Evan Mack

Believing that opera should be theater grounded in climactic expression and deliver larger-than-life stories with music that harnesses the full athletic thrill of singing, Evan Mack has devoted much of his compositional life to opera and song. His first major operatic composition, Angel of the Amazon was premiered in 2011 by Encompass New Opera Theatre at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City and was subsequently released on CD worldwide by Albany Records. Two years later, Fresno State Opera Theater premiered another composition by Mack, The Secret of Luca. This was the first of several collaborations with librettist Joshua McGuire. In August 2016, the duo Mack/McGuire had their American grand opera Roscoe premiered at Seagle Music Colony and received its orchestral premiere with the Albany Symphony starring Metropolitan Opera star Deborah Voigt. Their Christmas opera for children, Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena is quickly becoming a holiday standard in many communities throughout the United States. The one-act opera, The Ghosts of Gatsby premiered by Samford Opera in Birmingham AL in 2019, won the National Opera Association’s Argento Chamber Opera Competition. The one-act comedy, Yeltsin in Texas! was premiered in 2020 by TCU and Opera in the Heights. It is now in development to become a musical comedy!

 

A career highlight is when Mack’s A Little More Perfect had its professional premiere at the Glimmerglass Festival with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as curator of the performance.

 

Hailed as “one of the most gifted composers of his generation by industry insiders,” Mack was named “2018 Professional of the Year” by Musical America; he was a composing fellow at the John Duffy Composers Institute; and was a resident artist at Yaddo. Mack is currently published with Hal Leonard, Alfred, and Amazon. He is a Senior Teaching Professor at Skidmore College, and resides in Ticonderoga NY with his wife, Kristin, and two sons. www.evanmack.com

 

photo: Jaimee Dunning

performers

Megan Marino is a genre-adventurous, “gifted actress with a strong, appealing voice graced by a rich lower register” [Opera News]. Be it on stage or the front porch, standard fare, forgotten gem, or a work in progress, she’s driven by sharing in the communion of live performance experiences, a deep yearning to tell meaningful stories, and pure undiluted moxie.

 

Her recent appearances include the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, and Caramoor Music Festival. She has garnered awards from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Marcello Giordani Foundation, Kurt Weill Foundation, and the Oratorio Society of New York.

 

Currently in residence with the newly formed Atlanta Opera Company Players, Marino is diving head first into exploration of reimagined projects, fach-bending, and incorporating her training and curiosity as an instrumentalist into her professional operatic life. www.meganmarino.com

 

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Pianist and coach John Arida has been praised as “an ardent accompanist... catching fire in the accompaniments and in the solo piece” by The Washington Post. The Philadelphia Inquirer heralded his interpretative prowess, proclaiming that “Arida was the great source illuminating text” and that his “...touch was just right.” His relationships with some of classical music’s most esteemed performers, including Paul Appleby, Julia Bullock, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Isabel Leonard, Megan Marino, Nicholas Phan, Ailyn Perez, and Sir James Galway, have led to international recital engagements across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kennedy Center, Herbst Theater, and Spivey Hall.

 

He began his 2020-2021 season performing with mezzo soprano, Isabel Leonard for Carnegie Hall's Virtual Opening Night Gala. He previously virtually collaborated with Ms. Leonard earlier that summer on "MTT25 : An Online Tribute to Michael Tilson Thomas.” During the Covid-19 pandemic, along with his work as a virtual collaborator, Arida sings, mixes, and produces several hymns a week with two members of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral Choir in Boston, while the parish continues to hold regular services over Zoom.

 

Arida has assisted notable conductors John DeMain, Evan Rogister, Speranza Scappucci, Emmanuel Villaume, Julian Wachner, and Gary Thor Wedow amongst others. He has been a member of the music staff of several U.S. companies and festivals including the Juilliard School, Washington National Opera, Central City Opera, the Castleton Festival, Virginia Opera, the Prototype Festival, and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

 

Arida has held fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West. He holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from SUNY Purchase.

 

 

Cellist Jameson D. Platte maintains an active career both as a performer and a teacher. He is currently a member of the critically acclaimed Duo 92 with pianist/composer Matthew Quayle, the Omega Trio, principal cellist of The Orchestra of Northern New York, The Plainfield Symphony, Bachanalia Virtuosi, Chelsea Opera, Garden State Philharmonic, and the Allentown Symphony. As faculty at Skidmore College, he teaches cello and chamber music. Platte works extensively as a clinician, guest conductor, and cello coach, performs as a soloist, and maintains a large private studio. He is in constant demand as a guest principal cellist throughout the northeast. A frequent recitalist in New York City, he has been featured in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Lincoln Center, and the 92nd St. Y, among others. His recitals have been heard throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Platte is Artist/Faculty at the Atlantic Music Festival.

 

Platte attended the Brevard Music Festival as a teaching assistant where he won the concerto contest. He also attended the Blossom Chamber Music Festival where he played principal cello under Leonard Slatkin. Platte has been a member of the Tuscaloosa Symphony (under Louis Lane), the Alabama Symphony, and the Huntsville Symphony. He has recently been a featured soloist with the Allentown Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, Maplewood Society of Musical Arts Orchestra, Central Jersey Symphony, Monmouth Symphony, Plainfield Symphony, Bachanalia Virtuosi, and the Stokes Forest Festival Orchestra, among others. Recent international residencies have included performances in China, Korea, Germany, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates. His recordings of contemporary music may be heard under the Koch International, Seedmusic, Naxos, and Albany labels.

 

Platte plays on cellos by Hannibal Fagnola (1925) and Andrea Amati (1572) as well as bows by François Xavier Tourte and Dominique Peccatte. www.jamesonplatte.com

 

 

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