent interpreter of early music as both a soloist and small ensemble member. Steven made his Carnegie Hall debut in December 2010 in Handel's Messiah with Andrew Megill and The Masterwork Chorus; he will sing Messiah solos at St. Thomas Church NYC in December 2011. From 2001-2005 he was an enlisted member of the United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants. Mr. Wilson is a graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music and the Yale University Voice Masters program in early music.

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