Melissa Bagwell, soprano
Melissa Bagwell made her Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Opera Idaho debut as “Love” in their joint production of Orpheus and Eurydice in October 2014. Prior to living in Boise, Bagwell has been a featured soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Central Oregon Symphony, Central Oregon Mastersingers, Cascade Chorale, and The Victorian Carolers vocal quartet. She most recently sang the role of “Pamina” in 2016 and 2015 in Opera Idaho’s community outreach production of The Mini Magic Flute. She has sung various roles with Opera Bend, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera Santa Barbara and with the Pacific Lutheran University Opera program, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance. Bagwell has given vocal recitals throughout the west coast and studied and performed abroad in Milan and London.
Outside of music, she is a professional voice over artist, voicing national TV and radio commercials and more for companies such as Pandora Jewelry, Boston Market, Honda, Microsoft, and Johnson’s Baby.
Nadamayi Shanti, soprano
Nadamayi received her original voice training as an opera singer and was a vocal performance major at the University of Utah. However, she left opera and began her professional music career singing folk music, then quickly branched out into gospel, jazz and roots rock. Before long she was writing her own music, performing extensively, and recording a total of three albums.
In addition to her solo work, Ms. Shanti served as the music director for churches in Vermont and Texas, and also led two gospel groups called The Babes of Grace and The Sacred Life Gospel Band. In Vermont, Ms. Shanti often appeared as the featured artist in the historic Fisk Farm’s Pro Concert Series. As part of this series, she had the opportunity to work with renowned accompanist Don Smith, who was the resident pianist on the Ed Sullivan Show and arranger for the composer Richard Adler.
In 2009, Ms. Shanti enthusiastically returned to classical repertoire through her association with the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. She was a regular performing member of the famous Friday Morning Music Club, and formed a trio (voice, clarinet, & piano) which performed regularly throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Since moving to Boise in 2013, Ms. Shanti has become a member of the Opera Idaho Resident Company and appears regularly in the fall concert and spring art song series. She made her official opera debut last year as the Second Lady in Opera Idaho’s production of The Magic Flute. The Idaho Statesman applauded the performances of Ms. Shanti and her two cohorts as Mozart’s famous Three Ladies, calling them “hilarious Valkyries.”
Most recently, Ms. Shanti has enrolled at Boise State University where she will complete her bachelor’s degree. She then intends to pursue a master’s degree in counseling, leading to a doctorate in psychology. Ms. Shanti is thrilled to be appearing with the Boise Baroque Orchestra, an institution for which she has enormous respect and appreciation.
Suzanne Hansen, mezzo sopranoSuzanne has appeared in a wide variety of roles with Opera Idaho over the past three seasons, but Vivaldi’s Gloria marks her debut performance with Boise Baroque. Suzanne has enjoyed operatic and orchestral performances ranging from Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice;the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; to the Mezzo soloist in Honegger’s King David, the Duruffle Requiem and Charpentier’s Te Deum. Ms. Hansen appeared twice on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion; as well as a featured soloist for Welcome Christmas! A holiday radio program broadcast both on NPR nationwide and as the Christmas program on all Southwest Airlines flights. Last fall, she was invited to participate, with Sean Rogers, in the Temple Square Recital Series in Salt Lake City. Suzanne lives in Meridian with her husband and five kids. She continues her studies locally with Sue Patchell and Brett Hamilton.