HARWOOD MANAGEMENT GROUP INC.
ARTIST NEWSLETTER
May- July 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".
                                                                                                           
Director JOE BANNO . His feature film Sleeping and Waking is now on Netflix as a streaming video. 

Tenorr PEDRO BARBOSA returned to Union Avenue Opera as Count Almavia in rossini's Il barbieri di Siviglia. He makes his debut as Don Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola  with Salt Marsh Opera on May 13 to 18.

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.   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  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.

Tenor BRETT COLBY performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea and Candide with Opus 1 Singers in NJ.

\We welcome soprano SARAH JOYCE COOPER to our roster of artists.  Sarah is in residence at Tri Cities Opera.  She is performing Clorinda in La Cenerentola on April 10 and on May 1 at Syracuse Opera.  In May she also performs as Sally in Joe Illick's Stone Soup.  She was a winner in The Classical Competition at Montpelier Arts Center in MD.

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 performed Schaunard in "Boheme in the Heights" with the In Series in Baltimore and DC. Carl returned to Opera Columbus for performaned as Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travelers on Feb. 25 and 27. On March 6 he was soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with Herb Dimmock's Bach in Baltomore.  On May 28 Carl makes his debut at Carnegie Hall as soloist in American Rhapsody by Stroope with Mid-America Productions.
 
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 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. She is currently the stage director for a new video of La Voix Humainee in LA at the end of Feb.

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.

Director JAMIBETH MARGOLIS is busy in NYC. She is directing 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 performs music from the CD at Salle des Abelles in Geneva Switzerland.  On Friday April 8 she performs "Pauline Inspired" a show honoring the extraordinary artist Pauline Viardot  at Old First Concerts in San Francisco. On May 20 she makes her debut as Countess in Tchaikovsky"s Pique Dame with West Bay Opera.

Tenor MORGAN MASTRANGELO sang with the Pheonicia Festival of the Voice in Pheonicia NYin Leoncavallo's Paliacci.  He also performed in The Great American Songbook at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston N.Y. On Saturday December 18 he made his debut as tenorsoloist in Handel's Messiah with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. In February he performed as guest soloist with Forte International Competition at Carnegie Recital Hall.. This Summer he joins Opera Saratoga and will cover Almaviva in Il Barbieri di Siviglia and sing Tobias in Sweeney Todd.

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 makes 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.  

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. She is 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 in December.  On May 1 she sang Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in "Opera Reads" at Opera America.  

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.

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 performed Handel's Messiah with the Putnam Chorale in Beacon and Brewster NY.  He also performed on "Broadway Holiday"at Phoenicia Festival of the Voice  24 Main  Phoenicia, NY.   He returned to Trilogy Opera a performance as Wotan in Das Reingold (Jonathan Dove version in German) on March 26. On April 23 he makes his debut with the New Jersey Symphony as Hark in Michael Raphael's Nat Turner with Trilogy Opera.. Fred returns to Carnegie Hall as soloist in Hayes Requiem and Mozaart's Regina Coeli in C Major with Mid-America Productions on May 27.

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, The Metropolitgan Opera, and upcoming Opera Memphis.He is performing FireShut up in my Bones at Lyric Opera of Chiocago.  He sings Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte with Opera Memphos in May.

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 and led the choir and orchestra in Beethoven's Mass in C.  He led a performance of the Block Sacred Service with the Rochester Choral Society..

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 performs 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 performs 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 soprano DOMINIKA ZAMARA to our roster of singers.

We welcome Italian baritone NICOLA ZICCARDI to our roster.  We  represent him in the Americas. On October 13 and 20 he performs at the Musikverein in Vienna in a Mozart concert.  On October 29-31 he performed as Marcello in La Boheme with Teatro Magnani Fidenza  in Italy.