Stage Directors

Shirin Eskandani



Hailed by Opera Today for her “pleasing and pliant voice” Iranian Canadian mezzo soprano, Shirin Eskandani, recently made her Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Mercedes in Carmen. Recent career highlights include company debuts with The Metropolitan Opera, the Rossini Opera Festival, Sarasota Opera and Opera Southwest. Her recent roles include Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Zaida in Il Turco in Italia, the Mother in Hansel and Gretel, and Ragonde in Le Comte Ory. On the concert stage, Ms. Eskandani has performed in numerous works including Bach’s Matthaus-Passion, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Durufle’s Requiem.

Karin Mushegain



Young American Mezzo-Soprano Karin Mushegain, who has been called “superb” and with an “ideal, dusky mezzo,” is captivating audiences with her exciting, energetic portrayals, dramatic poise, and a dynamic vocal sound that resonates with roundness and warmth. Recent engagements include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Virginia Opera, Stefano in Romeo et Juliette with Annapolis Opera, Flora in La Traviata with New York City Opera, Minskwoman in Jonathan Dove's Flight with Austin Lyric Opera, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte with Opera Memphis, and Novice in Suor Angelica with Los Angeles Opera.

Jennifer Panara



Praised by The New York Times, for her winning portrayal of Flora in Santa Fe Opera’s La Traviata, mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Panara, has been lauded for her performances in America and Europe. She recently returned from Germany as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, where critics praised her “voice of immense brilliance and versatility” (General Anzeiger Bonn). Most recent engagements include singing Fuchs Theater Hagen's production of Das Schlaue Fuchslein and The Secretary in Opera Saratoga's production of The Consul. Recent seasons brought several notable company and role debuts, including Siébel (Faust) with Annapolis Opera, Mae (The Grapes of Wrath) with Opera Theater St. Louis, and Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) with Dayton Opera. Additionally, Jennifer was a 2016 Quarterfinalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia: The World Opera Competition. Other highlights include The Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Mae (Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo, Isolier (Le comte Ory); Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro); and Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus).

Céline Ricci *



Born in Florence of Italian and French parents, mezzo soprano Céline Ricci first studied in Paris and continued her post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Selected by renowned conductor William Christie for his academy, Le Jardin des Voix, she was named one of opera's promising new talents in 2005 by Opernwelt. Highlights of recent engagements include concerts with Ballo Baroque Ensemble, Early Music Festival & Workshop, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, El Mundo, The Bach Sinfonia, and Les Arts Florissants, as well as a recital with Ars Lyrica Houston. She has worked with such notable conductors as Nicolas McGegan, William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Martin Haselbock, Martin Gester, Matthew Dirst, and Attilio Cremonesi, among others. On the operatic stage she has joined Alte Musik, Bayerische Staatsoper, Sydney Festival, and Les Arts Florissants at the Opéra Comique. Her impressive discography includes her first solo recording, Cirque, soon followed by Le Bestiaire (Sono Luminus).

Annie Rosen



Mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen has been recognized by The New York Times for her "excellent," "affecting" performances of early, standard, and contemporary repertoire. Recent engagement include joining the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten, the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, where she received the Donald Gramm Memorial Award, and covered the role of Ni Gui-zhen in the U.S. Premiere of Huang Ruo's Mandarin-language opera Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she performed Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Mercédès in Carmen, and Sméraldine in L'amour des trois oranges. Recent concert engagements are highlighted by performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Handel's dramatic cantata La Lucrezia, Schoenberg's Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten, and Shostakovich's Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok. Ms. Rosen is a founding member of Cantata Profana, a New York City-based chamber ensemble, with whom she has performed works including Ligeti's Nouvelles aventures and Berio's Folk Songs


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