Artistic and Music Director Marlon DANIEL leads a host of virtuoso international musicians representing seventeen countries to the 2019 Festival International de Musique SAINT-GEORGES
Described as “a natural and enormous talent” by the Chicago Sun-Times and as “fabulous and exceptional” by Pravda – Moscow, Marlon Daniel is one of the most dynamic conductors of his generation and is a bright light for diversity in classical music. He has performed in prestigious venues in Europe and the United States, from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Rudolfinum in Prague, and in several international music festivals.
Following in the footsteps of legendary American Maestro Dean Dixon, conductor Marlon Daniel is a protégé of Finnish conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula, who has produced talents such as Mikko Franck, Hannu Lintu, Susanna Mälkki and Esa-Pekka Salonen, to name a few.
A laureate of the 2018 Bucharest Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition, he has also won the ‘Voice of the Artist’ Award from the United Nations in recognition of his charitable work bringing awareness to the crisis in Darfur; an Honorary Key to the City of Chicago for Outstanding Musical Achievement; a Rose Hanus Fellowship; the Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for Foreign Experience; the John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award; and the James and Lola Faust Fellowship, which allowed him to receive advice from Sir Simon Rattle at the Berliner Philharmonie and later, from Iván Fischer at the Beethovenfest Bonn.
A champion of contemporary music, he has conducted many world premiere performances of works by living composers, especially those of African descent. His recording “Phoenix Forever” (music of Hampson Sisler) on the MSR Classics label received rave reviews and was in consideration for a 2011 GRAMMY.
Recently, he successfully débuted with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, where he was the first and only African American conductor invited since President Obama lifted the U.S. embargo of Cuba in 2015.
Recognized as a rising star in France, the young Guadeloupian soprano Léïla BRÉDENT delighted audiences and critics with the clarity and flexibility of her voice. In 2015, she had the opportunity to present La Marseillaise in commemoration of the abolition of slavery in France for French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and members of the government, which led her to be invited by the ambassador of United States to participate in the concert of the « commemoration of the Independence Day of the United States » at the American Embassy in Paris. In 2016, she was invited by Barbara Hendricks to share her concert at the Palais des sports and culture du Gosier. In 2017, she is invited to sing a Mozart concert with great orchestra at the European Theater of Pazarcik in Bulgaria. Since 2012, Léïla Breant was the permanent guest every year of the opera nights « Nuits étoilées » in Aussurucq in the Basque Country. The young and talented accompanist pianist, specialist of the French melody, Simon Carrey chose Léïla Brenant to form a duet. They know each time a great success with the public. Born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Musicology at the University of Poitiers and then studied singing with Molière Athalys and benefited from the advice of the Great Grace Bumbry and Barbara Hendricks, among others.
International opera sensation, mezzo-soprano J’Nai BRIDGES, returns to the Festival International de Musique SAINT-GEORGES in 2019.
She has performed with San Francisco Opera under the title of Josefa Segovia of the world premiere of Peter Adams’s John Adams of the Golden West, Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opera Zurich and in 2020 the title role of Carmen in the new Carlen production at the Metropolitan Opera.
In 2015 she represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff. She is also the recipient of a 2016 Richard Tucker Fellowship, first prize in the 2016 Francisco Vinjas International Competition, first prize in the 2015 Gerda Lissner Contest, 2013 Sullivan Foundation Award, and a 2012 Marian Anderson Award, Recipient of the Bourse. Sara Tucker 2011, recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant Award and a laureate of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Award.
Recent highlights include performances with the New York Philharmonic on Bravo! The Vail Festival directed by Bramwell Tovey, the Bernstein’s centennial celebrations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the new recording of the ninth symphony of Beethoven on Deutsche Grammophon under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel in the ninth symphony of Beethoven on Deutsche Grammophon.
Gifted with a voice of immense range and rich timbre, Darnell ISHMEL is one of America’s finest baritones, Darnell Ishmel. The New York Times described him as having “show-stealing stage presence,” and a “rich baritone” with “precise diction.”
He is a champion of the Italian Verismo operas of Verdi, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Giordano and Puccini and his large repertoire encompasses a plethora of oratorios, art songs, lieder, solo works for voice and orchestra and over two dozen opera roles.
He made his professional debut with Cincinnati Opera in 2007 and since then has become one of the most in demand vocalists on the classical music scene today.
Most recently he had the honor of performing in the 75th Anniversary National Production Tour of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the title role in the world premiere staging and recording of James Dapogny’s revival of the long-lost James P. Johnson blues opera De Organizer. He is also a member of the internationally acclaimed Harlem Jubilee Singers and the American Spirituals Ensemble.
