Program

Georges Bizet: “Habanera” from Carmen (1875)

Michael Oberhauser: “In the Hallway” from A Fire in Water (2014)

Hector Berlioz: “Chanson de Brander” from La damnation de Faust (1846)

Johann Strauss Jr.: “Chacun à son goût” from Die Fledermaus (1874)

 

Giuseppi Verdi: “Brindisi” from La Traviata (1853)

Jake Heggie: “Daybreak” from Three Decembers (2008)

Strauss: “Brüderlein und Schwesterlein” from Die Fledermaus

Engelbert Humperdinck: “Hexenleid” from Hänsel und Gretel (1893)

 

Sigmund Romberg: “Drink! Drink! Drink!” from The Student Prince (1924)

Kurt Weil: Je ne t’aime pas (1934)

Jacques Offenbach: “The Tipsy Song” from La Périchole (1874)

Strauss: “Im Feuerstrom der Reben” from Die Fledermaus


Performers

  Katherine Fili, mezzo-soprano

Katherine Fili, mezzo-soprano

Katherine Fili is a 2014 graduate from The University of Maryland's Opera Studio, where she studied with Delores Ziegler and Linda Mabbs while earning a master's degree in Operatic Performance. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2012 at Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with Ms. Mildred Miller Posvar. 

Katherine spent the 2015 - 2016 Season as The Resident Studio Artist with The Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, WI and will spend the 2018 - 2019 Season as the resident mezzo soprano with Opera Toledo.

She is currently based in Washington, DC where she has appeared with The In Series Opera Company and returned to The Maryland Opera Studio on guest alumni contracts.

She has also performed with The Connecticut Grand Opera and The Microscopic Opera Company. In the summer of 2012, Katherine was a Young Artist with The Pittsburgh Opera Theater Summerfest Program. Most recently, Katherine was engaged as a young artist with Opera South East.

She has worked with acclaimed directors, coaches, and conductors such as Justina Lee, Elizabeth Bachman, Dorothy Danner, Craig Kier, Nick Olcott, and Dr. Robert Page.

 
  Katie Baughman, soprano

Katie Baughman, soprano

Katie Baughman, lyric soprano, is a versatile and multi-faceted artist. After her professional debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bellingham Festival of Music the Bellingham Herald proclaimed her “delightful”. Katie recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a member of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland.  She is a staff chorister and soloist in the 22-member professional choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

This season, Katie will sing the soprano solos in Mozart’s Requiem,Handel’s Messiah with the Johns Creek (GA) Symphony, present a full recital of bel canto music and re-create the roles of Adele in Die Fledermaus and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with the Maryland Opera Studio. Last season, Katie sang the soprano solos in Bach's Kaffee-Kantate and Cantata 140 and Roy Harris' Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight and Earl Kim's Where Grief Slumbers with UMD's TEMPO ensemble.   Additional recent performances include solo roles in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with the Johns Creek Symphony and Michael O’Neal Singers, Bach’s Magnificat at UMD and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and cover of Mussetta in La Boheme with the Maryland Opera Studio.

Previous performance experience as a professional chorister and soloist include multiple appearances with the Johns Creek Symphony, soloist with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, educational outreach through Young Audiences of Atlanta, and frequent performer (in principal roles) with Capitol City Opera (Atlanta). She was winner of the Encouragement Award at the Georgia District Met Auditions, was a semi-finalist in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition and won the Gail Robinson Musicianship Award at the University of Kentucky's Alltech Competition.  Katie was a core member of the prestigious Atlanta Opera Chorus for 5 seasons and performed in the professional chorus for two Carnegie Hall workshops and concerts led by Peter Schreier (Bach’s B Minor Mass) and Andre Previn (Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem). 

 
  David Miranda, tenor

David Miranda, tenor

David Miranda can regularly be found performing with The Washington Chorus and is a regular guest with Washington Master Chorale, Choralis, and other groups. David is also the tenor section leader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Rock Creek Parish in Washington, D.C.

As a native Northern Virginian, David was immersed in a rich and diverse musical community which led to a passion for choral singing. Attending Shepherd University, he had the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist and choral singer in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, and Spain. David was also invited to be an Opera Artist with the International Performing Arts Institute in Munich, Germany. He was featured in several performances, workshops, and master classes with notable performers, conductors, and directors from the Bavarian State Opera.

An active soloist throughout the Washington, D.C. area, David has had the pleasure of performing as the tenor soloist in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Handel's Israel in Egypt, Mozart's Requiem, and Mendelssohn's Elijah.

 
  Ross Tamaccio, baritone

Ross Tamaccio, baritone

Ross Tamaccio is a native of Herndon, Virginia. During his graduate studies at Peabody with Dr. Stanley Cornett, he performed Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in the outreach program of The Magic Flute, and most recently Manfred in the east coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain. As an oratorio soloist, he has been featured in Handel’s Messiah with the Frederick Chorale, and Brahms’s Requiem with Maryland Choral Society. Additionally Ross has performed in Bach’s B Minor Mass and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. As a highly sought-after professional chorister, Ross has also sung with the Basilica of the National Shrine Choir in Washington, the National Symphony, and The Thirteen Choir.

 
  Thomas Hunter, piano

Thomas Hunter, piano

Noted for his “riveting, emotional complexity, ” (Washington Times) award winning American pianist, Thomas Hunter recently completed his Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London. There, he was named the Somers-Mountfort Scholar and studied with Ian Jones. Thomas has recently performed in England, the USA, Italy and Serbia, at venues and series including Steinway Hall, London, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, The Forge, and The Bath Recital Artists' Trust, the Miami Summer Music Festival in Florida, Music Academy International in Trentino, Italy, the Columbia Festival for the Arts, and lecture-recitals at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.

While maintaining a great passion for the classics, Thomas is equally at home with new works in various genres. He has performed premieres of in multiple US states and abroad, working with composers such as Evan Meier, Dorian Wallace, William Kenlon, Geoff Sheil, and Tomek Regulski, among others. Recently, he has also enjoyed performing in the popular and folk genres, arranging music for unique ensembles, and collaborating with innovative ensembles such as invoke, Boss Company, and the Trifilio Tango Trio.

A frequent recipient of awards, scholarships and fellowships, he won first prize in the Sevag and Nairi Balian Concerto Competition in Siena, Italy, first prize in the Montpelier Arts Center Classical Recital Competition, second place in the Rising Star Emerging Artist Competition, held in Columbia, Maryland, USA. He received the Helen Mack Memorial Scholarship at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was awarded the Charles F. Bruny Fellowship at the Garth Newel Music Center.