Baritone LEIGH MELROSE has carved out a formidable reputation for the performance of new works. A wonderfully dynamic artist on both the concert and opera platform, Melrose is also in demand for core repertoire by composers such as Brahms, Britten, Mozart, Berg and Mahler. A graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music, Melrose’s opera engagements have taken him all over the world.
STEVEN VAN WATERMEULEN studied at the Conservatoire in Antwerp and has worked with numerous directors, including Guy Cassiers, Johan Simons, Ivo van Hove, Pierre Audi, Alize Zandwijk, Theu Boermans, Julie Van den Berghe, Christoph Marthaler, Peter Van Kraai, and Dora van der Groen.
Dutch baritone MATTIJS VAN DE WOERD studied at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam conservatoires with Sylvia Schlüter, Maarten Koningsberger, and Margreet Honig. He took part in master classes by Barbara Bonney, Sir Thomas Allen, Rudolf Jansen, and Roger Vignoles. In 2001 Mattijs won the Vriendenkrans and Concertgebouw prizes. In 2003 he was awarded first prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London.
Mexican American tenor TIM GONZALES has been lauded for his “bright, sweet, tenor voice” and for having an “emotionally and musically engaging” presence on stage. Most recently he was seen singing the tenor solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Angeles Chorale which he has also performed to great acclaim with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Disney Hall. Mr. Gonzales made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2014 in its production of I Pagliacci, singing the role of Another Villager under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl.
Filipino-American baritone David Castillo is a Los Angeles-based singer, actor, and model. His versatility as an artist opens himself to a vast repertoire ranging from baroque to experimental with new and upcoming collaborative projects focusing on and exploring cultural identity, technology, and fashion.
Bass/baritone Scott Graff has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Musica Angelica, Catacoustic Consort, the Carmel Bach Festival, California Bach Society, and Synchromy. His operatic work includes originating Josef Stalin in the world premiere of Lisa Scola Prosek’s Daughter of the Red Tsar, Dolores in the world premiere of Caliban Dreams, and Lewis and Father Tree in Michael Webster and Eileen Myles’ opera Hell.