Ariadne Auf Naxos: Comic vs. Tragic

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Complete)

One World Symphony
Sung Jin Hong, Conductor

After One World Symphony's acclaimed success with Strauss' Salomé, conductor Sung Jin Hong and his "lustrous and beautiful" orchestra and cast of vocal soloists continue their exploration of Strauss with Ariadne auf Naxos. Background becomes foreground in this music-drama that intimately captures the world of the stage. Discover how audiences have reveled in Ariadne's brilliant blend of comedy and tragedy for almost a century, in a work featuring ravishing music, bravura sopranos, masterful orchestration, wit, intelligence, and pathos.

Sung Jin Hong is the artistic director, composer, and conductor of One World Symphony. Mr. Hong has guest conducted in Europe, such as Stadt Wien Konservatorium Orchester in Vienna, Austria, Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Brittany, France, and The Royal Northern Conservatory of Music in Manchester, UK. In the U.S, he has guest conducted the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet Company, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Mannes Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Youth Symphony, Bard College Orchestra, Illinois Wesleyan New Music Players, Western Illinois University Cello Choir, Bradley University Wind Ensemble, Great Music For A Great City at CUNY, Wayne State University Symphony, the Prospect Chamber Players, Twin Cities Ballet Company, and Take Dance Company. Mr. Hong has held positions as Music Director and Conductor of Peoria Sinfonietta and Principal Conductor of IES Singerverein in Vienna. He has also collaborated with musicians from the MET Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic as a conductor. Highlights for the upcoming season include leading One World Symphony's new season as its artistic director and conductor and guest engagements conducting The Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Symphony, Fiery World Music Orchestra in Los Angeles, The Gandharvas, and his debut in Dallas conducting musicians from Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted and recorded world premieres for the world's leading classical record label Naxos. Mr. Hong had the great honor of being personal chosen by the New York Philharmonic Laureate Conductor Kurt Masur to conduct in masterclasses and a concert in New York.

Lawrence Rush, Stage Director/Peruckenmacher. For One World Symphony, Mr. Rush directed Salomé and performed Jaquino in Fidelio and Second Nazarene in Salomé. He directed a national tour of The Barber of Seville for the National Theater of the Performing Arts and composed the score for their tour of A Maiden’s Consent. With TADA!, he leads musical theater and songwriting programs in elementary schools. As a singer, Mr. Rush recently performed the role of Snedeker in William Schuman’s opera The Mighty Casey with the Gregg Smith Singers. Other roles include Lenski in Eugene Onegin, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance and George in Sunday in the Park with George. As a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus he performed and covered small roles. Also an award-winning composer of choral music, musicals and art songs, his musical adaptation of Pride & Prejudice was a Richard Rodgers Award finalist this year. Mr. Rush is a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop.

Lauren Bradley has performed in the United States and Europe with companies such as the Amalfi Music Festival (Le Nozze di Figaro), Lake George Opera (La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, H.M.S. Pinafore), New York Opera Project (Susannah) DiCapo Opera Theater, Opera Company of Brooklyn (Die Zauberflöte), Champagne and Candlelight, Opera di Camera (The Old Maid and the Thief) and The Bronx Opera Company (The Bartered Bride). In 2007, Ms. Bradley was a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition, a finalist with the Connecticut Opera Guild and a quarter-finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria. An avid performer of new music, Ms. Bradley made her Weill Hall debut in May 2004, featuring a Requiem for Soprano, Piano and Cello. Additionally, Ms. Bradley was a featured soloist with the Clarion Music Society in 2007 at Weill Hall and was reviewed by David Moore of American Record Guide: "Lauren Bradley's expressive soprano… was especially impressive." Ms. Bradley has a Bachelor of Music from The Boston Conservatory and studied German Lied at the Mozarteum Summer Academy.

Natasha Uspensky graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Department Chair Gerald Crawford, and performed as Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), under the baton of Eve Queler. Her studies took her to Europe where she sang Adina (L'elisir d'amore) and Ilia (Idomeneo) with the Oberlin In Italy summer program. Ms. Uspensky has covered the Bridesmaids (Der Freischutz) with the Opera Orchestra of New York, and sung the roles of Not and Magna Peccatrix in Schumann's Faust with the Cleveland Orchestra, under the baton of Franz Welser-Most. She was a young artist with Intermezzo Opera, where she sang Alice Ford (Falstaff), and recently performed as La Ciesca (Gianni Schicci) with Rockland Opera. She is currently living in New York, where in addition to studying with Elizabeth Cole and singing in various capacities throughout the city, she also works as an actress.

