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15th Anniversary Gala

June 28 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

$5.00 – $290.00

15th Anniversary Gala in New Paltz NY

Our 15th year anniversary gala will feature stars of the past (Maestro David Wroe and bass-baritone, Kevin Glavin) and an amazing group of artists you won’t want to miss!

Our gala will be hosted by The Opera Cowgirls – world renowned operatic artists that mix classic opera with a country flair! Headlining the gala will be Sarah Joy Miller, who, besides gracing the major operas stages of the world (Metropolitan Opera), recently appeared on the PBS drama, The Gilded Age! Joining Sarah and the Cowgirls will be tenor Aaron Blake, baritone Corey Crider (whom you will hear in the Puccinin Messa di Gloria on Sunday), our own Kevin Glavin and opera star, Marrianne Cornetti (who are also featured in our Marriage of Figaro on Saturday night). They will be accompanied by David Wroe and the Festival Orchestra— and there will be some truly wonderful surprises to go with these superstars to inaugurate our arrival in our new location in New Paltz, NY.

Principal Conductor: David Wroe

Cast: Corey Crider, Kevin Glavin, Marianne Cornetti, Alessio Borraggine, Abi Levis, Sarah Joy Miller, Caitlin McKechney, Sarah Beckham-Turner,  Sarah Moulton Faux.

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Maestro David Wroe is Music Director of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Principal Conductor at Hudson Valley International Festival of the Voice in New York, and a frequent conductor of L’Orchestre Régional de Normandie in France.

From 2000-2014 he was a regular conductor with New York City Opera, leading and assisting in numerous productions. Orchestras conducted include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, L’Orchestre National de Lille, Opera de Toulon, New Jersey Symphony L’Ensemble de Paris, Symphony Nova Scotia, Kansas City Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, New York City Ballet, Neue Brandenberg Symphony, L’Orchestra Lamoureux with cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch, Opera de Toulon, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Das Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, Philharmonische Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg, Delaware, Harrisburg, Huntsville, De Moines Symphony, and numerous tours of Western Austria with Vorarlberg Symphony and at the Bregenz Frühlings Festival. Maestro Wroe is a preferred conductor in Asia, having directed the Taiwan National Symphony, Pusan Philharmonic, Shenzhen, Macau, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Zhejiang, Guiyang, and The Taipei and Taijung Symphony Orchestras. He was Music Director of Music on the Mountain: Garrett Lakes Arts Summer Festival in Maryland from 2000 – 2006, and Music Director and Founder of the Kansas City Camerata from 1990-1996.

Maestro Wroe was Seiji Ozawa’s Assistant Conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, leading the Orchestra in Tanglewood (with Joshua Bell) in Boston’s Symphony Hall (with Horacio Gutierrez), collaborating with Jesse Norman’s recording of “Phraeda”, and Itzhak Perlman’s recording of Benstein’s Serenade, and touring Europe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players. 2007 marked Maestro Wroe’s recording debut with L’Orchestre National de Lille on the TransArt label with pianist Bruno Fontaine, and numerous broadcast recordings, through Austrian Broadcasting Authority (ORF), with the Vorarlberg Symphony.

In addition to his residency at New York City Opera, Maestro Wroe was Resident Conductor at Oper der Stadt Heidelberg (1998-2002), Principal Conductor at Opera Delaware (2000 – 2005), and directed the summer ‘Opera Under the Stars’ series at the 7000 seater Garden State Arts Center in NJ.  From 2005-10 he was Music Director of Opera Teatro Gratticielo in NY, opened for the newly formed Fresno International Grand Opera, and served as Judge with Anna Moffo for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Maestro Wroe, through the NJ Festival Orchestra, has diverse experience in cross-over genres, having collaborated with Kristin Chenoweth, Mannheim Steamrollers, Celtic Women, The 3 Irish Tenors, Natalie Merchant, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Jackie Evancho and Celtic Thunder, and a return guest at Ocean City Pops Orchestra, to name but a few.

