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2013 Participants

Meroe Khalia Adeeb, Soprano
Stella, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11 & 13

Soprano, Meroë Khalia Adeeb, is a native of Accokeek, Maryland. Ms. Adeeb began working on her degree in Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University in the studio of Robert Grayson in 2010. With the LSU Opera she has appeared in the chorus of Le Nozze di Figaro and La Bohème. Also she played the role of Cherubino Pig in The Three Little Pigs with the Louisiana Opera Outreach Program (LOOP), and the 1st Spirit in The Magic Flute with Opera Louisiane. In the summer of 2012 Ms. Adeeb attended the Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance where she performed in the chorus of Verdi's Falstaff and audited the role of Nannetta, then performed the role with Opera Louisiane in September 2012.

 

David Baldwin, Bass-Baritone
Dulcamara (Cover), L'Elisir d'amore

In Chicago, David performed with such local institutions as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Music of the Baroque, Opera for the Young, The Bailiwick Theater, and Light Opera Works. An accomplished pianist, he has accompanied cabarets, juries, recitals, competitions, and musicals. David is currently singing with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in The Met's new production of Parsifal and will be joining them this spring for a reprise of their Grammy-Award winning production of Wagner's Ring Cycle. In NYC, he also enjoys performing with The Collegiate Chorale and the choir at Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan.

 

Javier Bernardo, Tenor
Nemorino, L'Elisir d'amore

Performance Dates: 7/14

Javier Bernardo is a 2012 winner of The Career Bridges Grant from The Schuyler Foundation and The Dennis Lo Bue Memorial Award from the Bel Canto Foundation. Described as “the lead with powerhouse singing” by Chicago Now, Javier Bernardo is a lyric tenor with growing demand. The Peruvian tenor has been a soloist at Symphony Center, as well as main stage roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Javier has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, a member of The Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship Program at Songfest, and part of the Chicago Opera Theatre Young Artist Program. Javier Bernardo has also been professionally affiliated with Chicago Symphony, Chicago Folks Operetta, Janiec Opera Theatre, Juilliard Opera Theatre, and the Palm Beach Opera.

 

Benjamin Bloomfield, Baritone
Crespel/Luther/Schlémil, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11

With a rich and powerful voice, baritone BENJAMIN BLOOMFIELD has performed in opera, oratorio and solo recitals with outstanding success. While recently completing a Master’s degree at Juilliard he was often travelling, developing a fruitful international performing career. In recent seasons, Mr. Bloomfield has understudied roles at both the Metropolitan Opera (Lewitsky, Boris Goudonov) and New York City Opera (Baron Douphol, La Traviata). Other New York credits include Bartolo in Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Le Nozze de Figaro with the Lindemann Program at the Met; First Officer in The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by John Adams with the Juilliard FOCUS Festival; Marcello in La Boheme, and Alfio in Cavelleria Rusticana, both with New York Lyric Opera. He made his international debut in 2011, singing Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore with Hong Kong’s Musica Viva Productions. Benjamin has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine, and is a frequent collaborator with Lorin Maazel, often appearing at Maazel’s Castleton Festival in Virginia. This fall, Mr. Bloomfield accompanied Maestro Maazel to Munich and Oman in productions of La Boheme. After his 2009 Carnegie Hall debut in the Mozart Requiem with Midamerica Productions under the baton of John Rutter, he has returned often in works such as Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem and concerts with Rutter of his own work. In recital, Benjamin is known for his interpretation of Schubert’s Die Winterreise, which he performed most recently at the Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival last August. Look for his New York recording on iTunes in 2013. Though singing is his life, Benjamin loves to celebrate his half-Chinese heritage cooking Chinese and fusion dishes. Wherever his travels take him, Mr. Bloomfield’s favorite souvenir is a new recipe. For more information, visit his website: www.benjaminbloomfield.com


Richard Bozic, Bass-Baritone
Crespel/Schlémil, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/13

