3 DIVAS, ONE STAGE
OCTOBER 19, 2008
MAGDALENA LLAMAS– MEZZO-SOPRANO (M.M. Granada Conservatory) is a Mezzo soprano from Andalusia, Spain. She performs opera and concerts around US and Europe (Carnegie Hall, Cami Hall, Guggenheim museum, Accademia di Spagna in Roma, Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Oratorio Gonfalone di Roma…) She teaches voice technique and confidence on stage. She studied at The Juilliard School of Music, Westminster Choir College, Portland Performing Institute, Real Conservatorio superior de Canto, Madrid, and the Real Conservatorio Superior of Granada, Spain. She was awarded the Portland opera Performing Institute Fellowship, The Elsie Hilliard Hillman Fellowship, and Manuel de Falla Festival fellowship. She taught at Jeunesses Musicales International, Spain, San Sebastian Conservatory, Musical director ¨Choir and Orchestra of Almería´Cathedral¨ Spain, and Accademia Internazionale di musica in Roma, Italy.
STEPHANIE MCGUIRE– MEZZO-SOPRANO recently enjoyed her debut at New York City Opera, in productions of Margaret Garner and Cavalleria rusticana during the fall 2007 season. In May 2008, she was invited back to NYCO, to sing the role of Solo Woman in Scott D. Richards’ jazz opera Charlie crosses the nation, as part of VOX, NYCO’s new composers’ showcase. With the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Stephanie has performed the roles of Dame Quickly (Falstaff), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and Flora (La traviata), and she has covered Suzuki (Madama Butterfly). Stephanie debuted with the Boston Classical Orchestra in March 2004 as Donna Eleonora in Salieri’s First the Music then the Words. She has appeared with many orchestras and ensembles, including the Key West Symphony Orchestra, New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Harvard Baroque Ensemble, and the Boston Choral Ensemble.
IRENE SILVERMAN– MEZZO-SOPRANO as acclaimed by “The New York Times as “…formidable. She has a voice with considerable boom and sounds like a candidate for some big roles that often go begging.” At the Des Moines Metro Opera, she undertook the role of Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, earning praise from The Des Moines Register: “Irene Silverman, as the gypsy Azucena, is simply tremendous. The richness and power of her voice are truly remarkable and her portrayal is a performance not to be missed. She has the potential for true greatness.” She is an experienced stage actress and performed leading roles in Shakespeare, Chekov, Congreve and Coward.
INNA LEYTUSH, MUSIC DIRECTOR OF RACH-C