HARWOOD MANAGEMENT GROUP INC.
ARTIST NEWSLETTER
December - February 2020

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

ALISSA ANDRASKI  was recently a semi-finalist in the Rochester Oratorio Competition.

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 made his debut as Camille in Lehar's Merry Widow at St. Petersburg Opera in Florida.  He also returned to Winter Opera in St. Louis for Frederic in Pirates of Penzance on Nov 8 and 10.  He returns to Opera Project Columbus for Alfred in Die Fledermaus on January 17 and 19.  February 15 is another Gala with Winter Opera St. Loiuis.

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.

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 repeated "The Reaction" with pianist Dr. Greg Thompson at Portland University in Oregon.
 
We welcome soprano ISABEL DUPRE to our roster. She begian 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.

We welcome Polish American soprano MALGORZALA FLISZKIEWICZ to our roster.  On Nov. 15 she sang the music of Stanislaw Moniuska at Carnegie Zankel Hall.

Tenor ORSON VAN GAY II performed Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore with the Pheonicia Festival of the Voice in New York Statein August. From Sept. 18 thyrough Nov. 17 he performed in Last Romance by Joe DiPietro at The New Theatre in Kansas City.  He returns to Pacific Opera Project as Rudolfo in Puccini's La Boheme from Dec. 6-14.

Soprano LIANA GUBERMAN  sang a recital in Keene Valley NY.  In September she was soprano soloist for a recording of Constantine Caravassilis's Sappho"s Lyre in NYC.  In October she was 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.

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  performed Puccini's Messa Di Gloria with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival in Rochester NY.  In November and december he sings Toby in Sweeney Todd for Michigan Opera Theater.

 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 performed in Bizet's The Pearl Fishers with Opera in Williamsburg in Virginia in September.

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

Tenor ANTHONY P. McGLAUN is currently part of the ensemble of Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera with performances from Sept. 23 to Feb.1..

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  began the season with Eddy in The Bremen Town Musicians at Opera in the James. He makes his debut with Opera Project Columbus as Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus on January 17 and 19.

We welcome mezzo-soprano MARTINA PORTYCHOVA to our roster.  She performs a concert for Founders Day at the Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC on Dec. 8.

Soprano DANA PUNDT  performed a concert of Broadway and Opera at the concert series at Sackets Harbor in Upstate NY..  She returned to Longview Texas for Home for the Holidays with Jerry Steichen and the Longview Symphony Orchestra ion Dec 7.  Dana makes her debut with Opera Project Columbus as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus on January 17 and 19.

Baritone FREDERICK REDD  is preparing the making and release of his new recording.  He performed Puccini's Messa Di Gloria with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival in Rochester NY. He was an adjudicator for the William Warfield Foundation in Rochestrer NY on Oct. 18 and 20.  On November 2 he performed a concert with Verissmo Opera in NJ.  He is also producing his first CD "REDD" which will be done in January. He returns as a performer in Center Stage Spectacular with the Leonard Nimay Thalia Theater Co. at Symphony Space on Jan. 25.

Bass NATHAN RESIKA performed The Grand Inquisitor ans Il Frale in Verdi's Don Carlo with Ct. Lyric Opera. On Sept 29 he returned to Carnegie Hall singing Ode to Napolean Buonaparte (Schoenberg/Lord Byron) with Mimesis Ensemble.  He sang a Gala concert with NY Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 16.

We welcome Maestro BYUNG Rhee to our roster. Maestro Rhee is Music Director and Conductor of Camerata New Jersey.

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

Soprano MARSHA THOMPSON  performed a Gala Concert with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.  She also performed a concert with The Edison NJ Phlharmonic Orchestra.  She recently won 3rd place in the Altamura/Caruso International Vocal Competition in NYC. On Jan 4 and 5 she makes her debut as soprano soloist with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra singing Beethoven's 9th Symphony.  She will then stay for a charity event.

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.

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

Tenor ZIWEN XIANG did a radio interview on Woodstock Radio and performed Preferite Puccini e Verdii at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY.  He also made his debut with New York City Opera in Stonewall.  Ziwen sang a recital with Forte International at Opera America in NYC.on Oct. 27.  On November 2 he performed a concert with Verissmo Opera in NJ..  he appeared as a guest artist for a recital at Carnegie Recital Hall on Nov. 29.

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