Featured Artists

Adriana Ruiz Soprano

adriana_ruiz_small.jpgAdriana Ruiz began her studies of piano at the age of seven and completed her studies of voice and choral conducting at the Conservatorio Esteban Salas in Santiago de Cuba. Ruiz recently appeared as soloist and ensemble member with the award-winning Apollo's Fire, touring to New York City, Cleveland, and Chicago. She also gave a solo recital of Spanish Renaissance songs with guitarist Jason Yoshida on the newly created Vocal Artist Management Virtual Recital Series. For several years, Adriana was part of the Orfeón Santiago under the direction of Electo Silva. She made various recordings with this ensemble as a soloist and lead soprano, as well as participating in tours around Europe and the Caribbean. In May of 2018, she was named an Early Music America (EMA) Emerging Artist. According to EMA, Ruiz was chosen to represent 'the best of the emerging early music talent from a large pool of applicants.' As a result of her award, she performed in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the prestigious Bloomington Early Music Festival at Indiana University. Recently, she performed at the Bach at noon series, from the Bach Collegium San Diego, offering a program from the Spanish Golden Age. Currently, Adriana is pursuing her Master of Music in Historical Performance at Boston University, and actively performs with the Boston based ensemble: Rumbarroco.

Davron Monroe Tenor

davron_munroe.jpgDavron S. Monroe is a Boston based award winning singer and actor and Recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding musical performance for Breath and Imagination - The story of African-American classical singer Roland Hayes.  Other roles and shows of note and acclaim include Murder on the Orient Express, The Wiz, Camelot, Company, My Fair Lady, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Other Musical theatre credits include The View Upstairs (Speakeasy Stage) The Little Mermaid, RAGTIME (Company Theatre), Man of La Mancha (New Rep), Caroline or Change, Godspell (Moonbox Productions), Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre), Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Children of Eden, Songs for a New World (premiere, Key West Symphony, Broadway Across America), Smokey Joe’s Café. Davron has also appeared with Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Lost in the Stars – a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and The Chariot Jubilee), Brevard Music Center, Finalist in the Orlando Opera’s Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards, Disney Entertainment’s Voices of Liberty, South Florida Symphony, Houston Ebony Opera Guild, the New England Spiritual Ensemble and other organizations throughout the greater Boston area. Davron was the first recipient of the Bob Jolly Award for young actors making strides and noted accomplishments to Boston stages.

Aaron Engelbreth Baritone

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Aaron Engebreth enjoys a varied solo career in opera, oratorio, recital and devotes considerable energy to the performance of established music and contemporary premieres, frequently collaborating with many of today’s preeminent composers. His recent New York City Opera debut as monodrama soloist in Argento’s A Waterbird Talk, performed at Carnegie Hall, compelled the New York Classical Review critic to write the following: "Engebreth is a marvelous actor, capable of holding his character’s many facets and motivations in tension." Mr. Engebreth garnered two Grammy Award nominations for Best Operatic Recording for his work with the Boston Early Music Festival and Radio Bremen (Thésée and Psyché, by Lully). He has been a soloist at the Kennedy Center and Boston’s Symphony Hall, as well as international appearances from Sapporo Japan’s Kitara Hall to Le Theatre de la Ville in Paris and the AmBul festival in Bulgaria. Additionally, Mr. Engebreth has been a guest of the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Rockport and Monadnock Music Festivals as well as many of the country’s fine symphonies, among them Portland, Virginia, San Diego, Charlotte and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other appearances include concerts and commercial recordings with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Lexington, Bangor and Boston Landmarks’ Symphony Orchestras, Vancouver International Song Institute, St. Louis Art Museum and the Firebird Ensemble, a Bernstein Centenary recital with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, as well as performances with Le Central de Lyon (France), Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, Rutter’s Messe des enfants with Écully Musical, Bunthorne in Patience with Odyssey Opera, Boston Camerata, and recitals in Lyon, Paris and San Francisco.

Mr. Engebreth’s work with composer and conductor Lukas Foss cultivated a passion for premiering new works: he has since collaborated with composers Harbison, Larsen, Musgrave, Rorem and Pinkham, among many others. As an interpreter of early music, he is a frequent soloist with organizations including American Bach Soloists, Handel and Haydn Society, Miami Bach Society, Boston Baroque, Boston Camerata and Santa Fe Pro Musica. He was a longtime soloist with Emmanuel Music, for performances of Bach’s cantatas. As a recording artist, Mr. Engebreth produced and recorded The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson with Florestan Recital Project and New World Records; the world premiere of Six Early Songs of Samuel Barber and Larsen’s The Peculiar Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes, both for Florestan Records; Jon Deak’s The Passion of Scrooge with the Firebird Ensemble; and The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham with Florestan Recital Project. With Gil Rose and BMOP and Odyssey Opera, Mr. Engebreth is featured on numerous recordings, among them Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts and Argento’s A Waterbird Talk.

Heinrich Christensen Organ

Heinrich Christensen.jpgA native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen came to the US in 1998 and received an Artist Diploma in Organ Performance from the Boston Conservatory, in addition to degrees from conservatories in Denmark and France. He was appointed Music Director of historic King's Chapel in the year 2000, after serving as affiliate organist under the direction of Daniel Pinkham during the final two years of Dr. Pinkham’s 42-year tenure at the church. Heinrich was a prizewinner at the international organ competitions in Odense and Erfurt and has given solo recitals on four continents. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Handel & Haydn Society, and numerous choruses in the greater Boston area. An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Daniel Pinkham, Carson Cooman, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman, and several others.  He has recorded several organ and choral CDs, and Daniel Pinkham’s works for solo voice and organ with Florestan Recital Project.