Martin Clark has appeared with the Wolf Trap Opera (Le Fils in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias) and with the Dallas Opera Education Outreach Program (Nemorino in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love). Mr. Clark recently graduated from UNT where he was only the second undergraduate to win the Winspear Opera Scholarship Competition. With UNT Opera his performances have included Frederic in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Macheath in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, Camille in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Ottavio in Don Giovanni. In the summer of 2016 he joined Opera in Concert in Italy and also sang the demanding role of Tonio in Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment with Opera North. Mr. Clark debuted with Opera in Concert in “The Bard’s Operas”, and has also sung the role of Eduardo Milfort in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio
and Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri.
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 will return to Urbino, Italy for his second year as Music Director of Opera in Concert in Italy.
Mr. Hughes was featured with the Dallas Opera this spring 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 makes his debut with Opera in Concert as Cox in Cox and Box.
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). “Bravo Rossini!” last season marked his debut 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 will sing 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!”.
Stephen Morscheck is widely respected for the dignity he brings to both concert and operatic performances. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, L’Opera de Montreal and the Washington National Opera, among many others. On the concert stage he has appeared numerous times with the L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris in repeat performances of the St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, as well as with the Music of the Baroque in Chicago, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Bach Society, Spoleto Festival, and the Milwaukee Symphony. Stephen Morscheck graduated from Wheaton College, completed advanced degrees from the University of Michigan, and in 1995, was awarded the “Richard Tucker Career Grant.” He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Voice at UNT. Mr. Morscheck made his debut with Opera in Concert with “Bravo Rossini!” last season.
Christopher Oglesby makes his debut with Opera in Concert as Box in Cox and Box. He currently sings with the The Dallas Opera’s outreach program as Don Giovanni in The Three Little Pigs. An active soloist and recitalist, Mr. Oglesby most recently performed for the Dallas Puccini Society, Opera Diversitá, and Abilene Philharmonic. Previously a Young Artist with the Ohio Light Opera, Mr. Oglesby headlined as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) with the Amalfi Coast Festival. He has performed the roles of Danilo (The Merry Widow), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Joe the Loiterer (The Mother of Us All) with the University of North Texas. He will be joining the Utah Opera as Resident Artist this fall.