Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 7pm
Wes Hunter, tenor
Scott Nicholas, piano & music director
Melanie Bacaling, director
Growing up the son of a Baptist preacher in the south means your closet is best fit with a sliding-glass door. This cabaret explores the coming out (and going back in) of tenor Wes Hunter through, of course, selections from musical theatre composers. A truly queer cabaret, the program presents many gender-bended songs not to be missed. Featuring Scott Nicholas as the music director and pianist and directed by Melanie Bacaling.
Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 7pm
Club Cafe, Napoleon Room
209 Columbus Ave Boston 02116
food and drink available for purchase
Tenor Wes Hunter, praised for his "drama, heart, and shining tone,” regularly performs both standard and new repertoire. He most recently sang the title character in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (Lowell House Opera), Oronte in Handel’s Alcina (Opera del West), Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women (MetroWest Opera), Michael the Archangel in the workshop of Julian Wachner's Rev 23 (Beth Morrison Projects), and premiered as Eugene in Leo Hurley’s The Body Politic (Juventas New Music Ensemble). Other credits include Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Nika Magadoff in The Consul, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Hunter has also performed as a soloist in concert repertoire across the east coast including Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Handel's Messiah, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, and Schubert's Mass in G. Mr. Hunter received degrees from The Boston Conservatory and the University of Maryland, College Park.
With a repertoire spanning classical and musical theater, pianist Scott Nicholas has appeared throughout the U.S. and internationally in solo and chamber performances. He has served as pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, The Three Irish Tenors, acclaimed Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera’s outreach programs, the Cambridge Chorus, the Boston Music Theatre Project and the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition. Scott has recorded works by Boston composer Graham Gordon Ramsay, most recently “Six Piano Preludes,” part of a collection of solo instrumental works from Albany Records. He has also recorded frequently with E.C. Schirmer's Philovox Ensemble, heard on WGBH-FM and WBUR-FM in Boston. Scott was co-composer for the new musical One State, Two State workshopped at Suffolk University, where he is a senior lecturer, also teaching piano and coaching music theatre. Mr. Nicholas is currently on the faculty of Emerson College.
Melanie Bacaling is actively involved in the opera industry as a director and stage manager. Recently she has completed productions with Opera Omaha, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Washington Concert Opera. She is currently an Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera for the 18-19 season. Upcoming engagements include assistant stage managing THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA and HANDMAID’S TALE with Boston Lyric Opera, and she will return to the stage management team at Santa Fe Opera for the 2019 season. Also a vocalist, Ms. Bacaling is the Soprano Soloist at First Church Unitarian Universalist in Belmont and holds an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the Boston Conservatory.