Gabriel Martins, Cello

Gabriel Martins, Cello

American cellist Gabriel Martins (b. 1998) is a prize-winner of the David Popper International Cello Competition, Orford Music Award, Prague Spring International Music Competition, Sphinx Competition, and International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. His performances have brought him around the globe to venues such as Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In the words of esteemed cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, Martins has "revealed heart, passion, intellect, and a finely-nuanced palette of colors in a compelling manner worthy of a seasoned artist."

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Timur, tenor


TIMUR, “the extravagantly transgressive tenor, dangerously seductive” (LA Times), has made solo appearances with LA Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sarasota Opera, PROTOTYPE Festival, Utah Opera, Santa Cecilia Academy, Nouvel Opéra Fribourg, Budapest Palace of the Arts, Hawaii Opera Theater and the Industry LA, among others. He has collaborated with many composers, including Thomas Adès, Evan Ziporyn, David Lang, Silvano Bussotti, David T. Little, Gerald Barry, Mohammed Fairouz, Louis Andriessen, Anne LeBaron, the late Gian-Carlo Menotti, Peter Eötvös, Veronika Krausas, Michael Gordon, Erling Wold, Tobias Picker, Kate Moore and Nick Urata. His band Timur and the Dime Museum, described by NPR’s Here & Now as “post-punk screaming opera”, has appeared on America’s Got Talent, opened for Tiger Lilies and DeVotchKa. In 2014, the band premiered and toured an environmental rock-opera COLLAPSE, produced by its long-time collaborator Beth Morrison Projects, at Redcat Theater, Miami Light Project, Operadagen Rotterdam and BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival. TIMUR is a co-creator of “Silent Steppe Cantata” by Anne LeBaron, a large-scale composition about Kazakhstan. His upcoming solo projects include “Klaus From Space,” with Klaus Nomi’s songwriter Kristian Hoffman; “One Body” by John Kennedy; “Permanent Revolution of Frida & Trotsky” by Ori Barel; and two projects produced by Beth Morrison Projects, set to premiere in 2019-20 season - “Nueva Cancion: Protest and Resistance in songs of Mercedes Sosa” and “Artaud in the Black Lodge” by David T. Little. His voice is featured on the Hollywood soundtrack of “Ruby Sparks” and he appears on many recordings, released by Naxos USA, Milan Records, Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon and ANTI-. In addition to his work as a performing artist, he serves as a Vice President of Creative Affairs of ACE Pictures Entertainment, a Malaysian investment company, overseeing film an executive producer, including CLEMENCY, a Sundance 2019 winning drama, starring Oscar-nominated Alfre Woodard; a revenge thriller LEAVE NOT ONE ALIVE, starring Oscar-winner Melissa Leo; horror thriller COLOR OUT OF SPACE, starring Nicolas Cage; supernatural thriller DANIEL ISN’T REAL, starring Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miles Robbins, produced alongside Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision; and COME AWAY, a drama fantasy, starring Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie and directed by Oscar-winner Brenda Chapman.


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Lee Poulis, baritone


Lee Poulis is “virile and heroic in both appearance and vocalism” and has been praised for his “commanding presence” and his “dark baritone, rich in color,” calling it a voice “of power and beauty.” Twice named Best Young Singer by Die Welt, Lee has performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Bilbao, Teatro Municipal Santiago, and with Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. He performed the title role in the national premieres of Doctor Atomic in Germany and at the Finnish National Opera, a production which was nominated for one of Europe’s top theater prizes, Der Faust.

Lee makes his debut with the Modesto Symphony this season with Carmina Burana and recently debuted with Pasadena Symphony as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and returned to Opera Santa Barbara in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.  He sang Handel's Messiah with the Florida Orchestra and in a debut with Long Beach Camerata, Carmina Burana in a debut with Valley Symphony Orchestra in Texas and again with Long Beach Camerata, and Bach's Mass in B Minor with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall. He also appeared in recital with the New West Symphony and sang Bach's Cantata #82, "Ich habe genug" in his Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra debut.

In previous seasons, Lee was on the roster of San Francisco Opera for its production of Lucia di Lammermoor and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Die Fledermaus.  His frequently performed roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Valentin in Faust, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Escamillo in Carmen, Belcore in Elisir d’Amore, and Ford in Falstaff with such theaters as Teatro de la Maestranza Seville, Teatre Principal Palma de Mallorca, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Theater Chemnitz, Fort Worth Opera, Sarasota Opera, Finnish National Opera, Saarländisches Staatstheater, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Washington National Opera, Theater Bonn, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Los Angeles Opera.  

Lee is first prize winner of the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, Francisco Viñas International Voice Competition, Chester Ludgin International Verdi Baritone Competition, and prize winner of the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and George London Foundation Vocal Competition.  He is an alumnus of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Music Academy of the West, and Harvard University.


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Jennifer K. Bromagen, soprano


Hailed by the Tacoma News Tribune for her “shining coloratura and brilliant high notes”, soprano Jennifer Bromagen enjoys performing on opera and concert stages throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has performed as La Contessa di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Bellevue City Opera, with Puget Sound Concert Opera as the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and as the Soprano Soloist in Golijov’s She Was Here with the Northwest Sinfonietta. Most recently, Ms. Bromagen performed as the title role in Puget Sound Concert Opera’s production of Martha, as well as The Queen of the Night in Vashon Opera’s The Magic Flute, and with the Pacific Northwest Opera as Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

Ms. Bromagen was an Associate Artist in Residence with Cleveland Opera and performed on their main stage as the First Handmaiden in Turandot, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and as Edith in The Pirates of Penzance. She has also been seen in such roles as Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, Amina in La Sonnambula, and Countess Adele in Le Comte Ory. She has been a featured soloist in concert halls, temples, and cathedrals throughout the U.S., performing classic solo concert works from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Verdi’s Requiem, as well as such contemporary works as Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria and Arnesen’s Wound in the Water.  In the 2018-19 season, engagements include a return to the Northwest Sinfonietta as the Soprano Soloist for Faure’s Requiem, as well as a role debut with Pacific Northwest Opera as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, and a return to the Puget Sound Concert Opera as the title role in Massenet’s Manon.


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