HARWOOD MANAGEMENT GROUP INC.
ARTIST NEWSLETTER
June 2024 - August 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

Soprano ViIANCA ALEJANDRA  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  recently was in Shanghai and NYC performing Aaron Zigman's Emigree with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. and the New York Philharmonic.  On March 17     she made her debut at Carnegie Hall swith Mid America Productions singing Martini's Domine ad Adjuvandum me Festina

Conductor RAFFI ARMENIAN resides in Montreal Canada.  He has recently finished his booki "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.. He is a busy coach and voice teacher in NYC.0

Soprano KAREN HUGHES BEACOM performed the title role Tosca with her opera company, Soo Opera, at the Soo Theater and Mission Point. She returned to Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra for performances of Messiah and Finzi. She performs the title role in Floyd's Susannah this August 7,9,11with her opera company, Soo Opera in Michigan.

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

We welcome baritone JUNHAN CHOI to our roster.This Boston based artist just did a performances of John in Naomi with Boston Opera Collaborative.  On March 1-10 he performs Fiorth Stone in Eurydice with Boston Lyric Opera.  Following this is a gala concert with Cambridge Chamber Ensemble.

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  returned to Carnegie Hall as soloist in Rutter Magnificat and When Your Believe by Stephen Schwartz with Mid-America Productions.  Ms. Cooper performs Clotilde in Bellini's Norma with the Boston Youth Symphony at the Sanders Theatre in Boston.  She alsoa benefit concert for the Milton Mass Food Pantry.  On April 4-7 she performed as Micaela in Carmen (Peter Brook) with Boston Opera Collaborative. Sarah made her debut with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut as soloist in the Strauss 4 Last Songs on April 27.  She returned to Carnegie Hall on May 25 as soprano soloist  in Bond's Ballad of the Brown King. This Summer she returns to the Bar Harbor Music Festival.  She performs a recital on July 20 and sings Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate with orchestra on July 29.

Mezzo-soperano ALYCE DAUBENSPECK is on the voice faculty at LaSales U. in PA..  She performwd Alise in Lucia di Lammermoor with the NJ Festival Orchestra on Feb 17. On March 17 she makes her debut at Carnegie Hall swith Mid America Productions singing Martini's Domine ad Adjuvandum me Festina. She sang Haydn's Lord Nellson Mass with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra on April 27. In May she sang Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance with Raylynmor Opera in New Hampshire.

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 made his debut with New York City Opera as Colline in Puccini's La Boheme.in Bryant Park in NYC.  Hhe made his debut with Maryland Opera with excerpts from Faust as Mephistopheles. He returnred to Bach in Balktimore for Bach's Mass in B minor on Feb. 4.  On June 2 he performed music of Anthony Davis at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk VA.  He repeats this concert on June 10 at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing NY.  

We welcome tenor ETHAN ELLIS to our roster. On March 17 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall swith Mid America Productions singing Martini's Domine ad Adjuvandum me Festina and Mendelssohn's Psalm 42.  He performed Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Regina Opera in Brooklyn from May 11-19. On May 18 he performed Gaston in La Traviata at the Newhouse Center on Staten Island NY..  

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 Summert.  She is very busy in the LA area teaching voice and directing opera productions.

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 Hewass a panelist on the CS Music Auditions in NYC on Feb. 18 and 19.  He was a guest panelist for Berklee School of Music and Pace University in the Spring.

We welcome tenor JESUS  DANIEL HENANDEZ to our roster.

MADDIE HERTEL is a  singer, dancer, and choreographer. She is covering in Sonbird ay Wahington National Opera from March 9-24.

We welcome Bass JOHN PAUL HUCKLE to our roster.

Pianist CRAIG KETTER is a busy soloist and accompanist in New York and  throughout the US.    He performed 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. Craig returned to the South Orange Symphony in NJ on Sunday April 28 as a soloist playing Rachmaninov 2d Piano Concerto..

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.

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. On Dec. 17  he led Cherished Holiday Classics with the Wallingford Ct. Symphony Orchestra   He has arranged several paino works of Nathaniel Dett for orchestra and they were played on January 26th with the Northyport Symphony Orchestra.  On April 27 he was guest conductor with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra .The repertiore for this concert is Sibelius Finlandia Overture, Strauss 4 Last Songs, and Shostakovich Symphony #5. He was also named Conductor of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra for the 2024-25 season. He returns to Geneva Light Opera for performances of Cascada abd covering Baron Zeta in Lehar's Die Lustige Witwe on July 26-28.

