Because of the Brave
Sunday, November 11, 2018
West Side Presbyterian Church
Kristin Plumley – Soprano
Richard Summers – Clarinet
Soprano with a sparkling voice to match her personality, Connecticut native Kristen Plumley brings her joy of being on stage to every role she performs. Lauded as “sensationally note-perfect” (St. Petersburg Times), “a roguish comedienne” (The Middletown, CT Press) and “Met-worthy” (The Dallas Morning News), Ms. Plumley has portrayed Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Gilda (Rigoletto) with Greensboro Opera Company, Musetta (La bohème) with Amarillo Opera, Norina (Don Pasquale) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Virginia Opera, Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) with New York City Opera, Norina (Don Pasquale) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Virginia Opera, Nannetta (Falstaff) and Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice) with Opera Festival of New Jersey, Sophie (Werther) with Chautauqua Opera, Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Boheme Opera (NJ) and Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Despina (Così fan Tutte) with Lyric Opera of Cleveland, the Sultan of Egypt (Glück’s Les Pelerins de la Mecque) with L’Opéra Français de New York, Yum-Yum (The Mikado) with Opera Memphis and Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore) with Nevada Opera.
Other roles to her credit include Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Kathy (Student Prince), and musical theater favorites Maria (West Side Story), Carrie (Carousel), Fiona (Brigadoon) and Laurey (Oklahoma!).
On the concert stage, Kristen Plumley has performed a broad spectrum of works, including Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, she has sung Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Elgar’s For the Fallen, Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, as well as Jack Everly’s Sci-Fi Spectacular (music from science fiction movies and television shows) with the Cleveland, Indianapolis, Seattle and Baltimore Symphonies and An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Richmond, Memphis and Minnesota.
Enthusiastic about contemporary works, she has been active in many new operas at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada) and in companies throughout New York City. In 2015 Kristen created the role of Ruth Draper in Icarus Rising, a new dance opera about the life of Lauro DeBosis, an Italian freedom fighter during World War II, with Verlezza Dance.
Ms. Plumley received an Artist Diploma in opera from the Hartt School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and music from Holy Cross College. Twice a winner in the Connecticut Opera Guild Scholarship Competition, she is also a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant (Shoshana Foundation).
Richard Summers is a music educator, performer, conductor, arranger, and composer. Originally from Wheeling West Virginia, Mr. Summers arrived in our metropolitan area when he was appointed to the United States Military Academy Band at West Point from 1972-1975. Following his military career, he attended the Juilliard School, where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in performance. Recently retired as a public school instrumental music teacher for thirty-two years, Mr. Summers served students in both the Kinnelon and Pequannock School Districts. He has also served as an adjunct professor at William Paterson University. Most recently he entered the field of composition and has had several of his works put into publication. A long time member of the New Jersey Wind Symphony, Mr. Summers serves as principal clarinet and associate conductor.
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