HARWOOD MANAGEMENT GROUP INC.
ARTIST NEWSLETTER
August- October 2019

Maestro Giulherme Almeida was recently Muis Director for Shakespeare in the Love with  Shakespeare Dallas..

We welcome mezzo-soprano ALISSA ANDRASKI to our roster.  She was a semi-finalist in the Rochester Oratorio Competition.

Conductor RAFFI ARMENIAN lives in Montreal Canada. He is working on several new recording projects.  He led performances of Cunning Little Vixen at Opera Laurier in Canada.
                                                                                                           
Director JOE BANNO . His feature film Sleeping and Waking is now on Netflix as a streaming video. 

We welcome tenor PEDRO BARBOSA to our roster.  On May 23 he performed with Considering Matthew Shepard Vocal Arts Ensemble as part of the May Festival in Cinncinati.   Pedro sang Gala concerts with Winter Opera of St. Louis on June 26 and August 28.. He performed Alfred in Die Fledermaus with the opera company at Martha's Vinyard this Summer July 31 through August 4.  This Summer he also performed a concert of Broadway and Opera at the concert series at Sackets Harbor in Upstate NY  on August 25th.

Tenor MATTEO BENVENUTI  performed Dancaire in Bizet's Carmen at Teatro G. Verdi in Montecatini It. He also performed Goro in Puccini's Madama Butterfly at Teatro Politeama in Pratese It.

We welcome bass-baritone DAVID MATHEW BISSON to our roster.  He performs with Berkshire Opera in their production of Pasquale in August.

Director ANDREW BLOCK see HR Artists Management.  He also directed Candide for the Opus 1 Singers in NJ.

Mezzo Soprano LAURA BRIOLI  performed  Amneris in Verdi's Aida with Staatsoper Hamburg . She  also performed the title role in Zanetto by Mascagni as well as Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica at Opera de Rennes.

Baritone DAVID CASTILLO performed The Story of Broadway at the Korean Cultural Center in LA on Jan 18.   He also performed in the world premier of Juan Cloner's Dulcinea XL as Merlin at the Zipper Center in LA. 

Conductor/Pianist RICHARD CARSEY was recently conducting  Phantom of the Opera and Carousel on Broadway.

Conductor GERARD CHIUSANO has founded Opus 1 Singers and they have had several concerts.  Their Fall concert Halloween Spooktacular included the debut of the Opus 1 Orchestra. Gerard continued as Chorus Master with Oorchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in NJ with Puccini's LaBoheme..

Soprano ERICA COCHRAN recently performed Sleeping Beauty at the Storybook Musical Theatre in PA.  She performed Messiah at 1st Baptist Church in Opelika Alabama.

Tenor BRETT COLBY performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea and Candide with Opus 1 Singers in NJ.

Conductor HERB DIMMOCK is Music Direcotr of the Herb Dimmock Singers as well as the prestigious Bach in Baltimore Series in Baltimore.

Bass-Baritone CARL DUPONT is Assistant Professor of Voice at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He performed a program Black Lives in the Operas of Anthony Davis at UC San Diego.  It has also been performed at U. of Miami, U. of Mayrland, and U. of N. Carolina.  He has been appointer Assistant Professor of Voice at Peabody Conservatory of Music. On June 26 he performed a program "The Reaction" Spirituals, Gospel, and Art Songs by Black Composers at Festival Baltimore..  On Huly 11 he performs his "Blackness in Opera Workshop" at Sapienza Universita di Roma and repeats the program on July 21 at Salzburger Kammermusik Konzerte.  On October 23 he repeats "The Reaction" with pianist Dr. Greg Thompson at Portland University in Oregon.
 
We welcome soprano ISABEL DUPRE to our roster. She begins the Fall season with a recital at the Lincoln Center Library on October 12 followed by an audition trip to Europe.

Maestro HENCO ESPAG is Music Director of the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band as well as Music Director of Judson Memorial Baptist Church in NYC.

We welcome Israeli Countertenor DAVID FELDMAN to our roster.  On March 31he performed C.D. Cossoni's Verper at Novantique in Bern Switzerland.  On April 7 he performed J.S. Bach'sPassion with Bachkoor Brabant at Barkokorfet Florilegium Musuicum in the Netherlands.  On April 12 he perfomed J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passiom  with Ribahuta Musica at Sint janskerk in Gouda Netherlands.

Director JONATHON FIELD is director of opera at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Soprano CLAIRE GALLOWAY recently performed several concerts with Lidal North in Oslo Norway.  Following with this was Blanche in La Clemenza di Tito on July 7 also with Lidal North. On July 18 she performed Blanche in Dialoques of the Carmelites with Saltworks Opera in Cape Charles Virginia.  She then repeated the role in Savannah Georgia wirth the Savannah Vocal Festival.

Tenor ORSON VAN GAY II  made his debut with Long Beach Opera as Raymond Santana in the world premiere of Anthony Davis' The Central Park Five an opera by Anthony Davis and Richard Wesoley from June 15 to 29.  He is currently dioing outreach concerts with LA Opera. On  Saturday August 3 he performs Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore with the Pheonicia Festival of the Voice in New York State.

We welcome soprano LIANA GUBERMAN to our roster.  On June 2 she performed Haydn's Creation with the Hudson Valley Singers.  On August 10 she will sing a recital in Keene Valley NY.

Soprano SUZAN HANSON sang Lillian Disney in the American Premiere of The New Americans by Philip Glass at Long Beach Opera. She repeated these roles in the opera at Chicago Opera Theater.

