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2011 Soloists


Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
Scott Uddenberg, bass


Michelle Areyzaga, soprano

Michelle
                            Areyzaga

Michelle Areyzaga’s musical origins are in the Chicago area where she is much in demand among many highly regarded companies. She has sung with Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s In the Neighborhoods programs, Grant Park Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Chicago Light Opera Works, Chicago Chamber Opera, Chicago Master Singers, Apollo Chorus, Camerata Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center to name a few.

 

Ms. Areyzaga’s operatic roles have included Cunegonde, Candide; Adina, L’elisir d’amore; Sandman and Dew Fairy, Hänsel und Gretel; Despina, Così fan tutte; Zerlina, Don Giovanni; Pamina, Die Zauberflöte; Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro; Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi; Musetta, La bohème and Casilda in The Gondoliers.

 

She has championed the works of Bernstein through numerous orchestral engagements with the Rochester Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Bartlesville Symphony and San Antonio Symphony.

 

Ms. Areyzaga is a frequent guest of the New York Festival of Song under the direction of Steven Blier and Michael Barrett and has sung with Orquesta Sinfónia del Estado de México, New York City Opera’s VOX Series, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Opera, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Lake Forest Symphony, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

 

As a recorded artist, she has performed song cycles by Gwyneth Walker on The Sun Is Love (Proteus). Other recordings include Songs from Spoon River (Cedille) by Lita Grier and The Small Hours, songs by William Ferris. She has sung numerous times in both live and programmed broadcasts on Chicago’s classical music radio station WFMT.

 

New York Festival of Song and the Lotte Lehmann Recital Series; engagements with North Carolina Symphony, Vocal Arts DC, Chicago Master Singers, WFMT Chicago, Richmond Symphony, William Ferris Chorale, Butterfly with DuPage Opera, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Opera Chicago and a New York City Opera debut (Orpheus) in 2012.

 

Ms. Areyzaga made her European concert debut as soloist in Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor at England's York Minster Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, and St. Mary's Church in Oxford. In Paris, she received standing ovations as soloist in the Lord Nelson Mass with the orchestra of London's Royal Academy of Music and the St. Charles Singers.

 

Michelle Areyzaga was named “Artist of the Year” by Pioneer Press in 2006 and has been an award recipient from the Julian Autrey Song Foundation, Wm. C. Byrd International Young Artist, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year, Marguerite McCammon Vocal Competition (Ft. Worth Opera), NATSAA—National Finalist ”Outstanding Artist” chosen by Teresa Stratas, Metropolitan Opera National Council (Central Region), Viñas Concurs International and the Concert Artist Guild.

 

She received her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University with honors and was a member of Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists. In addition she has been a member of the OperaWorks Summer intensive Program in L.A. and a member of Chicago Opera Theater’s Debut Artist Series.  This is her debut with Chorus Angelorum.

 


Scott Uddenberg, bass-baritone

Scott Uddenberg

Scott Uddenberg, bass-baritone, is glad to be performing with Chorus Angelorum again, having debuted with the group in 2001 as soloist in the Brahms’ Requiem. 


As a soloist, Scott has most recently been seen with the Elmhurst (Illinois) Choral Union performing Handel’s Messiah, with the Tower Chorale performing the Mozart Requiem, and with the Chicago Chorale in the role of Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. 


Scott has appeared as a soloist with such well-known artistic organizations as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and Music of the Baroque.  He makes regular appearances as a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Grant Park Chorus.  Scott has also sung in stage roles appearing at Florentine Opera (Milwaukee), Lyric Opera Cleveland, Muddy River Opera (Quincy, Illinois), and Chicago Opera Theater performing in productions of Don Giovanni, Tosca, The Magic Flute, and The Mikado. 


His musical journey has also led him to opportunities to conduct ensembles in performances of Schubert’s Mass in G, the Fauré Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart Requiem, and to direct productions of musicals such as Three Penny Opera, Sweeney Todd, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, and Sweet Charity. 


He serves as a member of the voice faculty and as Music Director of the Theater Department at Elmhurst College.  He also holds the position of Director of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, Illinois.  Scott and his wife Kristina along with their children, Emily, Benton, Jennifer, and Carrie reside in Elmhurst, Illinois.