American soprano Natalie Logan is a singing-actress who crosses over the genres of opera, musical theatre, and 21st century music. She actively bridges the gap between artist and audience member by exploring unconventional repertoire in intimate settings, curating outreach projects in the community, and seeking projects that transcend and connect human values, cultures, and performance art. This year, Natalie joins the Metropolitan Chorale as Artist-in-Residence and The Handel + Haydn Society’s 2017-18 season as the Soprano in their Outreach Quartet, premiering a new opera that will reach over 12,000 + audience members in 60 + venues. Additional 2017-18 season highlights include performing the roles of New Kid in Womb With a View and Clarice in She’s Fabulous with Boston Opera Collaborative, Pernille in Dan Shore’s Beautiful Bridegroom with MetroWest Opera, a debut with NewburyPort Choral Society as the Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and a debut with Symphony Nova as the Soprano Soloist in Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs.
A 2017 Finalist of the MetroWest Opera competition, she was named Winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award (opera), 2016-17 and Finalist of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (art song/oratorio), 2016-17. Recent engagements include Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (November 2016) and Zina in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters (February 2017). Notable full roles include Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Clorinda in La cenerentola, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Controller in Dove’s Flight, Morgana in Alcina, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Flora in The Turn of the Screw. Her non-operatic repertoire includes performances of Sister Mister in Blitztein’s The Cradle Will Rock, dancing her way as the grisette Dodo in The Merry Widow, and performing Julie in The New Moon.
In January 2016, she was the soprano soloist in an immersive art event of John Cage’s Song Books at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In March 2017, Ms. Logan curated another performance John Cage’s Song Books with the Boston Sculptors Gallery Artist Series. Additional awards include a Boston Conservatory Opera Voice/Opera Graduate Assistantship 2015-17 and the Marilyn Zacharis Returning Student Merit Scholarship Award 2015-17. In 2015, she won the Opera in the Ozarks Scholarship Award: Best Performance by a Female in a Supporting Role for her performance as Clorinda in La cenerentola. She was a 2014 Semi-finalist of the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition and performed on stage at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas. Recipient Winner of the 2013 Ruth and Dan Bivins Music Club of Baton Rouge Scholarship Award, she is a two-time Southern Regional NATS winner and a Semi-finalist of the Classical Singer Competition.
Ms. Logan has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, MetroWest Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, The Handel + Haydn Society, Odyssey Opera, Opera Steamboat, Boston Conservatory Opera, Berlin Opera Academy, Louisiana State University, Opera in the Ozarks, Chicago Summer Opera, Opéra Louisiane, Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute, and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. A native of Dallas, Texas, Ms. Logan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University (May 2014) under the tutelage of Robert Grayson and earned her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at The Boston Conservatory (May 2016) and Professional Studies Certificate in Voice Performance (May 2017) from Boston Conservatory at Berklee under the tutelage of Patty Thom.
Michelle decoste, lyric soprano
Praised for her "lovely lyric soprano [which] radiates a vulnerable and deeply emotional aura," American soprano Michelle DeCoste has distinguished herself in lyric and verismo roles of the Italian and French repertoire. Recently Michelle portrayed Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème and Desdemona in Giuseppe Verdi's Otello with One World Symphony in New York. Additional appearances with One World Symphony include the title role in Puccini's Tosca, Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites and the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica. Michelle's repertoire also includes Marguerite in Faust (Berkshires, NY with the Albany Symphony), Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly and Nedda in I Pagliacci (New York Summer Opera), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Norina in Don Pasquale (Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, Maiori, Italy), Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Ravello Concert Society, Ravello, Italy), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Micäela in Carmen, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Martina Arroyo Foundation; Laetitia in Old Maid and the Thief and Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto (Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, Maiori, Italy). Ms. DeCoste has appeared in concert, most notable are her recital collaborations in New York with conductors Joshua Greene, Mark Kruczek and Douglas Martin. Michelle's solo orchestral repertoire includes Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah, Verdi's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Michelle was a featured artist at Merkin Concert Hall in New York premiering Orchestral Suite and Two Songs for Soprano, an original work by composer Jed Feuer. After earning a bachelor's degree in vocal performance at Ithaca College, she continued her musical training in southern Italy at the Badia di Cava Vocal Institute and the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival. Ms. DeCoste was a finalist in the NATS competition-New York district, the Liederkranz Competition and the Puccini Competition in New York. Engagements in the 2018-2019 season include performances with Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre as Violetta in La Traviata, appearances with BARN OPERA and various concerts in the New York area.
Kimberly Hilton, Mezzo-soprano
Kimberly Hilton thrives on a career that includes a variety of musical genres including opera, jazz and musical theater. Her opera roles include: Giovanna (Rigoletto), Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mrs. Nolan (The Medium) and the voice of Antonia's mother in Tales of Hoffmann. She has also dipped her toes into many other roles with thrilling scenes performed from Carmen (Carmen), The Magic Flute (Third Lady and Papagena), Maddelena (Rigoletto), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Lurcretia (The Rape of Lucretia). As a jazz artist, Kimberly has performed in many jazz and cabaret venues throughout Chicago and New York City including Jilly's, Davenport's and Notaro's. Kimberly’s theater portrayals have included: Tobey (The Medium), Harriet (Rope), Roxy (Chicago), Girdy (Oklahoma), Mrs. Paroo (The Music Man) Alice (Bye Bye Birdie) and Elizabeth (Angel Street). She is a proud member of Actors' Equity as well as SAG-AFTRA. This summer Kimberly will singing with Barn Opera on their Opera's Greatest Hits concert as well as performing Third Lady with Nahant Music Festival.
