Cantare Con Spirito
Jarvis Green is a classically trained baritone and the Artistic Director of Cantare Con Spirito. He is also an AEA actor, the Director of Theatre Arts at Artistree Theatre Company and the Founding Artistic/Executive Director of BarnArts Center for the Arts. Jarvis began his singing career at the age of 10 performing with the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Boy’s Choir in Anderson, South Carolina. During his 6 years with the choir he learned a huge repertoire of Early Sacred and Classical Music. Jarvis attended the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Anderson University where he studied Vocal Performance and Theater. In Governor’s School he studied dance, theater, and voice privately with renowned educators from all over the world. After studying Vocal Performance and Theater at Anderson University his vocal, dance, and theater skills made him a favorite in regional theaters throughout the country. His directing credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (ArtisTree Theatre Company), Master Class, Porgy and Bess in Concert, Oliver!, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors (BarnArts), Suessical the Musical (NCCT). His acting credits include: Clybourne Park, Twelve Angry Men (Northern Stage), The Wizard of Oz, Pirates of Penzance (Pentangle Players), Ragtime (New London Barn Playhouse), Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, A New Brain (Capital Playhouse), Smokey Joe’s Café (Bellevue Civic Theatre), Once On This Island, The Who’s Tommy (Village Theatre), The Buddy Holly Story (5th Ave Theatre), Stardust (Harlequin Playhouse), The Play’s The Thing, Black Nativity, Our Town (Intiman Theatre).
Music Director and pianist Michael S. Caldwell, also a classically trained baritone, originally hails from West Fairfield, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Hartt School of Music, he has performed both as a pianist and a singer and currently lives and works in Teaneck, NJ in his home private coaching studio. Highlights of his career have included appearances with the Associate Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in productions ranging from Glück's Orfeo to Wagner's Lohengrin. He also worked as a studio coach/accompanist with several of New York's top voice teachers ranging from Joanna Levy to Mark Oswald, and has toured Japan as the piano half of a piano/violin recital tour with violinist Kaori Hasegawa.
Soprano Alexandra Smith is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and has most recently been seen in Vermont as Sharon Graham in Terrence McNally’s Master Class at BarnArts Center for the Arts. Other roles include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Beatrice in the off-Broadway revival of Marie Christine and Sarah in Ragtime (CNR Drama). She has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was a finalist in the Giulio Gari Foundation and Arkadi Foundation competitions. She will make her role debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro this summer at Dell'Arte Opera in New York City.
Jasmine Robin Thomas received her Bachelor of Music at the Voice and Opera Performance division at SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory. She has performed as a Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy Alumni in Barbra Streisand’s Back to Brooklyn Tour held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. In August of 2013, she toured with the Harlem Opera Theater to countries in South America such as Argentina (Buenos Aires), Chile, and Uruguay with its basis to showcase music by African American composers. Roles she has performed, include; the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Sister Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Pamina and Second Lady in The Magic Flute. With Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance program she has performed the roles of Bianca and Gabriella in Puccini's La Rondine, and with NJAVO she performed the roles of the High priestess in Verdi's Aida, and Inez in Il trovatore. She has also performed with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre in their concert version of Suor Angelica.
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Tenor Marco Jordão, a native of Brazil, obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Music at the State University of Sao Paulo and his Master's Degree in Voice Performance at At the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston. While in Sao Paolo, he performed many roles including, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, First Jew in Salome, and Don Jose in Carmen. At NEC he sang the American premiere of La Gazzetta by Rossini as Alberto, as well as the leading roles of Tito in La Clemenza di Tito and Fritz in L’amico Fritz. Equally comfortable in recital and oratorio repertoire, Marco has appeared in recitals with such repertoire as Schumann’s Dichterliebe, several Bach Cantatas, the Requiems of both Liszt and Mozart, plus several lieder recitals. In addition, he has sang in several summer festivals, including Concerti in Monte Argentario (Italy) and Ateliê Jorge Chamine/Marie-Françoise Bucquet in Paris. He first appeared in Vermont as Tony Candolino in Master Class by Terrence MacNelly and also sings in Cantare Con Spirito created by Jarvis Green. Marco is a full time tenor in the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.
American baritone Barry L. Robinson recently made his international operatic debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in Prokofiev’s L’amour des trois oranges and was featured in concert at Teatro Sodre in Uruguay and the world renowned Mozarteum Argentino Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A rising talent, Mr. Robinson has been lauded for his “amazing, robust” voice and “potential for operatic stardom” (New York Amsterdam News). Mr. Robinson began his career with the operas of Mozart, singing Leporello in Don Giovanni, Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro. He has also had success with 20th Century repertoire including Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium, Frank Chambers in The Postman Always Rings Twice by Stephen Paulus, and Henry Davis in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. His current repertoire features the baritone roles of Verdi such as Don Carlo in Ernani, Renato in Un ballo in maschera, Francesco in I masnadieri, as well as Escamillo in Carmen, and the title role in Eugene Onegin.
Margaret Hunton minored in Performance Art at Iowa State University, where she was lucky enough to work with Moses Hogan and Simon Estes. Throughout her singing career she has performed major works by Beethoven, Brahms, Hayden, and Mozart among others. She is a soprano with Bel Canto Chamber Singers where she performs as both a soloist and ensemble member. In addition, she has recent credits with several local performance organizations such as ArtisTree, BarnArts, NCCT, Opera North and Parish Players.
Ken Alston, Jr. a native of Bronx, New York, possesses an exceptionally wide vocal range that has led him to performing opportunities with the Czech Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony, the CSO Gospel Chorus, Darin Atwater’s Soulful Symphony, and (in Porgy and Bess) the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He has performed in Paris, Czech Republic, Martinique, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Bermuda. He has most notably been a part of the Off-Broadway hit Three Mo’ Tenors, the widely acclaimed ensemble whose repertoire encompasses opera, Broadway, spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and soul. He was honored to share a stage and music direct Chinese actors, in Beijing, China in Passages of Martin Luther King. It was here that he became one of the first African-American to share a stage with members of the National Theater Company of China. The play was in Chinese. He was a featured soloist on an episode of the HBO original series The Wire. Ken was privileged to sing at the National Lying in Honor of Rosa Parks “The Mother of Civil Rights” at the Rotunda in Washington, DC. Other theatrical and musical credits, All Rise, with Wynton Marsalis, (CD Recording), Live at The Boulevard, (CD Recording), Ain’t Misbehavin with Baltimore’s Arts Centric Theater, Dreamgirls, The King Has Come, Night Songs, Follow the Star, Heart of a Harlot, MAAFA: The Struggle Continues , The Real Love Concert, Through The Ages, Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom, ResurGents and The First Lady.
Tesia Kwarteng, Mezzo- Soprano, previous credits include: Suor Angelica (La Zia Principessa), The Magic Flute (2nd Lady) Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (Chorus), Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette) , Hairspray (Dynamite/Ensemble), The Sound of Music (Nun). Scene work: Carmen, (Mercedes), Cosi fan Tutte (Dorabella), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), West Side Story (Anita), Les Miserable (Eponine). Concerts and Tours: Abyssinian Mass National Tour with Wynton Marsalis, Jazz and Lincoln Center Orchestra and Chorale Le Chateau, Stomping at the Savoy directed by Linda Twine, A Salute to Brahms with Cantare con Spirito, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz with Jessye Norman at the Apollo Theater. Tesia was the recipient of the 2013 Legacy Award from the National Opera Association’s vocal competition. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music. Tesia will be attending CoOPERAtive this summer at Princeton University and was awarded their highest scholarship.