Friday, February 16, 2024, 7:30 PM
A Neapolitan love story
Kara McBain, soprano
Zhihui Pang, tenor
Jeffrey Tarr, bass
Zhihui Pang, originally from China, is pursuing the opera graduate artist certificate under the tutelage of Professor Carol Wilson. His recent roles include Tamino/Die Zauberflöte with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Rinuccio/Gianni Schicchi with Opera Lucca, Don José/Carmen with Chicago Summer Opera and Ruggero/La Rondine with UNT Opera. He received his master of music degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he performed Prunier/La Rondine, Liberto/L’incoronazione di Poppea, and the Governor/Candide. This past February he was the tenor soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Lewisville Lake Symphony, and will portray the role of Tamino/Die Zauberflöte with Lyric Arts France this summer. He was the Verdi Award recipient in the 2023 Orpheus Vocal Competition.
Kara McBain, soprano, currently studies at the University of North Texas in the Doctor of Musical Arts program with Dr. Carol Wilson, having been named a Teaching Fellow in the Voice Department in 2022. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she earned her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude in Voice Performance from Missouri State University in 2020, and received her Master of Music in 2022 from the University of North Texas. She is the 2022 winner of the Mary Prudie Brown Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs, won first place in the 2021 Texoma NATS competition, was a finalist in the 2021 Colorado Bach Ensemble Young Artist Competition, and won first prize in the 2021 GCC Series “Best Handel Performance”. Recent roles include La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) at the University of North Texas, Magda (La Rondine) at Opera in the Ozarks, La Musique (Les arts florissants) with the Dallas Bach Society, Marenka (The Bartered Bride) at the University of North Texas, and Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with the Missouri State University Opera.
Possessing a rich, warm voice with "rock-solid vocalism and powerful projection" (The Capital), bass Jeffrey Tarr is equally in demand for opera and concert work. Among the opera companies with which he has performed are the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, and Oper Gut Immling. Mr. Tarr’s operatic credits include Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Bartolo and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. On the concert stage, Mr. Tarr has performed in Handel’s Messiah, Hadyn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. His performance of Messiah with the New Dominion Chorale was lauded by The Washington Post as "outstanding…a large, resonant voice, filled with both power and clarity." As a recitalist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Mr. Tarr earned his DMA in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in pedagogy from the University of North Texas and serves as the Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Texas Woman’s University.