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Rebecca Choate Beasley, Stage Director

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).

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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.

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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.