New York Polyphony
- Vocal Ensemble
NEW YORK POLYPHONY members:
CHRISTOPHER DYLAN HERBERT, baritone
Hailed by Opera News for his “exceptional” singing, Christopher Dylan Herbert has also received acclaim for his “smooth baritone voice”, his “consistently warm sound” and his “versatile dramatic abilities”. He recently won an encouragement award from the Sullivan Foundation and the French Consulate Award in the Gérard Souzay Competition. Recent performances include Henrik in A Little Night Music at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Dover Beach at Lake George, Winterreise at the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Kindertotenlieder with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and various recitals with pianist Thomas Bagwell. In previous seasons, Mr. Herbert performed Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring with Opera Vivente, Connie in Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath at Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Il prigioniero in Il piccolo Marat at Avery Fisher Hall. Mr. Herbert has also performed with the Boston Pops and at Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, and Central City Opera. He holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.
CRAIG PHILLIPS, bass-baritone
Praised for his “handsome, elegant bass” (New York Times) bass-baritone Craig Phillips is an established operatic and concert soloist. His operatic credits include performances with Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera and Boston Lyric Opera. For his portrayal of Nardo in New York City Opera’s La finta giardiniera, the New York Sun singled-out Mr. Phillips as one of the “true lights of the production”, highlighting both his “clear lyric bass-baritone” and “great talent for physical comedy.” On the concert stage, his credits include performances with the Washington Bach Consort, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Cathedral. In addition to solo work, Mr. Phillips is an active performer in the early music scene, performing regularly with New York City-based ensembles such as Vox Vocal Ensemble, TENET and Clarion Music Society.
GEOFFREY WILLIAMS, countertenor
Acclaimed for his “sculpted, soaring sound,” (Denver Post) countertenor Geoffrey Williams is in growing demand as an early music specialist throughout the United States, performing regularly with Vox Vocal Ensemble, Early Music New York, and the Clarion Music Society. Geoffrey—who who hails from the Midwest and began his musical life as a treble in the American Boychoir—is as comfortable performing the music of Perotin and Purcell as he is with postmodern and contemporary repertoire including recent appearances with Grammy-award winning contemporary music ensemble, eighth blackbird. A devoted church musician, he is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, a former member of the Washington National Cathedral Choir and is currently a Gentleman of the Choir of Men and Boys at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. In 2011, Geoffrey was a guest member of the faculty of the Amherst Early Music Festival.
STEVEN CALDICOTT WILSON, tenor
Praised by The New York Times for both his “lithe, shapely tenor” in Handel’s Messiah with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and his “powerful, polished and moving Evangelist” in C.P.E. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields New York City, tenor Steven Caldicott Wilson enjoys a successful career as a concert soloist and consort singer. Mr. Wilson made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 as a soloist with The Masterwork Chorus singing selections from Messiah. Highlights of recent performances include the New York premiere of Songs for Eve, an hour-long song cycle for vocal and string quartets by Alice Parker; many appearances with the Trinity Choir Wall Street in Bach cantatas; Evangelist roles in Albuquerque and Pittsburgh (2013); the title role in Clarion Music Society’s production and subsequent commercial recording of Judas Maccabeus; and an 8-soloist performance of Bach’s Saint John Passion of 1725 with Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh. An enlisted member of the United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants from 2001-2005, Steven is a graduate of Ithaca College and the Yale University Voice Masters program in early music.