and Memphis native, is an emerging performer in
Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. She was the winner of the 2017 and 2015 District Metropolitan
Opera National Council Auditions. In the summer of 2017, she performed the role
of Anna Maurrant in Street Scene and covered the Countess in Le Nozze
di Figaro with the Janiec Opera Company.
Following her vocal transition from Mezzo-Soprano to Soprano, Miss
Palmeiro began performing again in the D.C. Metropolitan area with her
first scheduled engagement as a chorister for Madama Butterfly with
Washington National Opera.
Miss Palmeiro spent the summer of 2015 with the Janiec Opera Company at
the Brevard Music Festival where she had the pleasure of portraying
Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Friend # 3 in The Ballad of Baby Doe.
In March of 2015 Miss Palmeiro performed the role of Alte Frau in
Guntram with the Washington Concert Opera, following a win in January
at the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions in
In the summer of 2014, Miss Palmeiro performed in Italy as a Concert
Artist with Oberlin in Italy. In the summer of 2013, Amanda was a
participant in the Young Artist Program at the Harrower Summer Opera
Workshop, where she performed the role of Nicklausse in Les Contes
As a member of the Maryland Opera Studio from 2012-2014, Miss Palmeiro
had the opportunity to perform the roles of Prince Orlovsky and Ida in
Die Fledermaus, Nancy Waters and Florence Pike in Albert Herring, and
cover Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflote. In February of 2013, she
performed the role of Lady Montague in Lee Hoiby's opera Romeo and
Juliet, as part of the studio's New Work Reading Series.
In 2014, Miss Palmeiro completed her Master of Music in Opera
Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a
graduate assistantship from the Maryland Opera Studio. She
studies voice with Elizabeth Bishop.
mezzo-soprano, “with a supple, pliant mezzo-soprano, wonderfully
sensitive to the interplay of words and music” (Chicago Tribune) came
to public attention with her professional debut in the title role in
Peter Brook’s acclaimed Lincoln Center production of La Tragédie de
Ms. Nickell has performed major roles with opera
companies throughout the United States and abroad, including Vancouver
Opera, Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, New Orleans Opera, Santa Fe
Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Michigan Opera Theater, Fort Worth Opera,
Columbus Opera, Mobile Opera, Anchorage Opera and Knoxville Opera.
has appeared on the concert stage with the Charleston SC, Richmond,
Honolulu, West Virginia, Kingsport and Knoxville Symphonies. Ms.
Nickell has also performed with the Yale Camerata, the University of
Tennessee Symphony and City Musik in Chicago.
A native of Salina, Kansas, Ms. Nickell currently resides in Knoxville,
Tennessee with her husband bass-baritone Andrew Wentzel.
tenor, is a native of Bessemer, Alabama. His career spans
decades and four continents as well. He has sung the leading
tenor repertoire with the New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera,
Australian Opera, Netherlands Opera, Opera de Nice, and Oper Frankfurt
to name but a few. He has performed with the Boston Symphony,
Paul Chamber Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Trondheim
He has appeared on CBS Morning News, PBS’s “Live From Lincoln Center”
and NPR’s “All things Considered.” He has performed as tenor
soloist in Messiah with the Pacific Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the
Richmond Symphony, and on a world-wide television broadcast with the
Naval Academy orchestra and chorus for the United States Armed Services
Television Network. While maintaining an active performing
schedule, Mr. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Voice at the
University of Maryland.
bass. Having made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1986, Mr. Wentzel
went on to perform numerous roles at the MET for 10 seasons while
maintaining a significant presence in opera houses and with symphony
orchestras across North America. Included in that list are performances
with Calgary Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Houston
Grand Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony the Philadelphia Orchestra,
Tokyo Philharmonic and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal both in
Montréal and Carnegie Hall with whom he recorded Berlioz’ L’Enfance du
Mr. Wentzel has recorded with the Montreal, Milwaukee
and National Symphonies and with the Spoleto Festival in Italy as well
as with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Glimmerglass Opera.
has been at the University of Tennessee since January, 1996, where he
revitalized the Knoxville Opera Studio, attracting talented young
singers to gain on the job training in the professional setting. Mr.
Wentzel joined the Janiec Opera Company as a part of the Brevard Music
Center in the summer of 2012, He has also worked with young artists at
many summer apprentice programs. Well known as an adjudicator, Mr.
Wentzel has regularly served as a judge for Metropolitan Opera
auditions throughout the country. At home in Knoxville, he has served
on the Board of Directors of the Knoxville Opera for many years. He is
also known to the Knoxville community as the official Anthem Man for
the University of Tennessee, having performed the national anthem for
over 10 million people since beginning that assignment in 2001.
baritone, just completed his second year with The Santa Fe Opera
Company where he performed the roles of Count Paris in Roméo et
Juliette, Deiner in Capriccio, and covered the role of Paul Jobs in the
world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Recently,
Thaddeus performed the roles of Cascada in The Merry Widow, Baron
Douphol in La Traviata, and Manfred Lewin in Jake Heggie’s new work Out
of Darkness at Pensacola Opera. Other credits include: Horace
Tabor from The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore and the title role
in Sweeney Todd with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music
Festival. He also performed Dancaire in Carmen with Knoxville
Opera and was the baritone soloist in the Faure Requiem with the
University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. Thaddeus holds a
degree from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and a MM degree from
the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a native of
northern Iowa, but currently resides in Chicago with his wife Stephanie
and dog Tito.