Soprano Amberleigh Aller is very excited to be singing Lucia's Mad Scene with One World Symphony. She recently performed with conductor, Sung Jun Hong, as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Carmen, and Marzelline in Fidelio. Other roles include Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Norina in Don Pasquale. Ms. Aller also has a great appreciation for contemporary music and has had the opportunity to work with many living composers including Thomas Pasatieri, Robert Kritz, Stanley Grill, Robert Paterson and Philip Glass. Upcoming, she will perform Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with Forecast New Music and a one-act opera by New York composer James Barry.

Elena McEntire has performed in several programs with One World Symphony and is delighted to be collaborating on Ariadne auf Naxos as the impassioned Komponist. Previous One World Symphony performances include Carmen, Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Meg Page (Falstaff), David (Saul), and new works by resident composer Stanley Grill. Ms. McEntire has performed opera and concert repertoire with several New York area companies and joined the roster of the New York City Opera this season as Madame de la Haltiere (alt, Cendrillon). Additional roles include the title role of Xerxes, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Adalgisa (Norma), and several appearances in the title role of Carmen in the U.S. and abroad. Performance highlights include featured appearances with the Aspen Music Festival, One World Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg, Vratza (Bulgaria) Opera and Philharmonic, and San Francisco Song Festival, an award-winning run in the Broadway Production of Puccini’s La Bohème, and concert performances at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater and New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Additionally, Ms. McEntire is the founder and co-chair of One World Symphony’s unique Community Music Program.

Karen Rich, a soprano from Springfield, MA, has traveled across America and Europe performing in both musical theater and opera. Favorite roles include Salomé, Tosca, Fiordiligi, Ariadne, Alice Ford, Rosalinda and the Marschallin. Ms. Rich has been heard in several operatic premieres by American composers in New York City, such as The Ballad of Barbara Allen by Jan Tyler Andrus, at Weill Recital Hall; the title role in The Snow Queen at The Village Theatre, and Favorite Night, by Stephen Nye. She was an active member of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players for many years, playing Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, Lady Angela in Patience, Sacharissa in Princess Ida and many others at Symphony Space in New York and on national tours. In 2005 she was seen at Symphony Space in the new William Banfield jazz opera Gertrude Stein Gets a Jump Early On and as Helen in Ned Rorem's Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters (hailed as "excellent" by the New York Times), both with Encompass Opera. She has also sung two seasons with New York's venerated Amato Opera Theater, performing Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera and Micaela in Carmen. In Italy, Ms. Rich has performed concerts in Chiari, Bergamo and Brescia, and studied at the International Institute of Vocal Arts with such notable artists as Sherrill Milnes and Regina Resnick. She has also sung concerts abroad in Sweden, Austria and Barbados. Her most recent NYC recital appearance was at the Donnell Library Center in midtown Manhattan, where she premiered new song cycles by two contemporary American composers, Valerie Saalbach and Lawrence Rush. Other favorite recital and song repertory includes works of Schoenberg, Strauss, Berg, Brahms, Faurè, Weill, Duparc and Poulenc. Ms. Rich is delighted to be returning to One World Symphony in the role of Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos after singing the title role in Salomé with them last year. In July, she will sing the role of Electra in the stage premier of Yellow Electras at St. Mark's Theater in New York City.

Caleb Stokes (Bacchus) is a native of Pleasantville, NY and studied voice at Oberlin and Yale. This season's credits include the title role in Peter Grimes with One World Symphony and Le Chevalier in Carmelites with Sur Les Planches. This summer Mr. Stokes will join the Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble as Don José in Carmen. Next season's schedule includes Alfredo in La Traviata and Wagnerdämmerung -- An Evening of Wagner Scenes and Arias with Sur Les Planches.  Past credits include Narraboth in Salomé (OWS), Boris in Kat'a Kabanova (Yale Opera), The Governor/Vanderdendur in Candide, Joe in Gershwin's Blue Monday and Snout in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Orchestra di Milano Giuseppe Verdi) and Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Operamici.


