MICHAEL BLAKE O'HEARN, Bass-Baritone, is this Season’s Artist-in-Residence. He is an Atlanta native who has been hailed by critics for his abundance of personality, his authoritative singing and acting, and his wide impressive range. Recent engagements include the roles of Dumas in Andrea Chenier with Opera Orchestra of New York at Avery Fisher Hall, King Marke in Tristan und Isolde with Opera Theater of Montclair, and Tonio in Pagliacci with Amore Opera and Utopia Opera in NYC. Favorite roles include Verdi’s Falstaff, Pooh Bah in The Mikado, Dr. Bartolo in both Le Nozze di Figaro and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir D’amore, Sulpice in La Fille du Regiment and the title roles of Don Pasquale and Gianni Schicci. In recent seasons he has been featured with the NYCO National Company, Atlanta Opera, Augusta Opera, Tulsa Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera, DiCapo Opera Theater, National Lyric Opera, Mississippi Opera, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Amarillo Opera, Bronx Opera, Chelsea Opera and the Opera Orchestra of New York.

Mr. O’Hearn is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA and has studied privately with Elizabeth Nohe Colson.


VICTORIA WOLFE, Soprano, is pleased to return to the Long Island Choral Society for the 2016-2017 season. Ms. Wolfe has sung under the batons of Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Gerhard Samuel, and she is particularly known for specialization in contemporary music, having performed works by Lukas Foss, Anton Heiller, John Cage, Reynold Tharp, and many more composers representative of the 20th and 21st centuries. She also is noted for her facility with Baroque works, particularly oratorio. Ms. Wolfe received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory and continued at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for her graduate work. She was a finalist in Norway's Queen Sonia Competition and sang in Austria and Germany before returning to the United States to sing with the Tanglewood Music Center, Utah Opera, the Wildwood Opera Theater, The New York Chamber Opera, and Hudson Opera Theatre. Ms. Wolfe resides in Malverne, New York and currently studies with Frank Lopardo.


KRISTIN STARKEY, Mezzo-contralto, made her opera debut in 2014 as Mrs. Grose in Turn of the Screw with Stony Brook Opera, and since then performed many roles with various companies. Roles include La Cieca (La Gioconda), Myrtale (Thais), Erda (Das Rheingold), La Principessa (Suor Angelica), Grimgerde (Die Walkure), Il Tebro (O come chiare e belle), and Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor). She has had partial roles as Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Carmen (Carmen), Angelina (Cenerentola), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Musette (La Bohème, Leoncavallo), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) and Arsamene (Serse). Upcoming engagements include Lucretia (Rape of Lucretia) and Geneviéve (Pelléas et Mélisande). She was also a featured soloist with One World Symphony in the acclaimed Games of Thrones operasode performing Prokofiev’s Field of the Dead being reviewed by The Guardian as “the real standout…” Starkey studies with Brenda Harris at Stony Brook University as she works towards her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance.


TOM JIM SOLON, Tenor, received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied voice with the late Theodore Puffer who was the founder and artistic director of the Nevada Opera. Tom has performed with various prestigious choral programs in New York City, including the role of Ariel in Hayden's The Creation at Columbia University in 2003 under the direction of Gail Archer. Tom appeared as a soloist and section leader for choral programs and concert series at St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Agnes, St. Catherine of Sienna, All Saints Church in New York City, First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Brooklyn.

 

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