Philip Cutlip, baritone
In 2012-13 Philip Cutlip sings the title role in Eugene Onegin (Edmonton Opera); Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Virginia Opera); Messiah (Vassar College, Oratorio Society of New York, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra); returns to Toledo Opera as the title role in Don Giovanni, and to Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Carmina Burana; and performs Faure's Requiem at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC). Recent highlights include Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Cal Performances); Guglielmo in Così fan tutte (New York City Opera); Handel's Alexander's Feast (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra); Brahms' Requiem (Spokane Symphony); Splendiano in Bizet's "Djamileh" (American Symphony Orchestra); Haydn's The Seasons (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra); title role in Philip Glass' Orphée (Portland Opera, recorded for Orange Mountain Music, first performed for Glimmerglass Opera); Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles (Minnesota Opera); Ariodate in Serse (Houston Grand Opera); Maurice Bendix in The End of the Affair (Seattle Opera); Bach cantatas (Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century at Concertgebouw); de Falla's Suite from Atlantida (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Dvo?ák's Te Deum and excerpts from Jacobin (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). His performance as Joseph de Rocher in Heggie's Dead Man Walking has been recorded and released on Virgin Records.
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
As the 2011 grand prize winner of the Opera Foundation's International Vocal Scholarship, Soprano Kathryn Lewek is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most promising emerging artists today. Last season, Ms. Lewek accepted a contract with the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she performed roles in thirteen productions including Queen of the Night and First Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen, Heavenly Voice in Verdi's Don Carlo, Sandman and Dew Fairy in Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel, Barbarina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Pisana in Verdi's Due Foscari.
Ms. Lewek will make several important company debuts in the coming season, performing Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with English National Opera in the fall of 2012, Nashville Operas as well as Opera de Toulon in the spring of 2013, then at the Bregenz Festival in the summers of 2013 and 2014, as well as Handel's Messiah with Musica Sacra of New York at Carnegie Hall and Carmina Burana with the Toledo Symphony. At the Bregenz Festival, she will also perform the role of Jessica in André Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice in 2013. Next season, Ms. Lewek will make her Washington National Opera debut as well as her Metropolitan Opera debut in a prominent role and will return there the season after in 2014.
Joshua Stewart, tenor
Joshua, a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is in his first year of the opera studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany. He has appeared on the concert stage, operatic stage, and the recital stage, including: the tenor soloist is Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, Conte d'Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Toni Reischmann in Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers and numerous recitals.
This season, Joshua appears again as Toni Reischmann in a new production of Henze's Elegie für junge Liebende, Priest in the world premiere of Jörg Widmann's Babylon, Parpignol in La Bohéme, Jeppo Liverotto in Lucrezia Borgia with Edita Gruberova, Ruiz in Il Trovatore with Jonas Kaufmann at the Bayerische Staatsoper, also returning to the United States to sing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with the Toledo Opera and Carmina Burana with the Toledo Symphony.
Joshua has received a number of awards, including awards from the Opera Foundation, the Solti Foundation, the Shoshana Foundation, and the Gerda Lissner Foundation.
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