Baroque(n) Hearts

Featured Artists

Composer-Conductor Sung Jin Hong is the artistic director of New York City’s One World Symphony. The New York Times described Hong’s From The Alchemist (inspired by Paulo Coelho’s novel) as transforming “a novel to a lush Mahlerian sound.” Mr. Hong's upcoming composition commissions include Breaking Bad – Ozymandias (inspired by the award-winning drama and Percy Bysshe Shelley's sonnet) and a piano concerto. Recent compositions by Hong include a symphonic poem The Architect (2012, commissioned by Ramakrishna-Vivekananda), Eye of the Storm (2010–2011, commissioned by West Village Concerts) and Sidewalk Sketches (2010, commissioned by September Concert Foundation), and Harlem Fanfare (2013, commissioned by Harem Sound Project). His compositions have been performed at the New York International Fringe Festival, Florence Gould Hall, the central New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, Bard College, and Palai Corbelli in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Hong’s guest conducting engagements include Lyrique-en-mer in France, Stadt Wien Konservatorium in Vienna, Royal Northern Conservatory in Manchester, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Redlands University, Bradley University, Western Illinois University, Great Music for a Great City, and Harlem Sound Project Orchestra. Mr. Hong had the honor of being chosen by Kurt Masur to participate in a series of masterclasses and conduct in a concert with Manhattan School of Music Symphony. He made his international recording debut as a conductor with classical music’s largest record label, Naxos. Most recently in summer 2013, his world premiere compositions of Edge (a monodrama based on Sylvia Plath’s final poem) and Rite of the Cicada (inspired by the emergence of 17 year Magicicada Brood II) received critical acclaim from Lucid Culture and Composers of Sibelius.

Making her debut with One World Symphony, soprano Nayoung Ban is processing her Professional Studies Degree with Mannes College of Music, holds her Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music and Chung-Ang University in Korea where she finished her Bachelor of Music Degree. Her past credits include Pamina(Cover), Second Lady in The Magic Flute with Manhattan Opera Studio, the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Amato Opera with Manhattan School of Music. She also sang as Liesle in The Sound of Music with Chung-ju Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. Opera Scene work includes Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia), Falstaff (Nanetta), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Rigoletto (Gilda), Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna), and La Bohème (Musetta). She was a finalist in Arkadi Foundation Competition in 2013. She is going to perform as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Gianetta in L’Elisir D’amore with Dicapo Opera theater as a Resident Artist.

Making his debut with One World Symphony, Seung hyeon Scott Baek of South Korea is doing his first year Professional Studies Degree in Mannes College of Music, holds his Master’s Degree at Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Chung-Ang University in Korea. His past credits include title role in Rigoletto with Verdi Square Festival, Covered Schaunard in La Bohème with Ash Lawn Opera as a Young Artist, Valentin in Faust with Manhattan School of Music Opera Repertory Ensemble, Ford in Falstaff with Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance Program, Pandolfe in Cendrillon and Father in Hansel and Gretel with Amato Opera of Manhattan School of Music, the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Dicapo Opera and Chung-Ang University, Silvio in I Pagliacci and title role in Gianni Schicchi with New York Lyric Opera.

Georgian soprano Angela Kolkhidashvili was featured artist in One World Symphony’s sold-out Mad Woman of Opera as Tosca in October 2011 and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death in October 2009. She has made her stage debut at a very young age as a soloist in a children’s vocal ensemble "Presque." Starring in various performances of a Georgian Philharmonic, which was broadcasted on the Soviet Union National Television. Mrs. Kolkhidashvili was also cast in several films, among them a documentary of "Presque." One of her notable appearances as an actress took place in a Georgian film, Khapangi. When she was younger, Ms. Kolkhidashvili received second place in the First National Competition in Kupidoni, in Tbilisi, Georgia. She was Semi-Finalist of Concurs International De Cant, Francesc Vinas, Barcelona, and also the Finalist of Concorso International Vincenzo Bellini, Sicilia. For the past four years Mrs. Kolkhidashvili has performed a variety of roles at Amato Opera Theatre, in New York City. Mrs. Kolkhidashvili completed her Masters of Music Degree at the National Conservatory of Tbilisi, Georgia. Mrs. Kolkhidashvili completed her Bachelors of Music Degree at the Tbilisi Music College as a Cellist, student of Medea Chakhvadze. Curently she is studying at The Mannes College of Music.

Adrienne Metzinger is a founding member, graphic designer, managing director, and stage 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 then-Senator Hillary Clinton held by the United Spinal Association. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut singing the music of Kurt Weill in a benefit concert for the American Red Cross. Ms. Metzinger’s recent collaborations with One World Symphony include the critically-acclaimed all-Gluck program performing as Paride in Paride ed Elena, Clara Schumann’s Liebst du um Shonheit (arranged by Sung Jin Hong), and Britten’s Funeral Blues in Great Atomic Desire. She has made numerous appearances in One World Symphony’s opera productions: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Brangane), Poulenc’s The Dialogues of the Carmelites (The First Prioress), Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky), Barber’s Vanessa (The Baroness), Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryade) and Elektra (Clytemnestra’s Trainbearer), Verdi’s Otello (Emilia), Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Forester’s Wife, Dog), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin(Larina), and Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Cornelia). Her solo concert repertoire with One World Symphony include Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Bach’s Magnificat, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ms. Metzinger has also performed world premiere works by Kyle Gann, Joan Dawidziak, and Stan Grill. Ms. Metzinger sang Sibelius’s Kaiutar with world premiere orchestration by Sung Jin Hong in Legends from the North.

