Evan Brown began his schooling at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied under Metropolitan Opera Tenor William Lewis. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2013. Since that time, he has sung with Austin Opera, performing Amelia’s servant in Un Ballo in Maschera and Ed Mavole in Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate. He has also been featured in concert with the Austin Gilbert and Sullivan Society. He is currently working on a Masters in Music at Southern Methodist University, where he studies with Clifton Forbis. “Donizetti Delights!” represents Evan’s debut with Opera in Concert.
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 appeared as an auxiliary member of the Dallas Opera Chorus in their production of Moby Dick. Doug debuts with Opera in Concert in this performance.
Baritone, Stage Director
Crafts’ 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 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 is a recent graduate of University of North Texas where she was a scholarship recipient and winner the 2016 Concerto Competition. Her roles include Blanche in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Violetta Valery in La Traviata, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and Suor Genovieva in Suor Angelica. This past season, Gabrielle was a young artist in The Dallas Opera’s Outreach and Education Program where she performed the role of Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne. Gabrielle makes her debut with Opera in Concert in this performance.
Will Hughes has been featured with the Dallas Opera as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly; he has also appeared in their previous productions of Manon and Great Scott. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College, where he sang Peter in Hansel and Gretel and Bunthorne in Patience, and a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, where he performed Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffman. As a Young Artist with Florida Grand Opera in 2014 he sang Zurga in Les Pecheurs de Perles. Local audiences have also heard him in several productions by The Orchestra of New Spain. Mr. Hughes made his debut with Opera in Concert as Cox in Cox and Box last season.
Josefina Maldonado is a senior at the University of North Texas, where she is the recipient of the Schrader Opera Scholarship. At UNT, she has performed a variety of leading roles, including Valetto in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie in Les Dialogues des Carmelites and Ruggiero in Alcina. In April 2018 she will sing the role of Siebel in Faust. Josefina was a participant in Opera in Concert in Italy in 2016, and makes her debut with Opera in Concert in this performance.
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), 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)