HARWOOD MANAGEMENT GROUP INC.
ARTIST NEWSLETTER
November - January2022

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

We welcome soprano KAREN HUGHES BEACOM to our roster.She performs  Handel's Messiah with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra on Dec. 15 and 16.

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. On May 1 he leads a semi-staged version of Mozart's Cosi fan tutti at Opera America in NYC.

Soprano SARAH JOYCE COOPER  was a winner in The Classical Competition at Montpelier Arts Center in MD. She was also a semi-finalist in the Rochester Oratorio Competition. She performed a recital at Middlesex Alumnae weekend..IMs.  She 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.  Performances weree Oct. 21-23 at Tri-Cities Opera and Oct. 28-30 at Syracuse.Opera. On Nov. 10-12 she performs as an artist in "Love in the Timw of..." with Boston Opera Collaborative at the Multicultural Center in Boston.  In thie work are 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 joins Alabama Shakespeare Festival  as Maggie Porter in Jubilee by Tazwell Thompson for previews on Dec. 28 and performances from Jan. 6 through the 29th.

We welcome mezzo-soperano ALYCE DAUBENSPECK to our roster. She performed in a Gala concert with Raylynmour Opera in New Hampshire on August 14.  She sings the Mozart Requiem with Interrupted Sound Ensemble in Allentown PA on Nov. 6.

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.  In August he participated nin Washington National Opera's Opera Initiative.  On September 25 Carl made his debut with the Brazos Symphony Orchestra in Texas as bass in Beetrhoven's 9th Symphony.He makes his debut as Stephen Kumalo in Weill's Lost in the Stars with Annapolis Opera on Oct. 28 and 30. On Monday Oct. 31 he sings a concert at Carnegie Hall "Songs of Hope" a group he is torung with.  He also makes his debut with The Choral Arts Society of Washington in a series of concerts.  The concerts are Dec. 19 and 24.
 
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.

We welcome soprano LAUREN FREY to our roster. She will make 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

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 in February.

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. On May 1 she will sing 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.

We welcome  tenor CHRTISTOPHER LONGO to our roster. He makes his debut as Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi with Salt Marsh Opera 10/7-23.

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. On May 20 she made her debut as Countess in Tchaikovsky"s Pique Dame with West Bay Opera. On July 1 is the release of her CD "Pauline Inspired".

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 makes his debut with  Herb Dimmock's Bach in Baltimore singing Bach Cantata 182 on Oct. 23.

We welcome tenor STEPHAN METZNER to our distinguished roster.

Soprano VICTORIA MININGHAM  is producing and performing with Victoria's Opera House her own company in NYC.

Baritone BRIAN MONTGOMERY began the Fall season with "Opera Favorites" at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY . He also performed the title role in Verdi's MacBeth with Opera For Earth in NYC at St. John's Church in NYC.. He made his debut with Opera Idaho as George Benson in Dead Man Walking  on April 14,22,24.  On May he 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 is in Clearwater Fl. for a performance of Verdi's McBeth with Opera for Earth.

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 traveled to the Czech Republic for family time and several performances.  She is performed a solo concert for Turnov Paridise in the Czech Republic.  On May 1 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.

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 performed in La Boheme at Opera in Williamsburg in Virginia. On September 16 he performed in a "gala" concert with tenor Ziwen Xiang in Queens NY. On Oct. 19 he 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 sings in Hamilton Park in Jersey City with Zombie Opera.  He 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 sings in Red Bank with Creative Operations is a Spanish program on Nov. 15.  On Dec. 11 he plays The Sheriff in Fannie Lou by Richard Thompson at JPAC in Newark.
 
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 musical Hunchback of Notre Dame by John Taylor Thomas at the 30th Street Theatre in NYC.  Performances were Sept. 8 through October 3. On Oct. 10-12 he judges the vocal competition for the William Warfield Foundation.  On October 26 he performs excerpts of Verdi's Rigoletto with the Metropolitan Opera Guild in NYC. He does workshops and clinics at RIT in Rochester on Nov. 17 and 18.

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 Metropolitgan Opera performing FireShut up in my Bones at Lyric Opera of Chiocago.  He also sang Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte with Opera Memphos. In June and Julky he performed in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with Des Moines Opera.  He is performing in many operas this season with the Metropolitan 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 made his debut with Seton Hall University as Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni. .  On May 1 he sangg Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in "Opera Reads" at Opera America.  He also performed Halstork's I Will Lift up Mine Eyes and Dett's Chariot Jubilee at Carnegie Hall with Mid-America Productiuons on June 3. On Sept. 2 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 on Sept. 16 at the Glow Foundation Community Center in Queens NY.He also has been selected to compete in "Opera's Golden Voice" International Vocal Competition in Georgia in September.  In January he will make his debut with Grand Rapiuds Opera as Ferrabdo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.

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.