HARWOOD MANAGEMENT GROUP INC.
ARTIST NEWSLETTER
February - April 2022

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

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.

Conductor RAFFI ARMENIAN resides in Montreal Canada. He is working on several new recording projects.  He has recently finished a book "Guideline for the Interpretation of beethoven Symphonies".

Bass baritone ISAIH MUSIK AYALA performed Alidoro in Rossini's La Cenerentola at both Tri-Cities Opera and Syracuse Opera.  He returned to Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis for performances as Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegen.  On Dec. 11 he played FBI Agent Tom Scarborough in an opea Fannie Lou by Richard Thompson at JPAC in Newark.
                                                                                                           
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.

Soprano KAREN HUGHES BEACOM performed Christmas by Candellight in Curtis Mi.  on Dec. 11 followed by solosit with Sault Symphony Orchestra in Ontario on Dec. 11. She performed  Handel's Messiah with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra on Dec. 15 and 16.  She performed the Saint Saens Christmas Oratorio with Soo Theatre on Dec. 22.

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.

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.  On Nov. 17 the Rutgers  University Orchestra did a reading of his new symphony. On Jan 17 PBS channel 13 will have his composition on the air. He also led a semi-staged version of Mozart's Cosi fan tutti at Opera America in NYC.

Soprano SARAH JOYCE COOPER  sang as soloist in The Ordering of Moses by Nathaniel Dett on Oct. 13 with the Rochester Oratorio Society.  She made her main stage debut as Monica in Menotti's Medium with  Tri Cities Opera and Syracuse Opera.   She also performed as an artist in "Love in the Timw of..." with Boston Opera Collaborative at the Multicultural Center in Boston.  In thie work were the world premiere's of three songs.  They are Ghosted by Paul Frucht and Charles Coe, Before the Pandemic by Lille Rebecca McDonough and Maria Luisa, and The Value of a Bird by Akshaya Avril Tucker and Madeline Lam. In December she joined the Alabama Shakespeare Festival  as Maggie Porter in Jubilee by Tazwell Thompson for previews on Dec. 28 and performances from Jan. 6 through the 29th.  In February she will perform Gretel in a children's production of Hansel and Gretel with Boston Lyric Opera. She is a semi-finalist in the Mary Jacob Smith Singer of the Year Competition in Shreveport Louisiana. On March 18 Sarah performs as soloist in the Brahms Requiem with Eastern Connecticut Orchestra in New London Ct.

Mezzo-soperano ALYCE DAUBENSPECK is on the voice faculty at LaSales U. in PA.. She performed in a Gala concert with Raylynmour Opera in New Hampshire.  She also sang the Mozart Requiem with Interrupted Sound Ensemble in Allentown PA. She sings La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi  with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra on Feb. 24 and 25.

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. He was a part of the Peabody Summer Vocal Academy.  He also taught and performed at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.  Carl made his debut with the Brazos Symphony Orchestra in Texas as bass in Beetrhoven's 9th Symphony.He also made his debut as Stephen Kumalo in Weill's Lost in the Stars with Annapolis Opera. He sang a concert at Carnegie Hall "Songs of Hope" a group he is torung with.  He also made his debut with The Choral Arts Society of Washington in a series of concerts.  The concerts weree Dec. 19 and 24. On Feb. 4,5,11 he returns 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 he returns to Bach in Baltimore for the St. John Passion at the Church of the Resurrection in Baltimore.
 
Soprano ISABEL DUPRE sang a recital at the Lincoln Center Library followed by an audition trip in Europe.

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 LAUREN FREY made her debut as soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic on  Satuday Dec. 17.

Soprano SUZAN HANSON has redirected her career to being a director.  She just made her directing debut at Utah Festival Opera directing a new production of Copland's Tenderland.

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

We welcome MADDIE HERTEL to our roster.  She is a  singer, dancer, and choreographer.

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. 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
On Feb 24 and 25 he performs as Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi  with New Jersey Festival orchestra.

Soprano JENNY LINDSEY  performed Liu in Puccini's Turandot at the Lincoln Center Library. She  also performed in Bizet's The Pearl Fishers with Opera in Williamsburg in Virginia. She sang Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in "Opera Reads" at Opera America.  

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.

Tenor CHRTISTOPHER LONGO returned to Salt Marsh Opera in the Fall as  Gherardo in iGianni Schicchi  and Judge in Trial by Jury.  On March 27 to 31 her performs as Tamino in The Magic Flute with Salt Marsh Opera in Ct.

Director JAMIBETH MARGOLIS is busy in NYC. She directed a semi-staged production of Cosi fan tutti at Opera America on  May 1.

Mezzo-soprano LAURE DE MARCELLUS has just finished a 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.  On March 19 she performed music from the CD at Salle des Abelles in Geneva Switzerland.  On Friday April 8 she performed "Pauline Inspired" a show honoring the extraordinary artist Pauline Viardot  at Old First Concerts in San Francisco. She made her debut as Countess in Tchaikovsky"s Pique Dame with West Bay Opera. Last Summer was the release of her CD "Pauline Inspired". On Dec. 8 she performed her show "Pauline Inspired" at La Maison Francaise at NYU.  It is a tribute to Pauline Viardot Garcia and the pianist was Alberto Urroz.

