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The 2001 Adams Vocal Master Class

Elizabeth Weigle- soprano
(York, PA)
Eastman School of Music; Manhattan School of Music

Elizabeth Weigle has a diverse repertoire of soprano roles on both opera and concert stages includes numerous world, European, and New York premieres. Her operatic roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, and Musetta in La Boheme. She has sung with Virginia Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Center for Contemporary Opera (NY), Bronx Opera and the American Music Theater Festival.

On the concert stage Ms. Weigle has appeared with the Kandinsky Trio at the Kennedy Center, the Boston Camerata on a New England tour, the Rochester Bach Festival (NY), the Cantata Singers at Boston's Jordan Hall, the Concert Royal in New York City At Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall last season she gave the New York premiere of 66 Times, The Voice of Pines and Cedars, with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).

A dedicated interpreter of new music, Ms. Weigle has collaborated with some of the Þnest contemporary composers and music ensembles in the United States, including Speculum Musicae, New Music Consort, and the Absolute Ensemble.

In addition to her studies at the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School, Liz was also awarded a scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival, an AGMA Apprenticeship at Chautauqua (NY), and a Fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center. She has recorded for Nonesuch, Erato, and CCn'C.


Stephanie Prewitt - mezzo-soprano
(Austin, TX)
University of Texas, Austin; Aspen Festival

Stephanie Prewitt was born in Galveston, Texas, and grew up in Austin. She has performed in theaters, cathedrals, and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe, in repertoire spanning eight centuries. A resident of Europe for several years after completing her university training, she soloed regularly with the renowned Clemencic consort in Vienna and Paris. She was a regular member of the six-voice ensemble La Cappella, and toured with them extensively throughout Austria, Italy, and Scandinavia, in eclectic repertory ranging from obscure masterpieces of the Austrian Renaissance to American spirituals.

Since returning to the USA, she is active with a variety of festivals and ensembles in Texas and elsewhere (Aspen Music Festival, New Texas Festival, Round Top Early Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival) and chamber ensembles (New York ensemble for Early Music, Texas Early Music Project). She is featured on a recently released recording of Koch International, singing 12th Century polyphonic chant with Heliotrope, an ensemble based in California. In Europe, she has recorded for Preiser and Nuovo Era.


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Stephen Ng - tenor
(Hong Kong)
D.Mus. candidate, Indiana University,
New England Conservatory of Music;
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Stephen has been a member of the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale for three seasons, and we're delighted to welcome him into the Master Class program this year.

He's sung recently with the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, as a soloist in the staged version of Stravinsky's Threni, in which the renowned Peter Sellars was the director. Internationally, he has appeared at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, St. Paul's Cathedral in London, the Cultural Centre and City Hall in Hong Kong, and on the recital series of St. John's Cathedral, Hong Kong.

As a tenor soloist, Stephen has performed the role of Evangelist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio, the St. John Passion, MagniÞcat, Mozart's Requieum and Arvo Part's Miserere.

His recent engagements include solo appearances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco, CA), the Benevolent Order forthe Music of Baroque (Seattle, WA), Emory University (Atlanta, GA), Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Bach Choir, Theatre of Voices, Handel & Haydn Society, and The New York Collegium.

Currently completing his DMus degree at Indiana University, where he is an instructor of voice.


Christopher Burchett - baritone
(Pikeville, KY)
University of Louisville; Indiana University

American Baritone, Christopher Burchett, has enjoyed success with a wide range of opera companies in the United States such as Opera Omaha, New York City Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Amarillo Opera, The Evansville Philharmonic, Indiana University Opera Theater, Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Intermountain Opera Association, Union Avenue Opera Theatre, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Kentucky Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Some of his roles include Bello in La Fanciulla del West, Bill Bobstay in H.M.S. Pinafore, Leporello, Palivec and General von Schwarzberg in The Good Soldier Schweik, The Four Villans in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Marchese D'Obigny, Elder Ott in Susannah, Reverend Olin Blitch, Count Ceprano, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dr. Dulcamara, Orsen in the world premier of Edwin Penhorwood's opera Too Many Sopranos, Nick Shadow, Uberto in La Serva Padrona, the Wolf in Semore Barab's Little Red Ridding Hood, Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West, Don Alfonso.

Widely sought after for his concert work, Christopher's repertoire ranges from the Baroque works of Charpentier's Le Reniement de S. Pierre, Bach's B Minor Mass, and Passions and Handel's Messiah to later works such as Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Bruckner's Te Deum, Fauré's Requiem and Schubert's Mass in G to great twentieth century works such as Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony and Britten's War Requiem. Christopher has appeared with many orchestras and festivals including the New Hampshire Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Choral Arts Society of Louisville, Bloomington Choral Arts Society, Carmel Bach Festival, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Choral Arts Society of Louisville, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Bach Society, and the Louisville Chorus. Christopher's performance of the B Minor Mass with the Bethlehem Bach Festival was recently part of an Emmy winning nation wide PBS broadcast entitled "Make a Joyful Noise".

Christopher's upcoming engagements include Leuthold in Guillaume Tell with Opera Orchestra of New York, Prince Yamadori with Opera Omaha as well as returning engagements with New York City Opera, the Boulder Bach Festival and Glimmerglass Opera in 2006.

Winner of the American Bach Society / Bethlehem Bach Festival Vocal Competition 2002