Arias and Vocal Ensembles by Mozart and Schubert

April 4, 2018 | 7:30 PM

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm, at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, Friends of Mozart presents young artists from the Juilliard School in New York, in a concert of arias and ensembles from Mozart operas and songs by Mozart and Schubert.  Kathryn Henry, soprano, Kara Dugan, mezzo-soprano, James Ley, tenor, and Jacob Scharfman, baritone, are accompanied by Adam Rothenberg, pianist, in a program that exemplifies the range of vocal expression in Mozart’s stage works and a special repertoire of Mozart songs and Schubert Lieder.


Soprano Kathryn Henry, a Wisconsin native, is a rising singer on international opera and concert stages. Currently a resident of New York City, she is pursuing her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and is a student of Marlena Malas. Her opera credits include Arminda (La finta giardiniera), Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and L’écureuil (L’enfant et les Sortilèges). Ms. Henry has appeared as a guest soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. In recital, she has performed with pianists Brian Zeger, Craig Rutenberg, and Mikael Eliasen. In 2015, she was selected as a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 

Mezzo-Soprano Kara Dugan has been praised by the New York Times for her “vocal warmth and rich character”. Recently, Ms. Dugan has performed with Michael Tilson Thomas, in the premiere of his work, Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind, with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New World Symphony. Opera highlights include  Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia. She has appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, the Mainly Mozart Music Festival, and on three international tours with Juilliard's Historical Performance Department, Juilliard415.

Tenor James Ley, from Elkton, Maryland, studied voice at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. While at Wheaton, Mr. Ley was involved in several opera productions. His recent roles include a staged production of Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac and Tamino, in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. On the concert stage Mr. Ley participated as the tenor soloist in Wheaton’s production of Handel’s Messiah and sang Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation, led by John Nelson. Last summer James Ley performed with the Nürnberg Symphony during his time at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie. Mr. Ley studies voice with Edith Wiens at the Juilliard School.

This spring, baritone Jacob Scharfman completes his Masters studies at the Juilliard School. During the 2017-18 academic year, he appeared as Nardo in La finta giardiniera, covered Ford in Nicolai’s Merry Wives, and made his Merkin Hall debut with the New York Festival of Song. He spent the summer of 2017 as a Studio Artist with Central City Opera. In the 2016-17 academic year, Jacob made his Alice Tully Hall debut as Pallante in Handel’s Agrippina and covered Steward in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. He appeared in masterclasses led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Pablo Heras-Casado, both available at Recent opera engagements include Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera Fayetteville, Rugby in Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera, and Prince Yeletsky in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades with Harvard’s Lowell House. 

Pianist Adam Rothenberg is a versatile young artist and sought-after collaborator who has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist, in collaborative performance, chamber music, and orchestral concerts. A native of Syracuse, NY, he is a recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School, where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, and Brian Zeger. Mr. Rothenberg  graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University and has also studied at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and the Chautauqua Institution. An avid ensemble musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Adam Rothenberg has also worked extensively in opera and musical theater, including productions at Juilliard Opera and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.