HARWOOD MANAGEMENT GROUP INC.
ARTIST NEWSLETTER
July - September 2021

See and hear our new video https://youtu.be/HsXO57c-uGQ Opera around the World

Maestro Giulherme Almeida
is Senior Lecturer in Music Theater at Baylor University. He was recently Music Director for Shakespeare in the Love with  Shakespeare Dallas.  He was also Composer/Music Director/Music supervisor for a new translation of Goethe's Faust at the U. of  Texas in Dallas.  He is currently working remotely at Zurich University of the Arts in a program called Creation and Scenario in Music.  He is concept and stage director for Oscillating Realities a new performance piece.

ALISSA ANDRASKI  was recently a semi-finalist in the Rochester Oratorio Competition. She  maintains a voice and piano studio in Chicago.

Conductor RAFFI ARMENIAN lives in Montreal Canada. He is working on several new recording projects.  He has recently finished a book "Guideline for the Interpretation of beethoven Symphonies".
                                                                                                           
Director JOE BANNO . His feature film Sleeping and Waking is now on Netflix as a streaming video. 

Tenorr PEDRO BARBOSA returned to Winter Opera in St. Louis for Frederic in Pirates of Penzance and returned to Opera Project Columbus for Alfred in Die Fledermaus.  Pedro returns to Union Avenue Opera as Count Almavia in rossini's Il barbieri di Siviglia on July 31 to Aug 8.  He will make his debut singing Handel's Messiah with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and performing an Italian Opera Concert at the Tower Music Series at the reformed Chruch in Poughkeepsie NY.

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.   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  founded Opus 1 Singers and they have had several concerts.   He is completed his third opera based on Thurst is based on the historical novel by Mary Donnarumma Sharnick. A suspicious drowning in the Lagoon, a deadly assault on a bridge, and a trio of scandalous secrets set two 17th-century noble Venetian families at odds and implicate both Church and State in the thwarted plans of unsuspecting innocents.

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 Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore Maryland. This past season he performed Bottom in Purcell's The Fairy Queen and Schaunard in  Puccini's La Boheme with In Series Opera. He also he rejoined Opera Columbus for his first Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni.  On August 21 he returns to his alma mater  IU for a live stream of What the Horse Eats by faculty member P.Q.Phan and Anvi Hoang.  
 
Soprano ISABEL DUPRE sang a recital at the Lincoln Center Library followed by an audition trip in Europe.

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.

Soprano LIANA GUBERMAN  sang a recital in Keene Valley NY. She was also Elvira in a new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni with Bare Opera in NYC.

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. She is currently the stage director for a new video of La Voix Humainee in LA at the end of Feb.

HARWOOD MANAGEMENT produced a new roster video  "Heart of Opera".  It is on youtube at
.https://youtu.be/mCffG-j31YI

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

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. He performed Preferite Puccini e Verdii at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY.  He will perform an Italian Opera Concert at the Tower Music Series at the reformed Chruch in Poughkeepsie NY.  In October he performed Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 109 and a Beethoven 4 piano arrangement at the Clayton Piano Festival in North Carolina.  Go to the Clayton Piano Festival website for the livestream.

Tenor KYLE ERDOS-KNAPP  performed Puccini's Messa Di Gloria with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival in Rochester NY.  He sang Toby in Sweeney Todd for Michigan Opera Theater.

Bass-baritone KHARY LAURENT was composer, and singer in The Rosini Project (Hip Hop) with Chicago Fringe Opera and other venues in Chicago.  He is composer and performer of Corsair part of Tales from a Safe Distance Episode 4 he Bolts of Fortune produced by Chicago Fringe Opera and De Cameron Opera Coalition.  He is also doing concerts of Chopin Songs.

Soprano JENNY LINDSEY  performed Liu in Puccini's Turandot at the Lincoln Center Library. She  performed in Bizet's The Pearl Fishers with Opera in Williamsburg in Virginia.

