The RCO's presents Handel's MESSIAH


Laura Heimes performing the sacred motet of Dieterich Buxtehude, 'Herr wenn Ich nur Dich Hab' (BuxWV 38)

laura heimes, soprano

Praised for her “sparkle and humor, radiance and magnetism” and hailed for "a voice equally velvety up and down the registers", Laura Heimes is widely regarded as an artist of great versatility, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. She has collaborated with many of the leading figures in early music, including Andrew Lawrence King, Julianne Baird, Tempeste di Mare, The King’s Noyse, Paul O’Dette, Chatham Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, The New York Collegium, The Publick Musick, and Piffaro. She has been heard at the Boston, Connecticut and Indianapolis Early Music Festivals, at the Oregon and Philadelphia Bach Festivals under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, at the Carmel Bach Festival under Bruno Weil, and in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in concerts of Bach and Handel. December 2003 marked her Carnegie Hall debut in Handel's Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus.  (read more...)

Mezzo soprano Luthien Brackett performs the aria 'He was despised' from Handel's 'Messiah.'

Luthien brackett, mezzo-soprano

Praised by the press for her “easy, appealing alto” and “silky tone among all registers,” Luthien is a mezzo-soprano specializing in music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  Her most recent solo appearances include J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Music of the Ars Subtilior with TENET, Handel’s Messiah with the Charlotte Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Master Chorale of South Florida, and J.S. Bach's St. John Passion with Music in the Somerset Hills alongside Julianne Baird. Regional opera credits include Handel's Semele with Music in the Somerset Hills, Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera, and numerous productions with Spoleto Festival, U.S.A.  She is featured on the Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s anthology of the Complete Haydn Masses (Naxos), as well as its GRAMMY-nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Musica Omnia).  In great demand as an ensemble performer, she is a member of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and appears regularly with some of the country's preeminent vocal groups, including The Antioch Chamber Ensemble, TENET, Voices of Ascension, The Clarion Society, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Seraphic Fire.  (read more...)

Daniel Curran, tenor

Mr. Curran is quickly gaining a reputation for his intensely intelligent performances on opera, theatre, and concert stages throughout the United States. Of a recent performance in the title role of La descente d’Orphée aux enfers with Gotham Chamber Opera, The New York Times hailed “as Orphée, his voice precise and penetrating, with careful diction and an affecting sense of seriousness. Mr. Curran ably met the demands of the role, which is written not for a booming modern tenor but for an haute-contre...simultaneously requiring intensity and preternatural poise.” This season’s engagements include Aristeus and Pluto in Virginia Opera’s production of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Cassio in Boston Youth Symphony's production of Verdi's Othello, Tony in Syracuse Symphony's selections of Bernstein's West Side Story, Ernesto in Opera On The James'  production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Tybalt in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette with Opera Grand Rapids and Baltimore Lyric Opera. (read more...)



Jesse Blumberg singing Debussy, "La mer est plus belle"

JEsse Blumberg, Baritone


Baritone Jesse Blumberg is equally at home on opera, concert, and recital stages, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21st centuries. His performances have included the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera, Niobe, Regina di Tebe with Boston Early Music Festival, Bernstein’s MASS at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and appearances with Atlanta Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera. Recital highlights include appearances with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and New York Festival of Song, and performances of Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreisewith pianist Martin Katz. He has performed major works with American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Boston Baroque, Oratorio Society of New York, Apollo’s Fire, Charlotte Symphony, TENET/Green Mountain Project, and on Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. (read more...)