Amor Artis Soloists
Jennifer Gliere, soprano, from Cincinnati, Ohio, completed graduate work at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has been 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, Austria, and the United States. She has given two recital tours in Mexico, performing in live festivals and events around the country as well as giving masterclasses to several youth choirs and appearing in television and radio studios. Gliere has participated in the Bard Music Opera and Festival since 2009. Equally at home on the concert and operatic stages, Ms. Gliere has garnered rave reviews in myriad roles, most notably for her portrayals of Suzel in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz and Magda in Puccini’s La rondine. Favorite operatic credits at home and abroad include Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème, and L’elisir d’amore. Jennifer is indeed related to the Russian composer Reinhold Gliere. Relatives from Brazil, Moscow, and Berlin have all taken part in forming an extensive family tree and discovering the rich Gliere family history back to 1350.
Sarah Nelson Craft, mezzo-soprano, is a versatile performer, equally at home with opera, oratorio, and art song from the Baroque to Contemporary. Most recently she sang the role of Giunone in Handel’s Agrippina with New York City's operamission and “knocked [her] exciting aria out of the park” (parterre.com). Other recent performances include Ninetta in Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes at the Caramoor Festival and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. In 2012 she made her Lincoln Center debut as the alto soloist in Bach's Mass in B minor with the National Chorale, and she returned the following season for Handel's Messiah. In 2011 she debuted with Fargo-Moorhead Opera in the title role of La Cenerentola, and in 2010 she made her international debut in China at the Macau International Music Festival as Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She frequently works with composers to premiere new works and has sung in many readings of new operas with American Opera Projects. A Brooklyn native with degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of North Texas, Ms. Craft also trained with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West and has been a Young Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor, Opera North, and Opera New Jersey.
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.
Michael Steinberger, tenor, is in high demand for his skill and versatility in a wide variety of musical genres. Featured under the batons of many esteemed conductors including Michael Stern, Kent Tritle, Martin Gester, and Andrew Parrott, he has appeared with preeminent ensembles like the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, New York Collegium, Musica Sacra, and Vox Vocal Ensemble. This past season Michael appeared with Amor Artis as Evangelist in Matthæus Passion of Heinrich Schütz, and twice on the Great Music in a Great Space series at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in a variety of genres from Arabic folk songs to Vaughan Williams' sublime Mass in G. This season, in addition to performances with Amor Artis, Michael will be featured with Musica Sacra in their program The Tudor Traverse. Also a dedicated ensemble singer, Michael is a member of New York Virtuoso Singers, Waverly Consort and Pomerium. Recent recording credits include Bobby McFerrin's VOCAbuLarieS, which received three Grammy nominations in 2011, and Pomerium's A Voice in the Wilderness. Critics have described Mr. Steinberger's voice as a "clarion tenor" (Los Angeles Times), a "mellifluous and lyrical voice" (Danbury News-Times), exhibiting "the most solid and beautiful singing" (The Washington Post), "astute and moving" (New Music Connoisseur).
Richard Holmes, bass, is celebrating twenty-one years as bass soloist/section leader of Amor Artis. He has sung scores of concerts and appeared numerous times with Amor Artis in New York and on tour, in works ranging from Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, and Haydn to contemporary works such as David Kraehenbuhl's Drumfire. He has also been a soloist with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Chamber Orchestra, Dessoff Choirs, and at many festivals, including those of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, and Buxton, England. Richard is a principal artist with Glimmerglass, Virginia, Lake George, El Paso, San Antonio, Opera Columbus, Chicago Opera Theatre, and New York Grand Operas and guest artist with the Metropolitan Opera. He is well known for his thirty-three seasons of performances with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, in the entire Savoy canon. Richard has recorded for Vox, Naxos, Albany, Lyrichord, and Leonarda records, recently winning praise for his performance in Jack Beeson's opera Sorry, Wrong Number. Upcoming performances this season include the Mozart Requiem with Waldorf Choral Society, Victor Herbert's The Magic Knight with Light Opera of New York, and The Yeomen of the Guard at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in England.