HARWOOD MANAGEMENT GROUP INC.
ARTIST NEWSLETTER
November 2023 - January 2024

See and hear our video https://youtu.be/HsXO57c-uGQ Opera around the World
Another video
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JPzGpowUp3SlniEyNpSPwp2jR6T3oYC2/view?usp=drive_web

We welcome soprano ViIANCA ALEJANDRA to our roster.  Ms Alejandra recently performed Pamina
in Die Zauberflõte with ISOFOM, Mexico in July. On Sunday October 22 at 2 she performed in an all women composer's concert at St. Paul's Chapel in NYC.On October 28th she was a First Place Winner in the Puerto Rico Distract Metropolitan Opera Competition.  Ms. Alajandra  is currently in Shanghai performing Aaron Zigman's Emigree with the Symphony Orchestra. through Nov. 20.

Conductor RAFFI ARMENIAN resides in Montreal Canada.  He has recently finished his book "Guideline for the Interpretation of beethoven Symphonies".
                                                                                                     
Tenorr PEDRO BARBOSA made his debut as Don Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola  with Salt Marsh Opera..In November he performed in an Opera Gala for Cincinnati Opera. He also performed a concert for Cinncinati Opera..

Maestro RICHARD BARRETT led a production of Puccini's Tosca with Soo Opera on Aug. 9,11, and 13.

Soprano KAREN HUGHES BEACOM performed the title role Tosca with her opera company, Soo Opera, at the Soo Theater and Mission Point. She returns to Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra for performances of Messiah and Finzi on Dec. 7 and 8.

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. He just finished writing the music for a PBS mini-series Stars on Stage.  Thehe Rutgers  University Orchestra did a reading of his new symphony. PBS channel 13 hsd his composition on the air. He also led a semi-staged version of Mozart's Cosi fan tutti at Opera America in NYC.  There was a reading of a portion of his new opera The Dream with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra in NJ.

Soprano SARAH JOYCE COOPER  made her Carnegie Hall debut on July 8 as soloist in  the Poulenc Gloria with Mid-America Productions.  On July 27 she made her debut as Adina In Elisir d' amore  for Geneva Light Opera in New York.  She sang a recital at the Quietside Cha,mber Music Festival in Maine on Aug. 9On Oct 13 and 14 she performed Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with BLO. On Oct 28 and 30 she performed concerts to commemorate the 70th aniversary of Coretta Scott King's recital at New England Conservatory in Boston.  She sang sing some spirituals, other works, and Cuban composer Amadeo Roldan's Motivos de Son.On Saturday Nov. 18 she will perform Mass in Blue by Will Todd and Credo by Margaret Bonds with the Harvard Radcliff Chorus at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. On December 19 she returns to Carnegie Hall as soloist in Rutter Magnificat and When Your Believe by Stephen Schwartz with Mid-America Productions.

Mezzo-soperano ALYCE DAUBENSPECK is on the voice faculty at LaSales U. in PA..  She  sang the Mozart Requiem with Interrupted Sound Ensemble in Allentown PA. She sang La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi  with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra..Following this she was in a producvtion of Cav/Pag with St. Peter by the Sea in NJ.

Conductor HERB DIMMOCK is Music Direcotr of the Herb Dimmock Singers as well as the prestigious Bach in Baltimore Series in Baltimore. See web site for performance dates.

Bass-Baritone CARL DUPONT is Assistant Professor of Voice at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore Maryland.  He returned to Bach in Baltimore for the St. John Passion at the Church of the Resurrection in Baltimore.He also made his debut with the Baltimore Choral Society as soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah. He is director  with the  Arts Connexions Series for the Rochester Oratorio Society.. The first concert is called "Eat, Pray, Love. will be performed on June 18 at Sarasota Opera.  On June 4 he made his debut with New York City Opera as Colline in Puccini's La Boheme.in Bryant Park in NYC.  In July he returns to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.  In August he returned to teach at the Washington National Opera Initiative.  On Sept. 14  he joins a panel at Opera America for a workshop titled " Voice and Opera Curricula.  On Nov.10 and 11 he made his debut with Maryland Opera with excerpts from Faust as Mephistopheles. He returns to Bach in Balktimore for Bach's Mass in B minor on Feb. 4.

Israeli Countertenor DAVID FELDMAN performed C.D. Cossoni's Verper at Novantique in Bern Switzerland.  He performed J.S. Bach'sPassion with Bachkoor Brabant at Barkokorfet Florilegium Musuicum in the Netherlands.  He also perfomed J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passiom  with Ribahuta Musica at Sint janskerk in Gouda Netherlands.

Soprano SUZAN HANSON has redirected her career to being a director and singer.  She returned to Utah Festival Opera directing Wagner's Lohengrin this past Summer.

