Azaël | Grant Knox (tenor)
American tenor, Grant Knox (Azaël) is enjoying a varied career in opera, musical theater, concert and recital. He has appeared with the Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Chautauqua Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera Atlanta, Rochester Lyric Opera, and with Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Opera Festival. Equally at home in concert repertoire, Knox has been engaged by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Cobb Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival, Bach Ensemble of Cincinnati, Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, and in recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Upcoming engagements include a concert version of Samson et Dalila with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano, Don Giovanni with the Peninsula Music Festival, the tenor solos in Carmina Burana with the Greenville Symphony and Chorale, and Elijah with the Rochester Oratorio Society and Rochester Philharmonic. This past spring, Knox collaborated with celebrated pianist Martin Katz for multiple performances of Janáček’s rarely heard song cycle The Diary of One Who Vanished.
Lia | Candace Dickinson
Soprano, Candace Dickinson (Lia) received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO where she studied with Julie Simson. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice performance from Converse College where she studied with Dr. Beverly Hay. She was a finalist in such competitions as the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and was given the encouragement award at the South Carolina District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Candace made her professional debut as Hermione in Strauss’ Die Ägyptische Helena at the Santa Fe Opera in 2001 where she later returned as a guest artist in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. She has worked with such conductors and as Alan Gilbert and Martin Isepp. Her opera roles include Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Barbarina in Marriage of Figaro. Her concert work includes being the soprano soloist for Faure’s Requiem, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and John Rutter’s The Mass of the Children. Regionally, she has performed with the Opera Company of North Carolina, the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, The Greenville Chorale, The Foothills Philharmonic, The Greenville Pops Orchestra, The Augusta Choral Society, and as Micaëla in GLOW’s production of Scènes de Carmen in 2014. She frequently performs in recital and in collaboration with other musicians. She serves on both the Drama and Music departments’ faculty at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC.
Simeón | Christian Elser (baritone)
GLOW General Director and baritone Christian Elser (Simeón) is making another step out from behind the conducting podium to sing in this production, as he did last spring as “Escamillo” in GLOW’s production of Scènes de Carmen. Although known to many as a conductor, professor and impresario, Christian has had a long career in opera, operetta and musical theater. He has performed with such organizations as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, Charleston Chamber Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Cleveland, Light Opera Oklahoma, Jefferson Performing Arts Society (New Orleans), Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Tulsa Project Theatre, and Centre Stage Theatre of South Carolina. Christian has recorded for Cedille Records where he sang several roles on the world premiere CD of Robert Kurka’s The Good Soldier Schweik which was nominated for the “Best New Classical Recording” at the 2003 Cannes Music Festival. In broadcast he has performed live in concert on WFMT Chicago’s Live from Studio One and on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Elvejhem series. This past season Christian performed “Judge Turpin” in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and “Don Alhambra del Bolero” in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers with LOOK Musical Theatre. Christian also has performed as a soloist this spring with both the Florence Symphony Orchestra in the Bruckner Te Deum, and with the Augusta Choral Society in the Mozart Requiem. Christian is looking forward to music directing and conducting the GLOW 2015 Festival Season of The Wiz and The Hot Mikado. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Kansas, and is Associate Professor of Music at Presbyterian College.