April 12: Eleanor Resolute Coleman (soprano)
April 26: Steve Beecroft (tenor)
May 17: Emma McAlister (soprano)
June 14: Marshall Morrow (baritone)
* Concerts accompanied by Pianist Richard Helmer
Concerts begin @ 6pm
Fresh Voices is a new series of evening recitals curated by soprano Eleanor Resolute Coleman featuring young and emerging artists. The hour-long vocal salons will include primarily classical art songs as well as more contemporary works, focused on the theme of nature. A unique aspect of these salons will be conversations with the artists about the music, to provide historical and musical context to the repertoire. A casual, intimate atmosphere will allow the audience to make a deeper connection to the artists and the music. Wine and light refreshments will be available for purchase.
Fresh Voices is generously supported by the
Blanche Thebom Fund for Advanced Vocal Musicianship.
Soprano Eleanor Resolute Coleman, a Mill Valley native, is thrilled to be back home and curating this series of salon recitals at the Throckmorton Theatre. She has performed in opera productions in the United States and Europe, including the roles of Fiordiligi (Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte – in both English and Italian productions); Cendrillon (Viadot’s Cendrillon); Pamina (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte) Norma (Bellini’s Norma); Marie (Janacek’s Wozzeck);La Zelatrice (Puccinni’s Suor Angelica) Almirena (Handel’s Rinaldo), and Pat Nixon (Adams’ Nixon in China), as well as the role of Flarembel in the U.S. premiere of Leo Delibes' Le Roi L'a Dit. Eleanor earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Eleanor was pursuing an operatic career in Germany when the world shut down, and looks forward to a return to normalcy, starting with these concerts.
Steve Beecroft is a Mill Valley resident and has been actively engaged in the artistic community here for several decades. In addition to solo concerts (everything from German lieder and other classical repertoire to musical theatre, jazz and John Denver), he is a regular performer, choreography and fight director with the Curtain Theatre, Mill Valley’s own Shakespeare company. He will be directing their summer show: “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” in Old Mill Park.
Emma McAlister, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been praised for having “not only a dramatic voice, but also clear, dramatic acting choices”. Their repertoire includes Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Eve/Barbara/Ella (The Apple Tree), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro). Emma has also performed concert works like Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, which she won 2nd place in San Francisco Conservatory’s Concerto Competition with, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. Young Artists Programs that they have participated in include, Vienna Summer Music Festival, Utah Vocal Arts Academy, and Savannah Voice Festival. This summer, she will attend the Aspen Music Festival. Recently having won the VSA Young Artists Prize, Emma will travel to DC this summer to perform at The Kennedy Center. Emma earned their MFA from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Susanne Menzter. While Emma is passionate about opera, she is also a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, disability rights, and Jewish representation, as a member of all those communities.
Marshall Morrow, a Filipino-American Baritone from Las Vegas, Nevada has recently performed Schaunard in Vegas City Opera’s La Boheme and Ben in The Telephone with Super Summer Theater. Along with Tom/John (The Face on the Barroom Floor), The Pirate King (Pirate of Penzance), Corporal and Sulpice (Daughter of the Regiment), Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello (La Bohéme in Concert), Gamekeeper (Cunning Little Vixen), Father (Hansel and Gretel) Ben (Old Maid and the Thief), and Papageno (The Magic Flute). Opera News stated Marshall Morrow “tall, thin and hilariously snooty, showed real comic skill” (Isouard’s Cendrillon). Previously Marshall performed the role of Rambaldo in La Rondine as a Young Artist at Lidal North in Oslo, Norway. His roles include Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Dandini in Isouard's Cendrillon and the summer of 2017, Marshall performed the role of Le Surintendant des plaisirs in Massenet's Cendrillon the role title of Don Giovanni at Trentino Music Festival. Other performance credits include the role of Miton in the U.S. premiere of Delibes' Le Roi L'a Dit. Marshall performed/ created the role of Gregory in a workshop of Vera by Matthew Barnson in collaboration with American Opera Project. Marshall has sung with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert.
Collaborative pianist, recitalist, and chamber musician Richard Edward Helmer has performed locally in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years, most recently with the Tamalpais Chamber Players as part of the 2022 San Francisco Civic Orchestra Chamber Music Series, and with several local vocal and instrumental soloists. Open to a wide variety of repertoire and styles, Richard delights in chamber works and art music ranging from Bach to Spirituals to 20th-century English and American song cycles to modern musicals. He specializes in the works of the late classical and early- to mid-romantic Austrian and German composers, particularly Brahms.
Growing up in a family of singers and string players in the Midwest, Richard studied string bass, violin, and sang in choirs, beginning his formal advanced piano studies with concert pianist Eric Street, and completing his undergraduate degree in piano performance, summa cum laude, at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, under the tutelage of forte-pianist Andrew Willis.While at UNCG, he received accompanying instruction from the legendary Benton Hess, and enjoyed opportunity to accompany gifted instrumentalists and singers in several vocal studios of the university’s premier vocal-opera program. He also studied solo piano with Sylvia Wang at Northwestern University, and -- at the Aspen Music Festival – with the renowned Wu Han, co-founder of Music@Menlo, alongside chamber music with Vyvien Hornik Weilerstein. An Episcopal priest, Richard is serving in his sixteenth year as Rector at Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley, where he frequently enjoys instrumental collaboration, accompanying, and singing with the choir.Richard is delighted to join this salon series, collaborating for the second time with soprano Eleanor Coleman and to engage a new local venue with long-time performing partner, tenor, and well-known thespian Steve Beecroft.