Praised for her “focused golden toned voice,” American Mezzo– Soprano, Amanda Crider is quickly gaining recognition for her extraordinary musicality and assured dramatic presence. Ms. Crider’s current season includes appearances as Prince Orlofsky in Knoxville Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus, Mezzo Soloist with the Greeley Philharmonic and The Dallas Opera in Concert, and her return to both Apollo’s Fire and Seraphic Fire as Mezzo Soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
In the 2011–2012 season, Amanda debuted with The Dallas Opera in La traviata, Opera Omaha in La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony as the Alto Soloist in the Mozart Requiem. She also appeared with Eugene Opera in Nixon in China, was Mezzo Soloist in Chansons Madécasses with the New World Symphony, and was a recitalist on the Trinity Church Concerts at One Recital Series.
In recent seasons, Ms. Crider debuted with Florida Grand Opera singing the role of Mallika in Lakmé, and went on to delight audiences as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. She was also heard in 2010 in the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific with Anchorage Opera, a role she had previously performed with Opera Boston. In addition, she sang with the New World Symphony in performances of De Falla’s The Three-cornered Hat, Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the Bach Festival Society, and Messiah with Apollo’s Fire. Other performances in recent seasons include Diana in Eugene Opera’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Cherubino with the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Eugene Opera, as well as The Monitor in Suor Angelica, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Mercedes in Carmen with the Florida Grand Opera.
Kyung Sun Choi
After studying music in Korea, soprano Kyung Sun Choi attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and became a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Since then she has performed in operas as well as concerts world-wide and has won a number of competitions.
Most recently, she had a concert Mozart Coronation Mass as a soprano soloist with Westchester Choral Society and a recital in Houston , concert in JFK center and appeared with the the Remarkable Theater Brigade at Carnegie Hall in Opera Shorts. She performed concerts in Luxembourg in Europe as a winner of the 2011 Nei Stemmer International Vocal Competition.
Ms. Choi recently appeared with the Penial Concert Choir as soprano soloist in Gounod’s Gallia and as Rosina in excerpts of the Barbiere di Siviglia at Merkin Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, NYC and toured with them in the northeast. On the west coast, she sang Cio-Cio San with Martinez Opera in Madama Butterfly. Also, she was soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony .
Miss Choi participated in the New York City Opera VOX Showcase of American Composers, singing in two new works. She also appeared in Poland with Mid-America Productions in the title role of Rossini’s Ermione, with the Israel Vocal Institute as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, and with Manhattan Chamber Symphony in the role of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo. She debuted with Virginia Opera in the role of Violetta in their production of La Traviata and made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the soprano solos in the Fauré Requiem, under the baton of John Rutter. As winner of the Liederkranz Foundation Competition, she was awarded a recital at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.
Miss Choi has also sung the roles of Pamina, Susanna, Juliette, Micaela, Zerlina and Blanche (Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmélites). Other competitions she has won include the New Jersey State Opera Competition, the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges Competition and she received the Hugh Ross Award from the Sullivan Foundation.
Kyu Won Han
Kyu Won Han made his debut in 1999 as Masetto in Don Giovanni at the San Francisco Opera. An alumnus of its prestigious Adler Fellowship Program and the Merola Opera Program, he also featured inTurandot, Carmen and Madame Butterfly among others. In 2001 Han made his European debut as Ping in the Opera National du Rhin production of “Turandot”; he appeared as Papageno in Die Zauberflote with the New National Theater of Tokyo. His recent performances include the role of Figaro in the Opera National de Bordeaux production ofBarber of Seville and double roles as Yamadori and Sharpless in “Madame Butterfly” at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center. Han is also active on the concert stage, and his credits include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, “Carmina Burana” among numerous others. He is the recipient of many awards that include the Belvedere Competition, the Oratorio Society Competition, the Licia Albanese/ Puccini Competition, and the Di Capo Opera Competition to name a few. Han also released his debut CD, “Questo Amor”, from Avex Classics. He also sings “Nim Ui No Rae”, main theme from the Korean TV DramaKing Sejong the Great.