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.
Jocelyn Hansen is completing a DMA at the University of North Texas, where she has been featured in the title role of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and in leading roles in Alcina, The Magic Flute, The Mother of Us All and The Dialogues of the Carmelites. Already active as a professional singer, Ms. Hansen has performed with the College Light Opera Company and was selected as an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera in 2017. Jocelyn makes her debut with Opera in Concert in this performance.
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). Mr. Kuether has sung Norton in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio and Bouncer in Cox and Box with Opera in Concert.
Lauren McNeese has appeared as a featured soloist with most major American opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera (Parsifal), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Cosi fan tutte), San Francisco Opera (Das Rheingold) and the Dallas Opera (Iolanta), as well as Los Angeles Opera, Minnesota Opera, Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Tulsa Opera, Opera Omaha and many others. In the realm of concert she has performed Berlioz’ Romeo et Juliette with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the Ravinia Festival, Mozart’s Mass in C with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with the Toronto Symphony and the Cincinnati May Festival. Last fall she repeated her popular portrayal of Rossini’s Cenerentola for San Diego Opera, and this spring she sang Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with Opera Santa Barbara and Holst’s Savitri with Opera in Concert. Ms. McNeese was first heard with Opera in Concert last December in “Mozart and Salieri – The Mystery Continues!”.
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)