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Opera Series

Sunday, March 12th, 2:00pm


“Witches, *itches and Boys”, a lecture recital blending art, song, opera, and musical theater to demonstrate the many types of roles mezzo-sopranos sing.

Special Guest Emily A. Bullock: Mezzo-soprano, Assistant Chair of Vocal/Choral, Associate Professor of Voice and Opera: is a regional, national and international performer. She is also an award winning opera director, clinician and adjudicator. Ms. Bullock has performed many solo recitals throughout the United States. Dr. Bullock recorded the orchestral songs of Samuel Barber with the Russian Philharmonic, and, more recently, Honegger’s “King David” with the West Chester choirs and chamber ensemble. In May 2017 she will be recording works of composer Valerie Crescenz. In 2010, the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival awarded her Best Director for “The Sorcerer”.
Ms. Bullock was a finalist in The Concert Artists Guild Competition and a winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. She was twice a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Colorado, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Tulsa, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado. She is currently on faculty at West Chester University, in West Chester, PA.

Special Guest Vincent Craig:Vincent Craig began his piano studies with Nancy Sartin, and played in public for the first time at the Columbia Artists Management Hall in New York City when he was only eight. By age ten he had performed a program for television station WNEW in New York, and a few years later he appeared on the USA Television Network. While enrolled at the La Guardia High School of Music and the Arts in New York he was a piano student of Jascha Zayde. He won the Scott Joplin Award from the Brooklyn Opera Society and a scholarship from the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links. He was praised in the New York Amsterdam News for his “style, great technical assurance and panache” after a performance of the George Walker Piano Sonata No. 1.
Vincent Craig performed at the Music Teachers National Association Convention, he won first prize in the Society of American Musicians Young Artist Competition, and he was a finalist in the Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and he has studied with and accompanied master classes by many internationally famous artists. His repertoire represents over 300 years of piano literature, with a special emphasis on works by African-American composers. Dr. Craig earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College where he studied with Frances Walker. He then went on to earn his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with Ann Schein. To read more of Vincent’s bio, click here.

Opera Tutti! Company Bios:

Heidi Starr- Heidi is thrilled to be in West Chester, initiating Opera tutti!’s monthly classical cabarets with Uptown! at the brand new Knauer Center for Performing Arts. Heidi has performed with such organizations as the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Opera Delaware, The Rose Tree Pops, Media Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre and Players Club of Swarthmore. She has become a beloved performer and teacher known throughout Delaware County, singing styles of music from opera to Broadway and classic standards with her trio, Divas á la Carte! She is also in her 15th year with weekly Monday Opera Night at the Fellini Café in Media. Her favorite operatic roles include the Countess in Marriage of Figaro, Mother in Hansel and Gretel, Cygnet in Louis’ Trumpet and Jenny Lind in A Cricket in Times Square. (these last 2 were adapted from the award winning children’s books by Evelyn Swensen for Opera Delaware.) Favorite musical theatre roles include a triple run as Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, Nuncrackers and Meshuggah Nuns at The Hedgerow Theatre. Heidi maintains a private voice studio in Morton, PA. www.heidistarr.musicteachershelper.com

Catherine Friedman– Catherine has performed a number of operatic roles including the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Lawrenceville School, the Countess Ciprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Boheme Opera; Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with the University of New Hampshire opera theater. She has performed numerous recitals and was the soprano soloist in the Riverside Symphonia’s performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Most recently she performed the role of Princess Zara in Utopia, Limited with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County.

Joshua Graves– Joshua is originally from Portland, Maine. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music and pursued graduate studies in opera at McGill University. He has performed in operas, musicals and recital in New York, Montreal, Maine and now the Philadelphia area. He can be heard singing opera on Monday nights at Fellini Café in Media.

Timothy Crawford Tim Crawford earned his Master of Music degree in solo piano performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  He is a pianist and accompanist in the Philadelphia region, both in opera-having performed approximately 60 complete operas-and in instrumental music.  Tim is happily married and the loving father of two little girls, Adelaide and Vivian.