American mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider has sung with numerous opera companies across the US including LA Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, The Castleton Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Omaha, Des Moines Metro Opera, Anchorage Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Eugene Opera. Ms. Crider has participated in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues…at Carnegie Hall and has appeared as a recital soloist numerous times with the Joy in Singing Foundation in New York. She has also appeared as a soloist with ensembles including Calgary Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, New World Symphony, Apollo’s Fire, Seraphic Fire, Bach Festival Society of Florida, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Ms. Crider has been a prize winner and finalist in many competitions, including the José Iturbi International Voice Competition, Jensen Foundation Voice Competition, Joy in Singing Debut Artist Competition, Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, Oratorio Society of New York Vocal Competition, Center for Contemporary Opera Competition, and is a recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.
Marketing and Arts Administration Associate
Lauren Schiffer is a Marketing and Arts Administrative Associate for IlluminArts. She also works for Miami’s Seraphic Fire as a grant manager and marketing associate. Prior to this position, Lauren was a program manager at the Yale School of Music where she worked closely with the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on marketing and educational outreach activities. Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College (MA) with a double major in music and business and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in arts administration from Goucher College.
Susie Hellman Spatafora
Celebrated by Opera News for her “perfect yearningly optimistic coloring—golden and radiant" and by Classics Today for her “impressive instrument,” soprano Susan Hellman Spatafora has performed with such companies as Palm Beach Opera, Opera Tampa, Sarasota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, South Florida Lyric Opera and Green Mountain Opera, among others. Most recently, Spatafora “turned in a blazing performance” (Talkin’ Broadway) in the title role of Suor Angelica with the St. Petersburg Opera Company. A frequent art song recitalist and soloist, Spatafora’s recent concert appearances include Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Bach's Magnificat, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Andrea Clearfield’s The Long Bright and the world premiere of Allan Friedman’s With Perfect Faith.
Pianist Anna Fateeva has performed in Russia, Finland, Scotland, Austria, Bulgaria, and the USA. Ms. Fateeva has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Vivica Genaux, Nadine Sierra, Amanda Crider, and Wendy Bryn Harmer among others. Ms.Fateeva appeared in numerous performances with Seraphic Fire and was a pianist for their recorded album Reincarnations. She is a frequent guest artist for the IlluminArts recital series. Anna Fateeva was engaged in the production of Eugene Onegin with Florida Grand Opera and served as a music director for the production of Hansel and Gretel with Magic City Opera. She is a faculty member for the Miami Music Festival and works as a coach and rehearsal pianist at Palm Beach Opera. Anna Fateeva holds a DMA from the University of Miami, a Professional Studies Certificate from Manhattan School of Music (studio of Warren Jones), and an MM from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia.