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Our Feature Act This Month: Mary Gresock

MARY GRESOCK, Soprano, a graduate of The Catholic University of Music and The University of Maryland Opera Studio, has performed extensively in opera, operetta, musical theatre, and in concert. A versatile singing - actress, her singing voice has been described in The Washington Post as “radiant... sparkling... and exquisite”, while her acting has been noted as “ impressive..... demonstrating a real gift for comedy and considerable charm”.

Major operatic roles include “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, “Musetta” in La Boheme, “Norina” in Don Pasquale, “Gretel” in Hansel and Gretel, “Laetitia” in The Old Maid and The Thief, ”Zerlina” in Don Giovanni, “Servilia” in La Clemenza Di Tito, “Polly Peachem” in The Beggars’ Opera, and “Lucy” in The Telephone. Among Ms. Gresock’s favorite operetta roles have been “Adele” in Die Fledermaus, “Margo” in The Desert Song, and the title roles in Rose Marie and Patience. Mary began her career in musical theatre, through which she has performed a variety of roles ranging from “Eliza Doolittle” in My Fair Lady to “Maria” in West Side Story.

Ms.Gresock debuted as a concert soloist with The Maryland Chamber Orchestra in Saint - Saen’s “Christmas Oratorio” and Scarlatti’s “Christmas Cantata”. She has also been featured as a soloist in such works as Mozart’s “Coronation Mass”, Haydn’s “Missa Brevis”, Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, Finzi’s “In Terra Pax”, and Handel’s “Messiah”. Ms. Gresock has performed roles with The Washington Opera, Opera International, Baltimore Opera, Ashlawn - Highland Opera Festival, Maryland Lyric Opera, Annapolis Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Maryland Opera Society, Ohio Light Opera, The Washington Savoyards, Prince George’s Opera, Opera Americana, The UFO Co., Round House Theatre, Interact Theatre, and Signature Theatre.

Ms. Gresock was recently seen as “Anna Gomez” in The Consul with The Washington Opera, as “Gianetta” in The Washington Savoyards’ production of The Gondoliers, and as “Florrie” (traditionally “Fiordiligi”) in The “IN” Series’ critically acclaimed production of Cosi Fan Tutte, updated as “Cosi Goes Hollywood!” This past summer, Mary sang with The Wolf Trap Opera Company in Rameau’s Dardanus.

Ms. Gresock currently maintains a voice studio in Silver Spring, Md., serves as a member of the voice faculty at Frederick Community College, and works as an Educational - Performing Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute, The Washington Opera Educational Department, and Baltimore Opera’s Artist Outreach Program.


Pianist George Peachey is active in the Washington metropolitan area as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician and soloist. He has performed at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, The Phillips Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The United States Memorial Holocaust Museum, and has appeared frequently on Jerome Barry’s popular Embassy Series. He has been guest artist on the National Symphony Chamber Music Series at The Jewish Community Center, and has performed with the Stratford Chamber Players, led by violinist William Steck. In addition to performing, Mr. Peachey maintains a busy schedule of piano teaching and vocal coaching in his private studio.

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