2012 Soloists

Tammy Tyburczy - Soprano
Tammy Tyburczy – Soprano

Soprano Tammy Tyburczy graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2000.  In May of 2004, she graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she performed roles such as Poppea, Musetta, Anne Truelove, Norina, and Susanna. In 2001 she performed the role of Laurie in The Tenderland at The Danny Kaye Playhouse with The Orchestra of St. Lukes. In 2002, Ms. Tyburczy sang Musetta in La bohème for the San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater tour and Teofane in Handel’sOttone rè di Germania for the Badische Stattstheater inKarlsruhe, Germany. In 2003, she sang Susanna at The Aspen Music Festival conducted by Harry Bicket. In the summer of 2005 Ms. Tyburczy performed recitals at The Ravinia Festival.  From 2005 to 2010 Tammy sang the soprano solo in The Lord of the Rings Symphony, originally sung by Renee Fleming conducted by John Mauceri, with the Utah, Baltimore, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and The Leipzig Gewandhaus Symphony orchestras. Other appearances included The Governess, andRomilda in Serse with the Pittsburgh Opera Center. Tammy sang Marzelline alongside Jane Eaglen in Fidelio in 2007. In that year she also covered Ruth Ann Swenson as Marguerite in Faust. In 2008 she sang Pamina with the Pittsburgh Opera. She also sang Lamento della Ninfa by Monteverdi with Moving Theatre in 2009.Tammy recently recorded the soprano solo in The Evidence of things not seen with Albany Records featuring Mikael Eliasen. The CD was released in 2011. In early 2012, Tammy signed with Vamnation Entertainment and most recently sang voiceovers for Hyundai, Kettle Chips and Trident. Upcoming events include Estella in Great Expectations with Orion Opera and solo performances in the 2013 concert series with North Hampton Opera.


Rachel Assi - Alto
Rachel Assi – Alto

Originally from New Jersey, Rachel earned her Bachelor’s of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she studied with Frederick Urrey. Roles include Mercedes (cover) in the St. Petersburg Opera production of Carmen, Indiana Elliott and Anna Hope in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All and Mrs. Jones in Kurt Weill’sStreet Scene. She has also appeared in numerous opera choruses, including Cosi fan Tutte with the St. Petersburg Opera, La Traviata with the Rutgers Opera, Genoveva and Der Zwerg at the Bard Summerscape Festival, Il Trovatore with New Jersey Opera Theater, and Idomeneo with Coro Lyrico Opera. During the 2010 season, she sang with the Oregon Bach Festival under the baton of Helmuth Rilling. In the Sarasota area, Rachel is the executive director of Gloria Musicae, and is the alto section leader at St. Boniface Church and at Temple Emanu-El. This season, she will be performing as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, the Artist Series of Sarasota, and SILL. Rachel is currently working towards a Master’s degree in arts administration from Drexel University.


Jason Ferrante - Tenor
Jason Ferrante – Tenor

Opera News  praises tenor Jason Ferrante for “singing up a stylish storm” and for getting “the gold star for trills” and the Berkshire Eagle says he “seems to light every stage he mounts”.

This season, the Baltimore-native  debuts with Atlanta Opera as both Goro in a new production of Madama Butterfly and as Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, sings a recital with pianist Caren Levine at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, performs as the tenor soloist in Messiah with the Sarasota Choral Society. returns to Florida Grand Opera as The Magician in The Consul and a sings in his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia  under the baton of James Conlon as the Fourth Jew in Salome.

In the 2013-14 season, the Baltimore native made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the In Fourth Jew in Salome under the baton of Andris Nelsons, returned to Florida Grand Opera as Spoletta in Tosca joined soprano Mary Wilson in recital in Sarasota, and was the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Boise Philharmonic. In the 2012-13 season, he returned to New York City Opera to cover Aronne in Mose in Egitto, debuted with Palm Beach Opera as the Fourth Jew in Salome, and made returns to the Orlando Philharmonic as Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and to the Bard Summerscape as Basile in Le Roi Malgré Lui. 

Ferrante earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where he held the Alice Tully Voice Scholarship and studied with the legendary Beverley Peck Johnson. His additional studies included three years at the Aspen Music Center, two years as an opera fellow at Tanglewood, and two years as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap, where he was also a two-time winner of a Filene Shouse Grant.

He is quickly becoming a sought-out teacher of voice and singing. His students are singing around the world with opera companies including the Met, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Glimmerglass and Wolf Trap. They have been winners in competitions including Operalia, Met National Council, Zachary Foundation, Sullivan Awards, the George London Foundation and members of young artists programs and major conservatories and universities. He currently serves as a vocal consultant to the young artists training programs at Arizona Opera, Nashville Opera and Florida Grand Opera. In 2014 he was a national panelist for the YoungArts competition and awards. He currently resides in Miami, FL.


Samus Haddad - Bass
Samus Haddad – Bass

Baritone and New York native Samus Haddad made his professional operatic debut when, as the understudy apprentice artist, he was granted the opportunity to perform the role of Elder Bat McLean in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah for Central City Opera. Other recent performance credits include The Sacristan in Tosca performed with Utah Festival Opera, Bello in La Fanciulla del West with Nashville Opera, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Central City Opera, as well as performing locally with Sarasota Opera and St. Petersburg Opera Companies. Mr. Haddad graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester with degrees in Vocal Performance, Japanese, and Econometrics. He was honored with a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School at the time of his graduation. He completed his graduate work in opera performance at UW-Madison under the tutelage of renowned baritone Paul Rowe, and was a recipient of the Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award. Before arriving in Sarasota, he worked as an adjunct professor of voice at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. In addition to his operatic career, Mr. Haddad is an avid chef and coffee aficionado, and has a persistent interest in kinesthetics and alternative medicine.