Constantinos Yiannoudes as Rigoletto
Praised for “a fascinating combination of charm and menace”, “a creamy, noble sound”, and “an exceptional voice”, baritone Constantinos Yiannoudes maintains an active performance schedule in both opera and concert.
Past seasons have found him at San Francisco Opera covering Germont in La traviata; Sarasota Opera for the Count in Le nozze di Figaro; Eugene Opera for Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Germont in La traviata; Boheme Opera of New Jersey in the title roles of Rigoletto, Don Giovanni and Il barbiere; San Antonio Lyric Opera for Escamillo in Carmen; Fargo Moorhead Opera for Scarpia in Tosca, and New York’s Central Park with New York Grand Opera for a dual bill of Bohèmes, as Marcello in Puccini’s score and Rodolfo in Leoncavallo’s version of the story.
Mr. Yiannoudes has also appeared with Opera San José, Nevada Opera, Annapolis Opera, Taconic Opera, Teatro Grattacielo, Little Orchestra Society and Opera Orchestra of New York. He has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the Bruno Walter Auditorium.
His current operatic repertoire also includes Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ford in Falstaff, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera and Rodrigo in Don Carlo.
Equally at home in contemporary works, Mr. Yiannoudes has been heard in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny-Songspiel, Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. World premiere performances have included the role of Drosselmeir in Craig Bohmler’s The Tale of the Nutcracker and the baritone in Roger Trefousse’s Found Objects. Mr. Yiannoudes also sang the role of Marius in the
On the concert stage the baritone has performed Rossini’s Ermione, Fauré’s Requiem, John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, and the world premiere of Stephen Walters’ Requiem at Carnegie Hall. He was the soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Eugene Concert Choir, as well as in Handel’s Utrecht Jubilate, Dvořák’s Mass in D, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs.
Recent operatic engagements have brought Mr. Yiannoudes to Syracuse Opera, where he made his company debut in the title role of Rigoletto. He returned to
Sarah Jane McMahon as Gilda
Sarah Jane McMahon is swiftly gaining recognition for her beautiful "vocal sophistication" and sparkling stage presence. In 2008, she opened the New York City Opera's spring season in Purcell's King Arthur and was lauded for her "silvery-voiced soprano" and "real star presence." In 2007, she performed Mabel in a new production of The Pirates of Penzance with N.Y.C.O. for which the The New York Times described her as a "deft comic actress" while also praising her vocal polish and flexibility. Sarah Jane made her debut with the New York City Opera in April 2006 as Galatea in Handel's Acis and Galatea. For this production, The New York Times described her as "bright, active, and fastidiously musical," and the New York City Opera bestowed upon her the coveted Kolozsvar Award.
Shortly after earning a Master's degree in Music from
Sarah Jane has performed frequently with New Orleans Opera as Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Musetta in La Bohème, Monica in The Medium, and Maria in West Side Story. She has also sung with Opera Grand Rapids as Maria in West Side Story and Micaela in Carmen, the Washington Concert Opera as Dorinda in Handel's
Recent concert appearances have included Carmina Burana at Avery Fisher Hall, The Rutter Requiem at Carnegie Hall, a New Year's Eve Gala with the New Orleans Opera, and Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with the Colorado Symphony. Broadway audiences have enjoyed her participation in Scott Seigel's Broadway by the Year 1959, Broadway Unplugged, and A Night at the Operetta at Town Hall, NYC. For this latter appearance Opera News praised her beauty pageant looks and "superb, stylish rendition" of "One Kiss."
A summa cum laude graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and
Upcoming engagements include appearances with the Central City Opera as Lucia in Britten's Rape of Lucretia and Maria in West Side Story, a return to New Orleans Opera as Micaela,
The San Francisco Classical Voice hails tenor Michael Wade Lee as a singer "most impressive...with a well-articulated voice of clarity and remarkable color". A seasoned performer on the operatic stage, he has sung with some of the most respected companies in the world, including the Greek National Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the
This season he adds the roles of Cavaradossi TOSCA, Nemorino L'ELISIR D'AMORE and Froh DAS RHEINGOLD to his performed repertoire, adding to a wide variety of roles which include Der Hauptmann WOZZECK which was performed with Indiana Opera Theatre, Nanki-Poo THE MIKADO with Nashville Opera, and Raymond Pocket MISS HAVISHAM'S FIRE with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Mr. Lee has performed the Duke RIGOLETTO at Connecticut Lyric Opera and Opera In The Heights and Turiddu CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA at Chelsea Opera, and in 2004 he performed the Male Chorus RAPE OF LUCRETIA to great acclaim with San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program. Of his performance the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "The best singing came from...tenor Michael Wade Lee, who combined heroism and honeyed tenderness in equal measure".
Gaining a reputation for his vivid characterizations, Mr. Lee created the role of The Actor in the world premiere of Kitty Brazelton's opera FIREWORKS! at American Opera Projects and he has additionally been a member of Pacific Opera's roster since 2002. In 2006, Mr. Lee sang the 1st Guest in Dargomyzhsky's THE STONE GUEST with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Botstein at Avery Fisher Hall.
In January 2008, Mr Lee performed the tenor solo in the North American Premier of Scherbachyov's Symphony Blokovskaya with Leon Botstien and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. the New York Times said, "[Mr Lee] sang with attractive tone and stamina in the final movement, a lurid Dantean fantasy..."He also sang the tenor solo in the Mozart Requiem and Jenkins The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace at Carnegie Hall and has appeared in concert with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and on the stages of Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City. He was a finalist in the Texoma region's NATS competition and won the Metropolitan Opera National Council encouragement award in
Hilary Ginther as Maddalena
Ms. Ginther is a recent graduate of the