Bass-Baritone Richard Bozic was described as having a "mellifluous" voice, with a "strong stage presence that suggest[s] real star quality.” (Opera Magazine, UK) He was also chronicled as possessing “beauty of tone and august authority...” taminophile.com, and having “exhibited [an] authoritative stage aura” operapulse.com. Mr. Bozic has appeared in productions with Cleveland Opera, Bronx Opera, Verismo Opera of New Jersey, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Fairbanks Summer Music Festival, Bethesda Summer Music Festival, and was a Studio Artist in NYC’s renowned Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera New Jersey's Summer Artist program, and the CoOPERAtive program at the Westminster College of the Arts. Some of his opera credits include Peter (Hansel and Gretel), Dipsacus (The Poisoned Kiss), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Pistola (Falstaff), Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte), Tom (Un Ballo in Maschera), Don Pedro (Béatrice et Bénédict), and Dr. Grenvil (La Traviata). Some concert appearances include baritone soloist (Faure’s Requiem), Chief Seattle (Brubeck’s Earth is our Mother), and bass soloist (Beethoven’s Mass in C). Music theater roles include Captain Georg von Trapp (The Sound of Music), the King (The King and I), and Bill Sykes (Oliver!). Mr. Bozic earned his Master's Degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with the celebrated baritone Bill Sharp, and his Bachelor’s Degree at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH. He currently resides in New Jersey where he teaches voice alongside performing. www.richardbozic.com

 

Maria Brea, Soprano
Giannetta, L'Elisir d'amore

Performance Dates: 7/12

Maria Fernanda Brea is a young Soprano studying her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Manhattan School of Music, currently a sophomore at the Studio of Catherine Malfitano. A native of Venezuela, Ms. Brea received her first musical instruction at the “Escuela Superior de Musica Jose Angel Lamas” in Caracas and Music Education at “Instituto Pedagogico de Miranda”. In Caracas Ms. Brea has offered concerts at the Ateneo de Caracas (2011), Museo del Transporte (2011) and Museo de Bellas Artes (2011), also she performed the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni by Mozart at the Teatro Don Bosco and Teatrex in 2010. Ms. Brea comes from a family of musicians; Marias’s father cultivated in her the practice of traditional Venezuelan music since she was 4 years old.

 

Joseph Michael Brent, Tenor
Hoffmann, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/13

Joseph Michael Brent (25), tenor, a native New Yorker, was one of the first graduates from the Frank Sinatra School of Arts in 2005. While pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree from Purchase College S.U.N.Y. until 2009, he was a member of the New York based Collegiate Chorale. Since 2010, he has received a Master of Music degree as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and continues as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Georgia under the tutelage of Metropolitan Opera Baritone, Frederick Burchinal. During the past four years, Mr. Brent has performed seven leading tenor roles including Tamino (Die Zauberfloete), Hoffmann (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Camille (The Merry Widow), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), and Rodolfo (La Bohème), a role that he performed in Italy with La Musica Lirica, summer 2012. Other credits include La Traviata, La Rondine, and Carmina Burana with the 2011 International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece. Mr. Brent is the first recipient of the Hoveland Opera Fellowship, a 2012 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the 2012 winner of the Atlanta Music Club competition.

 

Sharon Cheng, Soprano
Olympia, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/13

A native of Taiwan, Sharon Cheng made her US professional debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in 2009. Recently starred in two sold-out performances of Lucia di Lammermoor for Baltimore Concert Opera, she also successfully portrayed a wide variety of operatic roles, including La Musica, Proserpina (L’Orfeo), Atalanta (Serse), Alcina, Konstanze, Madame Goldentrill, Miss Silverpeal, Servilia, Königin der Nacht, Rosina, Adina, Gilda, Sandman, Dew Fairy, La Fée and Lucy (The Telephone). She was awarded first prizes at the Liszt International Competition, NTD Chinese International Vocal Competition, Civic Morning Musicals Vocal Competition, Taiwan National Theater Concert Hall 2009 Young Star Audition, Chimei Arts Award. She has been mentored by her teachers Sherry Overholt, Lauren Flanigan and William Neill.