Laura Farmer, soprano, has sung a wide range of roles including Norina (Don Pasquale), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Monica (The Medium), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Despina (Cosí fan Tutte) with companies including Des Moines Metro Opera, Natchez Music Festival, Tulsa Opera and Liederkranz Opera. Internationally, Ms. Farmer performed Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) in a tour of the Czech Republic and Giulia (La Scala di Seta) in Teatro di Pacini (Tuscany). Ms. Farmer was also a finalist in the National Opera Association competition. Following graduation from Yale University, Ms. Farmer appeared as a jazz vocalist with Whim’n Rhythm in a nine-country tour of the Far East; the group was featured at the U.S. Embassy in Thailand and Club Med Bali, as well as on Korean national television and radio.


Rebekah Beaver made her debut with One World Symphony in this season's Peter Grimes. Other recent NYC performances include Gilda (Rigoletto), Zerlina/Barbarina cover with Opera Company of Brooklyn, Frasquita (Carmen) read through performance with Opera Company of Astoria, scenes in Dicapo Opera Theatre's summer program and some cabaret shows in the city. Described as possessing "a sparkling voice capable of astounding range and versatility, silvery coloratura, and a vibrant stage personality," she also performed the role of Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia in Connecticut and recitals in Germany and Italy. A native of Louisiana, Ms. Beaver holds a Masters in Opera Performance from Boston Conservatory and a B.M. with a minor in Italian from Louisiana State University.



Katherine Wessinger is artfully capturing audiences everywhere with her enchanting soprano voice and passionate interpretations. Some of her most recent performances include Bach's Easter Oratorio and Haydn's Nelson Mass with Dr. Andrew Henderson and the St. Andrew's Chorale of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Couperin's Trois Leçons de Ténèbrae with soprano Sarah Pillow. Other recent performances include collaborations with St. Mary's College of Maryland at the Italy and USA Alba Music Festival, performing Mahler Symphony No. 4, Del Tredici Dracula, and Bach Cantata No. 51 under the direction of Jeffrey Silberschlag, and at the River Concert Series under the direction of Larry Vote. In 2005 she sang the New York City premiere of the recently discovered Händel's Gloria. Ms. Wessinger made her debut with the One World Symphony as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes this past January.


Soprano Mechelle Tippets has been hailed as a "bright-voice soprano" with a "powerful voice," and makes her soloist debut with One World Symphony as Echo in Ariadne. Operatic credits include Gertrude Stein (Mother of Us All), Ellen Orford (cover) (Peter Grimes), Aunt Julia (Claudia Legare, NYC premiere), Second Lady (Magic Flute), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Miss Havisham (Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night), Mother (Hansel and Gretel), and the Witch (Dido and Aeneas). As a concert soloist Ms. Tippets has performed as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Barber’s Andromache’s Farewell, Haydn’s Creation Mass, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. She was a Resident Artist at Dicapo Opera Theratre in 2003–04 and 2004–05. Ms. Tippets received an Encouragement Award from Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and holds a master’s degree in Opera Performance from Longy School of Music.

Adrienne Metzinger returns as a vocal soloist with One World Symphony after having sung Cornelia in Giulio Cesare in June of 2006 and selections from Les nuits d'été in August of 2007. She is is a founding member, Graphic Designer and Managing Director of One World Symphony. Ms. Metzinger had the honor of singing our National Anthem to begin New York City’s televised 2003 Veteran’s Day Parade as well as at a ceremony honoring Senator Hillary Clinton held by the United Spinal Association. In June of 2003, she made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut singing the music of Kurt Weill. Some of her opera credits include Emilia (Otello), Mercedes (Carmen), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Flora and Annina (La Traviata), Peep-Bo (The Mikado), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Kate (Madama Butterfly), The Sandman/Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), and Kate (Ballad of Baby Doe) as well as Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro). She has also made numerous appearnces with One World Symphony as a featured soloist in Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Bach’s Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel as well many chamber and opera concerts singing selections by Barber, Verdi, Offenbach, and Weill to name a few. Ms. Metzinger has also performed world premiere works by Kyle Gann (orchestrated by Sung Jin Hong), Joan Dawidziak and Stan Grill.

