Erik Bagger, tenor
Young American full lyric tenor Erik Bagger has added over 40 roles to his repertoire, within the past decade in the New York opera scene. Some role highlights include Tamino, in Die Zauberflöte, Albert in Albert Herring, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Ford in Salieri’s Falstaff. He has performed with The Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera on Tap NYC, North Shore Music Festival, Bronx Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Utopia Opera, Opera Noire of NY, OperaOggi NY, Apollo Opera, Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, Intermezzo Opera Festival, International Lyric Academy of Rome, New Operafestival di Roma, LiedAustria, Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, and Opera Ischia. He has received rave reviews from a number of international and regional publications. He holds a Masters of Music and Bachelors of Music, magna cum laude, from The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College. He maintains an active performance schedule of contemporary and standard operatic repertoire.
Victor Khodadad, tenor
Victor Khodadad has performance in regional houses such as Mississippi Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Natchez Festival of Music and Amarillo Opera. His roles include Alfredo in “La Traviata” , Rodolfo in “La Bohème”, Roméo in “Roméo et Juliette”, Belmonte in “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, Count Almaviva in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” and Nanki-poo in “The Mikado”. In concert, Mr. Khodadad has sung as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a concert of “Der Rosenkavalier” excerpts conducted by Donald Runnicles, as a featured soloist at Avery Fisher Hall with National Chorale and as the Tenor Soloist in “Elijah” at Hot Springs Music Festival. Mr. Khodadad recently sang in the world premiere of “Bum Phillips: All-American Opera” by Peter Stopschinski and Kirk Lynn at LaMama in New York City, the challenging role of Mr. Ford in the New York premiere of Salieri’s opera “Falstaff”, Afredo in “La Traviata” with Taconic Opera and Ferrando in “Così fan tutte” for Geneva Light Opera.
Stan Lacy, baritone
Regarded for his richness of tone and infectious stage presence, Stan Lacy has made a name for himself on the stages of New York and the world in operas, concerts and recitals.
This season he premiered the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and this summer he returns to Dell’Arte opera company to offer his first Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon.
Recently, Stan's debut with Bronx Opera as Sid (Albert Herring) garnered praise as "handsome" and "hot-blooded," and was heralded as a "sensual" portrayal of a "working class ladies' man." Stan was also recently heard in the role of Tarquinius (Rape of Lucretia)with Utopia Opera of Manhattan, El Dancairo (Carmen) with State Repertory Opera of New Jersey, Betto (Gianni Schicchi) with Raylynmor Opera of New Hampshire, and Ping (Turandot) with Metro Chamber Orchestra of New York. At home in difficult, contemporary repertoire, Stan recently sang the part of Mittelstaedt in the American premiere of Nancy Van de Vate's All Quiet on the Western Front. He created the role of Remo in Haim Elisha's new serialist opera A Certain Quiet (2015). He sang Count Almaviva in Titus’ Rosina in that opera’s first revival in over thirty years for Dell’Arte Opera in NYC. His portrayal of Judge Danforth (The Crucible) helped to garner a first prize for DiCapo Opera on tour at the MezzoTV Opera festival in Szeged, Hungary. In concert with ensembles in New York and New Jersey, he has sung Elijah, Liebeslieder Walzer, and Messiah, as well as works of Vaughan-Williams, Howells, and Ariel Ramírez. Stan pursued graduate studies at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Music.
Scott Lindroth, baritone
Scott Lindroth, baritone, was recently praised as “sonorous” and “a highlight” by Opera News. His recent engagements include Marco in Gianni Schicci with North Shore Opera, and Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls with The Muses.
In 2013, Mr. Lindroth was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, joining the company for their performances of Les pêcheurs de perles, Of Mice and Men,Un Giorno di Regno and Turandot. He also portrayed the roles of Sharpless from Madame Butterfly and Marcello from La Bohème in their opera scenes programs. Mr. Lindroth was also Resident Artist with Dicapo Opera in New York City, where he performed the role of Belcore in L’elisir d’amore.
Mr. Lindroth’s other operatic roles include Valentin in Faust, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Dancaïro in Carmen, Top in The Tender Land, Marcello in La Bohème, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Mandarin in Turandot.
In competition, Mr. Lindroth placed second in the Opera Theater of Connecticut Voice Competition, and was a finalist in the Lieder Division of the Liederkranz Vocal Competition, the 2014 Career Bridges Competition. and the 2014 American Opera Idol Competition. Mr. Lindroth holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He currently resides in New York City.
Eva Parr, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Eva Parr actively performs in operatic and sacred works throughout the New York area. Most recently Eva performed with The Bronx Opera as Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and with the Garden State Philharmonic as the alto soloist for Handel’s Messiah. Recent appearances include La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with The North Shore Music Festival, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Opera Cooperative, and Countess Ceprano/Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Opera Lirico d’Europa in Manchester, New Hampshire. Favorite past roles include Meg in Falstaff , Siebel in Faust, Jacqueline in Gonoud’s rarely performed Le Médecin Malgré Lui, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, and Phoebe in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard. Eva is a student of tenor Scott Flaherty in Manhattan, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University.
Barbara Porto, soprano
Barbara Porto is an American soprano who has been praised for her vocal clarity and engaging stage presence. Most recently, Barbara performed the role of Oberto in Händel's Alcina with Cantanti Project and the Dorian Baroque Orchestra. This past October, she "...brought out the campy fun" in Bernstein Remembered, a tribute concert to honor the late composer (New York Concert Review).
