Meet our inspired—and inspiring—team of performers and technicians
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Nilko Andreas (www.NilkoAndreas.com)
After capturing First Prize at the Artist International Competition in New York, Colombia-born guitarist and composer Nilko Andreas Guarín quickly established himself as a leading classical guitarist. He has performed in over 15 countries on such stages as Carnegie Hall, Wildthurn Castle (Germany), Adolfo Mejia Theater (Cartagena), Teatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), Palacio Foz (Portugal) and Shenzhen Symphony Hall (China). Recipient of international awards including the “Recognition Award” by the City of New York for his contributions to the arts, Nilko has performed as soloist with the Shenzhen Symphonic Orchestra of China, The Azlo Orchestra, the New York Chamber Ensemble, Tactus Contemporary Ensemble, 20/21 Ensemble, and the Mariuccia Iacovino Symphony Orchestra of Brazil. He has appeared on RCN TV, Fox News, Cuny TV, HJUT, “W” Radio in Colombia and WQXR in New York. Nilko has recorded with multi-platinum artist Mariah Carey, and is invited annually to perform for Her Majesty The Queen Sofia of Spain at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Gala. He holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated magna cum laude in Classical Guitar, Composition and Orchestral Conducting. As an educator, Nilko has given master classes and conferences on Classical Colombian Music at Columbia University, Mannes College of Music, NYU, The Berkley School of Music, the French Alliance in Cartagena and the Eafit University in Colombia. He has great interest in the composers of Latin America, frequently commissioning and premiering new works. As a composer, he has written music for independent films, theatre and solo artists. His collaboration with award-winning theatre group Artificio, in Federico García Lorca’s The Butterfly’s Evil Spell, won him several awards and rave reviews. He is also the co-founder of La Cumbiamba Eneye, an ensemble that performs Colombian traditional music from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, was created in the year 2000 for the purpose of preserving and teaching Colombian heritage around the world (www.lacumbiambany.com).
Dan Henry Bøhler is a Norwegian composer, sound designer, and motion graphics designer. In addition to designing and composing for video games, he recently produced, narrated, and composed the music for the audiobook The Easter Eggs by Gabriel Scott. Dan created, directed and produced “The Witness,” an educational music video about the Holocaust featuring a survivor of the concentration camps. This video, for which he composed all the music, is used as important educational material in Norway. While in New York, Dan has received commissions for numerous vocal works. Commissioned by Nevada Opera, he recently wrote, composed, and animated the operetta Jack and the Beanstalk, which had its world premiere at Reno Little Theater. Dan recently received a Master of Music from Brooklyn College, with distinction, where he studied the latest in music technology and sound design. Currently Dan is a resident of Voyage Theater Company in NYC, the videogame company Sarepta Studio in Norway, and the composer, videographer, and visual editor of NRB Network’s The Seed Hour, airing weekly on DIRECT TV.
Beverly Butrie (www.beverlybutrie.com)
Soprano Beverly Butrie is a singing actress with a voice of surprising size and beauty. She has performed with US opera companies such as Westside Opera Society (NYC), Harmony Project (NYC), Opera Florham (NJ), Temple Opera Company (PA) and Lambs Theater (NYC). She has also appeared with musical theater companies, including Raoul Company (national tour), Big League Theatrical (national tour), St. Michael’s Playhouse (VT), Bloomsberg Ensemble (PA), Fiesta Dinner Theater (NJ) and Huntingdon Valley Dinner Theater (PA). Favorite roles include Konstanza (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Beatrice (Beatrice di Tenda), Norma, Mimi (La Boheme), Gilda (Rigoletto), Madam Firman (Phantom of the Opera), Lynn (A Grand Night for Singing), Kathy (Company), Julie (Carousel), Alexandra (Vamp) and Rosabella (Most Happy Fella). Bruce-Michael Gelbert of New York Q News wrote of her performance as Anina in La Sonnambula: “a colorful soprano encompassing a bright high range and low register of dark, almost mezzo-soprano timbre… Butrie’s instrument took on an eerie purity… after a creamy legato, she brought the evening, punctuated by her ringing high F, to a conclusion with a brilliant ‘Ah! non giunge’.” She will be singing Lucrezia in Lucrezia Borgia this Fall. A Pennsylvania native, Beverly makes her home in New York City.