HARWOOD MANAGEMENT recently produceed a Jazz Show for Woodstock Radio. They also produced a showcase and concert at the Lincoln Center Library.

Bass ERIC JOHNSON is head of the opera department at Syracuse University. 

We welcome soprano ELIZABETH KELSAY to our roster.

Pianist CRAIG KETTER is a busy soloist and accompanist in New York and  throughout the US.   He performed in The Ullmann Project Irvington NY Presbyterian Church. He also performed in A Concert of New Music at the National Opera Center in NYC. On May 16 he performed Preferite Puccini e Verdii at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY.

Tenor KYLE ERDOS-KNAPP  he performs Puccini's Messa Di Gloria with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival in Rochester NY. on July 28.
 
ANTHONY LAGRUTH is Music Director of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey as well as Director of The North Shore Music Festival on Long Island.. He was recently guest conductor of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra on Long Island conducting a program of Tschaikovsky, Wagner and Brahms Symphony #3. His summer schedule included concerts with the Glen Rock Pops, lmusic lectures and presentations, and Cosi fan tutte with The North Shore Festival.

We welcome JENNY LINDSEY to our roster. On July 12 she performed Liu in Puccini's Turandot at the Lincoln Center Library. She will perform in Bizet's The Pearl Fishers with Opera in Williamsburg in Virginia on September 4,6, and 8.

Conductor DANIEL LIPSCHUTZ was Artistic Director of Florida Opera Festival in Tampa Florida.

Tenor ANTHONY P. McGLAUN performed Benny Paret Champion by Terence Blanchard  in his debut at New Orleans Opera.  He performed in Summerking at Michigan Opera Theater.

Mestro MATTHIAS MANASI  was named Music Director of Nickel City Opera in Buffalo NY.  He was recently seen playing and conducting the world premier of A Bad Man's Life at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival.

We welcome pianist/conductor STEFANO MICELI to our roster.  he is a world renoned conductor and Steinway pianist.

Mezzo-soprano INBAL MILLIGER recently sang Handel's Messiah with thye Rotation Ensmble in NYC.

Baritone BRIAN MONTGOMERY  will be Frederich iin the world premier of Dear Erich by Ted Rosenthal at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC with New York City Opera.  

Conductor NIELS MUUS is Music Director of Festival Steyr in Austria.  He is also conductor for the Morphing Chamber Orchestra in Vienna.
 
Librettist JOHN OLIN is busy writing Opera Librettos and working with composers to make it all happen.

Tenor CHRISTOPHER PLAAS sang Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Knoxville Opera.  He made his debut with Salt Marsh Opera as Monastatos in Mozart's Magic Flute and returned to Salt Marsh Opera on May 19 for a Gala Event.

We welcome soprano DANA PUNDT to our roster.This Summer she performs a concert of Broadway and Opera at the concert series at Sackets Harbor in Upstate NY on August 25th.

Baritone FREDERICK REDD  is preparing the making and release of his new recording. On May 12 he ll appeared on Woodstock radio. On May 16 he performs a Puccini and Verdi Concert at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY.   On June 16 he sings as soloist in Mark Hayes Requiem with Mid-America at Carnegie Hall.  He returns to New York City Opera in the world premier of Stonewall on June 21-28. On July 28 he performed Puccini's Messa Di Gloria with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival in Rochester NY.

Bass NATHAN RESIKA made his debut at Carnegie Hall as soloist in Haydn's Mariazeller Mass and Beethoven's Mass in C with Mid-America Productions. He went to Slovenia and competed in the World Senior Chess Championship.  On Feb. 23 and 24 he performed Monterone in Verdi's Rigoletto with Hudson Opera Theatre in Monroe NY. On May 10 and 11 he performed The Grand Inquisitor ans Il Frale in Verdi's Don Carlo with Ct. Lyric Opera.

Soprano MICHELE SEXTON performed at St. Petersburg Opera Company iin Florida as Lily Vanessi/Kate in Kiss Me Kate. This August she performs Broadway Summer Spectacular with Bristol Riverside Theater in PA.

We welcome soprano MARSHA THOMPSON to our roster.  On May 16 she performed Preferite Puccini e Verdii at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY. On October 27 she performs a concert with The Edison NJ Phlharmonic Orchestra.

Conductor ERIC TOWNELL is currently Music Director of the Rochester Choral Society. Eric is also the director of RESONANZ, a Rochester based choral group.  He is Host/Producer of In the Spotlight for Cable Access TV in Western NY.  Eric is Artistic Director of The Finger Lakes Chioral Festival and this Summer he led the choir and orchestra in Puccini's Messa Di Gloria on Sunday July 29.

Director MURIEL VON VILLAS continues her private studio in Washington DC. She also directed La Comte Ory for Opera Company of Brooklyn.

Japanese-American soprano KAORI WILLIAMS has just released her first album My Home My Heart on Amazon.  She performed a trio recital at Ichigaya Hall in Tokyo and made her debut with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Bejing singing Ravel's Sheherazade with Maestra Zhang Jiemin on November 11.

Conductor DAVID WROE is Music Director of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.  Please go to the web site for concert information.  

We welcome ZIWEN XIANG to our roster.  He performed a Spring Concert with Sino US Artist Association at Flushing Town Hall  Queens. He did a radio interview on Woodstock Radio on May 12.  On May 16 he performed Preferite Puccini e Verdii at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY.  On June 21 he makes his debut with New York City Opera in Stonewall.

Director RAYMOND ZILBERBERG recently directed Into the Woods at St. Petersberg Opera in Florida.  He was assistant director for a new production of Samson and Delilah at Virginia Opera.