UrbanArias Goes to Atlas!


Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:30 p.m.

and Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.


at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC

UrbanArias is thrilled to be a part of Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival – twelve days of performing and visual arts that celebrates the diversity, energy and excellence of artists and audiences from DC and beyond.

Tickets are only $16.50!


Click HERE to go to Atlas’ ticketing

Our performances are in the Lab 2 Theater, which is a black box. The Atlas Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1333 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002.

Tom CipulloWe’ve got quite a show for you – composer Tom Cipullo (Glory Denied) is coming down from New York to perform with us, AND we have a new, amped-up version of our perennial favorite, opera improv. Think New York Festival of Song meets Second City!

UrbanArias will present 30 minutes of Tom Cipullo’s witty and beautiful songs, accompanied by the composer himself on the piano. If you saw Glory Denied, you will remember that Tom writes beautiful, lyrical, and rhythmically intense music. His opera about the longest-held POW in US history, Glory Denied, was one of the hits of our very first season in 2011. This program shows Tom’s lighter side, featuring such favorites as “Another Reason I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” (about a neighbor’s incessantly barking dog) and “Pocketbook” (about a woman who talks herself into buying a very, very expensive purse).


We’re presenting a new version of opera improv, with more games, more singers, and lots and lots of audience suggestions. It’s interactive opera – OPERA LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT.

The whole show is an hour long.

Take a look at a short excerpt from our last improv show:

Opera Improv at IOTA June 2, 2013

Starring Alizon Reggioli, Amedee Royer, Melissa Wimbish, Joshua Baumgardner and Andrew Adelsberger

and of course, Tom Cipullo.

UrbanArias’ performances at Atlas are part of the INTERSECTIONS Festival – for more information on the entire 12-day Festival of performing arts, click below!


About the Artists

Amedee Royer (née Moore), soprano, hailed by critics for her “silvery tone”, currently lives and works outside the Washington D.C. metro area. Continuing her work with Des Moines Metro Opera, Ms. Royer returned as a 2nd year Apprentice Artist for DMMO’s 2013 summer season covering the role of 5th maid (Elektra). Last January she performed with OPERA IOWA, an ensemble dedicated to opera outreach, to sing the roles of Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Despina Pig (Davies’ The Three Little Pigs). Amedee will be performing the role of Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) with Maryland Concert Opera in spring of 2014. In April 2012, Ms. Royer premiered the role of the “Bride” in Positions 1956 with UrbanArias. In the summer of 2011, Ms. Royer sang Clorinda in La Cenerentola and covered Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera North. Amedee’s other performed roles include Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with Maryland Concert Opera, Anne Trulove (cover) in The Rake’s Progress, Abigail in The Crucible, Clotilde in the western hemisphere premiere of Handel’s Faramondo, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Jenny in Three Sisters who are not sisters, Madame Pompous in Too Many Sopranos, and Frou Frou/Praskowia in The Merry Widow.​ Amedee received her M.M. from The Ohio State University in 2010 and a B.M. in vocal performance from Wheaton College’s Conservatory of Music in 2008. In 2012, Ms. Royer was a Regional Finalist in the Middle Atlantic Region of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Along with her performing career, Amedee works as a cantor and music administrator for Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Lakeridge, VA.

Melissa Wimbish, sopranoPraised by The New York Times for her “stylish singing” and by The Boulder Daily Camera as “simply incredible…the highlight of the entire evening,” soprano Melissa Wimbish is becoming a familiar stage presence in the Baltimore/D.C. area. She recently made her Lyric Opera Baltimore debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro of which The Baltimore Sun praised her “bright voice” and “knack for animating phrases,” while Opera News noted her “promising soprano.” Last season’s highlights included Richmond Symphony as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, the title role of Shostakovich’s The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse with OnSite Opera in New York City, and the role of Bubikopf in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Opera Modérne. A champion of modern work, Ms. Wimbish created the role of History Teacher in Gregory Spears’ Paul’s Case with UrbanArias in April 2013, and Nancy Tuckerman in Joshua Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem in May 2013. Upcoming appearances include her Strathmore debut with the National Philharmonic in November singing the role of Christine in Janice Hamer’s new opera: Lost Childhood. She returns to the role of Paul’s History Teacher in the NYC-premiere of Paul’s Case at the 2014 Prototype Festival and will debut in the role of Micaela with Opera AACC in June 2014. She will compete as a semi-finalist in the Liszt Garrison Competition this October with duo partner Ju Young Lee and is currently performing the role of Sheila in the rock musical Hair with Stillpointe Theatre Initiative.

