IMG Artists is delighted to announce that three exceptional singers have joined the roster for General Management.
Sam Snook, Vice President and Artist Manager will represent acclaimed dramatic soprano Alexandra LoBianco, and rising stars, soprano Emily Pogorelc and baritone Chris Kenney from the New York office.
Sam said: “I am so pleased to have the opportunity to work with these three uniquely talented artists. Alexandra’s rare and beautiful dramatic soprano talent, as well as Emily and Chris’ burgeoning international careers and excellent credits thus far can only allow for continued success in the classical music industry.”
American baritone Chris Kenney, who is praised for his “lush voice” (Broadway World) is a first year member of the Ryan Opera Center ensemble at the Lyric Opera of Chicago where his 2018/19 highlights include his appearances as the Master of Ceremonies in Cendrillon and the Marquis d’Obigny in La traviata. He will also understudy Schaunard in La bohème and the King in Cendrillon. Additional season highlights include his orchestral debuts include the Guide in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony, and Bob or the Thief in The Old Maid and the Thief with the Grant Park Music Festival. He will also present a series of songs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. A native of Hawley, Minnesota, Chris Kenney is a three-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions and winner of the 2014 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. He completed his undergraduate work at Concordia College, received his master’s at the University of Kentucky, and did post-graduate work at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts.
American Alexandra LoBianco has established herself as a sought after soprano on renowned international opera and concert stages. She “wins over audiences” with “force, lyricism, and an absolutely huge top” (OperaWire) and is praised for her versatility, musicality and consistency. She recently made an acclaimed Wiener Staatsoper debut stepping in last minute as Leonore in Fidelio. Additional roles for the house include the title role in Turandot, Helmwige in Die Walküre, as well as the Brünnhilde cover on tour in Japan. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include a return Lyric Opera of Chicago for three projects: the covers of Brünnhilde in Siegfried, Chrysothemis in Elektra and performances of the Fourth Maid in Elektra. She will also join North Carolina Opera for the title role in Tosca. Symphonic projects include Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with Baltimore Concert Opera, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Madison Symphony, where she previously sang Rachmaninoff’s The Bells. Born in Saint Petersburg, FL, LoBianco currently resides in Chicago where she trains the next generation of opera singers and advocates for music education in addition to her performance schedule.
American soprano Emily Pogorelc is earning great acclaim for her “lively, incisive soprano” (The New York Times). As a 2018/19 ensemble member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pogorelc sings Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, the trainbearer in Strauss’s Elektra and covers the roles of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried and Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante. She will also appear in the concert celebrating the Ryan Opera Center artists in April 2019. Following the Lyric Opera season, she returns to Madison Symphony Orchestra to sing the Mater Gloriosa in Mahler 8 or “Symphony of a Thousand”. Born in Milwaukee, WI, the Chicago resident is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied under Mikael Eliasen and Julia Faulkner. She is the recipient of numerous hours including The Ginette Theano Prize for Most Promising Talent and was the youngest finalist at the first Glyndebourne Cup; first prize at both The Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Hal Leonard Art Song competitions; and a Gerda Lissner/Liederkranz Foundation’s Lieder/Art Song competition grant.