Kennst du das Land
An Exploration of the Songs from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre
by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Musical selections by Schubert, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Thomas, Duparc and Wolf
Heather Lockard-Wheeler, soprano
Jennifer Blades, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Sauvageau, baritone
Diane Kinsley, piano
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Heather Lockard-Wheeler, soprano, is a versatile singer, dancer, and choreographer who is
equally at home performing opera, art song, and cabaret. Praised by The Baltimore Sun for
"her sure, vibrant singing," and by The Towson Times for "a clearly enunciated and heartfelt
performance," Ms. Lockard-Wheeler has sung with such companies as the former Baltimore
Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Columbus, The
Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Spoleto Festival
Choir in Italy, and the Young Victorian Theatre. A native of Germanotown, MD, Ms.
Lockard-Wheeler holds a B.F.A. in Music Theatre from The University of the Arts in
Philadelphia and a Graduate Peformance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music
Opera credits include Cunegonde (Candide), Lucy Brown (The Threepenny Opera), Fire and
Nightingale (L'enfant et les sortilèges ), Queen of the Night and First Lady (Papageno), Ida
(Die Fledermaus), Stella (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Elsie Maynard (The Yeoman of the Guard),
and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance). In addition to several choreographing exploits, Ms.
Lockard-Wheeler's most recent endeavor has been The Champagne Hour, and original fourpart
women’s cabaret group. Formed in 2009, the group pays tribute to Lawrence Welk, as
well as others, with a fun Baltimore “Hon” twist.
Heather resides in Hampden (Hon!) with her fantastic husband and daughter.
Hailed by The Baltimore Sun for the shining color in his singing and spoken lines and the spark
and nuance of his acting, Andrew Sauvageau, baritone, enjoys a diverse musical career, singing
works written centuries ago as often as those written yesterday. He has worked with Great Noise
Ensemble, the Chandos Orchestra, Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation, Bel Cantanti, St. Petersberg
Opera, Opera Lafayette and New York City Opera. Mr. Sauvageau adores singing the German
romantic masters, and leaps at the opportunity to perform such wonderful music. Additionally,
his love of 20th century and contemporary American song has led him to perform a variety of
concerts nationwide to include the premieres of several new works by emerging American
composers. Mr. Sauvageau is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and of University of Oregon.
He has recorded two French rarities on the Naxos label with Opera Lafayette.
Diane Kinsley, pianist, has been in demand as a performer and teacher in the Baltimore-
Washington-Annapolis area for nearly 20 years. She has been the rehearsal accompanist and
performed with Opera Vivente, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale, and Young Victorian
Theatre Company, as well as with Arundel Vocal Arts, Annapolis Symphony, New Moon Theater,
and Opera Odyssey Theater. Music Series that she has performed on include Washington
Performing Arts, Cello Speak, Live Arts at St. Anne’s Church and St. Andrew by the Bay in
Annapolis, Long Green Pike Music Series (Hydes, MD), and St. Cecilia Society (WV). Ms. Kinsley
has also been a performer at Artscape (America’s largest free art festival), An Die Musik and
Ms. Kinsley has been on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College’s music department
since 2001 as piano instructor (class and applied), faculty accompanist, rehearsal accompanist
and coach for Opera AACC, organ instructor, co-teacher of Opera Workshop and chorus
accompanist. She was featured with the AACC Symphonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s
Triple Concerto in the spring of 2012. In the fall of 2012, she was the music director for Opera
AACC’s production of Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and Schubert’s The Conspirators.
Ms. Kinsley earned a Master of Music degree in Ensemble Arts from the Peabody Institute of
Music of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Robert MacDonald and Boris
Slutsky. Prior to that, she was a student of Lee Luvisi at the University of Louisville, graduating
cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree while studying both piano and organ and
performing solo recitals on both instruments. She also has a private studio in her home in
Hailed as having a “juicy” and “colorful” tone as well as a “flair for comic
mugging,” mezzo-soprano Jennifer Blades has been active on the East Coast for over a
decade as a performer in opera and cabaret, classical singer, teacher, and stage
director. Upcoming performances include alto soloist for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in April and the Frederick Syphony Orchestra in May,
and alto soloist for Verdi's Requiem with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra in December.
Long interested in exploring the drama in German lieder, Ms. Blades is thrilled to be
able to present this program which explores the music of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's
Lehrjahre. She hopes to eventually dramatize the music to create a performance piece
in which the songs will be staged as a story.
Her cabaret credits include the original show, My Funny Valentine, at Don't Tell
Mama in New York with Rick Jensen on piano and Lina Koutrakos as director, and at
the Mid City Theatre in New Orleans. Ms. Blades has also performed Life, Love &
Laughter, the American Kurt Weill; A Promised Kiss: Songs of Spring; Desire, Despair, Deceit,
and Delight: A Holiday Cabaret; and Christmas Present at the Cabaret at Germano's and
An die Musik in Baltimore.
Opera credits include Rosanna (The Barber of Baltimore), Julia Child (Bon Appétit),
Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Second Lady, (The Magic Flute), Mrs. Herring (Albert
Herring), Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld), Arminda (Mozart’s La finta
giardiniera), the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Bianca
(Britten's The Rape of Lucretia), the Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Narciso (Handel’s
Agrippina), Second Nursemaid (Kurt Weill’s Street Scene), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti),
Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Valencienne (The Merry Widow) for companies such as
Lyric Opera Baltimore, Opera Vivente, Wolf Trap Opera, Baltimore's Artscape, and
Opera AACC. Ms. Blades has also performed Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Tessa in The
Gondoliers and Mad Margaret in Ruddigore with the Young Victorian Theatre.
Ms. Blades received a Masters of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma
from the Peabody Conservatory where she is a faculty member and stage director with
the Opera Department.