The Third Annual Opera Night 

December 6, 2019


Meet the Musicians

Sarah Callinan, Soprano

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Sarah Callinan return to us again this year after her wonderful performace int the First Annual Opera Night. Praised for her ‘pure, lustrous voice’ and ‘Lucille Ball-like energy,’ soprano Sarah Callinan has performed a wide variety of roles throughout the US and Europe. Some favorites include Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Opera Carolina, Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Arizona Opera, Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and the title role in La Fille du Régiment with Connecticut Concert Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto) and Amina (La Sonnambula) with Salt Marsh Opera and Valencienne (The Merry Widow) with Cape Cod Opera. Most recently she portrayed Blonde the Orion Slave Girl in a Star Trek parody of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with Salt Marsh Opera, she appeared in the Texas premiere of The Hotel Casablanca as Veronique with Abilene Opera, and sang the role of Marianne in The New Moon and Helen de Vazquez in Victor Herbert’s Orange Blossoms with Light Opera of New York, which was recently released on the Albany Records label

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

Kimberly Sogioka, Mezzo-Soprano 


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Praised by Opera (UK) as “...the most opulent female sound on the stage...” young mezzo-soprano Kimberly Sogioka is drawing much attention as an exciting artist on the operatic and concert stage. A frequent collaborator with composers in new music projects, Ms. Sogioka created the role of Nurse 3 in the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera workshop of Michael Torke’s Senna, and was a mezzo soloist in the Metropolitan Opera workshop of Scott Wheeler’s The Sorrow’s of Frederick


Ms. Sogioka also collaborated with renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, in selections from Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium, and also performed as part of his master class series for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This year, Ms. Sogioka was the first place winner of the Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition, as well as winner of the Audience Favorite Award and second place winner in the New Jersey State Opera Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition.  She also made her off Broadway debut in the New York Musical Theatre Festival singing the role of the Evangelist Narrator in Gerald Fried’s Omnia ad Dei Gloriam (or Les the Least Straightens the Lord).



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



Brian Cheney, Tenor



Hailed by KUSC Los Angeles as the “next great tenor”, Brian Cheney, protégé of legendary tenor Jerry Hadley, has gained international acclaim for his portrayal of characters such as Don José in Carmen, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, the Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Canio in I Pagliacci. The 2018-2019 season will showcase Mr. Cheney’s seamless versatility beginning with his creating the role of Victor Frankenstein in three sold out performances of Gregg Kallor’s World Premiere of Frankenstein in NYC. Other highlights include his debut with the National Philharmonic as tenor soloist in a concert celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein, Verdi’s Requiem with Southern Illinois Symphony, and Salute to Vienna Concerts in Chicago, Boston and Hartford produced by Attila Glatz Productions. He will also perform Canio in I Pagliacci and the tenor soloist in Pulcinella with Opera Orlando, and Antonin Scalia in Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg with Opera Delaware. Mr. Cheney is also an accomplished recitalist performing recitals and concerts internationally, with performances in cities from Montreal, Vienna, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia to his New York City recital debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.


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



Eric McKeever, Baritone

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American baritone Eric McKeever has won consistent praise for his voice of “power and brilliance” (Chicago Tribune) and “considerable flexibility and a communicative presence enhanced by expressive, crystalline diction.” (Opera News) Mr. McKeever’s 2019-20 season includes performing Charlie in the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Looking at You with HERE in New York, joining Opera Columbus in “Twisted 3” in collaboration with the Columbus Symphony and Ballet Met, his role debut as Tonio in Pagalicci in a return to Salt Marsh Opera, the premiere of a new song cycle by composer Josh Rodriguez, a debut with the Anchorage Festival of Music in Dave Brubeck’s “The Gates of Justice” and his role debut as Don Giovanni with Indianapolis Opera and Oswego Opera. Able to encompass a variety of roles, Mr. McKeever has performed Don Pizarro in Skylight Music Theater’s Fidelio, starred as the title role of El Cimarrón with the Center for Contemporary Opera, took on the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera Company of Middlebury and joined Opera Project Columbus as Michele in Il Tabarro. Early in his career, Mr. McKeever covered the roles of Burnah/The Ship Cook in Amistad by Anthony Davis at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also participated in Lyric Opera’s Opera in the Neighborhoods portraying Figaro (The Barber of Seville) and Alidoro (Cinderella).

Read more and hear audio of Eric's past perfomances 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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