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Messiah

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 7:00 PM

Mount Baker Theatre

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Welcome to our 2019/2020 Season!

 

 

Soprano Serena Eduljee’s effortless high notes and full, beautiful tone have earned her much praise. Her recent performances include singing “A” (“Amore,” Orfeo ed Euridice) with Seattle Opera; Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) with Pacific Northwest Opera; Walter (La Wally) with Puget Sound Concert Opera; Frasquita (Carmen) with Pacific Northwest Opera, OperaBend, and the Central Oregon Symphony; and Gretel (Hansel und Gretel) with Opera Mariposa, Vancouver, BC. With Seattle Opera, Ms. Eduljee also completed a season as Princess Gilda in the touring production of Laitman’s The Three Feathers. Her previous roles with Seattle Opera include preview performances of Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Queen of the Night, Katya (Katya Kabanova), Violetta (La Traviata), Gretel, and Alitsa and Raccoon in Seattle Opera's commissioned cycle, Our Earth, as well as many concerts, recitals, and gala events. She has been an honored singer of the Seattle Opera Guild and recipient of their Opera Plus Artist Scholarship of 2015/2016. Ms. Eduljee’s education and training include OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program in Los Angeles and a bachelor of music degree in voice performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied under Carol Vaness. 

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Mattox has appeared in principal roles with many companies nationally, including Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Eugene Opera, Pacific Northwest Opera, and many others. Her favorite roles include the title roles in Carmen and Cendrillon, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, and Ottavia in L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Ms. Mattox has been a concert soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Cascade Festival of Music, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Eugene Concert Choir, and many others. She is also a composer: her Heart Mountain Suite was commissioned and premiered by the Whatcom Chorale in March 2019. For a complete schedule, visit www.sarahmattox.com.

Tenor Stephen Rumph has established himself as a sought-after performer in opera, oratorio, and concert. He made his Seattle Symphony debut in Bach’s Cantata 171 and returned to sing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Uematsu’s Distant Worlds. Other concert engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Spokane and Bozeman Symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem with Northwest Sinfonietta and Walla Walla Symphony, and Handel’s Messiah with Tacoma Symphony and the Bellevue Philharmonic. Mr. Rumph has performed with the Whatcom Symphony as Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and has sung Mozart's Requiem and Bach cantatas with the Bellingham Chamber Chorale. He has performed frequently with the Pacific Northwest Opera in Mount Vernon, including the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Faust in Mefistofele. Mr. Rumph is a professor of music history at the University of Washington and the author of Beethoven After Napoleon (2004) and Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics (2011). His third book, The Fauré Song Cycles, will appear soon.

Michael Drumheller is originally from Richland, Washington. A favorite bass-baritone in the Pacific Northwest classical music and opera scenes, he has been a soloist with Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Opera, Pacific Northwest Opera, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Boston Lyric Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, and many other organizations, under the direction of renowned conductors including Robert Spano, Gerard Schwarz, and Leonard Slatkin. As a recitalist, he is especially interested in Russian music and has been an invited performer of Russian vocal repertoire at the Icicle Creek Music Festival and at Wellesley College. Mr. Drumheller holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from Boston University, where he was a student of Phyllis Curtin. He is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT. His diverse musical background includes playing tympani in symphony orchestras and drumming and singing for his own rock bands. Mr. Drumheller has been a featured performer in many productions of the late distinguished Northwest conductor Hans Wolf, and he regularly appears as a soloist for Northwest Chorale, which raises money for Northwest Harvest.


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