Bass Soloman Howard’s voice is described as “sonorous” by The New York Times, “superhuman” by The Denver Post, and “a triumph” by The Guardian.
He is a frequent performer on the world’s most prestigious stages including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Santa Fe Opera, El Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Elbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall.
He has also had the opportunity to perform with renowned artists and ensembles such as Renée Fleming, John Nelson, Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and The English Concert.
Recently he was heralded by the press for the roles of Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the world premiere of the revised edition of Appomattox by composer Philip Glass.
Soprano Charlotta HULDT She began her career in the National Theatre Sweden as a singer, actress and dancer at the age of fifteen.
Her formal vocal studies were made at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in London and later at the National Operaschool Stockholm.
For over a decade years she has worked as a director, choreographer, set designer and producer of opera projects through Sweden and abroad and has held the position of executive assistant to the Royal Operahouse Stockholm. She is the founder the StrömstadOpera, CommunityOpera and the creative director of the BollywoodOpera in Botkyrka, which included one hundred and fifty professional artists on stage on and was nominated for the prestigious « Golden Prague Film Festival » in 2017.
Ms. HULDT is the winner several prestigious competitions and awards including the Swedish Competition Wagnerian society, t Jenny Lind Competition and the Claes Fellbom Operaprize for innovative stage director talent.
Coretta JEAN-ALEXIS MOUEZA
A rising star on the French lyric scene, soprano Coretta JEAN-ALEXIS MOUEZA sang in Europe and the United States. She studied music at the Regional Conservatory of Rueil-Malmaison where she obtained her degrees in piano and violin and also at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne and obtained the CAPES of musical education. In 2011, she also won the first International Lyric Singing Prize at the Paris Conservatoire after studying for ten years with Fatima Santiago-Benjamin.
In 2017, she won the « Talents des Outre-mer » award (CASODOM and Ministry of Overseas). She also participated in masterclasses of Christiane Eda-Pierre, Elena Golgevit and Rachel Lojendio in Europe and the United States of Mickael Fennelly and Wei-En Hsu at the National Opera Center – OPERA America.
Mrs. JEAN-ALEXIS MOUEZA frequently performs in festivals or recitals in Guadeloupe, Martinique and France. She is a member of Carib’Opera where, in 2018, she performed the Second Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute.
Tenor Chauncey PACKER is one of the most exciting American on the classical and Broadway stage today. He is in demand for his roles as Rodolfo (La Boheme), Alfredo (La Traviata), Pong (Turandot), Werther (Werther), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Sam (Susannah), Ruggero (La Rondine), Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus) and Tamino (The Magic Flute).
His poignant portrayal of Sportin’ Life in Gershwin’s Progy and Bess has led him to international success and performances world wide and with Tulsa Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Birmingham, San Francisco Opera, New York Harlem Theatre and Opera Comique (Paris, France) and most recently at the prestigious Teatro alla Scala.
Upcoming engagements include concerts at Lincoln Center, Edmonton Opera (Canada), Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria (Mexico) and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (France).
Winner of the 2008 Sullivan Award, Janinah BURNETT’s timeless vocal quality and poignant portrayals in signature roles such as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte are “heart-rendingly touching,” says The Sunday Times (London). The Montreal Gazette agrees exclaiming she “brought a storytelling quality as well as soprano pyrotechnics to Violetta.”As Mimí in Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of Puccini’s La Bohème.
One of the few singers to perform a leading roles in both Broadway productions as well as sing on the Metropolitan Opera stage, she is revered as a shimmering soprano with a poetic sense of line and dramatic poignancy.
Her first professional operatic engagement in 2002 was joining the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème on Broadway production as Mimí with a record of 82 sold-out performances. While with the production, she travelled to San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles with the cast. Following the productions end in 2004, Ms. Burnett joined the world premier cast of Marion J. Caffey’s Three Mo’ Divas. She also debuted the role of Harriet Tubman in the World premier production of Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom with American Opera Projects.
She joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2008 for productions of Carmen and La Bohème, and has since returned for Parsifal, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Enchanted Island and Iphigénie en Tauride with Placido Domingo. In 2013 she was cast as Bianca in La Rondine and in in 2015 for Manon.
Ms. BURNETT’S Recent performances have included the roles of Leila in John Adams’ I was looking at the ceiling and suddenly I saw the sky at Théâtre du Châtelet, Marguerite in Toledo Opera’s production of Faust, Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Opera Carolina; a Porgy and Bess concert suite with Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Portgual; soloist with the Plainfield Symphony, soloist with Cantus Firmus Musica in Sofia, Bulgaria and The American Spiritual Ensemble.