MEET THE ARTISTS OF CALLIOPE’S CALL
MAGGIE FINNEGAN, soprano
Hailed by Opera News for her 'strong voice and noteworthy acting prowess,' Maggie Finnegan is a versatile soprano, singing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. Maggie is one of the five S&R Foundation's 2016 Washington Award winners and last June she made her Kennedy Center debut as the First Prize and Audience Award winner of the Washington International Competition for Voice. Specializing in new opera, this season she will sing in the world premiere of Lembit Beecher's Sophia's Forest in collaboration with the ExCITe Center at Drexel University and will make her Opera Parallele debut in Rachel Portman's The Little Prince. Last season included premieres with The American Chamber Opera Company (Lisa's Room: A Dream),Vital Opera (Unfinished: An Opera) and the Center for Contemporary Opera in Louis Andriessen's Odysseus' Women/Anais Nin at National Sawdust. She was featured as a soloist in the revival of the play Extraordinary Measures, in which she worked with tony award winning playwright/activist Eve Ensler. She made her professional musical theater debut in The Sound of Music with Paper Mill Playhouse and joined the Metropolitan Opera Guild's School Touring Program of The Magic Flute bringing opera to over 2,000 children throughout the New York metro area.
An avid chamber music performer and recitalist, Maggie recently brought her solo recital The Goddess Wept: An Evening of Contemporary American Art Song to the inaugural Capital Fringe Festival Chamber Series in Washington DC. Last season she performed solo recitals in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York and Boston. Her recent concert appearances include performances with the Avanti Orchestra, The New Dominion Chorale, the City Choir of Washington, the Camerata Singers of Monterey County, the Halcyon Stage and the Pyeongchang Winter Music Festival in South Korea. Please visit her at www.maggiefinnegansoprano.com.
CLARE LONGENDYKE, piano
Hailed a “superlative pianist,” (Journal of the IAWM), Clare Longendyke is a passionate soloist and chamber musician recognized for her colorful musicality, technical fluency, and ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum. Clare has performed solo and chamber music recitals across Europe and North America and has won 1st place prizes in national competitions in Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, and Massachusetts. She made her orchestral debut in 2012 performing Bartók’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Indiana University Concert Orchestra.
Clare has been a featured soloist in the Fazioli Piano Series (Los Angeles) and the Silvermine Artist Series (Connecticut), as well as in performances on American Public Media’s Performance Today. An active performer of new music, she has premiered of over 75 new works since 2012. Clare is a founding member of the CT:2 Clarinet and Piano Duo, the Uproar Duo, the Longendyke/Wollman Viola and Piano Duo, and she is the pianist and Administrative Director of Calliope’s Call, a Boston-based art song performance group. Through her solo and ensemble work, she has worked with and performed the music of living composers Joan Tower, Frederic Rzewski, Tom Cipullo, and Joseph Schwantner, among many others.
In 2017, Clare performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor with the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra (Massachusetts) and Orlando Cela, conductor. Upcoming engagements include solo recital tours in San Francisco and Boston, and performances of Joan Tower’s Piano Concerto with orchestras in Indiana and Iowa in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday. Clare holds degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the École Normale de Musique in Paris, France, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She currently lives in Indianapolis, where she is completing a Doctorate of Music at Indiana University. Clare is Lecturer of Music in Piano at Franklin College. www.clarelongendyke.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.
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
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
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