Baritone Andrew D. Whitfield enjoys a vibrant career as a performer, teacher, and stage director. In addition to appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera, Andrew has also been a resident artist with Portland Opera Works. His most recent performance highlights include engagements with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Peoria Bach Festival. Also, his recording of Brooke Joyce’s Three Iowa Ballads, recently released on the Innova label, has received notable praise.
Originally from Shelbyville, Indiana, Andrew received the Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Music (voice, opera) at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During the summer Andrew enjoys teaching and performing at Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, a four-week residential training program for talented high school musicians.
With his colleague Jessica Paul, Andrew performed Schubert’s Winterreise in Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin during February and March of 2011. In April 2011 he was the baritone soloist in the Brahms Requiem at Grinnell College. As part of Luther College's sesquicentennial celebration, Andrew also sang the baritone solos in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, both at Luther and in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, on April 16 and 17, 2011.
To see and hear excerpts of Andrew's performances, or for further information, please visit his website: andrewdwhitfield.com
The Italian soprano Laura Antonaz obtained her diploma in singing at the Trieste Conservatory while studying literature at the University. She then devoted herself mostly to Baroque and chamber music. Her teachers include Jessica Cash, Serge Wilfart, Alan Curtis, Nigel Rogers, and Joshua Rifkin; she focused on Lieder repertoire while working with Ada and Erik Werba and Christa Ludwig. She attended the International Summer Academy of Early Music in Innsbruck several times, as well as the Handel-Akademie in Karlsruhe. She was awarded the International Lieder Competition prize in Bardolino, Italy, the Pergolesi prize in Rome and La Società dell’Opera Buffa prize in Milan.
Laura Antonaz has performed in Italy and abroad with several ensembles, such as I Barocchisti (RSI-Switzerland), La Risonanza, Concerto Italiano, Accademia Bizantina, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Ensemble La Fenice (France), Les Nations, and Odhecaton.
In 1993 Laura Antonaz made her operatic debut in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, followed by Cavalli (the first performance in modern times of Orione), Paisiello, Jommelli, Weber, Offenbach, Gluck, and the role of Poppea in George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina in Buenos Aires (first performance in South America). She has often sang on radio and television in Italy, Swizerland, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, France, Belgium, Israel.
Laura Antonaz has been a guest of important festivals, such as Festival van Vlanderen in Bruges, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Festival de Beaune, MiTo, Musica en Canarias, Budapest, Birmingham Early Music Festival, Music for the Stage in London, Rio de Janeiro, 'Mostly Mozart' at New York's Lincoln Centre, and Graz Styriarte.
Laura Antonaz has recorded more than 30 CDs for several labels, including Stradivarius, Tactus, Amadeus, La Bottega Discantica, Nuova Era, and Rivo Alto.