Ruthie Ann Miles
Tony Award Winner / Broadway Star / Naväge Ambassador
Ruthie Ann Miles American actress and singer best known for her roles in musical theatre. Off-Broadway, she has played Christmas Eve in Avenue Q and starred as Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love, winning a Theatre World Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for the latter role. Miles performed the role of Lady Thiang in the 2015–2016 Lincoln Center production of The King and I on Broadway, for which she won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
International Opera Star / Naväge Ambassador
American bass Raymond Aceto has established an important presence among the world’s leading opera companies and symphony orchestras. His performances continue to gather both popular and critical acclaim. In recent seasons Mr. Aceto has been seen on tour with The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Japan as Banquo in Macbeth and as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Sir Antonio Pappano conducting.
Actor / Singer / Naväge Ambassador
Marcus Nance is equally at home in theatre, opera, concert, and cabaret. The New York Times described him as “a thrillingly powerful bass-baritone” while Backstage New York says he “has a bass that flows like melted butter”. Expanding further his creativity and artistic horizons, Marcus Nance made his film debut as the Singing Accountant in Mel Brooke’s feature film The Producers starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. He has also appeared in cabaret at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro, the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Stratford Summer Music, the Elora Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival and as a regular guest with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra.
Operatic Baritone / Naväge Ambassador
Baritone Corey Crider is an alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and recently returned to the company as Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Additional recent highlights include Marcello in La bohème with Arizona Opera and the Munich Philharmonic, Cavaliere di Belfiore in Un giorno di regno with Sarasota Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Lyra Ottawa.
Operatic Tenor / Naväge Ambassador
American tenor Brian Jagde has emerged as one of the most engaging and exciting artists of his generation. Jagde has received numerous accolades, including top prize at the Loren L. Zachary Competition (2014) and second prize in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition (2012). Jagde won additional honors at Operalia for his interpretations of Wagner-Strauss repertoire, receiving the Birgit Nilsson Prize. He is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Adler and Merola Programs.
Operatic Soprano / Naväge Ambassador
Described by the New York Times as possessing an “agile coloratura technique and a feeling for the Italianate style… with warmth, full penetrating sound and tenderness,” American soprano Leah Crocetto continues to astonish audiences with her moving portrayals of opera’s greatest heroines. Her recent credits include the title role in Aida with the San Francisco Opera and Leonora in Il trovatore. Leah has performed with North Carolina Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, Pittsburg Opera and others.
Operatic Tenor / Naväge Ambassador
One of the great American tenors of his generation, Paul Groves continues to enjoy an impressive international career performing on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and most prestigious concert halls. Highlights of recent seasons for the American tenor include a rare role debut singing Alessandro Cesare in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo with the Opéra national de Paris, his first performances in the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal with the Lyric Opera of Chicago led by Sir Andrew Davis, appearances as Admète in Gluck’s Alceste with Madrid’s Teatro Real, Nicias in Massenet’s Thais with the Los Angeles Opera, and Pylade in Iphigénie en Aulide with Theater an der Wien.