Legendary Collaborations II: Gluck & Calzabigi

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Composer-Conductor Sung Jin Hong is the artistic director of One World Symphony. The New York Times described Hong’s From The Alchemist as transforming “a novel to a lush Mahlerian sound.” Mr. Hong’s upcoming composition commissions include a piano concerto for Lloyd Arriola and a symphonic poem for Ramakrishna-Vivekananda. His recent commissioned and performed symphonic works include Eye of the Storm (2010–2011) and Sidewalk Sketches (2010). His compositions have been performed at the New York International Fringe Festival, the central New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, Bard College, and Palai Corbelli in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Hong’s guest conducting engagements include Lyrique-en-mer in France, Stadt Wien Konservatorium in Vienna, Royal Northern Conservatory in Manchester, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Redlands University, Bradley University, Western Illinois University, Great Music for a Great City. Mr. Hong had the honor of being chosen by Kurt Masur to participate in a series of masterclasses and conduct in a concert with Manhattan School of Music Symphony. He made his international recording debut as a conductor with classical music’s largest record label, Naxos.

Adrienne Metzinger is a founding member, graphic designer, managing director, and stage director of One World Symphony. Ms. Metzinger had the honor of singing our National Anthem to begin New York City’s televised 2003 Veteran’s Day Parade as well as at a ceremony honoring then-Senator Hillary Clinton held by the United Spinal Association. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut singing the music of Kurt Weill in a benefit concert for the American Red Cross. Ms. Metzinger has made numerous appearances in One World Symphony’s opera productions: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Brangane), Poulenc’s The Dialogues of the Carmelites (The First Prioress), Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky), Barber’s Vanessa (The Baroness), Richard Strauss’s  Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryade) and  Elektra (Clytemnestra’s Trainbearer), Verdi’s  Otello (Emilia), Janácek’s  The Cunning Little Vixen (Forester’s Wife, Dog), Tchaikovsky’s  Eugene Onegin (Larina), and Handel’s  Giulio Cesare (Cornelia). Her solo concert repertoire with One World Symphony include Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Bach’s Magnificat, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ms. Metzinger has also performed world premiere works by Kyle Gann, Joan Dawidziak, and Stan Grill. Ms. Metzinger sang Sibelius’s Kaiutar with world premiere orchestration by Sung Jin Hong in Legends from the North.

Nicole Buggé trained at American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School studying under Septime Webber and Graham Lustig. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where she graduated Cum Laude. Ms. Buggé performed with the Richmond Ballet in such works as George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Rubies, and Serenade, Stoner Winslett’s The Nutcracker, and The Spring Fairy variation from Malcolm Burn’s Cinderella. Additionally she choreographed and performed internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Ms. Buggé holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In New York City she performed in original works by Deborah Jowitt, Cherylyn Lavagnino, and Sydney Skybetter as well as with the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation at the 92nd Street Y. Additionally she was commissioned to present work at Lincoln Center, choreographed for the Second Avenue Dance Company at Tisch, and was an Emerging Jewish Artist Fellow. Ms. Buggé is making her debut with One World Symphony as choreographer and dancer.

Making his debut with One World Symphony, Marshall Coid has been described by the New York Times as “astonishingly versatile” for his multifaceted career as a countertenor, actor, violinist, composer and lyricist. He received his formal training at The Juilliard School. His recent countertenor appearances include the Devil in Arlene Sierra’s Faustine (his third opera with Center for Contemporary Opera), alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with The Camerata Singers (PA), The Princess in Paul Boden’s The Princess Musical, and Bach arias with The Queen’s Chamber Band (QCB) in NYC. His Opera credits include covering two roles at New York City Opera (while a member of the orchestra), Demetrius, Summer and Secrecy in The Fairy Queen with Ithaca Opera/Ballet, Second Spirit in The Magic Flute with Connecticut Grand Opera, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Prince William Symphony, Nutrice in La Giuditta, Orf-Reo in Lauten’s Orf-Reo and Erato in Il Parnaso Confuso with the QCB, various roles in several Vinci operas with Soho Baroque Opera and arias in concert with various US orchestras. Mr. Coid has performed Carmina Burana throughout the United States. He was a soloist with New York’s Ensemble for Early Music at St. John the Divine and The Metropolitan Museum of Art for six seasons. He has appeared in live Broadcasts from both The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center and was featured vocalist in A World at War on PBS TV. He is currently the onstage violin soloist for Chicago on Broadway.

Making her debut with One World Symphony, soprano Korin Kormick has been acclaimed for her luscious voice, commanding stage presence, and dramatic conviction. Since her transition to the soprano fach, she recently made her Off-Broadway debut as the Mother in Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), and is delighted to collaborate with One World Symphony as the heroine of Gluck’s Alceste. As a mezzo-soprano, her operatic credits include the title characters in Menotti’s The Medium and The Old Maid and the Thief, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw (Britten), Ma Moss in The Tender Land (Copland), and Katisha in The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan. A former regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Kormick completed post-graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music and will return to her native state of Kentucky next month to sing at her undergraduate alma mater, Centre College.

