Rising Stars in Opera

February 5, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Jeanine De Bique in tailored balck dress with long sleeves, whipping her hair to the side.
Jeanine De Bique (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

For the first episode of Black History Month, Oliver introduces some of the most exciting singers in opera today, including sopranos Janai Brugger, Jeanine De Bique, and Pumeza Matshikiza; mezzo-soprano Zoie Reams, tenor Noah Stewart; and baritone Justin Austin.

Watch Janai Brugger and Jeanine De Bique sing a beautiful duet from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.


Jeanine De Bique, soprano
George Frideric Handel: Agrippina, HWV 6
Aria, “L’alma mia fra le tempeste”
Concerto Köln
Luca Quintavalle, conductor
Berlin Classics  0302017BC

Riccardo Broschi: L’isola d’Alcina
Aria, “Mi restano le lagrime”
Concerto Köln
Luca Quintavalle, conductor
Berlin Classics  0302017BC

Jean Philippe Rameau: Platée
Air de La Folie “Formons les plus brillants concerts”
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie, conductor
Rameau: Platée
Harmonia Mundi HAF-890534950

Justin Austin, baritone
Damien Sneed: I Dream a World
Damien Sneed, piano
Classically Harlem
LeChateau Earl Records

Janai Brugger, soprano
Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle: “Love Will Find a Way” from Shuffle Along
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Rick Benjamin, conductor
Black Manhattan Vol. 2
New World NW-80731

Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano
Leonard Bernstein: Songfest
XI. “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed”
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
James Judd, conductor
Leonard Bernstein: Songfest
Naxos 8.559859

Pumeza Matshikiza, soprano
Alfredo Catalani: La Wally
Aria, “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana”
Aarus Symphony Orchestra
Tobias Ringborg, conductor
Pumeza: Arias
Decca 4788964

Norman Thomas: The Naughty Little Flea
Aurora Orchestra
Iain Farrington, conductor
Pumeza: Voice of Hope
Decca 4787605

Noah Stewart, tenor
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Aria, “Recondita armonia”
Vienna Studio Symphony
Johnny Bertl, conductor
Decca 2775385

Robert Chesley: Autumn
Kenneth Merrill, piano
An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope
GPR Records GPR-12014