A Victorian Holiday

A fundraiser for the World Premiere of Crean’s The Great God Pan

Monday, Dec 11th 6:30pm

Enjoy performances of enchanting victorian classics by Fringe Company Members, and explore a darker side of the season with excerpts and a preview of the world premiere of Crean’s The Great God Pan, presented by Fringe in March 2018. PLUS a holiday party isn’t complete without a few presents – join us for the raffle and get in on the goodies!

Heavy Appetizers Included | Cash Bar

*Please note there is one flight of stairs with railing to access the lounge

Cast

Jacquelyn Kress

Jacquelyn Kress

Jacquelyn Kress, mezzo-soprano, is a recent graduate of the Opera Institute at Boston University. With the OI, Ms. Kress was seen as Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), Kate (Owen Wingrave), Jean (Le Portrait de Manon), Mother Marie (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Fidalma (Il Matrimonio Segreto). She has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s outreach program as Tisbe in La Cenerentola. Other performances include Hansel and Gretel (Hansel), La vie parisienne (Métella), The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth),Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah), L’enfant et les sortileges (L’écureuil/La chatte), The Mikado (Katisha), Roméo et Juliette (Stephano), Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella). She has also been on the international stage: Salzburg, Austria as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Périgueux, France as the title role in Offenbach’s La Périchole. Ms. Kress has a BM from the University of Illinois, and a MM from Roosevelt University.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

As One Hannah Before (cover) 2017
Fringe’s Holiday House Party Soloist 2015
Chicago Fringe Opera’s Lakeside Soiree Soloist 2015
2014 Christmas Celebration Soloist 2014

Katherine Bruton

Katherine Bruton

Soprano Katherine Bruton’s clear voice and vibrant characterization bring opera and art song to life. Her nuanced musicality and virtuosic vocal fireworks have earned her the roles of Miss Silverpeal/The Impresario, Mabel/The Pirates of Penzance, Le feu (The Fire)/L’enfant et les sortileges (The Child and the Spells), and Virtù (Virtue)/L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea), among others. She has also appeared with Pasadena Opera, the critically-acclaimed Pacific Opera Project, and OperaUCLA, among others.

An advocate of new opera, Ms. Bruton has been a part of several operatic premieres. Recently, Ms. Bruton has performed in the Chicago premieres of contemporary one-act operas as Darling Donnis/The Final Battle for Love by Philip Thompson, Sang Kancil the Mouse Deer/The Mouse Deer and the Crocodile by Hong-Da Chin, and Wing Tip/The Rootabaga Stories by Yvonne Freckmann with Thompson Street Opera Company. She also had the privilege of creating the role of “La Saborini” in the world premiere of The Dove and The Nightingale by American composer Roger Bourland. Upcoming performances include the world premiere of Ross Crean’s opera Lost Daughters as The Queen of the Night with Another Voice Collaborative in partnership with Resonanz Opera and future engagements with Thompson Street Opera Company.

Ms. Bruton also has a passion for art song, especially new art song. She has given premieres of several art songs and art song cycles, including Littles by Michelle Isaac and Personal Weather by Pin Hsing Lin. While at SongFest in Los Angeles, CA, Ms. Bruton had the privilege of working with fabulous collaborative pianists Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, and Kathleen Tagg. She has also performed in concert with American composer John Musto. Her passion for art song also extends to Russian art song, which she has performed consistently since Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov introduced her to the language and repertoire during her undergraduate studies at UCLA.

Ms. Bruton is pursuing her Masters of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she studies with soprano Judith Haddon. She also received bachelors’ degrees in vocal performance and music education from UCLA, where she studied with Vladimir Chernov. She is a proud OperaWorks alumna and has also attended Songfest in Los Angeles, CA and the Summer in Payerbach Opera Intensive in Austria.

Tobias Wright

Tobias Wright

Tobias Wright is a native Kansan who is quickly establishing himself as an “immensely talented” performer, possessing a “beautiful tenor voice.” Tobias recently returned from Sarasota Opera where he made his debut as Un Giovanetto in Italo Montemezzi’s rarely performed L’amore dei tre re. At the conclusion of the season he was awarded the Scheininger-Reznick Apprentice Scholarship for an Outstanding Apprentice Artist. Mr. Wright was last seen in Chicago with Light Opera Works in their new production of Die Fledermaus, for which he received praise for his portrayal of Alfred. This summer he will be making his debut with Opera North as Goro in Puccini’s Madama butterfly and Achille in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène.

A passionate performer, Tobias has been featured in opera, concerts, and recordings throughout the United States. Winter of 2016 and fall of 2015 saw Tobias perform with Sarasota Opera as the company finished their Verdi Cycle, becoming the only company in the world to perform all of Verdi’s works in their entirety. In the fall of 2015 Tobias sang the role of Juan in the world premiere of Eustasio Rosales’ Andina at the historic Athenauem Theater in Chicago. The performance and production will be featured in an upcoming film by filmmaker Arlen Parsa, debuting at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival. Also scheduled for release later this year is the world premiere of Ross Crean’s The Great God Pan, in which Tobias sang the role of Clarke. The Great God Pan will be released by Navona Records/Naxos of America. Tobias was also a featured soloist in the spring of 2015 with the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland.

Tobias’ stage credits in Chicago include appearances with Chicago Fringe Opera, Light Opera Works, and Northwestern University Opera Theater. Tobias has been a young artist with Sarasota Opera, The National Music Festival, Nevada Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, and Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg. He holds a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice from the University of Kansas. In addition to his singing credits, Tobias is a co-host of the radio show Opera Box Score, which focuses each week on the world of opera.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Lucrezia Lorenzo 2017
2016 Holiday House Party Soloist 2016
Voices in the Dark, Jazz & Trouble in Tahiti Baritone, Jazz Trio 2015

Aaron Wardell

Aaron Wardell

Aaron Wardell has been praised for his attractive, versatile baritone and is a sought-after performer in both opera and concert. He recently sang Yamadori in the Castleton Festival’s production of Madama Butterfly, where he was called a “young, handsome hunk” by the Washington Post. He has appeared with Opera Tampa, Dayton Opera, Elgin Opera, Chamber Opera Chicago, Central City Opera and internationally at Teatro National de Sucre in numerous roles including Dancaïro (Carmen), Marcello (La Bohème), Marco (Gianni Schicchi) and the title role in Don Giovanni.

Equally at home on the concert stage, his oratorio credits include Adam in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Requiem, and both Bach Passions.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University, and earned a Master of Music in vocal performance and an Artist Diploma in opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Chicago Fringe Opera’s Lakeside Soiree Soloist 2015
Voices in the Dark, Jazz & Trouble in Tahiti Sam 2015
2014 Christmas Celebration Soloist 2014
The Rape of Lucretia Junius 2014

John Cockerill

John Cockerill

John Cockerill is a coach and music director for opera and musical theatre. Recent productions include First Lady Suite, Young Frankenstein, Xanadu, Argento’s The Boor, Wargo’s Seduction of a Lady, and High Fidelity. He holds a M.M. in Collaborative Piano from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a M.M. in Musicology and a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Venue

The Chopin Theater, Pregnant Buffalo Lounge

1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642