Spring Studio Series

Spring Studio Series Cast Members

  • Adrienne Danrich, soprano

    Adrienne Danrich, soprano

    EMMY® award winning Soprano Adrienne Danrich’s voice has been described as “Fresh liquid silver” and “meltingly tender in its high floating vulnerability”.  Ms. Danrich made her San Francisco Opera stage debut as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen after having covered in two of the companies’ prior seasons as Elizabeth in the French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos and Liù in Puccini’s Turandot.

    Most recently, Ms. Danrich sang the role of Monisha in Joplin’s Treemonisha for the New York City Opera’s Outreach, Serena in Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess with Dayton Opera, Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking with Fort Worth Opera. Patience in excerpts from Paula Kimper’s Patience and Sarah with American Opera Projects, and Tamara in a reading of excerpts from Stefania de Kenessey’s developing opera Bonfire of the Vanities. Ms. Danrich has also sung the role of Rosalinda in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Azelia in Still’s Troubled Island for the William Grant Still Festival, and Mrs. Gloop in the workshop of Peter Ashe’s recently premiered opera Golden Ticket. With Cincinnati Opera, she performed the High Priestess in Verdi’s Aïda, Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco, Cilla in excerpts from Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner and understudied the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme. Ms. Danrich performed with Kenya Opera in various venues throughout Africa in Nairobi and Mombasa.

    In 2006, Ms. Danrich received a commission from Cincinnati Opera to write and perform a one-woman show: This Little Light of Mine: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. This production, which she describes as a live documentary, premiered in 2007 at the Cincinnati Opera and has since been presented over fifty times in various venues nationwide including The Mann Performing Arts Center, Next Act Theater, Antioch College, Central State University, Jackson State University, MEJ Artists Series, University of Southern Mississippi, and Wright State University, and a newly orchestrated version with the Chamber Orchestra of Laredo. PBS Milwaukee (MPTV) filmed and televised This Little Light of Mine in February 2011 and the show was the winner of the 2011 Midwest EMMY® for Best On-Camera Performance by a Narrator or Performer.  Ms. Danrich received her second commission from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The new show, An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance had its debut in February 2011 and was extraordinarily well received.

    On the concert stage, Ms. Danrich has performed selections from Porgy and Bess with Willard White and the San Francisco Symphony, the Rigoletto Quartet and Porgy and Bess Suite with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Brahms Requiem with the Cape Cod Symphony, Bryan Symphony and the St. George’s Choral Society, The Ordering of Moses and selections from Die Fledermaus with the Dayton Philharmonic, Three Divas with Northern Kentucky Symphony, the Bachianas Brasilieras with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and The Orchestra of St. Luke’s Outreach, Dido in Dido and Aeneas with Orchestra of St. Luke’s Outreach, John Carter’s Spiritual Cantata with Louisville Orchestra, Home for the Holidays with Cincinnati Symphony, and opera Galas with the Laredo Philharmonic, Hartt Symphony and Hamilton Fairfield Symphony.

    Ms. Danrich made her soloist debut at Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in Beethoven’s Mass in C and Mozart’s Mass in G. She also made her Alice Tully Hall debut with The Little Orchestra of New York performing arias and duets by Vivaldi. Ms. Danrich sang her first Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and the Cape Cod Times raved that "Young soprano Adrienne Danrich... added a glistening top to the ensemble work and sang solo passages with an unforced bell-like tone that penetrated to the far corners of the hall."

    Ms. Danrich is a native of St. Louis, MO and is an alumna of Eastman School of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Danrich has recorded Only Heaven by Ricky Ian Gordon with PS Classics, Age to Age with OCP Publications, Original Songs of Sacred Slumber and Solitude with Soli Deo Gloria Productions and A Tribute to William Warfield with the Eastman School of Music.

  • Margaret

    Margaret "Meg" Thompson, mezzo-soprano

    Delawarean Margaret Thompson began her career in the opera houses ofGermany,Austria,Spainand later theUnited Stateswhere she sang over 50 operatic roles such as Octavian, Frika, Charlotte, Eboli, Venus, Composer, Sesto and Cherubino.

     She has performed opposite such greats as Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Matti Salminen, Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Dolora Zajick, and Vladimir Chernov at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real de Madrid, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Volksoper Wien, Spoleto Festival and New York City Opera.

     Ms. Thompson has been heard in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall,KennedyCenter,LincolnCenterand Gewandhaus Leipzig where she has performed over 50 oratorio roles in theUnited Statesand throughoutEurope. She has also sung with conductors such as James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Peter Schneider, Julius Rudel,Mstislav Rostropovich,KentNagano, Lawrence Foster and Asher Fisch.

     Ms. Thompson has been 1st Prize winner of several competitions including the "Christa Ludwig" Vocal Academy Competition, the "Salzburg Mozarteum" Competition, the "German Silver Medallion" for "Best Singer of the Year", Prize Winner/Finalist for the "Sylvia Geszty Coloratura" Competition and nominated in Opernwelt Magazine as "Best Young Singer of the Year" for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

     Recent and future engangements include "Suzuki" (Cover) in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera Feb/March 2012, "Chambermaid" (Cover) in Makropulos Case also at the "Met" in April/June 2012 and "Larina" in Los Angeles Opera's Eugene Onegin September 2011.

  • Gary Seydell, tenor

    Gary Seydell, tenor

    February 2012

    A March 2011 article in The St. Louis Dispatch described tenor Gary Seydell singing the role of Turridu, as “captivating; his voice pierced each note and rang with brilliant vibrato.” He has performed in regional opera houses throughout the United States and Italy and has been a soloist with several orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Newark Symphony, Northern Kentucky Symphony and the Wheeling Symphony.

     Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Voice from the University of Delaware, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and an Artist Diploma in Opera from The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

     He currently holds the position of Assistant Director of Academic Advising at Wilmington University and has been adjunct professor of voice at the University of Delaware and Visiting Assistant Professor at The State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia.  He is a regular soloist for Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and performs regularly throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Upcoming performances include the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme with Winter Opera of St. Louis in March 2012 and the Southern Illinois Music Festival in June 2012.  He resides in Newark, Delaware.

  • Jeff Chapman, baritone

    Jeff Chapman, baritone

    Jeffrey Chapman, baritone, has appeared with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, OperaDelaware, the Florida State Opera, Opera a la Carte, the Repertory Opera Company of Los Angeles, Center City Opera Theater, Choral Arts Philadelphia, the Westfield Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony, and the Tallahassee Symphony, among others. Recent roles include Ibn Hakia in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Gregorio in Romeo et Juliette, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Marcello in La Bohème. Mr. Chapman is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received his Master’s degree from the Florida State University.

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