Lisa Graham is beginning her fourteenth 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).
Natalie Logan, soprano, is a native of Dallas, Texas. This season, Natalie makes her debuts with Handel + Haydn Society, Metropolitan Chorale, Boston Opera Collaborative, Opera Steamboat, Symphony Nova, and Newburyport Choral Society.
A 2017 Finalist of the MetroWest Opera competition, she was named Winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (opera), 2016-17.
Role highlights include Morgana in Alcina, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Contoller in Flight, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Clorinda in La cenerentola, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Flora in The Turn of the Screw.
She has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Steamboat, Odyssey Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Chicago Summer Opera, and Opéra Louisiane.
Ms. Logan holds a B.M. in Voice from Louisiana State University (’14) and an M.M. in Voice Performance (’16) and P.S.C. in Voice Performance (’17) from The Boston Conservatory.
Please visit www.natalielogansoprano.com for more information about upcoming performances.
Alexandra Dietrich, originally from Freeport, Maine, is a mezzo-soprano who has been praised for singing with "passion and understanding". She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a BM in Music Performance and attended the Longy School of Music for her GPD in Opera.
Alexandra has performed with many Boston area opera companies and orchestras including Odyssey Opera, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, OperaHub, Eureka Ensemble, and MetroWest Opera where her recent performance as Jo March in "Little Women" was hailed as "large of personality with an instrument to match" and possesed "polish and star power" and was awarded the Arts Impulse Award for Best Female Performer in an Opera this past March . Favorite roles to date include Anita in "West Side Story" with Asheville Lyric Opera, Jade Boucher in the New England Premiere of "Dead Man Walking", and Carmen in NEMPAC Opera's "Carmen". She is the proud mother of her one year old son, Javier Tadeo. Please visit www.alexandradietrich.com for more information about upcoming performances.
Garry McLinn, currently located in Boston, Massachusetts, is a sought after classical tenor. He has performed with opera companies, orchestras, and churches all over New England. This past year, he was a featured soloist with the Pilgrim Festival Chorus in Plymouth, MA, a member of the BYSO Opera Chorus for both their production of Verdi's Otello at the Sanders Theater and their Cinderella (an adaptation of the Rossini version) at symphony hall, and took part in the Boston premiere of a brand new comic opera, La Zombiata, for which he received critical acclaim. Prior to his arrival in Boston, Garry sang with a wide array of companies across the country, including the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO, the Janiec Opera Company in Brevard, NC, and Wolftrap Opera just outside of Washington DC. At Wolftrap, Garry participated in the creation of the original cast recording of John Musto's Volpone, which can be found on iTunes and Amazon.
Garry is also a member of Boston's premiere all male vocal ensemble, the Renaissance Men, who have a great season coming up. Look for performance dates on their website, renmenmusic.com.
Garry is a versatile performer, comfortable in various styles including opera, early music, musical theater, jazz, and folk. He brings a warm presence to liturgical proceedings, and is frequently asked to cantor for wedding and funeral services at St. Paul's Choir School in Harvard Square. As a chorister, he brings professionalism and positivity to every ensemble he works with. Garry also teaches lessons out of his private studio in Somerville and Malden. If you'd like to learn to sing with Garry, or for more information and contact details, visit his website: www.blackfeltcap.com.
Christopher Weigel, baritone, is quickly becoming an established classical singer, teacher, composer, actor, and contemporary recording artist. Since earning an M.M. from New England Conservatory (NEC) in 2013, immediately following his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College, Christopher has served as music director at two Boston Catholic schools and now teaches music in the Stoughton Public Schools.
While at NEC, Christopher 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.
This past year he premiered a recently discovered cantata by Giacomo Carissimi at the University of Hartford under Dr. Susan Mardinly (with grateful permission from Biblioteca of Venice Conservatory of Music “Benedetto Marcello”). For the past four years, he has enjoyed touring with the Metropolitan Chorale and Boston Pops on their annual 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.