The Malone University Department of Music’s faculty Artist Series continues with a performance Monday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center (The Barn, pictured left), located on the Canton campus. The program is free and open to the public.
A sparkling coloratura is the calling card of soprano Susan Wallin, whose career includes notable performances as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with New York City Opera, Oper Der Stadt Köln, Central City Opera and Opera Carolina to name a few. She has performed the tour de force role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne Auf Naxos with Arizona Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Yum Yum in The Mikado and Adele in Die Fledermaus with New York City Opera, and Despina in Cosi fan Tutte with Arizona Opera. She has also perfomed with the Kentucky Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Greensboro Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Other roles include Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Nanetta in Falstaff. Ms. Wallin has also appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. Her orchestral repertoire includes C Minor Mass (Mozart), Requiem(Faure), The Creation (Haydn), Exultate Jubilate, (Mozart), The Messiah (Handel), Carmina Burana (Orff) and others. Awards include first prize at the MacAllister Awards, as well as first place with Opera Columbus and Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions. Ms Wallin, an Akron native, has won first place twice with both the Tuesday Musical Club Gertrude Pflaum Scholarship and the Akron Symphony ChorusJohn MacDonald Vocal Scholarship. Ms. Wallin made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the Messiah with The Masterworks Chorus under the direction of David Briskin. She performed in Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the North Carolina Symphony and the Canton Symphony. Recently, Ms. Wallin appeared with the Ashland Symphony in Carmina Burana, with The Akron Symphony in The Messiah, with Opera Cleveland in A Little Night Music and Il Barbieri di Siviglia and with Canton Symphony in the Coffee Contata. Ms. Wallin also teaches voice at West Side Vocal Academy in Akron and at the College of Wooster.
James Mismas is an energetic, multitalented musician. After earning performance degrees in both organ and voice from Oberlin Conservatory, The University of Illinois and The University of Akron, Mr. Mismas’ musical influence has been far reaching as a performer, teacher and conductor. Praised for his “polished, passionate singing”, he has sung with the Cleveland Opera, the Ohio Light Opera, the Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, the Akron Symphony, the Canton Symphony, and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. He has sung concerts in Germany and Greece. His 22 years of teaching voice and opera at Kent State University have produced students who have won numerous local and national competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and have active careers as singers and teachers throughout the United States and Europe. He was a finalist and/or winner of several organ competitions including the Boston-Harvard AGO and the prestigious Fort Wayne Competition. As director of music/organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron, OH, he oversees all musical activities for services, plays the organ, conducts the adult choir and administrates the church’s highly successful concert series, Five at Five, concerts of universal inspiration on Sunday afternoons at 5 o’clock. Mr. Mismas served as the director of the Akron Symphony Chorus for 10 years and served as guest conductor for their performance of Messiah with the Akron Symphony Orchestra in 2006. Receiving accolades for his “inspired and insightful stage direction where characters are brought to life” some of his directing highlights include Amahl and the Night Visitors, Magic Flute, The Mikado, Trial by Jury, The Marriage of Figaro, The Bartered Bride, Gianni Schicchi, and La Voix Humaine. He is a member of the voice faculty at the University of Akron and served as its opera director for three years. This past summer, he was invited to return and sing with Ohio Light Opera in its 32nd season.