Holly Cameron, soprano, is thrilled to sing with the Festival Chorus and Orchestra for her ninth season! She has been hailed a “marvelous femme fatale” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) with “rip-roaring high notes” (The Boston Globe). Some of her favorite operatic roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La bohème), and Abigail (The Crucible), among others. On the concert stage, Ms. Cameron has appeared as a soloist in works such as Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Bach’s St. John’s Passion and St. Matthew’s Passion. A recipient of numerous honors, Ms. Cameron was a New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has won awards in the Shreveport Opera Competition, Sarasota Artist Series competition and the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, among others. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from New England Conservatory and a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Holly also has a growing reputation for her interpretation of the blues and soul genres and can be heard with the Chris Fitz “Bigger Soul” Band on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Old North Church’s 4th annual Blues Night in the Parish Hall. For more information and other upcoming performances, please visit: www.hollycameronsoprano.com.
Barbara is a soprano soloist and GRAMMY-winning ensemble member performing the music of the Middle Ages through the present era. As a soloist, she has appeared with Musica Sacra, Masterworks Chorale, Seven Times Salt, and Long and Away: A Consort of Viols. As an ensemble member, she performs with the GRAMMY-winning ensemble The Crossing (Philadelphia, PA), Emmanuel Music (Boston, MA), Meravelha Medieval Ensemble (Boston, MA), and Red Shift (Baton Rouge, LA). An enthusiastic supporter of new music, she especially enjoys the opportunity to premiere and record new works. A recent highlight was premiering Julia Wolfe’s “Fire in my mouth” with the NY Philharmonic and The Crossing in January 2019. Barbara is a member of Beyond Artists. www.beyondartists.com. Keep up with her 2019-2020 season engagements on her website, barbaraallenhill.com.
Stephanie Scarcella, mezzo-soprano, is celebrating her 9th season with Festival Chorus, and she could not imagine her life without this wonderful community of people and musicians. On the concert stage Stephanie has been featured as the mezzo soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Carissimi’s Jepthe, Haydn’s Great Organ Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Gloria, among many other concert works. Her professional operatic experience in the greater Boston area has been with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Odyssey Opera, Longwood Opera, and Arcadia Players. She has performed the following operatic roles: She has performed the following roles: Sister Helen Prejean (Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking with Boston Opera Collaborative), La Cenerentola (Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Boston Opera Collaborative), Zulma (Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri with Opera Company of Middlebury), Sally in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, Dorthee in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Arsamene in Handel’s Serse, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; and Piti Sing in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. In the fall of 2018, she joined Cambridge Symphony Orchestra as Anita in West Side Story. She will return to perform with CSO as their featured soloist for their 2019 holiday pops concert. For more information, please visit her website at www.stephaniescarcella.com.
Tenor Antanas Meilus, a 2009 Salem State University graduate, resides in the Boston area. An advocate of new music, he took part in the premieres of As Our Voices Begin to Rise (2012) composed by Robert Bradshaw in memory of the tragic destruction of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester, MA, and Mark Baily’s Baily Mass for Unaccompanied Choir (2014). His most recent premiere is scheduled to occur in the spring of 2019 with the Ian Weise piece How Blessings Brighten with texts based on epitaphs from gravestones in Salem, MA. He collaborates regularly with composer/pianist Philip Swanson on songs set to contemporary English poetry and with other artists in recitals of Lithuanian music in Maine and Massachusetts. He recently collaborated with Beverly Soll, the Boston Singer’s Resource, and fabulous artists in the Boston area to premiere a moving recital of African American artsong, The Gift of Song: Voices of Black America. He also holds a post as the tenor section leader and soloist at Central Congregational Church (UCC) in Newburyport, MA.Outside of his musical work he is part of the team at OunceIT, Boston firm that, through education, takes the mystery and fear out of technology.
Jonathan Cole, baritone, is from Dallas, Texas and is proud to have sung with the Old North Festival Chorus for six seasons. He has performed with organizations including Central City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera of Boston, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Newburyport Choral Society, Boston University Opera Institute, College Light Opera Company, and CU New Opera Works. Jonathan has sung more than thirty opera and music theatre roles, highlights including Ford, Mercutio, Guglielmo, Pirate King, and Marcello. An avid supporter of new music, Jonathan has performed lead roles in collaboration with Jake Heggie, Tobias Picker, and the late Stephen Paulus and has performed staged and workshop premiers of operas by William Bolcom, Lori Laitman, and Libby Larsen. As an arts administrator, Jonathan serves as the Program Director of Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), an organization for which he has also taught on the vocal faculty. Jonathan holds degrees from Baylor University, Boston University, and the Boston University Opera Institute, and has completed coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder.