Chelsea Basler, Soprano
American soprano Chelsea Basler has been praised for her “luminous voice,” “easy soaring range,” and “wonderful acting.” Critics have hailed her as “golden-voiced” and “simply superb.” Chelsea’s recent portrayal of Curley’s Wife in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with Sarasota Opera was “played with astounding dynamism….her soprano cajoles, trifles, seduces and dallies with the enormous range of notes and emotions Floyd has given her, making her the villain in a dress…”
Chelsea has recently become a regular at the Boston Lyric Opera, where she has appeared as Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She will sing the lead in the 2014/15 BLO production of Isolt, The Tale of Tristan and Isolt by Swiss composer Frank Martin. She has also sung the role of Margaret/Lizzie Borden at the BLO and Tanglewood, and Countess Ciprano/Rigoletto, and Enrichetta/I Puritani during the 2013 BLO season.
Neal Ferreira, Tenor
Tenor Neal Ferreira, especially noted for his dynamic and captivating stage presence, is quickly gaining national recognition. Recently, he sang concert performances of Der Rosenkavalier with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and performed a leading role in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Phillip Glass’s In the Penal Colony. Other performances include a return to Syracuse Opera as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the Judge/Amelia’s Servant in Un ballo in maschera with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the role of Ferdinand in the world premiere of Joseph Summer’s The Tempest with the Shakespeare Concerts.
Other engagements include Tancredi in John Musto’s The Inspector with Boston Lyric Opera, for which Opera News praised his “moving performance,” Charlie Gould (Orlofsky) in Die Fledermaus with Anchorage Opera, and Spoletta in Tosca with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. His performance as Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with Syracuse Opera garnered him the company’s 2012-13 Artist of the Year Award. He has also appeared with Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Colorado, Opera Boston, the American Repertory Theatre, Boston Midsummer Opera, and Guerilla Opera and Emmanuel music. Mr. Ferreira received the 2009 Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence from Boston Lyric Opera, and has since performed there in many roles including Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Traveler in Clemency, Spoletta in Tosca, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Gran Sacerdote in Mozart’s Idomeneo, re di Creta, and Spanzani/Andrès in Les contes d’Hoffmann.
Maria Rivera White, Piano
Praised by San Juan’s El Nuevo Dia for her “impressive technique, great clarity, and expressiveness,” and by the San Juan Star for her “excellent rapport” in collaboration, Maria Rivera White has recently performed in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin, Steinway, and Alice Tully Hall.
Ms. Rivera White studied four years in Naples, Italy, with Nunzio Zappulla, professor at the Naples Conservatory of Music. She subsequently received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, after studying with Barbara Lister-Sink and Blanca Uribe. In May of 1998 she completed a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at The Julliard School, and also was invited to perform at an international music festival in Kyoto, Japan. She taught Piano at Vassar College for almost a decade and currently has a thriving private studio.