OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Opera Theater is presenting Welcome Back, on November 11 at 2:30 p.m. in Waterman Theatre at Tyler Hall on the SUNY campus.
Six performers are graduates of Oswego High School and another eight are performers who have musical connections with the Opera Theater.
This article gives a thumbnail professional biography about four of these singers who will be on stage to entertain our community.
Robert Dumas, originally from Malone, NY, is our new chorus director at Oswego High School. He achieved high honors from Ithaca College of Music and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.
Additionally, Robert has an Italian Language diploma from Centro Studi – Urbania, Italy and had private voice instruction at Ithaca College, Crane School of Music and also Eastman School of Music.
He was the vocal music director at Southside High School in Elmira, and director of music at the Presbyterian Church of Elmira. He was the music director for Mame, Lucky Stiff, Seussical, A Ceremony of Carols, Choir for a Cause – Commission, Once on this Island, and The Wiz.
He has been an all-county guest conductor and conductor for My Fair Lady. He has been the bass soloist with the Crane Chorus and Orchestra and has been a member of Crane Opera Ensembles.
Tamar Greene, a 2009 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, is a recent recipient of a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman Opera Theater in performing roles of Principal Comedian from The Bartered Bride, and a role in two original compilation performances titled The Juliet Letters and Genius Child.
In the summer of 2011, Tamar had the opportunity to work in Italy with internationally renowned performers and coaches in the music and language program “Si parla, si canta.” There he studied and performed scenes from Mozart’s Idomeneo, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Gluck’s Paride ed Helena.
In the fall of 2011, he was one of only eight vocalists chosen to compete in the finals of the Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition.
Tamar has also performed the role of El Dancairo in the Oswego Opera’s Carmen.
Andrew C. Richardson, a 2010 graduate of DePauw University and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music is the recipient of Artistic Excellence Fellowship, 2012.
His extensive list of roles in operas include: Serse, Der Rosendavalier, UnBallo in Maschera, LaBoheme, Faust, Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, and Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Andrew had roles in Theatre and Musical Theatre including: Eurydice, Einstein and the Roosevelts, South Pacific, The Pajama Game, Oklahoma! and Once Upon a Mattress.
Andrew was the bass soloist for Mozart’s Coronation Mass; featured soloist for teacher of the year ceremony as well as the featured soloist at the enshrinement ceremony, College Football Hall of Fame at South Bend, Indiana. The National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Competition awarded Andrew second place in 2006 and first place for 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Dan Williams is a vocalist with training as a graduate of SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts (’09) with a Music major and Theatre minor.
While there he was highly active in both departments as well as in Opera Theatre.
Notable productions included Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carousel, The Fairy Queen, The Roasted Swan, Twelfth Night, and Cabaret.
Upon graduating he has also immersed himself in the Syracuse theatre community with favorite roles in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Wit’s End Players, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for Appleseed Productions, Assassins for Red House Theatre, and Disenchanted for Rarely Done Productions.
He is also a chorister for Syracuse Opera Chorus, having been in their concert version of Man of La Mancha and also Carmina Burana.
You can look for him in the ensemble of their Sweeney Todd coming this February.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys roles in stage productions with the Oswego Players and is a member of the Oswego Opera Board.