Lisa Graham is beginning her eleventh season as Music Director of the Metropolitan Chorale. Under her leadership, the Chorale’s membership has grown in size to 100 members who hail from communities throughout the Boston area. Dr. Graham has shaped the Chorale’s programming to include contemporary, American, and lesser-known programs, alongside the masterworks of the repertory. She has enhanced the reputation and reach of the Chorale through collaborations with acclaimed vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as established composers of our day. In a review of her guest appearance conducting the Metropolitan Chorale and the Boston Pops last December, Broadway Worldpraised Dr. Graham as “a spellbinding maestro, balletic in her direction … a great connection with her performers on stage.”
At the age of five, Julia Scott Carey developed her own notation system to record her compositions. She has been composing music ever since. Julia began her formal musical training in piano and theory at the age of six with Barbara Roth-Donaldson. For eight years, Julia attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a composition student of Rodney Lister. At her graduation from the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Julia received the Lanier Prize, becoming the first composition student elected most outstanding graduating senior by faculty vote. Julia attended Harvard College and was one of the first students accepted into the New England Conservatory—Harvard University combined degree program (AB Harvard 2008 / MM NEC 2009).
Hailed as performing with “a gorgeous and flexible soprano that revealed a large measure of dramatic intelligence and musical acumen,” soprano Bethany Worrell has performed in Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Salzburg, Austria, and Florence, Italy. Most recently, she was a Young Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and performed as Echo in their July production of Ariadne on Naxos. In the Boston area, Ms. Worrell has been seen as Micaëla (Carmen) with Longwood Opera, the Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) with MetroWest Opera, Despina (Cosi fan tutte) with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center in Faneuil Hall, and Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with New England Conservatory Opera.
When not singing opera, Ms. Worrell is the Soprano Artist-in-Residence with the Metropolitan Chorale and also sings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the first soprano section of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. She regularly serves her community through music and gives song recitals in Boston’s homeless shelters and area high schools with Music Street, a newly formed group that performs art music for non-traditional listeners. Ms. Worrell is a native of Macomb, Illinois and currently resides in Boston, MA. For more information, please visit her website at www.bethanyworrell.com.
Megan Roth, Mezzo-Soprano is an avid singer of opera, oratorio, and art song genres. Recently she received praise for her “warm and sonically sumptuous Meg” while performing Little Women with MetroWest Opera. Additional recent engagements showcasing her diverse range include singing as a featured soloist for Copland’s In the Beginning, a Bach B Minor Mass and Gretchaninov Passion Week, de Falla’s El amor brujo, and as a collaborator with Nugent Dance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Megan delights in performing for organizations in her current home state of Massachusetts, while maintaining an active career as an ensemble singer with groups such as: Conspirare, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Seraphic Fire, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Yale Choral Artists, Vox Humana and Boston Baroque.
On the operatic stage, Megan has received accolades for her “rich character portrayals” and “versatile voice.” Favorite roles include Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Woman in the Jazz Trio of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Boston Midsummer Opera, Angelina in La Cenerentola with Opera del West, Amélie in La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, Francisca in Maria Padilla and Beatrice (cover) in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict all with Opera Boston.
For more information please visit: www.meganroth.com.
Tenor Adrian Jones has been praised as a great vocal and theatrical talent. Originally from Tennessee, Adrian graduated from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Music in 2007 and from New England Conservatory with a Master of Music in 2009. Since arriving on the Boston classical music scene, he has been seen on the opera stage with NEC Opera, Opera Boston, Boston Opera Collaborative, OperaHub, Opera Providence, and Lowell House Opera.
His recent work has focused on concert performances, appearing with Opera Brittenica, Choral Arts Society of the South Shore, Odyssey Opera, and the Metropolitan Chorale. Among his favorite stage credits are Giles in the OperaHub new adaptation of Der Vampyr, Charles in The Long Christmas Dinner, Giles Corey in The Crucible, Tenor in The Four-Note Opera, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, and the title role in Le Docteur Miracle.
Baritone Christopher Weigel is quickly becoming an established classical singer, teacher, composer, actor, and contemporary recording artist. After earning an M.M. from New England Conservatory in 2013, immediately following his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College, he became the music director at two Boston Catholic schools. He teaches general music, piano, and voice to 550 students, 2 children's choirs, and directs, accompanies, and performs the music programs for school and family liturgy across 3 parishes.
While at NEC, he starred in a traveling outreach opera for children in Greater Boston and held a lead role in the US premiere of Rossini's La Gazzetta. He was also a dueling pianist at the famous Lansdowne Pub at Fenway and sang in the opening quartet for Keith Lockhart’s Christmas Carol Sing-Along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Throughout his music education, Christopher has held numerous opera roles, soloed with choirs, accompanied choruses, and recorded original songs. He enjoyed touring with the Metropolitan Chorale and Boston Pops on their 2013 Holiday Tour. Christopher currently writes and records new music in Boston, where he lives, while actively pursuing new opportunities in his music career. Learn more at www.ChristopherWeigel.com.