Come hear two amazing Baritones/Basses and find out why they are the misunderstood bad guys of opera. Learn some interesting facts about Penn Square Music Festival as well as some interesting opera trivia that you can WOW your friends with your knowledge. Food & drink is available to be ordered.
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Hailed by Opera News as “utterly loveable, with an expansive sound and easy stage presence”, Baritone, Jesús Vicente Murillo, has been performing Opera, Musical Theater, Concerts and Art Song across the United States and Canada since making his debut at with Michigan Opera Theater as The Android in Cary John Franklin’s The Very Last Green Thing at the age of eighteen. In 2019 he completed a two-year residency in Salt Lake City. Since then, he was a young artist at Santa Fe Opera, and Chautauqua Opera. Announced projects for the 2021-22 season include Leporello in “Don Giovanni” with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Pyotr in “The Death of Ivan Illytch” with Thompson Street Opera, and Jeff in “That Hellbound Train” with The National Endowment for the Arts. He received his Bachelor of Music: Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music: Opera and Voice Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Baritone Joshua Jeremiah was raised in Lebanon County and is thrilled to be back in Central PA making music in person! Recent stage performances include the role of Dunois in Tchaikovsky’s Russian opera Maid of Orleans with Opera Company of Middlebury, and The Troubadour, a reduced and socially distanced version of Il Trovatore with Opera Tampa, where he sang the role of Il Conte di Luna.
During the pandemic, Joshua frequently performed virtually and can be heard on the Experiments in Opera podcast Aqua Net & Funyuns. He also performed the role of Pangloss in a filmed version of Bernstein’s Candide with Opera Company of Middlebury. Pre-pandemic, he performed Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera, Lionel in The Maid of Orleans with New Orleans Opera, and made his house debut with Houston Grand Opera in the title role of Rigoletto.
Notable performances in recent seasons include: his house debut with Minnesota Opera as Horstmayer in Silent Night, Rigoletto with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with the Reading Symphony, Silvio in Pagliacci with New Orleans Opera, The Man in Persona in his Los Angeles Opera debut, his On Site Opera debut as Aaron Greenspan in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star, When Adonis Calls with Asheville Lyric Opera, Mata Hari with the PROTOTYPE Festival, Gianni Schicchi and Macbeth with the Opera Company of Middlebury, the title role in Rigoletto and Lassiter in the world-premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage with Arizona Opera, and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Zachary Smith is a pianist/music director in the Lancaster area. He has provided musical direction for 18 shows, mostly at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center including Ragtime, West Side Story and Sweeney Todd. He was the music counselor for EPAC Summer Theater camps for three years. He accompanies piano for Locust Grove United Church of Christ in York. He received his MS and BA in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University in 2020 and has an interest in studying the link between Mental Health and Music as well as Piano Pedagogical Techniques for students with Mental Health Disorders, especially ADHD, Autism, Depression and Anxiety.