Opera North 2016 Resident Artist Biographies

Martin Clark, Tenor, is a Graduate Artist Certificate in Vocal Performance major at the University of North Texas, where he holds the Bill and Margot Winspear Opera Scholarship. In 2016, Martin was the youngest semi-finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He has performed numerous roles with UNT Opera including Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Camille in The Merry Widow, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Sivigla, and Tybalt in Romeo et Julliette. Martin has also performed with the Dallas Opera Education Outreach program since 2014 and will return in 2017 to sing the role of Bastien in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne. In 2014, Martin sang with Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist in the role of Le Fils in Les Mamelles de Tirésias.

Martha B. Eason, Soprano, was a 2016 regional semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and recipient of the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship to study and perform in Berlin, Germany. Martha’s recent operatic credits include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Indiana University and Blondchen in Opera North’s 2015 production of Abduction from the Seraglio. Other credits include Kitty in Menotti’s The Last Savage, Atalanta in Xerxes, Sophie in Werther, Vespetta in Telemann’s Pimpinone, Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, and Mm. Selberklang in Mozart’s The Impresario. This year, Martha has also performed the soprano solos in Honneger’s Le Roi David, Bach’s Johannes Passion, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, and Schubert’s Mass in G Major with Apollo’s Voice and the Indianapolis Symphony Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Raymond Leppard.

Heather Gallagher, Mezzo-soprano, is excited to be joining Opera North as a Resident Artist this summer. She is presently an Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera, where she will be covering Charlotte and appearing as Katchen in Werther, and Sylviane in The Merry Widow. Recent credits include the title role in Carmen, Charlotte in Les lettres de Werther, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Isolt’s Mother in The Love Potion, Feklusha in Katya Kabanova, and Asakir in the Boston premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s opera, Sumeida’s Song. Awards include Boston Lyric Opera’s 2015 Shrestinian Award for Excellence, 1st place in the 2015 Peter Elvins Competition, 1st place 2015 Metrowest Competition, and an Encouragement Award from The Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation (2012).

Mackenzie Gotcher, Tenor, is a 2016 grant recipient from the Career Bridges Foundation. Recent operatic appearances include Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera Company of Middlebury, Diego Delarosa in Rose in Flames with Utah Festival Opera as well as cover for Rodolfo in La Bohème, Paul Bäumer in All Quiet on the Western Front with the Künstler Orchester Wien, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Land of Enchantment Opera. He also spent two seasons as a resident artist with Sarasota Opera. Mackenzie sang Malcolm in dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s 2014 production of Macbeth, for which he was credited with “the most thrilling moment of the performance.” In the fall of 2016, Mackenzie will be a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

Natalie Rose Havens, Mezzo-soprano, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Masters Degree in Voice Performance, where she was most recently seen as Madame de Croissy in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Other roles at UNCG include Miss Todd in Old Maid and the Thief, the Scribe/Maria Magdelena in Galileo Galilei, and Jack’s Mother in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She has also performed the title role in Der Rosenkavalier with Harrower Summer Opera, Harriett in The Clever Artifice of Harriett and Margaret, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dolly in Hello, Dolly! and Marian Paroo in The Music Man.

Eric Lindsey, Bass-baritone, received his Associate of Fine Arts from Young Harris College, his Bachelor of Music from Kennesaw State University, and his Master of Music from the University of Houston. His vocal training came under the tutelage of Barbara Zellner, Dr. Edwin “Sandy” Calloway, Jana Young, and Joseph Evans, respectively. He has performed with conductors Victor DeRenzi, Marcello Cormio, Brent McMunn, Bernard McDonald, Dr. Charles Hausmann, Dr. Raymond Harvey, Ward Holmquist, Dr. Russell Young and Dr. Brett Mitchell. Recent roles include Don Alfosno in Così fan tutte, Rucker Lattimore (filling in for the illustrious Samuel Ramey) in Wichita State University’s production of Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, Sciarrone in Tosca, and Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos.

