Biographies of our Artists






Lyric tenor Ross Hauck performed the title role in William Kentridge’s production Il ritorno di Ulisse in Patria with Stephen Stubbs and Pacific Operaworks in Seattle and San Francisco. He debuted with the Boston Early Music Festival in L’incoronazione di Poppea.  Other recent roles include Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tacoma Opera, a role he has also sung at Sacramento Opera, Opera Idaho, and the Aspen Music Festival.  On the Naxos label he is featured in Brundibar, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. Other highlights include the role of Bonario in the world premiere of Volpone by John Musto, commissioned by Wolf Trap Opera Company, as well as the title role in the North American Premiere of Rameau’s Dardanus, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, and Lippo Fiorentino in Street Scene.  As a concert artist, Mr. Hauck has performed with orchestras across the country, including the National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony and the Tanglewood symphony.  Favorites include Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Bach’s St. John’s Passion.  A recipient of awards from the Macallister Opera Competition, Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and other national organizations, he has received rave reviews in Opera News, the Washington Post, New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Times and many others. Mr. Hauck is also a cellist and pianist, and voice teacher on faculty at Seattle University.





Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Mezzo-Soprano, is an accomplished performer in opera, concert, and recital.  Commended for her “stunning vocal power” (Asheville Citizen Times) and “rich lyric mezzo sound” (Opera News Online), some of Ms. Lewis’ leading roles include the title role in Carmen (Capital Opera Raleigh; Asheville Lyric Opera); Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Asheville Lyric Opera, Mansfield Symphony, Central Georgia Opera Guild); Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Connecticut Opera; Greensboro Opera); The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera Carolina; Connecticut Opera); and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Greensboro Opera).  Ms. Lewis also appears in concert and recital to rave reviews and has performed as a soloist with Orchestra Seattle, Gettysburg Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony, New Britain Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, MOJA Festival, and Greensboro Oratorio Society.  In addition to her solo work, Ms. Lewis performs with the highly acclaimed Inspirata Quartet [].  Ms. Lewis is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (BFA in Voice Performance), The University of NC at Greensboro (MM in Voice Performance), and The AJ Fletcher Opera Institute (Professional Artist Certificate in Opera).  In November 2012, Ms. Lewis released her debut solo CD, Spirituals.  A proud native of Greensboro, NC, Ms. Lewis recently relocated to the greater Seattle area from the east coast.  She is delighted to spend her first concert season in the Pacific Northwest with BelPres!  Learn more at 








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