Miss Carver possesses a “dark, romantic voice” (Muencher Merkur) and loves exploring the musical literature of opera, oratorio, and song. Miss Carver is a graduate of Vassar College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Victorian Studies, and received her Master of Music in voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Moving into contemporary repertoire, Miss Carver was invited to sing the role of Xiao Qing in excerpts from the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame Whitesnake in its Kansas City and New York City premieres. She starred as Carmen in “Tragedie de Carmen” and as Mere Marie in Poulenc’s masterwork “Dialogues des Carmelites” with University of Missouri Kansas City Opera. In the summer of 2011 she was invited to join the company of Opera in the Ozarks, where she sang Marcellina in “Le nozze di Figaro” as well as Meg March in Adamo’s “Little Women.” She was invited to return to the Emerald City Opera Artist Institute production of “Hansel and Gretel,” singing the mother, Gertrude.
Miss Carver’s many operatic roles include Mere Marie (Dialogues des Carmelites), Meg March (Little Women), Romeo (I Capuleti e I Montecchi), Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief), Die Hexe (Haensel und Gretel), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Mrs. Anderssen (A Little Night Music), Charity (“The Rite of the Virtues” by Hildegard von Bingen), the Voice of the Mother (“Les Contes d’Hoffman” by Offenbach), and Third Lady (Die Zauberfloete).
A participant in the Wichita Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program from 2010-2011, Miss Carver was also the recipient of merit scholarships at the University of Missouri Kansas City and a grant from the UMKC Women’s Council.
For more information about Ms. Carver’s biography and performances, visit www.ruthlcarver.com
Brendan Bondurant has been actively performing since 2004, in prestigious venues such as Le Poission Rouge in New York City and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. He performs both as a solo guitarist and in chamber ensembles, working with instrumentalists such as flutist Dr. Krista Jobson, and vocalists Ruth Carver and Jessica Salley. Aside from performing traditional classical repertoire, Brendan has an active interest in folk music from around the world. Brendan studies and performs Flamenco, has performed with Brazilian group Mistura Fina, and is a founding member of BNB Trio, a group featuring guitar, bass and voice, dedicated to playing folk music from all over the world. Brendan is also an active performer of modern classical music, performing in Musica Nova's George Crumb Festival, and the American debut of Gravity's Self Portrait by Jacob Gotlib, a piece for guitar and pre-recorded electronics, at the 2009 Electro-Acoustic Juke Joint Festival. In May of 2013, Brendan and Ruth Carver performed the world premier of Canticles by Scott Blasco. Brendan continues to perform as an electric guitarist as well, playing lead guitar with Kansas City based band, My Brothers and Sisters. In 2012, Brendan was invited to perform with select students, alumni and faculty in the UMKC Composer Concerts: Crossroads Series in Kansas City and New York City.
Brendan graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2011 with a Bachelors of Music in guitar performance. While at UMKC, Brendan studied classical guitar under virtuoso Douglas Niedt, as the recipient of the Greensburg guitar scholarship. While at UMKC Brendan performed with the UMKC Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen Davis, and studied composition with Dr. James Mobberly. Brendan also has an active interest in jazz, studying with world-renowned Kansas City guitarist Rod Fleeman. Brendan has become fluent in flamenco and Argentine tango, studying both styles with guitarist Beau Bledsoe. In 2011 Brendan traveled extensively in Spain, working with renowned flamenco guitarist Antonio Andrade of Andalucía and Maestro Enrique Vargas of Madrid.
Brendan is currently studying with Maestro Vargas.
For more information about Brendan's biography and performances, visit Brendan's website.