Tenor MORGAN MASTRANGELO performed as guest soloist with Forte International Competition at Carnegie Recital Hall.. This Summer he joined Opera Saratoga, covered Almaviva in Il Barbieri di Siviglia, sang Tobias in Sweeney Todd, and was tenor soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. On August 4 he performed an opera and Broadway concert at the Kasschua Memorial Shell in Ridgewood NJ.   He travels to europe in September and is a semi-finalist in the Ottavio Zinno International Vocal Competition in Italy.  He made his debut with  Herb Dimmock's Bach in Baltimore singing Bach Cantata 182 in Oct.  On March 3-5 he will be in a play as Micael in The Smallest Sound in the Smallest Space by Bryne McClendon at the Cell Theatre..  This is a part of the Why Collective in residence at the Cell Theatre.  Morgan will tour as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Society from March 14 through April 4.

We welcome tenor STEFAN METZNER to our distinguished roster.

Soprano VICTORIA MININGHAM  is producing and performing with Victoria's Opera House her own company in NYC. She performs a concert for the NY Bar Assn. on Dec. 12.

Baritone BRIAN MONTGOMERY  made his debut with Opera Idaho as George Benson in Dead Man Walking.  He also sang Don Alfonso in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in "Opera Reads" at Opera America.  He makes his debut with Salt Marsh Opera in the lead role in Gianni Schicchi  and Judge in Trial by Jury. 10/14-23.  On October 30 he was in Clearwater Fl. for a performance of Verdi's McBeth with Opera for Earth.  On Feb. 28 through March 12 he performs Michele in Il Tabarro with Regina Opera in Brooklyn.

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  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 Dec. 7 she sings a recital for her doctorate at the University of Arizona.

Soprano DANA PUNDT  made her debut with Opera Project Columbus as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.  She compled a six month culinary course.  She also 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 also appeared with Pedro Barbosa in a video Heart of Opera produced by Harwood Management.

Bass-baritone ELIAM RAMOS  made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera Guild on Oct. 19 singing excerpts from Verdi's La Traviata. On Oct. 20 hye performed the Bach Magnificat with Unsung Collective in NYC. On Saturday Oct. 29 he sang in Hamilton Park in Jersey City with Zombie Opera.  He also made debut with  Herb Dimmock's Bach in Baltimore singing Bach Cantata 182  on Oct. 23. He returned to Bach in Baltimore singing Bach's Cantata #2. He sangn Red Bank with Creative Operations is a Spanish program and played The Sheriff in Fannie Lou by Richard Thompson at JPAC in Newark. On March 18 Eliam performs as soloist in the Brahms Requiem with Eastern Connecticut Orchestra in New London Ct.
 
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 made his debut with the New Jersey Symphony as Hark in Michael Raphael's Nat Turner with Trilogy Opera..  He performed "Old Man River" from Showbooat on a gala concert at Eastman School of Music for the William Warfield Foundation.   Fred wass Dom Claude Frollo in a new off-broadway musical Hunchback of Notre Dame by John Taylor Thomas at the 30th Street Theatre in NYC.  He performed excerpts of Verdi's Rigoletto with the Metropolitan Opera Guild in NYC. He also did workshops and clinics at RIT in Rochester.  On Feb. 5 he makes his debut with Bach in Baltimore as soloist in the Brahm's Requiem. On February 11 he returns to Symphony Space in a new Creative Stage Production..

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/

ROCKY E. SELLERS was busy with engagements with Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Metropolitan Opera performing FireShut up in my Bones.  He also sang Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte with Opera Memphos. Last Summer he performed in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with Des Moines Opera.  He is performing 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.  Performances continue through Jan. 28. On Jan. 12 he was in a live stream workshop if Lisa DeSplain's new opera The Hell-Bound Train at Opera America. On March 10 he will do a workshop of LisaDeSplainj and Melisa Tein's Song of the Nightingale with On Site Opera.

Soprano MICHELE SEXTON performed with "Opera Favorites" at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY.  She also performed in "An American Christmas Songbook" at Bristol  Riverside Theatre in NJ.

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

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 Halstork's I Will Lift up Mine Eyes and Dett's Chariot Jubilee at Carnegie Hall with Mid-America Productiuons on June 3. He performed as Arturo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lamermoor with New York City Opera at Bryant Park in NYC.  He performed a "gala" concert at the Glow Foundation Community Center in Queens NY.He also was selected to compete in "Opera's Golden Voice" International Vocal Competition in Georgia.  In January he made his debut with Grand Rapiuds Opera as Ferrabdo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutti om Jan 20 and 22. He performs in a streamed production of Fractured Mosaics with White Snake Projects. on March 30, April 1 and 3.

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.