In June 2015, Ms. Porto made her debut with The Fresh Squeezed Opera Company as Rose Cauley in the New York premiere of Bruce Trinkley's Baby Shower. In February, FSO selected Barbara for a two-year residency. Other operatic credits include Mademoiselle Silberklang, Zerlina, Barbarina, Crobyle (Thaïs), Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito), Anna Gomez (The Consul), and Giannetta (L'Elisir d'Amore).
Equally committed to new music, Barbara made her debut with Brooklyn-based ensemble The Curiosity Cabinet this April, where she premiered Apart/ment by Rebekah Driscoll. She was also a Young Artist at the Institute & Festival For Contemporary Performance, performing works by Milton Babbitt, Cathy Berberian, and Luciano Berio. Barbara holds a M.M. Performance degree from the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, and is a student of Mark Schnaible.
Julia Tang, mezzo-soprano
Julia Tang, mezzo-soprano, continued her classical vocal training with Trish McCaffrey and Mark Schnaible in New York City after graduating from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College. Tang has also studied and performed with The National Opera Institute in Brooklyn, IIVA in Italy, Intermezzo Elardo Young Artist Program in Belgium, and New York Lyric Opera.
Recently, Tang appeared as the alto soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat mater with the Metro Chamber Orchestra. She is actively performing the works of composer Rebekah Driscoll, and other contemporary works. She has performed and recorded Driscoll's music with Ghostlight Choir, The Curiosity Cabinet in NYC, and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
Tang’s performance credits include the roles of Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Owl in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen, Eva in Martinu’s Comedy on the Bridge, Cherubino and Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, La Suora Infermiera in Puccini’s Suor Angelica , Filipyevna in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Dunyasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride, and Maman and Un patre in Ravel’s L'enfant.
Ms. Tang has been a soloist and choir section leader in Residence at Union Church of Bay Ridge since 2011, where she performed numerous sacred works such as alto soloist in Handel's Messiah.
Lily Arbisser possesses an “individual-timbred soprano” (Opera News) that “floats effortlessly” over the orchestra (www.feastofmusic.com). In recent seasons, Arbisser debuted such roles as Monica in Menotti’s The Medium at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Jeannette in the Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ L’Amant Anonyme with the little OPERA theatre of NY, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera Seabrook, and enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with pianist Jason Wirth in numerous performances of Poulenc’s La voix humaine. She spent this past summer as an Apprentice Artist at Teatro Nuovo (formerly Bel Canto at Caramoor) studying Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo. Arbisser is a frequent soloist with choral groups in and around the New York area, most recently appearing in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Ars Choralis of Woodstock, NY and Handel’s Laudate pueri with the Harford Choral Society. A native of Davenport, Iowa where public schools champion the arts, Arbisser was an avid instrumentalist from an early age, distinguishing herself on piano, cello, and French horn. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Archaeology and a Certificate in Vocal Performance. She holds a Master of Music from Mannes College.
Soprano Nicole Leone's operatic roles include Don Ettore in La Canterina, Olga in The Merry Widow, Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera, Ellen Olenska in the New York City premiere of the new opera, The Age of Innocence, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina (cover) in Don Giovanni, Annina in La Traviata and Una Conversa in Suor Angelica. In concert, she has performed as soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem, Schubert's Mass in G and Bach Cantata No. 140. Ms. Leone, a native New Yorker, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from New York University and is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance in the studio of Randi Marrazzo at Temple University. She currently resides in New York City.
Eric has performed with many of music’s top talents including Leona Mitchell, Sanford Sylvan and Marni Nixon, Broadway leading ladies Sarah Rice, Carole Demas and Debra Monk, and English hornist Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic. He is a staff vocal coach at the Manhattan School of Music, and since 2009 has been music director and pianist for the Junior Opera Theater there. He is also a staff accompanist for the Tanglewood Music Center, and has served as rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Bramwell Tovey, John Williams and Andris Nelsons. He is a regular pianist for events with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and has worked for Carnegie Hall’s Music Education Workshops with Joyce DiDonato, as well as for the International Vocal Arts Institutes in New York and Montreal. On the west coast, he has been a longtime coach and music director for the OperaWorks training program in Los Angeles. Mr. Sedgwick is the official pianist for the Art Song Preservation Society in New York, a group whose regular masterclass series has included Dalton Baldwin, Thomas Grubb, Margaret Lattimore and Joan Dornemann. He performs regularly with local groups in New York including Opera Singers Initiatives, the Stonewall Chorale, La Forza dell’Opera, and the Halcyon chamber music series, and has been featured in the Center for Contemporary Opera concert series. He has appeared often with the Broadway Concerts Direct performances in upstate New York, in cabaret shows at 54 Below and the Metropolitan Room, and as music director/pianist for “The World According to Kurt Weill” at UrbanStages. He can be heard in the PBS series “The Heart of Art” as well as on the soundtracks for the prize-winning short films “Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera),” “Something Blue (The Bachelor Opera)” and “Someone Like Me (The Facebook Opera).” He was a winner of the Boston Steinway piano competition, and has premiered new works by composers Seymour Barab, J. Mark Stambaugh, Joelle Wallach, and Louis Hardin. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Brown University.