Light and Shadow

The Performers of

The Pleasures of
the Quarrel

Lucy Fitz Gibbon
(Amour, Fanchon)

Noted for her “dazzling, virtuoso singing” (Boston Globe), soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon believes that creating new works and recreating those lost in centuries past makes room for the multiplicity and diversity of voices integral to classical music’s future. From the modern premieres of operas by
Francesco Sacrati and Agostino Agazzari to the archives of Florence Price, Lucy combines scholarship with performance to shed light on forgotten voices. She has appeared in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Park Avenue Armory; London’s Wigmore Hall; and Toronto’s Koerner Hall, both in recital and as a soloist with ensembles including
the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and Albany Symphony, among many
others. Performances in Ithaca this spring include the premiere of Katherine Balch’s estrangement with pianist Ryan McCullough; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra; and Earl Kim’s Three Poems in French with Cornell colleagues Ariana Kim and John Haines-Eitzen. Lucy is Interim Director of the Vocal Program at Cornell and on the faculty of Bard College Conservatory.


Marie Marquis
(Serpilla, Margot)

Hailed by The New York Times for her “extraordinary virtuosity and elegance,” emerging soprano Marie Marquis is sought after soloist and recitalist. A Joy in Singing Debut Artist Award winner, 2020 Camille Coloratura Awards Encouragement Award winner, and 2021 NATSAA Mid-Atlantic Region winner, Marie is a gifted singing actor and an avid performer of new and traditional music spanning five centuries.She has won residencies at the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Ars Musica Chorale, and Songfest at Colburn.  At Tanglewood she performed in Kate Soper’s, Helen Enfettered; Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich, and the world premier of Andrew Hsu’s, Philtrum. At Songfest she sang in Prayers from the Long History of Happiness, by Sara Graef. Marie sang multiple roles in Susan Kander’s News from Poems with Cantata Profana and Miriam in Frank Bridge’s A Christmas Rose, with EnCanta Collective, New York. 


Dominik Belavy
(Prométhée, Lubin)

Belavy has spent numerous summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center where he has cultivated a love for art song, chamber music and contemporary works. He premiered a work at Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music and was recently invited back as a guest to sing Junior in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place. Dominik has appeared at Michigan Opera Theatre, L’Opéra Royal de Versailles, London’s Holland Park and as a young artist at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Numerous appearances at Alice Tully Hall include an all-Schubert program following his win of Juilliard’s Honors Recital. Dominik has been featured in live broadcast on BBC 3’s In Tune series as well as WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces. Belavy’s love of sacred music has culminated in numerous performances with John Harbison and a recent tour of Bach’s B Minor Mass with Ton Koopman. Mr. Belavy received his Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School where he recently finished his Master of Music degree as a Toulmin Scholar.


Tyler Duncan
(Baccocco, Lucas)

With a voice described as “honey-coloured and warm, yet robust and commanding” (The Globe and Mail), baritone Tyler Duncan has performed worldwide to great acclaim in both opera and concert repertoire. Recent and upcoming engagements in 2021/22 include Handel’s Messiah with TENET Vocal Artists, Schubert’s Winterreise with the Aspect Chamber Music Series and selections from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Early Music Vancouver. In 2022, Mr Duncan will appear with Arizona Early Music in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and Bach’s Ich habe genug, join Vancouver Symphony in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, returns to the Handel and Haydn Society in C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat, re-join Music of the Baroque as the bass soloist in Haydn’s Creation and reprise Bach’s Ich habe genug with Mercury Chamber Orchestra.

The New York Baroque Dance Company, founded in 1976 by Catherine Turocy and Ann Jacoby, still leads the field of historical dance. The company specializes in producing 17th- and 18th-century programs and has over 60 operas in its repertoire, as well as reconstructed dances and ballets choreographed in period style. Groundbreaking productions include Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Boréades and Hippolyte et Aricie, both at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Opéra de Lyon; Henry Purcell’s Indian Queen at the Barbican in London; Scylla et Glaucus by Jean-Marie Leclair at the Opéra de Lyon; as well as Handel’s operas Terpsicore, Ariodante, Arianna, Alcina, Atalanta, Orlando, and Teseo at the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany. This performance marks the company’s third residence at Cornell University.

