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William Beeman, actor, author, singer, Middle East expert, and professor of anthropology at The University of Minnesota, has joined Longwood for nearly a dozen roles in the course of his international career, including the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni in 1999. He performed the role of Sarastro in our Fall 2002 production of The Magic Flute.

Kim Bolling joined Longwood as Madame Heartmelt in our Spring 2001 performance of The Impresario, and as Frasquita in our Fall 2001 Carmen. She was Nanetta in our Fall 2006 Falstaff.

Jeffrey Brody is Longwood Opera's Music Director and resident composer. We enjoyed a production of his opera, The Measure of Love, in the spring of 2001. (Here's an article about composing this opera for Longwood.) Read an interview with Jeffrey at the Boston Singers Resource web site.

J. Scott Brumit, General Director/Stage Director of Longwood Opera, performed the role of Olin Blitch in Longwood's 2003 production of Carlyle Floyd's Susanna. Read an interview with Scotty at the Boston Singers Resource web site.

Marion Leeds Carroll performed small roles in small companies and large roles in totally invisible companies in NYC, before moving to Massachusetts, where she has mostly directed - Gilbert and Sullivan for various companies, opera workshops, and Shakespeare for the MIT Community Players. (Check out the outrageously flattering interview at Boston Singers' Resource.) She has performed in and organized Summer Concerts for Longwood, and played "Mum" in Longwood's June 2002 Albert Herring. She rates a spot on this page because - hey! - I'm the webmistress here!

mlc's ongoing major project (aside from this web site): Organizing an annual Music to Cure MS concert (funded in part in some years by the MCC) to benefit the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, a non-profit dedicated to curing MS by determining its causes. Download music from past concerts, or donate on-line to further benefit the Cure Project.

Evan Denmark, tenor, made his Longwood Opera debut in the fall of 2004 as Rodolfo in La Boheme and is grateful to Scott and Jeffrey for the opportunity to be part of a warm company with such a long and storied history. Returning to singing after a long hiatus, he is quickly establishing himself as a performer in demand for his rich vocal tone, musicianship and elegant stage presentation. He has appeared with Opera Providence, Longwood Opera, Lowell Opera, Heartwood Regional Theatre and New England Light Opera. Roles sung include Rodolfo (La Boheme), Sam (Susannah), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Beppe (Pagliacci), Tom Rakewell (The Rake s Progress) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). He was a finalist in the New Jersey Performing Artists 2004 Vocal Competition and a 3rd place winner in the 1st Annual Classical Singer Vocal Competition. Evan currently resides in the Boston area and studies with renowned soprano Maria Spacagna.

Meredith Hansen, soprano, has been named both First Place Winner and Audience Favorite in the Opera Birmingham Competition. Other successes in International and American competitions have included Second Place in the International Concert Alliance Mozart Aria Competition, Third Place in the prestigious Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, and Honorable Mention in the Irma Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition. She has also been named a Finalist in competitions such as The Classical Singer Competition Emerging Professional Division (prompting one judge to name her "Someone to keep an eye on") and The New Jersey Verismo Opera Competition. Ms Hansen has also been honored as a Regional Semi-Finalist, District Winner and Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She performed as Antonia (and cover for Giulietta) in Longwood's 2003 production of The Tales of Hoffmann.

Craig Hanson is heard widely in recital, oratorio, musical theater, opera and contemporary music programs and has performed regularly throughout New England. His roles with Longwood have included David in the world premiere of Jeffrey Brody's The Measure of Love and the title role in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. In the spring of 2003 he performed the role of Little Bat in Carlyle Floyd's Susannah

The Dutch bass Frits Kamp, who sang the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Longwood Opera in 1999, moved to Munich, Bavaria in Germany. He sang at the International Opera Festival Gut Immling in a version of Rossini's La Cenerentola for children, which has now been performed more than 25 times all over the region. Also he joined the Lyrisches Opernensemble in Dachau where he sang Sparafucile in Rigoletto as well as both the Commendatore and Leporello in Don Giovanni. The latest: he sang the role of Zacciaria in Nabucco in Liechtenstein, with Opera Verein Veduz.

Busy artist James Lambert has performed quite a few roles for Longwood, including Germont in La Traviata, Marcello in La Boheme, Falke in Die Fledermaus, and, most recently, Lindorf and Dappertutto in the 2003 Tales of Hoffmann. We are also grateful to Jim for giving Longwood our new URL, www.longwoodopera.org.

Robert McNamara has been noted for his "exceptional comic and vocal gift" in performances of the title role of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, Rossini's The Barber of Seville as Almaviva, Mozart's Don Giovanni as Don Ottavio, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi as Rinuccio, H.M.S. Pinafore as Ralph Rackstraw, and Marco in The Gondoliers, among other roles. He is equally at home on the concert stage, recently singing performances of Bach's Matthäus-Passion and Magnificat as tenor soloist. Robert was Tamino in our Fall 2002 production of The Magic Flute, and performed the title role in the fall 2003 Tales of Hoffmann.

Perri Montané performed her first Cherubino and Rosina with Longwood Opera (as Perri Wagner). She thanks Scott Brumit for the opportunity and for providing such a wonderful, professional experience. Since then, her other roles have included the title role in Carmen, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare, Phoebe in The Yeoman of the Guard, and Maddalena in Rigoletto. A district winner in the Met competition, she has toured with Lyric Opera of Chicago and performed with Opera Roanoke, Tacoma Opera, Hudson Opera Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Capital City Opera, and Cartersville Opera.

Miles Rind, bass-baritone, first sang with Longwood Opera as Coppélius and Dr. Miracle in The Tales of Hoffmann in 2003. He returned the next season to sing Colline in La Bohème, and to perform in its summer concert series. He has also sung with Lowell House Opera as the title character of Eugene Onegin and as Leporello in Don Giovanni, with Boston Opera Project as Horace Giddens in Regina, and as a concert soloist with several local choral organizations. In an earlier life, he sang Gilbert and Sullivan roles in Chicago.

Jean-Pierre Trevisani sang Rodolfo in Longwood's 1994 production of La Boheme. He went on to win the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions, was hired to sing Rodolfo again in Europe and has been at the Paris Opera ever since. He thanks Longwood for helping him get there.

Paul Turner studied acting privately and at Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. Mr. Turner made his operatic debut in 1999 in the role of Ruiz, in Verdi's Il Trovatore with Boston Bel Canto Opera (BBCO). In November 2002 he sang Monostatos in Longwood's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Mr. Turner's poetry credits include Bastard Quarterly, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Nomad's Choir, and Poetry Motel. As a lyricist, he has collaborated on jazz, classical, and folk compositions. In 2006, Mr. Turner's lyrics were set by Alan Dickson, Paula Diehl, Stephen Feigenbaum, Eric Funk, and Larry Alan Smith.

Longwood performers only! - if you'd like to be added to this list, please send your name and URL (and a brief descriptive paragraph, if possible) to marion@leedscarroll.com.

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