An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars.
Kiri Deonarine is a Soprano from Chicago, Illinois. She made her Met Opera debut in 2014 as Polovtsian Maiden in Prince Igor and has also performed as Frasquita in Carmen. Her career highlights include singing Fiakermilli in Arabella with the Santa Fe Opera, a Flower Maiden in Parsifal with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Catherine in Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge with Michigan Opera Theatre. While a member of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center she sang Sophie in Werther, the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and Gilda in Rigoletto. She was also a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio for two seasons and was a Grand Finalist in the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Ginger Costa-Jackson is a Mezzo-Soprano from Palermo, Italy and a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Her Met Opera appearances include Mércedès in Carmen, Myrtale in Thaïs, Wardrobe Mistress/Schoolboy/Page in Lulu, Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West, Smaragdi in Francesca da Rimini, Nancy T’ang in Adams’s Nixon in China, and Rosette in Act II of Manon for the 2008-09 season Opening Night Gala, (also her Met debut). Recent performances include Carmen for debuts with Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids and Lola with Barcelona’s Liceu. She has also sung Marie in Rossini’s Moïse et Pharon in concert at Carnegie Hall with the Collegiate Chorale, Puss in the U.S. premiere of Montsalvatge’s El Gato con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Verbier Festival. Upcoming performances include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Met, Rosina with Austin Lyric Opera, and the title role of Carmen with the San Francisco Opera.
John Moore is Baritone from Milford/Okoboji, Iowa and a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. His Met Opera appearances include Papageno and Fléville in Andréa Chenier, Moralès in Carmen, Nachtigall in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Curio in Giulio Cesare, Simonetto in Francesca da Rimini, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (his Met debut in 2008). Career highlights include Donald in Billy Budd with Glyndebourne Opera and with the Glyndebourne Opera on tour at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Japan’s Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Figaro with Welsh National Opera, Lorenzo in Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming at Minnesota Opera, the title role of Eugene Onegin with Des Moines Metro Opera, Count Almaviva with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and the world premiere of Peter Lieberson’s The Coming of Light with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Upcoming performances include Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Omaha, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Seattle Opera, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Portland Opera.
Dan Saunders is a Pianist from Perry, New York. He has performed in recital with singers including Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Tatiana Troyanos, Samuel Ramey, and Thomas Allen; and with instrumentalists including violinists Eugen Fodor and Tomoko Kato. He has also performed at the White House, on national television, and at Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Paris’s Bastille Opera, San Francisco Opera, and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as at the Santa Fe, Salzburg, Tanglewood, and Ravinia festivals. He joined the Met’s music staff in 1985 as an Assistant Conductor and has been heard as harpsichordist on the Live from Lincoln Center television series and as a pianist on the Met’s international radio broadc