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2022 Die schöne Magelone


James Taylor


James Taylor, M.M. (Yale University), is an internationally celebrated performer. At home in opera, concert, recital, and musical theatre, he has appeared with numerous opera companies, symphonies, and theatres, including the New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Carolina, Göttigen Handel Festspiele, Theatre Augsburg, and the Nederlandse Reisopera.

In his earlier roles as a baritone, Mr. Taylor performed the title roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Boheme, as well as thirty-three others. As a tenor, his performances have included Siegmund in Die Walküre, the title role in Lohengrin and Parsifal, Don Jose in Carmen, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Cavaradossi in Tosca, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. His many concert performances include Hándel's "Messiah", Bach's "Magnificat", Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mozart's "Requiem".

An avid recitalist, Mr. Taylor has presented programs in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Breda, and Groningen in the Netherlands, Munich, Augsburg, and Dusseldorf in Germany, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Vienna in Austria, and Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, as well as several universities and colleges across the United States.  He has sung Schubert's "Winterreise", "Die schöne Müllerin", and "Schwanengesang", Schumann's "Dichterliebe", "Liederkreise" Op. 24 & Op. 39, Brahms' "Vier ernste Gesange" and "Ziguenerlieder", and Wagner's "Wesendonk Lieder".

Tracey Welborn


Tracey Welborn is a graduate of Guilford College in mathematics, VCU in music, and The Curtis Institute of Music in opera.  Mr. Welborn is well-known for his variety of orchestral/oratorio repertoire. He has performed with many of the major opera houses and symphony orchestras in the United States and abroad, including New York City Opera, Opera de Lausanne, Canadian Opera Company, Central City Opera Company, Opera du Rhin, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Paris Opera, Opera de Geneva, Hong Kong Opera, Virginia Opera, Dayton Opera, Glimmerglass Opera,  San Francisco Symphony, BBC Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Richmond Symphony, Shinsei Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Alan Chavez


Alan is a Richmond native and has been consistently performing since his debut at VCU in 2011, becoming a familiar face in opera around the Richmond area ever since. Alan is very excited to finally begin his career as a Tenor, where he has already secured multiple performances for the remainder of the year, including Arnalta in Capitol Opera of Richmond’s upcoming production of L’Incoronatione di Poppea as well as Manrico in Commonwealth Concert Opera’s production of Il Trovatore. As a baritone, Alan performed numerous roles, including recent performances as: Conte Almaviva as well as the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in Gianni Schicci, and the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance.

Charles Lindsey


Primarily an organist and sacred music choral director, Charles Lindsey Jr. is also involved in the community and secular music as a pianist for vocal and string students at Virginia Commonwealth University and a harpsichordist for VCU Opera and RVA Baroque.  He is a vocal coach, piano teacher, and organ teacher.  Charles is currently finishing his longtime position as organist and choirmaster at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Petersburg, and in August will become associate organist at St. James's Episcopal Church, Richmond.

After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Richmond, Charles has pursued further studies in early music, choral conducting, vocal coaching, and organ improvisation with various teachers around the country, including some affiliated with the Juilliard Institute, Manhattan School of Music, and Westminster Choir College.  He credits the most advancement of his post-undergraduate musical skill and knowledge to incredible local talents who have served as coaches and mentors, in particular Melanie Kohn Day of VCU and the late great James Erb of University of Richmond,.

He has a particular affinity for early music, which he credits to Suzanne Bunting, his organ professor at UR, who specialized in teaching how to shape and phrase Baroque music and express it on a mechanical instrument.  Evidence of his musical talent and desire to pursue a career in church music, particularly to be an organist, began in preschool thanks to genetics and family influence:  his mother, Bettie Lindsey, is a longtime organist and church music director in the Richmond area, and his aunt (her sister), Jane Reeves, was an organist from her early years almost up to the time of her recent passing.

Reese Williams


Reese Williams has been a voice actor for over 25 years. She enjoys this work because it allows her to be obnoxiously animated, yet socially acceptable. She’s lent her talent to live radio, animation, mobile apps, voicemails, commercials, corporate videos and backup singing vocals. She’s Head of Business Development for In Your Ear Studios in Richmond, so now she gets to run her mouth about her beloved audio industry for a living. She hosts the live stream concert series Shockoe Sessions Live, and its companion podcast, "This Room Sounds Great". She also produces and hosts her own podcast titled "Spying on Humanity".

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