Erica Brookhyser

Mezzo-Soprano Soloist for Arias and Overtures

 

Born and raised in Newport, Oregon, mezzo–soprano Erica Brookhyser has enjoyed a stunning career, in the United States and abroad.

 

As a trainee in Plácido Domingo’s Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Program, Ms. Brookhyser performed leading roles in Bizet’s Carmen and in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

 

Subsequently, Brookhyser became a Utah Opera Young Artist, sang with Opera Colorado and then returned to Los Angeles Opera. Brookhyser also made appearances with Boston’s Odyssey Opera, both as Brigitta in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, and as the soloist in Benjamin Britten’s powerful solo cantata, Phaedra.

 

Major European success came when Erica won the title role in Carmen as part of a German talent–search television program.

 

Erica’s outstanding work as principal mezzo at Staatstheater Darmstadt were highlights in her career in Germany.  There her extensive repertoire included the roles of Dido in Berlioz’s Les Troyens, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

 

Most recently Erica’s performances with Boston Lyric Opera and at the New England Conservatory have made her a favorite of Boston area opera lovers.

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About our Soloists

Sara Heaton

Soprano Soloist for Arias and Overtures

 

Soprano Sara Heaton has performed with Chicago Opera Theater, Santa Fe Symphony, the Xalapa Orchestra in Mexico, American Opera Projects, Boston Baroque, Odyssey Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and many others.

 

Career highlights include a Symphony Hall debut as Papagena with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Federico Cortese, singing Amore on the Grammy-nominated recording of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with conductor Martin Pearlman, performing Strauss’ Four Last Songs with conductor Donald Palma, and singing Violetta in La Traviata, Celia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Miranda in the US premiere of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers.

 

Sara took first place prize in the Marie Kraja International Singing Competition in Albania, and 2nd place prize in the Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition. She has received the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera competition, and received an Encouragement Grant from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.

Jonah Ellsworth

Violoncello for Double your Pleasure

 

Praised by the Boston Globe’s Richard Dyer for his “grasp of what the notes mean, of the stories they tell, of the feeling behind and within the notes” and lauded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “completely assured and intensely musical … a young man on the verge of an international career,” cellist Jonah Ellsworth has studied with Laurence Lesser of the New England Conservatory and Peter Wiley of the Curtis Institute of Music.

 

A finalist at the Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan in 201l, he has performed the Saint–Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Boston Philharmonic and the Dvorák Cello Concerto with the Akron Symphony.

 

Jonah plays in the critically acclaimed Boston Trio, joining violinist Irina Muresanu and pianist Heng–Jin Park.  He has appeared on PBS radio’s “From the Top,” taped live in Carnegie Hall and broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.

Yoo Jin Jang

Violin soloist for Double your Pleasure

 

Widely praised for her “fiery virtuosity” and “sensitive interpretation,” Yoojin Jang began performing in her native Korea at the age of nine.

 

Yoojin appeared with top Korean orchestras and later with outstanding groups outside Korea such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Bulgaria National Radio Symphony, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Erato Ensemble and the Kioi Sinfonietta.

 

Yoojin has performed in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and in recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  She has twice given solo recitals in Boston’s Jordan Hall and has been featured soloist with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia.

 

Yoojin has won top prizes in competitions worldwide.  In 2012 she took First Prize at the Fourth International Munetsugu Violin Competition in Nagoya, Japan, for which she was awarded the loan of the 1697 “Rainville” Stradivarius.

 

A much sought–after chamber musician, this talented violinist was awarded the Schloss Weikersheim Scholarship as part of the London String Quartet Competition in 2009 and she won the Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award in 2011.

 

Yoojin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Korean National University of the Arts and in the States, she earned a Master of Music degree, a Graduate Diploma, and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Miriam Fried. She

is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the New England Conservatory.