MEET THE ARTISTS OF CALLIOPE’S CALL
DEBORAH SELIG, soprano
Soprano Deborah Selig’s voice has been described by the press as “radiant,” “beautifully rich,” “capable of any emotional nuance,” and “impressively nimble.” During recent seasons, Ms. Selig has appeared as Pamina in The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera; Musetta in La Boheme and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Central City Opera; Pamina in The Magic Flute, Rose in Street Scene with Chautauqua Opera; Curley’s Wife in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Kentucky Opera; and Bella in Tippett’s A Midsummer Marriage with Boston Modern Orchestra Project. This season, Ms. Selig looks forward to role debuts as Sybil in Lowell Lieberman’s The Picture of Dorian Gray with Odyssey Opera and Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen with Dayton Opera.
A striking and versatile artist on the concert stage, Ms. Selig has soloed with orchestras and choruses and also been presented on numerous concert series’ in chamber music recitals across the United States. Some recent orchestral highlights include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Asheville Symphony, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Brown University Chorus, Brahm’s Requiem with Dayton Philharmonic, Bach cantatas with Handel and Haydn Society, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Fairbanks Symphony (AK), Haydn’s Creation with Harvard University Choirs, Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 with Kentucky Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Masterworks Chorale, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Nashoba Valley Chorale, and Handel’s Messiah with Rhode Island Philharmonic. This season, Ms. Selig debuts with Buffalo Philharmonic for Brahms’ Requiem; Smith College, Music on Norway Pond, and Calliope’s Call Concert Series for song recitals; and returns to Masterworks Chorale for Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.
Recordings include Marcia Kraus’ Three Fairy Tales for Soprano, Oboe and Piano with Centaur Records; Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and BMOP Sound; and Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices, also with BMOP Sound. www.deborahselig.com
ALEXANDER NISHIBUN, tenor
Tenor ALEXANDER NISHIBUN is gaining recognition for his vibrant sound, musical versatility, and engaging presence. His music has been characterized as “a delight•” and “capable of stealing the show” (Portland Press Herald). His varied roles have included Nemorino from L’Elisir d’amore, Prunier from La Rondine, Fenton from Falstaff, Tamino and Monostatos from Die Zauberflöte, and Frederic from The Pirates of Penzance. Nishibun has sung with the Portland Opera YAP, the Boston Early Music Festival YAP during their nationally acclaimed Niobe, Regina di Tebe production, and continues to perform widely in the greater Boston area.
A frequent oratorio soloist, Nishibun’s recent and upcoming performances include Handel’s Messiah, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Haydn’s The Creation, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and Mozart’s Davide Penitente. His concert work also includes various Monteverdi works as well as recitals in collaboration with the Boston Art Song Society.
In conjunction with his solo work, Nishibun is an active chamber music artist. He performs across the United States with the Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Vox Humana, Kinnara Ensemble, Les Canards Chantants, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Handel & Haydn Society, the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, and Boston Cecilia. A regular studio artist, his most recent work can be heard on the Skylark Vocal Ensemble’s newest album, Crossing Over. In addition, he will record works with the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir as well as Kinnara Ensemble this season.
His work within the Boston community can be seen in his frequent appearances with Trinity Church as one of their staff tenors, Church of the Advent, and Marsh Chapel of Boston University where he was a choral scholar. Nishibun works regularly with the child-choristers of Trinity Church as well as leading masterclasses and workshops across the United States with the Skylark Vocal Ensemble and Vox Humana.
SONJA DUTOIT TENGBLAD, soprano
Commended by the Boston Globe for her "crystalline tone and graceful musicality", soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad is a versatile performer with credits spanning the Renaissance era through the most current composers of our time. Recent highlights include Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis bolbarie (Abra and Ozias), Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (La Fortuna and Giunone), and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (First Lady) with Boston Baroque; Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Blue Hill Bach Festival (Galatea); Mozart’s Waisenhausmesse and Bach’s St. John Passion (soprano soloist), Purcell’s King Arthur (Cupid) and Handel’s Samson (Israelite Woman), with the Handel and Haydn Society; Knussen’s Symphony No. 2 for high soprano with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts, both with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. She was awarded 2nd place in the 2014 American Prize competition’s art song and oratorio division.
A champion of new music, Ms. Tengblad has premiered many roles and works including the Boston premiere of Kati Agócs’ Vessel for three solo voices and chamber ensemble, and Agócs’ world premiere of The Debrecen Passion (written for the Lorelei Ensemble) for which she was a featured soloist, both performed and recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She created the role of Maria in Diego Luzuriaga’s El Niño de los Andes with VocalEssence of Minnesota. A highlight for Ms. Tengblad was appearing in a concert celebrating the 80th birthday of composer Dominic Argento (in attendance) for which the Minnesota Star Tribune reported her to have given "the most affective performance of the evening", as well as the recital she curated with Seattle-based tenor Eric Neuville of all 21st century settings of Emily Dickinson’s poetry for Conspirare’s season opener in 2015, an event the Austin Chronicle published as the #3 arts event in Austin that year. 2015-2016 season will feature a collaboration with the laudable Shirish Korde ensemble (www.shirishkorde.com) on a multimedia operetta depicting the experiences of female war veterans, and the continuation of her recital project with percussionist Jonathan Hess that will premiere works by Adam Simon, Matthew Peterson (ASCAP Nissim Prize winner, 2013), and Emmy-award composer Kareem Roustom.
Ms. Tengblad performs with the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas; the Yale Choral Artists, and Boston’s Blue Heron, Lorelei Ensemble, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and Emmanuel Music. sonjatengblad.com