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Hailed by the New York Times for her “vocal warmth and rich character”, mezzo soprano Kara Sainz is a second year Master of Music student at The Juilliard School, where she also received her Bachelor of Music degree studying with Edith Bers. Ms. Sainz has spent her summers with the Aspen Music Festival, Orford Arts Center, Wolf Trap Opera, pianoSonoma, and on tour with Juilliard415. Ms. Sainz spent the summer of 2014 with Wolf Trap Opera, where she sang the role of Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. At Juilliard she has performed as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Clytemnestre cover and Second Greek Woman in the Juilliard and Metropolitan Opera’s production of Iphigénie en Aulide by Gluck.
Ms. Sainz is passionate about community outreach and has been involved in Juilliard’s Gluck Community Service Fellowship and in projects educating elementary students in her hometown of Temecula, California. This past summer, Kara was on tour at the Boston Early Music Festival and in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche with Juilliard, singing the music of Bach under Maestro Masaaki Suzuki. Recently, Ms. Sainz toured with Juilliard415 as the alto soloist in Telemann’s Die Tageszeiten with conductor Nicholas McGegan. Upcoming projects include covering the role of Diana in Juilliard’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto and the role of Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Pianist Peter Dugan was hailed “a formidable soloist” by the Washington Post after his Kennedy Center debut last season with baritone John Brancy. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms. He has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, including performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He has also performed internationally in Canada, South America, the Cayman Islands, and across Europe. Last season, Mr. Dugan appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony in its Season Opening Concert under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Mr. Dugan, a Philadelphia native, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in solo piano performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio and was awarded the John Erskine Commencement Prize for outstanding artistic and academic achievement. Mr. Dugan resides in New York, where he teaches sight reading for pianists at Juilliard and serves on the faculty at the St. Thomas Choir School.