Meet Our Artists

Timothy Nelson, Artistic Director

Timothy Nelson is active as a director and conductor in both North America and Europe. Most recently Nelson directed “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” and “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” at London’s Barbican Hall for the Academy of Ancient Music, “Un Ballo in Maschera” for Iford Arts Festival, and “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” for the Nationale Riesopera, where he is a frequent guest and has also directed and designed production of “The Lighthouse” and “La Nozze di Figaro”. Other work includes productions of “Rigoletto” and “Madama Butterfly” for Sardinia’s Festival Ente Concerti, “Aureliano in Palmira” for the famed Festivale della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, “Riders to the Sea” for Amsterdam’s Grachtenfestival, “Dido and Aeneas” and Vivier’s “Love Songs” for the Rotterdam Opera Days, “La Voix Humaine” for the Residentie Orkest of the Hague, “Giulio Cesare” for Opera London, and European touring productions of “Where the Wild Things Are” and “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” for the Dutch National Opera and NJO. From 2002-2012 he served as Artistic Director of American Opera Theater, directing and designing a diverse body of productions including baroque masterpieces “Messiah”, “La Calisto”, “Jephtha” , the American premiers of “La Didone” and “David et Jonathas” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a national tour of his acclaimed circus production of “Acis and Galatea”, called by the New York Times “The Future of Opera”. The company also presented Phillip Glass’ “Hydrogen Jukebox”, a new version of “Carmen” inspired by Peter Brook’s version, and said by the Washington Post to have “out-Brooked Brook”, and an original Kurt Weill work entitled “Songspiel” with two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair.

Nelson served as Artistic Director and Head of Music of the Netherlands Opera Studio where he directed and designed productions of “Don Giovanni”, “La Boheme”, “Pelleas et Melisande”, “La Calisto”, and “The Rape of Lucretia”. He is also Artsitic Director of the Accademia Europea dell’Opera where he has directed and designed “Les Dialogues des Carmelites”, “Die Zauberflote”, “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria”, “Cosi fan Tutte”, and “Alcina”; as well as a regular guest director and designer at the Center for Opera Studies in Italy, having created productions of “La Clemenza di Tito” and “L’Incoronazione di Poppea”. Other guest credits include Bard College, Georgetown University, Indiana University, Oberlin College, Royal Hague Conservatory, and Peabody Conservatory.

Nelson was an awardee in the Opera Europa Directing Prize, and was also awarded Belgium’s Goude Meeuw for his production of Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” in Bruges (director and designer). Other recent work includes “Orphee et Eurydice” for Opera Grand Rapids, “La Calisto” for English Touring Opera, “The Fairy Queen” and “Jephtha” for the Iford Arts Festival.

He was named Artistic Director of the In Series in the Spring of 2018.

2018-2019 r(E)volution! Artists

Alex Alburqueque - Baritone

Alex AlburquequePeruvian native baritone Alex Alburqueque (Vespone/Counsel for Defense) studied Vocal Performance at the University of Maryland under the guidance of renowned American baritone Dominic Cossa. He has worked alongside Gregory Buchalter from The Metropolitan Opera, Lucy Arner from New Jersey Verismo Opera, and Carlos Palacios from Teatro Argentino de la Plata. He recently sung the role of Escamillo in the In Series & The Washington Ballet’s Carmen in Havana, as well as Vespone in La Serva Padrona, and the Counsel for the Defense in Trial by Jury. He has portrayed the roles of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Schaunard in La Boheme, Vidal Hernando in Luisa Fernanda, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Don Hilarion in La Verbena de la Paloma, among others. He has worked with Washington National Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington DC, Opera Bel Cantanti, Teatro Lirico DC, and Opera NOVA.

Brian Arreola

Brian Arreola (Tenor) has been featured with The Minnesota Opera, Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, American Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Grachtenfestival (Netherlands) and others. His Riccardo in Iford Opera’s (UK) 2015 Ballo was called, “passionate and tortured,” by The Fine Times Recorder, and Bachtrack said, “Arreola is a delightful Riccardo…giving him charisma, confidence and a sense of infectious chimerical joy, as well as strong and lyrical singing.” Of his 2016 Toledo Opera debut The Blade enthused, “Tenor Brian Arreola created a Roméo whose persona churned from petulant adolescent to ardent lover, and finally impetuous hero. His voice was rich, lyric, and particularly expressive in the final death duet.”

Peter J. Burroughs - Tenor

Peter BurroughesTenor Peter J. Burroughs was last seen as Don Jose in the In Series’ Carmen in Havana. has appeared with Washington National Opera in roles including Aníbal in Luisa Fernanda, Maintop in Billy Budd, Remendado in Carmen, and, most recently, Lamponaio in Manon Lescaut. With the In Series he has appeared as Paco (La vida breve), Roberto (Le Villi), Pedrillo (Abduction from the Seraglio), Basilio/Curzio (The Marriage of Figaro), Julian (La Verbena de la Paloma), Mr. Angel (Impresario), Satyavan (Savitri), Felipe (La Revoltosa), Canio (I Pagliacci) and Lamparilla (Barberillo de Lavapies). Peter has sung Monostatos in Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Die Zauberflöte, Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos with St. Petersburg Opera Company, Remendado with Opera Tampa, and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Carroll Opera. In March he will sing Gastone in Opera Tampa’s La Traviata and will perform with Carlos and Anamer in Havana, Cuba. Peter is creator and central character of Zarzuelita Latina, an In Series outreach production that introduces hundreds of DCPS children to Spanish and Latin-American music & dance.

Anamer Castrello - Mezzo

AnamerMezzo-soprano Anamer Castrello was last seen at the In Series as Carmen in Carmen in Havana. Praised by the Washington Post as “Castrello has a powerful and passionate voice…round and clear with a smoky finish” is a native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She holds a DMA in Vocal Performance from CUA. She has delighted audiences in appearances with many orchestras and opera companies in the Washington DC area and abroad. Recently signed by George M. Martynuk Artists Management, Anamer was a featured soloist in the September, 2015 televised, Canonization Mass of Junípero Serra, celebrated by Pope Francis, held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, DC. She also made her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Hall performing Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto Quartet. Other roles include: Strawberry Woman/Lily in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Mamma Lucia in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Gertrude in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Marcellina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium, Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Currently Anamer is a Teaching Artist with the Kennedy Center, and the Lyric Opera of Baltimore Education and Community Programs.

Jaely Chamberlain - Soprano

MT HeadshotAustralian native Jaely Chamberlain (Soprano) is quickly establishing herself as a “pitch-perfect, compelling soprano” (Berkshire Fine Arts) with “emotion that doesn’t quit and a talented voice to match” (The Writers Bloc).  A versatile performer currently based in the Mid-Atlantic Region, her expertise spans from the classical repertoire to the standards of jazz and musical theater. Highlights from the 2015/16 season included role debuts as Musetta (La Bohème) with Colorado’s Crested Butte Music Festival and Nannetta (Falstaff) with Virginia’s Shakespeare Opera Theatre.  Other appearances included a recital of arias and duets with Washington Concert Opera, a televised performance of Barber’s Hermit Songs with Ensemble Deburau, and her ensemble debut with the Washington National Opera in Carmen.  Recent accolades include an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and grants from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation and Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies. Ms. Chamberlain has been a Young Artist with the Crested Butte Music Festival and Hubbard Hall Opera, and an Apprentice Artist with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival.  She earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the esteemed Maryland Opera Studio, and holds Bachelors Degrees in music education and voice performance, both from Shepherd University. www.jaelysoprano.com

Natalie Conte

Natalie Conte (Soprano) Described as “magnanimous and powerful”, Natalie is an awardwinning performer of opera, art song, and oratorio. In 2017 she won first prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artist Competition, in 2016 the Maryland Lyric Opera Competition, and in 2013 the Vocal Arts D.C. Discovery Art Song Competition. She has sung in works with Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Russian Chamber Art Society. She has performed in her hometown Detroit, Michigan as well as Rome, St. Petersburg, & Moscow. She has sung in master classes with Marilyn Horne, Montserrat Caballé, Sherrill Milnes, and Aprile Millo. Natalie is a professor of voice at Shenandoah Conservatory. This year she completed her fourth season as an extra chorister with the Metropolitan Opera and makes her Carnegie Hall debut this May singing the soprano solo in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Teresa Ferrara (soprano)

