The Opera Gala Guests of Honor
Jamie Barton, Mezzo-Soprano
Mezzo-Soprano, Jamie Barton was born in Rome, Georgia. She won the 2015 Richard Tucker Award and the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (first prize and Song Prize), and was a winner at the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She trained at Shorter College and Indiana University and went on to become a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, a Tanglewood Vocal Fellow and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She has sung leading roles for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, LA Opera, Washington National Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Frankfurt Opera and Teatro Real, Madrid. Her repertory includes Adalgisa (Norma), Léonor (La Favorite), Azucena (Il trovatore), Eboli (Don Carlo), Fricka (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Second Norn and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Sara, Duchess of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux) and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde).
Barton has appeared in concert with orchestras including New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, in repertory including Verdi’s Requiem, Elgar's Sea Pictures and Mahler’s Third Symphony. She regularly appears in recital at leading US venues including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and in 2016 made her Wigmore Hall debut. She made her BBC Proms debut in 2015 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment singing Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody. She is again singing at the Proms in September 2019.
Andrea Carè, Tenor
Italian tenor Andrea Carè is a representative of the School of Raina Kabaivanska who was introduced by the legendary soprano in person and he was also among the last students who had the privilege to study with Luciano Pavarotti. He was also the winner of the Spoleto International Opera Competition in 2005. Since his debut, he has appeared with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Grand Théatre de Genève, Royal Swedish Opera, Bolshoi Theater, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Regio in Turin, Opéra National du Rhin, Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Palau de Les Arts in Valencia and Savonlinna Opera Festival. Conductors he has worked with include Daniele Callegari, Paolo Arrivabeni, Bruno Bartoletti, Riccardo Chailly, Gianandrea Noseda, Evelino Pidò, Domingo Hindoyan, Piergiorgio Morandi, Daniel Oren and Pinchas Steinberg, among others. His operatic roles engagements include the title roles of Don Carlo, Stiffelio, Samson and Sigurd and other prominent roles including Gustavo (Un ballo in maschera), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Enzo Grimaldo (La Gioconda), Pollione Norma, Giasone (Medea), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), and Ctirad (Šárka). His signature roles include Don Jose (Carmen), which he performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and most notably at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Previous Guests of Honor include: Kathryn Lewek, Karan Armstrong, Hildegard Behrens, Francisco Casanova, Vladimir Chernov, Diana Damrau, Ghena Dimitrova, Plácido Domingo, Alexander T. Ercklentz, Simon Estes, Barbara Frittoli, Denyse Graves, Kirsten Harms, Ben Heppner, Kristan Johannsson, Dr. Bernd von Maltzan, Eva Marton, Maestro Kurt Masur, Angela Meade, Sherrill Milnes, Catherine Naglestad, Danielle De Niese, Rene Pape, Luciano Pavarotti, Susanna Phillips, Hermann Prey, Samuel Ramey, Maestro Julius Rudel, Matti Salminen, Bryn Terfel, Maestro Christian Thielemann, Joseph Volpe, Bernd Weiki, Robert Wilson, Gösta Winberg.
The Opera Gala Musical Guests
John Paul Huckle, Bass Baritone
John Paul Huckle was born in Pittsburgh, PA. and studied at the Boston University Opera Institute and at the Indiana University under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Harrison, Mr. Timothy Noble, and legendary bass Mr. Giorgio Tozzi. His professional debut was in 2007 as Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Cleveland Opera. After further studies, he moved to Europe and in 2010 became a member of the Young Ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he performed roles such as Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer) and Second Armoured Guard (Die Zauberflöte). During his time in Berlin, he also made his debut in Italy at the Teatro Regio di Torino in smaller roles in Boris Godunov, Madama Butterfly and Parsifal – as the first place winner of the NYC Opera Foundation's Amber Capital Scholarship.
