Guest Faculty 2016
7th Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival
To further the study of Art Song Repertoire
Presenting the Guest Faculty for 2016
Benita Valente has been an internationally celebrated interpreter of Lieder, chamber music, oratorio, and opera. Her keen musicianship encompasses an astounding array of styles, from the Baroque of J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel to the varied idioms of today’s leading composers. She won praise for her performances in operas by Monteverdi, G.F. Handel, Verdi, Puccini, and Benjamin Britten. Her extensive recital and concert repertoire ranges from Schubert to Alberto Ginastera. Especially noted for her collaborations with living composers, she has sung in many chamber music and recital peformances, often in world premieres. She is one of this era’s most cherished musical artists.
Guillermo Figueroa is Artistic Director of Guillermo Figueroa is Artistic Director of The Figueroa Music and Arts Project, an innovative organization that combines music with other art forms. He is the new Music Director and Conductor of the Lynn Philharmonia, and is also Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado. Mr. Figueroa has collaborated with many of the leading artists of our time, including Itzhak Perlman, YoYo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Olga Kern, Janos Starker, James Galway, Midori, Horacio Gutierrez, the Emerson and Fine Arts String Quartets, Ben Hepner, Rachel Barton Pine, Pepe and Angel Romero, Elmar Oliveira, Vadim Gluzman and Arnaldo Cohen.
Debra Ayers performs internationally as a recitalist with instrumentalists, singers and chamber music ensembles. Co-founder of Montage Music Society, Debra also performs regularly with Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, Serenata of Santa Fe, Taos Chamber Music Group, Taos Trio, Sunday Chatter, Santa Fe Desert Chorale and New Mexico Performing Arts Society. She has enjoyed collaborations with Aspen Music Festival Chamber Players; American, Apple Hill, La Catrina and Vega string quartets; Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Pro Musica’s Chamber Ballet, the International Piatti Cello Festival and at Denver’s annual JAAMM Festival.
Drea Pressley mezzo soprano, enjoys a burgeoning career in the US and abroad performing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed with New Orleans Opera Association, and Operafestival di Roma. Ms. Pressley concluded a tour of Europe premiering John Adam’s new work, The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Drea can be heard on movie soundtracks including Cowboys and Aliens, Avatar, and Godzilla. Ms. Pressley enjoys performing with several of New Mexico’s premiere arts organizations, including Santa Fe Pro Musica, and has sung for the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe New Music, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Drea is currently working on her project Cantigas d’Amigo: a Spanish and Celtic Tapestry of Song – a concert that takes the audience on a musical journey through her heritage. See more
Carlos Archuleta a native New Mexican, has had a varied and full singing career as an operatic baritone. His repertoire ranged from Rossini and Verdi to Adams and DeFalla. He has performed with notable companies such as Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, CincinnatiOpera, Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, Orlando Opera and Utah Opera. Past repertoire includes Figaro in Il Barbiere deSiviglia and Le Nozze de Figaro, Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze de Figaro, Papageno in the Die Zauberflote, and Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore. One of his signature roles was Escamillo in Carmen which took him to London, performing in the Royal AlbertHall.
Christina Martos Soprano Originally from a military family, Christina Martos spent the majority of her time in Southern California and New Jersey before pursuing her higher education degrees. A graduate of Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University, Christina is also a former member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program with the Washington National Opera, where she was under the direction of Maestro Placido Domingo. Christina’s concert performances include Beethoven’s concerto for voice “Ah!, Perfido” with the Yale Philharmonic, Beethoven’s 9th with the American Youth Symphony at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Miami, and at the 2004 Marilyn Horne Foundation Festival at Carnegie Hall.
André Garcia-Nuthmann has been a tenor soloist in the New Mexico area for many years. Some of his solo work includes Eisenstadt, Austria as the soloist in Haydn’s Harmony Mass as part of the Classical Music Festival celebrating the 275th birthday of Joseph Haydn. In March of 2006 he sang the tenor solos in the Verdi Requiem with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra under the direction of Oliver Present. In the same summer he was featured in “Zarzuela Cabaret 2006” in Dallas under the direction of Pablo Zinger. He performed for the Santa Fe Symphony in January 2003 when he sang the tenor solos in Haydn’s “Paukenmesse”.
John Carlo Pierce is an internationally known lyric tenor, who has spent fourteen years performing opera on the stages of the United States and Europe. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Performance/Literature, he joined the Young Artist Program of the Florida Grand Opera in Miami in 1995. During this time, he made his professional debut as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, sang in Lucia di Lammermoor (Arturo), I pagliacci (Beppe), and participated in the Studio’s outreach programs in schools throughout Dade and Broward Counties. more
Visiting Voice Specialists from the Mayo Clinic
David G. Lott, M.D. holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is a Consultant in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and serves as the Director of the Voice Program at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He also serves as Medical Director of the Arizona State University/Mayo Clinic Speech Pathology Voice Internship. His practice includes voice and swallowing restoration, laryngeal cancer, and laryngotracheal reconstruction. Dr. Lott received his M.D. degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute. He achieved specialized fellowship training in Laryngeal Surgery and Care of the Professional Voice at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.
Christina H. Kang is a Voice Specialist at Mayo Clinic, Arizona and Co-Program Director of the Arizona State University/Mayo Clinic Laryngology Observership and Southwest Laryngology Conference. She is a lecturer of Undergraduate and Graduate Vocal Pedagogy at Arizona State University. Christina also lectures domestically and internationally on topics involving voice and swallowing disorders, and specializes in management of excessive muscle tension. Christina received a Master of Music degree from the University of Connecticut (UConn) and a Master of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders with concentration in Voice Disorders from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH). She received additional intensive training in Voice Pathology and Rehabilitation for Laryngeal Surgery at MGH ─ a program of choice for singers like Frederica Von Stade, Carol Vaness, Steven Tyler, Julie Andrews and Adele. Christina also completed a clinical fellowship in Medical Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Kentucky Clinical Voice Center.