Fall 2011 Concert soloists
Known for her ability to bring great musical and theatrical depth to her performances, lyric soprano Carrie Hennessey is a powerful, talented artist. Sheʼs been described as being “as gripping an actress as she is a singer” with “vivid stage presence.”
Recently Ms. Hennessey made a triumphant debut with Cinnabar Theater as Emmeline, in the West Coast Premiere of Tobias Pickerʼs opera of the same name. She brought “exquisite vocal purity and range to the title role” and was “nothing short of sensational.” With West Bay Opera as Mimì (La Bohème), she was said to be “possessed of a full, powerful lyric soprano, which delivers Pucciniʼs arias and duets richly. Her 'Mi chiamano Mimì' (Yes, they call me Mimì) in Act 1 is gorgeous." On only one dayʼs notice, Ms. Hennessey made her debut with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, as soprano soloist in Mahlerʼs Symphony No. 4, to great acclaim.
In the 2010/2011 season, Ms. Hennessey will sing Cio-Cio San with Livermore Valley Opera. She also appears as soprano soloist with Grand Rapids Symphony in Carl Orffʼs Carmina Burana, with the Pacific Symphony in Handelʼs Messiah. With the Oakland East Bay Symphony in the Brahms Requiem, Hennessey brought “bright tone and elegant legato.” She has also appeared with Townsend Opera Players as Hanna (The Merry Widow), and with Sacramento Opera as Giannetta (LʼElisir dʼAmore) and Edith (Pirates of Penzance), and as soprano soloist in Stravinskyʼs ballet Pulcinella at the Mendocino Music Festival. Ms. Hennessey has also had the great privilege to perform with members of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra in Heitor Villa-Lobosʼs Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Voice and Eight Cellos.
Megan Berti, mezzo-soprano, is currently studying with Melanie Sonnenberg at the University of Houston Moores School of Music as a Performance Certificate candidate. She is preparing the roles of Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, and the title role of the new Daron Hagen opera Amelia, as well as the mezzo-soprano solo in the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra's winter performance of Vivaldi's Gloria.
While earning her Master of Music degree at Eastman, Ms. Berti was heard as Anne in the Eastman Opera Theater premiere stage production of Heggie’s To Hell and Back, as Dryade in a scenes production of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, in J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass and St Matthew's Passion, and in the chamber orchestra version of Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder. She also sang as the soloist in Rossini’s Le Petite Messe Solennelle with the Gregory Kunde Chorale and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with California's Cantare con Vivo, and she premiered several chamber and choral works with Eastman's new music ensemble Ossia.
During her undergraduate studies at California State University Long Beach, Megan performed Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and La Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. She has participated in the summer programs Le Chiavi di Bel Canto twice and SongFest’s Sterns Fellow program. Ms. Berti has earned scholarships from the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild and the Fine Arts Affiliates and was the recipient of the Presser Scholarship Award.