Nicholas Newton, Bass-Baritone

A native of San Diego, bass-baritone Nicholas Newton is garnering due attention as an up-and-coming baritone in the opera world. Hailed for his “polished vocal technique and heart-tugging emotional communication,” by the San Diego Story, Mr. Newton recently performed the roles of Capulet(cover) in Romeo et Juliette and Count Ceprano in Rigoletto at Wolf Trap Opera. Other notable performances include La fauteuil and Un arbre under the baton of Maestro Robert Spano in Aspen Music Festival’s production of “L’enfant et les sortileges”, the baritone solos in Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem" with San Diego Master Chorale, Gershwin’s "Catfish Row" with the San Diego Winds, and has been heard as Aeneas in Purcell’s "Dido and Aeneas," as Amelia’s Husband in Menotti’s "Amelia Goes to the Ball," Balthazar in Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," and Il Notaro and Maestro Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, Achilla in Giulio Cesare.


Ardeen Pierre, Soprano

Haitian-American soprano, Ardeen Pierre, is a Master student at Rice University, where she studies with Dr. Barbara Clark. Ms. Pierre received her Bachelor of Music from Sam Houston State University, where she performed the roles of Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. Ms. Pierre recently performed the role of Arminda in La finta giardiniera with Rice University. In the summer of 2017, Ms. Pierre was a participant of the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti Summer Intensive Program in Lucca, Italy, and performed the partial role of Suzel in L'Amico Fritz. In the summer of 2018, Ms. Pierre will perform the role of Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Accademia Europea Dell'Opera in Lucca, Italy. Ms. Pierre recently won The Kristin Lewis Foundation Young Artist Award from The 2018 Kristin Lewis Foundation Vocal Competition. Ms. Pierre is also a finalist of the 2018 Houston Tuesday Musical Club Ruth Burr Vocal Competition.