Léïla Brédent, Soprano
In 2015, she had the opportunity to perform La Marseillaise to commemorate the abolition of slavery in France for French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and US Ambassador Jane Dorothy Hartley at an event that welcomed more than a thousand spectators at the Acte Memorial in Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. In 2016 she performed alongside Barbara Hendricks at the Palais des Sports and Culture du Gosier.
Born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, she studied music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Poitiers. She studied voice with Molière Athalys and has also benefited from the advice of Grace Bumbry and Barbara Hendricks.
Ms. Brédent has recently performed in Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland and has had great success for her performances of roles of Konstanza (Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Königin der Nacht (Mozart - Die Zauberflöte), Violetta Valéry (Verdi - La Traviata) and in the title role of Delibe’s Lakmés.
J'Nai Bridges, Mezzo-Soprano
In 2015, she completed a three-year residency at the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, which included performances such as Inez in Il trovatore, Vlasta in The Passenger by Mieczysław Weinberg under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis, and Flora in La Traviata. That same year, she represented the United States at the prestigious BBC World Singing Competition in Cardiff. She is the recipient of a 2016 Richard Tucker scholarship, the first prize of the 2016 Francisco Vinjas international competition, the first prize of the 2015 Gerda Lissner competition, the 2013 Sullivan Foundation award, a 2012 Marian Anderson award, Scholarship recipient Sara Tucker 2011, recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant as a promising singer, and winner of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation competition.
A native of Lakewood, Washington, Ms. Bridges obtained a Master's degree in music from Curtis Institute of Music and a Bachelor's degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music.
In 2020, Ms. Bridges will perform the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with the San Francisco Opera and in 2021 with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Brendon Elliott, Violin
Described by the Richmond Times as an accomplished performer "who plays with substantial sound and a lovely feeling of warmth” self-possession" and hailed in the Charleston Courier for "Playing with grace and poise, displaying a fine technique and sweet tone," Brendon Elliott has been making a name for himself with outstanding performances throughout the United States and Europe.
He began to play the violin under the tutelage of his mother, an accomplished violin teacher, at the ager of three and by age ten had already made his solo orchestra debut with the Hampton University Orchestra. Since then, he has won many solo competitions and has been a soloist with several orchestras. A two-time alumni of National Public Radio’s From the Top, he has also toured with the Virginia Symphony, performing alongside the legendary Natalie Cole, and a guest soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, he is also been a fellow at Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Festival, New World Symphony, Sarasota Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival. His teachers have included Ronald Copes Pamela Frank Sylvia Rosenberg and the late Joseph Silverstein.
Recent highlights of his career has been being featured in 2016 documentary film The Brigetower, where he portrayed the younger version of the Afro-European virtuoso George Bridgetower, who was friends with Beethoven and the original dedicatee of his famous Kreutzer Sonata and performing with the New York Philharmonic on the Young People's Concerts series.
Currently Brendon is a member of the Sphinx Virtuosi international touring ensemble and will be making several solo debuts with orchestras throughout the Unites States.
Sterling Elliott, Cello
He is a member the renowned Sphinx Virtuosi, his family ensemble, the Elliott String Quartet and has had the opportunity to perform celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma and perform alongside pop star Jennifer Hudson and the legendary Itzhak Perlman.
He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Phihoarmonic, New World Symphony, New York Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.
Sterling is currently a full scholarship student at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Joel Krosnick and is a recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. He has also attended the Eastern Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Summer Perlman Music Program.
In 2020 he made several important debuts including a Carnegie Hall concerto solo debut with the New York Youth Symphony in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. He is currently an auxiliary cellist with the New York Philharmonic.
Stephen Salters, Baritone
The first prize winner of both the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation Competition, baritone Stephen SALTERS has been acclaimed throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. The Boston Globe described his performance as "breathtaking ... [and] Salters is a fearless and extremely honest performer and an exciting singer."
He regularly works with leading opera companies and international orchestras with renowned conductors including Ivor Bolton, Will Crutchfield, Christoph Eschenbach, Jane Glover, Bobby McFerrin, Martin Haselboeck, Keith Lockhart, Nicholas McGegan, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Jeff Tyzik and Hugh Wolff.
Stephen Salters' passionate and impeccably articulated performances in a wide range of repertoires have earned him praise worldwide. Some of his greatest moments include the singing of the main role of Kovalyov in rare performances of Shostakovich’s Le Nez in France with the Loire Orchestra, the role of the Minotaur in the world premiere of the Kings of Philippe Fenelon with the National Opera de Bordeaux and the title role in Toussaint Before the Spirits by Elena Ruehr with Opera Boston.
With more than thirty opera roles in his repertoire, he excels in roles that include Mozart (Don Giovanni, Comte Almaviva / Le nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo / Cosi fan tutte); Donizetti (Malatesta / Don Pasquale) (Belcore / L'Elisir d'Amore; Gluck (High Priest and Hercules / Alceste); Handel (Melisso / Alcina and Achilla / Guilio Cesare); Leoncavallo (Silvio / I Pagliacci); and as Captain Balstrode in Britten's Peter Grimes.
Upcoming projects include operas and concerts in Belgium, France, Spain and the United States.
Noah Stewart, Tenor
Praised for the distinctive timbre of his voice, magnetic stage presence and movie star good looks, Noah Stewart has become one of operas most sought after international performers. He is known for his poignant portrayals of characters in the romantic Italian and French repertoire and is a frequent guest artist with major opera companies and concert halls around the world. He has also performed on several BBC Proms concerts’ as well as being named a BBC Music Ambassador and after making his broadcasting debut at The Cardiff Singer of the World International Voice Competition.
The winner of first of the New England Music Competition in Boston, he has performed with Bregenzer Festspiele, Chicago Opera Theater, Florentine Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater, Orlando Philharmonic, New Orleans Opera.Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philhamonic Orchestra, Manchester Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra, to name a few.
In 2012, he made a critically acclaimed debut at Covent Garden. Major opera roles followed that included Rodolfo (La Boheme), Don José (Carmen) Tamino (Magic Flute), The Prince (A Flowering Tree), Luigi (Il Trittico), Radames (Aida) and Hassan in the world premiere performance of Judith Wier’s Miss Fortune.
His musical development began in Harlem, where he studied classical music at The Harlem School of the Arts. Later he went studied at The Juilliard School.
A DECCA label recording artist, he became a major success in the United Kingdom, topping the classical charts for seven weeks with his debut album.