Praised for her sparkling voice and stage presence, Indian-American lyric coloratura soprano Maya Kherani recently graduated with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with multiple honors. She received her Bachelor’s Degree Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University in Mechanical Engineering with certificates in Vocal Performance, Materials Science, and Robotics and Intelligent Systems.
This coming season, Maya will be seen again with the San Francisco Opera's Outreach Program, Opera à la Carte, as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. She will also sing Lieschen in a staged version of J.S. Bach's Coffee Cantata. She made her professional operatic debut with Opera Parallèle in San Francisco in the role of St. Settlement in Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts. This past season, Maya was seen as Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld and Dorinda in Orlando with Pocket Opera, Nuria in Ainadamar and Leonora in the World Premiere of Gesualdo Prince of Madness with Opera Parallèle, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Redwood Symphony, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with San Francisco Opera's outreach program. At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Maya sang the roles of Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte under the baton of San Francisco Opera's Giuseppe Finzi, Poppea in Agrippina with the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble, and Monica in The Medium.
Maya is particularly passionate about Early Music, especially of the Baroque era. She has participated in the Baroque Academy of the Amherst Early Music Festival, and was recently featured soprano in the American Bach Soloists Academy under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas and the Early Music Vancouver Baroque Vocal Programme.
A recent European transplant, Anne-Kathryn Olsen (soprano) will perform in an all-Cicconia program with Mala Punica at the Oudemusiek Festival Utrecht in the summer of 2013. She is also is a member of the newly formed Amsterdam-based Ensemble Inventio and has given concerts in Venice, Italy as a winner of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Sartori e Alvini Young Artist Competition. Last year, she performed as a soloist in the inaugural season of the Colorado Bach Ensemble, under the direction of James Kim. In 2011, she was a soloist in Charpentier’s Messe des Morts under the baton of Ivars Taurins at the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute. Katy has appeared with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Ballet, American Bach Phoenix (now the Arizona Bach Festival), Phoenix Early Music Society, Arizona State Baroque Ensemble, and with Stephen Stubbs at the Academy of Baroque Opera in Seattle.
In the San Francisco Bay Katy has performed with Voices of Music (as a winner of their Young Artist Competition), San Francisco Choral Artists, Oakland Civic Orchestra, Opera San Jose, and in the Starlite Vineyard Chamber Music Series. She originated the role of Emily in Mark Streshinsky’s world premiere production of Machine, a fire opera, at The Crucible in Oakland and her other operatic credits include Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare andOberto in Alcina, Lucy in Telephone and The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel. She is a founding member of Liaison, a small chamber group specializing in French baroque repertoire. Also a professional choral singer, she is a core member of the Amsterdam Baroque Chorus under the direction of Ton Koopman, the medieval and early-Renaissance group Mala Punica, and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus.
Danielle Sampson (mezzo-soprano) is an avid performer of baroque, classical, and contemporary music. Highlights of this season have included a gala performance with Pacific MusicWorks, and Praetorius’ Christmas Vespers with Early Music Vancouver. Over the summer Danielle performed with the Boston Early Music Festival in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Melanto) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (La Virtù, Pallade), and with Early Music Vancouver in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (the Sorceress) and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. She is a founding member of the guitar/voice duo Jarring Sounds, and the baroque chamber ensemble Liaison. She earned her BM at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and her MM at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Danielle currently resides in San Francisco.
Juliana Urban (soprano) received her BM in Voice Performance from the University of Oregon, where she studied with Eric Mentzel and sang with the UO Collegium and Chamber Choir. She attended Vancouver Early Music Festival's Baroque and Medieval vocal programs on scholarship, and continues to perform early music around the San Francisco Bay Area. A member of the SF Symphony Chorus, she was recently featured as the soloist on a Chamber Concert Series with cellist William Skeen and harpsichordist Yuko Tanaka and with the chorus of San Francisco Renaissance Voice's US premiere of Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti's "Esther." Juliana studies private voice with contralto, Karen Clark and looks forward to attending graduate school this Fall.