 

Won Whi Choi, Tenor
Hoffmann, Les contes

Performance Dates: 7/11

Tenor Won Whi Choi has performed various leading roles including Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA and Chevalier in DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES with the Mannes Opera, and Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS with the Martina Arroyo Foundation and the Korean National University of Arts Opera Theater. He has understudied the role of Don Jose in CARMEN for the Crested Butte Music festival as a member of their Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program. Mr. Choi was invited to Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a professional fellow where he performed the role of Don Jose in THE TRAGEDY OF CARMEN and the role of Le théière in L'ENFNT ET LES SORTILEGES. Mr. Choi was one of eight finalists at the Montreal International Musical Competition in 2012. Upcoming engagements for Won Whi Choi include performances as tenor soloist in MESSIAH with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Professional Studies Diploma and a Master's Degree from Mannes College of Music and has a bachelor of music degree from the Korean National University of the Arts.

 

Esteban Cordero, Tenor
Spalanzani/Nathanaël, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/13

Puerto Rican tenor Esteban Cordero is in the early stages of a promising career. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Puerto Rico and a finalist in the New Orleans Region, Mr. Cordero appeared as a soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Coro Nacional de Puerto Rico, and is a frequent guest soloist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico. He has been invited twice to participate in the prestigious International Summer Opera Institute in Tel Aviv. His roles include Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Rodolfo (La Boheme), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), and Javier (Luisa Fernanda), and the tenor solo in Carmina Burana. Upcoming performances for 2013 include the role of Count Vaudemont (Iolanta) as well as various recitals.Mr. Cordero holds a BM from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and is currently a MM candidate at Yale School of Music. He studies with Doris and Richard Cross.

 

Francisco Corredor, Tenor
Frantz/Andrès/Cochinelle/Pitichinaccio, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11

Francisco Corredor is a comprimario tenor born and raised in Queens, New York City. Currently obtaining his Masters degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music, he received his Bachelors from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase. Mr. Corredor has opened for Tony Bennett at Radio City Music Hall and is a former participant of his Exploring the Arts Foundation as well as Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance. Singing with the Collegiate Chorale since 2006, Mr. Corredor has performed at many of New York City's most prestigious venues as well as venues in Switzerland, Israel, and Austria. His operatic credits include Lacouf (Poulenc), Remendado (Bizet), King Kaspar (Menotti), The Witch (Humperdinck), Arnalta, and Nutrice (Monteverdi).


Marcos Cuevas, Tenor
Frantz/Andrès/Cochinelle/Pitichinaccio, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/13

Tenor Marcos Cuevas, a native of Queens, New York, is a second-year Master’s degree student at Manhattan School of Music under the study of Catherine Malfitano. Previous credits include Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo), Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte (Ferrando), Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (Monostatos), and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles De Tiresias (Le Mari). Scene work includes Tamino in Die Zauberflote, Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata and Pissandro in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria.

 

Stephen K. Foster, Bass-baritone
Dulcamara, L'Elisir d'Amore

Performance Dates: 7/14

Stephen K. Foster is a bass-baritone from Hawaii and is currently studying at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) for vocal performance under the direction of William Wilson. Stephen's first operatic debut was at UNC where he sang the role of Masetto in their production of Don Giovanni in March of 2011. Since then he has performed in Bad Homburg, Germany and Versailles, France with the Czech Symphony Orchestra through Michael Vaccaro's program Opera Classica. Through Stephen's career he has had the pleasure to work with Maestro Glenn Cortese and Simon Carrington while accompanied by the Greeley Philharmonic, and has been awarded winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in the Colorado- Wyoming Chapter for two years in a row. Other performed roles include Barone Douphol, La Traviata; Theseus, A Midsummer Nights Dream; Count Carl Magnus, A Little Night Music; and Paul the Innkeeper in the world premier of The Riddle by Alexander Pierce Hill.

