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Truth, Light, and Serenity Soloists

Eden Bartholomew

Soprano Eden Bartholomew is passionate about the range of expression, collaboration, and emotionality in vocal performance. She recently received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, where she majored in Music and studied with Drew Minter. She won the Competition for Soloists and the Lucia V. Torian ‘69 Award twice at Vassar. Having also focused on British and American Literature, Eden strives to combine literary analysis with performance; her past operatic performances include Die Zauberflöte (Papagena), L’Orfeo (Musica), scenes from L’incoronazione di Poppea (Poppea), and Speed Dating Tonight! by Michael Ching. She was also featured as a Voice of Joan in Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light at the Bardavon Opera House in 2022. Eden sings with the Emmanuel Choir at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore. When not singing, Eden can be found mountain biking, journaling, or watercolor painting. She is pursuing her Master of Music degree in Voice at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins, where she studies with Professor Elizabeth Futral.

Christina Grohowski
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Christina Grohowski, mezzo-soprano, is a first year graduate student at Yale Opera. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Opera from Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music. She has performed the roles of Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie and Madame de Croissy in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and La Maestra delle Novizie in Suor Angelica. From 2021-2023, Christina was the Alto Section Leader of the choir at Union Church of Pocantico Hills in Tarrytown, NY. During her time at Union Church, Christina was featured in numerous solo sacred works, including Mozart’s “Alleluia” from Exultate, jubilate, Handel’s “Rejoice Greatly” from Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s “O rest in the Lord” from Elijah. This past summer, Christina attended Houston Grand Opera's Young Artists' Vocal Academy and two vocal intensive programs with Classic Lyric Arts focused on Mozart and Bel Canto Repertoire; one taking place in the Berkshires, Massachusetts and the other in Novafeltria, Italy. While at CLA Italy, Christina had the unique opportunity to sing in the premiere of composer/conductor Raphael Fusco’s “Le parole dei mesi” for SATB choir with divisi a cappella. This year at Yale, she looks forward to singing the roles of Mother Goose in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Christina is a student of Adriana Zabala.

James Ruff
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James Ruff has performed as tenor soloist with such early music groups as the Handel and Haydn Society, Newberry Consort, King's Noyse, Aradia Ensemble, New York Collegium, Early Music New York, and Music of the Baroque.  He has toured the U.S. and abroad singing the title role in the medieval Play of Daniel with EMNY and GEMS.  He has sung at the Spoleto Festival/Italy, the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Rockport Chamber Music Festivals, the Boston and the Connecticut Early Music Festivals.  He has been featured with the NY City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, St. Louis Opera and the Boston Academy of Music.


Since 2005, Mr. Ruff has focused his energies on researching and performing the early repertoires of Scottish Gaelic Song and the Early Gaelic Wire Harp – the “Classical Music of the Gael” - as well as learning the Scottish Gaelic language.  He has presented concerts of this music at the Scoil na gCláirseach Festival of Early Irish Harp in Kilkenny, Ireland – where he has taught since 2017, Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, Gotham Early Music Scene Midtown Concerts, Beacon Hill Concerts, Stone Church Arts Concert Series, and the Mount Holyoke and Vassar College Concert Series.  He has won awards for Gaelic singing at the US National and the ACGA North Carolina Gaelic Mòd, and the Royal National Mòd in Scotland.  His 2018 recording “The Gaels’ Honour: Early Music for Harp and Voice form Gaelic Scotland and Ireland” showcases this music.

Eric Luis Viñas
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A Palm Beach, FL, USA native, currently based in New York City, Eric studied opera at both New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Past performances/ engagements have included features at Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Naples, in roles such as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Germont in La Traviata, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Joseph de Rocher in Dead Man Walking, Marcello in La bohème, and many others.

Outside of the opera stage, concert features in the New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Charleston, and Boston areas. Viñas’ performing has been noted for “movie star charisma” by the South Florida Classical Review on his debut operatic role as Sid in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring. Other comments include, from his 2017 performance of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, from Carly Gordon of Schmopera “Viñas’ crooning, cocky De Rocher stole the show, at once raw, frightened, and menacing. Viñas captured De Rocher’s anger and desperation with languid, smoky finesse.

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