Angus Reid is a videographer, filmmaker, editor, drone operator and VFX artist in Brattleboro. A long-time opera and Wagner fan, he is excited to participate in this production in a support role, creating background projections, promotional videos, and set dressing.
Patrick Donnelly is an actor, writer and teacher. Motion picture credits include: The Ciderhouse Rules, The Love Letter, Original Sins, Happy Doomsday, Trial By Fire, Dischord, Searching for Content, and The Bus Stop Movie, which was named best short film at the 1999 Ajijic Film Festival in Mexico. A founding member of the Elliot Norton Award winning Boston theater company Raven Theatrical, he appeared in Psycho Beach Party and in Emil & the Detectives. He also played Miss Fern in Bad Seed at the Ohio Theater in NYC, which was named an annual top ten fringe production by the Village Voice. He co-wrote Moment of Impact which appeared at the Berkshire Fringe Festival and the Rochester Fringe Festival. He was a production consultant for Hugh Keelan Ensemble's production of Suor Angelica, and for Panopera's production of Tosca, in which he also sang the role of Spoleta.
He taught Acting at the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive, Colorado College Extraordinary Dance Festival, and as a guest teaching artist at Marlboro College, Westfield State University, Bowdoin College, The Putney School, Vermont Academy, Westover School and the State University of New York, College of Oneonta.
Hugh Keelan has conducted throughout the world, from the Residentie Orchestra (conducted by Toscanini) in The Hague, Holland, to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (in pioneering recordings of seminal American symphonies by Roy Harris and William Schuman), the Saint Louis Symphony (with a world premier), and the Windham Orchestra (creating excellence, transcendence and inclusion in community). He has collaborated with the great artists of our times, including Solti, Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Shura Cherkassky, Maurice Sendak, Tom Stoppard. In the future with TUNDI will be the opera Boudica, composed and written with Jenna Rae, in which audiences will learn Celtic war cries, and from their seats participate in battle scenes with the Roman occupiers; and with the Windham Orchestra, Martinů's Viola Rhapsody-Concerto, Duparc's complete works for orchestra: Lénore and Aux étoiles,Shostakovich Symphony No.8, Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder, Mahler Symphony No. 8, Hindemith Nobilissima visione, and Mendelssohn 'Scottish' Symphony, and Die Zauberflöte.
For Maestro, 'Life' and 'Art' are not distinct, just different words for a committed exploration of beauty and transcendence.
Wherever Jenna Rae performs, there is beauty, rigor, generosity of emotion and an unusual ability to connect.
Jenna Rae made her soprano debut in 2014 when she sang the title role in PanOpera’s production of Tosca, followed yearly by the major roles of Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Leonora (Il trovatore), and three performances of the role of Turandot in 2018. Other principal roles have been Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Elettra in Idomeneo.
Before 2014 as a mezzo-soprano, Jenna Rae’s career included ensemble work with Boston Lyric Opera, then the highlight roles of La Zia Principessa in the Hugh Keelan Ensemble production of Suor Angelica, Beethoven's Symphony No.9, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Das Lied von der Erde.
Concert work with orchestra in recent years has included Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem and Ellington's Second Sacred Concert; upcoming in 2019 are Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder, in 2020 Mahler's Symphony No.8.
She is co-creator with Hugh Keelan of Wolf, a children's musical based on St Francis, and Boudica, a Grand Opera in which she will sing the title role of the Icene warrior queen from the first century, and the production company TUNDI, dedicated to the all-encompassing artworks of Richard Wagner.
Ms. Rae is a graduate of Northwestern University where she studied voice and clarinet.
Now Jenna Rae addresses the roles of Isolde and Brünnhilde!
Justin Fetterman brings a wealth of experience in all facets of theater, working most prominently with the Vermont Theatre Company. In 2019, he directed and scored Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, which performed in multiple locations in southern Vermont and western Massachusetts. Most recently, he composed and arranged music for Charles Monette’s one-man show Running On Top of the Water; and he will be directing Patrick Barlow’s adaption of The 39 Steps in December, 2019. Additionally, Justin has stage managed and produced several recent productions for VTC and performed on stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. Outside the theater, he is a published writer, editor, and philosopher with an BA in philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University and MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, with a background teaching English, philosophy, and film.
Along with sundry experiences, Justin brings his interests in music and German philosophy to his work with Tundi. He is excited by the challenge of managing and supporting the full array of musicians and performers, and looks forward to bringing the spectacle of Tristan und Isolde to Brattleboro.
Tenor ALAN SCHNEIDER has appeared in opera, operetta, and music theatre productions with many companies in his native New England and elsewhere, including Odyssey Opera, Opera Boston, Sarasota Opera, OperaDelaware, Florida Grand Opera, The Huntington Theatre Company, Opera New England and Boston Bel Canto Opera. With Boston Lyric Opera, he has appeared in Katya Kabanova, The Flying Dutchman, La traviata, Lucie de Lammermoor (French version), Salome, Don Carlos, Carmen, La rondine and Rigoletto over the course of eight seasons with the company. Mr. Schneider made his international debut as Idomeneo with IVAI in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In addition to stage works, this versatile artist has given a number of recitals, in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Georgia, and St. Thomas, USVI. He has also appeared in concert with the Kalamazoo, Springfield (MA), Chautauqua and Omaha Symphonies, the Bellingham (WA) Festival of Music, Providence Singers, Albany Pro Musica, and the long-running Mohawk Trail Concerts in Charlemont, Massachusetts.
A proponent and frequent performer of new music, Mr. Schneider has created roles in world premieres of works by composers Eric Sawyer, Daniel Pinkham, Paula Kimper and others. Recordings of several of these works have been released on the Albany, Arsis, and BMOP/sound labels.
As a member of the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program, Mr. Schneider performed in Le nozze di Figaro and Chabrier's L'Etoile. In addition, he performed roles in La rondine, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Street Scene with Chautauqua Opera, and was chosen by that company to receive a Shoshana Foundation Richard F. Gold Career Grant. He has also been the grateful recipient of career support grants from Boston Lyric Opera and the Wagner Society of New York.
An alumnus of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and recipient of the Master of Music degree from Boston University, Mr. Schneider appeared as Acis in Acis and Galatea, Reverend Pollard in Stephen Paulus' The Village Singer, the Mayor in Albert Herring, Harlekin in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Eisenstein in Die fledermaus, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. He finished the program at Boston University's Opera Institute with the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo, which was the subject of a feature article by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe.