Camerata Piccola Roster
+ Lily Arbisser
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.
+ Jay Lucas Chacon
Jay Lucas Chacon is a baritone from Phoenix, AZ currently residing in NYC. Described as "versatile" and having "comedic instincts" (Voce di Meche), Jay has been an active and noticeable artist in NYC. Recently, Jay made his debut with Center for Contemporary Opera' Developmental Series as the Soldier in Scott Wheeler' The Sorrows of Frederick and returned to dell'Arte Opera Ensemble in the American premiere of Salieri' La Cifra in the role of Sandrino, receiving excellent reviews from Operawire, Broadway World, among others.
During the 17/18 season, Jay made debuts with Long Island Opera Company as Schaunard in La bohème, Marullo in Rigoletto with Teatro Lirico d’Europa in Wilkes-Barre PA, Marchese d'Obigny in La Traviata with MidAtlantic Opera Company in Jersey Shore, as well as Marco and covering the title role in Gianni Schicchi with City Lyric Opera in NYC.
During the summer of 2018, Jay returned to Apotheosis Opera, performing the role of The Count in Capriccio where he debuted as Handsome in La Fanciulla del West the previous year. He also performed his first Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus, Barone Douphol in La Traviata with
Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, and covered the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro with Manhattan Opera Studio. Earlier that year, Jay debuted with Bronx Opera as George Page in Sir John in Love.
Jay has also had performances with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as Innkeeper/Governor in Man of La Mancha, covering Schaunard in La bohème with Saint Petersburg Opera Company, and Utopia Opera as L'orloge Comtoise in L'enfant et les Sortileges for his NYC debut. Jay made his debut with
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble as Figaro in the Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia.'
Jay has also been a member of the Austin Opera chorus and sang with Union Avenue Opera and Winter Opera Saint Louis. While in St. Louis, Jay was a mainstay at Tavern of Fine Arts having performed numerous thematic programs and recitals including the repertoire of Jake Heggie' A Question of Light Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, and Ravel' Don Quichotte à Dulcinée. His program From Bach to Berg; a Tribute to Dietrich Fischer Dieskau has been his most popular, having also performed it at Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village, NYC.
While in Austin, Jay was a member of the training program Spotlight on Opera where he sang the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Sam In Trouble in Tahiti. Jay also spent 3 summers with the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria where he sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.
Jay currently works as a teaching artist with Bronx Opera and performs with New Camerata Operas outreach, Camerata Piccola singing MacGregor in their adaptation of Peter Rabbit to the music of L’elisir d’amore. Jay has studied with Dr. Glenn Bennett and Met tenor William Lewis and currently studies with Alexandra LoBianco.
+ Hayden DeWitt
Hayden DeWitt is an operatic mezzo-soprano, stage director and performance coach. As a singer, specializing in trouser roles, Hayden regularly appears as some of opera’s favorite leading “men”. Her repertoire spans several centuries of music and includes most of the well-loved staples of the lyric-mezzo Fach as well as some lesser-known gems such as Endimione in Cavalli’s 17th century farce La Calisto, Cherubino in Saverio Mercadante’s bel canto masterpiece I Due Figaro, and Der Tod in the WWII tragi-comedy Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullman. Crossover roles have included Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, the tap-dancing ingénue Ruby in Dames at Sea, Polly in The Boyfriend and her piece de resistance Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!
As a stage director Hayden has staged productions of Tosca, La Boheme, Die Fledermaus, Faust, Hänsel and Gretel and La Traviata, collaborating with several well-known New York opera companies such as DiCapo Opera Theater, and producing seven site-specific shows for Opera of the Hamptons. Hayden has written and produced a myriad of projects including a host of side-splitting productions for Opera Feroce, the early music ensemble which she co-founded with Alan Dornak and Beth Anne Hatton.
In addition to dramatic coaching with singers, Hayden has co-created and taught a performance curriculum for courtroom lawyers with an emphasis on exploring and implementing fear-management skills.
+ Shawn Farrar
Shawn Farrar, mezzo-soprano, has been seen in concert and on opera stages throughout the US, performing with Des Moines Metro Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theater, American Opera Group, N.O.V.A., Knoxville Opera Company, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Her roles have included Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, among others. She is also an accomplished performer in musical theater, having worked with Porchlight Music Theatre, the Clarence Brown Theater and the Actor’s Co-op on productions including Into the Woods and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
+ Nicole Leone
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.
