Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Throughout several seasons, Ann McMahon Quintero has been heard on numerous occasions with the Defiant Requiem Foundation. She has been heard in the Foundation’s Hours of Freedom; Boston Baroque’s Mozart Requiem and Handel’s Jephtha; Boston Landmarks Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem; soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Messiah; the Old Lady in Bernstein’s Candide at Arizona Opera; and Verdi’s Requiem with the South Bend Symphony. Ms. McMahon is frequently engaged with Boston Baroque having sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Messiah with tours to Poland, Haydn’s Requiem in C Minor and the title role in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans. She has soloed under the baton of JoAnn Falletta with the Buffalo Philharmonic and recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under her direction with the Virginia Arts Festival. She joins the Defiant Requiem in concerts in Los Angeles and Asheville, NC and in Ariodante with Boston Baroque in future engagements.
Her operatic engagements include an Asian debut with Musica Viva Hong Kong as Azucena (Il Trovatore); a role debut as Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera) with Austin Lyric Opera; Spoleto Festival (USA) as Suor Pazienza (Mese Mariano) by Giordano; engagements with Boston Lyric Opera as Mary (Der Fliegende Holländer) and Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) with Virginia Opera, OperaDelaware and Opéra de Lausanne; Amneris (Aida) with Annapolis Opera and Azucena (Il Trovatore) with Opéra Royal de Wallonie.
She has been honored as a Sara Tucker Study Grant winner from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, George London Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia and was a Grand National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Harold Meers, tenor
Steven Morscheck, bass
Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida
The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida is a highly select, auditioned professional core chorus under the artistic direction of conductor Dr. Trent Brown. Members come from Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, and surrounding areas.
They were incorporated in 2011, although they have a long legacy in Fort Myers with roots dating back to the formation of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Chorus in 1962. In their inaugural season, 2011-2012, they were established as an independent and vital part of the local arts scene, in addition to remaining the resident chorus of the SWFLSO, Lee County’s only professional orchestra.
The Symphonic Chorale’s mission is to develop and promote public appreciation of choral music through the presentation of concerts of the highest possible artistic standards, to educate its audiences and musician members in choral repertoire of all periods suited for a symphonic chorus, and to provide opportunities for talented area singers to work together through rehearsal and public concerts to develop their singing techniques, their performance skills, and their creative choral artistry in the interpretation of challenging and significant choral literature.
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers
Now in its 18th season, the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers is one of the premier choral ensembles in Southwest Florida. Performing throughout the area, the Mastersingers’ mission is to share significant choral works from classical composers as well as innovative new compositions.
Since forming in 2001, the Mastersingers has grown from a small chorus to an 80-plus voice ensemble of men and women dedicated to excellence in music. They are a diverse group of vocal musicians who represent all walks of life, but who all share a love of singing and a commitment to their goal of excellence.
Each season, the Mastersingers performs several concerts across Southwest Florida, sharing celebrated works in self-produced concerts as well as performances in conjunction with other talented musicians in Southwest Florida. While they concentrate on choral masterworks, they are also committed to the performance of new music from living composers. With a focus on choral music, their repertoire includes music in other languages and often includes nationally recognized soloists and conductors.