schedule

June 17 7:00PM

Location

Bryant Park

Near 41st Street and 6th Avenue New York, NY 10018

Director and Emcee
Music Director and Pianist
  • Glenn Seven Allen

    Tenor

    Glenn Seven Allen is garnering critical acclaim on theater, opera, and concert stages throughout the United States as a consummate singing actor, lauded for his dynamic interpretations of heroes and leading men alike. Mr. Allen was hailed by Opera News as an “Edwardian matinee idol, giving by far the most detailed dramatic performance.” Upcoming, Mr. Allen performs as a soloist in Opera Meets Broadway and the Romeo & Juliet Ball at Gulfshore Opera, as a tenor soloist in Kings, Giants & Robots at American Modern Ensemble, and in Southern Crossings at Barnard College.
    Recently, Mr. Allen starred as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities at Bob Jones University, starred as Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain with New York City Opera and subsequently returned as Freddy in Dear Erich, Il Padre in Piramo e Tisbe with The Little Opera Theater of New York, and Dan Goodman in Next to Normal with Syracuse Stage. He also performed as a soloist with Charlottesville Symphony in their Bicentennial Celebration of the Arts and The Americans concerts, performed as a soloist in The New Crew concert with the American Lyric Theatre, a solo with ALT Alumni: Composers and Librettists In Concert, and sang the tenor solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Glacier Symphony.

  • Chelsea Bonagura

    Soprano

    American soprano Chelsea Bonagura enchants audiences with her “gorgeous sound” and “parallel mixture of tenderness and fire” (The Roanoke Times). Role highlights include “Cunegonde” (Candide), “Susanna” (Le Nozze di Figaro), “Mimi” (La Bohème), “Micaëla” (Carmen), “Adina” (“L’elisir d’amore), “Donna Anna” (Don Giovanni), and “Gretel” (Hänsel und Gretel). Ms Bonagura appears frequently with the acclaimed New York City Opera.
    Ms. Bonagura is a member of staff at the prestigious Mannes School of Music in New York City. She is also a student and teaching protégé of famed Italian-American soprano Diana Soviero. Quickly gaining an international reputation as a premiere voice teacher and vocal technician, Ms. Bonagura is increasingly sought after as a guest lecturer and clinician for collegiate and young artist programs. Highly respected by fellow professional artists, she works with musicians performing at leading international opera houses and concert halls including the Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Dutch National Opera, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Concertgebouw, Sydney Opera House, and the Metropolitan Opera. Non-classical students have embarked upon international Broadway tours and enjoyed careers as acclaimed pop recording artists. She resides in New York City and divides her teaching between New York and Europe.

  • Peter Kendall Clark

    Baritone

    Baritone Peter Kendall Clark has created roles in numerous world premieres, including the title role in Ted Rosenthal’s jazz opera Dear Erich at New York City Opera, for which the New York Times praised his “gravity and earthy sound.” He has also sung leading operatic and musical theatre roles with Caramoor Opera, Anchorage Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Opera on the James, Charlottesville Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Chelsea Opera, Syracuse Opera and Skylight Music Theatre. Recent roles include Sweeney Todd, Older Thompson, Henry Higgins, Fredrik Eggerman, King Arthur, MacHeath, Count Almaviva and Eugene Onegin. A regular performer with New York City Opera, he was featured in Harold Prince’s production of Candide, Peter Eötvös' Angels in America, La Fanciulla del West, and Charles Wuorinen's Brokeback Mountain, and the premiere of Iain Bell and Mark Campbell’s Stonewall. Since May of 2020 he has given nearly 200 outdoor concerts in Brooklyn Heights in the series "Songs From The Ledge” which the New York Post has called “the hottest ticket in town.” As the “Brownstone Baritone” he has been profiled on ABC News, CBS Inside Edition, Only Good Heroes for OGTV, Voice Of America, the New York Post, Japan Public Television’s (NHK) Catch! World Top News, and WQXR’s New York in Concert.

