Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano
Hailed by The Boston Globe as “glowing,” “incandescent,” and “a singing actress to be reckoned with,” soprano Jacquelyn Stucker is being recognized internationally as a versatile singer of new and interesting repertoire ranging from concert works to opera to contemporary music. Praised for her “dark-tinged soprano with a dusky lower register,” Stucker will begin a two-year appointment this autumn with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London as a Jette Parker Young Artist. Highlights of her 2016-2017 Season include the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Maestro John Nelson and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Beethoven’s “Ah, perfido!” with Grand Harmonie, the roles of Gabriel and Eve in Die Schöpfung with the Back Bay Chorale and Maestro Scott Allen Jarrett, the soprano solos in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Maestro Andrew Clark and the Harvard Collegium, the role of Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County with The Company Theater, and her Santa Fe Opera principal artist debut as Oberto in Alcina with Maestro Harry Bicket. Also at the Santa Fe Opera in 2017, Stucker will cover the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. In addition to singing in the premiere performance of James Kallembach’s sacred cantata The Most Sacred Body of Jesus, she will be the soprano soloist for a commercial recording of the work, scheduled for release in fall 2017. She is is a finalist in the Southeastern Region of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions.
Mezzo-soprano Emily Harmon is equally at home on the operatic and concert stages, having appeared with companies in the Boston area including Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, MetroWest Opera, Lowell House Opera, Opera del West, and the Masterworks Chorale. She has also performed as a Studio Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s SummerFest and as a young artist with the Taos Opera Institute and the Tuscia Operafestival in Viterbo, Italy. Some of her past operatic roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mercédès in Carmen, Dorothée in Cendrillon, and Mother Jeanne in Dialogues of the Carmelites.
In concert, Harmon has performed the alto solos in works including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater. An avid performer of new music, Harmon has frequently sung as a featured soloist with the Time’s Arrow New Music Ensemble and made her Jordan Hall debut singing the world premiere of Kati Agòcs’ Hyacinth Curl with Hub New Music. Harmon holds both an M.M. and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Boston University.
Puerto Rican singer Christian Figueroa graduated from Syracuse University and received his master’s degree in opera performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Christian has delighted audiences with his unique combination of vocal and dramatic skills in performances, ranging from the stage to the recital hall. Christian recently sang the national anthem at Fenway Park, representing the Peace Corps for its 50th anniversary celebration. He performed and recorded the role of Antigonus in the opera A Winter’s Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which can be heard on the BMOP Sound Record Label. Christian has twice been a guest vocalist at Carnegie Hall for “The Orchestra Rocks” and “The Orchestra Sings” concerts in New York City.
Some of Christian’s operatic roles include Ezekiel Cheever in The Crucible, Toby Higgins in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Alphonse in La Vie Parisienne, Vitellozo in Lucrezia Borgia, and Patacha in L’etoile—all performed with Opera Boston. Most recently he sang the role of Sem in Noye’s Fludde and El Señor Alcalde in The Summer King with Portland Ovations. Christian has been profiled on CNN’s Career Connections and on the People En Español website. In 2015, El Planeta Newspaper of Boston named Christian as one of the “100 Most Influential People for the Hispanic Community of Massachusetts” power meter list.
RaShaun Campbell, baritone
Texas baritone RaShaun Campbell has been praised for his commanding stage presence and dark, robust voice. Campbell has performed in several productions with the Fort Worth Opera and is currently on the roster of the Boston Lyric Opera. He is also a frequent collaborator with many ensembles in the Boston metro area.
Campbell’s operatic range encompasses the comic and dramatic: the title roles in Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Falstaff; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus; Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore; Olin Blitch in Susannah; Don Inigo Gomez in L’heure espagnole; Peter in Hänsel und Gretel; Don Alfonzo in Cosi fan tutte; and Collantinus inThe Rape of Lucretia.
On the concert stage, Campbell has performed in various oratorios and large choral works, including Fauré’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Stravinsky’s Les noces, Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Peter in Elgar’s The Kingdom.
Julia Scott Carey is a graduate of the Harvard–New England Conservatory dual degree program, a current Collaborative Piano doctoral student at Boston University, and an active composer. Her orchestral works have been performed by orchestras including the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops, and her works have been broadcast on national TV and radio in the United States and in Russia.
She has served as a music director, accompanist, or vocal coach for over 40 opera and musical theater productions. She is a core ensemble member of the Juventas New Music Ensemble and an accompanist for the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline, and the Central Square Congregational Church in Bridgewater. She has served as a teacher and music director for the Belvoir Terrace Arts Camp and the Boston Children’s Theatre.