Director JAMIBETH MARGOLIS is busy at Pace U. and as a casting director in NYC. She directed a semi-staged production of Cosi fan tutti at Opera America.

Tenor MORGAN MASTRANGELO  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 covered Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola with Boston Lyric Opera in November  In February he covered Hades in Eurydice at BLO.

We welcome pianist conductor STEFANO MICELI to our roster.

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 returned 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.

We welcome mezzo-soprano OLA  RAFALO to our roster. She returned to Sotto  Voce Vocal Collective in Buffalo for her first Princuipessa in Suor Angelica.  She spends much of the season at Chicago Lyric Opera in various productions including Aida..On May 23 she performed Mahler's Symphony #2 with the Eugene Symphony.

Bass-baritone ELIAM RAMOS  returned to Bach in Baltimore for Bach's Cantata 33. March 17 was Carnegie Hall as soloist in Martini's Domine and Adjuvandum me Festina and Mendelssohn Psalm 42 with Mid-America Productions..  On April 3-14 he performed the role of Doctor in Daniel Schlosberg's The Extinctionist with Heartbeat Opera at the Baruch Center in NYC.  He sang Haydn's Lord Nellson Mass with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra on April 27.  On May  23 and 29 he performed new works with American Opera Projects in conjuntion with Tisch Opera Lab. On July 10 at Marine Park he performs a Verdi Puccini Concert  with Regina Opera.  He returns to Geneva Light Opera for performances of Cascada abd covering Baron Zeta in Lehar's Die Lustige Witwe on July 26-28.

Director ANNA REBEK  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 Nov. 18 she directed Paul Frutch's A More Perfect Union with Greenwich Village Orchestra in NYC  In August she returns to Soo Opera directing Floyd's Susannah.
 
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 , 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.  On April 27 he will be soloist in The Year of the Jubilee by Harvey Brough with the Rochester Choral Society. On May 11 he will sing Bennett's arrangement of Porgy and Bess with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. He returned to Carnegie Hall for a concert with Mid-America Productions on May 25 as be bass soloist in Bond's Ballad of the Brown King.

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/

Counter-tenor, tenor ZABRIEL RIVERS he made his debut as counter-tenor soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall in NYC with Mid-America Productions.  Zabriel has a new one man show "A Gullah Evening with Zabriel."  This production is available for performances.  It is sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission. On April 27 he was soloist in The Year of the Jubilee by Harvey Brough with the Rochester Choral Society.  He returned to Carnegie Hall for a concert with Mid-America Productions on May 25 as  bass soloist in Bond's Ballad of the Brown King.
 
Bass VALARIAN RUMINSKI tto our roster. He is Artistic Director of Nickel City Opera in Buffalo. He performed Colline in Puccini's La Boheme with Teatro Lirico in Brookings South Dakota.  He sang as  bass soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. He also performed Raimondo in Lucia de Lammermoor with New Jersey Festival Orchestra .. On April 13 he returned to Carnegie Hall for a performance of Mozart's Coronation Mass with Mid America Productions. On April 26 and 28 he was soloist in Hayden Mass with the Putnam Chorale in Brewster and Beacon NY.

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 made 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.

 Maestro TOSHIYUKI SHIMADA (Toshi) 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 sang a recital for the Wmen's Club at Mt. Albans Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.  

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 is constantly touring with her Outcalls (Band).  She returned to Bach in Balktimore for Bach's Mass in B minor.. On Feb. 25 at 3pm she  performed Weill's Seven Deadly Sins with PostClassical Ensemble  at the National Gallery in Washington DC. On February 11 she performed Harlem's Little Blackbird by Renee Watson with the Charina Chamber Players at St. Marks in DC. .On April 27 she was soloist in The Year of the Jubilee by Harvey Brough with the Rochester Choral Society.

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

Tenor ZIWEN XIANG was in a  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.  On Feb. 25 he does a reading of Randall Eng's new opera Norfolk at NYU.  He sanging Haydn's Lord Nellson Mass with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra on April 27.  Ziwen has been welcomed into the inner circle of NYC dignitaries including the likes of Mayor Eric Adams who he has sung for on several occasions.

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.