Featured Artists in 'The Barber of Seville' Aaron St. Clair Nicholson, Katharine Goeldner and John Tessier star in Glimmerglass Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro.
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Featured Artists in 'The Barber of Seville'


Aaron St. Clair Nicholson (baritone, Figaro); Katharine Goeldner (mezzo-soprano, Rosina); John Tessier (tenor, Count Almaviva); Eduardo Chama (bass-baritone, Doctor Bartolo); Daniel Sumegi (bass-baritone, Don Basilio); Judith Christin (mezzo-soprano, Berta); Matthew Worth (baritone, Fiorello); Scott Six (tenor, Sergeant); Peter Sovitzky (tenor, Notary); Steven Walker (Ambrogio)

A graduate of the Glimmerglass Opera's Young Artists Program, Aaron St. Clair Nicholson now stars in the title role in the Glimmerglass production of The Barber of Seville. hide caption

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Katharine Goeldner has appeared in major roles at both the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera. hide caption

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John Tessier has appeared on World of Opera in two Glimmerglass Opera productions — The Barber of Seville and Handel's Imeneo. hide caption

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Aaron St. Clair Nicholson

Baritone (Figaro)

Aaron St. Clair Nicholson is an alumnus of Glimmerglass Opera's Young Artist Program, and has gone on to starring roles not just at Glimmerglass but also on stages across North America.

Nicholson has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Schaunard in Puccini's La Boheme, as a cover artist for the baritone lead in the world premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy, and as Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, with conductor James Levine. He has also sung the roles of Valentin in Gounod's Faust at the Vancouver Opera and Mercutio in Gounod's Romeo and Juliet for Opera Lyra in Ontario, and has been engaged to play the lead role in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Montreal Opera.

In concert, Nicholson has appeared with major orchestras in both the United States and Canada, performing in Fauré's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Orff's Carmina Burana.

Katharine Goeldner

Mezzo-Soprano (Rosina)

Katharine Goeldner made a critically acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Berg's Lulu, with conductor James Levine. She has also appeared at the Metropolitan as Cherubino in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Ascanio in Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini.

Goeldner's many other engagments, on stages around the world, have included Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco at the Dallas Opera, Maffio Orsini in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at the Monte Carlo Opera, Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina and the title role in Bizet's Carmen at the New York City Opera, and Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo at the Capitole Theater in Toulouse.

In concert, she has performed in Schumann's Das Paradis und die Peri with the American Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem with both the New York Choral Society and the Spoleto Festival, USA, as a featured soloist during the U.S. tour of the Mozarteum Orchestra, and in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

John Tessier

Tenor (Imeneo)

Canadian tenor John Tessier has earned international praise for a refined style and artistic versatility, and for the beauty and purity of his voice. His 2006-07 roles include Nemorino in a new Jonathan Miller production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at the New York City Opera, Almaviva in Rossini'sThe Barber of Seville at the Edmonton Opera and the Austin Lyric Opera, and Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Montreal Opera.

Tessier has performed in concert with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, Boston's Handel & Haydn Society, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra with Nicholas McGegan, at New York's Lincoln Center.

Planned engagements include Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims for the Frankfurt Opera, Richard Strauss's Capriccio for his debut at the National Opera of Paris, and a new production of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman for his debut at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.