A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Heather Antonissen has sung throughout the United States headlining as concert soloist, opera lead, recitalist, and featured cabaret artist. A “charming singer and actor,” her singing is praised as “controlled and elegant, fun, fresh, everything a performance should be.” She has performed with Chautauqua Opera, Opera San Jose, Amore Opera, North Bay Opera, West Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Verismo Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the San Francisco Choral Society and others. Operatic roles include Carmen in Carmen, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Mistress Slender in Salieri’s Falstaff, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffman, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Maddalena in Rigoletto, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and as Mabel Dodge Luhan in the world premiere of Lorenzo’s Ashes.
Violist Sheila Browne enjoys a career that includes solo, chamber collaborations and orchestral appearances. She has performed in major venues on six continents, including appearances at Berlin’s Schauspielhaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and has recorded for the Sony, Nonesuch, Bridge, MSR, and Albany labels. She has been a member of the internationally prize-winning Arianna String Quartet. Browne has collaborated / recorded with Audra MacDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Paul Katz, Ruth Laredo, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Stolzman, Carol Wincenc and members of the Brentano, Calidore, Guarneri and Vermeer quartets. As principal violist of the New World Symphony, she was selected by Artistic Director Michael Tilson-Thomas to be featured in the PBS documentary “Beethoven Alive!” A teaching assistant as an undergraduate of Karen Tuttle at The Juilliard School, she also studied with soloist Kim Kashkashian in Germany. She is Associate Professor of Viola at University of Delaware.
CHEAH CHAN DUO
Approaching its tenth season, the Cheah Chan Duo featuring Phillip Cheah, baritone and Trudy Chan, piano has become a mainstay of the New York musical scene with performances at The National Opera Center, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Tenri Cultural Institute, Cornelia Street Café, the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, and Symphony Space. Lauded by Time Out New York for its “restlessly inquisitive” performances, the Duo’s concerts feature uniquely curated programs of art songs and piano works to bring greater cultural and social awareness to their audience. Notable appearances have included a retrospective recital at the historic Victoria Theatre in Singapore; a featured performance at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia; a 90th birthday tribute concert to Ned Rorem and an evening devoted to the music of Frank J. Oteri and a Time Out New York-featured program of British art songs.