Meet the artist

Meet our splendid Messiah soloists

We’d like you to meet our splendid soloists for the Meyerson performance of Handel’s Messiah on 9 December:

Soprano Anna Fredericka Popova is the daughter of Dramatic Soprano and Teacher, Charlotte Ellsaesser. Ms. Popova is a leading soloist with ensembles including the Dallas Bach Society, the Orchestra of New Spain, St. Thomas 5th Ave, the Arts District Chorale and many more. Last December she made her New York debut singing Messiah with the St. Thomas Men & Boys Choir and the Concert Royal as well as her Nashville debut as Stella in the brand new musical Chokin’ Out The Kudzu. Former credits include Jupiter in the New World Premier of baroque opera Las Nuevas Armas de Amor with the Orchestra of New Spain which was featured in Early Music America Magazine and Maddalena in Handel’s La Resurrezzione with the Dallas Bach Society. Ms. Popova has appeared on concert stages around the world – most notably the Cervantino International Baroque Music Festival in Mexico and the International Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival in Bolivia.

Curtis Streetman, bass, has sung the major bass roles in Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), La Boheme (Colline), Don Giovanni (Leporello), Rigoletto (Sparafucile) as well as leads in Verdi, Handel, and Rossini operas. Recent operatic performances include appearances at The Salzburg Festival, as well as opera houses in Naples, Vienna, Bilbao, Dortmund, and Victoria, B.C. Other recent operatic debuts include productions in Geneva, Basel, and at the Theatre des Champs-Elyseés in Paris. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Ravinia, The Hong Kong Arts Festival, and The San Juan Arts Festival. Mr. Streetman was featured in a Canadian tour of Bach’s St. John Passion, with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roi. He made his Kennedy Center debut with The National Symphony in performance of Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Streetman performed the role of Christus in Sir Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed fully staged production of The Saint Matthew Passion, produced by The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and performed the title role in Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys with The American Symphony Orchestra, which marked his Lincoln Center debut. A gifted comedic actor, Mr. Streetman’s portrayal of Bottom for The Princeton Festival’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been universally heralded by the press as a comedic tour-de-force.

Praised by the New York Times for his “beautifully shaped and carefully nuanced singing,” tenor Derek Chester is steadily making a name for himself in the world of classical music. Mr. Chester received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia where he studied with Gregory Broughton. Though his career in concentrated primarily in concert work, Derek Chester holds his doctoral degree in opera studies has excelled in opera and musical theatre roles spanning nearly five centuries of repertoire. His theater and opera credits include Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Nemorino in L’Elixir d’Amore, Peter Quint in Turn of the Screw, Oronte in Alcina, Simon Stimson in Our Town, Acis and Damon in Acis and Galatea, and Abel/Japheth in Children of Eden. Dr. Chester is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Northern Colorado. He is a featured soloist at the Staunton Music Festival and the Colorado Bach Festival. He continues his worldwide career as a sought after interpreter of concert and recital repertoire.

Nicholas Garza, countertenor, studied at University of Texas at Arlington as a Vocal Performance major with Jing Ling-Tam and David Grogan. Originally from Harlingen, Texas, Nicholas has performed with Mountainside Baroque in Maryland as the Tenor soloist for the Telemann oratorio Der Tod Jesu and also was alto soloist for the Big Moose Bach Festival in New Hampshire. He worked with noted singer and conductor Simon Carrington as a singing fellow at the 2011 and 2012 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival of Yale University. He performs with many professional groups around the Metroplex including the Dallas Bach Society, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Orchestra of New Spain, the Fort Worth Opera Chorus and Christ the King Catholic Church. He has been called a “stand-out soloist” by the Dallas Morning News and has been hailed for his “appealing tenor, sinewy in the lower register, sweetly soft-edged on high.”