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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.

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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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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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Jendi Tarde Killberg     Soprano

Jendi Tarde is thrilled to sing Morgana in ABOC’s inaugural production of Handel’s Alcina this spring. After years working in New York theater, Jendi 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.


Our Orchestra

Oboe
Kristin Olson
Maryanna Bryant-Ducharme

Bassoon
Keith Collins

Natural Horn
Nancy Piper

Harpsichord
Brad Bennight
Lenora McCroskey

Violin
James Andrewes, Concertmaster
Clare Adkins Cason
Jacob Cortez
Ha Dang
Leah Greenfield Fritz
Thane Isaac
Marie-Elise McNeeley
Martha Walvood

Viola
Miguel Cantú IV
Daphne Gerling
Jorge Luis Zapata Marin
                                                                                                
Cello & Viola da Gamba
Eric Smith
Christopher Phillpott
Gudrun Raschen

Bass
Gudrun Raschen
Jack Unzicker