Handel's Messiah Soloists 2014
Emily Marvosh, Alto
American contralto Emily Marvosh has been gaining recognition for her “flexible technique and ripe color,” “sterling voice,” and “graceful allure.” Following her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, she has been a frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society under the direction of Harry Christophers. Other recent solo appearances include the Charlotte Symphony, Back Bay Chorale, the Brookline Symphony, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, the Chorus of Westerly, Music Worcester, Opera Boston, and Boston Lyric Opera; additionally, she is often featured on the Marsh Chapel Choir Bach Cantata Series.
Her contributions to 21st century repertoire and performance include world premiere performances with Juventas New Music and Intermezzo Chamber Opera, and in 2013, Miss Marvosh created the roles of Viviane and the Mother in the world premiere of Hugo Kauder’s Merlin with the Hugo Kauder Society. She is a founding member of the Lorelei Ensemble, which promotes new music for women.
A frequent recitalist and proud native of Michigan, she has created a chamber recital that celebrates the history and culture of her home state. The Michigan Recital Project features commissions by emerging composers and performances by fellow Michiganders. The recital, for which Miss Marvosh won a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, has ongoing performances across the country. She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Boston University. www.emilymarvosh.com
Rebecca Mariman, Soprano
Rebecca Mariman, soprano, returns this evening as a soloist with The Masterwork Chorus for the fourth time. A specialist in Baroque repertoire , she has appeared with leading early-music ensembles, including Tempesta di Mare, Brandywine Baroque, The Dryden Ensemble, Le Triomphe de l’Amour and at the Connecticut Early Music Festival. She was selected as a Carmel Bach Festival Adams Fellow in 2010 where she studied under Kendra Colton, David Gordon and Sanford Sylvan and has also worked with such leading figures as Julianne Baird, Stephen Stubbs and Nancy Zylstra.
Ms. Mariman is equally at home in contemporary repertoire. She has been a featured soloist in the premiers of works by Laurie Altman and Andrew Bleckner and has performed David Lang’s Little Match-girl Passion numerous times, including most recently at the Carmel Bach Festival for which she was praised for singing “with beauty and grace” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
A member of the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, Ms. Mariman was heard as a soloist with the group in an NPR broadcast in 2009. She is a long-time member of the early-music vocal ensemble, Fuma Sacra, led by Andrew Megill, and sings with other professional choirs on the east coast, including Juneau Vocal Alliance, Princeton Singers. and Schola Cantorum of The Church of St. Thomas More (NYC).
Ms. Mariman earned her BA in theater from Dickinson College and her MM in voice performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She currently studies with Margaret Cusack.
Eric Rieger, Tenor
Eric Rieger has enjoyed success performing opera throughout Europe where he has sung under such conductors as John Elliot Gardner, Stefano Ranzani, and Franz Welser-Möst. His career has led him to the opera companies of Zürich, Luzern, Basel (Switzerland), Trier, Regensburg, Kaiserslautern, Bremerhaven, Osnabrück, Nordhausen, Konstanz (Germany), and Novara (Italy), as well as Zomeropera Alden Biesen (Belgium), Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Citizens Theatre (Scotland), and Everyman Palace Theatre (Ireland). Primarily known for his interpretations of Rossini, Donizetti, and Mozart, Mr. Rieger has excelled in such roles as Conte d’Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Tonio (La Fille du Régiment), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Ferrando (Cosí fan tutte). His repertoire of over 50 roles spans from the Baroque (Oronte in Alcina, Rameau’s Dardanus), to the 20th century (Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Britten’s Albert Herring).
Equally at home on the concert platform, Mr. Rieger has been featured at the Claudio Monteverdi Festival in Italy, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has appeared with many notable orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Basel Sinfonietta, St. John’s Orchestra (London), the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra “Les Musiciens,” and the Trier Philharmonic Orchestra. Frequent oratorio and concert performances have included Handel’s Messiah; J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Magnificat and many Cantatas; Mozart’s Requiem; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rossini’s Messe Solennelle; Verdi’s Requiem; Orff’s Carmina Burana and Britten’s Serenade.
In addition to his performance career, Mr. Rieger is in demand as a voice teacher and is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is Assistant Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey and has previously served on the faculties of Texas Tech University and Nazareth College. Mr. Rieger is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
David Newman, Baritone
American baritone David Newman enjoys an active and varied concert career throughout North America. Hailed as “electrifying” by the Washington Post and noted by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his “eloquent, emotional singing,” he is in particular demand as a Baroque specialist. He has performed Messiah with Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and with Masterwork Chorus in Carnegie Hall; St. John Passion with the American Bach Soloists, Carmel Bach Festival, Chorale Delaware, and the Bach Chamber Orchestra of Honolulu; and St. Matthew Passion with the Bach Society of St. Louis, Baroque Choral Guild, San Francisco Bach Choir, and a national tour with the combined forces of Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Smithsonian Chamber Players.
In his debut with the Washington Bach Consort, Mr. Newman was noted by the Baltimore Sun for his “exquisitely phrased, velvet-toned Mache dich, mein Herz.” Other notable appearances include Bach’s B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio with The Bethlehem Bach Choir, Coffee Cantata, Easter Oratorio, and Christmas Oratorio with the Santa Fe Bach Festival, and Haydn’s Creation with The Honolulu Symphony. He was also a featured soloist in the Sorbonne’s 2003 Festival Berlioz in Paris with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.
He has appeared regularly as a guest artist with the Four Nations Ensemble, including performances in Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall, and has also performed with the Spoleto Festival, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Opera Birmingham, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Russian National Orchestra. His recording of Alexander’s Feast with The Bach Sinfonia was recently released on the Dorian label. Mr. Newman teaches voice at James Madison University.