ABOUT THE ARTISTS
American soprano Stacy Dove is a versatile artist and powerful performer whose voice has been described as a “plush, dark soprano” and a “model of bel-canto grace” (Parterre Box). Stacy recently made her Florentine Opera debut in the fall of 2017 as Valencienne in The Merry Widow. This season she sings Beethoven’s Ninth with the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey.
During the 2016-17 season, Stacy made her New York City Opera debut as Frasquita in Carmen in performances at New York City’s Bryant Park and on tour throughout Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Other recent engagements include covering the role of Ava in Stewart Wallace’s opera Hopper’s Wife with New York City Opera, performing First Lady and Papagena with the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s touring production of The Magic Flute and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Roanoke.
Praised for her “smoky and seductive voice” (Houston Press), Mexican mezzo-soprano Sishel Claverie is quickly gaining recognition as a star performer with “substantial vocal goods” (Opera News). Sishel recently covered the role of Glenda in the world-premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved with Opera Philadelphia and sang Ancella in L’amore dei Tre Re with New Yotk City Opera.
Recently Sishel made her New York City Opera debut as the Baroness in Candide directed by the legendary Harold Prince. Sishel has established herself as a “smoldering Carmen” (New York Times) having performed the role with El Paso Opera, New Rochelle Opera, Houston’s Opera in the Heights and NYC’s Heartbeat Opera. Miss Claverie also covered the role at Santa Fe Opera.
Cited by the New York Times for the “plummy fullness and dusky hue” of his voice Blake Friedman recently made his Dallas Opera debut in their Donizetti and Company concert while also covering Florian in Der Ring des Polykrates by Korngold. Has served for the past two seasons as the Resident Tenor of American Opera Projects Composers and the Voice Symposium. During his residency, Blake was privileged to workshop a new piece on a monthly basis written specifically with his voice in mind. Other recent performances include his critically acclaimed portrayal of Irving Tashman in the New York City Premiere of Morning Star by Ricky Ian Gordon with On Site Opera and Edoardo Milfort with The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.
Upcoming engagements include covering the role of Tony in West Side Story and appearing as a Soloist in Brahm’s “Liebesliederwalzer” with New York City Ballet, appearing as Jonathan in Handel’s Saul with the Canterbury Choral Society and playing Jimmy Smith in the World Premiere reading of Stinney: An American Execution with the Prototype Festival.
Baritone Eric McKeever has won consistent praise for his voice of “power and brilliance” (Chicago Tribune) and “considerable flexibility and a communicative presence enhanced by expressive, crystalline diction.” (Opera News)
For the 2017-18 season, Eric makes his Anchorage Opera debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, joins Florentine Opera as the Speaker in The Magic Flute, performs Jake in Porgy and Bess with Opera Western Reserve and covers the role of Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West at New York City Opera.
The 2018-19 season sees him as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus, soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth with the New Albany Symphony, Germont in La Traviata with Pacific Opera Project, David in L’amico Fritz with Baltimore Concert Opera and soloist in Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra.