Artist Biographies

Steven Brennfleck

Tenor

Praised by the New York Times as “dramatically astute” and a “stand out” performer, tenor Steven Brennfleck has been consistently acknowledged for his consummate artistry, vocal flexibility, and moving interpretations on the operatic and concert stage. His operatic credits include performances with the Alamo City Opera, American Opera Projects, the Caramoor Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Portland Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, The Tanglewood Festival, Theatre Nohgaku and the Westminster Opera Theatre in roles including Don Ramiro in Cenerentola, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Gonsalve in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnol, Henrik in A Little Night Music, and Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd. Steven is a graduate of the Westminster Choir College and the University of Texas, and currently resides in Austin. He debuts with Opera in Concert in the roles of Charlie in Mahagonny Songspiel and The Young Man in Die Flut.

Doug Brunker

Tenor

Doug Brunker began his opera performance experience with the Utah Opera Chorus, where he also sang the roles of Buford in Cold Sassy Tree and Francesco in The Goldoliers. He has appeared as a member of the Dallas Opera Chorus in their productions of Moby Dick and Der Fliegende Hollaender. Doug will be singing the role of Billy in Songspiel Mahagonny, having made his debut with Opera in Concert in “Donizetti Delights!” last spring.

Rachel Catlett

Mezzo Soprano

Active in classical music, pop music and theater, Rachel Catlett sings regularly with the Plano Chorale and has been singing and making music since childhood. Her theatrical experience includes the roles of Veronica in Heathers, the Witch in Big Fish, and Belinda in Noises Off. She debuts with Opera in Concert in the role of Bessie in Mahagonny Songspiel.

Edward Crafts

Baritone, Stage Director

edCrafts’ North American performing career includes the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Opera and most other major American companies. In Europe he has been heard in leading roles at opera houses in London, Vienna, Rome, Monte Carlo and Warsaw. Among the highlights of his activity are the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, which he subsequently recorded with the composer, and performances of Wotan/Wanderer in two complete Ring cycles with Arizona Opera. In concert, he has sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Cincinnati May Festival and many others. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Centaur, Koch International and AC Classics. As a stage director for professional and academic organizations, he has created productions of over 50 operas in the United States, Italy and Korea. He has taught at Peabody Conservatory, Catholic University, the University of Nebraska, Hood College, and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. With his wife Heather, Edward founded Opera in Concert in 2014.

Stephen Dubberly

Pianist

stephenStephen Dubberly is well-known in the DFW area, serving as Music Director of the UNT Opera and as Associate Conductor for Fort Worth Opera. In the United States, he has conducted for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Abilene Opera, Utah Lyric Opera, Knoxville Opera, Utah Lyric Opera and many others. In Europe he has conducted at the Teatro Goldoni in Venice, Italy and at the Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco, Italy. Mr. Dubberly began his music training in Montevideo, Uruguay and later studied at Yale University, receiving Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. This performance marks his sixth appearance as pianist and Music Director with Opera in Concert. He has served a as Music Director of Opera in Concert in Italy in 2016 and 2017.

Gabrielle Gilliam

Soprano

Gabrielle Gilliam is a native of Houston, Texas and a graduate of University of North Texas, where she studied with Dr. Carol Wilson. Her roles at UNT included Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica and Bacchis in La belle Hélène. During the 2016-2017 season Gabrielle made her Dallas Opera debut by singing the role of Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne with TDO Outreach and Education, and she returns this season to sing the role of Dorabella in John Davis’ The Bremen Town Musicians. In her debut role last season in Opera in Concert’s Il Campanello she was praised for demonstrating “extraordinary career potential…with her substantial and sweet timbre and bel canto flexibility”.

Joshua Hughes

Baritone

Currently based in Dallas, TX, Hughes recently made his DFW operatic role debut as Licomede, King of Skyros in a period staging of Francisco Courcelle’s Achille in Sciro with Orchestra of New Spain and appeared in the inaugural season of the American Baroque Opera Company in Handel’s Alcina (Melisso) and Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona (Uberto). Hughes has also worked extensively as a soloist with Dallas Bach Society in a number of concerts and productions including Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, and Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants. Other Dallas credits include Jerry Herman’s Mame (Junior Babcock) with Lyric Stage, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus and Florizel) with Barebones Shakespeare Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) with Shakespeare Dallas-Shakespeare on the Go, and Curious George (Man in the Yellow Hat) with Plano Children’s Theatre. A graduate of Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Joshua makes his Opera in Concert debut with the roles of Bobby in Mahagonny Songspiel and The Fisherman in Die Flut.

John Kuether

Bass

Adept at all types of vocal music, John Kuether has performed with major opera houses such as the Vienna Staatsoper, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, St. Louis Opera, Miami Opera, Minnesota Opera and Florentine Opera, Milwaukee. He has also performed on Broadway and in national and international tours of The Phantom of the Opera. In concert, he has been heard with the Seattle Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and in Carnegie Hall and Town Hall, New York. Mr. Kuether appears as Doc on the the DGG recording of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, and as Le Pere in the Nonesuch recording of Glass’s La Belle et la Bête. He holds degrees from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (BFA) and The Curtis Institute of Music (MM). With Opera in Concert, Mr. Kuether has sung Norton in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Bouncer in Sullivan’s Cox and Box, and the title role in Fehre’s The Schoolmaster.

Stephanie Smittle

Soprano

Based in Little Rock, AR, Stephanie Smittle performs Ashkenazic folk music with the Meshugga Klezmer Band, southern sludge metal with Iron Tongue, sacred music as a cantor and chorister at Christ Church Episcopal and songs of politics and Arkansas history with duo Stephen and Stephanie. She has recorded two albums of genre-hopping original material with The Smittle Band. In opera, she has sung the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with Opera in the Ozarks, Queen Anne and Queen Elizabeth Woodville in the premiere of Karen Griebling’s Richard III: A Crown of Roses, A Crown of Thorns,Virginia Clinton in Bonnie Montgomery’s Billy Blythe and The Second Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra/Opera in the Rock. In oratorio she has sung performance s of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Rutter’s Requiem, and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. Stephanie debuts with Opera in Concert in the role of Jessie in Mahagonny Songspiel.

Artists from previous seasons

We are honored by the performances of many outstanding professional artists who have sung with us in previous seasons. Among the singers gracing the OIC stage have been Martin Clark, Jr. (Kansas City Opera, Opera North), Audra Methvin (Dallas Opera Competition Winner, Opera of the Ozarks), Lauren McNeese (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera) Stephen Morscheck (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Christopher Oglesby (Utah Opera), Charis Peden (Opera Lousiane, Osnabruck Stadttheater), and Johnathan Riesen (Michigan Opera, Chautauqua Opera)