Cast for the unstaged reading on April 24, 2013 in New York
Daniel Molkentin as Sam Adams
Daniel Molkentin teaches English and German diction in the Mannes College Extension Division and has served as the German diction coach for many ensembles. Mr. Molkentin's passion for teaching diction lead him to co-found and develop SingersBabel.com, a website dedicated to providing singers and musicians with lyric diction resources and tools for preparing texts in foreign languages. Mr. Molkentin also enjoys an active schedule performing works ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries.
Kerry Gotschall as Elizabeth Adams
Kerry Gotschall's current roles include Lucia in La Gazza Ladra with the Bronx Opera and the Witch/Mother in the Connecticut Lyric Opera's Lollipop Opera performance of Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Gotschall was seen in the summer of 2012 as Jo in Little Women with Seagle Music Colony. She was also seen as Dorabella in Cosi von Tutte with Seagle in 2011. She was also recently involved in Madama Butterfly with Kansas Concert Opera (Suzuki). She was previously engaged with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble as well as New York Lyric Opera Theatre (Witch in Hansel and Gretel and Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon). Originally from Houston, Texas, she recently received her Masters degree at University of Kansas where she performed in L’enfant et les sortileges (L’enfant.), Street Scene (Mrs. Olsen), La Traviata (Annina), Patience (Lady Saphir), and various scenework. She also holds a BM from LSU and has most recently studied under Joyce Castle.
Tyler Putnam as James Otis
Tyler Putnam's recent roles in New York City include Don Basilio in Vocal Productions NYC’s concert version of The Barber of Seville performed in Symphony Space and covering the Commendatore as a guest artist with The Juilliard School’s graduate production of Don Giovanni directed by Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by Gary Thor Wedow. He has won prizes from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Boston District winner 2011), The Gerda Lissner Foundation, and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges (Top Prize 2012). In the summer of 2011 Putnam made his European debut singing a recital with Concerti in Monte Argentario in Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano, Italy.
Scott Joiner as Richard Clarke
Beginning his musical training at an early age, Joiner sang boy-soprano roles in Tosca and Albert Herring with Opera Colorado under legendary Met director Nathaniel Merrill and international conductor Janos Acs. Since his introduction to opera as a youth, Joiner has appeared with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Knoxville Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, the Opera Company of Brooklyn, American Opera Projects, the Intermezzo Opera Festival and Teatro Magnani di Fidenza in addition to performances with the Escher String Quartet, Bryan Symphony Orchestra and the Asheville Symphony. Known for dynamic acting abilities and exciting performances, Joiner's repertoire includes character roles, leading tenor and concert repertoire.
Kirsten Scott as "A Woman of Boston"
Kirsten Scott, mezzo-soprano, is a New York City based performer. She played the role of "Zerlina" in Mannes Opera's 2012 production of Don Giovanni as well as the role of the "Neighbour" in Mannes Opera's 2012 production of Stravinsky's, Mavra. Her concert credits include the world premiere of the 9/11 Commemorative Oratorio, "Illuminessence: prayers for peace" in Boston's Jordan Hall, "Terrible Beauty" by David Matthews in Aspen's Harris Hall and multiple soloist appearances with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 2011 and will finish her masters degree at Mannes College of Music this Spring 2013.
Jonathan Estabrooks as Thomas Hutchinson
A graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Mr. Estabrooks has appeared in recital, concert and opera in Canada, the United States and abroad. In 2012, he appeared in Andy Terstein’s A Blessing on the Moon in Vancouver, Canada, in the Telephone with Opera in Williamsburg and with the New York Festival of Song’ ‘NYFOS NEXT’ series alongside composers Joseph Thalken, Peter Foley and Sam Davis, and Broadway legend Rita Gardner. He was heard as part of The Song Continues 2012 masterclass series with Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall and made his Opera Lyra Ottawa debut as Silvio in I Pagliacci to rave reviews.
Robert Balonek as Paul Revere
Robert Balonek, baritone, has been described by the New York Times as “a commanding, steely baritone and a
direct, crystal-clear delivery.” Robert has performed at Pine Mountain, Count Robinson; Matrimonio Segreta. Chelsea Opera, Figaro; Le Nozze di Figaro, Purchase College; Figaro; Le Nozze di Figaro, Prospero and Ferdinand; Hoibys Tempest Ottone; Poppea, Gêolier; Carmelites, Gianni Schicchi; Schicchi, Confession; Francis (World Premeire). MANNES; Ford, Falstaff, Guglielmo. Robert is a prize winner for NY Lyric Opera Competition, Liederkranz Competition, Opera Index encouragement award winner, and a Career Bridges Scholarship winner. You can find Robert on Itunes as Prospero in Hoibys Tempest. Robert was the soloist for the Bach Mathew Passion for the MANNES Baroque Ensemble and Fauré Requiem soloist for the Westchester Choral Society. Robert is a student of Bonnie Hammilton.
Rachel Policar as Young Molly Pitcher
Lyric Coloratura Soprano Rachel Policar is a native of Seattle, Washington. She was last seen in the summer of 2012 in the reprise of her role of Josephine in Dances Patrelle’s Gilbert and Sullivan: The Ballet!, a world-premiere that debuted at DiCapo Opera Theatre in the spring of 2010. She graduated in May 2012 from the Manhattan School of Music with her Master of Music degree in Classical Voice. Rachel attended Arizona State University, where she earned concurrent degrees in both Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre under the tutelage of David Britton. Her background in both the classical and music theatre worlds has made her a diverse and effective performer, with a wide ranging repertoire and skill set.
Colette Boudreaux as "A Woman of Boston"
Soprano Colette Boudreaux has been praised for her “richly beautiful instrument– supple, silvery in tone, technically secure, and dramatically convincing" (Classical Voice of North Carolina). Since making her Carnegie Hall debut with the Opera Orchestra of New York, she has delighted audiences in recital, gala concert, and mainstage productions around the country.
She has been heard with Asheville Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, Grandview Opera and the American Musical Theater Ensemble. Among her awards, Boudreaux won Third Prize in the Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, received the Kriendler Scholarship at Manhattan School of Music, the Dean’s Scholarship at Oberlin Conservatory and has also been recognized by the American Traditions Competition.
Jason Wirth, Pianist
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jason Wirth has traveled and performed extensively in both the US and Europe. Jason has appeared as a piano soloist with several orchestras, including touring France with the Moscow Philharmonic, with a concert at the famous Tours Festival. He has also played with the Oradea Philharmonic (Romania) and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A prizewinner in the International Piano Competition of Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) and the Dichler-Sato International Competition (Vienna), he has also won prizes at the Fontainebleau Music School (the Prix Casadesus), and at Mannes College of Music (the Newton Swift Piano Award). In addition to his solo work as a pianist, he has done extensive collaborative work with instrumentalists and singers.