SOPHIA BURGOS

Puerto Rican-American soprano Sophia Burgos has in recent seasons established herself internationally as a singer of outstanding intelligence, musicality and stage presence.

Highlights of the season 2023/24 include a CD recording with Ensemble Zwerm in the Netherlands, concerts with Apollo’s Fire in the US, as well as several Lied recitals with pianist Daniel Gerzenberg in the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Most recently, she returned to Opera Nantes-Angers as Vercors in the world premiere of Philippe Leroux’s L’ Annonce faite à Marie, followed by her house debut at De Vlaamse Opera as Mrs Naidoo in Philip Glass‘ Satyagraha. She also made her debut at the Ruhrtriennale Festival in a staged production of Grisey’s Quatre Chants pour franchir le seul, with Klangforum Wien conducted by Peter Rundel. In concert she sang George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, Czernowin’s Atara with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Matthias Pintscher, Grisey’s Quatre Chants pour franchir le seul with Ensemble Intercontemporain as well as recitals in Japan, Liedfestival Zeist and at Heidelberger Frühling.

A champion of new works, Ms. Burgos has premiered J.M. Staud‘s Once Anything Might Have Happened with Ensemble Intercontemporain and Matthias Pintscher in Paris, Gandolfi‘s Cantata: Where can I go from your spirit? with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn’s Two Lyric Songs: The Waking as part of the 75th year anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center, the title role of Maria Republica by François Paris with Nantes-Angers Opera and Lily Briscoe in To The Lighthouse by Zesses Seglias at the Bregenzer Festspiele.

Recent concert engagements include excerpts from Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and Paavo Jaervi, Britten’s Les Illuminations at the Bregenzer Festspiele, Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child with Teodor Currentzis and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Munich and Hamburg, the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s Schnee-Szenen with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Peter Rundel, Bernstein’s Songfest with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the MDR Sinfonieorchester, George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children with Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna in Moscow and Perm and with the SWR Sinfonieorchester, Gérard Grisey’s Quatre Chants Pour Franchir Le Seuil with Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris and with Klangforum Wien, Saint-Saëns’ Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich under Matthias Pintscher, the title role of Jennie in the New York premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop!, Akrostichon Wortspiel by Unsuk Chin and Steve Reich’s Tehillim with Brad Lubman and Musica Nova Ensemble, Dutilleux’ Correspondances with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Available on CD/DVD are works by Berio and de Falla with the Sinfonieorchester Basel and Ivor Bolton (Sony Classical), Emily Dickinson songs by Robin de Raaf with Het Gelders Orkest and Antonello Manacorda (Challenge Records), Teresa/Benvenuto Cellini (Chateau de Versailles Spectacles), Fox/Cunning Little Vixen (LSO Live/Grammy Nomination 2022, Editor’s Choice 10/20, Critics Choice 2020, Gramophone Magazine).

Sophia Burgos holds a master’s degree from the Bard College Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. Awards include the Staetshuys Fonds Prize and Van Riemsdijk Prize in the 54th International Vocal Competition s’Hertogenbosch (Liedduo) in 2021, 2nd Prize and Special Prize at the 2018 ‘Schubert und die Musik der Moderne’ competition in Graz and the German Lied Prize at the 2017 Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition in Paris.

In addition to her career as a singer, Ms. Burgos is passionate about education and outreach through art, holding a degree and certification in Music Education. She recently started her own YouTube channel to create a space for audience members to connect directly with classical music and its performers.

Originally from Chicago, IL, her earliest musical influences were Spanish folk song and dance, as she and her family are strongly tied to their Puerto Rican heritage.

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MARIJA TEMO

Marija Temo is a widely recognized classical and flamenco guitarist, flamenco vocalist, conductor, and composer. She performs as a soloist with symphony orchestras, in guitar concert series and festivals, and as a flamenco singer/guitar accompanist for dance.

Marija has performed extensively with highly acclaimed artists, and has received several awards. In addition to her versatile performance career, she is known for her teaching methods, educational programs, and workshops. Marija plays a “Marija Temo” Model flamenco/classical hybrid TM, which she designed with luthier Tom Rodriguez. She has also received the endorsement of D’Addario Strings.

In recent years, Marija Temo was a vocal competitor on La Voz US (the Spanish language version of the Voice) on NBC Telemundo and had a successful four chair turn for the first round of the competition. She was also a judge for The Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar Festival and Competition. Temo was a selected artist for both the NY Guitar Festival “Tribute to Julian Bream” and the Radford University International Guitar Festival. She was also the musical director, composer, and arranger for “The Flamenco Nutcracker” directed by Kerensa DeMars.

Currently, Temo is Guitar Chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. She is a former faculty member of the Preparatory of the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University. She received her Masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying under Manuel Barrueco, and her Bachelors degree from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. Temo, described as “one of the most powerful flamenco artists in North America’ by the Calgary Sun is an outstanding performer and composer. “Her intelligence, natural intuitive ability combined with a passion and love of music places her among those exceptional interpreters of our time.” -Soundboard, National Guitar Magazine, Guitar Foundation of America.

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ANDRÉA WALKER

A native of Texas, soprano ANDRÉA WALKER is pursuing her Doctorate in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University. She recently graduated with her Master’s in vocal performance from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music where she studied early music, oratorio, and art song. Before her time at Yale, Ms. Walker received her Bachelor’s from the University of Houston. Her recent performance highlights include her Lincoln Center debut in Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts with Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415, touring throughout Germany as a soloist in Haydn’s Schöpfungsmesse with Yale Schola Cantorum, performing the role of Venus is Daniel Purcell’s The Judgment of Paris with Amherst Early Music Festival, and being a guest artist at the Norfolk Chamber Choir Festival under the direction of Simon Carrington. As a new resident of Cleveland, she is thrilled to make both her Apollo’s Fire and CityMusic Cleveland solo debuts this 2023 season.

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)