MEET THE ARTISTS OF CALLIOPE’S CALL
SCOTT HOGSED, baritone
Scott Hogsed began his professional career with the San Francisco Opera Merola program singing the title role in Don Giovanni for the Western Opera Theater National Tour and covering Guglielmo for the Merola production of Cosi fan tutte. During his five seasons at New York City Opera he sang the roles of Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Dancairo and Morales Carmen, Fritz Die Tote Stadt, Schaunard La Bohéme, Peter Hansel and Gretel, Fiorello Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Anthony Sweeney Todd. Other favorite roles have included Schlemil Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Seattle Opera, Angelotti Tosca at Atlanta Opera, the Baron La Traviata at Kentucky Opera and Dandini La Cenerentola at the Ash Lawn Opera Festival.
Most recently on the concert stage he sang in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. With the Brooklyn Philharmonic under Robert Spano he sang the title role of Sibelius’ Kullervo. He was soloist in Handel Messiah with Orchestra Atlanta, performed the title role in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno at Caramoor Music Festival, sang the baritone solos in J. S. Bach Mass in B Minor and St. John Passion with The Atlanta Bach Choir, and was filmed for PBS as Ned Keene Peter Grimes under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, he studied the art of song with distinguished artists such as Margot Garrett. Click here to contact Scott's Agent
KIM POKIN LEE, soprano
Kim Pokin Lee was very excited to make her 2013 Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, under the direction of Knox College’s Dr. Laura Lane. She looks forward to returning to her alma mater to perform Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with Dr. Bruce Polay and the Knox-Galesburg Symphony in 2015. Past performances include the role of Cunegonde in Florida State University’s production of Candide and the soprano solo in Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio with Grace Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, Florida. As a mother and voice teacher in Lombard, Illinois, Ms. Pokin Lee divides her time between her talented students and her musical son, Rowan. She has been lucky enough to study voice with Laura Lane at Knox and Karen Brunssen of Northwestern University, and is deeply grateful for their instruction.
PAUL PISANO, pianist
Paul Pisano’s musical and academic activities have included those of concerto soloist, solo recitalist, recital accompanist, and chamber musician; rehearsal pianist, coach, music director and/or orchestral pianist for opera and musical theatre; choral singer, conductor, oratorio soloist, and organ accompanist; composer and arranger; and professor of piano, music theory, and Italian. He received a DMA in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and has taught on the faculties of Kenyon College and Iowa State University.
Performance highlights include the Barber Piano Concerto with the CCM Philharmonia, the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the Utah Symphony, and solo and collaborative recitals in Rome, Florence, and Naples. Paul has also performed as bass soloist in Arvo Pärt’s St. John Passion, the Bach cantata "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" (BWV 106), and Ravel’s Trois Chansons. As a composer he has received the Raymond Hubble Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. In recent years he has been in high demand as a vocal coach and accompanist at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
MEGAN ROTH, mezzo-soprano
Known for her “rich character portrayals” and “versatile voice,” mezzo-soprano Megan Roth enjoys a varied career performing opera, oratorio, art song, and chamber music, with repertoire spanning from early to contemporary music.
Most recently, Megan performed the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Summer Garden Opera in Virgina and as Meg in Little Women with MassOpera, where she was praised for her “warm and sonically sumptuous Meg.” Other recent engagements include soloist in Copland’s In the Beginning with Vox Humana in Dallas, Texas, Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and Dixit Dominus with the Metropolitan Chorale.
On the operatic stage, Megan made her debut with Boston Midsummer Opera as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and was invited back to sing the Woman in the Jazz Trio of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, where she was praised for her “lovely singing” and for being “most at home with her Andrews-Sisteresque routines.” She reprised the role of Dorabella with Opera Providence the subsequent season. With Opera Boston, Megan sang the role of Francisca in Maria Padilla and covered Beatrice in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, after her debut the previous season as Amélie in La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein. Other favorite roles include Angelina in La Cenerentola, Costanza in the rarely performed L’isola Disabitata by Haydn, and Sesto in Giulio Cesare.
Highlights of her solo concert performances include Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat and Weihnacht’s Oratorium, Gretchaninov’s Passion Week, de Falla’s El amor brujo, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria & Magnificat, and Duruflé Requiem. Megan was a 2014 finalist in The American Prize Competition, both in the Chicago Oratorio Award and Opera Division categories.
As an active chamber musician, Megan performs with several renowned national ensembles including the GRAMMY® winning ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas, GRAMMY® True Concord and Seraphic Fire, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Lorelei Ensemble, Yale Choral Artists, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, and The Thirteen. She also relishes collaborations with other artistic mediums and recently performed as guest artist with the Contemporary Dance Theatre at Indiana University and in a reprise performance with Nugent Dance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art performing Per te lascai la luce by Handel. She was also invited to give voice to the otherwise silent character Octavia in Britannicus, a play by Jean Racine at the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), where she was acclaimed for “her gorgeously sung arias that act as haunting respites in this gripping drama.”
Ms. Roth holds an Artist Certificate in Opera and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. Ms. Roth is also an accomplished violinist, and holds a Bachelor of Music with honor in Violin Performance from DePaul University. www.meganroth.com