Artist Biographies

Natalie Arduino

Mezzo Soprano

Natalie Arduino has received critical acclaim in opera, concert and early music performances for her versatility, vitality and her “beautiful, clear voice and musical sensitivity.” Ms. Arduino, an alumna of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, has appeared throughout the country with many opera companies, festivals and orchestras, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She has sung in Carnegie Hall as alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus. She has sung with the Little Orchestra Society in its “Vivaldi’s Venice” series at Alice Tully Hall and as the Mother in their production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in Avery Fisher Hall with the composer present. Recent performances include the role of Mary Magdalene in the world premiere of David Evan Thomas’s oratorio The First Apostle in conjunction with Grace Song, Inc. in Houston, Duruflé’s Requiem with St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas, Honneger’s King David under the baton of Constantina Tsailanou with the Arts District Chorale, a solo recital for Voces Intimae and appearing as a member of the operatic quartet aboard the APHC@Sea 2013 (A Prairie Home Companion). She is Adjunct Professor of Applied Voice, Diction, and Opera Workshop at Richland College and a soloist and section leader at Highland Park United Methodist Church. She can be heard as Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, available on Albany Records. She received her Bachelor of Music (cum laude) degree from Southern Methodist University and her Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music in New York. Ms. Arduino debuts with Opera in Concert in this performance.

Francisco Bedoy

Tenor

Mr. Bedoy earned his Master of Music degree at the University of Michigan in 2015, where he  performed Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the University of Kentucky, where he won the Alltech Vocal Competition in 2010.Professional engagements include Don Gastone in La Traviata,with Opera Grand Rapids, Michigan and Opera Naples in Florida,  Fenton in Falstaff with Opera Metropolitan of Detroit,and Goro in Madame Butterfly with Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mr. Bedoy is an avid recitalist. Past presentations include a recital at the University of Cleveland on October 2018, celebrating the Hispanic Heritage month, as well as touring in the United States doing recitals with music by Agustin Lara. He makes his debut with Opera in Concert in this performance.

Edward Crafts

Baritone

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 a long-time member of the opera faculty of the College of Music at the University of North Texas, where he has conducted dozens of operas. In the United States, he has also conducted for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Fort Worth Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Knoxville Opera, San Antonio Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Abilene Opera, Utah Lyric Opera and many others. From 2000 to 2011, he conducted yearly opera productions at Amarillo Opera, including Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Falstaff, La Boheme and Carmen.  In Europe he has appeared 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 tenth appearance as pianist and Music Director with Opera in Concert. He has also served as Music Director of Opera in Concert in Italy in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

 

Jocelyn Hansen

Soprano

Ms. Hansen has completed her DMA degree 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 The Magic Flute, Alcina, The Mother of Us All and The Dialogues of the Carmelites. Active as a professional singer, Ms. Hansen has performed frequently with Ohio’s College Light Opera and with Des Moines Metro Opera. Jocelyn debuted with Opera in Concert in 2017 in Chabrier’s Une Education Manquee and also performed on our 2019 Gala.

Joshua Hughes

Baritone

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, Hughes has been a frequent soloist with The Young Victorian Theater Company, Baltimore’s premier Gilbert & Sullivan performing organization. Last season with Opera in Concert, Joshua performed the roles of Bobby in Mahagonny Songspiel, The Fisherman in Die Flut and Benito Sanchez in El Barbero de Sevilla.

 

 

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, Freiburg Stadttheater), Johnathan Riesen (Michigan Opera, Chautauqua Opera) and Haley Sicking (Dallas Opera).