Guillermo is a percussionist specializing in Latin and Afro-Dominican genres and rhythms who, in addition to his musicianship, is known for the spiritual quality of his playing. His playing is free and powerful, and he sometimes lapses into trance during solos, taking the audience along with him. Guillermo played on the 2007 Grammy-winning album by Dan Zanes, Nueva York, and has recorded and performed with many of the top names in the music business across several genres, including Pete Seeger. Additional recent recordings include Cristian Amigo’s album Kingdom of Jones (2008), Paco Pérez’ Waiting for the A Train (2008) and Dan Zanes’ The Welcome Table! Songs of Inspiration, Mystery and Good Times (2009). Originally from Dominican Republic, Guillermo has made his home in New York City for over 20 years. He teaches percussion classes at El Taller Latino Americano, and he is also a composer of percussion music. (See Dance of the Bongoes.)
Lauren is a Production and Stage Manager who is comfortable both onstage and behind the scenes. Experienced at all aspects of stagecraft, from lights and sound to wardrobe and construction, she has worked in theater production for the past several years, predominantly with New York Theatre Workshop, a respected off-Broadway theater in downtown Manhattan. She is also a singer who performs in musical theater, choral, madrigal and jazz ensembles. Lauren graduated magna cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English and Classics with a Theater minor, and did further coursework at New York University in Stagecraft. Her interests and experiences range from ancient languages, photography and bookbinding to, more recently, the art of storytelling, journalism and radio production. She currently works in the archives of The Moth (a non-for-profit dedicated to the performance and art of storytelling) and New York Public Radio. Lauren is a Technical and Stage Manager for EGMP.
Originally from Wyoming, Richard Gordon’s diverse musical career has ranged from conducting and coaching opera in the Alaskan tundra to performing solo piano concerts in the jungles of Africa. As conductor/accompanist he toured with Met diva Patrice Munsel and film star Jane Powell, and he has accompanied many of the luminaries in the opera world. His associations with opera companies include Washington (D.C.) Opera, New Orleans Opera, Pusan (Korea) Grand Opera, St. Louis Opera, Ecuador’s Teatro Nacional Sucre and Chautauqua Opera. Equally at home in musical theater, he has conducted national tours and been associated with Goodspeed Opera, Playwrights Horizons, and Phillip Glass Ensemble, and with many well-known popular singers such as Audra McDonald, Kevin Kline, David Cassidy and Linda Ronstadt. He has served on the faculties of the University of Liberia (Africa), Shenyang Conservatory (China), Dalien Music Conservatory (China), Southern Methodist University, Westminster Choir College, the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and other institutions, and has offered masterclasses for performers which help singers perform with awareness and physical freedom. Adept at bodywork and possessing an uncanny understanding of vocal anatomy and function, in addition to his mastery of vocal literature, Richard is an outstanding holistic vocal coach. And as a coach/accompanist, Richard has a special gift for bringing out the very best in singers and instrumentalists. He is Co-Music Director, Arranger and Pianist for EGMP.
Elena Greco is a singer, writer, producer/director, teacher and coach. Her primary creative focus is on producing multi-media projects that entertain, educate and enliven through ELENA GRECO MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS™. As a mezzo-soprano, she sings a wide variety of genres and styles, from opera to Spanish art song to Broadway to jazz standards, both as a soloist and as an enthusiastic ensemblist. Her voice has a wide range of colors, and she always does her best to convey the essence of the music in its natural style. She wants the audience to experience in her music direct communication and honesty, and to be entertained, moved and uplifted, whatever the genre. She is also a classical pianist, plays jazz flute, was once a harpist, and occasionally composes. It’s important to her to go wherever the creative impulse takes her, unrestricted by genre, style, medium or instrument. She is particularly dedicated to Spanish art song, and produces a multi-part concert series called THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™ which explores the elements which unite to create the unique sound of Spanish music. She hosts THE MUSIC SALON™ to provide a haven for creative artists to share their art among colleagues and support their creative process, facilitates a meditation group specifically for musicians and other creative artists, MEDITATION FOR CREATIVES™, and is a holistic voice teacher (Elena’s Vocal Arts). Other EGMP endeavors are CONCERTS FOR HEALING™ and OPERA REALE™.