HARWOOD MANAGEMENT produced a new roster video  "Heart of Opera".  It is on youtube at
.https://youtu.be/mCffG-j31YI.  Jim did workshops and clinics at Pace University

MADDIE HERTEL is a graduate of Ithaca College..  She is a  singer, dancer, and choreographer. She will spend the Summer at Glimmerglass Opera as a dancer and coreographer.

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. 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  covered Tobias and Anthony in Sweeney Todd with Opera Omaha

Soprano JENNY LINDSEY  made her debut as soprano soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall in NY with Mid-America Productions.

Conductor DANIEL LIPSCHUTZ is an artistic consultant for many orchestras and opera companies.

Mezzo-soprano EMILY LIPSCHUTZ looks forward to performing concerts in Florida and New York. She recently performed on "Broadway Holiday"at Phoenicia Festival of the Voice  24 Main  Phoenicia, NY.

We welcome Maestro ERIC MAHL to our roster. He is currently Music Director of Geneva Light Opera, Music Director of Orchestra One, Associate Conductor of Greenwich Village Orchestra, Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra at Third Street Music School in NYC, and Music Director of Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra.  On Sat Oct. 20 he led members of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra in a concert with Judy Collins at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut.

Director JAMIBETH MARGOLIS is busy in NYC. She directed a semi-staged production of Cosi fan tutti at Opera America.

Mezzo-soprano LAURE DE MARCELLUS has finished her new album "Pauline Inspired" based on the music of Pauline Viardot.  She did this with her Spanish pian ist Alberto Urroz. and is produced by Centaur Records.  She also performed her show "Pauline Inspired" at La Maison Francaise at NYU.  It is a tribute to Pauline Viardot Garcia..  She returned to West Bay Opera as Mary in Der Fliegende Hollãnder last Summer.  She is currently on an audition trip in EWurope.

Tenor MORGAN MASTRANGELO   toured as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Society. He returned to Herb Dimmock's Bach in Baltimore singing Bach Cantatas 4 and 140.  On May 3-6 he performed as Gastone in Verdi's La Traviata with City Lyric Opera in NYC. He performed as tenor soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana with Mid-America at Carnegie Hall on May 13and returned to Carnrgir Hall as soloist in Forrest's Requiem for the Living on June 25On May 25 and 26 he made his debut at Wichita Grand Opera as Count Almaviva in Thje Barber of Seville. He isa currently at NEC to get a masters degree.Morgan covers Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola with Boston Lyric Opera in November.

Soprano VICTORIA MININGHAM  is producing and performing with Victoria's Opera House her own company in NYC. She is completing her Masters Degree at the New School in New York City.

Baritone BRIAN MONTGOMERY  sang Don Alfonso in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in "Opera Reads" at Opera America.  He made his debut with Salt Marsh Opera in the lead role in Gianni Schicchi  and Judge in Trial by Jury. Brian was in Clearwater Fl. for a performance of Verdi's McBeth with Opera for Earth.  He performed Michele in Il Tabarro with Regina Opera in Brooklyn. On May 15 through August 7 he performed Telramund in Wagner's Lohengrin as well as Dr. Gibbs in Our Town at Utah Festival Opera. He returns to Regina Opera in Brooklyn for performances of Rigoletto inNov 11 and 17.

Mezzo-soprano MARTINA PORTYCHOVA  was pleased to be a Semi-finalist in the Premiere Opera Foundation and NYIOP International Vocal Competition as well as the Music International Grand Prix Competition.   She sang Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in "Opera Reads" at Opera America. She just received her MMusic in vocal performance from the University of Arizona and is currently finishing her DMA.  She is also on the Administrative staff of the Tucson Desert Song Festival. On March 23-25 she performed new composer works  at the U. of Arizona followed by the title role in Peter Brook's Carmen on April 14 and 16 and a doctoral recital.  

Soprano DANA PUNDT  performed a recital with Brad Caldwell as pianist.  This is a part of the Spectrum Workshop Series on line.  The composers included 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 recently performed a concert for Cinncinati Opera and returned to sing Regnava nel silencio for another event.