 

Ignacio Gama, Bass
Dulcamara, L'Elisir

Performance Dates: 7/12

Ignacio Gama is a young bass from Mexico City. Originally trained as a lawyer, he began his musical studies at New England Conservatory, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree at Mannes College in New York City, studying under Arthur Levy. As a 2011-2013 young artist at the Mannes Opera under Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri, he has sung the title role in Act I of Don Pasquale as well as Leporello in a concert version of Don Giovanni. He has also covered the roles of Raimondo in act III of Lucia di Lammermoor and Commendatore in last season’s production of Don Giovanni. In May of 2013 he will be performing the role of Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia. He was also a young artist at Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance in 2009, where he sang the role of Colline in La Bohème. Other credits include Leporello at the Sieur du Luth Arts Festival in Duluth, MN, as well as scenes of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Rocco (Fidelio), Méphistophélès (Faust), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), and Falstaff.

 

Chantelle Grant, Mezzo-Soprano
The Voice of the Mother, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11 & 13

Mezzo soprano Chantelle Grant has been praised for her mellow deep sound and gorgeous low register. A former Mannes Opera young artist, Chantelle sang Mistress Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff, with Metropolitan opera conductor Joseph Colaneri. Her other roles have included Mme Larina in Tchikovski’s Eugene Onegin, Moyra in Vaughn-William’s Riders To The Sea, Tituba in Ward's The Crucible and Mrs Grose in Britten’s Turn of the Screw. Chantelle's concert experience includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Peter Oundjian with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, a Chicago recital debut, under the auspices of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and a feature appearance on Chicago's national radio program“LIVE from WFMT”. As a graduate of the Mannes College's Professional Studies diploma program, she studied with Ruth Falcon. Ms. Grant also attended the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, as a student of Roxolana Roslak where she obtained an Artist Diploma. Currently a student of Arthur Levy, Ms. Grant now lives in Jersey City. 2012 marked her debut with both Opera Company of the Highlands and Bel Cantanti Opera.

 

Lenora Green, Soprano
Antonia, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11

Lenora Green is participating in her second season at the Martina Arroyo Foundation Prelude to Performance Program. Her roles include, Donna Anna, Suor Angelica, Eurydice (Offenbach), and also Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Michigan Opera Theater and New Orleans Opera Association. She also performed in Postcard from Morocco; Dialogues of the Carmelites; and created the role of Joanne in Love Theories by Linda Lister. In 2009 Ms. Green was the recipient of MONC Encouragement Award, and has taken top honors in the NATS, the William Knight Competition, and the MTNA Young Artist Program. Ms. Green is a student of Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Carol Vaness, and holds a MM degree from the University of Michigan and Performance Diploma from Indiana University.

 

Walker Jermaine Jackson, Tenor
Spalanzani/Nathanaël, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11

Walker Jermaine Jackson, tenor, is a native of Atlanta, GA. He has performed with The Janiec Opera Company at Brevard, the Cleveland Orchestra, Opera Cleveland, and Cincinnati Opera. His opera roles include Tamino and 1st Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte), Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict), Alfredo (La Traviata), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), and the title role of The Impresario. He has served as tenor soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Magnificat, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words, and Stainer’s The Crucifixion. He has also appeared with the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, as well as a featured soloist on NPR’s From the Top. In addition to voice, he is also a trained orchestral clarinetist, pianist, conductor, and instructs Music Theory at the collegiate level. He holds degrees in Performance and Music Theory from the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

Eui Jin Kim, Bass
Lindorf/Coppélius/Dapertutto/Dr. Miracle, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/13

Eui Jin Kim, bass, is a native of Changwon, South Korea. Mr. Kim is a New York district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow where he performed under James Levine, and sang in Opera Gala Concert in Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall in 2005, 2006 and 2008. His operatic roles include: Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Coline in La bohème, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Guardiano in La Forza del Destino, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Inquisitor in Don Carlo and Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with companies such as Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Aspen Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, Music Academy of the West, Natchez Festival Opera and Kaliope Opera. Mr. Kim is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University and has received a Master of Music and a Professional Studies degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Yonsei University in Korea.

