Special Guests Season 2017

Meagan Zantingh

For the first time

“Amor Mio”:  

Friday 7th  Sunday 9th of April

“Leçons de Ténèbres di François Couperin”:

Wednesday 12th April

Meagan Zantingh, mezzosoprano, is equally at ease on stage as a recitalist, an early music performer, and an opera singer. One of her recent performances was deemed, “unequivocally beautiful” by the Ottawa Citizen.

She recently completed a 2 month stint in London, U.K., where she was peforming scenes from La Clemenza di Tito with Secret Opera.  In December, she completed her successful first tour with her early music ensemble, Ensemble Alloro in Ontario.

Last season, she enjoyed singing the roles of Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte as part of Opera da Camera’s regular season. She also completed a four-concert tour in Europe, singing as the alto soloist in the Gloucester Choral Society’s concert of Messiah in the U.K., and performing three solo concerts with organist Luciano Zecca in Italy and Germany. Previously she has enjoyed singing the role of Hyale in Charpentier’s Actéon with the Compagnie Baroque Mont Royal, and as a member of the Montreal Symphony choir, she sang under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

She also recently sang the title role in Opera da Camera’s production of Handel’s Xerxes, and over the past three years, she has performed the roles of Dafne in Cavalli’s Gli amori di Apollo e di Dafne in Venice, Italy, Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and also Athamas in Handel’s Semele in Montreal.

In 2014, she had the opportunity to premiere a work for solo mezzo-soprano, choir, and Renaissance wind ensemble, written by Canadian-American composer, Christopher Hossfeld with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa.  She also had her solo debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chamber Choir.

In the summer of 2014, Meagan performed as a soloist in the Gaetano Callido International Organ Festival in Venice.

Elena Biscuola

“Stabat Mater di G.B. Pergolesi”:

Friday 14th  Sunday 16th April

Elena Biscuola gained her diploma in “Vocal Chamber Music” with full marks and special mention, under Maestro Erik Battaglia’s guidance, singing at the Conservatorio in Turin. She then specialized in the German Lied with Dietrich Fischer Dieskau and Irwin Gage.
In 2004 she participated in the Third International Competition of Lyric and Chamber Singing in Vercelli, where she was awarded the prize for the best interpretation, and the second prize (first prize not assigned) in the category “Chamber and Sacred Music”.
In 2006, she received the prize as “best duo” with Marina D’Ambroso, and third prize at the 22nd International Competition of Chamber Vocal Music in Conegliano.

Her romantic repertoire led her to work  with conductors such as Antonio Ballista, Rudolf Buchbinder e Tiziano Severini.
At the same time she studied “Ancient Music” and  gained a degree with full marks and special mention in “Renaissance and Baroque Singing” at the Conservatorio in Vicenza, studying with Gloria Banditelli.

In 1999, with the ensemble Vox Altera, she won the International Competition “Luca Marenzio” for Madrigal Unaccompanied Voices.
She performed in the main festivals of Ancient Music in Italy, as well as abroad, (Regensburg, Ambronay, Utrecht, Al Bustan Beirut, Brugge, Musica Antiga de Barcelona) singing with Athestis Chorus , Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Cappella Artemisia, Concerto Italiano, Concerto Köln, Les Nations,  L’arte dell’Arco, la Risonanza and collaborating with conductors such as, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alfredo Bernardini, Fabio Bonizzoni, Federico Guglielmo, Gerhard Jenemann, Peter Maag, Michael Radulescu e Ton Koopmann.
She has recorded for Amadeus, Chandos, Gaudeamus, Onclassical, Naxos, Tactus and Bottega Discantica.

Trinity College Chapel Singers

Conductor – John Rose
Organist – Christopher Houlihan

Trinity College Chapel Singers

“Le Perle Dimenticate della Serenissima”:

Friday 26th Sunday 28th of  May

The Chapel Singers is Trinity’s oldest student organization, founded in 1824. Admission is by audition with John Rose, director. The group strives to maintain a high standard of choral excellence as befits our landmark Chapel. Chapel Singers receive a stipend for their services. The Chapel Singers provide music for Sunday Chapel at 5:15 p.m. on most Sundays in term and on other occasions, including the annual Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols, Matriculation, Baccalaureate, and concerts. On occasion, The Chapel Singers perform off campus, at home and abroad.

Previous tours have included concerts in England, Argentina, Italy, San Francisco, and the United States Virgin Islands. This past May, The Chapel Singers performed several concerts in Canada.

For more informations, click here

John Rose

John Rose is an American concert organist who has performed in 45 of the United States and has made a number of foreign concert tours to Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and various European countries. He is College Organist at Trinity College in Connecticut, a post he has held since 1977.

In the United States he has performed at halls such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and a host of other halls, churches, and campuses around the country both as recitalist and orchestral soloist. In Europe his tours have been highlighted by performances at such landmark churches as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He has made festival appearances in Australia, Belgium, England, Mexico, Norway, and Scotland.

He has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the American Pipe Organ Builders Association, and the American Institute of Organbuilders.

John Rose has recorded sixteen CD and LP albums, and his discography is highlighted by “The French Romantics” series which has drawn extensive radio airplay and enthusiastic critical praise. Critic Scott Cantrell called one of his albums “possibly the most exciting organ recording I’ve ever heard.”

Among several noted composers who have dedicated works to John Rose is Malcolm Williamson, Master of the Queens Music to H.M. Elizabeth II of Great Britain. He has long been associated with the church music institute held each summer at Colby College in Maine, serving since 1988 as its director. He has been awarded a performance grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, and has received “Young Artist of the Year” honors from the national journal Musical America. He is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London.

John Rose is a graduate of Rutgers University, and was an instructor in organ at the university’s Newark campus while cathedral organist there. His primary organ teacher was the late virtuoso Virgil Fox, with whom he studied privately for over seven years.

Christopher Houlihan

Organist Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of organists, praised by the media as “gifted” (New York Times), “dazzling” (Wall Street Journal), and “eloquent” (Los Angeles Times).

Highlights from the 2015-2016 season included debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., presented by the National Symphony Orchestra, and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, presented by the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2014, Houlihan made his Disney Hall debut, performing with principal brass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for which the Los Angeles Times raved, “Houlihan is the next big organ talent.”

In the 2016-2017 season, Houlihan presents recitals across the country, and performs Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No.3 with the Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra and the organ concerto by Robert Edward Smith with the Boston Chamber Orchestra. In February of 2017, Houlihan released a new all-Bach organ CD on the Azica label, Christopher Houlihan plays Bach (Azica ACD-71314). The CD features Bach’s famous Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor and Houlihan’s own arrangement of Bach’s Italian Concerto, BWV 971.

Christopher Houlihan lives in Brooklyn, NY, is Director of Music and Organist at The Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan and Artist-in-Residence at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. More information is at ChristopherHoulihan.com.
(February 2017)

Past Guests:

  • 2016
    • Ensemble Zefiro
    • Ensemble Lucidarium