Verdi Requiem Soloist Profile: Yeghishe Manucharyan

It is our pleasure to collaborate with Yeghishe Manucharyan, who will be joining us in Jordan Hall on November 11 for our performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

Tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Opera Boston, Boston Concert Opera, Minnesota Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Baltimore Opera, Knoxville Opera, Tanglewood Festival, Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Italy, Wexford Festival in Ireland, Armenian National Opera as well as the New York Choral Society, Opera Orchestra of New York, Masterworks Chorale, Caramoor International Music Festival, the Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mejico. In opera he has appeared in such roles as Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Cavaradossi in Tosca Lykov in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride, Shostakovich’s The Nose, Argirio in Tancredi, Armida, Gerald in Lakme, Leidcester in Mara Stuarda, Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, Don Ruiz in Maria Padilla, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodrigo in La Donna del Lago, Ricardo in Maria di Rohan, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, the Duke in Rigoletto, Tamino in Die Zauberfloete, Leicester in Maria Sturada, Arturo in I Puritani, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Cassio in Otello, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Tito in La clemenza di Tito, Potosi in Donizetti’s Elizabeth, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Saro in Tigranian’s Anoush. On the concert Stage he has performed the Berlioz Requiem. Verdi Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Bruckner’s Te Deumand and Lukas Foss’ Griffelki.

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Verdi Requiem Soloist Profile: Vera Savage

It is our pleasure to collaborate with Vera Savage, who will be joining us in Jordan Hall on November 11 for our performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

American mezzo-soprano Vera Savage has earned praise from critics for her “thrilling power” (Limelight magazine) and “rich, mellifluous, mezzo voice.” (Charleston Post and Courier) Equally at home in dramatic and bel canto repertoire, her singing has been described as “a dream; supple and powerful with a deep velvet shimmer” (Houston Press) and “heart-stoppingly gorgeous.”(Boston Music Intelligencer)

Ms. Savage’s recent performances include her debut at the Spoleto Festival USA as Bice in Donizetti’s rarely performed opera Pia de’ Tolomei, a revival of Amy Beach’s Grand Mass with the New England Philharmonic and Commonwealth Chorale, Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera Saratoga and Opera on the James, Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Tisbe in La Cenerentola at Opera Saratoga, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at Opera in the Heights, and a “thoroughly intimidating” Mrs. Baines in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera.

A frequent soloist with Boston Lyric Opera, Vera was the 2016 winner of BLO’s annual “Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence.”  Recently, Vera placed fourth in Shreveport Opera’s “Singer of the Year” competition, was a finalist in the Bel Canto Scholarship’s annual competition, and was a semi-finalist in the “Joy of Singing” art song competition. 

Highlights of Vera’s upcoming season include the role of New Ofglen in Boston Lyric Opera’s highly anticipated production of The Handmaid’s Tale, Salieri’s Requiem and the Kuhnau Magnificat with the Commonwealth Chorale, Bernstein’s dramatic Jeremiah Symphony and Arias and Barcarolles with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, and Verdi’s Requiem with the Metropolitan Chorale.

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Verdi Soloist Profile: James Harrington

We are looking forward to having James Harrington perform with us at Jordan Hall on November 11 for our performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

Praised by Broadway World as a “compelling actor” with a “rich and powerful bass voice”, James Harrington begins the 2018-19 season with his role debut as Colline in La bohème with Pacific Northwest Opera, before debuting as the bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Commonwealth Chorale and Metropolitan Chorale at Jordan Hall in Boston. Later in the season, he reprises Colline at Barn Opera in Vermont, returning to Boston for Alcindoro in La bohème with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and making his Gulfshore Opera debut as Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata.

In 2017-18, he debuted as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Opera in the Heights, Orbazzano in Rossini’s Tancredi rifatto with Teatro Nuovo, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Summer Garden Opera, and Dottore Grenvil in La traviata at St. Petersburg Opera. The previous season saw his return to Santa Fe Opera to cover Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and his Portland Opera debut in Monteverdi’s Songs of Love and War, a staged production of beloved Monteverdi madrigals.

As an Apprentice Singer at Santa Fe Opera in 2016, he made his main stage debuts as Billy Jackrabbit in La fanciulla del West and Diener 4 in Capriccio. Earlier that season, he sang Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard at Winter Opera St. Louis, and returned to Florida State University to perform Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Adam in Haydn’s The Creation, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bass Soloist in Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major.

He has previously appeared as Lodovico in Otello, Marquis in La traviata, and Fouquier Tinville in Andrea Chénier (Nashville Opera); Jigger Craigin in Carousel and Pedro in Man of La Mancha (Utah Festival); Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress and Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Florida State University); J.P. Morgan/Thomas Edison/George Westinghouse in Phil Kline’s Tesla (Opera America New Works Festival, American Opera Projects/Dartmouth College); Jailer in Tosca (Opera Naples); Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore (Opera New Jersey); Page in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Nashville Philharmonic); and the bass soloist in the Duruflé Requiem (Nashville Symphony) and Fauré Requiem.

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Verdi Requiem Soloist Profile: Antonia Tamer

We are delighted to collaborate with Antonia Tamer, who will be joining us in Jordan Hall on Sunday for our performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

Soprano Antonia Tamer has become noted in recent seasons as a young artist of striking promise. Ms. Tamer enjoys a particularly strong relationship with Boston Lyric Opera, where she covered the title role of Tosca (2017) and Frasquita in Carmen (2016), in addition to creating Madge Docherty in the world premiere of The Nefarious, Immoral But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare. She rejoins the company for their 2019 production of The Rape of Lucretia, in which she will make her role debut as the Female Chorus.

In 2017, Ms. Tamer joined Portland Opera to make her role debut as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and to cover Mimì in La bohème. She returns to Portland Opera in 2019 to make further role debuts: Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Arminda in Mozart’s early masterpiece La finta giardiniera. She has also appeared with the Natchez Music Festival in the title role of Madama Butterfly and with Opera San José as the Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel and Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica.

Ms. Tamer has fulfilled young artist residencies with Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera, the Caramoor Festival, Chautauqua Opera, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria (AIMS) and Songfest.

On the vocal competition circuit, Ms. Tamer has earned recognition from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2017 Northwest Region Third Place, 2017 Portland District Winner, 2016 New England Region Finalist), the Chautauqua Opera Award, Honorable Mention in Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition, Third Place in the Five Towns Music Arts Foundation Competition, Finalist in the Metro West Opera Competition, and Second Place in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition.

A native of Frankfurt, Germany, Ms. Tamer earned her MM in Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her BM in Vocal Performance at Miami University.

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