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John Balme

John has served as the general director of the Boston Lyric Opera, the Lake George Opera Festival, and as music director of the Liederkranz Foundation in New York City. Mr. Balme has participated as a conductor and/or producer in more than 300 productions and has appeared as a guest conductor in Atlanta, San Diego, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Rochester, Boston, and many other major cities.

Mr. Balme received critical acclaim for producing and conducting Wagner's Ring Cycle in both Boston and New York City. He attended Oxford University, the Royal College of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University. Meanwhile, he's served on the faculties of the University of Texas (Austin), the University of Connecticut, New England Conservatory of Music, and Northeastern University.

Other activities he enjoys have included concert appearances as a pianist accompanying singers like Carlo Bergonzi, Nicolai Gedda, Jerome Hines and Deborah Voigt. Mr. Balme has also played for Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, John Vickers, Sherrill Milnes, and many other internationally acclaimed vocalists.

Cynthia Springsteen-Balme

Cynthia is a soprano that has performed 40 leading operatic roles, including the New York premiere of Verdi’s Jerusalem at Carnegie Hall. A specialist in the works of Verdi, Ms. Springsteen has performed 12 of his major operas, six of which were for the New York Grand Opera’s historic presentation of Verdi's 28 operas in Central Park from 1993 to 2001.

Ms. Springsteen garnered critical acclaim for her technical vocal command of Verdi’s early works in her performances of Giselda in Lombardi, Abigaille in Nabucco, the stage premiere of the title role in Alzira, Mina in Aroldo, and the soprano version of Eboli in the French version of Don Carlos. She also sang the New York premiere of Verdi’s “Ave Maria” for soprano and strings at the Lincoln Center.

Cynthia has sung under legendary conductors Seiji Ozawa, Robert Shaw, and Sarah Caldwell. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Temple University.  Her teachers include Armen Boyajian and David Jones.


2018 – 2019 Season

Concert #1
Friday November 2nd, 2018 at 7pm
Faure Requiem
Christ Church Episcopal Church
Middletown NJ

Concert #2
Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at 5 pm
A Christmas Celebration
Radio City Music Hall
Christmas Spectacular

Concert #3
Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at 7:00pm
Faure Requiem
Susa: Carols and Lullabies
Brookdale Community College
PAC Main Stage
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ

Concert #4
Sunday, December 16th
Private Christmas concert

Concert #4

Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at 7:00pm
Rutter: Gloria
Monteverdi: Gloria
Kallman: In Endless Song
Brookdale Community College
PAC Main Stage
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ
Free Concert, Tickets Not Required

Concert #5

Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 7:00pm
Rutter: Gloria
Monteverdi: Gloria
Carnegie Hall. NYC


June 27 - July 7th 2019
Concert Tour of China
Performances in Shanghai, Hangzhou
Suchou, Beijing and the Great Wall

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