Teresa Ferrara (Soprano) A native of Washington, DC, Teresa has performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center, and chorus work has allowed her to perform often with the National Symphony Orchestra. It has also brought her to international venues in France and Cuba. She has earned the Award for Excellence in the Arts from the National Society of Arts and Letters, The Washington Post Music & Dance Scholarship Award, & 3rd place in the Friday Morning Music Club Sue Goetz Memorial Competition for Singers two years in a row. Recent credits include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess Almaviva), Così fan tutte (Despina), Bastian and Bastiana (Bastiana), and Don Giovanni (Zerlina cover/Chorus), as well as Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (Giannetta) and Massenet’s Chérubin (L’Ensoleillad). She is a recent graduate of the Master of Music program at the Peabody Conservatory.

Fairouz E. Foty - Soprano

Fairouz E. Foty received her Bachelor Degree in Music and Africana Studies from Lafayette College in 2011 and continued her studies at Westminster Choir College, where she earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with a Performance emphasis.  As a professional opera singer she has studied with Carlos César Rodriguez for more than ten years and debuted with Carol Opera Company as Micaëla in Carmen.  As a Master’s student she performed the roles of Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lauretta from Gianni Schicchi through Westminster Choir College Opera.  In 2014 she completed the Bel Canto Le Chiavi Program with University of Houston and the Carol Yahr Summer Opera Scenes Workshop where she sung Mimì from Act III of La Bohème.  She is currently the Co-Director of Music at Foty Fusion Productions and the Assistant Director of Operations of ROMEZ3arts where she is a member of the Romez Trio. Fairouz will perform with the Romez Trio as they make their formal debut this January at The Art’s Club of Washington as part of the series Evening with Extraordinary Artists.  As a member of the Romez trio she performed for the AFTA (Arts for the Aging) Capricorn fundraiser at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington DC and the 28th Annual AFTA Gala.  Through the mentorship of AFTA performing artist Peter Burroughs, Ms. Foty participated in a joint program with AFTA and the Kensington Park Senior living center entitled Rifiorirà: La Traviata.  This past August she debuted with Hubbard Hall Opera, singing Voluptua in La pizza con funghi and studying the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly.   This November she performed with WORD Dance theatre in Chambers of the Heart and received a stunning review by DC Theatre Scene “I was nearly brought to tears by the hauntingly gorgeous voice of Fairouz Foty as she sang an operatic aria”   This past spring she performed in Havana Cuba as part of a cultural exchange and has been invited back along with the other teaching artists to perform this April.  Fairouz’s musical foundation began through Arabic music where her father, a virtuosic oud and Arabic singer, taught her and her four siblings how to play and sing in Arabic. She is in the process of using her Western Opera skills to create a unique genre of Arabic Opera that focuses on the works of early 20th century Arabic composers and musicians.  Currently she maintains a private voice studio and is a faculty teacher at Middle C Music.  Fairouz is very excited to make her In Series debut as Rosario in Goyescas.

Cara Gonzalez - Soprano

cara gonzolezSoprano Cara Gonzalez is thrilled to be making her In Series debut in Goyescas. A native of Washington D.C., Ms. Gonzalez holds degrees in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Operatic roles include Saffi (The Gypsy Baron) with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company; Jessie (Mahagonny Songspiel), Mrs. Noah (Hotel Eden), the Second Lady (The Magic Flute) with Peabody Opera; Countess (The Mariage of Figaro), Frasquita (Carmen), and Musetta (La Bohème) with the American University Summer Opera Workshop; and Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. She has appeared as a soloist in concerts with the World Bank Chorale, Coral Cantigas, and the Song Club of Washington. Ms. Gonzalez is a two-time winner of the Maryland/DC competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a Grand Prize winner of the DC-based Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Competition. She is best known for her interpretation of the official Spanish-language translation of the Star-Spangled Banner (El Pendón Estrellado) for the National Museum of American History. Ms. Gonzalez is a soprano soloist at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church and teaches voice independently in Montgomery County and Baltimore.

