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BEARD, Thomas

Written by  Celia P. Novo
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Baritone Thomas Beard was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and recently completed three years as artist-in-residence with Washington National Opera's Placido Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. He was the first, and thus far the only, African-American male singer to be personally chosen by Maestro Domingo working directly under the Maestro's tutelage.
Mr. Beard received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Winston-Salem State University where he began his formal vocal studies with D'Walla Simmons-Burke.

He has performed as soloist in Händel's Messiah, Verdi's Missa da Requiem, the Fauré Requiem, the Ordering of Moses by Detts, Pergolesi's Magnificat, and The Seven Last Words of Christ by Dubois.

Mr. Beard made is his operatic début as the Bonze in the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore's production of Madama Butterfly. Subsequently, he has appeared as Marcello in La Bohème, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Escamillo in Carmen, in the title role in Gianni Schicchi, as the Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, and as Porgy in Porgy & Bess. As a member of The Washington Opera, he performed over 90 times, including in their recent tour of Japan.

He made his début with Pittsburgh Opera Theatre in the world premier of the Jazz-opera Just above my head. He also débuted with the International Opera of Rome as Colline (La Bohème) and Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni). In November of 2002, Mr. Beard made his John F. Kennedy Center début as Corporal Morrel in Carmen Jones staring Vanessa Williams and conducted by Placido Domingo. He recently sang his first Giorgio Germont in WNO's La Traviata directed by Marta Domingo.

In June of 2005, Mr. Beard débuted in the title role of Verdi's Rigoletto. In 2006 he toured Australia and New Zealand as Porgy in Porgy & Bess. In the summer of 2007, he toured throughout Italy, Spain and Germany where he again performed the tile role of Porgy.

Most recently he performed a Patriot Day Celebration with the VA Medical Chorale & Symphony Orchestra where he performed with Gospel Great & Grammy winner Larnelle Harris and Metropolitan opera star Harolyn Blackwell.

While with the Washington National Opera, Mr. Beard has understudied the roles of Gerard and Mathieu in Giordano's Andrea Chenier, and the Count di Luna in Il Trovatore. In January 2005, he covered the roles of Senator Raitcliffe in the world premier of Democracy by Scott Wheeler and Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca.

Mr. Beard has performed for numerous dignitaries, including U.S. Senators and Governors, in many concerts at Embassies and concert halls across the country. He has also performed as special guest soloist at the White House.
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Celia P. Novo

Celia P. Novo

Celia P. Novo is Founder and President of the international artist management company NOVO ARTISTS, INC. and of NOVO CONSULTING.

Mrs. Novo has been a dynamic and productive force in the classical music world since 1983 when she became personal business manager to late legendary soprano ARLEEN AUGER.

Known for her uncompromising standards of professional integrity and for the outstanding quality of her clients, Mrs. Novo focuses on finding only the finest and most promising talent the world over.



Born in New York City, Celia P. Novo attended New York University as a double major in Biology and Music. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Advanced Biological Studies from Fordham University. Mrs. Novo worked as a senior research assistant in the departments of Biochemistry, Neurology, and Pediatric Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for six years. As a New York State certified teacher, she taught Biology, Chemistry, and Developmental Biology at the college preparatory level.

In a dramatic career change, she became personal business manager to her dear friend, the late American diva Arleen Auger, in 1983. Mrs. Novo directed all of Ms. Auger's business affairs until her tragic death in June of 1993. Mrs. Novo and her husband, Guy P. Novo, founded the Arleen Auger Memorial Fund in 1995. The purpose of this Fund is to identify needy and talented young singers who wish to follow in Ms. Auger's esteemed footsteps, and reward them with study grants and scholarships to help defer the cost of voice lessons and other expenses relating to their vocal studies.

In 1995, Celia Novo founded Novo Artists, Inc., an international artist management company that represents conductors, stage directors, set designers, choreographers, singers, and instrumentalists throughout the world. She is also Founder and President of Novo Consulting.

Always devoted to charitable organizations, Mrs. Novo served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 1987 through 2003, and played a prominent role as chairperson of their education, marketing and special events committees. In 2006, she was elected to the Board of Directors of St. Christopher's Inn by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor.

Mrs. Novo and her husband, international attorney Guy P. Novo, reside in Hartsdale, NY. Their son, Andrew R. Novo, graduated Magna cum laude in History from Princeton University in June 2002, earned a Masters degree in International Relations and a Doctorate in History at the University of Oxford in July 2005, and a Doctorate in History. Andrew's first novel Queen of Cities has recently been published by Coffeetown Press.

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