Instrument/Department: Voice, Mezzo-soprano
Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 1998
Mezzo-soprano Riker Connaughton has extensive opera and oratorio credits. Oratorio repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelsohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Mass in b minor, Christmas Oratorio as well as numerous Bach Cantatas; Mozart’s Grand Mass, Requiem, as well as several additional Mozart works. Her opera credits include Baba in The Medium, the Mother in Hansel und Gretel, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as lead roles in several world premiers.
Recently Riki has been a guest recitalist in the Rochester Bach Festival and the Fort Collins Colorado Bach Festival. She performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Durufle Requiem at Trinity Church Southport (CT), Handle’s Messiah with the Youngstown Ohio Symphony, and was solo artist in three productions of Music in the Bloomfields NY in conjunction with musicians from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist and guest artist for many area orchestras, colleges and organizations including the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman School of Music, Hobart College, State University and Geneseo, Finger Lakes Chorale, Eastman Rochester Chorale, Opera Theater of Rochester, Genessee Valley Orchestra and Chorale, and Cobblestone Arts Center, to name some.
Riki is Alto soloist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester. She has participated in several CD recordings, most recently Calm on the Listening Ear of Night, which has been aired on WXXI’s “With Heart and Voice.” She is past Chair of the Friends of Eastman Opera Board and Friends of Eastman Opera’s Annual Voice Competition.
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester. Received vocal training from Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton and the Eastman School of Music. Has appeared in many opera productions in the Rochester area. Also appeared with the Youngstown, Ohio Symphony and at the Fort Collins, Colorado Bach Festival.