Meet the Legends

Alexandra Loutsion, soprano

Alexandra Loutsion, soprano

Hailed as “fearless” (Opera News) and “masterful” (Tulsa World) Alexandra Loutsion continues to be recognized for her passionate performances as a rising star on the operatic stage. Ms. Loutsion’s 2019-2020 season includes her role and company debut with Minnesota Opera singing the title role in Strauss’ Elektra, a return to Pittsburgh Opera singing the title role in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, a debut with Austin Opera and return to Palm Beach Opera singing the title role in Puccini’s Turandot. Last season she made her international debut with Canadian Opera Company singing the Overseer and covering the title role of Strauss’ Elektra, offered a “career-defining interpretation” of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Central City Opera, and debuted as Turandot with New Orleans Opera. She recently debuted with San Francisco Opera singing the Overseer in Elektra and covering Turandot, and sang the title role in Puccini’s Tosca with Palm Beach Opera and Wolf Trap Opera with the National Symphony Orchestra.

On the concert stage, Ms. Loutsion has sung the soprano solo in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Santa Fe Symphony and the Academy Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Cathedral Choral SocietyWest Virginia SymphonySyracuse Symphoria, and Erie Philharmonic. She recently represented the USA as a quarterfinalist in the Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona, Spain, and holds degrees from Ithaca College and the University of Southern California.

Michael Chioldi, baritone

Michael Chioldi, baritone

American baritone Michael Chioldi has quickly gained the reputation as one of the most sought-after dramatic baritones of his generation. Praised for his “warm, rich tone” (Opera News) and “deeply communicative phrasing” (The Baltimore Sun), he has received unanimous acclaim from critics and audiences around the world for his portrayals of the dramatic baritone roles of Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss. His recent role debuts include the title roles in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera, and Nabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore; as Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore with Utah Opera; and as Rodrigo in Don Carlo with Austin Lyric Opera.

Performances in the upcoming season, 2019-2020, include his role debut as Henry VIII in Odyssey Opera’s Henry VIII,  LaTraviata with Utah Opera, Rigoletto with Austin Opera,  New Years Eve Gala with the Metropolitan Opera,  Maid of Orleans with New Orleans Opera, Eugene Onegin with Palm Beach Opera,  Madama Butterfly with Atlanta Opera, and Pagliacci with Portland Opera

Performances in the 2018-2019 season included his role debut as Gerard in Andrea Chenier with Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu, LaTraviata with Washington National Opera and Austin Opera, and Otello with Austin Opera.  This season MIchael also returns to the Metropolitan Opera for three exciting covers including Otello, Rigoletto, and Tosca.

Chioldi has performed at nearly every major American opera house, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Signature roles include Scarpia in Tosca with Hawaii Opera Theater, Ft. Worth Opera, New York City Opera, Toledo Opera, and Spain’s Opera de Oviedo; Jochanaan in Salome with Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan; the title role of Macbeth with Michigan Opera Theatre and Palm Beach Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington National Opera, Utah Opera, and New Orleans Opera; and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Washington National Opera and in a nationwide broadcast on the PBS television series Live from Lincoln Center, which received an Emmy award in 2008.

In the 2015-16 season Chioldi made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Muscat in performances of Macbeth. Additional recent performances include the title role in Hamlet with Washington National Opera; the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer with Pforzheim Opera; Marcello in La bohéme at London’s Royal Albert Hall; Ford in Falstaff with Utah Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Ft. Worth Opera Festival; Giorgio Germont in La Traviata with Palm Beach Opera; Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Hawaii Opera Theater, Chautauqua Opera, and the Macau International Music Festival; and Giacomo in Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco with Chicago Opera Theater.

He made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Fléville in Andrea Chénier with Luciano Pavarotti and Aprile Millo under the baton of James Levine, and traveled extensively in Japan with Maestro Seiji Osawa. He has also performed in Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Macau and Spain.

A frequent performer of American and English works, he premiered the role of Man in Anthony Brandt’s The Birth of Something in 2008. Additional performances include as the First Mate in Billy Budd with Washington National Opera; the title role in Nixon in China with Long Beach Opera; John Proctor in The Crucible with Toledo Opera; and John Sorel in The Consul with Arizona Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.

Chioldi has performed with symphony orchestras around North America and Europe, including as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Santa Fe Concert Association; Brahms’ Requiem with the Städtisches Orchester Pforzheim; and in a concert performance of Debussy & Poe: Fall of the House of Usher & Devil in the Belfry with the Oviedo Philharmonia. Additional orchestral appearances include with the New York Philharmonic and The National Symphony Orchestra under Mo. Leonard Slatkin; as well as the New Jersey, New Haven, and Houston Symphony Orchestras.

