August 18 at IOTA


Join us for an UrbanArias Cabaret at IOTA!


We’re presenting an ALL NEW 75-minute program of comedy at
Clarendon’s famous IOTA Club and Cafe!


SUNDAY, August 18 at 4 P.M.


UrbanArias returns to IOTA with a cabaret program of great songs by contemporary composers – including audience favorite CRAIGSLISTLIEDER – which is guaranteed to make you smile!


Come beat the summer heat with a hilarious and accessible jaunt through the best of today’s irreverent and sophisticated songwriting.

This performance features lyrics by acclaimed writer Mark Campbell (The Good Friar, Silent Night, Later the Same Evening), songs by renowned composer Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, Moby-Dick), and a cycle by notorious pianist/singer/composer Gabriel Kahane.


Amedee Royer
Melissa Wimbish
Joshua Baumgardner
Andrew Pardini
and Tim McReynolds

Directed by Alan Paul


Selections from Songs From an Unmade Bed

Lyrics by Mark Campbell, Music by Jenny Giering, Joseph Thalken, Lance Horne, Jake Heggie, Duncan Sheik and Steven Lutvak

Mark Campbell explores the modern gay man’s experience with wry wit and unerring perception. Each of his songs is set by a different composer, giving the set a varied and cosmopolitan air. Selections include “Here in My Bed,” “An Admission,” “The Man in the Starched White Shirt,” “The Other, Other Woman,” “Oh, to Be Stupid Again,” and “Exit Right.” Our hero confronts his present (“I could die here tonight. All alone, here in my bed, alone in this most neglected of rooms”) and his past (“Sex with an actor. What was I thinking?”) but looks forward to his future.


Text by Philip Littell, Music by Jake Heggie

Philip Littell’s powerful examination of Eve in the Garden of Eden gives us HER side of the story. Both funny and poignant, Eve-Song will gently tweak your reading of Genesis.



Text by Craigslist Advertisers, Music by Gabriel Kahane

A perennial UrbanArias favorite, Craigslistlieder is a set of eight actual Craigslist ads set to music. These ads must be heard to be believed – titles include “You Looked Sexy Even Though You Were Having a Seizure,” “Half a Box of Condoms,” and “For Trade: Assless Chaps.” Don’t miss Alan Paul’s hilarious realization of this incredible piece of music.


(available at the door only)

IOTA is located in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA, and is easily accessed by Metro via the Orange Line from the Clarendon station. You can find directions on IOTA’s website, and the address is 2832 Wilson Blvd. Both street parking and private garage parking are available. Per IOTA’s guidelines, no one under 21 is admitted.

Click the link below for an excerpt from our March 22 show at Strathmore (may not be safe for work . . .)

Read the Washington Post’s rave review of last August’s performance at IOTA by clicking here: Patrick Rucker called it “some of the best, most original music-making I’ve seen inside the Beltway in a long time.”


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.

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 Thomas Pardini, baritone, earned an M.M. in Opera Performance from the Maryland Opera Studio and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Past roles include Jigger Craigin (cover) in Carousel, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Marcello & Schaunard in La bohème, Papageno & Head Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi, Orlick & Pumblechook in Miss Havisham’s Fire, A Man with a Shoe Sample Kit (cover) in Postcard from Morocco, Il marito (cover) in Amelia al ballo, Andreas Baader in The Last Act of Revolution, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Brighella (cover) in Das Liebesverbot, Don Perlimplín in The Love of Don Perlimplín, Marullo in Rigoletto and Samuel in Un ballo in maschera. In November 2012, Pardini was the recipient of an Encouragement Award as part of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Pittsburgh District. This fall, Pardini will make his house debut at Opera Philadelphia in Verdi’s Nabucco. Upcoming engagements include King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors & Zuniga in Carmen at Opera AACC and Count Robert in Iolanta at Bel Cantanti Opera.

Alan Paul PhotoAlan Paul is the Associate Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. At STC Alan has directed The Boys From Syracuse, the Free For All production of Twelfth Night, and numerous readings, workshops, galas and special events. Outside of STC, Alan’s work has ranged from Shakespeare to musical theater to opera. Recent highlights include I Am My Own Wife at Signature Theatre, El Amor Brujo and Dido and Aeneas for D.C.’s In Series, Fire and Air (with Lucy Bowen McCauley) at the Kennedy Center, The Rocky Horror Show at Studio Theatre, and Butterfly/Saigon at Strathmore’s Concert Hall. For UrbanArias, he has directed Blind Dates (Iota and Strathmore), Photo-Op, Before Breakfast, and The Filthy Habit. Upcoming projects include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Henry IV (Associate Director) at the Shakespeare Theatre. Alan was a 2013 finalist for the European Opera Directing Prize in Vienna, Austria.

Timothy McReynolds, pianoPursuing a career that embraces art song, opera, chamber music, and cabaret, pianist R. Timothy McReynolds is also active as a teacher and vocal coach. He is a member of the Voice/Opera faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Music, and the former Music Director of Towson University’s Music for the Stage. He has participated as vocal coach/pianist for the Washington National Opera’s Opera Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. He was Instructor of Piano at American University in Washington, D.C. and Loyola University of Maryland, where he remains as pianist for the Vocal Masterclass Series. He has toured internationally in concerts, cabarets, and masterclasses in Mexico, Germany, and Austria, as well as across the United States. He also performed in recital with acclaimed bass-baritone, the late William Warfield. He has been heard with, among others, Linda Mabbs, Francois Loup, Isabel Leonard, Timothy Mix, Danielle Talamantes, and Colleen Daly. The Washington Post hails him as the, “perceptive accompanist”, the Baltimore Sun, an “excellent pianist”, while the website Classical Journal proclaims him as the “brilliant accompanist” in a recital with mezzo-soprano, Delores Ziegler. He continues his close association with the Washington (D.C.) Vocal Arts Society and their Discovery Recital Series. Recent concert venues include the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C., the Maryland Arts Festival in Baltimore, a state tour of Maryland with the Annapolis Symphony, the Egyptian Embassy Concert Series in Vienna, Austria, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Dr. McReynolds received his B.M. from Indiana University, M.M. from the University of Michigan, and completed his D.M.A. at the University of Maryland. His teachers have included Edward Auer, Martin Katz, Robert McCoy and Rita Sloan. He has participated or served as pianist for the masterclasses of John Wustman, Margo Garret, Steven Blier, Brian Zeger, Suzanne Mentzer, Vinson Cole, Vivica Genaux, William Bolcom, John Musto and Richard Hundley. He recently recorded a CD to be released in 2012 of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin with tenor Bryce Westervelt. Another CD recording with the chamber music group, Greenbrook Ensemble will also be released in 2012. His recent concert schedule includes venues in New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Vermont, and Pennsylvania.