Mezzo-soprano Diana Cantrelle, master’s candidate in voice and minor in composition, will be making her Canadian debut on Dec. 11 and 12 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She will be the alto soloist in The Messiah by Handel with the North Grenville Concert Choir and Orchestra – conducted by Gordon Slater. A DVD and CD will be made from these performances.
Mezzo soprano Yun Kyong Lee (BM ’09, MM ’10), soprano Jennifer Edwards (MM ’09), and guitarist Mark Edwards (MM ’09, Guitar), along with voice faculty member Vera Danchenko Stern, piano, represented Peabody at the Tenth International Conservatory Week Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The singers performed with composer and pianist Lori Laitman, a Peabody National Advisory Council member who was the festival’s Distinguished Guest Composer. The festival, held from October 22-29, also included performances by the Morgan State University Choir led by Eric Conway (BM ’85, MM ’87, DMA ’95, Piano).
Following the festival, Lee and Danchenko-Stern presented Laitman’s music in joint recitals at the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music.
The New York debut of GPD candidate Sonya Knussen, mezzo-soprano, with the Red Light New Music Company at Symphony Space was reviewed by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times. Kozinn wrote, “In two madrigals, “Tu m’uccidi, o crudele” and “Moro, lasso,” the vocal lines, shaped gracefully here by Sonya Knussen, a mezzo-soprano, are offset by quirkily revised accompaniments that expand on Gesualdo’s penchant for acidic harmony.”
Soprano Annie Gill (GPD ’08) won first place in the Kentucky Opera Idol Competition on Sept. 17 in Morehead, Ky. Gill won all three components: judges’ decision, audience choice, and online. She will perform the role of Kate Pinkerton in Baltimore Opera Theatre’s production of Madama Butterfly on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Hippodrome Theatre.
Jessica Renfro (MM ’03, Voice; GPD ’05, Opera) sang Cenerentola with the Jacksonville Lyric Opera in August at the Bellayre Music Festival in Upstate New York. She also had her Carnegie Hall debut in June singing “Seguedilla” and “Mon coeur” with Pacific Opera in New York City. She will appear in a reality show called The Production about how to bridge the gap between the opera singer and the pop culture audience. On November 20, she will perform one of the lead roles, Soh-Jin, in the world premiere of Ssibaji, based on a Korean folk legend, in the Korea Monitor Concert Series. She is also a DiCapo Opera Theatre Resident Artist this season alongside Peabody alumnae Andrea Nwoke (’05) and Laura Virella (BM ’03).