  • Lauren Hoffmeier

    Mezzo-soprano

    Lauren Hoffmeier was raised in the heart of New York City with a performance background in opera and musical theatre, being hailed as "a throwback to brass-lunged divas like Ethel Merman, with an alto belt that can stun at 20 paces,” (NY Post) for her performance of Cleo in The Most Happy Fella. She is the author of “Mula and the Fly,” a picture book series that provides parents and teachers with a soft introduction to yoga. The fun characters and engaging stories promote a happy and healthy lifestyle to encourage positive mental wellbeing during early development. In this brilliant world of oddballs and misfits, she aims to inspire positivity by encouraging an international mindset of joy and uniqueness.

  • Melanie Long

    Mezzo-soprano

    Melanie Long’s unique vocal prowess has been described as “easily switch- hitting from high coloratura to Broadway belt” (New York Post). In high demand as a soloist and for her and powerfully interpretive stagecraft, Ms. Long has been featured in several premieres including the East Coast premiere of Stewart Wallace’s Hopper's Wife with New York City Opera. Ms. Long recently starred as Anna in Encompass New Opera Theatre's world premiere of Anna Christie by Edward Thomas, and was featured on the cast album which was up for Grammy Nomination in 2020. She recently made her Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre debut, creating several complex characters in the company's commission of The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius, by Michael Ching and Jean-Francois Charles. Ms. Long performed in the ensemble cast of New York City Opera's Stonewall by Iain Bell and is frequently featured in New York City’s annual PROTOTYPE Festival with Beth Morrison Projects. She will make her Arizona Opera debut next season as Petra in Steve Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

  • Brian James Myer

    baritone

    Praised for his “robust-voiced” and “buttery baritone” (the New York Times), baritone Brian James Myer is an emerging artist on prominent opera and symphony stages in the US and beyond. A Puerto Rican native of Las Vegas, Mr. Myer has been establishing himself in the world of new works with companies such as New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, American Lyric Theatre, Opera San Jose, and Opera Las Vegas. Most notably, he created roles in two world premieres with New York City Opera in 2019, Young Erich (Dear Erich) and Carlos (Stonewall). In 2020 he made his debuts as Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) with Knoxville Opera and as a soloist with the Aula Simfonia Jakarta in Jakarta, Indonesia. Other slated performances in 2020 included Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera on the James, the bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Moralès/Le Dancaïre (Carmen) with Festival Opera, Masetto (Don Giovanni) with the Berkshire Festival Opera, and his European debut as Squibby in Iain Bell’s Women of Whitechapel: Jack the Ripper with Opera North in the UK, all of which were canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. Mr. Myer holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Romance Languages from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. www.brianjamesmyer.com

  • Christopher Nazarian

    Bass

    This season, Christopher Nazarian will be returning to St Petersburg Opera, to perform Cadmus/ Somnus/ Priest (Semele), Archbishop (Juana) with dell’Arte Opera, and Angelotti (Tosca) with New Rochelle Opera. In recent seasons, he performed Leporello (Don Giovanni), Maestro Spinelloccio and covered Simone (Gianni Schicchi) with St. Petersburg Opera Florida, Zaccaria (Nabucco), Le Duc (Roméo et Juliette), Count Ceprano and covered Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Timur (Turandot), Benoit (La bohème) with Sarasota Opera, Colline (La bohème), Dr Grenvil (La traviata) with New Rochelle Opera, Pistola (Falstaff) with Martina Arroyo Foundation-Prelude to Performance, and The King (Aida) with Gateway to Classical Music NYC. Career highlights include bass solos in Bernstein’s Mass at the Sydney Opera House and Handel’s Messiah with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra. Awards include Outstanding Lead Actor by Theatre Tampa Bay 2019 in the role of Leporello (Don Giovanni) with St. Petersburg Opera, winner of Russian Song (Sydney Eisteddfod 2014), Finalist in Opera Awards and Male Operatic Voice (Sydney Eisteddfod 2015), and Finalist with the Opera Foundation for Young Australians (Lady Fairfax NYC Scholarship 2015). Christopher attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he received a master’s in Piano and a master‘s in Opera Performance. He will be making his Carnegie Hall Debut this year as a featured artist of the Armenian General Benevolent Union.

