2016-2017 Guest Artists


Nerea Berraondo
Nerea Berraondo
mezzo-soprano

Nerea Berraondo is native of Pamplona, Spain. She has performed principal opera roles such as Adrastro and Creusa in Demofonte (Gluck) at Theatre an der Wien in Vienna; Lucio in Catone in Utica (Vivaldi) at Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris; Mallika in Lakmé at Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile; La Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at Teatro Real in Madrid; Arminda in Selva Encanada de Amor (Sebastian Duron) at L’Auditori in Barcelona; Flora Bervoix in La Traviata in Pamplona (Spain); Doña Munia in the world premiere of the opera Un puente para el camino by Italian composer Giulio Genovese; Contessa di Ceprano and Giovanna in Rigoletto at Baluarte in Pamplona; Read more…

Justin Bland
Justin Bland
trumpet

Applauded for his “gleaming trumpet work” (Hyde Park Herald), Justin Bland is a versatile musician, performing on both historical and modern trumpets. He specializes in early music, most notably in difficult high-register music for Baroque trumpet. Before formally studying Baroque trumpet, Justin won first prize in multiple historical instruments divisions of the National Trumpet Competition. Dr. Bland is now often sought as a principal/solo baroque trumpeter by numerous ensembles throughout North America. Read more…

Simon Carrington
Simon Carrington
conductor

Simon Carrington, Yale University professor emeritus, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player, and conductor, first in the UK where he was born, and then in the United States. From 2003 to 2009 he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a twenty-four-voice chamber choir, which he brought to national and now international prominence. Read more…

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Sungyun Cho
harpsichord

Sungyun Cho began her musical studies in Seoul, South Korea, at the Seoul Arts High School, and at the Yonsei University with Professor Kwak Tong-soon. From there she went to the Royal Conservatory of The Hague where she studied harpsichord performance and chamber music with such internationally renowned pedagogues as Jacques Ogg, Patrick Ayrton, and Ryo Terakado. Throughout her studies, she performed across Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, and she completed her program in The Hague with the highest marks and distinction. Read more…

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Marc Destrubé
violin

Canadian violinist Marc Destrubé is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, concertmaster and director of orchestras. He is co-concertmaster of the Amsterdam-based Orchestra of the 18th Century, with whom he has traveled all over Europe, North America, Australia, China and Japan. He has also appeared with the orchestra as director and as soloist, and is heard on more than fifty recordings by the orchestra for the Philips and Glossa labels. Read more…

Roy Heilman
Roy Heilman
tenor

Tenor Roy Heilman is a lover of old music and an enthusiast of new music. His talents have been heard in performance with organizations like The Oratorio Society of Minnesota, The Bach Society of Minnesota, Skylark Opera, and The Minnesota Orchestra. He has studied voice with Dale Kruse, Susan Fischer Clickner, and John DeHaan, and coached the works of J. S. Bach with Timothy Sawyer, Thomas Lancaster, and Christopher Cock. Read more…

Maria Jette
Maria Jette
soprano

Soprano Maria Jette’s wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad. Her orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin, Marin and San Antonio Symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica; plus Berkshires Opera, Roanoke Opera, Sacramento Opera, and the sadly defunct Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in her home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Read more…

Thomas Meglioranza
Thomas Meglioranza
baritone

Thomas Meglioranza, an American baritone of Thai, Italian, and Polish heritage, was born in Manhattan, grew up in New Jersey, and graduated from Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music. He was a winner of the Walter W. Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Franz Schubert/Music of Modernity, and Joy In Singing competitions. Described in The New Yorker as an “immaculate and inventive recitalist,” Meglioranza’s Songs from the WWI Era was named one of the “Top Ten Best Classical Performances of the Year” in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more…

David Ross
David Ross
flute

Originally from Mankato, Minnesota, David Ross currently lives in New York City and performs exclusively on historical flutes, in repertoire ranging from Couperin to Brahms. He serves as Principal Flute with the period instrument orchestra Mercury in Houston and is a frequent soloist with the Sebastians in New York. David is a graduate of Juilliard, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In The Hague he studied with Wilbert Hazelzet. Read more…

Luis Otavio Santos
Luís Otávio Santos
violin

Born in Brazil, Luís Otávio Santos comes from a family of musicians and began his musical studies at an early age—first on the piano, and then on the violin. His interest in baroque music took him to the Netherlands in 1990 to study baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Sigiswald Kuijken, and harpsichord with Jacques Ogg. At eighteen, he was already one of the main members and soloists of La Petite Bande, a Belgian baroque orchestra that plays a leading role in the early music movement worldwide. With this group, he toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and South America, and also made more than seventy CDs and television recordings. Read more…