Kathryna Blum Barone made her operatic début in 1951 as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen with the Philadelphia Civic Grand Opera at the Academy of Music and made her New York City Opera début in 1953. She was a pupil of Giuseppe Danise of the Metropolitan Opera. She also studied with Lotte Lehmann at the Music Academy of the West and had lessons with Gina Cigna of La Scala. She studied operatic repertoire with Giuseppe Bamboschek, staging with Désiré Defrère, French repertoire with Pierre Monteux, and German Lieder with Max Rudolf. She was critically acclaimed for her performances of recital and oratorio repertoire. Her outstanding operatic rôles included Violetta in Verdi’s Traviata, Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust.
Perry Brisbon received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and Master of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music. He was a winner of Luciano Pavarotti/Opera Company of Philadelphia Competition, the Mario Lanza Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Award. His performances in North America and Europe have included appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Biennale Festival in Munich, and the Lake George Opera Festival, and with the Edmonton and Orlando Opera Companies. He also teaches voice at Cabrini College.
Bronwyn Fix-Keller is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she received the degree of Master of Music. She is an adjunct faculty member at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the former director of the Graduate Opera Program at Carnegie-Mellon University and she has taught at Temple University and Lebanon Valley College. A distinguished mezzo-soprano soloist and choral artist with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers, and the Vox Renaissance Consort, Ms. Fix-Keller is also a noted harpsichordist.
Judith Malis holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music from Temple University, Master of Music from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She has sung major rôles with opera companies in Philadelphia, St. Paul, Graz, and Essen, and in Israel, and she has performed in recital throughout Europe and North America. Her Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto have earned rave reviews. She has taught at the Peabody Conservatory and at the Settlement Music School.