Nicole Van Every, soprano
Her voice hailed as providing a “stunning feast for the ears,” American soprano Nicole Van Every maintains a rigorous performance schedule across the globe. Her professional resume-to-date includes over 60 performances in operatic and solo concert repertoire, including invited appearances in the United States, Greece, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Poland. Her performances encompass a diverse output, most recently including: Carmina Burana with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Canterbury Voices; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Norman Philharmonic; Haydn’s Creation with the Haydn Conservatory Orchestra; Beethoven’s Mass in C for a nationally broadcast service at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Laudate dominum at the Szczecin (Poland) Cathedral; Prayer at the ICMC in Athens, Greece; Saint-Saëns’ La Nuit and Bob Chilcott’s Requiem with the Quincy (Illinois) Symphony; Mozart’s Vesperae solennes and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Oklahoma Master Chorale; Mozart’s Regina coeli at Alice Tully Hall in New York City; Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the Truman State (Missouri) Orchestra; and Stravinsky’s Les noces with the University of Oklahoma Chorale and Oklahoma Festival Ballet. Operatic roles last year include Violetta and Tosca with Painted Sky Opera; other recent notable roles include Alcina, Alice Ford, and Donna Anna. This past May, she sang in the highly acclaimed Polish premiere of Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, inspired by the 1929 Carl Dreyer silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, in Legnica, Poland. In August, she will sing Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, as the invited soloist of the 44th Annual Classical Music Festival in Austria. She will join the Fort Smith Symphony this December for a performance of traditional holiday favorites. Nicole is a winner of the 2018-2019 American Prize in Oratorio Performance. She was also a finalist at the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional competition in Kansas City, as well as the first-place winner of Classical Singer Magazine’s summer competition in 2016. Notable recent teachers and coaches include: renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, Metropolitan Opera baritone Kim Josephson, and David Lomelí of Dallas Opera. Visit her website at nicolevanevery.com.
Emily Skilling, alto
Emily Skilling, winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions South Carolina District, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, where she studied with Laura Brooks Rice. While at Westminster, Ms. Skilling performed several leading roles, the highlights of which include Dame Quickly in Falstaff and La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica. Professional role credits include Ulrica in Un ballo in Maschera, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte . Additionally, Emily has extensive choral experience, having performed with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, Kinnara Ensemble, and the world-renowned Westminster Choir. She recently performed as a soloist with the American Bach Soloists Academy, Boheme Opera New Jersey, Opera on the James, the CoOPERAtive Program, Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, and Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, and is a regular concert soloist around the United States. In her most recent performance of Dame Quickly in New York City, Emily was praised for her “dark amaretto flavored voice,” “commanding presence,” and “comedic skills.” Brooklyn Discovery also stated, “she is born for the stage and opera is lucky to have her.”
Conor Broaders, tenor
Currently completing his Master’s in Vocal Performance at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Stephen Swanson, Conor Broaders previously studied at Northwestern University where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Karen Brunssen. Conor’s recent operatic engagements include Pistola in Lawrence Opera Theatre’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff and Escamillo in the University of Iowa’s staging of Le Tragédie de Carmen, Peter Brook’s version of Bizet’s Carmen. Other performance credits include Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, Sarastro in a chamber production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and while at Northwestern portrayals of Elder Ott in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Antonio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Sir Roderic Murgatroyd in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore. In addition to his operatic roles he has also been a part of the chorus in the recent productions of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS at the Ravinia Festival, a soloist in Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Bello, Bach’s Ich habe genug, and Schubert’s Mass in G. He has also been an active choral singer in numerous ensembles for the past 17 years in groups including Chicago Chamber Choir, Constellation Men’s Ensemble, and Chicago Children’s Choir. He is excited to make his professional solo debut with the BCCO this season.
Miles Herr, bass
Tenor Miles Herr, is a graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio. His operatic credits include Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Le Remendado (Carmen) with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Bardolfo (Falstaff) with Crested Butte Music Festival, Stevie and Professor Scoot (The Cradle will Rock) with Opera Saratoga, Pluton and Orphée (Orphée aux Enfers) and Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) with the Marlyand Opera Studio and Gastone (La Traviata) with Ash Lawn Opera. In addition to his operatic credits, Mr. Herr also took part in two consecutive iterations of the annual New Work Reading while a member of the Maryland Opera Studio where he premiered two new operatic works: The Young King and Another Country. As a concert soloist, Mr. Herr has performed Handel’s Messiah with a number of groups, including Calvary Baptist Church, The Cary Community Choir, and Chapel Hill University Baptist Church. He also performed a pair of concerts with the UNC Baroque Ensemble under the bow of Dr. Brent Wissick. Miles is an alumnus of young artist programs at Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Crested Butte Opera Studio, and Opera Saratoga. He has performed on master classes with many accomplished artists and teachers including Marlena Malas, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Angela Brown. Mr. Herr currently studies with Gran Wilson.