MESSIAH Soloists

Note: The previously announced soprano, Coril Prochnow, has cancelled due to bronchitis. We are fortunate that Tamara Bevard is available to perform on short notice.
Tamara Bevard, Soprano Described as "straight out terrific” by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago native Tamara Bevard brings a wealth of experience to her performances as a concert artist. As a featured soloist she has performed with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the LA Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Recent engagements include Orff's Carmina Burana with Vox Femina and Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Santa Barbara, and Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Freiburg during their North American tour. Ms. Bevard has sung musical, operetta, and opera roles with companies such as Opera San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Light Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara. She maintains a private voice studio, and is on faculty at Pomona College as a Lecturer in Applied Music, and at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

Suzanna Guzman, Mezzo-Soprano Suzanna Guzmán is a native of East Los Angeles and one of the original Associate Artists of Los Angeles Opera. She has appeared as a principal soloist with orchestras and in opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera de Genéve, and San Diego Opera, among others. Well known for her portrayal of the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, she has long been a champion of new music, having created lead roles in many new operas. As an advocate of arts education, she regularly performs her one-woman show, Don’t Be Afraid; It’s Just Opera! across the United States and is widely recognized for her mentoring of California students. She serves on the USC Thornton School of Music Board of Councilors, on UCLA’s Design for Sharing board, and was host of the KCET television show Open Call for over 145 episodes.

Matthew Miles, Tenor Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Matthew Miles moved to Los Angeles to attend USC and earn his Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts. He has sung 25 opera roles and feels equally at home in the choral scene. As a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, he has sung under numerous conductors, including Grant Gershon, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Lionel Bringer, Nicholas McGegan, Morten Lauridsen, and Eric Whitacre. He serves as the Tenor Soloist and Handbell Choir Director at Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles and is a Major Giving Officer at Classical KUSC. He co-founded the Los Angeles School of Music with his wife, Alana. Together they have a threeyear-old, Michael, and an 18-month old, Olivia.

Wayne Shepperd, Bass Wayne Shepperd has sung throughout the United States, China and Europe in recital, opera and oratorio performances. He has performed at Los Angeles Opera, Opera San Jose, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Carnegie Hall, and at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt Austria. Mr. Shepperd has worked with such noted conductors as Donald Neuen, H.Vincent Mitzelfelt, Michael Deane Lamkin, Jon Robertson, and Eliza Rubenstein. His collaborations with Gregory Norton and The Claremont Chorale have been frequent, having been featured in a number of works for chorus and orchestra across the past 25 seasons.