Chioldi has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition (Winner 1995); The MacAllister Competition; The Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition; The Miami Opera Competition; The Sullivan Foundation; and The Anna Case-Mckay Award. He received his Bachelors’ degree from West Virginia University, and his Masters’ degree from Yale University. His recordings appear on the Sony Classical, BMG, Accord and Newport Classics labels.

Mr. Chioldi makes his home in New York City.

Gregory Kunde, tenor

Gregory Kunde, tenor

Regarded as one of the most accomplished singers on the international opera stage today, the American tenor Gregory Kunde appears regularly at the most prestigious opera houses around the world, working with conductors and orchestras of the highest calibre. Kunde’s achievements have been recognised with a number of awards, most recently ‘Male Singer of the Year’ at the 2016 International Opera Awards.

Highlights of the 2020/21 season include the title role Otello at Grand Teatre del Liceu and Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Ernani at Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon and Il Trovatore at Glimmerglass Festival and at LA Opera.

Recent highlights include the title role Otello at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Calaf Turandot at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Jean de Leyden Le prophète at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the title role Don Carlos for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Samson Samson et Dalila at the Metropolitan Opera, title role Otello for Opéra national de Paris and Opéra de Monte-Carlo, title role Andrea Chénier and Radames Aida at the Wiener Staatsoper, Calaf Turandot at the Teatro Real, Madrid, Renato des Grieux Manon Lescaut in concert for Dallas Opera, Don Alvaro La forza del destino at the Semperoper Dresden, title role Peter Grimes at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Radames Aida at the Teatro Real, Madrid, and a return to the podium to conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro La Fenice..

On the concert platform, recent highlights include Verdi Requiem and Calaf Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Das Lied von der Erde at the BBC Proms, Verdi Requiem in Bilbao, the title role Verdi Otello at the Cincinnati May Festival, title role Peter Grimes with Sir Antonio Pappano at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Faust La damnation de Faust in concert at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Charles Dutoit.

Acclaimed throughout his earlier career for his performances in French and Italian bel canto roles, Kunde has now established himself as a leading exponent of many of the Verdi roles and other such dramatic repertoire. Since his critically acclaimed debut as Verdi Otello at La Fenice in 2012, he has performed this signature role in Valencia, Genoa, Salerno, Florence, Turin, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, and São Paulo. Since moving into this repertoire, Kunde earned the unique distinction of being the only tenor in recorded history to perform both Rossini Otello and Verdi Otello in the same season (2014/15 and 2015/16).

Kunde’s discography includes his solo album Vincerò! (Universal Music Group), Verdi Il Trovatore at Royal Opera House London (Opus Arte DVD), Berlioz Les Troyens at the Théâtre du Châtelet (Opus Arte DVD, Gramophone magazine’s ‘DVD of the Year’), Benvenuto Cellini (Virgin Classics CD, Gramophone’s ‘Opera Recording of the Year’), Benvenuto Cellini with Sir Colin Davis (LSO Live CD), and Verdi Otello from the Palazzo Ducale in Venice (Unitel DVD).

Marjorie Owens, soprano

Marjorie Owens, soprano

A former member of the Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden and a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, soprano Marjorie Owens is receiving a great deal of acclaim as one of the most exciting dramatic sopranos to have recently come to the public’s attention.

Last season, Ms. Owens made her Canadian Opera Company and role debuts as the title-role in Turandot and a debut with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra as Aida. In the 2018-2019 season, Marjorie Owens returned to the Metropolitan Opera’s roster and made her debut with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Fabio Luisi in her signature-role of Senta in Der fliegende Holländer.  She was also heard with the Greek national Opera and Utah Opera as the title-role in Norma  and appeared in recital with her alma mater, Baylor University.

In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Owens made her Hong Kong debut in the title role of Aida with Opera Hong Kong, and returned to Dresden as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer and the Metropolitan Opera’s roster. She was heard in recital with the George London Foundation with baritone Quinn Kelsey.

In the 2016-2017 season, Marjorie returned to Dresden as Dorotka in Schwanda, to the Washington Concert Opera for the title-role in Beethoven’s Leonore, and the Metropolitan Opera’s roster. In concert, she was heard as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson.

Ms. Owens’s 2015-2016 season included her role and company debut in the title-role of Norma at the English National Opera, her company debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in the title-role of Ariadne auf Naxos, her return to Dresden as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, a production she premiered in that theater, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera’s roster.