OUR CURRENT CAST
Tara J. Pool - Soprano/Director
~Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England~
~Lady Mary Stanley, Baroness Stafford~
An award-winning singer, actress and costumer, Tara has been privileged to work with a wide variety of performing arts organizations, including the San Diego Comic Opera, San Diego Shakespeare Society, and more than a few community theatres county-wide. She has taken much of her vocal and musical education from choral and solo work in school, some private study, experience in the San Diego Master Chorale, and a lot of practical application!
She also works with several historical re-enactment organizations, such as the St. Ives Historical Society and the Guild of St. Olaf, and maintains professional affiliations with many others. She spent several years with the Belles of Bedlam until retiring to focus more intensely on Vox Nobili.
Her character work ranges from historical portrayal of Elizabethan renaissance characters of all classes, to traditional stage work in comedy, drama and musical theatre, all the way to "shadow-casting" of on-screen characters in cult movies. Tara is proud to serve as Director for Vox Nobili, and thanks her fellow cast-members for their support and trust.
Elizabeth Lindenfeld - Soprano/Mezzo-soprano
~Lady Elizabeth Clinton, Countess of Lincoln~
Born and raised in New York City, soprano Liz Lindenfeld has been singing and acting since childhood. She began seriously studying voice in Boston in 1972 while she was an English literature major at Brandeis University. A veteran of numerous large choirs including the New York Choral Society, the Oratorio Society of New York, the Vancouver Bach Choir, and the San Diego Master Chorale, she is also no stranger to small ensembles. Before helping found Vox Nobili in January 2007, Liz sang with the Cal Arts Chamber Choir, the California Contemporary Chorale, the Spirit of Christmas Past, and the Cheshire Singers. She has also performed with opera, light opera, and musical theatre groups including the Euterpe Opera Company of Los Angeles, the Cal Arts Opera Workshop, the San Diego Gilbert and Sullivan Company, and the San Diego East County Cultural Center.
Liz earned a Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the California Institute of the Arts in 1983. She has lived in San Diego since 1984 where she and her husband, physicist Michael Lindenfeld, have raised three daughters. She has recently “retired” from many years as volunteer at her daughters’ schools and manager of their soccer teams. She is thrilled to be with Vox Nobili.
Susan Carol Abernethy - Mezzo/Alto
~Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots~
~Lady Mary Abernethy, Countess of Glamis~
As a contralto, Susan's favourite roles have been Augusta Tabor in "The Ballad of Baby Doe", Ruth in "Pirates of Penzance", and Katisha in "The Mikado". She is a great fan of Gilbert and Sullivan and has appeared in ten of their 13 works, as well as in operas, operettas, musicals and dramas such as "Rusalka", "La Boheme," "Orpheus in the Underworld", "Amahl and the Night Visitors", "Magic Flute", "The Merry Wives of Windsor", "Die Fledermaus", "The Merry Widow", "Kismet", "Godspell", "The Visit", "Brigadoon", "Oliver" and "Auntie Mame". Susan is the founder of Spirit of Christmas Past, a Dickens Christmas Caroling quartet, and has been a member of the demonstration team of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
In historical Renaissance reenactment, Susan is a founding member and current Guildmistress of the Guild of Saint Olaf, and portrays Mary, Queen of Scots and Princess Cecilia Vasa of Sweden, among several other characters. She is also head of the Guild's Media Committee, and formed its Madrigal quartet for court performance. She also appeared as Mary, Queen of Scots on the cover of the national Renaissance Magazine.
Susan holds a BFA in Fashion Design and Theatre Technology from Virginia Commonwealth University and works for a research and development firm in San Diego. She is mother to an award-winning Shakespearean actress and soprano and charming twin boys. Fiercely proud of her Pictish ancestry, Susan is a founding member, Convenor, and Herald for the International Clan Leslie Society.
Sally Smith - Alto
~Lady Jane Sybilla Morrison, Baroness Grey of Wilton~
Lover of music since childhood, Sally took piano and violin lessons as a youngster, and began singing in adult church choir in junior high school. As a young adult, she was accepted into the cast of “Up with People”, an international educational organization, and spent a year travelling the East Coast, Canada, Portugal and Spain performing in the high energy show.
Music continues to be an avocation, and she has participated in handbell choirs, small group ensembles, and community theater. Favorite roles were Aldonza/Dulcinea in “Man of La Mancha” and Miss Hannigan in “Annie.” She continues to sing in her church choir and loves performing madrigals and other special music with Vox Nobili.
Vincent Martin - Baritone
~Sir William Courtenay, 3rd Earl of Devon~
This talented baritone is a sensitive, yet commanding interpreter of a wide variety of vocal literature. His oratorio experience includes works by Händel, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Fauré, DuBois and Orff (as a counter tenor), as well as the west Coast and European premieres of Lux Sancta by Daniel Burton. Active in sacred music since 1980, he is the baritone soloist with the Chancel Choir at La Jolla Presbyterian Church. As a soloist at First United Methodist Church of San Diego he toured Germany in 1993 giving concerts with members of the Chancel Choir of that church. In recent seasons Vincent has sung several concerts with Musica Vitale, an intimate professional chamber chorale.
Mr. Martin has performed roles in the Grossmont College Opera Theatre’s productions of The Merry Widow, Hänsel and Gretel, Carmen, and Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein. Other stage credits include roles with San Diego Comic Opera in The Mikado, The Gondoliers, Cox and Box and Trial by Jury. A veteran of fifty-seven productions with San Diego Opera since 1991 he understudied the roles of The Merchant and The Landowner in the world premier of Myron Fink’s The Conquistador in 1997.
In joining the Vox Nobili, Vincent returns to his long lost love of madrigal singing. While still a young man in high school, he was a member of the Old Globe Madrigals, and performed in the green shows before the nightly Shakespeare plays. At San Diego State University, Vincent performed regularly with its madrigal group, and with Collegium Musicum, an early music ensemble. As a reveler with the San Diego Renaissance Festivals, Vincent portrayed several characters, from peasant to courtier, and directed and performed with its madrigal groups.
Versatility being Vincent’s forté, in 1999, after having competed against hundreds of singers county-wide, in Karaoke Star magazine’s Entertainer of The Year contest, he was one of only six finalists in the country & western category, specializing in the music of Garth Brooks. His first recording, released privately, showcased his talents across nearly two dozen tracks from a June 2008 concert, and is entitled, "Something for Everyone."
Vincent is presently on hiatus from Vox Nobili, but we will be pleased to welcome him back when his other endeavors permit him to join us!
Richard Smith - Bass
~Lord Arthur Grey, 14th Baron Grey of Wilton~
Richard says, "I began singing as a lark...no pun intended! Professionally, I began at 18 years old with the San Diego Opera chorus followed by a summer season with Starlight Opera. 1967 I joined the US Army Security Agency and won the ASA talent contest. While in Europe, I performed at many duty locations including Armed Forces Television in Berlin, where I opened for the popular group "Mungo Jerry"!
Upon returning to San Diego in 1971, I was selected by Walter Herbert (SD Symphony maestro), to begin an opera outreach program sponsored by the opera company. I performed "The Old Maid and the Thief " at countless area elementary schools as encouragement for promoting interest in opera.
After college, I sang professionally at Marios, the Atlantis, and other well-know night spots in San Diego as well as the National Anthem at a Padre game, conventions and other sporting milieus. I have been a member and occasional soloist with the San Diego Master Chorale. My church has afforded me ample opportunities for solo work on some of the greatest oratorios ever written. I am currently proud to be a member of "Vox Nobili", a Renaissance madrigal group of talented musicians who perform at faires and Shakespeare festivals.