Amor Artis Soloists
Soprano Jennifer Gliere, from Cincinnati, Ohio, completed graduate work at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Described as “a sensitive artist who knows how to turn a phrase while giving urgent meaning to the text,” she has appeared in recital and oratorio in Russia, Italy, Germany, and throughout the United States. She has given two recital tours in Mexico, performing in live festivals and events around the country as well as giving master classes to several youth choirs and appearing in television and radio studios. Recent highlights have included a recital tour to Russia and repertoire as diverse as a program of Barbara Strozzi chamber music and cantatas, Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Poulenc’s Gloria. She has been with Amor Artis for three seasons, soloing in Luigi Dallapiccola’s Canti di Prigionia, Bach’s Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Te Deum, and Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, among others. Equally at home on the concert and operatic stages, Ms. Gliere has garnered rave reviews for her portrayals of Suzel in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, Magda in Puccini’s La rondine, and the title role in the world premiere of Ophelia. She sang Venere in Rossi’s Orfeo at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival. She has also appeared recently with Bard Opera Theatre, the CUNY Festival Arts series, and New Opera New York. Favorite operatic credits at home and abroad include Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème, and Iolanta.
"Silken-voiced" (Cleveland Plain Dealer) soprano Madeline Apple Healey has been praised for her "gorgeous singing" (Washington Post) and "crystal clear coloratura" (Princeton Town Topics). Recent engagements include Bach's Mass in B minor and Bernstein's MASS (Kennedy Center debut) with Choral Arts Society of Washington, Bach's Coffee Cantata with Apollo's Fire, and Lang's Little Match Girl Passion with AMPERSAND. An active concert soloist and ensemble singer, she appears regularly with Amor Artis, The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, Trinity Chamber Singers, Apollo's Singers, The Thirteen, and Quire Cleveland, and has performed at the Spoleto USA and Lincoln Center festivals.
Ms. Healey's operatic credits include Olympia in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Minerva (Orpheus and the Underworld), and the partial roles of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Cunegonde (Candide), Armide (Lully's Armide) and Cendrillon (Cendrillon). In the fall of 2014, she founded AMPERSAND, a vocally-centric project-based ensemble, with longtime friend and colleague Anna Lenti: www.weareampersand.net
Ms. Healey holds degrees in voice from Westminster Choir College and Baldwin Wallace University and has recorded on the NAXOS, KOCH, AVIE, and Pro Organo labels. A Cleveland native, she now resides in Brooklyn, New York, where, when she's not making music, she can be found making coffee and philosophizing with her dog, Kafka. www.madelineapplehealey.com
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft's commanding, versatile voice most recently brought her to France where she participated in Carnegie Hall's The Song Continues: Paris Residency, performing in recitals and working closely with the legendary Marilyn Horne. Last season she was a soloist at Carnegie Hall in Vivaldi's Gloria with the Masterworks Festival Chorus and at Alice Tully Hall in Mozart's Coronation Mass with the American Classical Orchestra. She made her Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall in 2012 as the alto soloist in both Bach's Mass in B minor and Handel's Messiah with the National Chorale. In 2013 Ms. Craft made her Caramoor Festival mainstage debut as Ninetta in Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes and in several concerts there for which she was noted as a "young singer to watch out for." She also received critical acclaim for her performance as Giunone in Handel's Agrippina with New York City's operamission: her "imposing mezzo scored in Giunone's lone aria" and she "knocked this exciting aria out of the park." Other notable performances have included Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Mahler's Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen with Princeton Pro Musica, the title role in La cenerentola with both Fargo-Moorhead Opera and Opera at Florham, and an appearance on NPR's This American Life live at BAM. In January 2016 Carnegie Hall will present her in a solo "Spotlight Recital" at Weill Recital Hall with pianist Warren Jones. www.sarahnelsoncraft.com
Alex Guerrero, tenor, has been praised in The New York Times for his "apt comic timing" for his portrayal of Ali in Gretry's Zémire et Azor with the American Classical Orchestra, with whom he has been featured in several programs, and the Culvert Chronicles lauded his "beautiful lyric voice." He has been featured at Zankel Hall in an all-Handel program under maestro William Christie and performed in D'Indy's Fervaal with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and he can also be heard on the CD release Inura for Voice, Strings and Percussion, music conducted and composed by Tania León, nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. As a choral artist, he regularly performs and records with many of the leading ensembles in the greater New York City metropolitan area. As composer, his music has been performed by The New York Virtuoso Singers, the choir at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Charis in Westchester County.
Tenor Michael Steinberger's association with Amor Artis spans some twenty-plus years and includes many notable performances, most recently in Luigi Dallapiccola's Canti di Prigionia, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Missa Brevis, and as Evangelist in the Saint Matthew Passion of Heinrich Schütz. Through the years Michael has been privileged to collaborate with diverse luminaries of the music and entertainment industry like Audra McDonald, Jerry Stiller, They Might Be Giants, Tovah Feldshuh, Leonard Nimoy, Dick Hyman, Philip Glass, and Bobby McFerrin; has recorded dozens of albums; and has been featured with many of the finest music ensembles in the world, among them the New York Philharmonic, Musica Sacra, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Oratorio Society of New York, New York Collegium, Early Music New York, and Amor Artis. Michael has appeared numerous times on the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series at the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola, with the Cathedral Choir of Saint John the Divine, and with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and the fine period orchestra Concert Royal. After seven years as a member of the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, he co-founded a new sextet-Equal Voices-in addition to longstanding ensemble engagements with the New York Virtuoso Singers, Waverly Consort, and Pomerium. Michael will be featured on two recordings to be released in Autumn 2015: Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week with the Clarion Choir under the direction of Steven Fox, and Four Quarters of Jerusalem, a recording by the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine under the direction of Kent Tritle. Other recent recording credits include Bobby McFerrin's VOCAbuLarieS, which received three Grammy nominations in 2011, and Pomerium's Music for the Tudor Queens.
Richard Holmes has been bass soloist and section leader of Amor Artis since 1992. Richard, who began singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, made his operatic debut at Lake George Opera (now Opera Saratoga), where he has since returned as Papageno in The Magic Flute and as the title characters of Cimarosa’s Il Maestro di Cappella and Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma. A guest artist with the Metropolitan Opera in Manon, Die Fledermaus, and Susannah, he has also been a principal artist with Glimmerglass, Virginia, San Antonio, El Paso, Natchez, Columbus, Dayton, and New York Grand Operas in roles ranging from Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare to Sergeant Duffy in the world premiere of Beeson’s Sorry, Wrong Number, released on Albany Records. He is known internationally for his hundreds of performances with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. His concert repertoire with Amor Artis, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Richmond (VA) Symphony, Yale Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Canterbury Choral Society, and Philharmonia Virtuosi, among others, includes all the major oratorios of the Baroque period to Orff’s Carmina Burana and Kurt Weill’s Berlin Requiem. Richard has recorded for Vox, Newport Classics, Lyrichord, and Leonarda Records. In addition to his work this season with Amor Artis, Richard looks forward to performances of The Mikado with NYGASP, a June 2016 debut with Nickel City Opera in Buffalo, and a return to the Buxton (UK) Festival.