Fleta Hylton - Soprano

FLETA HYLTON, Soprano, most recently was heard at the INSeries in her one-woman show “What I Wanted to Sing When I Grew Up” and the season before that singing French cabaret songs. She has taken a foray to the Music Theater world, and understudied the lead role at Signature Theatre for the world premiere of the musical “Cake Off.”

Her professional operatic stage roles include the title role in Martha, Marie in Daughter of the Regiment, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera News reviewed her performance as “musically polished”) Rossini’s Cenerentola, Violetta in La Traviata, several turns as Musetta in La Bohème and Despina in Così fan Tutte, Sicle in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, First Lady in Magic Flute, Sonia in The Merry Widow, and her favorite
Mozart role (for which the Post acclaimed her a “singing actress”) Donna Elvira in Don
Giovanni. Miss Hylton has also appeared several times with the Washington National
Opera and has sung seven roles for Washington Concert Opera. No stranger to the
concert stage, she has appeared many times at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall as a
soloist, singing the soprano solos in both Mozart and Brahms Requiem, Handel’s
Messiah, and Ralph Vaughn-Williams Sea Symphony. She has also produced and sung
vocal selections for permanent exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution.

Miss Hylton has taught voice at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic
University since 2001, with a focus on music theater majors; she was also the Chair of
the Voice Department at the Levine School of Music for nine years. In the Washington
Metro area, she has been a first level judge for the Washington International Singing
Competition and her students have performed in Chicago, Bergen Norway, Hong Kong,
Philadelphia, Washington, the Miss America Pageant (Atlantic City), national music
theater tours out of New York, and national tours sponsored by the Kennedy Center.

Bryan Jackson - Baritone

byron jacksonBaritone Bryan Jackson is thrilled to be back at the In Series. Past roles include Scarpia in Tosca for The American Center for Puccini Studies (ACPS); Marcello in La Bohème for Belcantanti; Guglielmo Wolf in Puccini’s Le Villi with the Piedmont Orchestra (VA), baritone soloist for the Gala Lirica Concert commemorating the reopening of the Teatro Nacional of Panama and frequent appearances with the Washington National Opera. Past In Series credits include Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Men, Death in Gustav Holst’s Savitri. He has also sung roles for Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, the American Center for Puccini Studies, The Amato Opera (NYC) and The Aria Club of DC. Bryan won second place in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria (AIMS 2002) and was a Mac Allister Award semi-finalist. He is the music and choral director at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church.

Nanna Ingvasson

Nanna Ingvarsson is pleased to be making her In Series premiere. Nanna most recently appeared in The Beckett Trio at Scena Theater. Other recent credits include Scena: Guilt, Fear Eats the Soul, Someone Is Going to Come, The Cripple of Inishmaan (HHA nomination), The Marriage of Maria Braun, Greek, Sink the Belgrano!, and The Maids. Forum: Love and Information, The Illusion, The Language Archive, One Flea Spare; Angels in America; and The Skriker.; Factory 449: The Amish Project (HHA Outstanding Lead Actress); Studio: Terminus (HHA nomination); Theater J: Falling out of Time, The Seagull on 16th Street; Folger Theater: Richard III; Rep Stage: Boeing Boeing; WSC: Six Characters …; Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Hamlet, Uncle Vanya; Fool for Love; Solas Nua: Little Thing Big Thing, Woman and Scarecrow, Scenes from the Big Picture; Constellation: The Green Bird, Three Sisters; Marriage of Figaro; The Oresteia; Woolly Mammoth: The Rocky Horror Show (HHA, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical). Nanna is a company member of Factory 449 and a Boomerang Fund for Artists grant recipient.

