Max Mendez has spent the last thirty years as a concert, theater, and opera artist. He has sung to critical success in the Northwest Bach Festival, the Spokane Symphony, and Spokane Opera. As an opera artist he has performed with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Pacific, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Opera, Opera Idaho, and Inland Northwest Opera. His versatility as a singer ranges from opera and oratorio to musical theatre, cabaret, and popular styles. Max currently is on faculty and Director of Choirs at North Idaho College in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.
Brandon has been performing in professional and community theaters on both coasts for over twenty years. Brandon and his family relocated to North Idaho after living in Fairbanks, Alaska. Brandon has performed with Opera Fairbanks, UAF Opera, and Inland Northwest Opera. He was recently a soloist with Chuck Israel’s jazz orchestra and the Northwest Sacred Chorale.
Career highlights include Directing Sweeney Todd at Fairbanks with Light Opera Theater; Le Dancaïre (Carmen) with Inland Northwest Opera & Spokane Symphony; Dylan (Making Tracks) with Village Theater Issaquah; Concert of Excellence at Carnegie Hall (Featured performer) with 2g Theater.
Amy R. Porter, a Louisiana native, has appeared in many standard operatic roles, including Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Violetta (La Traviata), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Mimi (La Bohème), Marguerite (Faust), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Alice (Falstaff). She has performed more contemporary operatic works, including Poulenc’s one woman monodrama La Voix Humaine (Femme), Dinos Constantinides’s psychological one-act opera Rosanna (Angelina), and a partially-televised production of David Amram’s Twelfth Night (Olivia), as well as early music productions, including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Dido) and the New York City premiere of Hildegard von Bingen’s medieval morality play Ordo Virtutum (Victory). An ardent solo performer of pre-classical repertoire, she was a founding member of the Baton Rouge Early Vocal Ensemble (BREVE). Ms. Porter has performed recitals, concerts, and oratorio repertoire throughout the United States. She teaches applied voice at Gonzaga University and serves as lecturer faculty of Whitworth University, where she teaches applied voice, lyric diction, and song literature.