Andrea Gregori (soprano), with “a beautiful voice springing from a haunting beauty with a knack for balancing pathos and humor”, has appeared in concert at the historic Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA, Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY, the Jane Pickens Theatre and Astors’ Beechwood Mansion in Newport, RI and the Titanic Historical Society. Last year, she appeared with the Ti-Ahwaga Theatre as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Master Class. She began her career as a dancer/choreographer, but moved into opera, concert and musical theater, including performances with the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Tri-Cities Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Four Corners Opera, Central Florida Lyric Opera and Orpheus Theatre in a wide variety of roles, including Marsinah in Kismet, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Rose Maybud in Ruddigore and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with the Summer Savoyards. Other roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Micaëla in Carmen and Marie in Daughter of the Regiment. As a dancer, she has been featured in Orfeo ed Euridice, Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Merry Widow and Grease. She has appeared with the Cider Mill Playhouse as Daisy in Rhinoceros, Phillipa in A Murder is Announced and Irene Adler in the regional premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. She has also worked in independent film as Reg in Shades of Darkness. Ms. Gregori has twice been featured at the annual NY State Sports & Entertainment Celebrity Gala, singing for dignitaries and Olympic Gold Medalists and has appeared in concert with Metropolitan Opera artists, the late Enrico Di Giuseppe and Dominic Cossa. She was a three-time recipient of the E.S. Kardon Grant, two-time winner in the NATS Eastern Regional competition, and a finalist in the Schorr International Voice Competition and the Connecticut Opera Guild Voice Competition. Andrea has coached with the legendary Licia Albanese and Searle Wright and is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she was a recipient of the Esther Boyer Griswold Voice & Opera Award. She is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Street Productions and served as Vice-Chair for the Summer Savoyards in New York. She recently appeared as a soloist in the Savoyards’ 50th anniversary gala concert. Upcoming and recent engagements include performances at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, The Mount Estate & Gardens and Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA and the historic Stanford White Casino Theatre in Newport, RI. She will be reprising Maria Callas in Master Class at the Casino Theatre in July 2012.
Nationally acclaimed baritone, Timothy LeFebvre, has wide-ranging experience from the operatic stage to the concert hall. He has sung leading roles with Central City Opera, Opera Delaware, Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Syracuse Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and Tri-Cities Opera. On the concert stage, he has performed with Jacksonville Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Syracuse Chamber Music Society, Minnesota Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Skaneateles Festival, New Dominion Chorale, Rochester Bach Festival, Williamsport Symphony, Vermont Symphony and the Marlboro Festival. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Binghamton University, LeFebvre is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Binghamton University. He recently made his debut with Opera Delaware singing Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. Other recent performances include Vaughan-Williams’ Sea Symphony with Berkshire Choral Festival, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphonyand Dvorak’s Te Deum with Jacksonville Symphony, the Brahms Requiem with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and Cornell University, and The Ballad of Baby Doe and The Coronation of Poppea with Central City Opera. He has also appeared in concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Mr. LeFebvre is a winner of the New York Liederkranz Vocal Competition, and other awards include the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, an Opera Fellowship at Binghamton University and Regional Finalist in Metropolitan Opera Competitions. 2008/2009 performances included the title role in Rigoletto with Tri-Cities Opera, Messiah with Jacksonville Symphony, Ping in Turandot with Jacksonville Symphony, and the Brahms Requiem with the Binghamton Philharmonic.
Steven Nanni…"an up and coming world class bel canto tenor”, Poughkeepsie Journal (2006) for the role of Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. “Tonight a very musical, exciting and brilliant tenor sang Mozart with ease and elegance”, New York Observer (2007) for the role of Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte. Other favorite roles include Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola. Steven’s oratorio repertoire includes the tenor solo in Bach’s B-Minor Mass and the St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Most recently, Steven made his debut as Beppe in Pagliacci (conducted by Placido Domingo) and as Tamino in The Magic Flute in Washington D.C. He was the guest soloist in a baroque concert with Metropolitan Opera artist/countertenor, Michael Maniaci, as a male soprano. Steven has performed with a number of orchestras, some of which include Florida State, Tuscan Chamber Orchestra in Florence Italy, New England Philharmonic and the Binghamton Philharmonic. He recently performed in concert at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY, the Jane Pickens Theatre and Astors’ Beechwood Mansion in Newport, RI, Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA and the Titanic Historical Society. Upcoming performances include a concert at the historic Stanford White Casino Theatre in Newport, RI. He recently appeared as a soloist in the Savoyards’ 50th anniversary gala concert. He is a student of Nico and Carol Castel, and is very active in their training program. He has also worked and studied with Joan Dornemann, Kenneth Cooper, Joshua Green, William Vendice, Renata Scotto, Patrizia Cioffi, Licia Albanese, Montserrat Caballe, and Beverly Sills. Steven also studies with Mary Lou Muratori, who has been his most influential voice teacher. He owes much of his success and voice development to her. “I believe that Steven has the intelligence, artistic potential, vocal talent and ambition to have a very important career in this business.” - Nico Castel (2008) www.stevenlnanni.com
John Rozzoni (baritone), a native of Dryden, NY, was a Resident Artist at Tri-Cities Opera and received his BM in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. With TCO, he appeared as Hermann/Crespel in The Tales of Hoffmann, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, Dandini in Billy Goats Gruff, Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi, Jailer in Tosca and The Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. Other appearances include Northern Lights Playhouse as Emile de Becque in South Pacific, The Mikado in The Mikado, Wilson in Harvey, Magistrate in Fools; CRS Barn Studio: Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Arundel Barn Playhouse: The Mikado in The Mikado, Judas in Godspell; Ithaca College Opera: Pritschitsch in The Merry Widow, John Sorrell in The Consul. Awards include the Roselyn Welton Best Award (2010) and TCO Guild Award (2009 & 2010) from Tri-Cities Opera. Upcoming and recent engagements include a performance at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Gettysburg, PA, Ventfort Hall and The Mount Estate & Gardens in Lenox, MA and The Last Romance at the Cider Mill Playhouse.
