Variant 6 Artists
Jessica beebe, soprano
Lauded for her “honey-colored tone” and “the most radiant solo singing” by Opera News, Soprano Jessica Beebe is steadily gaining international attention as an affecting interpreter of repertoire spanning from the early renaissance to contemporary American opera. Ms. Beebe has performed as a guest soloist with the The New York Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Princeton Festival Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and more.
Ms. Beebe has an extensive concert repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi, Handel and Bach, to Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Britten, Delius and more. Select contemporary solo repertoire includes Andrea Clearfield's Alleluia, Donald McCullough's Song of the Shulamite, John Rutter's Mass for the Children, Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light and most recently, Daniel Shapiro’s Paradise Lost with The Curtis Symphony under David Hayes. Highlights of her operatic activity include covering the role of Lila in the 2016 East Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain, joining Norway's Bergen National Opera to cover the role of the Angel in Netia Jones' hi-tech staged production of Messiah, and most recently making her Opera Philadelphia role debut as Luna in David Hertzberg’s The Wake World. Ms. Beebe is an avid choral singer, performing with the GRAMMY-winning ensemble The Crossing, GRAMMY-nominated ensemble Clarion, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Cathedra, and more.
Ms. Beebe's 2018-19 season includes covering Winnie in Lembit Beecher's opera Sky on Swings with Opera Philadelphia in their O18 festival, return solo appearances with Bach in Baltimore, an international tour with Clarion, a west coast tour with Piffaro, and more. www.jessicabeebesoprano.com
Steven bradshaw, tenor
A graduate of The University of the Arts, Steven Bradshaw is a professional vocalist and visual artist based in Philadelphia. He has appeared as a soloist with The Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Tempesta Di Mare, Bang on a Can, The Bach Collegium of Philadelphia, and Network for New Music. In 2019 he will be a soloist with the LA Philharmonic for the premiere of Pulitzer finalist Ted Hearne’s PLACE.
In addition to recording and performing all over the country with Roomful of Teeth, Steven performs regularly with Seraphic Fire, Trinity Wall Street, Ekmeles, Spire, Blue Heron, Yale Choral Artists, and Apollo’s Fire. He is a founding member of The Crossing: winner of the 2018 Grammy for Best Choral Performance. Steven premiered Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang’s work “Lifespan" for three whistlers and a four billion year-old fossil, and gave over 300 performances of the work.
In addition to his singing career, Steven is a dedicated visual artist. His artwork has been featured at Arch Enemy Arts, Stephen Romano Gallery, Gristle Gallery (NYC), GrindcoreHouse, Philamoca (Philadelphia), Baker-Hezeldenz (Tucson AZ) , and La Luz De Jesus gallery in Los Angeles California.
Rebecca myers, soprano
Rebecca Myers, hailed for her “vulnerability and grace” by the San Francisco Chronicle performs a wide variety of repertoire across North America.
Last year’s solo performances included singing the role of Parthenope in the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s The Wake World with Opera Philadelphia as a part of the inaugural O17 Festival. She also performed in a joint recital with composer Benjamin C.S. Boyle with Opus Opera at the Opera Guild Home in New Orleans. Rebecca returned as soprano soloist with Philadelphia’s Prometheus Chamber Orchestra to sing Britten’s seldom performed masterpiece, Les Illuminations and sang on a program of the music of Debussy with the Philadelphia art song series, Lyric Fest. Equally at home as an ensemble singer Rebecca sings regularly with The Crossing, the GRAMMY winning vocal ensemble fully dedicated to the performance of new music under the direction of Donald Nally. In 2015 she was one of three featured female soloists on the GRAMMY nominated recording of Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer sung the The Crossing. An avid lover of early music as well, Rebecca is a soprano soloist with Choral Arts Philadelphia for the monthly Bach @ 7 series. Rebecca appears regularly with Seraphic Fire, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Apollo's Fire, True Concord , and The Santa Fe Desert Chorale.
James Reese, tenor
James Reese is an avid ensemble, chamber, and solo musician whose singing has been praised for its “intensity and sensitivity...spirituality and eloquence.” (Chestnut Hill Local) James' 2018-19 sees debuts with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, TENET Vocal Artists, Gallicantus, Bourbon Baroque Orchestra, and the Sun Valley Symphony, as well as return performances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Lyric Fest, Philadelphia's Bach @ 7 series, and Bach Vespers @ Holy Trinity Lutheran NYC.
In May 2018, he made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Bach's B Minor Mass with the New York Choral Society, directed by David Hayes. Of that performance, the New York Classical Review wrote, "the high, easy tenor of James Reese...floated beautifully on its own over the long, gentle lines of the Benedictus." He sings on The Crossing's release of Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century, which won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance in 2018. He also sang on 2016 Grammy-Nominated Bonhoeffer, released by the Crossing. James is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he studied with Kurt R. Hansen, Alan Darling, and Donald Nally. He is a recent graduate of Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied with James Taylor as part of the Yale Voxtet.
daniel schwartz, bass-baritone
Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano