Neli Atanasova Andreeva, Soprano
Ms. Neli Atanasova Andreeva was born in Assenovgrad, Bulgaria and graduated with honors from Bulgaria’s leading school for folk music and dance, the National School for Folklore Arts in Shiroka Laka, in 1995. While still a student, Neli made her first recording in 1993, and by 1995, Neli’s first solo album, Folk-Art-Neli, was released. Among her extensive accomplishments, Ms. Andreeva was awarded the position of winning contestant for the “S Pesnite na Radka Kuchleva” (With the Songs of Radka Kushleva). Since 1995, Neli Andreeva has been a soloist for the Philip Kutev National Folklore Ensemble, the world-renowned performance group that presents the rich heritage of Bulgaria through the integration of traditional folk songs and dances with contemporary Western harmony. Owing to her remarkable talent and dedication, Neli has produced multiple recording and has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and the United States appearing in many of the world’s most prestigious halls – the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; and the Symphony Hall in Osaka, Japan, to name a few. Her repertoire includes folklore songs from all regions of Bulgaria and incorporates both genres of folk and pop music. Neli’s diverse range of repertoire has created opportunities for her voice to be featured on the soundtracks of numerous animation movies. In 2006, Neli produced the album “Gospod e Pastir moi” (God is my Shepherd) featuring original compositions of sacred songs.
Walter Cuttino, Tenor
B.M. Voice – University of South Carolina
M.M. Voice – Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (Corbett Scholarship Winner)
Artist Diploma in Opera – Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (Corbett Scholarship Winner)
Upon completing his education, Mr. Cuttino performed throughout Europe with over 1,000 operatic performances to his credit. Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte), Almaviva (Barber of Seville), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Lenski (Eugene Onegin), Alfredo (La Traviata) and Rodolfo (La Boheme) are a sampling of the more than 40 roles in his repertoire. He has also performed over 500 concerts, including a concert tour with the late Leonard Bernstein, to London and Moscow. Since the fall of 1996, Mr. Cuttino has been a member of the voice faculty, which he now chairs, at the University of South Carolina where he performs regularly, and in addition, continues to perform on American and European stages. He is also artistic director of the Palmetto Opera, conductor of the Palmetto Mastersingers and director of Music at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church.
Jacob Will, Bass-baritone
Bass-baritone Jacob Will made his New York Philharmonic debut as soloist in the American premiere of the “Messa per Rossini,” a performance televised live nationwide.
An experienced concert artist, Mr. Will has appeared with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladamir Ashkenazy and with the Cabrillo Festival under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies. He has sung with the San Francisco Symphony in the “St. Matthew Passion,” with the International Bach Festival of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, in the “St. John Passion” and with the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra in Frank Martin’s “Le mystère de la Nativité.” He has also recorded Cherubini’s “Messe solennelle” under Helmuth Rilling and Zemlinsky’s “Kleider Machen Leute” under Ralf Weikert.
Mr. Will has sung for many years with the Zürich Opera appearing in roles such as Raimondo in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Mustafa in “L’Italiana in Algeri,” and Colline in “La Boheme.” Other companies with which Mr. Will has appeared include the New York City Opera as Figaro in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Vancouver Opera as Oroveso in “Norma,” the Bavarian State Opera as Samuel in “Un Ballo in Maschera” and the San Francisco Opera as Masetto in “Don Giovanni.”
A native of Hartsville, South Carolina, Mr. Will attended Furman University and graduated from the University of South Carolina and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He participated in the Merola and Adler Fellowship Programs of the San Francisco Opera and has been a prizewinner in various international singing competitions including the Munich Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition of Brussels.