2016 Soloists

Johanna Fincher - Soprano
Johanna Fincher – Soprano

Johanna Fincher, a Florida native, is known for her silvery, bell-like voice. She has appeared as a soloist in Scotland, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

On the concert stage, she has appeared as a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, The Creation, and Kleine Orgelmesse, Mozart’s Requiem, Dubois’ The Seven Last Word’s of Christ, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, among others.

Johanna has performed with companies such as Opera Tampa, St. Petersburg Opera, Sarasota Opera, The Venice Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other organizations along the Suncoast. In the theatre, her roles include Annina (La Traviata), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Celie (Signor Deluso), Angelina “Plaintiff” (Trial by Jury), Bastienne (Bastienne und Bastien), and First Spirit (The Magic Flute).

Future engagements include Clorinda in Opera Tampa’s La Cenerentola and soloist with The Pops Orchestra and North Port Concert Band. She can also be seen in Southeast Florida performing with Siren Song and The Qol Quartet. For more information on Johanna, please visit www.johannafincher.com

 


Thea Lobo - Alto
Thea Lobo – Alto

Hailed as “excellent”, “impeccable”, “limpidly beautiful”, “impressive”, “stunning”, and “Boston’s best”, Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo’s 2016-17 season includes performances with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bucknell Bach Festival, Halcyon Chamber Series, Guerilla Opera, Sunshine City Opera, Callithumpian Consort, and The Shakespeare Concerts.

She has recently appeared with fortepianist Sylvia Berry, Brandeis New Music, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, and Brookline Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lobo has appeared under conductors Gunther Schuller, Harry Christophers, Stephen Stubbs, Joshua Rifkin, Martin Pearlman, Helmut Rilling, and Andris Nelsons, and has been featured by the Firebird Ensemble, Carmel Bach Festival, Boston Baroque, Handel + Haydn Society, The Bermuda Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart.

Her dedication to new music, art song, and early music has seen her featured on True Concord’s Grammy winning recording of Stephen Paulus’s ‘Prayers & Remembrances’, invited to the Carmel Bach Festival as an Adams Fellow, a prizewinner at the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers, a grant recipient of the Julian Autrey Song Foundation, a featured recitalist for the Boston Portuguese Festival, and performing as a soloist under the direction of composers Steve Reich, Fred Lerdahl, Christian Wolff, and Louis Andriessen. Thea Lobo is a graduate of New England Conservatory and Boston University, and represented by Vocal Artists Management.

 


Mark Lubas - Tenor
Mark Lubas – Tenor

MARK LUBAS made his debut in 1996 with the Nashville Symphony as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Soon thereafter, he moved to Boston and earned two Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (Vocal Performance, Opera). Mr. Lubas has performed with opera companies across the U.S., including Aspen Opera Theatre Company, Boston Lyric Opera, and many others. Major role highlights include many in the lyric tenor repertoire; a few of Mr. Lubas’ performed favorites are Rodolfo, Edgardo, and Don José. Concert engagements have included tenor solos in oratorios and masses by Verdi, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Handel, Bach, and Mendelssohn. Most recently, Mr. Lubas performed the tenor solo (Lincoln) in Alan Gershwin’s “The Gettysburg Address” with Gloria Musicae on the 4th of July.

In addition to the stage, Mr. Lubas is an experienced voice teacher and acting coach. His teaching style operates on a simple principle, learned over 20 years of teaching: helping you achieve your own unique, healthy, consistent technique will make performing both easier for you and more deeply felt by your audience.

Mr. Lubas moved to Sarasota, FL in 2004 from Boston, MA. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Lubas created and built the college-prep theatre training program at The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, FL, and has since returned to do something he loves doing – running and teaching in his vocal studio.

 


Jason Stearns - Bass
Jason Stearns – Bass

Jason Stearns from Washington, D.C. has enjoyed a wide ranging career singing not only great operatic leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, but many other U.S. opera houses as well such as Chicago Lyric, Washing ton Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. He was also a soloist with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washing ton, D.C. for 21 years, as well as being a leading singer/dancer at the legendary Stardust Hotel’s “Lido de Paris” in Las Vegas. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., Jason and his beautiful wife Suzanne have travelled on the Royal Viking Line Cruise ships entertaining travelers all over the world.

A Grammy Award winner in 1996, Stearns was baritone soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in John Corgliano’s First Symphony, Of Rage and Remembrance. He has appeared with many orchestras both in classical music, as well as “cross-over” music singing baritone hits from the great Broadway Songbook.

Now living in Sarasota, Florida, the couple continues to teach singing, as well as performing all over Florida. Along with Lee Dougherty Ross, pianist, he sings in many artist series shows for various audiences around the Sarasota area. He will return to the Metropolitan Opera next year as Baron Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata.

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