The First Annual Opera Night at St. John's

Friday, November 17th, 2017

7 p.m

First Annual Opera Night

in Memory of Brian Kenneth Tully


  An absolutely wonderful evening was had by all on Friday Nov. 17 at the First Annual Opera Night in memory of Brian K. Tully and in Support of the Music Ministry at St. John's! Thanks to the generosity of all who came, as well as the wonderful support of the Tully family, we more than met our fundraising goal! A large thank you goes out to the Opera Night Planning Comittee, the Clergy and staff of St. John's, our Director of Music Ministry and our Choral Scholars. The musicans who sang, Sarah Callinan (Soprano), Joshua Collier, (tenor), and Eric McKeever, (Baritone), were absolutely fantasticand we were blessed by their presence, musicaniship, and joy! Thank you to all and we hope to see you again for the Second Annual Opera Night!

Meet the Musicians

Sarah Callinan, Soprano

Sarah Gallninan

Sarah Callinan, a 2009 and 2010 Metropolitan Opera Nationa Council Audition Regional Finalist sings Norina in Don Pasquale with Cape Cod Opera, Gilda in Rigoletto with Salt Marsh Opera, Marie in La fille du régiment with Connecticut Concert Opera, and Veronique in Thomas Pasatieri's The Hotel Casablanca with Abilene Opera this season. Her recent engagements include Frasquita in Carmen in her Michigan Opera Theatre debut; Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute in Boston Lyric Opera’s supplementary performances; Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Mississippi Opera; Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Theatre of Connecticut; Yum-Yum in The Mikado with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and others. Ms. Callinan, a native of Worcester, MA, attended the Hartt School of Music, graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Performer’s Certificate in Voice. 

Read more and hear audio of Sarah's past perfomances here.


Joshua Collier, Tenor

Josh Collier

Joshua Collier, hailed by the Classical Voice of North Carolina for his “Pleasing tone, and excellent command of [his] high range” is a tenor equally comfortable with the Bel Canto opera, musical theatre, art song, or oratorio. Mr. Collier has earned a Masters degree in vocal performance at the New England Conservatory, under the instruction of Tenor, Bradley Williams. At NEC, he has had the privilege to work with Maestros Stephen Lord (Britten's Paul Bunyan-Directed by James Robinson) Joel Revzen (Offenbach's La Perichole), and Joseph Flummerfeldt (Mozart's Coronation Mass)  as well as continuous coaching and a solo recital performance with John Moriarty. In the summer of 2011 he had his international debut in Tuscany as Nemorino in Donizetti's "L'Elisir D'Amore” with the prestigious summer young artist training program “Oberlin in Italy.”


Read more and hear audio of Joshua's past performances here.



Eric McKeever, Baritone

Eric McKeever

American baritone Eric McKeever has won consistent praise for his voice of “power and brilliance” and “considerable flexibility and a communicative presence enhanced by expressive, crystalline diction.” Mr. McKeever’s 2016-17 season includes the role of Stag Lee in the world premiere of The Fall of Stag Lee by Darryl Nettles with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, the Security Guard in Juliet Palmer’s a cappella opera Sweat, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro in his debut with Oswego Opera, Sander in Gréty’s Zémire et Azor in a return to Skylight Music Theatre. Mr. McKeever also makes his New York City Opera debut in their production of Candide covering the Lion and performing a Don and a Westphalian Soldier. Last season Mr. McKeever was seen as Michele in Il Tabarro and the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the North Shore Music Festival, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Salt Marsh Opera, Marcello in La bohème with Opera Columbus and performed Frank in Die Fledermaus with Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Naples, Nashville Opera and Florentine Opera. Recently, Mr. McKeever made his role debut as Don Pizarro in Skylight Music Theater’s updated English-language Fidelio. UK’s Opera Magazine stated “the most powerful presence on stage was Eric McKeever as Don Pizarro, whose singing combined darkness and clarity.”


Read more and hear audio of Eric's past performances here.

Christopher Brayne, Accompanist

Chris Brayne

 Chris received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge in 1978, and was awarded the prestigious Organ Performance Diploma as an Assoiciate of the Royal College of Music. Previously, he served for seven years as the Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral, and later was the Organist and Master of the Choristers at Bristol Cathedral for eight years. St. John's of Lattingtown is his second American church as he previously spent eleven years as the Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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