Classical singing in the digital age.
NTX Vocal Arts empowers singers
from pre-college to emerging professionals
from pre-college to emerging professionals
NTX VOCAL ARTS EMPOWERS SINGERS FROM PRE-COLLEGE TO EMERGING PROFESSIONALS
SOPRANO • Voice Teacher
Soprano Carol Wilson has enjoyed an extensive and versatile career spanning opera, recital, oratorio and orchestra appearances in the U.S. and abroad. Major opera houses with whom she has performed include Frankfurt, Stockholm, Dresden, Vancouver, Taipei, Stuttgart, Savonlinna, Bonn, and with the Metropolitan Opera where she was responsible for the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, a role for which she has earned critical acclaim.
Carol Wilson made her international opera debut with Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 1999 as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and as one of their principal soloists performed over 25 major roles as diverse as Eva in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, Leonore in Fidelio, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Desdemona in Otello, and the title roles in Handel’s Alcina and L’incoronazione di Poppea. Concert performances include those at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Caramoor Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Yale in Norfolk, Ruhr Triennale, as well as those with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Düsseldorf Symphoniker, and the American Symphony Orchestra. A recipient of the DMA from the Yale School of Music, she was awarded their prestigious Alumni Association Prize. Currently a Professor of Voice at the University of North Texas, Ms. Wilson has served on the voice faculties at Oberlin, Sarah Lawrence, and Vassar Colleges, in addition to summer festivals including AIMS, the Amalfi Coast Festival and Varna International Opera Academy.
mezzo-SOPRANO • VOICE TEACHER • Health Coach
Lauren McNeese has been singing professionally on operatic and concert stages for over 15 years. She has performed in many of the top opera houses in America, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Philadelphia, The Minnesota Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, and many more.
Lauren McNeese has performed with conductors Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, Donald Runnicles, Plácido Domingo, Charles Dutoit, and Helmuth Rilling. A graduate from the University of North Texas (BM and DMA) and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), she combines performance experience and training with extensive research aimed at encouraging and educating vocal artists at any level.
While actively performing, Ms. McNeese developed a passion for nutrition and wellness. She pursued this passion at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and in 2011 became certified as a Holistic Health Coach. She has experienced first-hand what a busy career can do to the body and mind. Her mission is to help other performers navigate the nutritional stressors in their lives and give them valuable information that will help them in their pursuit of optimal health.
countertenor • Voice Teacher
Countertenor Daniel Bubeck has garnered an international reputation for his expressive vocal performances of the baroque and modern classical repertoire. Hailed by the New York Times and Opera News for his “distinctive, honeyed timbre, smooth coloratura, secure technique and for his superb command of line and text,” Mr. Bubeck has sung on some of the world’s leading stages: Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Barbican Centre, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre Musical de Paris-Châtelet, English National Opera, Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Hall.
Daniel Bubeck been featured as a guest soloist with such esteemed organizations as the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Holland Radio Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra and American Bach Soloists.
Career highlights include an ongoing relationship with American composer John Adams’, originating roles in both his nativity and passion oratorios, El Niño and The Gospel According to the Other Mary. World premiere of American premiere of the oratorio, Lost Objects music by David Lang, Julia Wolfe Michael Gordon, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hawaii Opera Theater, Princeton Festival), CD recordings: El Niño (Nonesuch) and Gospel According to the Other Mary (Deutsche Gramophone), Vivaldi cantatas (Sony Classical) Masses of William Byrd (Harmonia Mundi) and the soundtrack of the Warner Bros. hit thriller, I am Legend.
As a baroque specialist Mr. Bubeck has sung numerous performances of Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions and operas and oratorios of Handel: Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, Orlando, Serse, Flavio, Partenope, Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Saul, Solomon, and Theodora.
Mr. Bubeck is on the voice faculty at the University of North Texas.
stage director • film director
Crystal Manich is a Puerto Rican director with over 65 credits of operas, plays, musicals, and filmed works. Internationally, credits include several productions in Argentina and Australia.
Digital: Wolf Trap Untrapped Series Online 2020; Arizona Opera world premiere opera The Copper Queen shooting in February 2021 for online streaming.
Theater: Nashville Children’s Theatre: Return to Sender (world premiere about Mexican immigration); Theater Latté Da: Bernarda Alba (musical, based on the Lorca Spanish play); Charlottesville Opera: Fiddler on the Roof.
Opera: Pinchgut Opera, Australia: Armida, Rameau Triple Bill; Buenos Aires Lírica: Madama Butterfly, Adriana Lecouvreur, Werther, Ernani; Wolf Trap Opera: Rigoletto; Daniel Catán’s Spanish language opera Il Postino for Chicago Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Opera Southwest. Pittsburgh Opera: ten productions; Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, American Opera Projects, Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Columbus, North Carolina Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Roanoke, and Lyric Opera of Baltimore.
Positions: Former Artistic Director: Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis and Opera Omnia in New York; former Assistant Artistic Director Cirque du Soleil: Quidam in Brazil. Her short film L'Ivresse won the audience award at the Great Lakes International Shorts Festival in 2018. Crystal is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
SOPRANO • Czech Specialist • arts innovator
Bree Nichols is an operatic soprano and innovator in community opera advocacy, where her performance expertise informs her leadership in shaping the next generation of musicians. She is founder and former general director of Stafford Opera Troupe in Stafford, Virginia, where she created the tuition-free Summer Opera Program offering training and performance opportunities to high school and collegiate singers. In 2020, she was the winner of the Presser Graduate Music Award in support of her performance and study of Czech opera.
Bree’s career has taken her to the stages of Symphony of the Mountains, Capitol City Opera, Opera Roanoke, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Opera on the James, Opera Experience Southeast, and more. Last season saw her return to the Czech Republic to perform in the modern premiere of two operas by J. H. Schmelzer as a part of the Olomouc Baroque Festival, following her 2018 performance there of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Ensemble Damian. Her time in the Czech Republic also inspired her 2019 recital, Songs of Czechia, which featured Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs and revived a rare aria from Karel Bendl’s grand opera Lejla. Bree recently debuted as Gilda in Rigoletto with Capitol City Opera and toured the state of Texas as the Fox in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with UNT Opera. Other recent performances include Mařenka in The Bartered Bride, Nedda in Pagliacci, and Alexandra in Blitzstein’s Regina. This season she looks forward to her debut in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Bree holds a Master of Music degree from University of Georgia and is a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas College of Music.
Videographer • audio engineer
A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Drew Sutherland has a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from Idaho State University, a Master of Music in Trombone Performance & Pedagogy from Oklahoma State University, and is currently working on his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance & Music Business from University of North Texas. He was a videographer and audio engineer for Drive35 Productions from 2016-2020.
Drew's company Sus4 Productions was started in 2018 and focused mainly on audio and video production of live events ranging from smaller recitals at UNT to full-scale operas at Moody Hall. By 2019, Sus4 Productions evolved to create marketing and advertising videos for small and medium-sized businesses.
Drew has worked with great clients such as Lumedia Musicworks, Orchestra New Spain, University of North Texas, Edelweiss Dental, Caldwell Banker, Allegiance Title Company, Guild Mortgage, Restore Roofing & Remodeling, and other small businesses in the DFW area.
He loves mountain biking, hiking, camping, and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest. He is happiest playing trombone, wearing suits, and trying to convince others that winter camping in Oklahoma really isn’t that bad once you get used to it.