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Maija Currie

Soprano
 

Soprano, Maija Currie, recently made her house and role debut with St. Petersburg Opera as The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and is excited to be singing various concerts with Opera for Earth in their upcoming 2023 season, including a solo concert in April.  Hailed by the New York Times as ‘an attractive young soprano with a promising voice and copious stage presence,’ Maija Lisa Currie has performed internationally with such companies as Opernhaus Zürich, Indianapolis Opera, Kentucky Opera, Mobile Opera, Dicapo Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Zürcher Festspiele.  Operatic roles she has performed include Violetta, Manon, Gretel, Pamina, Susanna, Zerlina, Papagena, Tytania, Miss Wordsworth, Mabel, Adele, Valencienne, Wanda in Die Grossherzogin von Gerolstein, Ida in Der Musikfeind, Donna Fulvia in Rossini’s La pietra del paragone, La Fornarina in Arensky’s Raphaello, Cécile de Volanges in Conrad Susa’s Dangerous Liaisons, and Beauty in Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast.

Ms. Currie has been a member of the young artist programs at Opernaus Zürich, Indianapolis Opera, Music Academy of the West, the Britten-Pears Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Opera in the Ozarks.  She completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and a Performance Diploma in Opera from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and received her Master of Music degree in Voice from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

 

 

Constantine Grame

Pianist

Constantine Grame studied music with his father, Theodore Grame, and holds and Advanced Certificate in Piano from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London.  He is Executive and Artistic Director of the New Century Opera.  In recent years he has served as stage and musical director for Madama Butterfly, Fidelio, Rienzi, Macbeth, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Der fliegende Holländer, Don Giovanni, Il trovatore, Iphigenie en Aulide, Carmen, Tristan und Isolde, La clemenza di Tito, Mefistofele, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Orfeo ed Euridice, all four operas of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Hänsel und Gretel and Babes in Toyland.  His edition of the original Herbert/MacDonough text of Babes in Toyland has been recognized as the most authoritative version available today.  As music director he has directed such works as Kiss Me, Kate!, The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Little Shop of Horrors, and many other musicals.  As piano accompanist he has accompanied such distinguished artists as Sherrill Milnes, Maria Zouves, Stella Zambalis, Carole Cook, and Enrico di Giuseppe.  He has appeared as tenor soloist in such works as Il barbiere di Siviglia and The Mikado.  He is an accompanist and voice coach and serves on the faculty of the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute for the Performing Arts (Ruth Eckerd Hall).  He serves as organist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, St. Petersburg.  His own opera, The Spoiler, premiered in Tarpon Springs in 2004 and was revived there in 2008, 2012, and 2016.  Drilled! The Musical, written in collaboration with librettist William Leavengood, was produced to great success in the summer of 2019.  In 2014—in recognition of his lifelong of dedication to the works of Richard Wagner—he attended the Bayreuth Wagner Festival as part of the Stipendiaten Programme, becoming one of very few Americans accorded this honour. 

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