Opera Cowgirls

The Opera Cowgirls are an alt-country band where grand opera meets the grand ole opry. Founded by Caitlin McKechney (mezzo-soprano/guitar/banjolele), the group also includes Sarah Beckham-Turner (soprano/cello), Maria Maxfield (soprano/dulcimer/egg shaker or tambourine), Mila Henry (not a soprano/mini-keyboards/percussion) and Sarah Moulton Faux. By blending the greatest operatic hits with some country flavor, the Cowgirls have proven that they can truly cover Puccini to Parton.
They have performed at venues ranging from dive bars to cabaret halls, including the New York-based BAM Lepercq Space, Pete’s Candy Store, Le Poisson Rouge and The Slipper Room, and trips to Avaloch Farm Music Institute (NH), Dr Petersburg Opera (FL), Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre (IA), Delaware Valley Opera (NY), Magic City Opera (FL), NightBlue Theater (IL), Opera North (NH), Painted Sky Opera (OK), the San Francisco Ballet (CA), and West Texas A&M University (TX). Digital albums include Pearlsnaps and Pearls and A Very Merry Cowgirl Christmas, available online through all major music platforms. OperaCowgirls.com

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The Opera Cowgirls

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The Opera Cowgirls

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The Opera Cowgirls


Mezzo-Soprano, Guitar, Banjolele by Caitlin McKechney

Founding Cowgirl, rocks the guitar and banjolele (a hybrid of a ukulele and a banjo). You often hear her singing Carmen while flirting with unsuspecting beer-drinkers, or belting out some Patsy Cline. She has performed multiple times in both Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, but primarily on Mozart, Rossini and Bizet. She buys a new pair of boots each time she’s there, and now owns an impressive collection.  Caitlin is mom to “Mikey”, her little half-Greek, half-Irish, all-cowboy Covid baby.

Soprano, Cello – Sarah Beckham-Turner
Brings us her cello skills AND her Texas street cred, providing us with bass lines and baselines galore. In addition to her star power and spell-binding ability to work a crowd, she is also mom to “Sweet Baby James” Turner and little Caleb Vance.  She currently lives in Amarillo where she is molding the future generation of opera singers at West Texas A&M University.

Sarah Moulton Faux

Soprano – Sarah Moulton Faux
Is lauded for her “full, silvery soprano” (Opera News) and “mesmerizing” performances (Brooklyn Spectator) in repertoire ranging from opera’s most famous heroines to contemporary works.  She is the 2022 Winner of the America Prize for her debut album “Where Should This Music Be? Songs of Lola Williams” produced by Grammy award winning Executive Producer Judith Sherman, composer Laura Kaminsky and American Opera Projects (AOP) and released by New World Records: “Sarah Moulton Faux is stunning: her devotion to this music shines through her every syllable…a glorious disc” (Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine).  An ardent champion of new work particularly by women composers, Sarah received the 2023 Opera America National Opera Trustee Recognition Award for her service as Co-President of the Board of Directors of AOP.

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Soprano – Sarah Joy Miller,

praised by The New York Times as “vivacious and fearless” is widely acknowledged as one of the industry’s foremost emerging talents. Ms. Miller first began turning heads at her New York City Opera and BAM débuts to great critical acclaim singing the title role of Anna Nicole Smith in the Royal Opera House commissioned opera Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage. Recently, Ms. Miller returned to The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Orfeo et Eurydice and performed the title role of Thaïs for Maryland Lyric Opera. She Is currently playing Christina Nillson on the television series “The Gilded Age”.

