Anne McKenna's diverse performing career began with her Chautauqua Opera debut as Papagena. She has since embraced a wealth of operatic roles ranging from the Italian Baroque to the American contemporary, as well as numerous musical theatre and operetta roles. Her keen interest in the development of new works was fostered by engagements with the Eugene O'Neill Composer/Librettist Conference and the Encompass Theatre in New York City. As composer/conductor David Amram's vocal artist of choice, she has enjoyed many years of collaboration with him in orchestral and chamber performances of classical and popular repertoire, as well as a rich sampling of Mr. Amram's own works for solo voice for audiences of all kinds. Recent important career milestones, which generated regular return engagements include her Broadway debut with Jason Robards, Eli Wallach, Christopher Plummer, Richard Kiley and a score of other stars in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and her appearance with Jacques d'Amboise's renowned National Dance Institute "Event of the Year." She is a frequent soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at B.A.M., the symphonies of Jacksonville, Florida and Stamford, Connecticut and International Jewish Festival of Long Island, and is a frequent oratorio soloist in the Metropolitan area. Other recent concert engagements include a program of arias and duets with Summerfest, sponsored by the City of New York, the Charles Ives Center for the Arts, the YMHA's distinguished Schubertiade series with Hermann Prey, the Round Hill Players of Fairfield, and New Renaissance Chamber Players.
A soprano from Goshen, Kentucky, Lieve currently sings at St. John Episcopal Church in the Village. Before coming to New York, she appeared as Emmie in Princeton University's production of Albert Herring and created the role of Poppea in Nero Artifex by Theodore Popov. Lieve has also performed in summer festivals at the Manahattan School of Music, Nice Académie Internationale d'Été, Florence Voice Seminar, and Crittenden Opera. Lieve has sung with the Princeton University Orchestra, Glee Club, and Chamber Choir and studies with David Kellett.
Christine has appeared as soloist with Montreal's La Chorale du Gesù, the contemporary music series Jusqu'aux Oreilles, and Winnipeg's chamber music series The Musical Offering. As a soloist and ensemble singer she has performed with Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, The Winnipeg Singers, and the New York Continuo Collective. Christine has also sung with Viva Voce, the chorus of L'Opéra de Montréal, and Les Violons du Roy's celebrated La Chapelle de Québec, the latter touring Canada, France, and the United States, with performances at Alice Tully Hall and as guests with the L.A. Philharmonic. Also a dancer, she most recently performed in Midsummer Night Swing, with the NYC Jazz Choreography Project, and at Le Poisson Rouge in Musica Nuova's production of Monteverdi's Il Ballo delle Ingrate. Other theatrical dance credits include Les Ideés Heureuses' Pompadour Musicienne, McGill Opera's Les Indes Galantes, Montreal University's Les Festes Vénitiennes, and Manitoba Opera's Carmen.
Critics and audiences assessing David Kellett's performances have consistently remarked on the clarity and purity of his tenor voice, praised the taste, refinement and subtlety of his interpretations and lauded his excellent diction in standard operatic, oratorio and recital repertoire. Reviewing David in David Amram's Twelfth Night, Bernard Holland of the New York Times wrote "Set apart from the rest of the cast was the pleasing, seamless tenor of David Kellett in the role of Feste." He has performed over 45 principal and secondary roles in opera and operetta. An active concert soloist and composer/conductor David Amram's tenor of choice, David has sung in the composer's opera, Twelfth Night, and performed his songs in concert on numerous occasions. He appeared at Lincoln Center in 2007 on a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Joseph PappŐs Shakespeare Festival singing selections that were composed for productions directed by Papp during the first 11 years of its existence. Additional new music endeavors include the world premieres of several operas by composer Peter Westergaard: Alice in Wonderland, The Tempest and Moby Dick which has been recorded and released by Albany Records. Recently turning his sights towards early music, David has sung the role of Eumaeus in Monteverdi's Return of Ulysses at Princeton University and concerts of Monteverdi & Cavalli opera excerpts, French Airs de Cours and vocal music of Claudio Sarcini with the New York Continuo Collective in New York City and at the Boston Early Music Festival in June of 2013. His forays into the music of Bach include performances of the B-minor Mass and Cantata 208 with Bach in Baltimore and he recently sang his first Evangelist in Johannespassion with the Concordia Chorale and Camerata. His Handel oratorio roles have included the the tenor soloist in Samson, Judas Maccabaeus, Esther, Solomon and of course, Messiah. He has appeared multiple times with the Practioners of Musick in the Princeton area. David recently appeared with Lewis Baratz's early music ensemble, La Fiocco, in a program entitled The Lion & The Lamb: The Jewish Baroque. He has appeared in masterclasses with the famous Italian baritone and Baroque specialist, Furio Zanasi and with soprano Julianne Baird. Since 1995, David has taught private voice at Princeton University. He made his stage directing debut with the university production of MozartŐs Magic Flute in 2002 and recently directed his 12th production.
Matthew Walsh is a recent graduate of Princeton University where he studied voice with David Kellett. While at Princeton, he performed in many stage works, most notably creating the title role of student written opera, Nero Artifex, by Theo Popov and singing the role of Sid in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. Matthew also participated in the premiere of student written musical drama, Rosaleen, by Alexis Rodda and Maxwell Mammon, and a performance of selected Mozart opera scenes for which he sang the roles of Papageno and Guglielmo. Since graduating in the spring of 2012, Matthew has performed the role of Schaunard with Ridgewood based ensemble, Ars Musica, and the roles of Major Murgatroyd in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience and Kilian in von Weber's Der Freischütz with Utopia Opera. Matthew also recently appeared in Amore Opera's production of Madame Butterfly, singing the role of Prince Yamadori. Matthew is a member of the 8-voice choir at the Church of Our Savior on Park Avenue under the direction of Paul Murray. He also cantors at the Church of Our Savior, the Church of Our Lady of the Scapular and St. Stephen, and the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.