Holly Cameron, soprano, is thrilled to sing with the Festival Chorus and Orchestra for her eleventh 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 regularly heard with the Chris Fitz “Bigger Soul” Band. For more information and other upcoming performances, please visit: www.hollycameronmusic.com.
Mezzo-soprano Gabriela Fagen is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, having received her Master of Music studying under the tutelage of Mary Ann Hart in 2019, and her Bachelor of Music as a student of Costanza Cuccaro in 2017. Ms. Fagen made her debut with Teatro Nuovo in the summer of 2021 as a chorus member and cover for Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Additionally, she was contracted as the cover for Alceo in Il vero omaggio with Teatro Nuovo (cancelled due to COVID-19). Other recent role credits include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Dryade in R. Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Unulfo in Handel’s Rodelinda and Ethel Toffelmeier in The Music Man with Indiana University Opera Theatre; Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Prague Summer Nights Festival; Dame Hannah in Ruddigore with the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society; and Third Spirit in Die Zauberflöte with the Savannah Voice Festival. She is also a recipient of the Joshi International Fellowship, and the Viola Wheeler Arts Award. Ms. Fagen is currently based in Brookline, MA, and is a student of Constance Fee.
Daniel Fridley, bass, received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2021 from the Case Western Reserve University Historical Performance Practice program, studying with Ellen Hargis and Jesse Blumberg. His “spotless, resonant bass” (Cleveland Classical) lends itself well to both early music and opera. Performance credits from recent seasons include Ensemble/Monstro in Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (Boston Early Music Festival); Pretore in Rossini’s La gazza ladra (Teatro Nuovo); Contrabass Soloist in Emilio Rautavaara’s Vigilia (Chicago Chorale); Bass Soloist in J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata (Wyoming Baroque); Dottore Grenvil in Verdi’s La traviata (The Cleveland Opera); Dangerous Love, a concert of fiery 17th century Italian music (Newberry Consort); Jesus in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (Atlanta Baroque); and Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea (CWRU). He is thrilled to be joining Old North and the Festival Chorus after having moved to Boston this summer.
Stephanie Scarcella, mezzo-soprano, served as section leader and soloist at Old North Church and Festival Chorus for eleven seasons. 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 and was a featured soloist for their 2019 holiday pops concert. For more information, please visit her website at www.stephaniescarcella.com.
Kevin Hayden, tenor, performed with The Old North Church Festival Chorus for thirteen seasons. Mr. Hayden is familiar to audiences in New England and beyond having performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Boston Opera Collaborative, Charleston Chamber Opera Company, Cape Cod Opera, Masterworks Chorale, Opera del West, Boston University Opera Institute, Opera by the Bay, The Lynn Concert Singers and Trinity Church among others. Kevin graduated from Boston University with his Master of Music Degree and The University of Oklahoma with his Bachelor of Music Degree. Past operatic roles include Tamino (Die Zauberflote), Alfredo (La traviata), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and The Doctor (A Month in the Country). Kevin lives in Marblehead with his wife, Jennifer and two children Sully and Lizzy.
Jonathan Cole Neumann
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 has served as the Program Director of Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), an organization for which he has also taught on the vocal faculty. Currently, he is Director of Special Events for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, in Fort Worth, Texas.
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.