American soprano Risa Renae Harman is known for her technical virtuosity and communication skills as an artist. As noted by The New York Times, “[S]he is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist.” Favorite operatic roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Adele (Die Fledermaus), the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), and her original creation of the role of Louise in the world premiere of William Schuman’s A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera. Risa has appeared with New York City Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Glimmerglass Opera, and as soloist at the National Cathedral, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has several operatic world premieres to her credit, including creating the roles of the Fair Witch in Tim Lloyd’s The Witch Boy, and Louise in William Schuman’s A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera. Risa toured North America with the New York City Opera National Company and performed with the New York City Opera Educational Outreach Division. As a winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition, Risa made a concert tour of Sweden and appeared with Elisabeth Söderstrom in a gala benefit concert honoring Jenny Lind’s birthday. Among her recent recital engagements was a solo recital for the Trinity Church Concert Series in downtown New York. She is the recipient of a career grant from the Lee Schaenen Foundation and a winner of the Dalton Baldwin Mélodie prize in the Lotte Lehmann Vocal Competition. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Risa received an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Hartt School of Music. She received her DMA degree from Stony Brook University and was awarded the Ackerman prize for outstanding performance graduate. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan.
Victor Khodadad (www.victorkhodadad.com)
Lyric tenor Victor Khodadad was born in Shiraz, Iran, and moved to the US shortly after his birth. His father was Iranian and his mother was a Cuban pianist and conductor. Victor has appeared with many companies throughout the US, including Connecticut Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Theater Artaud in San Francisco, Hubbard Hall Opera, Swine Palace Productions, Taconic Opera, New York Vocal Productions and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Favorite roles include Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Alfredo (La Traviata), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Benvolio and Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Des Grieux (Manon), Don José (Carmen), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Duke (Rigoletto), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Nadir (Les pếcheurs de perles), Nanki-poo (The Mikado), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Don Carlo and Bishop of Puebla in Carla Lucero’s new Spanish opera Juana. In college Victor pursued a classical theatre training and received a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. Following several years of work in Los Angeles, including membership with the Improv group Los Angeles Theatresports, he moved to New York to pursue his career in theatre. By 2000, Victor had worked at Boston Center for the Arts, Hartford Stage Company, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Theatreworks/USA and Yale Repertory Theater. He also appeared in the original New York International Fringe Festival production of Urinetown!(the musical). Further studies resulted in a Graduate Professional Diploma in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School of Music, where he received talent scholarships. Victor was also a participant in the Young Artist Program at Opera Santa Barbara, the Aspen Music Festival, Natchez Opera Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium, which he attended on a talent scholarship. He was named as a Finalist for The American Prize in Vocal Performance in 2011. From 2006–2009, Victor had formative private lessons with legendary tenor Nicolai Gedda in Switzerland. Victor is a co-founder of New Camerata Opera.
Pamela Paine, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist who specialized in children’s mental health services, both as a psychotherapist and as an administrator. She worked extensively in mental health administration at the County level, and also was employed as a civilian employee of the US Department of Defense while living in Germany and Italy. A supporter of the Arts, she is currently retired and enjoys traveling abroad, as well as hiking, running, skiing, playing the piano, singing in several local choirs, serving as docent at a local art museum and pursuing a lifelong study of Art History. Pam generously assists EGMP as a General Assistant.
