Friday, September 9, 2022 @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm (PDT)
Music Center of the Northwest, Seattle, WA, United States

A sneak peek into our 22-23 season featuring 5 outstanding young artists performing scenes from Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon, Vincenzo Bellini's La Sonnambula, and Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt

The Studio Artists' Program supports the work of emerging professional singers in the community. Participants will understudy major roles, perform supporting roles, and will be featured in our Season Preview on September 9, 2022. 

This program is free (donations gratefully accepted to defray our costs).

COVID-19 Protocols: Music Center of the Northwest requires masking for entrance.

About Puget Sound Concert Opera

Puget Sound Concert Opera's mission is to bring a wide variety of opera to life through passionate performances in intimate settings, fostering a vibrant artistic community. We make these extraordinary works accessible and affordable, ensuring that the joy of great opera is within reach of all.

About Dora Barnes, soprano

Dora Barnes was born and raised in Yakima Washington and now resides in Seattle. She is a classically trained vocalist, pianist, and saxophonist, and is currently studying with Davida Kagen. Dora attended Yakima Valley Community College and Central Washington University with a focus on vocal performance. Dora has performed with the Seattle Art Song Society, Ladies Musical Club, and the Puget Sound Concert Opera, among others. Notably, she has performed as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, placed 1st in the PAFE Opera division, placed 3rd in the Seattle Opera Guild's Singer Development Awards, and was an honorable mention in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards. When not singing opera, Dora is the lead singer and plays saxophone in two Motown/Oldies bands, and also composes her own music.

About Cary Lee, tenor

Originally from Orlando, Cary Lee has been living and working in Seattle ever since earning his Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University in 2012. Cary has also performed as a guest artist with the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle and is a regular church soloist with the First United Methodist Church of Seattle. He also enjoys singing with small choral ensembles; he was a founding member of Sound City Singers and has been a guest performer with Radiance. Cary is a student of Stephen Wall.

About John Burkhardt, piano

John Burkhardt (chorus master/piano) currently serves as chorus master and principal accompanist for Puget Sound Concert Opera. John has arranged and conducted numerous PSCO productions including Lucrezia Borgia, La Damoiselle Elue, Andrea Chenier, Don Giovanni, and I Capuletti ed I Montecchi. John has served as the principal accompanist and chorus master for Bellevue Opera as well. He works for University of Washington Tacoma, managing their communications. He is musically active in the Unitarian Universalist church and has been an opera and musical theater pianist for many years in Seattle and elsewhere.

About Regina Thomas, commentator

An outstanding member of the Northwest musical community for over 20 years, Regina Thomas has performed with a variety of companies including Kitsap Opera, Willamette Concert Opera, Bellevue Opera, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Seattle Opera, and the Seattle Opera Guild. Currently Artistic Director of Puget Sound Concert Opera, Regina has served as Seattle Opera Guild’s VP of Education and is a past President and trustee of concerts for LMC. Favorite operatic roles include Adriana Lecouvreur, Suor Angelica, Tosca, and Judith (Bluebeard's Castle). Concert work includes Schumann's Frauenleibe und-leben, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder; soprano solos in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Fauré Requiem, and Berio's Folk Songs for voice and chamber ensemble.

Music Center of the Northwest

901 North 96th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
United States
(206) 526-8443