  • Jordan Weatherston Pitts

    Tenor

    Tenor Jordan Weatherston Pitts made his principal artist debut to critical acclaim as the drag queen Renata in Iain Bell and Mark Campbell’s world premiere of Stonewall with New York City Opera and continues an active performance schedule of romantic and lyric repertoire. His most recent roles include the cover of Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, a cover of The Magician (Nika Magadoff) in Menotti’s The Consul with Opera Saratoga, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Achille in La Belle Helene, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Alfredo in La traviata, Younger Thompson (Cover) in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied, Goro in Madama Butterfly, and MacDuff in Verdi's Macbeth.
    www.jordanwpitts.com

  • Jessica Tyler Wright

    Soprano

    JESSICA TYLER WRIGHT – Jessica’s most recent NYCO appearance was as Herta in the world premiere production of Dear Erich. Other NYCO appearances include Vera Donovan in the New York City premiere of Tobias Picker's opera Dolores Claiborne, based on the Stephen King novel of the same title, and the critically acclaimed 2017 production of Candide, reprising the role of Paquette from the 2008 production, (both directed by Hal Prince). Her Broadway credits include John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd and Company, MTC’s LoveMusik (Hal Prince), and Lincoln Center’s War Horse. Off Broadway, Jessica earned a Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Marjorie Taylor in Allegro (Classic Stage Company). She toured the U.S. and Canada with Sweeney Todd and had a turn as Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Atlanta and Dallas. Regional favorites include Marian in The Music Man and Lilli in Kiss Me Kate (MTWichita), KT in Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse), Grace in Annie (North Shore MT), Irene in Crazy For You (MTWichita and CA Music Circus), Mary Jane in Big River (Papermill), and Kost in Cabaret (CA Music Circus). Her television appearances include Blue Bloods with Tom Sellek and a national commercial for Nexium. www.jessicatylerwright.com

  • Michael Capasso ( Director and Emcee )

    Michael Capasso is the General Director of the New York City Opera. He has produced, directed, and toured opera and musical theater productions in the U.S. and abroad for over 30 years. In June of 2014, he led the successful effort to bring the New York City Opera out of bankruptcy. The revitalized New York City Opera returned to the stage in January 2016 with a celebratory production of Tosca. In 1981, he, along with Diane Martindale, founded New York’s Dicapo Opera Theatre. Over the 30 years of his leadership, Dicapo Opera Theater presented a diverse programming to the New York public. In addition to his work with the Dicapo Opera Theatre, Mr. Capasso has directed operas at l’Opéra de Montréal; Mallorca Opera; Toledo Opera; Connecticut Opera; New Jersey State Opera; Opera Carolina; and Orlando Opera among others. Mr. Capasso founded the National Lyric Opera in 1991, a touring company that has brought fully staged operas to communities in the American Northeast.

  • Kathryn Olander ( Music Director and Pianist )

    Recently hailed by Opera News for her “impressive playing,” Kathryn Olander is a frequent assistant conductor/pianist with New York City Opera as well as many regional opera houses. In addition to coaching privately she has held coaching positions with the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Chautauqua Institute. An avid recitalist, highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and Zankel Hall, The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bryant Park's concert series, the Hungarian Consulate of New York and the Polish Consulate of New York, and Bechstein Hall. Ms. Olander is a regular pianist with Reaching for the Arts and Opportunity Music Project, specializing in bringing music to underserved communities and Creative Stage. Ms. Olander began teaching piano at Northeastern University while earning her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at New England Conservatory and has since maintained a studio of private piano students.

Director and Emcee
Michael Capasso
Music Director and Pianist
Kathryn Olander