Johana Arnold sings regularly as a soloist with the Folger Consort in Washington, D.C. For many years, she was a member of the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble in New York City, where she also performed with the Ensemble for Early Music, Concert Royal, and the New York Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Arnold has sung with Western Opera and Michigan Opera Theaters and with ensembles including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Meredith Monk. She has concertized and sung in operas in Europe, Asia and South America.
Ms. Arnold now lives outside of Delhi, New York and enjoys a lively career combining musical theater, acting and singing with groups including Orpheus Theater, the Catskill Symphony and the Catskill Choral Society. She teaches voice at Hartwick and continues to concertize. Ms. Arnold has recorded with Nonesuch, Musical Heritage, Bard, CRI and Western Wind labels.
Ms. Arnold holds a B.M. and a M.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory.
A resident of Otego, Ms. Donaldson is the general music teacher at Greater Plains School, an artist-in-residence at Hartwick College, and serves as the Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta. She attended the Crane School of Music for her Bachelors in Music Education and Indiana University at Bloomington for a Masters in Opera Performance where she studied with Gabriella Tucci and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni.
Ms. Donaldson has toured with Theodore Bikel in Fiddler on the Roof. Other national tours include Me and My Girl and in Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera, where she appeared as Carlotta the Spanish Diva.
Regionally, Ms. Donaldson has appeared as Trina in the critically acclaimed Blackfriars production of Falsettos, and the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods in Rochester, and as Woman #2 in Butterfinger's Angel at Syracuse Stage with Ron Pallilo.
Ms. Donaldson has performed with Orpheus Theatre in Oneonta. Her last show was Into the Woods where she portrayed the Baker's Wife. Other roles include the Wizard of Oz where she appeared as Glinda the Good Witch, Laurie in the 1987 production of Oklahoma, Marion the Librarian in The Music Man, Mazeppa in Gyspy and Nettie Fowler in Carousel.
She has been a soloist with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, The Catskill Choral Society and the Voices of Cooperstown.
Tenor Steven Nanni, "a world class tenor who has natural musicality, artistic instinct and vocal talent, sang the role of Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir D'amore beautifully" (Irish Times) ..."Nanni, a true Mozartian tenor with ease and flexibility...His singing was assured and elegant." (New York Times) "A particularly strong performance ... Nanni sang beautifully" (Boston Globe). "Among Steven's many talents are his natural musical instincts. He is a singer from the old school of bel canto and expressive line; a complete musical instrument and artist" --Nico Castel (Metropolitan Opera diction coach, Juilliard School professor).
Steven's engagements include over 25 leading roles in opera and oratorio such as Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata; Tito in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito; Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia; Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, and Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflote. Oratorios include Bach's Magnificat; Mass in B Minor, and St. Matthew Passion; Haydn's Creation; Handel's Messiah; Mozart's Requiem; Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Orff's Carmina Burana. Steven has also appeared in light opera, art song and lieder recitals with piano accompaniment and full orchestral format.
Appearances include New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Company of Dublin, Ireland, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Florida Philharmonic, La Lirica di Venezia, Liederkranz Hall (NYC), the Juilliard School, Delaware Valley Opera, Binghamton Philharmonic and Tri-Cities Opera, the Newport Summer Music Festival, and the International Gilbert and Sullivan festival in the United Kingdom.
Steven holds a degree from the Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" di Milano Internazionale. He attended the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, where he studied with Soprano, Renata Scotto. Steven has also been a student and colleague of the celebrated soprano Montserrat Caballe and Placido Domingo. Among Steven's Operatic credentials, he has made his mark in the world of Jazz, with invited performances at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Birdland, the Jazz Standard in NYC, and the Newport Jazz Festival. He has performed with such artists as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, and Frank Sinatra Jr.
In mastering the vocal techniques of Marchesi, Lamperti and Garcia, Steven has adapted his own interpretation in translating these techniques to students of all voice types and vocal obstacles. As a singer and teacher of voice, Steven firmly believes that breathing skills, release of tension, the understanding of placement of voice, vocal exercises and scale work is mandatory in building the voice. To that end, good diction, language skills, translation and the ability to communicate should be first and foremost in a singer's performance. Steven has studied and worked, for many years, with the master in diction, translation and style, Mr. Nico Castel, with whom Steven has coached a large part of the operatic and song literature. Steven has been appointed Director of Hartwick's Opera Scenes Program. For more information on Steven Nanni, please visit his web site at www.stevennanni.com.