Mezzo-soprano Alison Taylor Cheeseman (Dryade) is pleased to be singing once again with the One World Symphony. She has also performed with many other opera companies and ensembles including the Amato Opera, the New York State Early Music Association, Bronx Opera, Human Company, Christopher Caines Dance Company, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, and Cantori New York. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque opera to world premieres of works by living composers, such as Jihwan Kim’s David and Goliath (David). Recent roles include the Lounge Singer (The Death of Faust), the Voice of Orpheus in Orpheus and Eurydice, alto soloist in Händel’s Messiah, Suzuki in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.


Baritone Mark Riley has apprenticed with Chautauqua Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Memphis and Ashlawn Opera Festival. He has also performed with Augusta Opera, Shreveport Opera and Longview Opera. His favorite roles performed include Marcello in La Bohème, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Sid in Albert Herring, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Gugliemo in Cosi fan tutte. Mark received his Masters in vocal performance from Louisiana State University and his Bachelors from Mercyhurst College. He is a recipient of the Governor's Award for the National Association of the Teachers of Singing awarded to the singer with the most career potential. He has also performed in Master Classes with such well-known artists as Jay Lessenger, Phyllis Curtin, Robert Ward, Heidi Grant Murphy, Michael Eliason and Robert Grayson. He currently resides in Belleville, NJ with his wife Pamela, who is a flutist. Mr. Riley made his debut with One World Symphony singing Adam in selections from Haydn's The Creation in April of this year.

Jack Anderson White, Baritone, most recently sang Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes with One World Symphony and Mozart’s Figaro with Eastern Festival Opera. Other credits: Handel’s Saul (One World Symphony); Elder Ott , Susannah (Dicapo Opera Theater); Boilermaker, Heart of Darkness (American Opera Projects); Loudspeaker, The Emperor of Atlantis (Opera Gaya); Papageno, The Magic Flute (Opera Carolina Theater); Bobby, Mahagony Singspiel (Des Moines Metro Opera); Elder McClean, Susannah (Indianapolis Opera); Minotaur, Ariane (Opera Gaya); Publio, La Clemenza di Tito and Escamillo, Carmen (One World Symphony); Belcore, L’elisir d’amore and John Proctor, The Crucible (Liederkranz Opera Theatre); and Bartolo, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Opera in the Heights . Upcoming: Marcello, La Bohème (Eastern Festival Opera). Mr. White is a winner of the Aspen Music Festival Voice Competition and a Semi-Finalist of the Palm Beach Opera Competition.

Jim Trainor debuts this season with One World Symphony in the role of Marcello in La Bohème and Ned Keane in Peter Grimes. "Special note must be made of Mr. Trainor, whose baritone filled every corner of the Music Hall" and "throughout the evening proved a powerful presence in his solos and ensembles." "A richly-romantic voice put Mr. Trainor in musical command over his fellow cast members" are just some of the ways in which critics have described the singing of Jim Trainor. Roles have included; Belcore in L'eleisir d'amore, Marcello in La Bohème, Allazim in Mozart's Zaide, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lescaut in Massenet's Manon, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief. Equally at home in Musical Theatre genre, Mr. Trainor portrayed Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music starring legendary soprano Carol Yahr in the role of Desiree, Billy Bigelow in Carousel and the leading male soloist in Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Mr. Trainor's solo repertoire in Oratorio includes Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem, Pucell's Come Ye Sons of Arts, Chartpentier's Te Deum, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Händel's Messiah, which was heard in Key West under the baton of Dean Walters, Faure's Requiem, Jesus Christ in the St. John Passion by Bach.

Frank Martinez, tenor, sings the Rector in Peter Grimes. Roles include Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Third Jew in Salomé, Narcisso in Il Turco in Italia, Bill in A Hand of Bridge, Feri in Kalman's Gypsy Princess and Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with OWS, Cantiamo, NYMVAE, Stony Hill Players and Opera Piccola Bremen. Mr. Martinez continues this year with OWS as Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos and Uriel (cover) in The Creation. In recital, Mr. Martinez has recently performed Songs of the Sea at the New York City Bar Association and Love Songs at the YM and YWHA of Washington Heights. Originally from California, he has voice degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and studies voice with Michael Paul.

