Mini Reunion - Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2011 & 2012, tenor James Caran says he recently was a last minute replacement for ailing Almeric in Iolanta in Saint Petersburg. Bravo James! Credits: ROW '12 - Chekalinsky, Chaplitsky and Master of Ceremonies in Pique Dame; ROW'11 - Vaudemont, Almeric in Iolanta
Tim Ribchester is active in Philadelphia as conductor, pianist, coach, broadcaster and lecturer, currently serving on the faculties of the Academy of Vocal Arts (Il tabarro, Des contes d'Hoffmann, Don Giovanni, L'elisir d'amore, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Quichotte, Eugene Onegin, Un ballo in maschera), Russian Opera Workshop at AVA (The Queen of Spades, Francesca da Rimini), the Bryn Mawr Conservatory, and as a Music Director for Delaware Valley Opera Company (La Cenerentola, Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel, Le nozze di Figaro). Guest music director engagements include Don Giovanni for Opera Libera and Apple Blossoms for Concert Operetta Theater. A music historian and specialist in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, he is known for his support of Philadelphia composers and has given many premieres in the area as conductor and pianist, including the award-winning commercial release recording and New York premiere of Melissa Dunphy's song cycle Tesla's Pigeon.
Trained in Oxford, London, Paris and Buenos Aires, Tim has appeared in duo with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia principal singers, and with New York's foremost tango musicians at the Bryant Park Fall Festival, Five Boroughs Music Festival, and Usdan Center. He participated in the 2012 Cleveland Art Song Festival, and assisted with music preparation for Opera Philadelphia (Romeo et Juliette), Center City Opera Theater (Dido and Aeneas, L'elisir d'amore), and Opera at Florham, NJ (L'elisir d'amore), as well as debuting with Baltimore Concert Opera as pianist for Carmen this season. He has served as a panel judge for the New Jersey State Opera, Philadelphia Lieder Society, and the American Composers Forum, Philadelphia chapter, is the assistant video director for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and was the founding music director of the Eakins Vocal Consort, a select chamber choir, from 2006-2009.
Congratulations Steve Williamson, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2011-2012 (Credits: ROW'11 -- Lensky and Triquet in Eugene Onegin; ROW'12 - Young Gypsy in Aleko; Hermann in Pique Dame)
Steve is in the Metropolitan Opera chorus singing in Borodin's Prince Igor as Russian Soldier. Live in HD is scheduled for March 1, 2014. He will be easy to spot as he's front stage in almost every scene. Don't miss!
Steve shares this wonderful message:
"I have to thank you for all the work we did in ROW ... I have no doubt that having 4 Russian Roles on my resume helped when The Met was hiring for Prince Igor! But all the Russian language work and your pronunciation guide have given me an advantage in PI. I'm not only keeping up, but rather feel like I'm ahead and very comfortable. So .. thank you, my friend!"
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