February 4th Merola Opera Program Collaboration
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Clint Borzoni’s music reflects his passion for lyricism and functional harmony. He has composed over forty pieces, including a piano concerto, song cycle, percussion quartet, piece for orchestra, two string quartets, and several works for chamber orchestra. He also wrote the music for the full-length musical, “My Life as a Bald Soprano.” He studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici and has won the Morton Feldman Award. He composed the opera “Antinous and Hadrian” for the American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice Series. His opera “When Adonis Calls” was performed at the Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers New Composers workshop. He is currently working on his fifth opera “The Copper Queen” for the Arizona Opera’s new works program.
Baritone Mark Diamond is a graduate of the Studio of Houston Grand Opera where notable performances include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello in La bohème and the Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata. He also covered several roles such as Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Taddeo (L’italiana in Algeri), and Gaylord Ravenal (Showboat) Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Rodrigue (Don Carlos). He has since returned as a guest artist to Houston Grand Opera to sing Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music and Wilbur in the world premiere of David Hanlon’s opera, After the Storm. Recent, Mr. Diamond made his debut with the French opera theaters of Limoges, Caen, and Reims as well as Ars Lyrica of Houston and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Mark Diamond is the recipient of a 2012 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and spent the summer of 2011 as a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where he sang the title role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He gained particular notice in the summer of 2010, when he sang the role of Top in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land at the Glimmerglass Festival. As a member of the company’s Young American Artist Program, he also covered Araspe in Handel’s Tolomeo, and was a recipient of a 2010 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.
He is the 1st Prize Winner of the 2010 Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera and the 2011 Sun Valley Opera Competition in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Diamond was twice a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded 2nd Prize in the Charles A. Lynam Competition in North Carolina.
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mark Diamond received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Georgia Southern University, where he studied voice with Dr. Allen Henderson. He completed his Master’s degree at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University while studying with Dr. Stephen King and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at The Moores School of Music at University of Houston where he studies with Hector Vasquez and continues to perform both concert work and opera internationally.
Laura Krumm, Mezzo-Soprano
Praised for her “exceptionally beautiful mezzo” and “always a delight on stage” Iowa native Laura Krumm is a 2013 graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship of the San Francisco Opera. A former Merola Opera Program artist, Ms. Krumm has been heard in several roles on the company’s mainstage including Rosina in the family matinee performances of The Barber of Seville, the Countess Ceprano and the Page in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and a Maid in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. Ms. Krumm added a number of roles to her repertoire while with the company. She covered the renowned Joyce DiDonato’s Roméo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Christel Loetzsch’s Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She created the role of Martha in the world premiere of Nolan Gassers’ The Secret Garden for the San Francisco Opera Center and she sang Laura in Jack Perla’s Love/Hate at the ODC Theater in association with the Opera Center. In concert with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Ms. Krumm performed arias from Le Nozze di Figaro, Cendrillon, and La Cenerentola. She joined the distinguished roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago as a cover in their new production of Dvorak’s Rusalka in 2014 and made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the Alto Solo in Mozart’s Requiem with the New York City Chamber Orchestra also in 2014. She returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for where she covers Angelina for the company in the 2015-2016 season.
The 2014-2015 Season for Ms. Krumm has seen a return to her home company, San Francisco Opera, and a host of debuts with prominent organizations in the US and abroad. Ms. Krumm covered Angelina (La Cenerentola) in the season for SFO and joined the highly regarded roster of The Dallas Opera where she covered Jan Arnold in the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Everest. She made her Skagit Opera debut performing the role of Angelina and, most recently, reprised Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire with the distinguished Alexander String Quartet – as part of the Chamber Music at Kohl Mansion Concert series. Ms. Krumm also debuted with the internationally renowned Berkeley Symphony in two projects: a performance of Kaija Saariaho’s Adriana Songs, a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, and sang excerpts from Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire, the song cycle which she originally covered for Joyce DiDonato’s world premiere performance of the work with the Alexander String Quartet, subsequently performed in its entirety for San Francisco Performances Chamber Series, and reprised for San Francisco Performances as a recitalist in its Salon at the Rex series. Based on the life of the French sculptor and graphic artist who became Auguste Rodin’s inspiration, model, confidante and lover, the cycle was commissioned by San Francisco Performances on the occasion of the eminent Quartet’s thirtieth anniversary. Another company and role debut in the season for Ms. Krumm included Elena for Opera Parellèle in the American premiere of Anya 17, a new opera which originally premiered in the UK with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Ensemble and composed by ‘British Composer Award’ winner Adam Gorb. Ms. Krumm joined the LINES Ballet of the visionary choreographer ALONZO KING in their Brazil tour of Constellation where she sang the works of Handel, Vivaldi and Strauss in collaboration with a performance by the ballet corps.
