Soloists

Meet the soloists for our December 2018 concert...

 

Soprano Lara Secord-Haid is enjoying a diverse and dynamic international career. Recent performances include a 15-city operatic concert tour throughout China, Cendrillon in Cendrillon (New York Lyric Opera), a solo concert with Opera San Miguel (San Miguel, Mexico), Marsinah in Kismet (Little Opera Winnipeg), Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw (Opera on the Avalon), Marzelline in Fidelio (Manitoba Opera), 3 Settings of Celan by Harrison Birtwistle with the AXIOM Ensemble at Lincoln Center, Miss Silverpeal in The Impresario (North Shore Music Festival), and Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Opera on the Avalon).

On the concert stage Ms. Secord-Haid has delved into the study and performance of contemporary works. She performed an Alice Tully Hall premier of Ritual by Alessandro Iglesias Rossi and works of John Cage with both The New Juilliard Ensemble and Banff Centre with the resident new music ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs. 

Ms. Secord-Haid is the 2017 winner of the prestigious George London Award. She was also 1st place winner of the Upper Midwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, advancing to the upper midwest regional finals to win 3rd place. Additionally, she was named a Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique in 2015 and 2016 by Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 and was awarded the top Canadian Prize of Jeune Espoire Lyric Canadien as well as the Opera San Miguel Prize “for outstanding Artistic potential”. Ms. Secord-Haid recently took a top prize in the Orvieto International Singing Competition, was a finalist in the Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition and has received awards from the Giulio Gari Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council. She has been a two-time finalist in the Canadian Opera Company's Center Stage competition. 

Lara holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music from The New England Conservatory of Music. She was a fellow at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, attended Highlands Opera Studio, the Banff Center, the Conservatoire de Nice summer academy and the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium.

 

Tenor Omar Najmi is a familiar face on the stages of Boston, where he makes his home.  As an Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera, Omar has appeared in over ten productions, including his critically acclaimed performances as Vanya Kudrjas in Katya Kabanova.  Omar is a recent recipient of the Harold Norblom Award, awarded by Opera Colorado, where he completed a residency as a Young Artist in the 2016/2017 season.  His appearances with Opera Colorado include Joe in La Fanciulla del West, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Edgardo in the Lucia di Lammermoor Student Matinee.

Off the operatic stage, Omar has maintained an active concert career.  Most recently, he collaborated with soprano Laura Intravia and pianist Brendon Shapiro in the creation and performance of "An American Timeline," a multimedia recital program exclusively featuring works by American composers.  He has also been a featured soloist with the touring concert "Video Games Live" in Boston, Newark, and Denver (with the Colorado Symphony).

Omar has been a Young Artist with Chautauqua Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera North, and Opera NEO.  He earned a Masters in Music from Boston University, and a Bachelors in Music from Ithaca College.

 

John Robert Green recently made his Wagnerian debut as Gunther in Götterdämmerung with LidalNorth in Oslo, Norway.  He previously sang the roles of Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Peter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel for Norwegian audiences.  This summer John reprised the role of Peter in Hänsel und Gretel with the Savannah Voice Festival.  John has also performed Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Marcello in La bohème, Dr. Rappaccini in La Hija de Rappaccini, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Don Giovanni.  For his performance of Germont in La traviata, he received the Opera Performance of the Year Award from Illinois Opera Theatre.

Earlier this year, John was the baritone soloist in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Helena Symphony and the bass soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Hunter College.  He has appeared as a featured soloist with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana in performances of Bach’s B-minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, and St. John Passion, as well as Handel’s Messiah and as the title character in Handel’s Saul.  John also gained critical acclaim for his performances as soloist in Haydn’s The Creation and Vaughn Williams Sea Symphony.

This fall John returned to Teatro Grattacielo in New York City to perform Bardo in the American premiere of Cilea’s Gloria—his second American premiere in as many years with Teatro Grattacielo.  Last year he sang the role of Caleb Plummer in Zandonai’s El Grillo del Folcolare.