Eric Weimer is in his twenty-ninth full season as an Assistant Conductor with Lyric Opera of Chicago. In this work - along with numerous engagements with the Metropolitan Opera, Bayreuth Festival, San Francisco Opera, and Canadian Opera Company - he has prepared some 220 productions, collaborating with most of the world’s greatest opera maestri and singers. While famous as a German specialist -- he has prepared no less than thirteen complete cycles of Wagners’s Der Ring des Nibelungen -- he is known also for the breadth of his experience with other repertoires, particularly the Baroque and the Italian. A former musicologist - Dr. Weimer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is the author of Opera seria and the Evolution of Classical Style - he is also in great demand as a coach of young singers. He has been a member of the music staff of the Ryan Opera Center since 1992 and has also had numerous residencies with the other principal opera training programs in this country, particularly the MET’s Lindemann Program and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. Mo. Weimer appears with increasing frequency as conductor. The 2014/15 season saw him on the podium for two performances of Der fliegende Hollaender with the Washington National Opera as well as runs of L’elisir d’amore and La fille du regiment.
Amy Hutchison recently directed William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge for Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and she has staged the opera at Washington National Opera and Portland Opera, as well. Her other productions nationwide have included Turandot (Orlando), Carmen (Milwaukee, Kansas City, Columbus), La traviata (Costa Mesa), Don Pasquale (Indianapolis), and an original production of Help, Help, the Globolinks! (Madison Opera, available on CD). She has staged the Sendak/Corsaro production of Hänsel und Gretel for the Zürich Opera and for the Canadian, Indianapolis and Baltimore opera companies.
A resident of Chicago, she has created productions of Dido and Aeneas for Elgin Opera and Ned Rorem’s Our Town and Conrad Susa’s Transformations for DePaul University Opera Theatre. Chicago audiences have also enjoyed her Faust (DuPage Opera Theatre), Gallantry, and The Telephone (Opera Moda). Hutchison was a member of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s stage direction staff for seven years and was associate director for Lyric’s critically-acclaimed Faust (2009); Die Fledermaus (2006-07); Aida, and Tosca (2004-05).
Hutchison’s long relationship with Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center includes directing Don Giovanni and Offenbach’s RSVP: A Musicale at Mr. Cauliflower’s. Dedicated to the development of young artists, Miss Hutchison was director of Baltimore Opera’s Studio Artist Training Program in 2000. Her academic work began as director of opera for Princeton’s renowned Westminster Choir College, where she created productions of Xerxes, Die Zauberflöte, Dido and Aeneas, and La clemenza di Tito (1997-99).
As Associate Director, Hutchison has staged Porgy and Bess throughout the United States and at La Scala, the Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro La Fenice, and at opera houses in Düsseldorf, Lucca, and Tokyo. Her professional opera career began as a member of the stage direction staff at Houston Grand Opera.
She has assisted esteemed directors Robert Altman, Frank Corsaro, Francesca Zambello, David MacVicar, Robert Carsen, Frank Galati, Graham Vick, David Pountney, John Cox, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Christopher Mattaliano, Harry Silverstein, Tazewell Thompson and Ian Judge, among others. Hutchison is a graduate of the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University, where she was introduced to opera via The Conservatory’s unique relationship with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Pianist Chiayi Lee received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, and both a Masters’ degree and a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University.
Chiayi is an active pianist with an extensive background in solo and chamber music performance. She has worked and performed with numerous ensembles, instrumentalists and vocalists. She was a member of the piano faculty and the staff accompanist at Coe College. She was also the staff accompanist at Cornell College, and the chorus accompanist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre in Iowa. She also worked for Elgin OPERA, DuPage Opera Theatre and Interactive Opera Company.
She is currently the adjunct piano faculty and staff accompanist at Harper College.
Rosemary Schroeder received her Doctoral Fellowship in Opera Directing, Organ, Conducting, and Church Music from Northwestern Graduate School of Music. She has an MSEd with a published thesis in Education and Psychology from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Schroeder received a BMEd in Piano, Voice, and Pedagogy from DePaul University. She taught Kindergarten through graduate courses in regular grades, special ed, music, and psychology. Ms. Schroeder performs internationally as a concert pianist, organist, choral director, and improv jazz musician. She has won many awards including the Florida Artist of the Year for her accomplishments in singing opera/musical theatre, concert piano, and orchestral/choral conducting. Ms. Schroeder is the organist-pianist at the First Church of Christ Scientist, Geneva, IL. Rosemary is an active supporter, and volunteer for clean environment and equal human rights causes. She maintains piano and voice studios in St. Charles.
Tetyana Torzhevska was born in Ukraine. In 1991 she graduated from P.I. Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev, Ukraine, where she studied with National Artist of the USSR Lilia Lobanova and Professor Zoya Lichtmann.
She made her opera debut in 1989 at the State Opera Studio in Kiev in the role of Parasya in Mussorgsky’s Sorochintsy Fair.
In 1991 Tetyana was invited to sing as a soloist with the Ukrainian Separate Model Orchestra. She performed with them in France, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Poland and won First Prize at the Golden Lyre International Festival in Poland (1993). In 1993 she was invited to sing the title role in Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) at the Kiev State Opera. Her powerful and flexible soprano spinto allows her to sing a wide ranging repertoire from lyric coloratura as Violetta in La Traviata to such dramatic role as Tosca. Her operatic repertoire also includes the roles of Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Lisa (Queen of Spades), Zemfira (Aleko), Marguerite (Faust), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Leonora (La Forza del Destino).
She has been heard throughout Europe on the concert stages with Johan Willem Friso Kapel Orchestra (Netherlands), Bravo Trio (Germany), Sviatovid Folk Orchestra (Ukraine), Ukrainian National Army Dance and Song Company, Kiev Symphony, and many others. Her concert repertoire includes works from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Stezenko, Ukrainian folk-songs, Russian songs and romances. As opera singer she performed with Ukrainian National Opera, Army Opera Center (Kiev), State Operetta Theater (Kiev), and Lviv State Opera.
Founder and Artistic Director of Soirée Lyrique, Ms. Sior is a former winner of the Canadian Music Competition and winner of the National Bel Canto Competition, as well as finalist of The Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Ms. Sior has performed with many organizations in the Midwest and in Canada, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera Company, Light Opera Works, Lincoln Opera, Chamber Opera Chicago, Chicago Concertante, New Music Chicago, New Millennium Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Choral Union, and Youth and Music Canada.
At the prestigious Shaker Mountain Music Festival she performed 3 years in a row and sang the lead roles of Marguerite (highly acclaimed!), Suor Angelica, and Manon. She sang Mimi in La Bohème at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. She has also performed the roles of Madama Butterfly, Violetta, Musetta, Pamina, Fiordiligi, Monica, and the title role in Rose-Marie and The Incomplete Education by Chabrier.
Ms. Sior holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Montreal and a D.E.C. and Laureate’s Degrees from Montreal’s Vincent-d’Indy Music School.
She maintains a voice and piano studio (Fox Valley Music Studio, Ltd.) in West Dundee.