Bass-baritone ELIAM RAMOS  was in a production of mThe Elixir of Love with Geneva Light Opera in NY and he returned to Soo Opera in Michigan for performances as Angelotti in Puccini's Tosca.  On September 7 through 30 he performed Lisa DeSplainj and Melisa Tein's Song of the Nightingale with On Site Opera in NYC. On Oct. 26 he performed in a fund-raising concert for On Site Opera at the Prince George Ballroom in NYC. On Oct. 28 re returned to Zombie Opera in Jersey City for an entertaining evening.  Healso sings Count Ceprano in Rigoletto with Regina Opera in Brooklyn on Nov. 7 and 19. On Nov.18 he sings Paul Frutch's A More Perfect Union with Greenwich Village Orchestra in NYC. On Dec.3 he returns to Bach in Baltimore singing Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

We welcome director ANNA REBEK to our roster. She is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities.  Recently she directed Tosca at Soo Opera in Michigan.  She directed selections by Arvo Part and Cecilia McDowell called Dreamscape at Co-Cathederal of St. Joseph in Brooklyn on Serpt. 29 and 30.  On Nov. 18she directs Paul Frutch's A More Perfect Union with Greenwich Village Orchestra in NYC
 
Baritone FREDERICK REDD  is preparing and producing his first CD "REDD". He is on the Board of Directors for the William Warfield Foundation. He has produced many videos for both Harwood Management and Hr Artists Management.   He also did workshops and clinics at RIT in Rochester.  Fred made his debut with Bach in Baltimore as soloist in the Brahm's Requiem. He also returned to Symphony Space in a new Creative Stage Production.. Fred , VP of PACO Group was recognized as on of the trailblazers who has shaped the Port Authority of NY and NJ durting Black History Month.

Maestro BYUNG Rhee  is Music Director and Conductor of Camerata New Jersey. He lwads a concert for competition winners with his Camarata Orchestra at Merkin Hall in NYC on March 26.. For info on Camerata New Jersey please go to http://www.cameratanewjersey.org/

We welcome counter-tenor, tenor ZABRIEL RIVERS to our roster.  He recently was at  the Alabama Shakespeare Festival  as Frederick J. Loudin in Jubilee by Tazwell Thompson.  On May 26, 2023 he made his debut as counter-tenor soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall in NYC with Mid-America Productions.
 
We welcome bass VALARIAN RUMINSKI tto our roster. He is Artistic Director of Nickel City Opera in Buffalo. On September 22 and 23 he performed Colline in Puccini's La Boheme with Teatro Lirico in Brookings South Dakota.  On Dec. 3 he performs a concert with the Amherst Symphony in Buffalo NY.  In December he performs Melchior in Amal and the Night Visitors with Nichel City Opera in Dec.

ROCKY  E. SELLERS  performied in many operas this season with the Metropolitan Opera.  On New Year's Eve he made his Metropolitan Opera Debut as Nicola in Giordano's Fedora.. Last season he was in a live stream workshop if Lisa DeSplain's new opera The Hell-Bound Train at Opera America. Rocky also joined American Opera Projects  for a reading of a new work Precipice at Hunter College
This season he will be 2nd Arored Man in The Magic Flute ad well as Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and cover for Duke of Verona in Romeo and Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera.  On Dec. 12 he makes his debut with New York City Opera as bass soloist in a Christmas Concert  at Bryant Park in NYC.

Soprano MICHELE SEXTON she read and recorded Was One in my Hand from Gerard Chiusano's new opera The Dream with the Rutgers Symphonty Orchestra in NJ. On June 3 she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing as soprano soloist in the Faure Requiem with Mid-America  Productions.  She was also a judge for the Ms. New Jersey Pageant in Atlantic City.

We welcome Maestro TOSHIYUKI SHIMADA to our roster.  He is presently Music Director and Conductor of  the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra,  the New Britain Symphony Orchestra as well as the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. Please see their web sites for Performance dates.

Bass SAM SMITH is doing a recital for the Wmen's Club at Mt. Albans Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati on Nov. 7.

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 .  On July 24 they performed Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Mozart's Symphony #32 and a portion of Handel's Solomon at Hale Auditorium at Robert Wesleyan College in NY.

Soprano MELISSA WIMBISH returnrd to the In-Series in DC for staged performances of Nathaniel Dett's The Ordering of Moses at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.  On April 2 she returned to Bach in Baltimore for the St. John Passion at the Church of the Resurrection in Baltimore. Miss Wimbish is at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival for performances through August 5.   She returns to Bach in Balktimore for Bach's Mass in B minor on Feb 4..

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

Tenor ZIWEN XIANG  performed in a new work Song of the Earth at Joe's Pub in NYC.   This was part of the graduate writing program at NYU.  He also performed concert with orchestra with Stars of Tomorrow at the Richard Rogers Ampetheater at atMarcus Garvey Park in the Bronx.  His movie of La Boheme is now in theaters thoughout Japan.  On October 27 he made his debut with the Rochester Oratorio Society as tenor soloist in Hailstork's "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes" .In November he performed a recital at Opera America.

We welcome Italian baritone NICOLA ZICCARDI to our roster.  We  represent him in the Americas. He performed at the Musikverein in Vienna in a Mozart concert and performed as Marcello in La Boheme with Teatro Magnani Fidenza  in Italy. He ia currewntly performing in Germany and at Teatro de Giglio Luccca.