Kasey Stewart (mezzo-soprano), a native of Plattsburgh, NY, received her BA in music and her MM in Vocal Performance from Binghamton University. She serves on the voice faculties of Elmira College and Corning’s 171 Cedar Arts Center in New York. Kasey is a founding member of The Singing Actor’s Studio with Jake and Jill Gardner, in Binghamton, NY. With The Singing Actor’s Studio, Kasey performed the role of Zita in Gianni Schicchi, The Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Sally in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. As a member of the Resident Artist Training Program at Tri-Cities Opera, Kasey performed leading roles in Suor Angelica (La Zia Principessa, La Badessa), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother) and was featured as Bertha in The Barber of Seville. Kasey’s career has also lead her to accept leading roles in several musicals, namely, Chicago, A Little Night Music and Fiddler on the Roof. She debuted at the Cider Mill Playhouse in their 2004 production of The Most Happy Fella. Ms. Stewart has been a featured artist with the Binghamton Summer Savoyards in their past productions of Iolanthe, Utopia Limited, The Mikado, The Grand Duke, Princess Ida, Yeomen of the Guard and The Sorcerer. As an oratorio soloist, Kasey has been seen as Eve in Haydn’s The Creation, Angel and Contralto II in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Alto soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Soprano II soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria. Her most recent distinction was as a Finalist for the Merola program of the San Francisco Opera. She originated the role of Female Redwood in the World Premiere of Randall Eng’s opera, Florida, with Opera Cleveland. She also appeared in their 2006 production of The Pirates of Penzance. Kasey has sung with the Binghamton Philharmonic in Osvaldo Golijov’s Night of the Flying Horses and Manuel DeFalla’s El Amor Brujo. Other performances include concerts at the historic Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY, the Jane Pickens Theatre and Astor’s Beechwood Mansion in Newport, RI, Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA and the Titanic Historical Society. She recently appeared as a soloist for the Summer Savoyards’ 50th anniversary gala concert. Her current passion involves presenting anti-stress workshops from her Singer is Spirit Voice Studio in Binghamton, which include music, play and the use of the right side of the brain to relieve stress. She recently debuted her newest workshop at Corning Incorporated in Corning, NY. Upcoming performances include a concert at the historic Stanford White Casino Theatre in Newport, RI.
Margaret “Pej” Reitz (pianist) is a native of the Binghamton Area. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance with accompanying emphasis from New England Conservatory and Binghamton University. She recently played the Bach Double Harpsichord Concertos with the Catskill Symphony. She has studied piano with Jean Casadesus, Victor Rosenbaum, Seymour Fink and Walter Ponce and accompanying with Allen Rogers. She has accompanied throughout the United States, in England, South America, Spain and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She was a winner of the Artistic Ambassadors Program by the United States Information Agency in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts. She was an official accompanist for the MTNA State and Eastern Division Competition held at Ithaca College in 200, 2006 and 2010. She has been a guest chamber music artist in Morges, Switzerland. She also was selected to attend the Accompanying Workshop for Singers and Pianists held at Northwestern University with Chicago Lyric Opera Faculty and Coaches. She was recently invited to the International Clarinet Conference to play a recital in Tokyo. She was a guest artist on the Cornell Summer Series. She was an official pianist at the International Double Reed Competition and Convention in 2007 at Ithaca College and was invited to play the 2009 Convention in Birmingham, England with the Glickman Ensemble. She was selected to accompanying at the Interpretation of Spanish Music in conjunction with University of Madrid in Grenada, Spain July 2007 coached by Teresa Berganza and at Mannes School of Music summer 2008. She was a Guest Artist playing two concerts in Granada, Spain this past summer and accompanied the Barcelona Song Festival in July. She is the pianist for Theatre Street Productions performing concerts in Lenox, MA and Newport, RI. She has been on the faculty at Binghamton University since 1991 and Ithaca College School of Music since 1999. She is on the Executive Board of the New York District MTNA organization. She is also President of the local District VII Music Teachers Association and is an active adjudicator for the National Piano Guild Organization. She has appeared as a soloist with the Catskill Symphony and last summer, recorded a CD with the Glickman Ensemble. In July 2012, she will appearing as the accompanist in Terrence McNally's Master Class at the Casino Theatre in Newport, RI.
Patrick Grimes (Emcee) was born in the tiny town of Craig, Colorado and holds his degree in acting from the University of Northern Colorado. He is the Artistic Director of the Marley Bridges Theatre Company, which specializes in interactive, historical and educational theatre programming throughout Newport County. A longtime veteran of improvisational and interactive theatre, including serving as the Artistic Director of the Beechwood Theatre Company for 6 years, Patrick firmly believes that theatre is meant to be experienced and not just observed. Fostering the arts through the MBTC has offered the opportunity to share his experience with students in the area through seminars, lectures and workshops. Patrick was recently invited by the director of the Casino Theatre at the Tennis Hall of Fame to direct "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead".