Jonathan Johnson, Tenor

This season, American tenor Jonathan Johnson makes his debut as The Prince in The Love for Three Oranges at Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O19, as Beppe in I Pagliacci at Opera Colorado, and Matthew Gurney in Emmeline at Tulsa Opera. In concert, Johnson appears as a soloist with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri as the Young Man, with the Detroit Symphony for Messiah, and in recital with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. Johnson is also an Emerging Artist for Opera Philadelphia, where he will be singing in community recitals and special events throughout the 2019-2020 Season.

A graduate of the Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s professional artist-development program, he appeared in the house’s main productions of Les Troyens, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Merry Widow, Der Rosenkavalier, Capriccio, The Magic Victrola and Mieczysław Weinberg’s Holocaust opera The Passenger. Other recent engagements have included his debut of the title role of Bernstein’s Candide with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, and Des Moines Metro Opera. He made his debut at Canadian Opera Company’s production of Anna Bolena, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance and Lensky in Eugene Onegin at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Fenton in Falstaff at San Diego Opera, Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri at the Portland Opera, La Damnation de Faust at the Grant Park Music Festival, Le Fils in Les mamelles de Tirésias with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and concert version of Don Giovanni with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, a performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe as part of a Liederabend in Chicago, and various appearances in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series, the 125th Anniversary Gala for the Auditorium Theater, and on WFMT radio as part of the Ryan Opera Center Recital Series. He also enjoys a touring relationship with Chris Botti, which has taken him through many cities in the US and abroad.

Hailing from Macon, GA, Mr. Johnson holds a Master’s degree and Professional Artist Certificate from the A.J. Fletcher Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Bachelor’s degree in music from Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music.

Robin Wiper, Soprano

1S-robinwiper-0150x0180Robin Wiper is a local private vocal instructor with a checkered past.. She has her Masters Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has had the blessing to learn from many famous Master Clinicians, Teachers and Coaches during her 25 -plus years of study, performance and teaching. She has studied acting, directing, pedagogy, movement and dance, and has twice been a Certified Actor Combatant in six weapons as a stage combat artist with the Society of American Fight Directors. Her students have gained entrance to fine schools and conservatories around the country. Currently residing as a stay-at-home, home schooling mother of four, she coaches and teaches voice lessons out of her home in Wheaton. She is also wife to Steve Wiper, who knows about her former secret life as an opera singer, among other things. Continue reading if interested.

Ms. Wiper, an aluma of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Apprentice Program, has had the pleasure of singing all over the world. She made her Lyric Opera debut as Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica as an apprentice. Her favorite roles with the Lyric have been varied from Papagena in The Magic Flute to the pants role of Oberto in Alcina. With the Lyric Opera she has also performed the title role of Lucia with the Grant Park Orchestra.

Ms. Wiper has also appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (debut LuLu 2000) as well as with the New York City Opera (debut Orfeo1997) both onstage at Lincoln Center and on their National Tour (title role in The Daughter of the Regiment 1998-99). She was also featured in the role of Margaret in the opera Lizzie Borden as which was broadcast live from Lincoln Center. Other regional opera companies include Indianapolis, Atlanta, Cinncinnati, Cleveland, Memphis and Eugene. She made her European debut at the Spoleto Festival in Italy as Blondchen in Mozart’s the Abduction from the Seraglio.

A sought-after recitalist and oratorio performer, Ms. Wiper has performed with a variety of orchestras, including the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Atlanta Symphony and the Birmingham Symphony.

Equally at home in the world of musical theatre, Ms. Wiper has performed in professional and semi-professional companies in such roles as Fiona in Brigadoon, Lizzie in Baby, the Mistress/chorus/swing in Evita, Winthrop (yes, Winthrop) in The Music Man, and Liesl in The Sound of Music.

