HARWOOD MANAGEMENT GROUP INC.
ARTIST NEWSLETTER
August - October 2022

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

We welcome bass baritone ISAIH MUSIK AYALA to our roster.In April and May he 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 July 8-16.
                                                                                                           
Tenorr PEDRO BARBOSA returned to Union Avenue Opera as Count Almavia in rossini's Il barbieri di Siviglia. He made his debut as Don Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola  with Salt Marsh Opera..

We welcome soprano KAREN HUGHES BEACOM to our roster.

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.

\We welcome soprano SARAH JOYCE COOPER to our roster of artists.  Sarah was in residence at Tri Cities Opera and performed Clorinda in La Cenerentola on April 10 and on May 1 at Syracuse Opera.  In May she performed as Sally in Joe Illick's Stone Soup.  She 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 in June.In October she makes her main stage debut as Monica in Menotti's Medium with  Tri Cities Opera and Syracuse Opera.  Performances are Oct. 21-23 in Binghampton and Oct. 28-30 in Syracuse.

We welcome mezzo-soperano ALYCE DAUBENSPECK to our roster. She performed in a Gala concert with Raylynmour Opera in New Hampshire on August 14.

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 returned to Opera Columbus for performaned as Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travelers6.  On March 6 he was soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with Herb Dimmock's Bach in Baltomore. In June he is part of the Peabody Summer Vocal Academy.  In July he taught and performed at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.  In August he will participate nin Washington National Opera's Opera Initiative.  On September 25 he makes his debut with the Brazos Symphony Orchestra in Texas as bass in Beetrhoven's 9th Symphony.
 
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.

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 and will covered Almaviva in Il Barbieri di Siviglia,sing 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.

Conductor STEFANO MICELI is a world renoned conductor and Steinway pianist.

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 1 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  10/7-23

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. Shewas also a semi-finalist in the Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition.  On a moment's notice she made her debut as mezzo soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.  On May 1 she sang Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in "Opera Reads" at Opera America. She just got her MMusic in vocal performance from 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.

We welcome bass-baritone ELIAM RAMOS to our roster. He makes his debut singing Schaunard and covering Marcello in Puccini's La Boheme with Soo Opera on Mackinac Island August 12-14.  He will also be performing in La Boheme at Opera in Williamsburg in Virginia from Sept. 9-11.

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.. Fred returned to Carnegie Hall as soloist in Hayes Requiem and Mozaart's Regina Coeli in C Major with Mid-America Productions on May 27. On May 28 he was soloist in American Rhapsody by Stroope with Mid-America Productions also at Carnegie Hall.  On June 12  he performed "Old Man River" from Showbooat on a gala concert at Eastman School of Music for the William Warfield Foundation.  He pianist was Grammy Winning Jazz pianist Harold Danko. Fred returnrd to Carnegie Hall as soloist in Hayes Requiem and Mozaart's Regina Coeli in C Major, "The Heavens are Telling" from Haydn's The Creation, and "Domine, ad adjuvandumk me festiva" by G. B. Martini with Mid-America Productions on June 30. Fred is covering Charmouloue in a new musical Hunchback of Notre Dame written by John Taylor Thomas at the 30th Street Theatre in NYC.  Performances run Sept. 8 through October 3.

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 ROCKY E. SELLERS to our roster.  He is 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 May. In June and Julky he performed in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with Des Moines Opera.

Soprano MICHELE SEXTON peformed excerpts from Il Trovatore and La Traviata with the Metropolitan Opera Guild.  These programs were streamed.  She performed with "Opera Favorites" at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY.  In December  she 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.

Japanese-American soprano KAORI WILLIAMS has released her first album My Home My Heart on Amazon.  She is currently performing concerts in and around Tokyo.  On June 10 she performed Ravel's Sheherazade with the Oistrakh Orchestra in Chicago.

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

Tenor ZIWEN XIANG recently performed Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme in NYC for More Than Musical Limited in Hong Kong.  This was a film and a new production. It is now on OperaBox.TV.  He made his debut with the Pheonicia Festival of the Voice in Pheonicia NY as Beppe in Leoncavallo's Paliacci and sang the National Anthem for the NY Mets.  He sang "Opera Favorites" at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY.. He also made his debut with Seton Hall University as Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni. His January production of Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutti at Cedar Rapids Opera has been postponed.  On May 1 he will sing 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.

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.