RCC presents the annual concert
"HGO Studio - Artists in Residence"
Once again, we invite music lovers to listen to the beautiful voices of Houston Grand Opera Studio members.
$20 donations to RCC are welcomed.
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
Richard Trey Smagur, tenor
Johnatan Gmeinder, pianist/coach
In the program:
arias from the operas "Orfeo ed Euridice" by C.Gluck,
"The Flying Dutchman" by R.Wagner,
"Written on Skin" by G. Bejamin,
"Eugene Onegin" by P. Tchaikovsky, and
“Sound the Trumpet” duet by Purcell
In 2017, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and Richard Smagur had became the winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen was also named First Prize Winner in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, and winner of the Irvin Scherzer Award from the George London Foundation. He is the first countertenor in the HGO Studio's history.
This season at HGO, Aryeh sings Nireno in Handel's Giulio Cesare and 2nd Maidservant in Strauss' Elektra, He joins American Bach Soloists for their 20th annual performances of Handel's Messiah in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, and also joins Ars Lyrica Houston for two concert programs, featuring works by Bach and Handel.
Richard Smagur in 2017 made his debut as Tsarevitch Gvidon in The Golden Cockerel at Santa Fe Opera. His 2017-2018 season continued with performances as Gastone de Letorières in La traviata at Houston Grand Opera. Further current season appearances with HGO include Young Servant in Elektra and Count Almaviva in select performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Miller Outdoor Theater. Mr. Smagur's other significant debuts in this season include an appearance with Wolf Trap Opera as Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette and as the tenor soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Filene Center.
Jonathan Gmeinder, a New York based pianist and coach, is a piano fellow for the Vocal Arts Department at the Juilliard School and a coach at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). Recent work in opera includes Haydn’s La fedeltà premiata and Handel’s Agrippina at the Juilliard School, and La bohème with Aspen Opera Center.
Besides his 2017–18 coaching assignments at HGO, Jonathan will perform in HGO Studio recitals and other events.