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Rebecca Choate Beasley, Soprano

Soprano Rebecca Choate Beasley has established herself as a performer of remarkable range and ability, singing opera, oratorio, art song and chamber music. Her opera roles have included Climene in L’Egisto, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, La Statue in Pygmalion, the title role in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and Cloris in Zéphyre with Concert Royal and the New York Baroque Dance Company. Among her musical theatre credits are Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, Julie Jordan in Carousel, and Violet Hilton in Side Show.  A specialist in early music, Rebecca has performed internationally at festivals including the Boston Early Music Festival, Berkeley Early Music Festival, and the Misiones de Chiquitos International American Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival in Bolivia.  As a concert soloist, she has sung under the direction of Helmuth Rilling and Dallas Opera music director Graeme Jenkins, and has performed with such notable groups as Armonia Celeste, Concert Royal, San Francisco Concert Chorale, Mercury Baroque, Catacoustic Consort, Dallas Bach Society, and the Orchestra of New Spain. Her discography includes Rameau’s Pygmalion with Concert Royal (Centaur Records), Lee Johnson’s Every Matter Under Heaven: an American Oratorio with the Russian National Orchestra (CCn’C Records), and Udite Amanti:  Lovers Beware! with Armonia Celeste (Centaur Records).  Rebecca holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas, and has served on the faculties of Tusculum College and Belmont University. As a part of the noted composer Jake Heggie’s residency at the University of North Texas,  Rebecca was honored to return as a guest alumna to perform the song cycle “The Deepest Desire” with Gustavo Romero (piano) and School of Music Dean James Scott (flute).

Laura Warriner Bray, Mezzo Soprano

Laura Warriner Bray, mezzo soprano is the head of vocal studies at Collin College, where she is the founder and director of the Collin College Opera Theatre program.  Mrs. Warriner Bray is an  active performer of opera, early music, and oratorio. In the DFW metroplex, she is often heard as a soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Singers, Orchestra of New Spain, Vox Humana, the Dallas Bach Society, and New World Voices. Some of her operatic roles include the title role in Carmen, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Dritte Dame/Dritte Knabe in Die Zauberflöte, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, The Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas (covering Sorceress), Zerlina in Don Giovanni, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Die Hexe in Hansel und Gretel, Yum-Yum and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sesto in Giulio Cesare (concert) and Dorabella and Despina in Cosi fan Tutte. Some of her solo orchestral and oratorio collaborations have included appearances with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra (Mahler 4), the Richardson Symphony (Mozart Requiem), South Dakota Chorale (Durufle Requiem and Messiah), Ars Lyrica of Houston (Monteverdi Vespers and Bach Magnificat,) The Chiquitanos Baroque Festival in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (Missa Zipoli et Missa Courcelle), The Cervantes Festival of Guanajuanto, Mexico, and the Thüringer Stadt Orchester in Rudodlstadt, Germany (Malika), the Dallas Chamber Orchestra (Mozart Vespres Solemnes), and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Bach Mass in B Minor). Laura can be heard on professional recordings with Orpheus Chamber Singers, South Dakota Chorale, New World Voices, Vogue Passé, the UNT a cappella choir, and the Dallas Bach Society. In her spare time, Ms. Bray is an active coach and collaborative pianist in the DFW area.

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Hannah Ceniseros, Mezzo Soprano

Mezzo-soprano, Hannah Ceniseros, is delighted to be making her debut with the American Baroque Opera Co.  She is a senior vocal performance major at the University of North Texas where she studies with Dr. Stephen F. Austin. She is a member of UNT's early music vocal ensemble, Collegium Singers, and the A Cappella Choir and has been a soloist with both. Hannah also performs with the UNT Opera. Favorite roles at UNT include Bradamante in Alcina and Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites. Most recently, in a doctoral recital setting, she performed the role of Thérèse in the American debut of a forgotten French divertimento from the late 18th century by Lucile Gretry, Le Mariage d’Antonio. As an active performer at UNT, she has also competed as a finalist in the UNT Concerto Competition. This past summer, Hannah was awarded a merit scholarship to the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria where she performed for enthusiastic crowds in various community venues and churches including the Mariatrost Basilika. Hannah is frequently engaged as church soloist throughout the metroplex and also performs with groups such as the Dallas Choral Festival, Highland Park Chorale, and Lumedia Musicworks. 

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Nicholas Garza, Countertenor

Called a “stand-out soloist” by the Dallas Morning News, countertenor Nicholas Garza has been hailed for his “appealing tenor, sinewy in the lower register, sweetly soft-edged on high.” A competition winner in Classical Voice/Tenor at the 2010 NFAA YoungARTS, Garza has performed with Mountainside Baroque in Maryland as the Tenor soloist for Telemann's oratorio Der Tod Jesu, was alto soloist for the Big Moose Bach Festival in New Hampshire, joined the cast of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a professional fellow, and toured Mexico for the International Cervantino Festival.  He worked with noted singer and conductor Simon Carrington as a singing fellow at the 2011 and 2012 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival of Yale University. He performs with Chicago Arts Orchestra, Austin Baroque Orchestra, and many other early music ensembles in the U.S.  Locally, Garza can be seen with groups including the Dallas Bach Society, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Orchestra of New Spain, the Fort Worth Opera Chorus and Christ the King Catholic Church.  Originally from Harlingen, TX, Garza studied at University of Texas at Arlington as a Vocal Performance major with Jing Ling-Tam and David Grogan.

