Jessica Grigg, Mezzo Soprano and Timothy Steele, Pianist

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Sunday, Apr 2, 2017, 2:00 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Jessica Grigg is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition’s New York District, a finalist in the National Opera Association Competition, a finalist in the New York City NATS competition and a winner of the Operafest NH! Competition. Jessica will be debuting with Salt Marsh Opera in Puccini’s Gianna Schicchi, and then she is singing at Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in a Vivaldi Gloria with DCINY. Jessica recently debuted at Carnegie Hall in Vivaldi’s Gloria, performed in Teatro Grattacielo’s production of Mascagni’s Siberia and toured with NYC Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of D. Catan’s, Rappaccini’s Daughter.

She has been a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Illinois, the Little Opera Theatre of New York, Cape Cod Opera, Five Words in a Line, Boston Landmarks Orchestra Concert Series, Opera Providence, New York City Opera’s VOX 2011 Festival, New Jersey’s Verismo Opera Company, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Little Opera Company of New Jersey, Opera Naples, Middlebury Performing Arts Series, Lyric Orchestra of New Jersey, Opera North, Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Anchorage Opera, Mohawk Choral Society, Washington Bach Consort, and Camerata New York, among others.

A proponent of contemporary compositions, Jessica premiered Steven Paulus’ opera Summer, in New York City with the Center for Contemporary Opera, as well as Francis Thorne and J.D. McClatchy’s opera, Mario and the Magician. At the request of the composer, she has recorded Stephen Aprahamian’s opera, “The Fountain of Youth.” She was asked by composer Jorge Mart?n to record his song cycle “Of Fathers and Sons” and to premiere his song cycle “A Cuban in Vermont” at Berklee College of Music. Jessica will be Dr. von Zahnd on Dag Gabrielsen’s upcoming film of his opera The Physicists.

Timothy Steele is an active vocal coach, pianist, and conductor, and he is currently in his 21st year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. He has conducted for outreach tours with Boston Lyric Opera and is a former music director for Opera Providence. He has served as assistant conductor/pianist for over 120 productions with 22 companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre.

He assisted Opera Boston with the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake, and for three years he collaborated with WaterFire-Providence on a unique and popular series of opera evenings. In Boston he has performed with Emmanuel Music, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others. Sponsored by the Music Committee.


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