Meet our Messiah 2021 soloists
Soprano Nicole Cabell
Nicole Cabell, 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, is an exciting lyric soprano whose career has taken her to the most important opera stages and concert halls in the world.
Opera roles include the title role in Handel’s Alcina (Grand Théâtre de Genève), Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème (Paris Opera, Cincinnati Opera), Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (Cincinnati Opera), Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera), Adina in L’elisir d’amore (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grand Théâtre de Genève), Juliette in Romeo et Juliette (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Opera), Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (San Francisco Opera, Washington Concert Opera), Micaela in Carmen (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Leila in Les Pecheurs des Perles (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera House), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Deutsche Opera Berlin, Cologne Opera, New National Theater Tokyo), and Musetta in La Bohème (Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera).
Notable concert appearances include opera arias with the New York Philharmonic, Poulenc’s Gloria with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestre de Paris, Elgar’s The Apostles with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Orchestra, Mozart Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Bach’s B minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion in Chicago with Soli Deo Gloria and John Nelson, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Tanglewood with the Cleveland Orchestra, Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Edinburgh Festival, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Greig’s Peer Gynt with the San Diego Symphony, Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis, and as Norina in Don Pasquale with the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Eudoxie in concert performances of La Juive at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Nicole has sung recitals in locations including Copenhagen, Prague, Munich, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Ottawa, Indianapolis, Raleigh, Toronto, Atlanta, Louisville, Chicago, New York, and Orange County, California.
Recordings include Soprano, an opera recital disc for Decca; Silver Rain, songs of Ricky Ian Gordon, Chanson D’Avril, and Mademoiselle — Premiere Audience, Unknown Music of Nadia Boulanger on Delos; Musetta in Deutsche Grammophon’s La Bohème with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon; the title role in Opera Rara’s Imelda di Lambertazzi; songs of Clara Schumann on Telarc’s Brahms Beloved; and Clara on Decca’s Porgy and Bess with John Mauceri and the Nashville Symphony. She has also appeared as Musetta on Kultur’s La Bohème: The Film.
Mezzo-Soprano Julie Miller
Hailed for the “arresting color” (Cincinnati Enquirer) of her voice, Julie Miller has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies throughout the U.S.A. As a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley
W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago she appeared on the stage of the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Emilia in Otello, Annina (La Traviata), Ida (Die Fledermaus) and Krystina (The Passenger). Other notable assignments with the company include Baroness Nica in Charlie Parker's Yardbird plus understudies of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Waltraute in Die Walküre. She recently performed the title role in Handel’s Ariodante which Chicago Classical Review described as an “admirable and professional performance" and the Chicago Tribune called "deeply musical".
Elsewhere, she has appeared with Madison Opera and in London with Hackney Empire as Baroness Nica, Vero Beach Opera as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Sugar Creek Opera as Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Opera Idaho as Charlotte in Werther and Sacramento Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto. Other notable roles she has performed include Jo (Little Women), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Stephano (Roméo et Juliette), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors).
She has appeared on the concert stage as soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata No. 6, Handel's Messiah, Durufle’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Requiem. Orchestras with whom she has appeared include the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Mozart Players. She was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in the world premiere of Ryan Carter's Doot, the Ravinia Festival in Bernstein's Songfest and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 2. A regular guest of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, she has appeared with them as Mezzo-Soprano Soloist in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.
Ms. Miller is the recipient of the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship and the Rose McGilvray Grundman Award (American Opera Society of Chicago), the Richard F. Gold Career Grant (Shoshana Foundation) the Edith Newfield Scholarship Award (Musicians Club of Women). She earned her Master’s Degree as a member of the inaugural class of Dawn Upshaw Graduate Program in Vocal Arts at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. She also participated in the Georg Solti Accademia Bel Canto in Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany.
Tenor Steven Soph
A “superb vocal soloist” (The Washington Post) with “impressive clarity and color” (The New York Times), tenor Steven Soph performs concert repertoire spanning the Renaissance to modern day.
In the 2018-2019 season, Steven made his Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra debut in a program of Bach, Monteverdi, Purcell, and Vivaldi, led by Patrick Dupré Quigley. Steven also made his New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Variant 6, and Bourbon Baroque debuts in Handel's Messiah followed by his Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra debut in Stacy Garrop’s Terra Nostra, conducted by Stephen Alltop, his Arkansas Choral Society debut as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion, led by Kent Skinner, and his Charlotte Bach Festival debut as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Scott Allen Jarrett. He returns to the Master Chorale of South Florida as Uriel in Haydn’s Creation, under Brett Karlin, to the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado as Pastore and Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, conducted by Stephen Stubbs, and to the Colorado Bach Ensemble for Bach’s Coffee Cantata, led by James Kim.
