Our 2018-19 Soloists

Out from the Shadows

In the spotlight: Virtuosi eclipsed by genius


Celeste Godin, Soprano

Celeste Godin is a roster artist with Boston Opera Collaborative, having appeared last season as Mimi (La bohème).  She regularly performs locally with local groups like Barn Opera (Fiordiligi, Così fan tutti), Odyssey Opera, Mass Opera (Miss Havisham in Miss Havisham's Wedding Night, Rodolfo in La Femme Bohème, Kayla (cover) in Taking Up Serpents), Lowell House Opera (Echo, Ariadne auf Naxos), Promenade Opera Project (Annio, Clemenza di Tito), White Snake Productions (Ku cover, Gilgamesh) and NEMPAC (Donna Anna, Don Giovanni).  She recently returned from Teatro Nuovo's Resident Artist program, having covered the role of Creusa (Medea in Corinto).  She graduated from New England Conservatory (MM, Vocal Pedagogy, GD, Vocal Performance).



Vera Savage, Mezzo-Soprano

Vera Savage recently performed the role of Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at Opera in the Heights to rave reviews. The Houston press said of her portrayal of Sesto, "...this was Savage's show. What a subtle powerhouse she is...  her singing is a dream: supple and powerful with a deep velvet shimmer.Whatever she sings, we believe."  And from, " Savage sings and acts brilliantly.  She has a handsomely glowing voice that soars on her arias and also embodies the great emotion of Sesto's torment with moving restraint."

Her recent performances in and around the Boston area include Judith in Bluebeard's Castle, Verdi's Requiem with the MIT concert chorus, and a complete performance of Dominick Argento's From the Diary of Virginia Woolf.  With the Opera Institute in Boston, Vera was seen as Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata, Almera in Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters, the Old Prioress in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites and Madeline Mitchell in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers. The Boston Music Intelligencer described her portrayal of Mitchell as playing “a convincing diva… able to sing powerfully both operatically and as a Broadway baby”, and from the Bostonist, “Vera Savage was… stunning – a radiant and solid sound that brazenly approached even the most challenging moments of Heggie’s score”.

Gregory Zavracky, Tenor

Praised for his fine musicality, “glowing intensity,” and “clarion tone,” tenor Gregory Zavracky’s recent engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Matt Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theater, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Townsend Opera, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Aurea Ensemble, Tamino in Boston Lyric Opera’s family production of The Magic Flute, Bach’s Magnificat with Back Bay Chorale, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost with Opera Saratoga, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera in the Heights, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte with Cape Cod Opera, Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress with Chautauqua Opera, and opera and pops concerts with both the Chautauqua and Utah Symphony. He has sung in the world premieres of the Five Borough Songbook with Five Boroughs Music Festival, David Wolfson’s Faith Operas with Hartford Opera Theater, Ketty Nez’s The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia, James Yannatos’ Rocket’s Red Blare, Anthony DeRitis’ Three American Songs, Steven Sametz’ A Child’s Requiem, and Dan Shore’s Works of Mercy. He has previously sung the Mozart Requiem with Commonwealth Chorale.

Gregory teaches voice at the University of Connecticut, Brown University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He holds a DMA in voice performance from Boston University, Masters degrees from New England Conservatory and a BA from Emory University.


Thomas Jones, Baritone

Baritone Thomas Jones has appeared throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with orchestras, opera companies, choral ensembles and performanceseries; singing repertoire ranging from Bach to Bernstein and beyond.  He has received critical acclaim for his performances described as “captivating”, “elegant”, “passionate” and “irresistible”. Recordings include a liv performance of Handel’s “Samson” with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Canadian National Orchestra as well as”Messiah”, performed and recorded with New York’s “St. Cecilia Orchestra” for National Public Radio. Appearances include Haydn’s “Creation” performed with the Apollo Chorus at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, “Messiah with “The Handel & Haydn Society” at Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Bach “B Minor Mass” with New York’s DessoffChoirs.  He has sung major works with orchestras including The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco’s “Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra”, The Pacific Symphony in California, The Omaha Symphony, Louisville Bach Society, The Santa Fe Symphony and The Phoenix Chamber Orchestra. Major choral appearances also include Baltimore Choral Arts, Masterworks of Washington, DC, San Francisco City Chorus, Pacific Chorale and concerts with well over 200 choruses throughout the US and beyond. From opera galas to evenings of Broadway, Mr. Jones is at home with a vast array of musicalstyles.  He has sung  concerts and recitals on stages in Copenhagen and Stockholm, San Juan, Philadelphia, Boston, and throughout the Midwest and Western USA. Greater Boston appearances include The Masterworks Chorale, Back Bay Chorale, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Commonwealth Chorale, Boston Civic Orchestra, Coro Allegro, Cape Symphony, Arcadia Chamber Orchestra, Worcester Chorus, Chatham Chorale, Providence Singers and dozens more. And, he has worked with conductors Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Roger Norrington, John Washburn, Robert Page, Thomas Dunn, Christopher Shepard, John Alexander, Daniel Beckwith, Stephen Simon, John Oliver, Jung-Ho Pak and Gerald Mack.
New works music were composed for him by American icon Libby Larson and Boston’s own, John Goodman.

Mr. Jones has been teaching voice and vocal performance practice through the Office for the Arts and the Holden Choirs at Harvard University for the past 28 years and conducts the choir and music program at Old Cambridge Baptist Church on the edg of the Harvard campus in Harvard Square. He is frequently invite to adjudicate at choral and vocal solo competitions and music festivals; acting as a choral / vocal clinician and master teacher.

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