Jarrod Lee - Bass

American bass-baritone Jarrod Lee (Bass) hails from Sylacauga, Alabama and presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Jarrod’s performances have received critical acclaim from Washington Post and Opera Today. Jarrod is a 2016 competition finalist with both Annapolis Opera, the Harlem Opera Theater and a fellowship recipient from the Aspen Music Festival and School where he performed the roles of Benoît, Alcindoro in Puccini’s La bohème, and Somarone in Béatrice et Benedict by Berlioz. In past seasons, he performed the roles Paulus and Hlabeni in Lost in the Stars by Kurt Weill and SNCC Man in Appomattox by Philip Glass with the Washington National Opera. In 2013 he participated in a masterclass given by Eric Owens in American Voices curated by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming. In newer Operas Jarrod has performed the roles of Dominick Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Fire as Jaggers, Man with the Cornet Case in Postcard from Morocco and created the role of Joe Louis in Frank Proto’s Shadowboxer: An Opera Based on the Life of Joe Louis. As a featured soloist Jarrod had the honor of singing for President Barack Obama at the historic Metropolitan A.M.E Church in Washington, D.C. For updates: www.jarrodleeopera.com

Elizabeth Mondragon - Mezzo

Elizabeth Mondragon - Mezzo

Elizabeth Mondragon (Mezzo) has appeared in multiple In Series productions this season after her premier as Ma Moss in The Tender Land.  She most recently starred in Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody, as well as  The Romantics III,  a salon style concert featuring Schumann and Enrique Granados’ Goyescas. Her performance experience ranges from traditional operatic productions to new music premieres. Principal roles include Carmen, Rosina, Dido and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, which she has performed with Amore Opera, Boston Lyric Opera’s ONE, Camerata Baroque, Maryland Lyric Opera, One World Symphony, Opera North and Regina Opera. As much a lover of concert and recital as opera, she has been a featured soloist with the Astoria Symphony, Central City Chorus, the Riverdale Choral Society and St. George’s Choral Society, performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater,Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Her enthusiasm for new music and working with living composers has led to her performing and premiering works by several local composers, as well as having established a regular collaboration with award-winning, New York City—based composer, David Sisco, whose songs she premiered at Carnegie Hall. www.elizabethmondragon.com

Randa Rouweyha - Soprano

RandaSoprano Randa Rouweyha most recently appeared with In series as Marcelita in Fidelio and Tina in Nick Olcott’s English adaptation, Cosi goes Hollywood. Other recent roles with In Series include Micaela in Carmen in Havana, Sister Anna in Don Giovanni, Violetta in La Traviata, and Courtney in The Cole Porter Project. Earlier this season Randa sang her first Adina in Opera Western Reserve’s L’Elisir D’Amore at Ohio’s historic Stambaugh Auditorium. Randa has performed with Plàcido Domingo, composer Giancarlo Menotti, and acclaimed Rossini tenor Lawrence Brownlee, her co-star in Opera Western Reserve’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Randa has sung featured roles with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Le Nozze di Figaro, Menotti’s The Consul, and Robert Ward’s The Crucible. She earned high recognition for her recital debut in Lebanon at the distinguished Al Bustan International Music Festival, and was a winner of Vocal Arts Society’s Art Song Discovery Recital Series. This new English adaptation by director Nick Olcott brings Randa once again to the In Series’ stage as Marcelita in Beethoven’s one and only brilliant opera, Fidelio.

John T.K. Scherch

John T.K. Scherch (Bass) Praised by Opera News for a “resonant bass outstanding among his peers,” this marks his DC debut. He attended Peabody Conservatory for graduate studies performing; Frank Maurrant (Street Scene), Alfonso (Così fan tutte), and Giove (La Calisto). He appeared with Bel Cantanti Opera as Luther & Crespel (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), and Luka (Sadko), and will perform Vasily in The Tsar’s Bride in May. He was a soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Concert Artists of Baltimore and Messiah with Bach in Baltimore. He appeared as chorister with the Caramoor Festival and as Vanuzzi in Die schweigsame Frau with Pittsburgh Festival Opera. He was a finalist in the 2018 Bach Choir of Bethlehem competition and won the George R. Woodhead prize from Peabody. He is a host on WBJC, Maryland’s Classical Music Station, where he also hosts the Friday night request program, Listener’s Choice.