Soprano Irina Mozyleva is a recitalist and chamber performer whose New York appearances have included Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Trinity Church, the New York Public Library, the Russian Consulate, the United Nations, and Caramoor Music Room. She often performs the music of Russian composers, particularly Shostakovich, whose works she has sung with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, the Philadelphia Piano Trio, the Innisfree Piano Trio, and with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra; with the latter she performed From Jewish Poetry. Outside of New York she has delighted audiences in Washington, DC, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Ms. Mozyleva’s operatic engagements have included the role of Rosina in John Copley’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the San Francisco Opera Merola Young Artist Program and the role of Anna in The Curtis Institute of Music production of Kissing and Horrid Strife in association with the Philadelphia Opera Company, among others. Born in Belarus, Ms. Mozyleva studied opera at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia and at the Julliard School of Music in New York. She completed formal training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and was the recipient of a full scholarship to The Tangelwood Music Festival in Massachusetts. With One World Symphony, Ms. Mozyleva performed Berlioz’s La mort d’Ophélie in January 2013 and Shostakovich songs in September 2010.

Making her debut with One World Symphony, prizewinner of the 2011 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, Natasha Novitkskaia has recently made a successful transition from soprano to dramatic mezzo. Along with this debut with One World Symphony, this season she sings Zita in Gianni Schicchi with New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; Azucena in Il Trovatore at St. Thomas Aquinas in Brooklyn; Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Players Club in New York; the title role in Carmen, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Fricka in Die Walküre and Amneris in Aïda with New York Opera Forum; Zita in Gianni Schicchi and La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica with Studio 113 Productions in New York and Opera Tuscia Festival in Italy; as well as recitals in New York, at Carnegie Hall, the Opera America National Opera Center, Liederkranz Foundation and Merkin Concert Hall.

Making her debut with One World Symphony, Alexandra Sapan has sung such roles as Amina from Bellini’s La sonnambula with Calvià Opera in Mallorca, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Orlando Opera, The Beijing Music Festival and the Mozart Festival Opera, Zerlina from Don Giovanni with Taconic Opera, Musetta from La Bohème with Orlando Opera and Teatro Lirico D’Europa, and Mdms. Silberklang from The Impresario with Opera at Florham. In 2004, she debuted at Carnegie Hall with pianist Enza Ferrari after winning first place in the Classical Productions Competition. As a featured soloist at Opera Hong Kong’s Inauguration Gala Concert, Ms. Sapan sang arias from La Traviata and Don Giovanni. She sang the role of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte for the Macau International Festival of Music. She recently participated in the Wheaton College Festival of Voices where she portrayed Dvořák’s Rusalka, and the arias of Mimì from La Bohème and Rusalka with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Ms. Sapan received her Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Eva Sun, a recent graduate of Bard College, having received her Bachelor’s in Vocal and Piano Performance, recently performed with One World Symphony’s critically-acclaimed Great Atomic Desire as Myrtle in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby. With One World Symphony, she also performed as Suzuki and Neris in Return of the Mad Women, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Baroque[n] Hearts, and Berlioz’s La Mort d’Ophélie in Shakespeare Scandals. She has participated in Bard College master classes both while in school and since graduating. A winner of the 2009 Bard Concerto competition, Ms. Sun has sung with the American Symphony Orchestra and Bard College orchestra. Additionally, she has been invited as a guest singer in this year’s Bard Opera Workshop Production. Some favorite roles include Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Kim in Bruce Trinkley’s, and Columbina in Carlo Goldoni’s Inquisitive Women. In addition, she played La Frugola and the Abbess in the Lyric Opera Company of New York’s production of Puccini’s Il Trittico. Ms. Sun is currently studying with Ilka LoMonaco in Washington Heights.

Making her debut with One World Symphony, Julie Susi is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Her love of opera was founded at the age of twelve, when she made her stage debut with Glimmerglass Opera as a soprano in the La Bohème children’s choir. She has been studying voice since that time, and has had the honor of performing locally and internationally to great acclaim. Recent performances include understudying Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello with the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Frasquita with ConcertOpera Philadelphia’s production of Bizet’s Carmen, a young artist in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell with Caramoor Bel Canto, as well as being awarded as the winner of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. She has also performed at distinguished summer music festivals, such as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy.

Hyun Jin Cho, soprano, is an emerging singer and native of Seoul, South Korea. She will begin a year-long residency with the Opera Singers Initiative as a featured artist. As part of her residency, she will be featured in concerts and galas throughout New York City. Most recently she performed the role of Miles in The Turn of the Screw in Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy. Also Ms. Cho performed the role of Morgana in Alcina and Clorinda in La Cenerentola in EPCASO, Oderzo, Italy. She also performed several concerts in Verona, Treviso, Padua, and Portogruaro, Italy. Other recent highlights include the role of Novizia in Suor Angelica with Opera Manhattan and Le fee in Cendrillon, Miss Silverklang in Die Schauspieldirektor, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Other appearances as a concert soloist with AIMS in Graz, Austria and La Voix du Jardin, L'art de la Voix festival in Paris, France. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music, CNR-Paris, France (Conservatoire National de Region de Paris). She also studied broadcasting in Journalism and worked as a television broadcaster in South Korea and Japan.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Holy Apostles Church
296 Ninth Avenue at West 28th Street

Monday, September 16, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Holy Apostles Church
296 Ninth Avenue at West 28th Street

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