An active Bach interpreter, Steven has “expertly inhabited” (Chicago Classical Review) and “intoned the long, intricate and gruelingly difficult lines of the Evangelist with precision of pitch and rhythm” (Palm Beach Arts Paper) in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Chicago Chorale and Seraphic Fire (Mendelssohn version). He performed “with a tenor ranging from feathered intimacies to powerful, glinting top notes” (The Dallas Morning News) and was deemed “first-class across the board” (Chicago Classical Review) as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion with the University of North Texas’ Collegium (1725 version) and Chicago Chorale. Steven appeared in Bach's B minor Mass with Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and Chicago Chorale; Bach's Magnificat with Voices of Ascension, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, and Seraphic Fire; and employed “brilliant clarity and warm color” (South Florida Classical Review) in Bach’s Easter Oratorio with Seraphic Fire. Additionally, Steven has performed as the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Bach Society of St. Louis, Brown University, and Boston University's Marsh Chapel; as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Boston University's Marsh Chapel and Concord Chorale; performed arias in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Voices of Ascension, Chicago Chorale, and Colorado Bach Ensemble; arias in Bach’s St. John Passion with Spire Chamber Ensemble (Kansas City) and Musikanten Montana; and brought his “excellent lyric tenor” (South Florida Classical Review) to BWV 34 and The Cleveland Orchestra, under Franz Welser-Möst.
Recent seasons' highlights include joining The Cleveland Orchestra for the Severance Hall premier performances of Stravinsky's Threni id est Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, an all-Handel program led by Ton Koopman, and Mozart's Requiem led by Patrick Dupré Quigley. Steven performed Reich's The Desert Music with the New World Symphony and Seraphic Fire; Mozart's "Orphanage" Mass with San Diego's Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra; and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Bach Society of St. Louis and the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra. He has performed Handel’s Messiah with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Bach Society of St. Louis, Master Chorale of South Florida, Handel Oratorio Society (Augustana College), Spire Chamber Ensemble, Apollo Master Chorus of Chicago, and Alpine Chorale (Denver); Vivaldi's Introduction and Gloria with Voices of Ascension; Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Master Chorale of South Florida and Seraphic Fire; Haydn’s Creation with Texas Choral Consort and Colorado Pro Musica; and Evangelist in the North American debut of Keiser's Brockes-Passion at the University of Connecticut.
International appearances include Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Netherlands; Festival Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, Germany; Musica Sacra Festival, Maastricht, the Netherlands; and Festival Laus Polyphoniae, Antwerp, Belgium with Cut Circle, in addition to Festival de Arte y Ópera Contemporánea in Morelia, Mexico with Roomful of Teeth.
Steven performs with top American vocal ensembles including GRAMMY®-nominated Seraphic Fire and True Concord Voices & Orchestra; GRAMMY® Award-winning Roomful of Teeth and Conspirare; Gramophone® finalist Cut Circle; Trident; Yale Choral Artists; Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus; Colorado Bach Ensemble; Sounding Light; Ensemble Origo; and Spire Chamber Ensemble.
Recent recording credits include Académie du Disque Lyrique Orphées d'Or-winning "Guillaume Du Fay: The Tenor Masses" with Cut Circle, Seraphic Fire's "Steal Away," tenor vocals on Maná's Latin GRAMMY® Award-winning Best Pop/Rock Album "Cama Incendiada," and Jory Vinikour's upcoming album of duet cantatas by Agostino Stefanni.
Steven holds degrees from the University of North Texas and Yale School of Music where he studied at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music with renowned tenor James Taylor. Steven attended the American Bach Soloists Academy in 2011, was a 2014 Carmel Bach Festival Adams Fellow, and a 2016 Oregon Bach Festival Young Artist.
Bass-Baritone David Govertsen
Chicago native David Govertsen recently stepped in on short notice at Lyric Opera of Chicago where he "handsomely replaced the ill Peter Rose as the producer La Roche" opposite Renée Fleming and Anne Sophie von Otter in Capriccio. Mr. Govertsen also appeared on short notice as Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande with the Chicago Symphony under Esa-Pekka Salonen and as a soloist in James MacMillan's Quickening with the Grant Park Orchestra. A former member of the Ryan Center at Lyric, his other mainstage assignments have included roles in Die Zauberflöte, Boris Godunov, Werther, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Madama Butterfly, and Roméo et Juliette. He returns to Lyric this season as the Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte and Priam in Les Troyens.
Mr. Govertsen recently created the roles of David/Bonobo in Matthew Aucoin's new opera Second Nature for Lyric Opera Unlimited. Other operatic highlights of the past season include a reprise of La Roche at Santa Fe Opera, 2nd Soldier and 5th Jew in Salome with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the title character in Cimarosa's Il Maestro di Capella with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. On the concert stage this season he appeared with the Madison Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bach Week Festival, Battle Creek Symphony, and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Mr. Govertsen made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 as the Herald in Otello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. He is an alumnus of both the Santa Fe Opera and Central City Opera apprentice programs and holds degrees from Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University and the College of DuPage. Locally in Chicago he has performed dozens of roles, among them the title roles in Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Pasquale, and Gianni Schicchi, the Four Villains/Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte, Colline/La Bohème, Basilio and Bartolo/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico/La Cenerentola, Zaccaria/Nabucco, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Padre Guardiano/La Forza del Destino, Nick Shadow/The Rake's Progress, and Friedrich Bhaer/Little Women.