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PalmeiroAmanda Palmeiro, soprano 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 Knoxville, TN.

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 d'Hoffmann.

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.

Karen Nickell Karen Nickell, 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 Carmen.

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.

She 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.

Gran WilsonGran Wilson, tenor, is a native of Bessemer, Alabama.  His career spans four 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, St. Paul Chamber Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Trondheim Symphony.  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.

Andrew WentzelAndrew Wentzel, 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 Christ .

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.

He 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.

EnnenThaddeus Ennen, 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 BM 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.