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Richard Carsey - Conductor of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
Richard Carsey is a conductor, arranger, pianist, and actor. He is currently Conductor for the longest-running musical in history, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway. National tours include Cameron Mackintosh's new production of PHANTOM in 2014-2015, the Broadway revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES with George Hamilton, and the musical LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE with Melissa Gilbert. Also on Broadway, he was Music Supervisor of THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES with Ben Stiller, and Musical Director for Joshua Schmidt's musical A MINISTER'S WIFE at Lincoln Center Theater. Internationally, he has performed as pianist and conductor in such exotic locales as Lima, Athens, Islamabad, and Kuwait. Richard enjoyed a long association with the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, WI as Principal Conductor, and for nine seasons was Artistic Director. Highlights include the world premiere and television broadcast of Richard Wargo's opera BALLYMORE; a PBS broadcast of THE MIKADO; and the world premiere of the opera THE RIVALS by Kirke Mechem. For six seasons he was the Pops Conductor of the Racine Symphony, and has been guest conductor for Syracuse Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Hartford Symphony, among others. As an actor he has appeared in over 400 performances of the play 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS at regional theaters including Dallas Theater Center, Actor's Theater of Louisville, The Globe (Saskatchewan), Laguna Beach Playhouse, and Hartford Stage (Connecticut Critic's Circle Award). Other acting highlights include THE BOYS IN THE BAND (Harold); TWELFTH NIGHT (Malvolio); SOUVENIR (Cosme) and OLD WICKED SONGS (Mashkin). He is thrilled to be working with the great musicians of Windborne Music bringing classic rock and roll to orchestras and audiences across America.
Lindsay Ammann- Metropolitan Opera Star
With a voice "capable of sinister low chest tones and robust high notes that can express a gamut of emotions" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and a stage presence that has been called "a force to be dealt with" (Opera News), Lindsay Ammann is rapidly rising as a radiant star in the opera world. Possessing an instrument well-suited for the most dramatic of roles, Ms. Ammann is proving to be a future staple in the works of Verdi and Wagner.
In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Ammann sings with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as Martha in a concert of Adam's The Gospel According to the Other Mary in Strasbourg, France. She then sings Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with North Carolina Opera, followed by Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Geneva Opera. Ms. Ammann will be the Alto Soloist in Verdi's Requiem with the South Dakota Symphony before debuting at the Kennedy Center in the Washington National Opera Ring Cycle, in which she will sing the roles of Erda, Schwertleite and First Norn. In the future, she will be seen at major international houses including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Canadian Opera Company.
Ms. Ammann made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Robert LePage's Ring Cycle as Rossweisse in Die Walküre, under the baton of James Levine in 2011. Highlights of recent seasons include, Schwertleite in Die Walküre (Canadian Opera Company); Olga in Eugene Onegin, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer, Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung (Oper Stuttgart); Beatrice in Le Donne Curiose (Wolftrap Opera); Goffredo in Rinaldo, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Olga in Eugene Onegin (Pittsburgh Opera); Olga in Eugene Onegin, Page in Salome (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis).
In concert, Ms. Ammann has sung Brangäne in Act 2 of Tristan und Isolde, Verdi's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Elijah, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, and Rossini's Petite messe solennelle with orchestras such as Casals Festival Puerto Rico, Pittsburgh Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and Indiana University.
Ms. Ammann can be seen on the Die Walküre DVD from the Metropolitan Opera's Ring Cycle and the documentary DVD Wagner's Dream, as well as heard on the Grammy Award-Winning Twilight of the Gods CD, all released by Deutsche Grammophon.