2016 House Programs La Belle et La Bête - Page 9

PETER HESS Woodwind NELSON PADGETT Keyboard Peter defies musical borders and has appeared and/or recorded with Balkan Beat Box, Barbez, David Sanborn, Asphalt Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, David Byrne, Tony Visconti, Songs:Ohia, Slavic Soul Party, Tim Berne, Jabbo Ware, Jack McDuff, Dirty Projectors, TV on the Radio, Wu Tang Clan, ICE, the Hold Steady, Son Volt, AntiSocial Music, Big Lazy, and dozens more. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His work composing and arranging for winds and strings can be heard on over 50 recordings, HBO’s Bored to Death, PBS, and the recent feature documentary Art and Craft. He holds a deep love of the music of the Balkans, which he has researched and studied in Roma villages in southern Serbia. An artist known for both his insightful musicality and charismatic performances, Nelson enjoys an important career whose activities range from solo appearances with the Houston and National Symphony Orchestras to collaborations with artists such as violinist Elmar Oliveira, the Mendelssohn String Quartet, and pianist Phillip Bush. He has performed throughout the world with the Philip Glass Ensemble since 1988. His many competition successes include the Silver Medal from the William Kapell International Competition and a Beethoven Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. His principal teachers were Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Clifton Matthews at the North Carolina School of the Arts. RYAN KELLY Onstage Audio Engineer GREGORY PURNHAGEN Baritone Ryan is an audio engineer based in New York City. Originally from Olalla, Washington, Ryan attended Full Sail University’s Recording Arts program. His career has included live performance and studio projects with Nico Mühly, Valgeir Sigurðson and Beyoncé. Gregory enjoys an eclectic career that defines the word “cross-over.” His long association with Philip Glass includes La Belle et la Bête, Monsters of Grace, Galileo Galilei and the 1992 and recent revivals of Einstein on the Beach. He has sung as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall and other New York venues for Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space. An award-winning cabaret artist, he has created several critically acclaimed shows, one of which moved to OffBroadway (Babalu-cy! The Art of Desi Arnaz). His recording work includes Early Music, New Music, cast albums and guest vocals on Bjork’s album Medulla. His work in contemporary opera has included projects for Nick Brooke, Yoav Gal, Fred Ho and Michael Kowalski. He is also the musical director of the New Xavier Cugat Orchestra, an ensemble that is preserving the great heritage of vintage Latin American Music. MARIE MASCARI Soprano Marie has performed as Siamese Twin and Judy Garland in the Lincoln Center Festival’s American premiere of Philip Glass’ White Raven, as well as Monsters of Grace, which toured throughout the US and Europe extensively. Other Philip Glass performing tour credits include Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, La Belle et La Bête, Shorts and Anima Mundi. Marie delighted audiences as Valetto and Fortuna in Opera Omnia’s Coronation of Poppea, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito and Papagena in Die Zauberflföte with Wolf Trap Opera Company, Nannetta in Falstaff, and Adele in Die Fledermaus. She performed the role of Lillian Russell in The Mother of Us All with Glimmerglass Opera, a part she also covered for New York City Opera. A Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist, Marie received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University for Vocal Performance.