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

We welcome tenor MORGAN MASTRANGELO to our distinguished roster.  On June 13 he performs an aria concert at the Kasschau Outdoor Shell in Ridgewood NJ.  He will spend the month of July performing Ramiro in Rossini's La cenerentola with La Musica Lirica with Maestro Rescingo.

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

We welcome soprano VICTORIA MININGHAM to our roster. She is producing and performing with Victoria's Opera House her own company in NYC.

Baritone BRIAN MONTGOMERY  was Frederich iin the world premier of Dear Erich by Ted Rosenthal at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC with New York City Opera.   He is currently Cirillo in Giardano's Fedora streaming with Teatro Grattacielo of NYC. He makes his debut singing the Mozart  Requiem with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and performing an Italian Opera Concert at the Tower Music Series at the reformed Chruch in Poughkeepsie NY next season..

Conductor CHARLES MORRIS  is a conductor as well as a virtual orchestrator.

Conductor NIELS MUUS is Music Director of Festival Steyr in Austria.  He is also conductor for the Morphing Chamber Orchestra in Vienna.
 
Mezzo-soprano MARTINA PORTYCHOVA  performed a concert for Founders Day at the Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC.  She was pleased to be a Semi-finalist in the Premiere Opera Foundation and NYIOP International Vocal Competition.  She looks forward to performing an Italian Opera Concert at the Tower Music Series at the reformed Chruch in Poughkeepsie NY.  She was also a Semi-finalist in the Music International Grand Prix Competition.  In August she travels to the Czech Republic for family time and several performances.

Soprano DANA PUNDT  made her debut with Opera Project Columbus as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.  She is scheduled to perform a Italian Opera Concert at the Tower Music Series at the Rreformed Chruch in Poughkeepsie NY and to  return to Boheme Opera in NJ for performances as Gilda in Rigoletto. She compled a six month culinary course.  She also performed a recital with Brad Caldwell as pianist.  This will be a part of the Spectrum Workshop Series on line.  The composers will include Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Pasatieri, and Cipullo.  To see and hear this recital please go to Spectrumworkshops.com Highlight Media and link to her recital.  She also appeared with Pedro Barbosa in a video Heart of Opera produced by Harwood Management.

Baritone FREDERICK REDD  is preparing and producing his first CD "REDD". He returned as a performer in Center Stage Spectacular with the Leonard Nimay Thalia Theater Co. at Symphony Space. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for the William Warfield Foundation. He produced the Holiday video for Harwood Management and also produced  and sing on the ":Heart of Opera" video and "Heart of Broadway" video.  He performed "One Day More" as Jean Valjean in Les Miserable with Center Stage.  Use link:    http://creativestage.org/spectacular.  Current: World premier - James in Manville 7 by Dwayne Fulton - Trilogy Opera  - N.J. - Central HS Newark August 1 at 4pm. On September 4 at noon he performs in The Great American Songbook at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston N.Y.

Bass NATHAN RESIKA returned to Carnegie Hall singing Ode to Napolean Buonaparte (Schoenberg/Lord Byron) with Mimesis Ensemble.  He alsoy sang a Gala concert with NY Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall.

Maestro BYUNG Rhee  is Music Director and Conductor of Camerata New Jersey. He led a concert for competition winners with his Camarata Orchestra at Merkin Hall in NYC.

Mezzo-soprano EMILY RIGHTER  looks forward to performing concerts in Florida and New York.

Soprano MICHELE SEXTON peformed excerpts from Il Trovatore and La Traviata with the Metropolitan Opera Guild.  These programs were streamed.

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 led the choir and orchestra in Puccini's Messa Di Gloria.

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.

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

Tenor ZIWEN XIANG made his debut with New York City Opera in Stonewall.  Ziwen sang a recital with Forte International at Opera America in NYC.  He is performing a Salon Series in Queens NY. He recently performed Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme in NYC for More Than Musical Limited in Hong Kong.  This was a film and a new production. It is now on OperaBox.TV.  He makes his debut with the Pheonicia Festival of the Voice in Pheonicia NY on August 28 as Beppe in Leoncavallo's Paliacci.  

We welcome Italian baritone NICOLA ZICCARDI to our roster.  We  represent him in the Americas.