Asher Moses, Boy Soprano

Asher Frederick Moses, age 9, has grown up in a musical family. The youngest of five siblings, he has enjoyed listening to them sing, play violin, viola, piano and drums. Since the age of five, he has been part of a children’s choir with live orchestra for One Way Ministries’ annual SHINE Concerts at Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville. Last year he soloed for a youth choir led by his voice teacher, Danielle York Miller. In February 2019, he was a finalist in the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Voice Competition. Asher’s favorite composers are Bach and Handel. He is homeschooled and enjoys studying the Bible, history and science. He is excited to be singing in Handel’s Messiah with Camerata Chicago!

Sarah Holman, Mezzo-soprano

Sarah Holman, mezzo-soprano, recently performed Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli with the Rockford Symphony and was a featured soloist in Ivor Novello: A Celebration with the Kansas City World War I Museum and William Jewell College. She has performed with the Lake Forest Symphony, Chicago Master Singers, and DePaul Community Chorus. Her frequent concert repertoire includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Bach’s Cantata No. 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Elgar’s The Light of Life, Stanford’s Stabat Mater, Bruckner’s Mass in D minor, Dvořák’s Mass in D, Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah.

Operatic appearances have included Opera Southwest, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Chicago Chamber Opera, DuPage Opera, Muddy River Opera, City Opera of the Quad Cities, and Kansas Opera, and have included the roles of The Baroness in Vanessa, the Gian Carlo Menotti: A Tribute (Francis Menotti, director), Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, The Mother in The Consul, Katisha in The Mikado, Lady Jane in Patience, Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Beatrice in Beatrice and Benedict, and the title role of Regina. She enjoyed a long tenure in the Dean Wilder Singers, a vocal quartet which toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Southern Korea performing opera, oratorio, and sacred literature.

As a recitalist, Dr. Holman has performed in numerous venues in the United States and Cambridge, Birmingham, and Northampton, England. She has been a featured artist and master teacher with the Southern Young Artist Opera Project in Bejing, China and Changhua and Teipei, Taiwan. She was a featured artist and master teacher with the Asian Opera Festival in Kunming, China, and at the Bel Canto Opera Workshop in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. A recipient of a Goldovsky Opera Directing Internship with Harrower Opera in Atlanta, Dr. Holman, Professor of Voice, has served as Director of Opera at Wheaton College Conservatory. She was a featured presenter at the International Congress of Voice Teachers 2017 conference in Stockholm, Sweden, and serves on the National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation Board. She is delighted to be performing this season with Camerata Chicago.

Gerard Sundberg, Baritone

5B-g-sundberg-lg[11]-400Gerard Sundberg’s compelling baritone voice is celebrated nationally for its beauty and clarity. He has performed frequently with Chicago Master Singers, Chicago Chorale, Duke University, and the Peoria (IL) Bach Festival. This past season he celebrated his 20th Handel Messiah performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

He has also sung with the Oregon Bach Festival under the artistic leadership of Helmuth Rilling. Rilling praised Mr. Sundberg for his “exceptionally stunning high range” and “perfect command of the German language and high musicality”.

Dr. Sundberg is a graduate of Bethel College (St. Paul, MN), and holds both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Voice at Wheaton Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL), where he taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy. He is currently an adjunct voice professor at Bethel University.

Performances for the 2018-19 season included:

  • Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs with Deo Cantamus, Minneapolis;
  • Mendelssohn Elijah with Chicago Master Singers;
  • Handel Messiah and Bach Magnificat with the Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus;
  • Bach Et in Spiritum sanctum Dominum (Mass in B minor) with College Church, Wheaton, IL;
  • Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with Wayzata Symphony (Mpls);
  • Dvorak Requiem with Chicago Master Singers; and
  • Bach cantatas BWV 172, 187 and Handel Samson with the Peoria Bach Festival.

Performances for this 2019-20 season will include:

  • Handel Messiah with Chicago Camerata;
  • hymn recital at Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina, MN;
  • Bauder Tyndale with Deo Cantamus, Mpls.;
  • Mahler Kindertotenlieder Bethel University Faculty Artist Series;
  • Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Wayzata Symphony;
  • The Peoria Bach Festival (IL), repertoire TBA; and
  • Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and Haydn Paukenmesse with Downers Grove Choral Society (Chicago).