Three Countertenors

for John Adams' El Niño and The Gospel According to the Other Mary
Daniel Bubeck

Brian Cummings

Nathan Medley

Steven Rickards

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Daniel Bubeck, countertenor 1, has earned an international reputation on both the opera and concert stages in repertoire ranging from Bach and Handel to John Adams. He has performed with the Théâtre Musical de Paris-Châtelet, English National Opera, Spoleto and Adelaide Festivals, London Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, the Radio Orchestras of Berlin and The Netherlands, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Estonian National Philharmonic, Concerto Köln, Vancouver Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony, working with Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, David Robertson, Robert Spano, Christopher Hogwood and Nicholas McGegan. Career highlights include the premieres and subsequent performances of John Adams: El Niño and The Gospel According to the Other Mary.  Mr. Bubeck is a noted Handelian sing the roles of Cesare, Rinaldo, Solomon, Medoro (Orlando), Arsamene (Serse), David (Saul), Guido (Flavio) Armindo (Partenope), Tauride (Arianna in Creta), Didymus (Theodora) Israel in Egypt and Messiah. He can heard on recordings of Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Deutsche Gramophone), El Niño (Nonesuch CD /Art Haus Musik DVD), Vivaldi cantatas with Musica Sequenza (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Sony Music) and on the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers thriller, I Am Legend. Recent performancesinclude Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hawaii Opera Theater, Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista in Chicago, and Bach’s Johannes Passion with the American Classical Orchestra. He can be heard in upcoming performances of Adams’ El Niño and Gospel in Russia, France, Germany and the US including Carnegie Hall. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Dr. Bubeck holds degrees in voice from Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and the University of Delaware.

Brian Cummings, countertenor 2, sang the premiere of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary in 2012 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. He made his professional debut in the premiere of John Adams’ El Niño in Paris and has appeared in performances of this piece throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, English National Opera, the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Estonian National Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, the Adelaide Festival, the Tokyo Symphony and most recently at the Spoleto Festival USA. He has worked under such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, David Robertson, John Adams, Tõnu Kaljuste and Kent Nagano. He recently appeared in the title role of Handel's Giulio Cesare with Opera Fuoco under David Stern.  Mr. Cummings collaborates regularly with director Timothy Nelson including singing the role of David in Charpentier's David et Jonathas, Hamor in Handel's Jephtha, and Iarbo/Corebo in Cavalli's Didone.  He has also appeared as a soloist at the Washington and Bloomington Early Music Festivals.  He has sung with Paul Hillier in Theatre of Voices and the Pro Arte Singers and can be heard on their recordings for harmonia mundi as well as the recording and DVD of El Niño. In France, he sings with ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Opera Fuoco, Ensemble Entheos, and Les Muses Galantes. Mr. Cummings currently resides in Paris where he studies with Guillemette Laurens.  He studied Early Music at Indiana University working with Paul Elliott, Paul Hillier, and Nigel North. Forthcoming engagements include John Adams’ Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra in Strasbourg and Cologne.

Nathan Medley, countertenor 3, has emerged in recent years as one of the leading younger-generation countertenors, with notable success internationally in concert and opera. He has sung at some of the major stages of the world including the English National Opera and Barbican Centre in London, La Salle Pleyel in Paris;  Palais de Musique, Strasbourg, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw,  The Lucerne Festival; Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Recent performances have brought him to the Boston Early Music Festival (as Ottone in Monteverdi’s  'L'Incoronazione di Poppea), the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Opera Omaha, Pacific MusicWorks, Mercury Baroque, Seraphic Fire, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, , Cincinnati Collegium, Miami Bach Society, and Dayton Bach Society. He is a member of Echoing Air, an ensemble focused on music of the baroque and modern eras composed for countertenor. He made his professional debut in 2012 in John Adams’ The Gospel According to the other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonoic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, which was recorded on the Duetsche Grammophon label. He returned to Los Angeles in 2013 for Peter Sellers’ staged performances of The Gospel, which toured to Switzerland and New York City, and again in 2015 under the baton of John Adams performing Olga Neuwirth’s theatrical song/play, Hommage á Klaus Nomi. His opera credits include Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina (Opera Omaha). Speranza in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Boston Early Music Festival), Athamus in Semele (Pacific Muisic Works, Seattle), Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dema in Cavalli's L'Egisto, Le Peinture in Charpentier's Les Arts Florissants, Acteon in Charpentier's Acteon, and Ottone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, where critics in Cleveland praised him for an interpretation "sung with baroque perfection.” In May 2016 he will premier a new piece by John Harbison for countertenor and viola da gamba consort in Chicago with Second City Musick.


Steven Rickards, countertenor 3, likewise sang for the premiere of John Adams's El Niño and with many of the leading symphony orchestras and conductors of the world, including the CD and DVD productions. In 2012 he prepared the Countertenors for John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has performed at London’s BBC Proms, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Tokyo, San Francisco, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Virginia.  He has appeared with numerous “period music “ensembles including the Bach Ensemble, Tafelmusik, Handel & Haydn Society, Chanticleer, Theatre of Voices, American Bach Soloists, Gabrieli Consort and the New London Consort and currently performes with the ensemble Echoing Air. He has sung at Carnegie Hall (El Ninõ ) and with the Oratorio Society of New York. He was the soloist for the US premiere of Michael Nyman’s Self-Laudatory Hymn of Inanna and Her Omnipotence at Alice Tully Hall. His recordings appear on numerous labels including Decca, Dorian, Harmonia Mundi, Koch, Newport Classics, Smithsonian and Teldec and include two solo recordings on Naxos. Dr. Rickards teaches in the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University, as well as at Butler University, Marian University and the University of Indianapolis.