About Troy Cook
American baritone Troy Cook recently performed his first Ford in Hamburgische Staatsoper's Falstaff, following his debut with the company as Marcello in La bohème, and debuted with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.
The New Criterion praises Cook’s performance as Rodrigo in Don Carlo as: “One performance truly stands out…Troy Cook’s noble portrayal of Rodrigo was a thrill to behold. He has a beautiful, robust, woolen baritone, the sort that flows effortlessly in its middle range, and gathers energy as it climbs higher, never showing the faintest hint of a blemish.”
He has performed in the 2017-2018 season in the role of John Cree in the world premiere of Elizabeth Cree with Opera Philadelphia; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Florida Grand Opera; Rodrigo in Don Carlo with Washington National Opera, and Falke in Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera. He also appears in concert with the Charlotte Symphony and Memphis Symphony for Handel’s Messiah. Next season, he sings Enrico in Lucia de Lammermoor and Marcello in La bohème with Opera Philadelphia, Father Palmer in Silent Night with Minnesota Opera and Austin Opera, and appears with the Tucson Symphony for Handel’s Messiah. He also appears in recital with the Tuesday Musical Club.
His performance as Riccardo in Boston Lyric Opera’s I puritani garnered this review from Opera Magazine: “…Troy Cook’s Riccardo (firm yet agile of voice, neglecting none of the needed passagework, giving words full value) really approached the ideal.”
He began the 2016-2017 season in performances with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Peter in Hansel und Gretel, and Atlanta Opera to reprise the role of Father Palmer in Silent Night. He debuted the San Diego Opera as Ford in Falstaff, sang the title role in Eugene Onegin with Syracuse Opera, and made a debut with Washington National Opera as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. He also appeared with the Portland Symphony for Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and with the Phoenix Symphony for Handel's Messiah. During the summer of 2017, he returned to Des Moines Metro Opera, singing Frederick in A Little Night Music, and joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic as the baritone soloist for Carmina Burana.
Equally in demand on the concert stage, Cook has appeared with the Pacific Symphony, Arizona Musicfest, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Winston-Salem Symphony, American Ballet Theater, LA Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony and the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
About Kristin Roach
Native San Antonian Kristin Roach is in demand as a conductor, pianist and organist. Performing throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and the former Soviet Union, she has collaborated with many of the world’s finest artists.
Reviews of Kristin’s piano performances include phrases like “revelatory” and “infectious high-spirits.” She has appeared as soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, San Antonio Wind Symphony, and Eastman Philharmonia, and as chamber musician with Camerata San Antonio, Chamber Music Amarillo, Olmos Ensemble, Musical Offerings and Cactus Pear Music Festival. She toured Europe with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, performing on the historic organs of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Church of the Madeleine, Ely Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral and York University. Her recordings include the Trinity Jazz Project, a self-produced collection of her original arrangements of hymn tunes, and classical works with the New World Symphony for Decca Records and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble for Sony Classical Records. Her recording of chamber works by Miguel del Aguila with Camerata San Antonio, Salon Buenos Aires, was nominated for two Latin Grammy® awards.
She is Music Director of Alamo City Opera and Spotlight on Opera, and a lecturer in opera at Texas State University. She has collaborated with many of the world’s finest artists including Renee Fleming, Denyce Graves, Ferrucio Furlanetto, Jerry Hadley and Rosalind Elias.
Roach maintains a private coaching studio, whose members include performers with numerous opera companies and apprentice programs, university faculty and students, chamber music groups, and church musicians. She received her education at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music (Piano), the Performer’s Certificate in Piano, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance/Literature and Piano Accompanying/Chamber Music.