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SOMMERFEST 2014 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
sommerfest 2014
Die Fledermaus
Artists
orchestras and companies as the
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Opera
Omaha, Omaha Symphony Orchestra,
Skylark Opera, Park Square Theatre,
History Theatre, Theatre Latté Da and
Nebraska Shakespeare. He serves as
the executive director of West Bank
School of Music in Minneapolis. More:
paulrcoate.com.
Christina Baldwin
, mezzo
(Prince Orlofsky)
Christina Baldwin is familiar to
Minnesota Orchestra audiences for
her numerous appearances as Hansel
in Humperdinck’s
Hansel and Gretel
,
and for her solo role in performing and
recording Stephen Paulus’ Holocaust
oratorio
To Be Certain of the Dawn
,
with libretto by Michael Dennis Browne.
A fixture on the local opera and theater
scene, she performs often at the
Guthrie Theater, was a collaborator
with Theatre de la Jeune Lune for
nearly 10 years, and now serves as
artistic associate, music director and
performer with the Moving Company.
She has also performed with companies
from Berkeley to Cambridge, has been
featured on
A Prairie Home Companion
and lent her voice to animated short
films by Rosto A.D. More: christina-
baldwin.com.
James Ramlet
, bass
(Frank)
James Ramlet has been featured
with the Minnesota Orchestra in
performances of Wagner’s
Das
Rheingold
, Puccini’s
Madame Butterfly
and Verdi’s
Otello
. He has also been
heard at the Guthrie Theater and other
Twin Cities stages. Since coming to
prominence in the Santa Fe Opera’s
American premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s
The King Goes Forth to France
, he
has performed more than 40 roles with
such companies as the Lyric Opera
of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera,
Washington National Opera, Pittsburgh
Opera and American Repertory Theater,
among many others. In his European
debut at the Vienna State Opera, he
sang Bernstein’s
A Quiet Place
with
the composer conducting. More:
minnesotaorchestra.org.
Bergen Baker
, mezzo
(Sally)
Bergen Baker, who debuted with the
Minnesota Orchestra in performances
of Mozart’s
The Magic Flute
in 2011,
has also been featured with the
Minnesota Opera, Skylark Opera and
Florentine Opera. She has performed
concert works and oratorios ranging
from Handel’s
Messiah
to Stravinsky’s
Les Noces
, in addition to singing
programs of art song and cabaret.
While studying at the University of
Gabriel Preisser
, baritone
(Dr. Falke)
Gabriel Preisser debuted with the
Minnesota Orchestra at the finale of
Sommerfest 2012, singing Marullo in
Verdi’s
Rigoletto
. A favorite of local
audiences, he earned acclaim for
creating the role of Lieutenant Gordon
in the Minnesota Opera’s world
premiere of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-winning
Silent Night
, which he also performed
with Opera Philadelphia and Cincinnati
Opera. He has recently appeared
with the St. Petersburg Opera, Opera
Naples, Shreveport Opera, Gulf Coast
Symphony, Opera Parallèle, Kentucky
Opera and Orlando Philharmonic;
upcoming are engagements with
Lyric Opera of the North, San Antonio
Opera, Tampa Opera and the Colorado
Symphony. He is a proponent of
new musical works and gives recitals
throughout the U.S. More:
uzanartists.com, gabrielpreisser.com.
Paul R. Coate
, tenor
(Dr. Blind)
Paul R. Coate debuted with the
Minnesota Orchestra in 2011, singing
Monostatos in performances of Mozart’s
The Magic Flute
. He was recently seen
in the Children’s Theatre Company’s
production of
Shrek The Musical
; he
will next appear with that company
in
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole
Christmas
. He has sung with such
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