Emily Righter, mezzo-soprano
Ms. Righter has been enchanting audiences “…with her gorgeously controlled mezzo voice and emotive, physically adept presence to match.” (The Star-Ledger). After her performances of Alessandro in Eliogabalo, Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker, “Emily Grace Righter stood out for her impassioned, idiomatic delivery of the role of Alessandro. Her Act I lament ‘Misero cosi va’ was the musical highlight of the night.” The multi-talented Ms. Righter is gifted not only in opera, but in jazz, musical theater, art song and chamber music.
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Stephen Z. Cook, piano
Mr. Cook is the Chorus Director/Principal Accompanist in the Vocal Music department at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia, and he also serves as Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. He is an alumnus of Norfolk Christian High School, and holds the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, the Master of Music degree in organ performance and church music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. As a concert organist, Cook has performed throughout the United States, and has twice performed at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, first in 2007 and then again in 2017. As a professional accompanist, he has performed in festivals to critical acclaim under the batons of Grammy award winners Sir David Willcocks in Bern, Switzerland and Dr. Robert Page in Williamsburg, Virginia. And as a church musician, he has served congregations in Tennessee, Texas, Iowa, and Connecticut.