Theresa Dunigan, Intern, Soprano: Soprano Theresa Dunigan, known for her “stellar qualities and beautiful voice [which] make her a perfect fit”, made her professional debut in 1999 in The Magic Flute. Roles include: Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Hélène (Hin und Zurück), Electra (Idomeneo), the title role and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), The Frog (The Cunning Little Vixen), Adina (L’Elisir d’amore), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Mimi (La bohème), and Woglinde (Götterdämmerung). Theresa has sung with Washington East Opera, Knoxville Opera, the Rossini Festival, Spokane Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Eastern Washington University Orchestra, & UT Symphony Orchestra, and in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space. Ms. Dunigan was named a semi-finalist in the 2013 Meistersinger competition in Austria and appeared as a featured solo artist with the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra. Ms. Dunigan received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. We are privileged to have such a seasoned veteran of Opera as an intern of Opera Night, Long Island.
Bruce Solomon born and raised in New York City began his formal training at The Julliard School of Music, Precollege division. He continued his education at Queens College and Studied German language and history at the University of Kiel in Germany. Upon his return from Europe, he studied at The Manhattan School of Music, where he was a member of the Opera program. Bruce later took advanced studies at The Mozarteum in Salzburg where he studied opera and German Lied. Bruce has performed leading roles at the Amato Opera and was winner of the young American artist vocal competition and was featured on WNYC radio in New York. He was an apprentice at The Lake George Opera Festival and has performed at both Avery Fisher and Carnegie Hall. Bruce has sung in both church and synagogues throughout the United States. Bruce is a frequent performer at Music on The Sound in Port Jefferson and Northport's Opera Nights.
Baritone Eric McKeever has been hailed by Opera Magazine (UK) for possessing a voice of “darkness and clarity.” The baritone’s 2016-17 season includes performing the title role in the world premiere of Darryl Nettles’ The Fall of Stag Lee with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, returning to NYC’s Center for Contemporary Opera as the Security Guard in the a cappella opera Sweat by Juliet Palmer, and singing Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Oswego Opera Theater. Later in the season Eric makes return appearances to Skylight Music Theater as Sander in André Grétry’s Zémire et Azor and makes a role debut as the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman with Bel Cantanti Opera. Recent appearances for the baritone include Marcello in La bohème with Opera Columbus, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Salt Marsh Opera, the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera Company of Middlebury, and performances as Frank in Die Fledermaus with Florentine Opera, Nashville Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Naples. Locally Eric has been heard as Papageno in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s touring production of The Magic Flute, Don Parmenione in L’occasione fa il ladro with Little Opera Theatre of New York, the title role in Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarron with the Center for Contemporary Opera and Fernando in Bronx Opera’s La gazza ladra. Mr. McKeever was recently awarded the 2014 Doherty Ross Debut Artist Award given by Skylight Music Theater and can be heard as the Scientist on the new recording of Stephen Melillo’s Son of the Storm.
Gary Lorentzson has been performing since the age of 7 years old. His first professional work was performing at The Metropolitan Opera House for 5 years with the children's chorus. As an adult he has performed in local operas and musicals. He also formed his own group called Solo Noi Tre. Performing all over Long Island at various venues including the Telecare channel. He also had the opportunity to perform at Shea stadium singing the national anthem. Gary is happy to once again be a guest at Opera Night and hopes to make future appearances on a regular basis.
Award-winning Mezzo-Soprano, Lorraine Helvick, has been dazzling audiences in North America and across Europe for the past fifteen years. She has performed a vast array of charaters such as Carmen (Carmen), Charlotte (Werther), Frugola (Il Tabarro), Flora (La Traviata), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Mama Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana), Gertrude (Romeo et Juliette), Rosette (Manon), Inez (Il Trovatore), Pinellino (Gianni Schicchi) and Giovanna (Rigoletto). In 2014, she originated the role of Soldier’s Mother in the world premiere production of Theo Popov’s three-character opera Once Upon the Wind. Ms Helvick is thrilled to be performing her first Amneris (Aida) this December in her hometown of NYC. Ms. Helvick has also performed as a guest solo artist in Switzerland, England, Ireland, Wales, and Canada. During her time in Switzerland, she earned a Zertifikat in American Music specializing in American Spirituals. She was recently named a national semi-finalist for the New York Lyric Opera Vocal Competition, and finished work on the prize-winning independent film “Crackers” starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Brenda Vaccarro, Dan Hedaya, and Anthony Laciura. Ms. Helvick received her Master’s Degree from Westminster Choir College, where she studied with celebrated Soprano, Sharon Sweet, and coached with Daniel Beckwith and JJ Penna. During this time, she won 2nd place in the Hilliard Rankel Vocal Competition. She currently studies with the MET’s and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” star, Anthony Laciura.