Have you never been to an opera before, but maybe are opera curious? Tonight is a great introduction to a powerful art form in a relaxed setting. Grab a beer and join some of the strongest young singers in the region for a mixture of solo and ensemble work with full explanations of scenes and a Q & A with the artists.
A select group of Baltimore’s strongest emerging opera stars gather around the piano for a night of intimate opera performance.
Victoria Zelefsky, soprano
Taylor Hillary Boykins, mezzo
Henry William Hubbard, tenor
Aaron Thacker, bass
Maria Adele Scott, piano
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Victoria Zelefsky has been singing classically for the past decade. Whether it is singing on stage, stage managing, or running rehearsals, Victoria has taken a dynamic approach to opera. Since her first performance, Victoria has sung in over 20 operas, in 4 countries, as well as worked as a director, stage manager and associate producer.
Roles performed include Mary in Norton: A Civil War Opera, (Loudon Lyric Opera), Ginnie in Gettysburg: Lost in Fire, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Mary Crawford (cover) in Mansfield Park (Peabody Institute), Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Popolo in Cavallaria Rusticana, Bridesmaid 2 in Der Freischütz (Opera Classica Europa), Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors (First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis), Moth in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Annina in La Traviata, and Novice in Suor Angelica (University of Northern Colorado).
In addition to operatic repertoire, Victoria has performed the National Anthem for the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards every summer since 2014 and appeared on NPR as a result of the performance in 2014. She has also performed as a part of multiple choral masterpieces such as Mozart’s Requiem and Regina Coeli, Brahms’s Requiem, the world premiere of the Witzel Requiem and as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rutter’s Gloria and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Currently, Victoria is residing in Baltimore where she is performing throughout the region as part of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Annapolis Opera chorus, and multiple churches. She received her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, studied abroad at the Florence University for the Arts, and holds her Master's degree in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Institute.
Taylor Hillary Boykins opened this season as a chorister for Baltimore Concert Opera’s production of Puccini’s, Madama Butterfly at The Engineers Club at the Garret-Jacobs Mansion. Shortly after that, she was featured in recital with fellow soloist and accompanist Aaron Thacker (bass, piano) for the Hedgelawn Classical Series at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD. In October, Taylor made her second appearance with local chamber group Mind On Fire for their first-ever Mind On Fire Choir performance at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, featuring works by Meredith Monk, Eve de Castro-Robinson, James David Young, et al. Later, she made her first appearance with Annapolis Opera for their production of Tosca; she’ll return with the company for their spring production of Carlisle Floyd’s, Susannah. To close out the fall season, Taylor will be in concert with saxophonist Tyrone Page Jr. at the George Peabody Library for the In The Stacks Series: Part 7, and she’ll be making her main-stage, Kennedy Center debut as a soloist for Tony Small’s “Holiday Swing” program.
Taylor began the 2018-2019 season in recital with Thrive Music Live, followed by an appearance with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church as alto soloist for their performance of Duruflé’s Requiem. 2019 started with a bang; she was in collaboration with local chamber favorites Bedlam Brass, Mind on Fire, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the Dan Deacon Pulse show at the Meyerhoff. In spring, she was featured for a second time with the Maryland Choral Society, she was a national finalist in The American Prize Competition for the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Voice: Women in Opera and she continued serving as an ambassador for Maryland Opera’s Opera-To-Go program. During the 2017-2018 season, Taylor made her West Coast debut as alto soloist with the Gonzaga University University Concert Choir, performing Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time in Spokane, WA. A month later in May, she was a finalist for the 2018 Chicago Oratorio Award. For the 2016-2017 season, Taylor was commissioned to perform An Evening of Opera; a lecture-recital covering opera, art song, and a history of black opera singers, held at the University of Toledo in March of 2017. In fall of 2016, she made her debut as alto soloist in Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, with one of Baltimore's innovative chamber orchestras, Symphony Number One. The year before that, she had a taste of contemporary opera, performing in the world premiere of Frances Pollock’s opera STINNEY. Later that year, Taylor performed in a recital at the Waterford Foundation in Virginia. In 2014, Taylor made her Kennedy Center debut in as Mrs. Roché in Tony Small’s eco-conscious musical, RUKA. Later that year, she returned to The Kennedy Center as Alexis in the world premiere of Tony Small’s operetta Qadar, with opera luminary Denyce Graves as Artistic Director. To close out her masters, she sang the role of Soeur Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmelites, produced by the Peabody Opera Theatre at the Modell Lyric Opera House in Baltimore. Throughout her time in the Charm City, Taylor has given volunteer performances at Basilica Place Senior Living and she’s performed with Concert Artists of Baltimore and The Walters Art Museum.
Taylor earned her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was a protégé of Denyce Graves. A native of Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University in Rochester, MI as a student of contralto, Nadine Washington.
Henry William Hubbard is a tenor from Richmond, Virginia. He holds dual Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy and Musicology from the Peabody Institute of the John’s Hopkins University, where he studied with Stanley Cornett. As a tenor, Henry has performed in the United States, Canada, and Italy. He was most recently seen performing the role of Jumper in Zach Redler’s new opera “The Falling and the Rising.”
Last summer, Henry performed the role of Laurie in “Little Women” with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Other roles include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy), Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte, Little Bat in Susannah (Halifax Summer Opera Festival), and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Aaron Thacker has performed extensively in the realm of Opera. He has served as a rehearsal pianist for North Carolina Opera, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Peabody Conservatory, and The Ford’s Theatre. He has appeared on NPR with celebrated tenor Noah Stewart and played for many of the most sought after opera singers in the country including Christine Goerke, Denyce Graves, and Steven LaBrie. He currently is on the faculty at the George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, in Towson, MD.
Maria Adele Scott, originally from Delaware, began piano lessons at age 6, and later studied with Liliya Maslov at the Music School of Delaware. She has performed in countless venues including Peabody's Friedberg Concert Hall, the Grand Opera House of Delaware, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.
An active chamber musician, Maria has performed a wide range of piano ensemble repertoire and has extensive experience as a collaborative artist. Last year, she traveled to Hamburg, Germany to compete in the Classic Winds International Saxophone and Clarinet Competition and Festival as a collaborative pianist. In addition to maintaining and organizing her own private teaching studio, Maria is an accompanist for the Peabody Preparatory.
She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Peabody Conservatory where she studied under the tutelage of Brian Ganz.
FRI FEB 28 | 8PM | $18, $15 MEMBERS
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