Featured Artists

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.

Soprano Jane Foster is pleased to make her debut with One World Symphony as Ellen (Peter Grimes) and to sing the Schubert Lied Nacht und Träume orchestrated by Sung Jin Hong. Ms. Foster has appeared in Europe and New York in numerous opera roles, making her European debut as Gilda (Rigoletto). She has appeared as Marguerite (Faust) — a role she “ interpreted to perfection,” La Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Violetta (La Traviata), Micaela (Carmen) and in concert, Elsa (Lohengrin). Equally at home on the recital stage, Ms. Foster is grateful to have had the opportunity to study Lieder with Elly Ameling. Ms. Foster’s Carnegie Hall recital debut was well received, one critic saying, “her artistry enabled her to penetrate to the core of the song.” In addition to performing on stage, Ms. Foster enjoys recording. Her discography includes inspirational music, contemporary opera, and Broadway show tunes. She is proud of her independent research and recording project documenting the classical American Art Songs of Kathleen Lockhart Manning.

Emerging jugendliche dramatischer soprano Beverly Love is thrilled to be making her debut with One World Symphony. 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’ 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.

Soprano Sonya Headlam has performed with One World Symphony on numerous occasions since 2006 as an ensemble member and soloist. Her most recent collaboration with One World Symphony was a performance of Sibelius’s The Tryst on the Nordic Lights program last season. An active soloist, Ms. Headlam has been featured with groups such as the Greenwich Choral Society, Bronx Orchestra, the Master Singers of Milwaukee, and DCINY with whom she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010. Equally comfortable on the operatic stage Ms. Headlam has worked with regional opera companies such as the Bronx Opera, Delphi Opera, and Fargo-Morehead Opera. Recently featured on the Trinity Church, Concerts at One Series, Ms. Headlam’s solo recital was webcast live from downtown Manhattan. Ms. Headlam obtained her MM from Miami University of Ohio. She resides in NYC and spends her free time enjoying the city with her husband and playing in their rock band, Feelings.

Soprano Sara Paar is delighted to be singing with One World Symphony again, with whom she has sung Fox in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Nora in Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea, and Magd 5 in Strauss’s Elektra. A versatile singing actress, Ms. Paar’s work includes opera, musical theatre, vocal jazz, contemporary concert work, and vocal dance. She has performed in England, Germany, Japan and Canada, as well as throughout the Eastern seaboard and in the Midwest, often performing new works by composers such as Daniel Blake, Amparo Fabra, Dag Gabrielsen, Sung Jin Hong, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Christian McLeer, Alexander Nohai-Seaman, and David Wolfson. Ms. Paar has worked with Art on the Corner, Ardea Arts, Five Words In A Line, Nexus Arts, Remarkable Theater Brigade, and Toy Box Theater Company. Ms. Paar is looking forward to a recital set for April 22nd, 2012 featuring music by the members of the New York Women Composers. It will be performed at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in Manhattan.

Katie Kat (soprano) is thrilled to return to perform with One World Symphony, as she made her debut performing Offenbach and Delibes in July 2011. Known for bringing opera to nontraditional venues, she produces an operatic recital performance for arts venues and private events across the country. She makes her own costumes, video supertitle translations, and backing tracks. Leading roles include Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Countess), Così Fan Tutte (Despina), Menotti’s The Telephone (Lucy), Purcell’s Dido and Aneas (Belinda), and The Fairy Queen (Night, The Plaint). Currently she is an adjunct voice instructor at NYU Steinhardt. She has also worked at Pennsylvania Youth Theater as an actor and mentor. Current projects include The Persephone Project (summer 2012 debut) mixing opera arias and industrial electronic rock music, as well as pursuit of her Master’s degree from NYU in Classical Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She will be appearing as Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene at NYU in March.

Soprano Heather Green’s highlights of the past year include her participation in the 2011 New York City Opera Vox Showcase, and her portrayal of Bitia in the full production of Yoav Gal’s Mosheh, which was recently picked by The New York Times as one of the more exciting operas of the year. Times critic Allan Kozinn wrote, “Ms. Green’s searing, powerful performance was spellbinding.” Other recent roles include the title roles in La Fanciulla del West, La Gioconda, and Tosca. Ms. Green is very happy to be debuting as a soloist with One World Symphony and would like to wish everyone a fantastic 2012.

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 festival. He served as concertmaster as part of the Siena Summer Session for the Music and the Arts in Italy and Switzerland.

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.

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 as Niece 2 in Peter Grimes. Ms Symonds made her recent debut with One World Symphony’s Halloween program Mad Women as Elettra.

Emily Werne is pleased to be making her debut with the One World Symphony. In New York, she has performed roles with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble since 2009 (Suor Angelica, Manon, Anna Bolena and Don Giovanni), as well as with the Empire Opera and Underworld Productions. Last summer, she sang with the Amherst Early Music Festival in Connecticut as Ridolfo in Scarlatti’s La Principessa Fedele. Other roles include Konstanze, Dalinda, Tytania, and Olympia. She is a soprano soloist at St. Mary the Virgin Times Square and sings often with several professional ensembles in the New York Metro Area. In 2009, she graduated from Westminster Choir College with a MM in Voice Performance and Pedagogy.

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Holy Apostles Church

Monday, January 23, 2012
Holy Apostles Church