In 2011, John Paul Huckle joined the ensemble of the Teatro Carlo FeliceGenova, and made his debut as Simone in Gianni Schicchi alongside Rolando Panerei. His roles encompassed Timur in Turandot, Colline in La Bohème, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, Dansker in Billy Budd and Zuniga in Carmen. During his tenure in Genua he made guest appearances as Monterone in Rigoletto at the Teatro Verdi Pisa as well as Colline, Sparafucile, Lodovico (Otello), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Zuniga all with the French Festival Lyrique-en-Mer. In 2014, he was engaged at the Royal Opera House in London where he covered Giorgio Talbot in Maria Stuarda. He returned to Covent Garden in 2016 as the cover of Ensemble 5 in Shostakovich’s The Nose and in 2017 as cover for Il signor di Béthune in Les vêpres siciliennes. Further career highlights were Sparafucile at the Teatro Antonio Belloni Barlassina, Roderick Usher in the world premiere of Federico Favali’s Il crollo di casa Usher at the Teatro del Giglio di Lucca and Marquis D’Obigny in La Traviata at the Teatro Regio di Torino. In 2015, John Paul Huckle joined the ensemble of Poland’s Opera Wroclawska for one season and made his debut as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin. Further appearances in Wroclaw were as Colline, Sparafucile, Banco in Macbeth and Zio Bonzo in Madama Butterfly, a role he also performed at the Teatro del Giglio, the Teatro Goldoni di Livornoand the Teatro Sociale di Rovigo.
Since 2016, John Paul Huckle is a free-lance artist, and in that year made his debuts at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli in the roles of Cirillo and Boroff in Fedora as well as the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Commissario imperiale in Madama Butterfly. He then sang his first Rocco in Fidelio at the Longborough Opera Festival in England and returned to the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli as Pfleger in Elektra and Ashby in La fanciulla del west. He continued to perform Leone and cover the title role in Verdi’s Attila at the Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena. In 2018 he sang Angelotti in Tosca at the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer and covered the title role in Attila as well as Banco at the Teatro Regio di Parma. In 2019, John Paul Huckle sang Angelotti, Zio Bonzo and Dottore Grenvil, all at the Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Sparafucile in Rigoletto at the Noli Musica Festival in Italy as well as King Marke in Tristan und Isolde with the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava under the auspices of the EMANCJE International Music Festival in Poland. In 2020, he has been engaged as Quinault in Adriana Lecouvreur and Samuel in Un ballo in maschera at the Teatro Carlo Felice Genova.
Joshua Sanders, Tenor
Joshua Sanders made his international operatic debut at Teatro Regio Torino as the winner of the Opera Foundation’s Amber Capital Scholarship, where he was contracted as an artist in residence for the 2017/18 season. While at Teatro Regio he sang roles in Tristan und Isolde, Turandot, Salome, Montiverdi's L'Orfeo, Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata, and Le nozze di Figaro. During his engagement in Europe he also made his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. Mr. Sanders returned to the United States in August of 2018 to make his debut at the Berkshire Opera Festival as Matteo Borsa in their production of Rigoletto. His 2018/19 season began with a recital of Ukrainian and American music at Opera America and included a recital and cabaret tour in Boston, as well as a concert performance of Frank Martin's Le vin Herbé, co-presented by Wolf Trap Opera and Washington Concert Opera. Other highlights from his 2018/19 season include his role and company debut with Heartbeat Opera as Don Ottavio in their production of Don Giovanni at the Chamber Music Northwest Festival, and his debut at Carnegie Hall with the MSM Philharmonic for their Centennial Gala Concert.
In the summer of 2017 Mr. Sanders completed a residency as a Bel Canto Young Artist at the Carmoor Festival, where he sang the role of Il conte in Manuel Garcia's Un avvertimento ai gelosi and covered the role of Gualtiero in Bellini's Il pirata. An alumnus of the Studio Artist Program at Wolf Trap Opera (2014/15), he returned there in 2017 for the premiere of Listen, Wilhelmina! a new children's opera by David Hanlon and Kathy Kelly. In 2015 he made his principal debut with Madison Opera as Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd. As a concert artist Mr. Sanders made his debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 2016 as the Imaginary Voice in Berlioz's Lélio. He has also been seen as a featured performer in Lee Mingwei's Sonic Blossom exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and as the tenor soloist in Bach's Magnificat with the Westchester Oratorio Society. Other concert credits include: tenor soloist in Bach's St. John Passion, Handel's Messiah, Vaughan William's Pilgrims Journey and Serenade to Music.
The Opera Gala
The 34th Opera Gala was held in The University Club on Tuesday, the 5th of November, 2019. This annual fund-raising event owes its success to a number of generous individuals and corporate sponsors.
The Opera Gala has been a meeting place for Opera lovers for many years. It has also been used by many corporations and individuals as an ideal venue for client entertainment.
The black-tie event features live music, performances by recipients of scholarships and a formal dinner followed by a dance.
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