Operatic highlights include her début at Michigan Opera Theater singing Gilda in Rigoletto, with subsequent returns as Leila Les pêcheurs de perles, a role début as Marguerite in Faust, and Roxanne in David DiChiera’s Cyrano; Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Violetta in La traviata with Palm Beach Opera; and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Carolina, Opera Tampa, and Lyric Opera Baltimore. Additionally, Ms. Miller joined the esteemed roster of The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Rigoletto, Thaïs, L’elisir d’amore, Gianni Schicchi, and Adriana Lecouvreur in which she performed the role of Mile. Jouvenot in her mainstage début. Ms. Miller is frequently a guest artist on domestic and international concert stages including the Bolshoi Theater: Slovak Sinfonietta: the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra; the New York Choral Society: the Marcello Giordani Foundation; the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation; in Verona, Italy in collaboration with the Veronalirica Associazione; and is a frequent soloist with the St. Bart’s Music Festival. Concert engagements include performances of Carmina Burana with Dallas Symphony Orchestra; a “Puccini to Pop” concert with Tulsa Opera; Eternal Light: A Requiem at Carnegie Hall; and selections from Faust at St. Bart’s Music Festival. An advocate of bridging the gap between opera and musical theatre, Ms. Miller made her professional operatic début singing Mimi in Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed Broadway production of Puccini’s La bohème and went on to reprise the role at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.

Baritone – Kevin Glavin
Kevin Glavin world renowned and critically acclaimed bass-baritone specializing in Italian Opera for over forty years. Highlights include performances with Luciano Pavarotti, Marvin Hamlisch, and most of the major international opera stars, directors, and conductors of the world. Countries including Canada, China, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, France and most states in the USA. Career highlights are performing “live from Lincoln and Kennedy Centers” shown worldwide. The majority of his career focused on the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Pittsburg Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Miami Opera. Known for his vocal and acting skills he is praised by audiences and critics around the world.

Mezzo-Soprano – Marianne Cornetti
is internationally recognized as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos of her generation. She has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Princess Eboli in Don Carlos at prestigious opera houses across the world, garnering rave reviews and winning the hearts of audiences globally. Opera Magazine claims, “If her timbre did not sear itself into the memory, her vocal command of this redoubtable role was complete” and Seen and Heard International raves, “[Her] voice is a miracle of power and flexibility from top to bottom. It is the emotion which she imparts into her singing, however, that makes her Azucena so memorable… Cornetti imbues each [role] with an emotional force all its own… The cheers and applause that rained down upon her at the end were well deserved.”
Acclaimed performances of iconic leading Verdi roles include engagements as Azucena in Il Trovatore at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Metropolitan Opera, Arena di Verona, Bregenz Festival, Teatro Comunale in Florence, National Theatre of China in Beijing, Teatro Muncipal in Sao Paulo, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, La Coruña in Spain, Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and in the Teatro Comunale di Bologna’s tour in Japan, and as Amneris in Aida at the Teatro alla Scala, Hamburg State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New National Theatre Foundation in Tokyo, Theatre Royale de La Monnaie in Brussels, Israeli Opera at Masada, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Auditorio de Tenerife, and Choregies D’Orange.
Engagements in the 2017-2018 season include performances as Princess de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Teatro Massimo of Palermo; Gianni Schicchi and L’enfant e les Sortiléges with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Nagoya, Japan; Un Ballo in Maschera with the Bolshoi Theatre; and a chamber concert at the UK’s North Norfolk Music Festival with violist Simon Rowland-Jones and pianist Gary Matthewman in songs by Brahms, Schumann, and Copland.

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Tenor Soloist – Aaron Blake
The recipient of a 2017 George London Foundation Award, tenor Aaron Blake has earned international recognition for his performances in repertoire ranging from Martinu to Rossini. In 2022, he was recognized by the recording academy with a Grammy Award for his role as the High Priest of Amon in The Metropolitan Opera’s Grammy Award Winning Album of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. His creation of the role of Timothy Laughlin in the Cincinnati Opera world premiere of Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce’s Fellow Travelers brought both critical and international acclaim. The live recording of these performances was captured on the Cincinnati Symphony Fanfare Label and was released in 2017 where it was named one of the top 10 classical recordings of the year by New Yorker Magazine. In addition, Mr. Blake made a critically acclaimed debut with New York City Opera in Peter Eötvös’ operatic adaptation of Angels in America.

The 2023-24 Season boasts to the Metropolitan Opera from their new production of Carmen, the Season Opening Gala of the Israeli Opera, Recitals in Prague and Berlin, Don Giovanni at the Cicinnnati Opera as well as a debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Haifa Symphony.

