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About Wintersong

Penn Street Arts in association with Fort Worth Opera Civic Impact presents Wintersong: A Musical Holiday Celebration, a free community concert. The festive event will feature Christmas songs, timeless carols, holiday favorites, opera classics, and more performed by Fort Worth Opera’s Lesley Resident and Studio Artists.

Program

We Need a Little Christmas

Jerry Herman

(1931-2019)

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Meredith Willson

(1902-1984)

Believe

Alan Silvestri, Glenn Ballard

(1950-), (1953-)

Arr. Tenna Chinn

Autumn Capocci

Schlafendes Jesuskind

Hugo Wolf

(1860-1903)

Ruby Warren

What Child is This?

William Chatterton Dix 

(1837-1898)

Andres Losada

Ding Dong Merrily on High

George Ratcliffe Woodward

(1848-1882)

Angels We Have Heard on High

James Chadwick

(1813-1882)

The Prayer

Alberto Testa, Tony Renis

(1927-2009), (1938-)

Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster

(1944-), (1949-)

Katherine Watson, Wonjin Choi

O Holy Night

Adolophe Adam

(1803-1856)

Su Hyeon Park, Sergio Manzo

Let it Snow

Sammy Cahn. Jule Styne 

(1913-1993), (1905-1994)

Frosty the Snowman

Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins

(1907-2001), (1905-2007)

Silver Bells

Jay Livinston, Ray Evans

(1915-2001), (1915-2007)

Kaswanna Kanyinda

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Theodore Suess Geisel, Albert Hague 

(1904-1991), (1920-2001)

Sergio Manzo

Santa Baby

Joan Javits, Phil Springer

(20th c.)(1926-)

Katherine Watson

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Frank Loesser

(1910-1969)

Autumn Capocci, Sergio Manzo

Rondine al Nido

Luigi Sica, Vincenzo de Crescenzo

(20th c.)(1915-1987)

Andres Losado

 

Singalong

Artists

Hattie Mae Lesley Resident Artists

Su Hyeon Park

Soprano

Su Hyeon Park, the Korean soprano, is a singing actress who has both beautiful legato and coloratura. From an early age, she was recognized as a talented singer, and was placed as an Excellent Young Artist in the Beniamino Gigli International Vocal Competition. She studied with soprano Eun-Kyung Oh at Sejong University for her bachelor’s degree. After coming to America in 2021, she studied with soprano Amy Johnson and tenor Thomas Baresel at CCM for her master’s degree. She performed Barbarina in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ and Poppea in ‘Agrippina’ at CCM, and participated in a masterclass with soprano Nicole Cabell. She also sang as an ensemble member at Cincinnati Opera and Korea National Opera

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Kaswanna Kanyinda

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano, Kaswanna Kanyinda, has been praised for her dramatic presence, vocal warmth, and as a “talent to keep a sharp lookout for.” In the height of the pandemic lockdown, she played the role of Flosshilde in Michigan Opera Theatre’s Twilight: Gods. In 2019, Kaswanna received the Wilde Award for her performance as the Mother in Opera MODO’s production of The Consul. Prior to that, Kaswanna joined Pittsburgh Festival Opera as a member of their 2018 Mastersingers Program, won the Opera Guild of Charlotte competition in 2017, and earned her masters’ degree in 2016 from the University of Michigan, under the tutelage of George Shirley. There she was featured in the workshop premiere of Bright Sheng’s The Dream of the Red Chamber, and was honored to represent Michigan in performance at the Kennedy Center. During her undergraduate studies at UNC Chapel Hill, she was cast in La Clemenza di Tito, Highway #1 USA, and Gianni Schicchi, and had the opportunity to perform the national anthem for President Barack Obama. A North Carolina native, she currently resides in the Detroit area, and studies with Dr. Louise Toppin. She will be playing the role of Girlfriend #3 in Toledo Opera’s production of Blueand will be joining Spoleto Festival for the world premiere of Omar, an opera by Rhiannon Giddens this summer, before joining Fort Worth Opera in Fall of 2022.

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Wonjin Choi

Tenor

Korean tenor Wonjin Choi has recently graduated from Texas Christian University, attaining a Master of Music, Vocal Performance. In the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Choi was the finalist of the McCammon voice competition at Fort Worth Opera. He was also named the winner of the concerto competition and Pi Kappa Lambda Honors recital at TCU. He sang the role of Governor in Bernstein’s Operetta Candide with The Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, Louisiana. He performed as Tamino from Die Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart, and Sailor from Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell in TCU Opera. At the Korea National University of Arts, Mr. Choi sang the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale. He joined Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte as choir. He was chosen as a representative singer for a singing presentation when the queen of Belgium visited Korea National University of Arts with Korea first lady. He was the finalist of Otto Edelmann international singing competition in 2016. For the upcoming season, He will be joining Hattie Mae Lesley Resident Artist program at Fort Worth Opera.