+ Bethany Worrell
Hailed for performing with “a gorgeous and flexible soprano that revealed a large measure of dramatic intelligence and musical acumen,” soprano Bethany Worrell has performed in Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Salzburg, Austria, and Florence, Italy. Most recently, Bethany made her Boston Symphony Orchestra soloist debut as the High Priestess in Aida under the baton of Maestro Andris Nelsons. Bethany was a Young Artist with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh during their 2014 season, performing the role of Echo in Ariadne on Naxos, as well as Wendy in the world-premiere performance of Roger Zahab’s Happy Hour. In the Boston area, Bethany has been seen as Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and Despina (Cosi fan tutte) with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) in Faneuil Hall, Masha (Four Sisters) with Boston Opera Collaborative, Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) with Opera del West, Micaëla (Carmen) with Longwood Opera, the Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) with MetroWest Opera, and Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with New England Conservatory Opera.
As a concert soloist, Bethany has frequently collaborated with the Metropolitan Chorale (Steven Sametz’s A Child’s Requiem, Bach’s Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, Handel’s Dixit Dominus) and The Bostonians Concert Ensemble (Can’t Help Singing and Bernstein! An (ALMOST) 100th Birthday Bash). She has also appeared with the Heritage Chorale (Mendelssohn’s Elijah), Atlantic Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem), and Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Hodges’ Full Fathom Five).
Ms. Worrell as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with baritone Jean Bernard Cerin. Ms. Worrell as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with baritone Jean Bernard Cerin.
Bethany has a great enthusiasm for art song performance and frequently gives salon-style house concerts in addition to performing traditional recitals. She has been a featured recitalist for the West Tisbury Library on Martha’s Vineyard, Freeport Memorial Library Concert Series on Long Island, Brookline Library Music Association Concert Series, and Beethoven Society of Melrose Concert Series. She also was a performer in the Boston Art Song Society’s Inaugural 2015 Concert Season. In 2012, she won the Schloss Mirabell Competition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Summer Program, which granted her the opportunity to give a recital in the famed Schloss Mirabell Marble Hall where W.A. Mozart once performed. In the 2012 Boston NATS Competition, Bethany not only took top prize in her division, but also won The Leslie Holmes Prize for French Art Song, The Richard Bergmann Memorial Prize for Lieder, and The University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Summer Program Scholarship. Bethany was a member of the SongFest Professional Studies Program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA during the summer of 2011, where she sang in masterclasses given by renowned faculty Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and Jake Heggie. She was also a soloist in the March 2011 Liederabend Concert Series at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As the recipient of the 2008-2009 Amelia Guthrie Promising Singer of Merit Award, she was a featured recitalist as part of the Rockford, IL Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s concert series in 2009.
As a young champion of New Music, Bethany has given world premiere performances of orchestral, chamber works, and song cycles in Massachusetts and Illinois. Most recently, Bethany gave the world premiere performance of Thomas Oboe Lee’s H.D., a song cycle written for her specifically. She has also given the world premiere of Oboe Lee’s Gaspara Stampa, a song cycle for soprano and piano. She can also be heard on the official recording of both H.D. and Gaspara Stampa, available for purchase on ITunes. Bethany also worked with Maestro Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project to give the orchestral world premiere of Sojourner Hodges’ Full Fathom Five in Boston’s Jordan Hall. Additionally, she has performed works for soprano and wind ensemble in both Boston’s Jordan Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Hall. Her performance of James Mobberley’s Words of Love can be heard on the Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble’s recording by the same name.
Ms. Worrell performs with pianist Stephanie Mao at the inaugural performance of the Boston Art Song Society. Ms. Worrell performs with pianist Stephanie Mao at the inaugural performance of the Boston Art Song Society.
Bethany was awarded the Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance with academic honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Her extended vocal studies include singing as a Young Artist with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, studying at the University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Summer Program in Salzburg, Austria; attending the Westminster Choir College Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy; and singing in the Professional Studies Program at SongFest in Malibu, CA. Ms. Worrell is a native of Macomb, Illinois and currently resides in New York, NY.