soprano, has been praised for her dramatic stage presence and
powerful voice. A native of Michigan currently living in Knoxville, TN,
she is a frequently sought-after young artist.
Ms. Shiner is a
recent graduate student of the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Most
recently, she received an encouragement award in the 2017 Middle East
Tennessee District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She
placed second in the young artist category of the 2016 Orpheus National
Music Competition for Vocalists. In July 2016, she competed as the
Mid-South Regional Winner in the NATS Artist Awards in Chicago. Ms.
Shiner was honorably mentioned as one of Knoxville's Most Memorable
Operatic Performances of 2015 for her portrayal of Magda Sorel and
Queen of the Night with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre.
Shiner has performed the roles of Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Magda
Sorel (The Consul), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflote), Madame
Kirsten (The Beautiful Bridegroom), and the title role in Amelia Goes
to the Ball. She has performed with Knoxville Opera, Marble City Opera,
and Opera Naples. In 2014, by invitation of Manhattan Concert
Productions, Ms. Shiner performed on the Fourth Annual Collegiate
Honors Recital in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. She attended the
American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria in 2013.
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 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.
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.