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Sergio Manzo

Baritone

Revered for “a divine and natural voice,” (von Otter Masterclass) Sergio Manzo, baritone, most recently performed the titular character in Mozart’s Don Giovanniwith Texas Tech University (TTU) Opera Theater. Graduating with a Master of Music in Voice, his other roles with TTU Opera include Publio in La clemenza di Tito and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. He has also performed internationally in Berlin Opera Academy’s production of Gianni Schicchi as Betto, Ser Amantio, and Dr. Spinelloccio. Mr. Manzo has also joined Portland Opera as Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème and Dr. Bartolo in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Native to Phoenix, Arizona he received a Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance from Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he performed with NAU Lyric Opera as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Enrico in Donizetti’s short opera Il campanello. His repertoire displays a variety of roles such as The Vicar in Albert Herring, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, and The Earl of Dunmow in Berkley’s A Dinner Engagement. In addition to his staged engagements, Mr. Manzo has also performed as the baritone soloist in Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Brahms’ Eine deutsche Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. His accolades include second place in the Texoma NATS Eduard Baird Singer of the Year competition and three encouragement awards with the Metropolitan Opera National Council; additionally, he was a finalist in the Southwest Vocal Competition.

TCU Studio Artists

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Katherine Watson

Soprano

Katherine Watson is a professional soprano based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas and is currently a Studio Artist at Fort Worth Opera and pursuing her Artist Diploma at Texas Christian University. Last year with Fort Worth Opera, she performed the role of Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) for the Children’s Opera Theater and covered the role of High Priestess (Aida). At TCU, she performed the roles of Dido (Dido and Aeneas), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and Grandmother (Little Red Riding Hood). In 2020, Katherine received her Masters of Music degree from the University of North Texas where she was a recipient of the Lucille G. Murchison Music Scholarship. With UNT Opera she performed the roles of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Christine (Le testament de la tante Caroline), Fourth Maid (Elektra), and Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte). Miss Watson graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s of Music degree where she was awarded Outstanding Graduating Senior in Performance. With NAU Opera, Katherine performed the roles of Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Ottavia (L'incoronazione di Poppea), and Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte). Katherine Watson is a McKinster Fellow at Spring Valley United Methodist Church and has been a featured soloist in their productions of Rob Garner’s Lamb of God, Jonathan Willcocks’ Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, and Handel’s Messiah.

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Autumn Capocci

Mezzo

Autumn Capocci, mezzo-soprano originally from Buffalo, New York. Currently based in Dallas, Texas, she performs with companies across the country. Most recently, she appeared with Music on Site in Witchita, Kansas for her debut performance as Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen. Her previous appearances with Fort Worth Opera include La Traviata (Marie Brécourt), Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World (Frida Kahlo), and Stone Soup (Edna). Prior to that, she was a member of the Hans and Leslie Fleischner Young Artist program with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, where she performed Kleonike in Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata in the first feature-length film of the opera. She graduated in May 2020 with a Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas, where she studied under William H. Joyner. While there, she performed with the UNT Opera as Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Lapák the dog in The Cunning Little Vixen. Autumn Capocci has appeared as a soloist in concert across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, performing works such as Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Messiah, in addition to concerts of art song such as Home Away From Home: Songs of Alan Smith.

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Ruby Warren

Mezzo

Ruby Warren is a new Artist Diploma student at Texas Christian University and is delighted to also be joining Fort Worth Opera as a studio artist this season. Ruby earned her Master’s in voice performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2018, where she was featured in performances of The Mozart Requiem, Ariodante, Die Lustige Witwe, and Die Zauberflöte with guest director Herschel Garfein. She also had the opportunity at CU to work the composer Jake Heggie as he workshopped and finalized a new and imaginative opera called If I Were You. Ruby's Bachelor’s degree in music is from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she sang principal roles in Ariodante, Die Zauberflöte, Béatrice et Bénédict, and Le Nozze di Figaro. Ruby has also worked with Central City Opera as a studio artist, been featured in productions at Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program in New York City, and she is grateful to have studied under the tutelage of Carol Vaness while attending the Aspen Music Festival and School. Ever since she was a young girl, Ruby has been finding joy and meaning within the performing arts, and she looks forward to where yet this exciting path may take her.