Emerging jugendliche dramatischer soprano Beverly Love is thrilled to sing with One World Symphony again after having made her debut in this season singing selections from Peter Grimes and performing the role of Solveig in Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Her recent engagements have included Gertrude in New York Lyric Opera Theater’s production of Hansel and Gretel at Symphony Space; the Mistress in OperaWorks’s original pasticche, Pride and Promiscuity; and Elaisa in the North American premiere of Mercadante’s Il giuramento with Brooklyn’s OperaOggi, as well as the Countess in OperaOggi’s presentation of highlights of Le nozze di Figaro. She has also appeared frequently with Opera Avanti at Lang Hall in varied roles including Cora in Paulus’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, Chrysothemis in Strauss’s Elektra, and the title roles of Strauss’s Arabella and Lehar’s Giuditta. Ms. Love holds degrees in vocal performance from Abilene Christian and Southern Methodist Universities. Her upcoming projects include concerts with the Greater Atlanta Music Enrichment Program and selections from Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Jesse Long Forum in Atlanta.

Canadian-born mezzo-soprano Kirsten Kane appeared with the NY Philharmonic as a Hen in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and her operatic roles have included Wanda in Friml’s Rose Marie with Light Opera of NY; Nicklausse with Regina Opera; Prince Charming, Madame Haltière, Mercedes and Marcellina with NY Lyric Opera Theatre; Cherubino with Eastern Festival Opera; Romeo, Dorabella, Siebel and Hansel with Northport Opera; and La Badessa with Opera Co of Brooklyn. She sings as a freelance artist with ensembles which include the NY Philharmonic, Little Orchestra Society, NY Choral Artists, NY Virtuoso Singers, Mostly Mozart, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral, and renaissance quartet The Good Pennyworths. She presented a program of French salon songs for the Jewish Museum’s exhibit of Sarah Bernhardt, and premiered the role of Kathleen in Susan Stoderl’s opera Afraid at the NY Fringe Festival. The 2012 season will include covering Poulenc’s Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites with Dellarte Opera. Ms. Kane is a graduate of the Victoria Conservatory in British Columbia.

Soprano Courtenay Symonds has been hailed by the Boston Globe as “lively and capable” and by Opera Today as “scoring in both comedy and voice” for her portrayal of Arminda in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. Recently specializing in modern American repertoire, she has performed the roles of Mag in Richard Wargo’s Ballymore: Winners, the Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Anne in Harold Farberman’s Diamond Street, and Death as a Woman in the New York City premiere of Elodie Lauten’s The Death of Don Juan. In concert, Ms. Symonds performs regularly with vocal chamber music ensemble enCANTA Collective and has performed internationally with Austria’s Franz-Schubert-Institut, Les Nuits Musicales d’été de Nice, and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. A graduate of Westminster Choir College and Boston University, Ms. Symonds is thrilled to be singing with One World Symphony again. Ms. Symonds made her recent debut with One World Symphony’s in Mad Women as Elettra and joined the group again singing selections from Peter Grimes and Sibelius’s Kaiutar.

Soprano Winnie Nip, First Place winner in the 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition, will be making her Canadian debut this summer. She made her operatic debut as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) while at Harvard and her other roles include Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), La Fée (Cendrillon), Romilda (Serse), Galatea (Acis and Galatea), Gilda (Rigoletto), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Violetta (La Traviata), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande). She recently appeared as Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo) at the Metropolitan Opera Guild and she is delighted to be performing with One World Symphony as Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice). An all-round musician with Associate of Trinity College London diplomas in voice, violin and piano, she has also performed extensively as an oratorio and concert soloist, and continually captivates her audiences with her “fantastic facility” and exquisite “clarity of tone.” She is a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn. Ms. Nip is making her debut with One World Symphony.

Soprano Emily Werne has been living and singing in New York since 2010. She made her debut with the One World Symphony in January 2012 singing excerpts from Peter Grimes. She has sung with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Empire Opera, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, as well as a soloist with several churches in the New York City Metro Area. Current roles incud: Königin der Nacht, Konstanze, Dalinda (Ariodante), Ridolfo (La principessa fedele), and others in progress. She has been featured in solo recital in Santa Fe, The Berkshires and Princeton. Recent appearances include solo and ensemble singing at St. Mary the Virgin Times Square, Madison Avenue Presbyterian as well as Christ & St. Stephen’s Church. Since graduating with a MM in Voice Performance & Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, Ms. Werne maintains a private voice studio in addition to performing regularly in New York and Connecticut.