Justin Manalad, Tenor, is from New York City. He was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, a finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, and was runner-up in the AIMS in Graz Meistersinger Competition. He has performed such roles as Professor Bhaer in Little Women with Opera North, Ford in Falstaff, Lancelot in Camelot, the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Noah in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. He also premiered the title character in Omari Tau’s Hans in Luck with The Lone Star Lyric Theater. Young artist programs include Opera on the James, Opera North, and Sarasota Opera.

William Meinert, Bass, is an undergraduate student at George Mason University and continues to be a proud participant of the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices in Reno, Nevada. In 2016, William joins Washington Bach Consort as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Highlights of the 2015-16 season include Varlaam in Boris Godunov with Commonwealth Lyric Theatre, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Loudoun Lyric Opera, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Metro Opera Workshop of Detroit, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Old Towne Opera. Other operatic performances include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Colline in La bohéme, Father Peter in Hansel und Gretel, and both Sarastro and Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte. William studies with Russell Penney in Fairfax, Virginia.

Trevor Neal, Baritone, was a member of the Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist program at Virginia Opera for the 2015-2016 season, covering Mars/Morpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld and Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman. Next season, he will return to Virginia Opera to cover Tonio in Pagliacci and sing the role of Killian in Der Freischutz. In 2015, Trevor covered Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady and sang the Bonze in Madame Butterfly at Ash Lawn Opera and was a member of the Apprentice Artist program at Sarasota Opera. Previously, he was a Resident Artist at Opera North, performing the role of Henry Davis in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and covering the role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La traviata.

Lindsay Ohse, Soprano, is based in New York City. Her recent performances include Magnolia in Show Boat with Portland Opera, Norina in Don Pasquale with Intermountain Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Resonance Works, Tiresias in Les mamelles de Tiresias, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Southwest. Lindsay has completed residencies with Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Portland Opera. Upcoming performances include Amenaide in Tancredi with both Opera Southwest and Baltimore Concert Opera.

Alex Soare, Bass-baritone, is a Resident Artist at Florida Grand Opera. In the 2015-2016 season, he was seen as Don Basilo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, First SS Officer in The Passenger, and the cover for the title role in Don Pasquale. Alex has recently performed with Des Moines Metro Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Saratoga and Aspen Opera Theater. He was a finalist for the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, The Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition, an award recipient of The National Society of Arts and Letters, The Metropolitan Opera National Council and The Bel Canto Foundation. Alex received his education at Universitatea Transilvania (Brasov, Romania), Universität Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria) and Northwestern University.

Joshua South, Bass, recently sang the role of Sparafucile with Amore Opera, the Alter Diener in Elektra with Create Opera, and was an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera in early 2016. Hailed as “unforgettable” by The New York Times, Joshua South has career highlights that include a Carnegie Hall debut in the New York Philharmonic’s West Side Story Suites, an Avery Fisher Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, and a New York City debut with Kent Tritle in the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. Joshua also appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the critically-acclaimed staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, directed by Sir Jonathan Miller. In 2010, he gave a recital and masterclass tour in China, with performances in Shanghai and Xiamen.

Andrew Surrena, Tenor, was most recently an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, performing First Prisoner in Fidelio and the Messenger in Aida. Other roles include Don Curzio in Le nozzle di Figaro at Central City Opera and Sam Kaplan in Street Scene at Seagle Music Colony. Andrew has Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Northern Arizona University, where he performed the roles of Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, the title role in Albert Herring, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, and Macheath in The Three Penny Opera. Andrew will join Fort Worth Opera as a 2016-2017 Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artist, performing the tenor roles in the regional premiere of Matthew Peterson’s Voir Dire.

Elizabeth Tredent, Soprano, will join Sarasota Opera this winter to sing the principal role of Fiora in Montemezzi’s The Love of Three Kings. Elizabeth began her career as a mezzo and made her mainstage debut singing the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with The Lyric Opera of Kansas City in 2012. She has since performed the role of Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and covered the roles of Musetta in La Bohème and Lida in Verdi’s La battaglia di Legnano with Sarasota Opera. She has also appeared as a young artist with Chautauqua Opera, Opera New Jersey, and Aspen Music Festival & School. She has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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