Soprano Alizon Hull Reggioli began her career at the Metropolitan Opera, sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Teresa Stratas, and others…in the Children’s Chorus. Since then she has been pursuing the path of least financial security possible. She graduated from Vassar with a BA in English and then went to Manhattan School of Music for a Master of Music degree. After decades of giggling and sparkling Adeles, Musettas, Nannettas, and any and all sneaky maid roles, she landed her dream job in the chorus of The Washington National Opera where she currently resides with great pleasure. Alizon now listens to the sparkling giggles of her beautiful daughter, Camilla.

Tenor Joshua Baumgardner is a native of Abingdon, Virginia. Joshua has performed a variety of well-known operatic roles, most recently Rodolfo in Capital City Symphony’s La Boheme, The Celebrant in Adamo’s Avow, and Borsa in Annapolis Opera’s performance of Rigoletto. Other notable roles performed are Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Adam in Soluri’s Adam and Eve, and “M” in Jonathan Sheffer’s Camera Obscura. In 2010 Mr. Baumgardner made his European debut singing the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany. In 2012 Joshua was named a Mid-Atlantic regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Mr. Baumgardner also enjoys an active career as a concert soloist, appearing in such works as Mozart’s Requiem, The Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse. In February, Mr. Baumgardner sang for their Excellencies, the ambassadors of Russian and Ukraine as a soloist in the Cathedral Choral Society’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers.

Andrew Adelsberger, bass-baritone, has appeared as Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Ft. Collins, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, Maryland Opera Studio), Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola (Bel Cantanti Opera,Washington, DC), Sacristan in Tosca, (Chautauqua Opera, Annapolis Opera), Mr. Kofner in The Consul (Chautauqua Opera) Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro (Annapolis Opera), Betto in Gianni Schicchi (Bel Cantanti Opera), Nardo in La Finta Giardiniera, Elviro in Xerxes (Maryland Opera Studio), and Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore (Bel Cantanti Opera). Andrew has performed with Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival as Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi and Mat of the Mint in The Beggar’s Opera. Andrew holds a Master of Music from the Maryland Opera Studio where he performed the roles of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Gus O’Neil in the world premiere of John Musto’s Later the Same Evening. Concert credits include; Schubert’s Die Winterreise, Raphael and Adam in The Creation, as well as the bass solos in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Nelson Mass, and the Bruckner Te Deum.

lg_cipullo_copland-a-126167Composer Tom Cipullo’s works have been heard at major concert halls on four continents, from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, from Stockholm to LaPaz. He has received commissions from the Mirror Visions Ensemble, SongFest at Pepperdine, the Joy in Singing, Sequitur, Cantori New York, tenor Paul Sperry, mezzo-soprano Mary Ann Hart, the Five Boroughs Music Festival, pianist Jeanne Golan, soprano Martha Guth, the Walt Whitman Project, baritone Jesse Blumberg, and the New York Festival of Song; and he has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Copland House, the Liguria Study Center (Bogliasco, Italy), the Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), the Oberpfaelzer Kuenstlerhaus (Bavaria), ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the Jory Copying Program. The New York Times has called his music “haunting,” and The Boston Globe remarked that his work “literally sparkled with wit.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has called him “an expert in writing for the voice.” Recent honors include the Minneapolis Pops New Orchestral Repertoire Award (2009) for Sparkler, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Award (2008) for the song-cycle Of a Certain Age (commissioned by the soprano Hope Hudson), the Aaron Copland Award from Copland House (2007), and the Phyllis Wattis Prize for song composition from the San Francisco Song Festival.

Mr. Cipullo’s recent events include the Ft. Worth Opera production of Glory Denied, the premiere of Excelsior, a new song cycle commissioned by baritone Jesse Blumberg, the premiere of Something About Autumn, a song cycle written for soprano Martha Guth, and the New York premiere of Insomnia by the Mirror Visions Ensemble at Weill Recital Hall in late May.

Tom Cipullo’s song cycles A Visit with Emily, Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House, and Of a Certain Age are published by Oxford University Press. Other works are distributed by Classical Vocal Reprints. His music has been recorded on the Albany, CRI, PGM, and Capstone labels.