Equally renowned for her stunning voice and dramatic capability, San Francisco Bay Area soprano Jennifer Paulino is increasingly in demand locally, nationally, and internationally as a versatile concert artist. This marks her debut with the Berkeley Community Orchestra and Chorus. Recently, Jennifer was a national finalist at the 2012 Artist Awards Competition of the National Association for the Teachers of Singing (NATS) for her interpretations of works by Purcell, Handel, Schubert, Poulenc, and Stravinsky. Highlights for the current season include Bach’s Mass in B minor with California Bach Society, Charpentier’s Nativity Pastorale with Magnificat Baroque Ensemble, a festival tour for organ and voice in eastern Australia, and performances of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion on tour in Denmark with the San Francisco Lyric Opera. Jennifer also performs regularly with her critically acclaimed baroque ensemble, Les grâces, interpreting 17th and 18th century works.
Jennifer holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands and Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ.
Megan Berti is a second-year Performance Certificate student at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music and a mezzo-soprano in Melanie Sonnenberg's studio. She is currently preparing the roles of Magali in Catán’s Salsipuedes, Vava in Moscow, Cheryomushki by Shostakovich, and Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Last season at Moores she performed Annina in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, the title role in Daron Hagen's Amelia, and Mistress Quickly in Verdi' Falstaff. She also sang the mezzo-soprano solos in Dvořák’s Requiem and Vivaldi's Gloria with the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra, and this winter she will return to sing in Mozart’s The Great Mass in C Minor.
While earning her Masters studying with Jan Opalach at Eastman, Ms. Berti played the role of Anne in To Hell and Back by Jake Heggie and sang the mezzo-soprano solos for a chamber version of Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder with Eastman's Ossia and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with Rochester's Gregory Kunde Chorale. Megan made her Eastman debut in the winter of 2009 singing the mezzo solo in Bach's B Minor Mass, and in the spring performed Dryade in a scene from Ariadne auf Naxos in the Eastman Opera Gala. During her undergraduate studies at California State University Long Beach, Ms. Berti performed Sesto in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and La Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and she was a soloist in The Great Mass in C Minor by Mozart and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Megan has participated in the summer programs Le Chiavi di Bel Canto, SongFest, and the International Lyric Academy in Italy. For three summers she sang with SummerSong and performed the roles of Orpheus in Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Sesto in Handel’s Julius Cesar, and Otto in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.
She was a scholarship recipient for the Fine Arts Affiliates, the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild, the Presser award, and she has received two CSULB Choral awards. Megan is also a member of the SAI music fraternity and the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.
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J. Raymond Meyers
J.Raymond Meyers, "Joe" is a busy tenor who’s sung frequently with the opera companies of Anchorage, Tampa, Grand Rapids, Utah Festival, Toledo, San Francisco, Portland and many others. In 2009, as well as singing the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme with Oregon's Rogue Opera, he made his major motion picture debut playing an opera singer in the Oscar winning movie "Milk."
In January 2010 he sang Andres in Wozzeck with Ensemble Parallèle then reprised the role with the Astoria Music Festival that Summer. In April of that same year, the tenor returned to Opera San Jose tosing Prunier in the company's premiere of La Rondine. Recent engagements: Carmina Burana with the Spokane Symphony, Lippo/Buchanan in Street Scene with Oakland East Bay Symphony Four Saints in Three Acts with Ensemble Parallele, and Redshirt in Machine at the Crucible.
Upcoming: Dvořák Requiem with Berkeley Community Chorus, Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann with Pocket Opera.
Hailed by Opera News Magazine as “superb,” and “show-stealing,” and as "a triumph" by the San Francisco Chronicle, baritone Igor Vieira made his professional debut in his native Rio de Janeiro at age 17 singing the role of Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen.
Subsequent roles have included the title roles in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande as well as Junius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Lescaut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, and most recently Tonio in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci.
Mr. Vieira has professionally performed 68 different operatic roles ranging from the Baroque Period to World Premiers, with such companies as the San Francisco Opera, the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil,) Opera du Villecroze (France,) Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Center City Opera, Teatro Barakaldo Spain,) West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Fremont Opera, Rimrock Opera, Festival Opera/Walnut Creek, Oakland Opera Theater, Teatro São Pedro (Brazil,) Palácio das Artes (Brazil,) Belcantanti Opera, Pocket Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Sacramento Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Abilene Opera and the Opera Festivals of Belem and Manaus in Brazil.
In June of 2010, Mr. Vieira had the honor of making his San Francisco Opera debut in the role of Happy in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, being the very first male Brazilian singer ever to perform with that company. In the Fall of 2011 Mr. Vieira returned to the San Francisco Opera stage in the role of Gubetta in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with Renee Fleming in the title role, where he was favorably mentioned in virtually every published review of the production.
Mr. Vieira is a world finalist of the 1995 Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in Philadelphia, a recipient of the Margareth Tudor Award (Princeton) for two consecutive years and the Kaplan Foundation Award (Kansas City) for outstanding artistry. He was also awarded Second Place on the East Bay Opera League Voice Competition in 2006 and was a semi-finalist of the Competizione d'Opera in Dresden - Germany in 2008.
In the concert and oratorio fields, Mr. Vieira has performed the baritone solo parts in Handel’s Messiah with the Rutherford’s Symphony in Vermont, Fauré’s Requiem with the Orchestre du Provence in Villecroze (France,) Orff’s Carmina Burana with the National Symphony in Bogotá (Colombia,) the Marin Symphony in California and the Amazonas Philharmonic in Manaus (Brazil.) He has also performed Mozart's Requiem with the Silicon Valley Symphony as well as Mozart's C minor Mass and Saint-Saens's Christmas Oratorio with the Master Works Chorale in Redwood City - California.
Mr. Vieira holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the Westminster Choir College in Princeton - New Jersey, and a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
While in Kansas City, Mr. Vieira was a member of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Young Artists Program, singing over 12 different productions with that company.