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Andres Losada

Baritone

ANDRES LOSADA, baritone from Bogotá, Colombia, graduated from the Central University of Colombia under the mentorship of maestros Sara Catarine, Camila Toro and Alejandro Roca. Awarded with the Barbara Smith Conrad Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Fine Arts and the Willa Stewart Setseck Scholarship, he completed his Master's studies in Opera Performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Losada made his professional international debut with the Northern Lights Music Festival in Minnesota singing the roles of Sciarrone and Carceriere in Tosca. He performed the role of Superintendent Budd in the opera Albert Herringwith the Miami Music Festival. Of this production the critic of the South Florida Classical Review highlights his performance as a "rich bass". In the same year he debuted the lead role of Papageno in The Magic Flutewith FAVA Opera. His performances with the Butler Opera Center include Dulcamara in L'elisir D 'amore, Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park, and Masetto in Don Giovanni. In 2018 he made his debut with the National Opera and the ‘Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo’ in the roles of Lerhenauer and Musikanten in Der Rosenkavalier. More recently, Losada was part of the 2022 Opera San Antonio Apprentice Artist program and debuted the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Red River Lyric Opera Festival. Currently, Mr. Losada is an Artist Diploma student at the Texas Christian University and a Fort Worth Opera Studio Artist.

Production Team

Sheran Goodspeed Keyton . . . . Producer/Director

Dr. Charlene Lotz . . . . Music Director/Pianist 

Tyrinika “Nikki” Washington . . . . Production Manager

Meredith Browning . . . . Stage Manager

Wes Griffin . . . . Percussionist

Igor Parshin . . . . Rehearsal Pianist

Autumn Capocci . . . . Production Coordinator

Autumn Capocci, Katherine Watson, Ruby Warren . . . . Program Curators

Andres Losada, Ruby Warren . . . . Program Content Creators

Freddie Watkins . . . . Forever Photographer

Charles W. Bush . . . . Appointed Producer

FWO Staff

Angela Turner Wilson . . . . General and Artistic Director 

Joe Illick . . . . Music Director Emeritus

Mary Goosens . . . . CFO 

Sheran Goodspeed Keyton . . . . Director of COT Production & Civic Impact

Gordon Kelly . . . . Director of Marketing & Communications

Jennifer Chung Quintard . . . . Director of Artistic Administration 

Courtney Kennebeck . . . . Director of Development & Special Events

Justin A. Miller . . . . Director of Production

Collins Osei . . . . Director of IT & Systems Administration

Dr. Charlene Lotz . . . . Head of Music and COT Music Director

Tyrinika “Nikki” Washington . . . . Sr. Manager of COT Production & Civic Impact

Meredith Browning . . . . COT Production & Civic Impact Assistant

Faye Falconnier . . . . Accountant & Business Operations

Jacob Hope . . . . Assistant Production Manager

Emily Dear Box . . . . Office & Marketing Associate

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Singalong

Singalong

Jingle Bells

 

Dashing through the snow

In a one-horse open sleigh

O’er the fields we go

Laughing all the way

Bells on bobtails ring

Making spirits bright

What fun it is to ride and sing

A sleighing song tonight, oh

 

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh, hey

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh

Deck the Halls 

 

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Don we now our gay apparel

Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la

Troll the ancient Yule-tide carol

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

See the blazing Yule before us

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Strike the harp and join the chorus

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Follow me in merry measure

Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la

While I tell of Yule-tide treasure

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Had a very shiny nose

And if you ever saw it

You would even say it glows

 

All of the other reindeer

Used to laugh and call him names

They never let poor Rudolph

Join in any reindeer games

 

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

Santa came to say

“Rudolph, with your nose so bright

Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

 

Then how the reindeer loved him

As they shouted out with glee

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

You’ll go down in history”

Joy to the World

 

Joy to the world, the Lord has come

Let Earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare Him room

And Heaven and nature sing

And Heaven and nature sing

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

 

He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness

And wonders of His love

And wonders of His love

And wonders, wonders, of His love

O Come All Ye Faithful

 

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him born the King of angels

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

 

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation

Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above

Glory to God, glory in the highest

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

 

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

 

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding

And a cup of good cheer

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

 

We won’t go until we’ve got some

We won’t go until we’ve got some

We won’t go until we’ve got some

So bring some out here

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

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