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(Ariadne auf Naxos), and the Princess (L'Enfant et les sortilèges). She has sung Dorinda (in Orlando) in Carnegie Hall's Handel Opera Series, and has appeared at the Netherlands Opera and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Edinburg, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Blossom, Mann Music Center, Hollywood Bowl, and Festival of Two Worlds (Spoleto). She sang at the white House for President and Mrs. Reagan in a performance telecast on PBS' "Great Performances" series. Miss Martin has recorded Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne for the Denon label.

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American soprano Camellia Johnson has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Michigan Opera theatre, and Opera Pacific. She has been a soloist with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, and Montreal, in addition to the London Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances have included Porgy and Bess at the Hollywood Bowl and Strauss' Four Last Songs with the Cleveland Orchestra. She has recorded Porgy and Bess under the baton of Simon Rattle.

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Tenor Michael Forest (Sportin' Life) has performed the role of Sportin' Lfe with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Knoxville Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, National Symphony, BBC Proms, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as at the Ravinia Festival and Mann Music Center. He has been a frequent soloist at the Kennedy Center and has appeared in concerts with the Radio Telefis Eireann Orchestra in Dublin and the London Opera Festival at Wigmore Hall. He has sung more than one hundred performances with the Metropolitan Opera, and has recorded Porgy and Bess for EMI.

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Baritone Lester Lynch (Crown/Jake) was a winner of the 1996 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions and recently received the George London Foundation Grant. His recent symphonic engagements include a Gershwin evening with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Antwerp. He has portrayed Crown in performance with the Haifa Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera (in an international tour), with the Ravinia Festival, and with the opera companies of Portland, Seattle, Cleveland, Dallas, and San Diego, as well as at La Scala (Milan) and Opéra Bastille (Paris).

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Soprano Indira Mahajan returns to New York City Opera this season as the recipient of the Richard Gold Career Grant,  singing Musetta (La bohème) and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen. Last season she made her debuts with New York City Opera, Berkshire Opera, and Chautauqua Opera. She has also portrayed the title role of Treemonisha in Costa Rica, as well as Clara in Porgy and Bess on New York Harlem Theater's European tour, at the George Enesco International Music Festival in Romania, and in the Sherwin Goldman Production in Tokyo.

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The Morgan State University Choir, one of the nation's most prestigious university choral ensembles, has been conducted for the past 27 years by Nathan Carter. The choir tours internationally, appears with the finest American and European orchestras, and is featured in radio and television broadcasts. Performance highlights include concerts at the White House, tours of South Africa at the request of Bishop Desmond Tutu, and performances in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Already this season, the group had performed Porgy and Bess with Bobby McFerrin and the National Symphony. The choir will shortly appear in its fourth annual performance of Too Hot to Handel with the Concordia Orchestra and Marin Alsop at Avery Fisher Hall.

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Nathan Carter is chairperson of Morgan State University's Department of Fine Arts, director of the school's performing arts series, and director of the acclaimed Morgan State University Choir. He is a graduate of the Hampton Institute, The Juilliard School (with honors), and Peabody Conservatory of Music. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Detroit Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, leading his own arrangements of music for chorus and orchestra. His many honors include the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Negro Musicians, the gold medal from the Rosa Ponselle Foundation, and an honorary doctorate from Gettysburg College.


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