Big Voices Bring Opera, More to the Highlands

Goldee Greene, left, Russelll Cusick, Tami Swartz and Adam Klein

Locals part of ensemble in June 27 and 28 concerts

Big Voices Ensemble will perform at the Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring on Saturday, June 27, and at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon on Sunday, June 28, both at 4 p.m.

Big Voices Ensemble is a diverse network of professional singing actors trained in opera and musical theater. Performers include sopranos Tami Swartz and Goldee Greene, tenor Adam C.J. Klein and baritone Russell Cusick.

Cusick, of Philipstown by way of southern California, trained at the Juilliard School. Swartz also trained at Juilliard, in opera, but she is equally at home in musical theater, new music and jazz and as a stage director. She has portrayed such roles as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly and Gilda in Rigoletto. Her husband, Klein, has made a name for himself as a lead Metropolitan Opera tenor, putting his own unique stamp on such roles as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Caradovossi in Tosca and Rodolfo in La Bohème.

Greene, of Garrison, is originally from Westbury, Long Island, and trained in classical, jazz and popular music. She recently premiered her original one-woman operatic theater work, Even Before Marian …, and sang the lead role in a concert performance of Daniel Sonenberg’s new opera, The Summer King, in Portland, Maine.

The Chapel Restoration is at 45 Market St. in Cold Spring, directly across from Metro-North train station, where weekend parking is free; the suggested donation is $10. The Howland Cultural Center is at 477 Main St. in Beacon, and tickets are $25. For information, visit chapelrestoration.org or howlandculturalcenter.org.

Photo courtesy Chapel Restoration


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