Dancer and Choreographer Suzzanne Ponomarenko is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in 2012, and trained extensively at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She recently returned from a European tour as Rehearsal Director and Soloist with Catapult Entertainment, performing in Germany, France, Lithuania and Connecticut. Other engagements include “Martha @…The 1963 Interview” with Richard Move/MoveOpolis!, performed at the Singapore International Arts Festival, and Buglisi Dance Theatre’s The Table of Silence Project at Lincoln Center. She has also performed with The Stanley Love Performance Group at the Whitney Museum and The Kitchen. You can see her own work under Suzzanne Ponomarenko Dance, a budding dance/social activist group. Suzzanne is also a certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner and Tarot Reader.
Eric Sedgwick is a pianist and vocal coach whose clients have appeared on- and off-Broadway and in major opera houses around the world. As an accompanist he has performed in concert with some of some of music’s biggest talents, including Leona Mitchell and Marni Nixon, Broadway leading ladies Sarah Rice and Carole Demas, Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic, and jazz vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He is currently on the coaching staff at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is the music director for the Junior Opera Theater directed by Catherine Malfitano. On the west coast he frequently coaches and music directs productions for the cutting-edge OperaWorks training program in Los Angeles. Opera and musical theater credits include performances of La Voix Humaine, Le Nozze di Figaro, Xerxes, L’Elisir d’Amore, The Wild Party and Side by Side by Sondheim. Eric has been involved with the Art Song Preservation Society since its inception, playing for their masterclasses, workshops and competitions. He also performs regularly with Opera Singers Initiatives, an organization dedicated to nurturing careers in the field of classical voice, as well as SongFusion, committed to innovative approaches to art song performance. For the past five seasons he has been the pianist for the Stonewall Chorale in New York and for the Broadway Concerts Direct concert series in Wurtsboro, NY. He was a winner of the Boston Steinway piano competition, and has premiered works by composers Seymour Barab, J. Mark Stambaugh, Joelle Wallach, and Louis Hardin. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Eric holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a BA in English Literature from Brown University, summa cum laude. He maintains a private coaching studio in New York.
James Shackelford (www.jamesdshackelford.com)
A member of the USO Show Troupe, baritone James Shackelford’s varied professional experience as an actor/singer/dancer includes Disney’s The Little Mermaid (male swing and Prince Eric’s cover), Hairspray (Link Larkin), A Chorus Line (Al), Ragtime (Harry K. Thaw), and Call Me Madam (Kefauver, Champion), as well as performances in Miracle on 34th Street (Mr. Macy’s cover) and Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka’s cover) with the Westchester Broadway Theatre. James grew up in Liberty, Missouri. Active in sports, music and theater, he graduated in 2008 as a valedictorian from Liberty High School, where performances of lead roles in My Fair Lady (Freddy), Brigadoon (Tommy), Les Miserables (Marius) and Little Shop of Horrors (Orin) provided a great foundation for performing. He worked as a performer at Worlds of Fun (Cedar Fair Entertainment) for three summers. In 2012 he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University, where he performed featured roles in Children of Eden (Snake), Baby (Nick), Don Giovanni (Devil), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Pagliacci (Silvio), and The Wedding Singer (Glen Guglia). Also a skilled classical percussionist and an accomplished dancer, James now makes his home in New York City.
Kathleen Weber (www.drkathleenweber.com)
Lyric soprano Kathleen Weber is a voice teacher and accomplished vocalist who focuses equally on opera, oratorio and recital literature. A native of Kansas, Kathleen has performed in oratorio extensively in the Midwest. Her repertoire includes Mozart’s Grosse Messe in C Minor, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Tippett’s A Child of Our Times, La Montaine’s Songs of the Rose of Sharon, and Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs. Her operatic roles include Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), and Annina (The Saint of Bleecker Street). Concert performances include Trinity Wall Street’s Concerts at One and La Maison Francaise The Third Sunday. She has served as a member of US college faculties, including the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Nassau Community College (Garden City, NY) and Turtle Bay Music School (NYC). Kathleen received her Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, and currently teaches voice in New York City. She graciously assists us as a General Assistant for EGMP.