Madeline Apple Healey, soprano
Praised by the Washington Post for her “gorgeous singing” in her recent Kennedy Center debut, “silken-voiced” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) soprano Madeline Apple Healey is a soloist and chamber musician specializing primarily in early and contemporary repertoire. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Russian premiere of Steinberg’s Passion Week with The Clarion Choir, Bach’s Mass in B minor with Choral Arts Society of Washington, Schütz’s Musikalishe Exequien at the Amherst Early Music Festival, and Here All Night with Gare St. Lazare Ireland at The White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. Equally at home in operatic repertoire, her performance credits include Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) a role in which she was praised for her “crystal clear coloratura” (Princeton Town Topics), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Minerva (Orpheus and the Underworld), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), and Cunegonde (Candide). This season she can be heard with Apollo’s Fire, Amor Artis, AMPERSAND, Academy of Sacred Drama, Clarion Choir, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, The Choir of St. Luke-in-the-Fields, The Thirteen, and TENET. Madeline holds degrees in voice from Westminster Choir College and Baldwin Wallace University. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, she now resides in Brooklyn, New York. madelineapplehealey.com; weareampersand.net.
Sarah Nelson Craft, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft is a “born storyteller” whose commanding, versatile voice has caught the attention of audiences around the world. Carnegie Hall recently presented her in a solo Spotlight Recital with renowned pianist Warren Jones, a triumphant performance that drew high praise from critics; Opera News described her performance as “exquisite… glowing… charming… affecting… Craft fully inhabited the music with intensity and focus.” Her most recent performance as Dorabella in LoftOpera's Così fan tutte drew universal acclaim as well; The New York Times praised her “soft-grained mezzo,” while The New York Observer lauded the “pliant and luminous Craft,” calling her performance “excellent” with “fluid and robust singing.” The 2014-15 season brought her to France where she participated in “The Song Continues: Paris Residency” presented by Carnegie Hall at the Opéra Bastille. Other notable solo performances have included Bach’s Mass in B minor at Avery Fisher Hall, Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Alice Tully Hall, Vivaldi’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Princeton Pro Musica, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Macau International Music Festival, Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes at the Caramoor Festival, and the title role in Rossini’s La cenerentola with both Fargo-Moorhead Opera and Opera at Florham. Other favorite operatic roles have included Rosina, Cherubino, Dorabella, Hansel, Hermia, and Cendrillon. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Craft earned her bachelor’s degree in Italian and music from Dartmouth College and her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas College of Music. She also trained as a Young Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor and at the Music Academy of the West where she worked with Marilyn Horne, who continues to be a mentor. Ms. Craft is a 2016 Finalist for The American Prize in Art Song/Oratorio. www.sarahnelsoncraft.com
Alex Guerrero, tenor
Alex Guerrero, tenor, has been praised in The New York Times for his “apt comic timing” for his portrayal of Ali in Gretry’s Zémire et Azor with the American Classical Orchestra, with whom he has been featured in several programs, and the Culvert Chronicles lauded his “beautiful lyric voice.” He has been featured at Zankel Hall in an all-Handel program under maestro William Christie and performed in D’Indy’s Fervaal with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and he can also be heard on the CD release Inura for Voice, Strings and Percussion, music conducted and composed by Tania León, nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. As a choral artist, he regularly performs and records with many of the leading ensembles in the greater New York City metropolitan area. As composer, his music has been performed by The New York Virtuoso Singers, the choir at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Charis in Westchester County.
Michael Steinberger, tenor
Tenor Michael Steinberger’s association with Amor Artis spans some twenty-plus years and includes many notable performances, most recently in Heinrich Biber’s Vesperae Longiores ac Breviores (1693), the accompanying Gregorian chant to Amor Artis's April 2016 “Lux Aeterna” concert, and as Evangelist in the Saint Matthew Passion of Heinrich Schütz. It has been an exciting season for Mr. Steinberger, who is featured as tenor soloist on the newly released Passion Week by Maximilian Steinberg with the Clarion Choir under the direction of Stephen Fox. Clarion has just returned from a State Department-sponsored tour to St. Petersburg and Moscow where the piece was "returned" to the people of Russia, it having never been heard there before due to the Bolshevik ban on sacred music at the time of its composition. The tour concluded with the well-received UK premiere at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Other recent recording credits include Four Quarters of Jerusalem, a recording by the Cathedral Choir of Saint John the Divine under the direction of Kent Tritle (2015); Bobby McFerrin’s VOCAbuLarieS, which received three Grammy nominations in 2011; and Pomerium’s Music for the Tudor Queens. Mr. Steinberger and Pomerium will begin work on their next recording, Musical Games, Puzzles, and Riddles of the Renaissance, in February 2017, which will feature him in several quartets and trios in addition to the full ensemble pieces.
Through the years Mr. Steinberger has been privileged to collaborate with diverse luminaries of the music and entertainment industry like Audra McDonald, Jerry Stiller, They Might Be Giants, Tovah Feldshuh, Leonard Nimoy, Dick Hyman, Philip Glass, and Bobby McFerrin; has recorded dozens of albums; and has been featured with many of the finest music ensembles in the world, among them the New York Philharmonic, Musica Sacra, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Oratorio Society of New York, New York Collegium, Early Music New York, and Amor Artis. He has appeared numerous times on the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series at the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola, with the Cathedral Choir of Saint John the Divine, and with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and the fine period orchestra Concert Royal. After seven years as a member of the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, he co-founded a new sextet, Equal Voices, in addition to longstanding ensemble engagements with the New York Virtuoso Singers, Waverly Consort, and Pomerium.
Richard Holmes, bass
Richard Holmes has been bass soloist and section leader of Amor Artis since 1992. Richard, who began singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, made his operatic debut at Lake George Opera (now Opera Saratoga), where he has since returned as Papageno in The Magic Flute and as the title characters of Cimarosa’s Il Maestro di Cappella and Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma. A guest artist with the Metropolitan Opera in Manon, Die Fledermaus, and Susannah, he has also been a principal artist with Glimmerglass, Virginia, San Antonio, El Paso, Natchez, Columbus, Dayton, and New York Grand Operas in roles ranging from Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare to Sergeant Duffy in the world premiere of Beeson’s Sorry, Wrong Number, released on Albany Records. He is known internationally for his hundreds of performances with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. His concert repertoire with Amor Artis, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Richmond (VA) Symphony, Yale Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Canterbury Choral Society, and Philharmonia Virtuosi, among others, includes all the major oratorios of the Baroque period to Orff’s Carmina Burana and Kurt Weill’s Berlin Requiem. Richard has recorded for Vox, Newport Classics, Lyrichord, and Leonarda Records. Recent appearances include performances of The Mikado with NYGASP, a June 2016 debut with Nickel City Opera in Buffalo, and a return to the Buxton (UK) Festival.