Oliver Söhngen, born in Germany, educated in Germany and The Cleveland Institute of Music, now lives in Long Island City and serves on the faculty of the Queens New York School of Music. He returns to One World Symphony after he sang the Fourth Jew in their production of Salomé. Mr. Söhngen has appeared as Bastien at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria which was broadcast on television. He has sung the Evangelist in St. John's and St. Matthew's Passions, and performed with Rathaushofoper Konstanz, Fireland Symphony and Gaudio-Kammerorchester Leverkusen. Mr. Söhngen's proudest professional achievement to date is producing, designing and singing in Cleveland Public Theatre's production of Viktor Ullmann's opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis, where he was featured in the roles of Harlekin and the Soldier. For this he received the prestigious Northern Ohio Live award. Mr. Söhngen is also a proud husband father of an adorable 15 month old daughter Isabel, with his beautiful wife Amanda. He is currently continuing his studies with Beth Roberts and Anthony Manoli, concentrating on the German dramatic tenor repertoire.

Bass-baritone Darren Walker's credits include Doctor Grenvil in New Jersey Verismo Opera's La Traviata, Simone in Chelsea Opera's Gianni Schicci, Ramfis in One World Symphony's Aida, the title role in One World Symphony's Saul (Händel), First Soldier in One World Symphony's Salomé, the Speaker in Dicapo Opera's The Magic Flute, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Sacristan in Cantiamo Opera's Tosca, The Commissioner in Dicapo's Madame Butterfly, and Count Ceprano in Connecticut Grand Opera's Rigoletto.



Character Tenor Isai Jess Muñoz has received critical acclaim nationwide for his refined singing and engaging stage presence. In 2006 Isai Jess debuted with The American Composers Symphony at Carnegie Hall, The Spokane Symphony, The Ridgewood Symphony, and The Utah Festival Opera. Engagements in 2007-2008 include A tribute to Academy Award Winner Ennio Morricone at Radio City Music Hall, The Psalms of Ruby Redd Off-Broadway at AMAS, and King Arthur at New York City Opera. Mr. Muñoz has appeared with The New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera, Cincinnati Opera, New Jersey Verismo Opera, Bard Summerscape, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival of Scotland and many more. Mr. Muñoz holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from The Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelors Degree in Voice and Acting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Tenor Cameron Rau is from Redlands, California but has lived in New York since the fall of 2006. He recently returned from Florida, where he performed with the Sarasota Opera Company as an apprentice artist in their 2008 winter season. Before moving to New York, Mr. Rau attended the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University where he studied voice with Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff and coached with Dr. Melissa Rose. While at Vanderbilt he performed in numerous productions with the Vanderbilt Opera Theater. Mr. Rau graduated with honors 2006 with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, coaches with Kelly Horsted and studies voice with Mark Oswald.

Sung Jin Hong: Artistic Director and Conductor

Lawrence Rush: Stage Director

Wei-En Hsu, Jihwan Kim: Pianists, Coaches

Kylie Colan: Assistant Stage Director

June 27, 2008 June 29, 2008
Ariadne/Primadonna: Lauren Bradley Natasha Uspensky
Zerbinetta (dancer): Katherine Wessinger Amberleigh Aller
Der Komponist
(The composer):
Karen Rich Elena McEntire
Bacchus/Der Tenor: Caleb Stokes Caleb Stokes
Najade (a nymph): Rebekah Beaver Laura Farmer
Echo (a nymph): Mechelle Tippets Katherine Wessinger
Dryade (a nymph): Alison Cheeseman Adrienne Metzinger
Harlekin: Mark Riley Jack White
Musiklehrer (music teacher): James Trainor James Trainor
Brighella: Ethan Fran Ethan Fran
Scaramuccio: Frank Martinez Oliver Söhngen
Truffaldino: Darren Walker Darren Walker
Der Haushofmeister
(The Major Domo):
Michael Mariani Michael Mariani
Ein Tanzmeister
(A dance master):
Isai Muñoz Cameron Rau
Ein Lakai (A footman): Jonathan Keeley Jonathan Keeley
Ein Peruckenmacher
(A wigmaker):
Lawrence Rush Lawrence Rush
Ein Offizier (An officer):  Kylie Colan Kylie Colan

Friday, June 27, 2008
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity
Brooklyn Heights, New York

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Sunday, June 29, 2008
Ansche Chesed Synagogue
Manhattan, New York