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Riders to the Sea; Kyrie

Daijiro Ukon, conductor: While in the Master's degree program for orchestral conducting at Queens College (New York City), Mr. Ukon conducted every ensemble there and expanded his repertoire from Josquin to Reich. He now resides in Tokyo, where he is an assistant conductor of the Tokyo Oratorio Society, one of the largest choral organizations in Japan. He recently trained a choir that took part in a performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the Vietnam National Symphony. Mr. Ukon is music director of the Haydn Collegium, which performs works exclusively from the 18th century with historically informed style. He is also an arranger, vocal coach, percussionist and pianist.

Susan Holsonbake (Nora), soprano, has been acclaimed for her performances of new works as well as her appearances in leading roles of the standard operatic literature. She created the roles of Alecto and Dika in the world premiere of Mark Adamo's Lysistrata at Houston Grand Opera and Nora in the premiere of Riders to the Sea. She portrayed roles for two Mozart operas for the Pittsburgh Opera, performed the leading role of Sheila the musically improvised opera One Child with OperaWorks in Los Angeles, and appeared as Peep-Bo in The Mikado at Opera Pacific. Holsonbake was a soloist with the York City Opera's VOX/Showcasing American Composers series and in Arwel Hughes' oratorio Dewi Sant at Carnegie Hall. She recently sang roles with Opera Santa Barbara, Greensboro Opera and the Amarillo Opera.

Anna Tonna (Cathleen), mezzo-soprano, has sung roles with such companies as Opera Illinois, the New Jersey State Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, New York Grand Opera, and Teatro Nacional de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. In the field of art song, she has been presented by Joy in Singing; the Connecticut Schubert Club; and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, where she was a fellow. In addition to traditional repertoire, Tonna is a champion of Spanish and Latin American song. A recent Fulbright scholar to Spain, she gave a series of recitals there and performed the role of Dorbella in Cosi fan tutte in Castellon, and Olympia in the revival of Albeniz's The Magic Opal at the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid. Tonna is a founder of New Music New York, a vocal chamber ensemble group that promotes and commissions works by contemporary composers.

Melissa Maravell (Maurya), contralto, has sung with the New York City Opera for nearly three decades. A native of Long Island, New York and a graduate of SUNY (State University of New York) at Stony Brook, she received her BA in Theater Arts. She has performed extensively in the New York Metropolitan area in many musical styles ranging from opera, oratorio, musical comedy and traditional folk to her own compositions. Throughout year she concertizes locally and in Vermont as a solo artist and with her father, Peter Maravell. Melissa Maravell met Marga Richter in 2000 when asked to perform Richter's song-cycle Transmutation on the Long Island concert series, Ridotto. Soon thereafter, Richter invited her to create the role of Maurya for the 2002 world premiere staged performance of Riders the Sea.

Aram Tchobanian (Bartley), tenor, has performed in 21 languages throughout the United States and in Europe. A proponent of new music, he has premiered numerous operas, oratorios and chamber works for tenor by Thomas Cipullo, Yoav Gal, Martin Halpern, Jakov Jakoulov, Marga Richter (Riders to the Sea), Salvatore Sciarrino and Ben Yarmolinsky in such venues as Boston's Symphony Hall and New York's Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, LaMaMaE.T.C. and The Knitting Factory. Orchestral performances include the Columbus Symphony, the Armenian Festival Orchestra, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra and the Bachanalia Festival Orchestra. Tchobanian has made numerous appearances on television and radio. Recordings include Thomas Pasatieri's Three Sisters and Yoav Gal's Venus in Furs.

Assisting Vocalists: Julie Nord (a woman), soprano; William George (a man), tenor.

Instrumentalists: (Although the opera score calls for nine instrumentalists, there are more due to scheduling conflicts). Flute/piccolo:Judith Mendenhall and Jill Sokol. Percussion (bells): Ingrid Gordon. Celtic Harp (or concert harp): Susan Jolles. Accordion: William Schimmel. Strings in Kyrie and opera (members of MOTYL Chamber Ensemble): Violin: Tali Kravitz, Aleeza Wadler, Viola: Anoush Simonian, Cello: Ellen Silver. Strings in opera only: Violin: Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Cello: Rubin Kodheli Maxine Neuman. Kyrie only: Double Bass: Pawel Knapik





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