Ms. Krumm earned a Masters of Music from the University of North Texas in 2011 and is a 2009 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Ruth Ellen Kahn
Ruth Ellen Kahn Violist, Founder and Artistic Director of Musica Marin is a
graduate of The Juilliard School and native of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Kahn, has performed on every important concert stage in this country including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, among others. Her extensive chamber music experience includes performing with such eminent artists as, Cynthia Phelps, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Maurice Bourgue, the Miro String Quartet, the Colorado String Quartet and West End Chamber Players. She has received numerous awards, prizes and critical acclaim, as well as invitations to perform for such organizations as the New York Viola Society and the Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California. She has also performed as soloist with the Mexico City Philharmonic and the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
Ruth has been artistic director of two chamber music series in both New York and New Jersey, one of which resulted in a recital in Carnegie Recital Hall as a recipient of the Artist’s International Competition Award. Among the many orchestras with which she has played are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, the San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Ruth is also an accomplished violinist, and is co-concertmaster of The Russian Chamber Orchestra of the Bay Area.
Ruth has toured with the New England Symphonic and New York Chamber Ensembles to Morocco, Israel and Jordan, where they performed for the Royal Families. In addition, she has been invited numerous times to attend the Spoleto Festival in Italy.
Ms. Kahn is very active in the area of viola pedagogy and has been the assistant to Paul Doktor at The Juilliard School, taught master classes and has maintained a private studio in both the New York metropolitan and San Francisco Bay areas. She is currently on the faculty of InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy.
Her teachers have included Karen Tuttle, Paul Doktor, Heiichiro Ohyama, Louis Kievman, and the world-renowned violist, William Primrose.
Jennifer Culp, cellist, is currently professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been an active chamber musician for over 30 years and performed worldwide. Culp was a member of the Kronos Quartet for seven years beginning in 1998, during which time included performances at Sydney Opera House, London’s Barbican Centre, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the WOMAD Festival in New Zealand. The quartet won many awards, including Musical American’s 2003 “Musicians of the Year” and a Grammy Award for the Best Chamber Music Performance of Berg’s ‘Lyric Suite’ in 2004. Culp has collaborated with such diverse artists as Zakir Hussein, Dawn Upshaw, Tom Waits, Sandor Vegh, Asha Bhosle, Irina Schnittke and the Romanian Gypsy Band ‘Taraf De Haidouks’. She received a B.M. and M.M. from the San Francisco and New England Conservatories, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Laurence Lesser. Other important mentors to mention are Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner and Sandor Vegh (who worked directly with Kodaly, Bartok, Schoenberg, and Berg). Festivals attended have included Ravenna, Tanglewood, Spoleto, Kneisel Hall & Open Chamber Music of the International Musician’s Seminar in Cornwall, England (for seven consecutive years).
Culp was also cellist with the Dunsmuir Piano Quartet, Philadelphia String Quartet, Empyrean Ensemble, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has recorded numerous world premieres for Nonesuch, New Albion, CRI, Orion, New World, Sony and most recently Thomas Sleeper’s Cello Concerto for Albany Records.
Ronny Michael Greenberg
Born in Montreal, Ronny Michael Greenberg discovered his passion for vocal collaboration while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. Mr. Greenberg’s performing experiences range from guest soloist appearances with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to concerts in venues such as the Canadian Museum of Civilization for the Glenn Gould Exhibit, Steinway Hall as part of Yale in New York,and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall as part of the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Programs. After finishing his Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Warren Jones, Mr. Greenberg was a coach apprentice at the 2014 Merola Opera Program. He was then selectedto join the Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera. Since his arrival to the Bay Area, Mr. Greenberg has appeared on the “To do List” at KQED, the Human Rights Watch Annual Inauguration and the celebration concert for Cantor Roslyn Barak of Temple Emanuel. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Lines Ballet at the Yerba Buena Arts Center and fundraising events for the Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony. At the opera, he will be working on Carmen and Aida for the summer and fall season in 2016.