Bass-baritone Kyle Albertson is renowned not only for his versatile voice, confidence, and style, but also for his ability to bring a character to life on stage. A recent foray into the works of Wagner included his house début at Lyric Opera of Chicago in Das Rheingold, role and house débuts as Donner in the same work at Minnesota Opera, and covering Wotan in San Francisco Opera’s Ring cycle. The past season saw him perform Porthos in Les Trois Mousquetaireswith Phoenicia Festival, JP Morgan in the world première of Tesla with SoBe Arts, DeGuiche in Cyranowith Opera Carolina, Sharpless in Madama Butterflywith New Jersey Festival Orchestra, and Sam in Trouble in Tahitiwith Opera Parallèle at SFJazz. Upcoming engagements for the 2018-2019 season will include a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Siegfried,a house debut with San Diego Opera to perform the role of Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and a reprisal of his performance as Liutenant Horstmayer in Silent Nightwith Arizona Opera.
Ginger Costa-Jackson, Mezzo-Soprano
Role: Carmen (Carmen)
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and a Samling Scholar, mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson recently sang Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia on the Met stage, performed the title role in Carmen with the San Francisco Opera, and made her debut at Opera de Paris as Despina in a new production of Cosi fan Tutte. She performed her first Carmen ever in 2012 at Glimmerglass, while her European debut was as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. Future engagements include Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte with the Seattle Opera, her Los Angeles Opera debut as Maddalena in Rigoletto, her return to the Opera de Paris for Cosi fan Tutte, Carmen with San Diego Opera, debuts with Washington Concert Opera in Maria di Rohan, with National Theatre Tokyo as Carmen, in Hong Kong as Musetta, and with Opera de Toulon as Rosina. She was recently joined by her two sisters in a Costa-Jackson sisters concert at the Nantucket Musical Arts Society, and one sister, soprano Miriam Costa-Jackson, will join her in Carmen in the role of Micaela.
Adam Diegel, Tenor
Role: Carmen (Don José)
Tenor Adam Diegel regularly earns international acclaim for his impassioned dramatic sensibilities, powerful voice, and classic leading-man looks. Last season, Diegel performed two of his signature roles throughout the world as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Opera Hong Kong and Palm Beach Opera and as Don José in Carmen at San Francisco Opera, PORTopera, and Opera San Antonio. Acclaimed as Cavaradossi in Tosca, a role he has performed at Glimmerglass Opera and will soon reprisewith Palm Beach Opera, Diegel will also be back at The Metropolitan Opera for performances in Normaand Madama Butterflyand at Mill City Summer Opera for Don José yet again. Diegel also sang the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlowith Lithuanian National Opera, Ruggerio in La rondine with Opera Santa Barbara, Ismaele in Nabucco with The Metropolitan Opera and Opera Philadelphia, and the tenor solo in Verdi’s Requiem with Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Spokane Symphony. Additionally, Diegel currently serves as Artistic Director for Opera San Antonio. He holds degrees from Yale University and University of Memphis.
Event: Sirens of Gospel
Four impressively stunning voices comprise the newly formed Lady Parts, an a capella group whose members bring to every performance a collective richness and variety of experience that spans the globe and includes some of the world's greatest performance venues. Their individual repertoire covers nearly every imaginable genre from early music to opera to big band to rock to new music. Together they create a kaleidoscope of vocal color and imagination that captivates and engages.
Isai Jess Muñoz
Isai Jess Muñoz, Tenor
Praised by the New York Times for "deftly navigating the border of genuine emotion through his singing,” Isai Jess Muñoz has appeared with the New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Alvin Ailey Dance on Broadway, the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland among many world venues. In addition to a full schedule of recitals throughout the US, he will appear later this year as the Witch in Hansel und Gretel with Opera Orlando. A graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook, Muñoz is also a member of the voice and opera faculty at the University of Delaware. Honored by the National Opera Association, by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and by the Delaware Division of the Arts for his performance activities of Iberian and Latin American Song Literature as well as for his work in stage direction, Dr. Muñoz also serves as Chair and Senior Editor of the Sacred in Opera Initiative of the National Opera Association.
Damien Sneed, a recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal presented annually to emerging Black and Latino classical musicians, is a multi-genre recording artist who has also garnered attention in jazz, gospel, and popular music. He made his conducting debut in 2015 at Carnegie Hall for Wynton Marsalis’ “Abyssinian 200: A Celebration,” a role he reprised on the recording of the work with Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Chorale Le Chateau. Performer, composer, producer, arranger, vocal coach, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with such legends as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, Jessye Norman, and Lawrence Brownlee. He is the founder and artistic director of Chorale Le Chateau and created the independent recording label LeChateau Earl Records in 2009.
Event: Sirens of Gospel, Damien Sneed featuring The Levites
Making its mark in the realm of spiritual music, the gospel group The Levites expands the boundaries of contemporary gospel by showcasing a soulful mix of traditional gospel, jazz, and contemporary compositions. The group is the brainchild of musician/composer/producer Damien Sneed, who, starting in 2004 and through a series of seemingly ordained encounters, was wowed, one singer at a time, by each individual member’s vocal talent and technical skill. Inspired to action, Sneed gathered them into a collective, taking advantage of the group’s diverse collection of musical backgrounds that stretch across gospel, jazz, pop, soul, Hip Hop, R&B, Afro-Pop, even Zydeco. Diversity on top of unique ability, faith, and a singular cohesion are what give The Levites their exclusive sound and widespread appeal.