Joshua Collier, Tenor
American tenor, Joshua Collier, praised for his “thrilling high range” and “passionate commitment to character,” was hailed as “a great italian tenor on the make” by Boston’s Classical Scene in his June 2016 role debut as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. A graduate of The New England Conservatory (Masters in Music - Vocal Performance), he has performed throughout New England and beyond in roles including: Rodolfo (La Boheme - Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre), Nemorino (L’Elisir D’Amore - Opera Company of Middlebury), Chevalier de La Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites - Sarasota Opera), Calaf (Turandot - Opera Company of Middlebury), Macduff (Macbeth - Raylynmor Opera) B. F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly - BARN OPERA), Camille (The Merry Widow - Opera Wilmington), Tamino (Die Zauberflote - Opera New Hampshire), Tony (West Side Story - Asheville Lyric Opera), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Lowell House Opera), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia - Opera Brittenica), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance - Opera Providence), Fabrizio (The Light in the Piazza - Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre), among others.
In addition to the lyric stage, Mr. Collier has performed the tenor solos in much of the symphonic and oratorio repertoire including Requiem by both Verdi and Mozart, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (op.31), Rejoice in the Lamb, Abraham and Isaac - All by Benjamin Britten, Elijah and Paulus of Mendelssohn, Handel’s Messiah, as well as Beethoven's 9th Symphony and the Coronation Mass of Mozart.
Throughout his career he has been fortunate to work with such conductors as Stephen Lord, James Allbritten, Lidiya Yankovskaya, Joel Revzen, Marco Balderi, Joseph Flummerfeldt, John Moriarty, Scott Schoonover, Emmanuel Plasson, John Moriarty, Victor de Renzi, David Neely, Andy Anderson, and Michael Sakir, among others. Mr. Collier founded the Bostonian opera company, Opera Brittenica, championing the works of Benjamin Britten, in 2013, and is currently is the Artistic Director of BARN OPERA based in Brandon, Vermont, and is currently represented world-wide by Berger Artist Management. For more information about Joshua Collier, please visit www.jrctenor.com.
Suchan Kim, Baritione
Suchan Kim is a lyric baritone originally hailing from South Korea. Mr. Kim recently sang the role of Dancaïre in Opera in Williamsburg’s production of Bizet’s Carmen in VA. He has performed as a resident in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program as well as with The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Mannes Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera in Williamsburg, Bare Opera, New Amsterdam Opera, Loft Opera, Opera Ithaca, Boardwalk Opera, Sinfonietta of Riverdale, New York Grand Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Fairfield County Chorale, Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Sign & Sing, NYU IMPACT Conference, National Theater of Korea, Seoul Arts Center and several opera companies in South Korea.His role credits include Don Giovanni and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Count and Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Marcello and Schaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Germano in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta, Tobia Mill in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio, Yamadori and Bonzo in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Le Marquis de la Force and Jailer in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Salieri in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, Paquiro in Granados' Goyescas, Fiorello and L’Ufficiale in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le chat and L’horlage comtoise in Ravel’s L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges, Simeon from Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, Father in Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint, King Solomon in Dina Pruzhansky's Hebrew opera 'Shulamit’ and The Critic in John Gilbert’s multimedia opera ‘Rotation’.
He was an Eastern District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011 and he received the Opera Award from Mannes Opera in 2013. Mr. Kim holds a Bachelor of Music from Korea National University of Arts and a Master’s Degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College, the New School for Music. He studies with Arthur Levy.
Justin Pambianchi, Pianist/Conductor
Justin Pambianchi, a versatile young conductor from Montreal at the outset of his career, has demonstrated his skills in the fields of opera and instrumental music.
Justin has served as a répétiteur and assistant conductor for productions at the Glimmerglass Festival (La gazza ladra, Porgy and Bess, Sweeney Todd), Opera on the Avalon (La bohème), the Accademia Europea dell’Opera (Don Giovanni, The Turn of the Screw), and elsewhere in Canada, the USA and Italy. Justin has collaborated with many conductors, including Joseph Colaneri, Boris Brott and John DeMain, as well as directors such as Peter Kazaras and Michael Cavanagh. Additionally, he has conducted performances of The Mikado with the McGill Savoy Society and Don Pasquale and Paride ed Elena with Oberlin in Italy.
Equally at home at the harpsichord, he has played continuo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Accademia Europea dell’Opera) as well as in orchestral and chamber works by Telemann, Biber, Campra and others. Justin’s symphonic repertoire spans over 250 years of music. In 2013, he conducted in workshops and masterclasses in Bacau, Romania at the International Institute for Conductors. Justin is also a strong advocate of contemporary music and works regularly with composers. Most recently, he has enjoyed collaborating with Jason Noble, Donald Crockett and Don Freund.
Justin is an alumnus of McGill University, where he studied composition with Brian Cherney, piano with Ilya Poletaev and conducting with Paolo Bellomia and Alexis Hauser. He has written works for piano, wind sextet, voice and electronics, and more. He went on to complete graduate studies in orchestral conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2015, he was a recipient of the Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors. Justin is half-Italian and half-Egyptian and speaks four languages. He is currently a member of Sarasota Opera’s music staff and will serve as a répétiteur and assistant conductor for their upcoming productions of Norma, Carmen and Tiefland.