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Eileen Mager, Soprano

Concert artist/actress Eileen Mager made her debut as a recitalist in Chicago, and has been performing solo recitals in Arizona for the past sixteen years. She also has appeared as featured soloist with Cantemus, the Desert Foothills Choral Foundation, and in many Phoenix venues; and is soloist for Christ Episcopal Church in Carefree.

Ms. Mager was the Artistic Director of the 2000-2001 Arizona Vivaldi Festival, the director of the Festival's American Premiere performance of La Fida Ninfa, and a featured soloist at the original Arizona Vivaldi Festival in 1998.

Her repertoire is very broad — ranging from opera to jazz, Broadway to folk, classical religious works to spirituals and gospel. Her performances have included works of more than 80 composers, and she has sung in 15 languages.

Ms. Mager has recorded three solo CDs: Christmas Treasures, a collection of little-known Christmas carols from around the world; Classic French Songs" featuring classical and classic pop French songs; and Broadway: Love and Laughter, a collection of great Broadway songs, both serious and comic, dealing with various aspects of love.

Upcoming performances include a series of solo concerts for the fall and winter of 2001-2002, plus the world premiere of Balkis, with music by James DeMars, libretto by Michel Sarda.

Eileen Mager

Isola Jones, Mezzo Soprano

Isola Jones made her extraordinary professional debut in Verdi's Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Within one year, she had made her Metropolitan Opera debut as "Olga" in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Since then, she has sung more than 500 performances as a leading artist at The Met with such artists as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. Her signature role is that of Bizet's seductive free spirit, Carmen.

Ms. Jones has appeared in ten "Live from the Met" telecasts, and has been featured on the Met's popular Saturday matinee broadcasts and on many other opera and concert radio broadcasts throughout the world.

This internationally-acclaimed artist can be heard on a number of recordings, including Wagner's Flying Dutchman, Mahler's Symphony No. 8, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. Videos include "Live from the Met" productions of Verdi's La Forza del Destino and Puccini's Manon Lescaut, and she has a solo disc, Music of Bach, Handel, and Purcell.

Upcoming performances include the world premiere of Balkis, with music by James DeMars, libretto by Michel Sarda, in which she will be singing the title role; and she will be singing the roles of Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto and Suzuki in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with the Arizona Opera in the 2001 -2002 season.

Isola Jones

Ellen Brown, piano and keyboard

Versatility is the word to use when describing Ellen Brown. A native of Ohio, she was educated in classical music and holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mount Union College, and the Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, but her musical tastes go far beyond the classics. She has performed in a wide variety of musical venues, including doing two-piano jazz concerts with her husband Glenn Brown, accompanying for opera stars, jazz singers, Broadway shows, and classical organ concerts. She has arranged and accompanied for the McGuire Sisters, and for Metropolitan and New York City Opera singers Robers Hale, Richard McKee, and Patricia Miller. She is currently a professional church organist and choir director, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Phoenix College.

Ellen Brown

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