Shouvik Mondle, Baritone, was born in Calcutta, India, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he received a Bachelor’s of Music with Honors in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A prolific performer, Mr. Mondle has sung under the auspices of the Virginia Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, New Jersey State Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, Nashville Opera, Westfield Symphony, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, Mid- America Productions, Sacramento Opera, San Francisco Opera Guild, Theatreworks, and his alma mater, S.F.C.M., among others. His stage credits include over 25 roles in leading operatic repertoire of Mozart, Handel , Bizet, Donizetti, Schubert, Verdi, Puccini, Orff and Susa, and over 20 roles in concert repertoire and Broadway. Mr. Mondle is proud to have created the starring role of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo in the critically acclaimed world premiere of David Conte’s The Dreamers. Other noteworthy engagements include Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with the Fresno Grand Opera, Mr. Ford in Falstaff with the Natchez Festival, the title role of Rigoletto with the Pocket Opera of San Francisco, Germont in La Traviata, Baron Scarpia in Tosca with the Natchez Festival, a Carnegie Hall debut in Mozart’s Versprae Sollenes de Confessore, Sharpless with the Westfield Symphony, the title role of Macbeth with the New Jersey State Opera and the Pocket Opera of San Francisco, Eugene Onegin and Baron Scarpia with the Pocket Opera, baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Faure’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in G, Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate! , Brahms’ Requiem , El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Dvorak’s Te Deum , Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas , Captain von Trapp in TheSound of Music, the title character in Don Giovanni, Germont in La Traviata, Amonasro in Aida and Baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Live Arts Maryland. Mr. Mondle headlined two large scale stadium tours of Europe and Indonesia in the original American version of The Phantom of the Opera by Ivan Jacobs. He lives in Annapolis, where he is thrilled to maintain a private voice studio, to perform as a soloist at St. Annes Episcopal Church and to be the choir and music director of Congregation Kneseth Israel.
Ms. Anderson, a native of New Brunswick, Canada has had the pleasure of singing throughout North America and in the United Kingdom. She has toured with choirs throughout the North-Eastern US, England, Scotland, and Ireland and has been featured as a soprano soloist with the Canadian Centennial Choir, and the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa. She has received numerous awards in vocal performance and has performed in several theatre productions in Annapolis, Fredericton and Harvey Station.
Melanie currently sings with the Opera Delaware Chorus and is on artistic sabbatical focusing on singing, acting and learning Italian. She assists with the Annapolis Youth Chorus and has sung in the past with Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Chorus, Cantori, St. Anne's Episcopal Church Choir, the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa, the Canadian Centennial Choir, and the award winning New Brunswick District 18 Girls Choir, among others.
Holding training certificates in piano, voice and music theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, Ms. Anderson also holds a Bachelor of Computer Science. She has trained extensively in voice with several coaches in the US and Canada, concentrating on classical voice and musical theatre.
A veteran of the Baltimore stage, Mr. Applestein studied acting and dramatic performance at Salisbury University. Mr. Applestein has appeared in more than 30 theatrical productions in the Baltimore/Metropolitan area, favorite roles include:
Bill Lewis in HOT L Baltimore and The Prosecutor in the Runner Stumbles with the Everyman Theater, Renfield in Dracula at Towson Towne Dinner Theater, Dr. Johnny Buchannan in Summer and Smoke and Inspector Rough in Angel Street with the Vagabond Theater, Theodor Herzl in the Baltimore Zionist District’s 50th Birthday Celebration for the State of Israel (co-written by Mr. Applestein), Dan Wells in Fort McHenry’s 175th Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Baltimore and the Birth of The Star Spangled Banner, Ham in The Flowering Peach at Theater Hopkins, Giles Ralston in Mousetrap, Perchick in Fiddler on the Roof and Geoffery in Lion in Winter - all with Liberty Showcase Theater, the Father in The Transfiguration of Bennie Blimpo and the Butler in Lost At Sea at Theatre Project, Juror # 12 in 12 Angry Men and Albert Sefton in Stalag 17 with Spotlighter’s Theater and Gerry Evans in Dancing at Lughnasa with Fell’s Point Corner Theater. Mr. Applestein has also performed in several new works and staged readings produced by the Baltimore Playwright’s Festival. For the past 8 years, he has been a proud choir member and soloist with the Congregation Kneseth Israel Choir.
Mr. Applestein currently studies voice with Shouvik Mondle.