Soloists are a counterpoint between conductor and orchestra and lend their talents to Colorado Bach Ensemble’s collaborative efforts to perform music. For the upcoming Messiah performances, we will have four soloists with very close connections to Colorado.
Andrew Garland has become a regular soloist for many of the Coloradan organizations. A few years ago, he sang Messiah with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and has recently performed with them again in Mozart’s Requiem. If any of the readers went to hear Opera Colorado’s most recent production of La Bohème, you might also recognize his name in the role of Schaunard. He has been performing with the Colorado Bach Ensemble since 2012.
Abigail Nims, a mezzo-soprano who is known for versatility and integrity, has performed with some of the most prominent symphony orchestras and baroque orchestras in the country before moving to Colorado. After moving to Colorado, she immediately started performing with local organizations such as Colorado Music Festival and Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Nims has been performing with the Colorado Bach Ensemble since 2014.
Gene Stenger has probably the closest connection to Colorado. In November 2011, Colorado State University hosted the National Collegiate Choral Organization featuring guest conductor Helmuth Rilling, world-renowned choral conductor, and interpreter of Johann Sebastian Bach. To end the conference, Rilling conducted Bach’s “Magnificat,” “Jesu, Meine Freude,” and “Singet dem Herrn.” Stenger, performing as the tenor soloist in “Magnificat,” was able to snap a picture with Rilling and exchange a few words. A couple of months later, he found out that he had been invited to study with Rilling with the Internationale Bachakadamie in Stuttgart, Germany. He was a graduate student studying vocal performance at CSU at the time. Since then, his career has taken off performing with some of the best baroque orchestras nationally and internationally. Mr. Stenger has been performing with the Colorado Bach Ensemble since 2012.
Our soprano soloist, Nola Richardson was introduced to our audiences last year when she stepped in to replace another soprano who was originally engaged to perform but had to pull out due to illness. Originally from Australia, Ms. Richardson grew up right here in Colorado attending and graduating from a high school in Colorado Springs. This will be her second performance with the Colorado Bach Ensemble.
Join us to celebrate this holiday season with one of the most celebrated oratorios of all time, Handel’s Messiah. With this amazing cast of soloists and exceptional ensemble members in the chorus and orchestra, you won’t want to miss this powerful performance.
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