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Anna Fredericka Popova, soprano

Anna Fredericka Popova is a leading soloist with the Dallas Bach Society, St.Thomas Church New York, the Orchestra of New Spain, the Arts District Chorale and many more. Ms. Popova, a "most communicative performer" with an "enamel finished and generously expressive" soprano, has appeared on concert stages around the world, most notably with the Cervantino International Music Festival, the International Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival and the Siglo de Oro International Drama Festival. She recently made her Nashville debut as "Stella" in the new musical Chokin’ Out the Kudzu.   Previous credits include the role of "Jupiter" in the New World Premiere of Duron's Zarzuela Las Nuevas Armas de Amor, "Maddalena" in Handel’s La Resurrezzione and the title role in Nebra's Iphigenia en Tracia with Director Gustavo Tambascio. She can be heard next with the Arts District Chorale in October. You can also find Popova singing standards, classics, jazz, blues, pop, rock & much more every Wednesday night at Alexandre's. Anna serves in many church communities as a liturgical soloist and worship leader throughout DFW including 9:15am at All Saints Catholic every summer. She is the daughter of dramatic soprano and private Dallas voice teacher, Charlotte Ellsaesser.

Barrett Radziun, Tenor

Barrett Radziun reaches audiences by combining his “silvery tenor” (The Berkshire Edge) with a stage presence that is “elegant and profound…with poise and maturity that betrays his youth” (The Berkshire Edge). Critics hail the Minnesota native as “brilliant in his solo performances” (Cleveland Classical), “effortless in rendering sensitivity” (Boston Musical Intellegencer), and as a “rising star” (The Millbrook Independent). Following his 2017 Meyerson Symphony Center debut as tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with Dallas Bach Society, the Dallas Morning News wrote, "Star of the evening was Barrett Radziun, his lyric tenor bright and clear, his diction impeccable, his words and phrases vividly colored and shaped.”  The diversity of Radziun’s repertoire has established him as a sought-after singer for both solo and ensemble engagements. His affinity for early music has led him to performances as soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Telemann’s Der Geduldige Socrates, Charpentier’s Te Deum, and in a concert of Franco-Flemish music under the direction of Peter Phillips (in conjunction with the Tallis Scholars Summer School). Radziun also appeared as tenor soloist in Bach’s Cantata BWV 155 under the direction of John Harbison in Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.  Radziun made his New York City debut at the Morgan Library in a program titled First Songs: Dawn Upshaw and the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program World Premieres, performing works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Bard Colleague Martínez de Velasco. Radziun also shared the stage of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with Ms. Upshaw, his mentor, in a program titled Dawn Upshaw and Friends: A Winter SongFest, singing works by Rogers & Hart and Marc Blitzstein.  Radziun received his education at the University of North Texas (DMA, current), the Bard College Conservatory of Music (MM), and the University of Northwestern – St. Paul (BM). He is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, SongFest, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Pacific Music Work’s Accademia d’Amore, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and Amherst Early Music Festival. In 2017, he joined the voice faculty at Texas A&M University -- Commerce. 

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Jendi Tarde, soprano

After years working in New York theater, Jendi Tarde retraced her roots as a trained classical singer and found a passion for both 21st century opera and the baroque. Frequently sought to interpret new works, she has collaborated with innovators Kristin Hevner, Benjamin Scheuer, Rachel Peters, and Zachary James. Some notable performances include Gods of Mischief, an operetta by Seymour Barab at York Theater, Warsaw, the Broadway bound opera-musical by William Wade, Animal Tales with Ardea Arts by Kitty Brazleton and George Plimpton, and Prairie Dogs with Royce Vavrek’s The Coterie in NYC. Now an avid early musician, Jendi has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Harvard Baroque, Ars Musica Chicago, Musicam Sacram Chicago, Orchestra of New Spain, and was a protege of King’s Singers founder, Simon Carrington. Known for her sense of humor and outlandish onstage persona, she has sung everything from Candide’s Cunegonde to any number of kids, critters and lusty maid soubrette roles with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Fort Worth Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago…to name a few. Since coming to Dallas-Fort Worth, Ms. Tarde has performed frequently with Orchestra of New Spain in their mainstage baroque operas and concert series. She also directs the choral program at St. Ann’s Coppell, a 30,000 member Catholic parish and the largest in Texas. Recently, she appeared in WaterTower Theater’s LOOP festival in Mozart’s Muse, an operatic play that she wrote and produced. She is a proud member of AGMA and AEA and a passionate advocate of Autism awareness.