Doura, Puccini, & Prokofiev

Sunday, March 4, 2018  2:00pm

NEC’s Jordan Hall

D. Doura: Summer Dreams
Puccini: La Bohème, Arias from Act I
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

About the Artists

Francisco Noya
  • Francisco Noya Conductor

    Francisco Noya is a prominent figure in the Boston and New England music scene, where he has earned a reputation as a versatile interpreter of symphonic and operatic literature. He served as music director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston and Symphony by the Sea in Manchester. Mr. Noya currently serves as resident conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, where he represents the Philharmonic artistically and educationally throughout the Rhode Island community. He is also the music director of the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton, MA.

    Noya is also a respected member of the conducting faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the fall of 2008, he began his tenure as music director of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, where he is actively engaged in the exploration of cutting-edge orchestral repertoire.

    Noya began his professional career in his native Venezuela, as conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Valencia, one of the original ensembles of “El Sistema.” After earning advanced degrees in composition and conducting from Boston University, Noya was appointed to serve as assistant conductor of the Caracas Philharmonic and assistant to the music director of the Teatro Teresa Carreño, one of the most prestigious theaters in Latin America. Noya continued his conducting career in the United States by serving as music director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York for ten seasons. During his tenure, he led the group on two European tours as well as in concerts at both Carnegie Hall in New York City and in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.

    In the U.S., Noya has appeared as guest conductor of the Boston Pops, Baltimore, Nashville, San Antonio, and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, and the Cape Cod Symphony, among others. In addition, he has performed internationally with orchestras in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and Russia. In Venezuela, Noya has collaborated with “El Sistema,” teaching Master Classes and conducting orchestral performances throughout the country. For the past three seasons, Noya has been a guest conductor with the Orquesta Académica of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

    Noya currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island. When he is not on the podium, he can frequently be spotted on the tennis courts at Roger Williams Park.

    Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez
    • Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez
      Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez Soprano

      Nicaraguan-American soprano and Grand Finalist of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez will be joining the 2017-2018 Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Noted for her “generosity” by the New York Times, and praised by Opera Wire for her “dramatic voice” and “musicality,” Ms. Reyes is gaining recognition in the industry. She recently finished her time with the Boston University Opera Institute this past May, where she sang in Mozart’s Le nozze de Figaro as La Contessa, Tobias Picker’s Emmeline as the title character, and Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox as Soprano. Previously with the Boston Conservatory of Music, Ms. Reyes sang her first Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro as well as Jonathan Dove’s Flight as Minskwoman, and Greek Woman in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

      In the summer of 2016, Ms. Reyes debuted in Opera Hub’s production of Monsalvatge’s El Gato con Botas as La Princesa. Additionally, she was selected by the Houston Grand Opera to participate in the 2016 Young Artist Vocal Academy.

      Engagements for the 2017-2018 season include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the New Haven Symphony, as well as recitals and masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program under the direction of the legendary Maestro James Levine.

      Soon to be resident of New York City, Ms. Reyes is originally from Meriden CT, and was coincidentally born on the same street as the famous 20th century soprano, Rosa Ponselle. When she is not singing, she can be found in the kitchen cooking Nicaraguan and Colombian cuisine as well as expanding her wine knowledge.

      Joshua Collier
      • Joshua Collier
        Joshua Collier Tenor

        American tenor Joshua Collier, praised for his “thrilling high range” and “passionate commitment to character,” was hailed as “a great italian tenor on the make” by Boston’s Classical Scene in his June 2016 role debut as Romeo in Roméo et Juliette.

        A graduate of The New England Conservatory (Masters in Music – Vocal Performance), Mr. Collier has performed throughout New England and beyond in roles including: Rodolfo (La Boheme – Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre), Nemorino (L’Elisir D’Amore – Opera Company of Middlebury), Chevalier de La Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites – Sarasota Opera), Calaf (Turandot – Opera Company of Middleburg), Macduff (Macbeth – Raylynmor Opera) B. F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly – BARN OPERA), Camille (The Merry Widow – Opera Wilmington), Tamino (Die Zauberflote – Opera New Hampshire), Tony (West Side Story – Asheville Lyric Opera), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Lowell House Opera), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia – Opera Brittenica), and Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance – Opera Providence), Fabrizio (The Light in the Piazza – Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre), among others.

        In addition to the lyric stage, Mr. Collier has performed the tenor solos in much of the symphonic and oratorio repertoire including Requiem by both Verdi and Mozart, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (Op.31), Rejoice in the Lamb, Abraham and Isaac – All by Benjamin Britten, Elijah and Paulus of Mendelssohn, Handel’s Messiah, as well as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the Coronation Mass of Mozart.

        Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to work with such conductors as Stephen Lord, James Allbritten, Lidiya Yankovskaya, Joel Revzen, Marco Balderi, Joseph Flummerfeldt, John Moriarty, Scott Schooner, Emmanuel Plasson, John Moriarty, Victor de Renzi, David Neely, Andy Anderson, and Michael Sakir, among others.

        Mr. Collier founded the Bostonian opera company, Opera Brittanica, championing the works of Benjamin Britten, in 2013, and is currently is the Artistic Director of BARN OPERA based in Brandon, Vermont, and is currently represented world-wide by Berger Artist Management.

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