Puerto-Rican born José Pietri-Coimbre has distinguished himself as an orchestral, chamber music, and solo violinist, and as a vocal soloist. He made is operatic debut as Forester in One World Symphony’s production of Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen in May 2010. He later performed as Chevalier in Poulenc’s The Dialogues of the Carmelites in January 2011. As a violinist and violist, he has held principal positions at One World Symphony, Puerto Rico Sinfonietta, the National Orchestral Institute Orchestra, Bronx Opera, and the Queens Philharmonia. A founding member of Cuarteto Ensue–o, he is dedicated to the performance of Spanish and Latin American art music of instrumental and vocal genres. Mr. Pietri-Coimbre performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician at the Con Vivo Chamber Players concert series in Jersey City, NJ, and as violinist and tenor for the Luci Toscane Music and Cultural Arts Festival, in Italy and in Wisconsin. He has performed at the Chamber Music Live Series at Flushing Town Hall and the Lefrak Concert Hall, and at in several notable music festivals. He served as concertmaster as part of the Siena Summer Session for the Music and the Arts in Italy and Switzerland.

Native of Tokyo, mezzo soprano Sahoko Sato has performed with Baltimore Opera, Syracuse Opera, Tokyo Opera Nomori, Saito Kinen Festival, Seiji Ozawa Ongakujuku Opera, Berkshire Opera Company, Chautauqua Opera, Nevada Opera Theatre and as a concert soloist she has appeared with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at Carnegie Hall, Seattle, Oregon, West Virginia, Chautauqua, Singapore and Sapporo Symphonies and New York Symphonic Ensemble. Her recent appearances included Alto soloist in Verdi Requiem with the New York Choral Society’s Summer Sing, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica with Opera Manhattan. She will reprise Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with New Rochelle Opera next month. Sahoko has earned degrees from Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory of Music. She is making her debut with One World Symphony.

Tessa Anton, a BFA graduate in Dance with Distinction from The Ohio State Universit,y has had extensive studies in dance including ballet, modern, musical theatre, jazz, tap, pointe, character, and ballroom. During her undergraduate career Ms. Anton has had the honor of studying under mentors such as Susan Hadley, Bebe Miller, Megan Durham-Wall, Karl Rogers, Ming Lung-Yang, and Abigail Yager.  Performances include OSU’s Dance and Drums Downtown Concerts, MFA Performance and Dance Camera Work, and the Evolution Theatre Company’s Boy Meets Boy. She has studied with The Richmond Ballet, performed as a member of the Bayside Youth Ballet Company, and Rapture Jazz Dance Company. Ms. Anton also has experience as a dance instructor and choreographer. She will be appearing in a new work by Kendra Portier this summer. She is honored to have the opportunity to perform for One World Symphony and to reunite with Nicole Buggé in this unique performance.

Alex Betka holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and is a Dance MFA candidate at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he is researching the sociopolitical context of victim-based art. Past dance performance has included work by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe. Past choreography has been seen at Cornish, NYU, the American Dance Festival, through residencies with Ormao Dance Company, and in rap artist Money Major’s music video “Bend it to Tha Front” (dir. Blaine Ludy.) This is his second project with Nicole Buggé, and his first with One World Symphony.




Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Mara Driscoll grew up amongst the beautiful Rocky Mountains. During her high school years, she attended the North Carolina School of the Arts on scholarship and, upon graduating, danced at the Richmond Ballet. Ms. Driscoll has performed works by George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Robert Lindgren, Starr Foster and James Atkinson. Since moving to New York, she has performed with Ian Spencer Bell Dance, Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, and the Lincoln Center Institute. Ms. Driscoll has also worked in public programming at the Museum of Arts and Design and with “Lyrics on Lockdown,” a group that leads arts empowerment workshops for incarcerated youth. She is currently pursuing her B.A. at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.



Ohio native Paige Grimard moved to New York to pursue her dreams of performing. For the past two years, Ms. Grimard has been dancing and touring with Exit 12 Dance Company along with many other freelance jobs she has been thrilled to participate in. She toured nationally with L’Oreal as a model and dancer, performed in the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, competed in the 2012 Yoga Asana championship, and most recently has taken a role in the off Broadway show “Awesome 80’s Prom.”






Caili Quan is a native of Guam and began her dance training with John Grensback and Bettina Sanzotta. When she was sixteen she moved to New York City to train with Darla Hoover at Ballet Academy East. She was a trainee with the Richmond Ballet for two years before moving to Charlotte to dance with North Carolina Dance Theatre. Currently she dances for First State Ballet Theatre under Pasha Kambalov where she has been given the opportunity to dance soloist roles such as Gypsy Queen in Don Quixote. She is also working towards a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Delaware.



Brittany Testone began her training as a scholarship recipient at Center of Ballet and Dance Arts, under the direction of Deborah Boughton in Syracuse, NY.  She spent summers training with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, LINES Ballet, Washington School of Ballet, and Boston Ballet.  Ms. Testone is a recent graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and minor in history. While at Tisch, she was a member of the Second Avenue Dance Company and had the privilege of performing original works by Sean Curran, Cherylyn Lavagnino, and Deborah Jowitt, as well as repertory by Keigwin+Company, David Dorfman Dance, Kate Weare Company, and Battleworks Dance Company.  Ms. Testone is a member of Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance Company, danced in several music videos including Charlene Kaye’s “Animal Love,” and had the opportunity to perform at Lincoln Center.

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