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Julia Bengtsson joined the NYBDC in 2019. Beginning her dance studies in Gothenburg, Sweden, she went on to the Swedish National Ballet School, the Royal Swedish Ballet School and was a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. As a soloist, Julia has performed at The Royal Swedish Opera House, The Gothenburg Opera and Lincoln Center. Her performances range from classical ballets, to operas, to musicals, to music videos. As a model, she has collaborated with several internationally acclaimed photographers. For 2021-22 Julia is on the Early Music America Emerging Professional Leadership Council. Awards assisting Julia in her studies and choreographic work include Anders Sandrew’s Foundation (2014), Arts Umbrella (2014), Willinska Foundation (2012), Cecilia Rilton Ballet Foundation (2012), F. Barck Foundation (2012), and Carina Ari Foundation (2008).

Patrick Pride Jr. is a NYC based dancer, who recently joined NYBDC in 2021. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Austin Peay State University. After graduating, Patrick performed in various musicals around Tennessee, was a member of Found Movement Group (a Contemporary-based dance theatre company), while also teaching at a dance studio part-time. After moving to NYC in 2020, Patrick performed in music videos and choreographed Lion King Jr.  He also performed with  AP Dance Inc. who recently won the Special Mention award for the 2021 Global Shorts Awards.  

Alexis Silver is a New York City based dancer and choreographer. She joined NYBDC in 2010, and has toured the US and abroad, performing in Handel’s Teseo at the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany, Festival de Música Antigua Esteban Salas in Havana, Cuba, in Rameau’s Le Temple de la Gloire with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, among many others. Alexis also performs regularly as a member of the Boston Early Music Festival Dance Company. Alexis choreographed the modern day premiere of Lully’s La Chûte de Phaëton at the Aquilon Music Festival and has presented her solo choreography at the Washington National Cathedral. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, she grew up in Berkeley, CA and Boston, MA. She trained with Ronn Guidi’s Oakland Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, Marcus Schulkind, and Nordic Baroque Dance Company’s International Summer Academy. Alexis is also an accomplished photographer, She earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Certificate of Higher Education London Contemporary Dance School.

Matthew Ting was born in Philadelphia and grew up in El Paso, TX. He first danced for Leah Tubbs in 2012. He is a principal dancer of Ballet for Young Audiences, where he also serves as ballet master. He is also a member of The New York Baroque Dance Company since 2014 and has also danced for companies such as Connecticut Ballet, mishiDance, stringdance+media, and JT Lotus Dance Company. He is a graduate of the Great Books program of St. John’s College, Annapolis. In addition to dancing he is also an actor and enjoys singing in choirs. 

The Cornell Chamber Orchestra, comprised of approximately 100 musicians, is dedicated to performing symphonic repertoire from the baroque through the twentieth century, as well as contemporary works of our time. The Symphony Orchestra is directed by Michelle Di Russo and presents 4 to 6 concerts per year including the annual Concerto Concert, at which the winner of the School's Annual Concerto Competition perform with the orchestra.


A graceful yet powerful force on the podium, Argentinian-Italian conductor Michelle Di Russo is known for her compelling interpretations, passionate musicality, and championing of contemporary music. Recently appointed Interim Director of Orchestras at Cornell University beginning fall 2021, and Assistant Conductor of North Carolina Symphony for the 2021-22 season, she is a Fellow in Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship program and The Dallas Opera Hart Institute. A native of Argentina, Michelle Di Russo was the recipient of a 20-21 American Austrian Foundation Faber Young Conductors Fellowship where she was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic to attend the Salzburg Festival, a Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Conducting Fellow, a Fellow with Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy and a recipient of the Richard S. Weinert award from Concert Artists Guild. Di Russo is also a co-founder and instructor with Girls Who Conduct, a non-profit organization determined to foster diversity and inclusion in the field of classical music.