Tenor Leslie W. Green is in high demand as a soloist in the Northwest. Praised for his seemingly effortless, expressive singing, Mr. Green performs a wide variety of literature ranging from Bach arias to contemporary opera. Green has appeared throughout the Northwest with many of the finest ensembles and presenters including Oregon Repertory Singers, Portland Symphonic Choir, Annas Bay Music Festival, Mount Angel Abbey, Willamette Master Chorus, Eclectic Orange Festival in Orange County California, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, Cascade Music Festival, Northwest Mahler Festival, Columbia Chorale, St. James Cantata Series and numerous church concerts and music series.
Mr. Green’s recent engagements have included: Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ with Willamette Master Chorus, two highly praised recitals featuring Beethoven's An die ferne geliebte, Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, Vaughn Williams' Songs of Travel and Schumann's Dichterliebe with pianist Jean-David Coen, Bach’s virtuosic Cantata 55 for solo tenor, Bach cantatas 131, 146, 8, Cantata 2 of the Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Messiah with Bravo! Vancouver and Willamette Master Chorus, Verdi's Requiem and Dvorak's Stabat Mater with Festival Choral Oregon, an enthusiastically received performance of Schubert’s landmark song cycle Winterreise, the role of Victory in Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutem, the lead role of the Stage Manager in the Northwest Premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town at Willamette University, Joseph Haydn’s Creation with Bravo! Vancouver and Willamette Master Chorus and Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations and Serenade with the Salem Chamber Orchestra. Green was recently heard as soloist and chorister with the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana in their highly praised concerts of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers and their concert on the prestigious Music before 1800 series in New York. He was heard in the Premiere of Robert Kyr's A Time for Life with Cappella Romana, as Don Jose in Opera Theater of Oregon's Carmen, as the Evangelist in Heinrich Schutz's St. John Passion with Portland Vocal Consort and as Alfredo in Opera Theater of Oregon's La Traviata.
Green originally hails from the Midwest where he received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ball State University. He resides in Vancouver Washington with his wife, daughter and beagle. He maintains a private voice studio in Vancouver and teaches voice at Willamette University, Pacific University and Concordia University Portland as well as working with many area high schools and as a clinician and adjudicator.
Angela Niederloh, Octavia
Angela Niederloh has been acclaimed by the New York Times as, “a charismatic mezzo soprano”. Angela is happy to be back in her hometown of Portland, Oregon where she was last seen as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Guinone in La Calisto, Melibea in Il viaggio a Rheims and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Portland Opera. A recent participant in the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Ms. Niederloh was last seen as Meg Page in Falstaff, Karolka in Jenůfa and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Other roles include Flora in La Traviata, Rosette in Manon and Olga in Merry Widow. Other operatic engagements for the American artist include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (San Francisco Opera Center) the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera Omaha) Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, Mrs. Slender in Salieri’s Falstaff (Wolf Trap Opera). Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Niederloh’s solo credit’s include performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Music of Remembrance, Camarata Pacifica, Oregon Symphony, Boston Baroque Orchestra, Olympia Symphony Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Columbia Symphony, Choral Arts Ensemble and Choral Crossties. An active participant in many of the nation’s most respected competitions, Ms. Niederloh was a National Finalist in the 2000 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, winner and audience favorite in the Eleanor Lieber Award Competition, second place in the MacAllister Vocal Competition, second place in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition and finalist in the McCollum Vocal Competition.
Ms. Niederloh is also actively sought after nationally for music clinic workshops for choirs and individuals and currently serves as a faculty member at Portland State University and Pacific University.
Janice Johnson, Poppaea
Janice Johnson has appeared with the Oregon Symphony as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. With the Oregon East Symphony, she has sung the Beethoven Ninth and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. In oratorio, she has been soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Faure’s Requiem, and numerous Bach cantatas.
Ms. Johnson enjoys singing contemporary music and recently performed with the ensemble Fear No Music in Berio’s Folk Songs. She appeared as a featured soloist at the Ernest Bloch Festival where she performed works by Bernard Rands, most notably his Memo 7, under his tutelage. Working with John Peel, Ms. Johnson has premiered several works including como un arco de viola with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the opera Voces Vergilianae, as Dido and Three Poems of Mallarmé with the Third Angle New Music Ensemble.
In recitals, Ms. Johnson has performed at Willamette University, Portland State University, OHSU and Linfield College. These programs included women composers, Liszt’s vocal music, French melodie and Cabaret songs. Ms. Johnson has also been guest soloist at the Astoria, Cascade and Sunriver music festivals.
A native of Maine, she received her music training at the Eastman School of Music, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Johnson has been a member of the music faculties of Willamette and Marylhurst Universities and continues private studio teaching.
Janet Coleman, Pianist
An accomplished and versatile pianist, Janet Coleman has been presented with recitalists in Europe, Central America, and across the United States. Here in the Northwest, she has collaborated with hundreds of singers and instrumentalists, and has shared the stage with such artists as Marilyn, Horne, Richard Stoltzman, Janos Starker and Charles Wadsworth. As featured soloist, Janet has appeared with the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Southwest Washington Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony; as chamber musician, she has performed with the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Fear No Music, Beta Collide, 45th Parallel and the Portland Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Coleman's colorful, collaborative support has been a factor in several first place awards at the MTNA and ASTA national competitions, three national concerto competitions, and the Gold Medal at the Stulburg International String Competition.
Janet has been a staff pianist for the Portland Opera, the Eugene Opera, and the music departments of Willamette University and Linfield College; currently she is on staff at Pacific University and Portland State University. She can be heard in the critically acclaimed, nationally televised concert/documentary “Verdi's Defiant Requiem” and the recently recorded Das Lied von der Erde with the Martingale Ensemble.