Join us here for these signature performances by Princeton Festival artists, all brand new and all part of our “Virtually Yours” season!
Our last Signature Artist Showcase is tenor Ronald Samm singing “Winterstürme” from Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre.
Spanish soprano Paloma Friedhoff Bello has an active career in Spain singing symphonic and concert music as well as recitals. Last year she sang under the baton of Ennio Morricone in his Iberian Tour. This season she is soprano soloist with the Film Symphony. Visit her website here.
Emily Marvosh enjoys performing a variety of music from medieval to contemporary, with folks like the Lorelei Ensemble, Boston Symphony Orchestra, A Far Cry, Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, and Seraphic Fire. Marvosh sang the role of the 2nd Secretary in The Princeton Festival’s 2019 production of Nixon in China.
Noted as “the compelling” guitarist and “the fine” lutenist by The New York Times, Arash Noori performs throughout North America and Europe on lutes and guitars as both recitalist and accompanist. Arash has appeared in performances with Les Arts Florissants and Philharmonia Baroque amongst many others. A graduate of Yale University and The Juilliard School, Arash currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Early Music at University of North Texas, College of Music.
Stephanie Noori is fluent in a variety of musical styles as an active soloist and chamber musician on violin, viola, and viola da gamba, and a specialist in early music performance. Ms. Noori is the concertmaster for Austin Baroque Orchestra and a founding member of the chamber ensemble Les Touches and multimedia performing arts organization Lumedia Musicworks.
Soprano Lindsay Ohse is a versatile singing actress who has performed with numerous companies across the country, including the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Southwest, Anchorage Opera, OperaDelaware, and Opera North.
Shannon Rakow is thrilled to be returning to The Princeton Festival after her performance in 2019’s She Loves Me. Her favorite NYC/Regional credits include: She Loves Me (Ilona), Legally Blonde (Margot), Spelling Bee (Schwartzy), Oliver (Bet), Angelina Ballerina (Viki) & The Collins Boy. ShannonRakow.com
Alex Richardson’s Princeton Festival appearances include Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), and Peter Grimes (Peter Grimes). Other career highlights include engagements at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Mr. Richardson holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Manhattan School of Music.
Violinist Maria Romero performs with the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra, as well as Nashville Opera, Music City Baroque, and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. She has appeared at Valley of the Moon Music Festival and Boston Early Music Festival, and teaches violin at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Check out Maria Romero on Episode 4 of The Princeton Festival Podcast.
Ronald is a Dramatic/Helden tenor who started his career singing roles on London’s West End, but is now a well sought after tenor on the operatic stage. Roles include the title role in Verdi’s Otello (Opera North, Leedsand Noorlandse Opera, Sweden), Lazarus in The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams, (Theater Bonn), Canio in I Pagliacci (Scottish Opera, Cork Opera), Sportin Life in Porgy and Bess, (Kazan and Opera de Lyon) and many others.
James Conrad Smith is pleased to be back with The Princeton Festival—last summer he was seen as Kodaly in She Loves Me. Since then, he has been working coast to coast on several projects as an actor, director, and orchestrator. Visit him online at jamesconradsmith.com
Liam Teague is Professor of Music and Head of Steelpan studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU), where he also directs the NIU Steelband. Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan”, his commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan has taken him to throughout the world, and he has received many awards from his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago.
Cellist Elizabeth Thompson is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra as well as principal cellist of the Riverside Symphonia. She frequently performs with Opera Philadelphia, and has played with the Santa Fe Opera, the Berkshire Opera, and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, where she also serves as principal cellist.
Brian Wang, seventeen years old, has been playing piano for thirteen years and currently studies with Dr. Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege. He has won top prizes in many competitions and was the Princeton Festival Open Class winner in 2019.
Hailed by Gramophone for his “impressive horn playing,” Todd Williams is an active performer and educator based in Philadelphia. A leading exponent of the Natural Horn in America, he serves as Principal Horn of numerous ensembles across the country including the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Trinity Baroque, Clarion Society, Apollo’s Fire, Mercury, Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, and more.
Soprano Jennifer Zetlan is internationally recognized for her artistry and captivating stage presence. She has been seen and heard on opera and concert stages worldwide from the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and Davies Hall in San Francisco to Teatro Solis in Uruguay, as well as numerous recital venues, and on Broadway.