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Janet Szepei Todd
Janet Szepei Todd is an Australian soprano who remains based in the US after having completed her Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music in 2016. Janet performs regularly in her home country. She made her debut with Victorian Opera, Melbourne in 2011 as Pamina in The Magic Flute, going on to perform Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for their 2012 Gala Concert, The Prince in Cinderella pantomime (Gill) and Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata.
A graduate of San Francisco’s prestigious Adler Fellow Opera Program, American tenor Daniel Montenegro is recognized for his flexible and distinctive voice and a varied repertoire of bel canto, verismo, and contemporary roles.
Hailed by Opera Magazine (UK) for possessing a “voice of darkness and clarity,” Eric McKeever returns to Opera Columbus having recently appeared as Marcello in La bohème. Mr. McKeever’s 2017-18 season featured covering the role of Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West with New York City Opera, his Anchorage Opera debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, joining Opera Western Reserve as Jake in Porgy and Bess and returning to Florentine Opera as The Speaker in The Magic Flute.
Lauded by Opera News for her “velvety mezzo” as well as how she “phrased with elegance and articulated coloratura nimbly,” Zoie Reams finishes her second year with the Houston Grand Opera studio program this season, where she sings Flora in La traviata, Dritte Magd in Elektra, and Rosalia in West Side Story. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Reams will also sing Maddalena in Rigoletto at Wolf Trap Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Symphony Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Chandler Johnson, tenor, a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, studying under Thomas Baresel.
Karolyn Lee Gholston
Karolyn Lee Gholston, soprano, has gained a stellar reputation in operatic and recital works in the Central Ohio. She is native of Altoona, Pennsylvania and received a BA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in music performance.