During the 2022-23 season, Mr. Blake made his Canadian debut as Nadir in Les pêcheurs de Perles, a debut with the Haifa Symphony as Tamino and his Italian debut in recital with pianist Maria Nikitin at Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also covers the role of Henry in Die Schweigsame Frau with Bard Summerscape, performs a concert of arias, songs, and duets at Walt Disney Concert Hall and covers Don Ottavio in the Met’s new production of Don Giovanni.

Mr. Blake began his 2021/2022 season with a return to the Cincinnati Opera as Il Conte Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, followed by a concert of operatic duets, arias, and Neapolitan Songs with the Los Angeles Symphony. He then returned to The Israeli Opera to open their season as Tamino in Barrie Kosky’s critically acclaimed production of Die Zauberflöte and made his role debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata with the Jerusalem Opera. He continued his season at the Komische Oper Berlin as Tamino and made his recital debut with the Crystal Valley Recital Series. He also covered Tamino with the Houston Grand Opera, and in the spring of 2022, Mr. Blake made his debut with the Des Moines Metro Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera as the High Priest of Amon in Akhnaten.

2019-2020 season engagements for Mr. Blake included his German and European debut as Michel in Bohuslav Martinu’s Julietta with Oper Frakfurt and a return to the Metropolitan Opera as The High Priest of Amon in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. He made his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the LA Symphony in a concert of Duets and Arias with soprano Stefania Dovhan and later in the season returned with the LA Symphony for a concert of Holiday Favorites and Arias.  He debuted at The Israeli National Opera as Il conte Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Komische Oper Berlin. He was slated to make his debut with Opéra de Montréal as Tamino and return to the Cincinnati Opera for their 100th Anniversary with performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia opposite mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.

Corey Crider

Baritone – Corey Crider
Celebrated in the leading dramatic and classic music theatre roles, baritone Corey Crider’s 2022-2023 season included Germont in La Traviata with ElPaso Opera, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with Toledo Opera and a return to Paducah Symphony Orchestra as featured soloist in their holiday concert.
Corey recently joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Don Carlos. Recently, the baritone also performed his lauded Scarpia in Tosca with Gulfshore Opera, and appeared as soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Evansville Philharmonic. In the 2019-2020 season, Corey returned to Opera Roanoke as Tonio in Pagliacci, to the Dallas Opera as Prince Affron in The Golden Cockerel, and was slated to debut with Manitoba Opera in his signature role, Sweeney Todd (COVID-19 cancellation). The 2018-2019 season saw him as Dancaïro in Carmen with Dallas Opera, the Captain in Florencia en elAmazonas with Pensacola Opera, Germont in La Traviata with Opera on the James, and Lancelot in Camelot with Charlottesville Opera.

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Baritone Louis Otey,

a major stage personality noted for his incisive and provocative interpretations, has performed in major opera houses around the world in a career spanning 40 years, five continents, and more than 20 countries. His repertory is as varied as the geographies he has graced and includes signature performances in many leading baritone roles — Scarpia in Tosca, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, the title roles in Don GiovanniFalstaffRigoletto, and Der fliegende Holländer, and the four villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Otey’s wide-ranging repertoire includes Father Grandier in Penderecki’s The Devils of Loudun (which he performed with the composer at the Royal Danish Opera and the Teatre Wiekle in Warsaw) to the title role in Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim to Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Met Opera and Joan Sutherland farewell at Covent Garden which is on DVD).

Louis Otey has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Rome Opera, Teatro Massimi di Palermo, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Victoria State Opera Melbourne, Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Theater an Der Wien, Geneva Opera, Düsseldorf Opera, Opera la Monnaie Brussells. He is a casting consultant and the artistic director of the Hudson Valley Int. Festival of the Voice.


June 28
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$5.00 – $290.00


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Hudson Valley International Festival of the Voice
249 Libertyville Rd, Ulster County Fairgrounds
New Paltz, NY 12561 United States
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