 

James Knight, Tenor
Nemorino, L'Elisir d'amore

Performance Dates: 7/12

A native of Sydney, Australia, tenor James Edgar Knight has been hailed by the Neumarkter Nachrichten as having a large and lyrical voice with an exceptional heroic quality that is unique for his age. Mr. Knight will have completed his bachelors degree in music at Mannes College the New School for Music in May 2013. With an extensive background and theatre and musical theatre, James has performed the lead roles in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, West Side Story and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Last summer Mr. Knight participated in the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, where he performed with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester and was broadcast over Bavarian Radio in multiple recitals and concerts in Germany. He has worked with numerous artists including, Malcolm Martineau, Helmut Rilling, Edith Wiens and Ann Murray. James Edgar Knight is a student of Mr. Dan Marek.

Yunnie Park, Soprano
Adina, L'Elisir d'amore

Performance Dates: 7/12

Yunnie Park began her studies at the University of Arizona in 2009, and is currently a graduate student of professor Faye Robinson. She earned her Masters degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her Bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of Korea, where she was named concerto competition winner. In summer 2012, Ms. Park made her international operatic debut in Pesaro, Italy as Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème with La Musica Lirica International Music Festival. She also made her debut in New York City as Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine with the Martina Arroyo Foundation in 2011. Recently she was the young artist program finalist of Chicago Lyric Opera Ryan Center, the regional finalist of the Metropolitan Council Audition and Igor Gorin Memorial Award Recipient. Ms. Park was also the winner of President Concerto Competition, the Southern Arizona Opera Guild Vocal Competition and Margurite Ough Vocal Competition at the University of Arizona. Other operatic roles include Violetta in La Traviata, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro and Angelica in Suor Angelica.

 

Tamara Rusque, Soprano
Giulietta, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11

Soprano Tamara Rusqué`s studies began in Toronto, Canada where she performed as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Polly Peachum in The Beggar`s Opera. Tamara then pursued further vocal training at the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, Italy. In Canada, performance highlights have included Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, the soprano soloist in Beethoven`s Opus 65, as well as two seasons of participation in the Pacific Opera Victoria Young Artist Program. Most recently, Tamara has performed as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No.2, the role of Giunone in La Calisto and Diane in Orphée aux Enfers at the Manhattan School of Music.

 

Carlos Saenz, baritone
Belcore, L'Elisir d'amore

Performance Dates: 7/14

Carlos Saenz is a 28 year old Texas native. Carlos received his Bachelors of the Arts in Music from The University of Texas at San Antonio and Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance, from Texas State University. Since he began singing opera, in 2008, Carlos has been a young artist with San Antonio Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, and the Prelude to Performance program. Carlos has performed such roles as, Don Alfonso and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Il Commendatore and Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Peter in Hansel und Gretel, Sarastro in Die Zauberflote, and Morales in Carmen. He performed the role of Guglielmo with Prelude to Performance in 2012. Mr. Saenz is honored to be a member of the Prelude family and to make a return for Belcore, this Summer.

 

Kirsten Scott, Mezzo-Soprano
Nicklausse, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11

Kirsten Scott, mezzo-soprano, is thrilled to make her debut as "Nicklausse" in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. She played "Zerlina" in Mannes Opera's 2012 production of Don Giovanni as well as the role of the "Neighbour" in Mannes Opera's 2012 production of Stravinsky's, Mavra. Her concert credits include the world premiere of the 9/11 Commemorative Oratorio, "Illuminessence: prayers for peace" in Boston's Jordan Hall, "Terrible Beauty" by David Matthews in Aspen's Harris Hall and multiple soloist appearances with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton, MA. She received her masters degree from Mannes College in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 2011.

 

Maggie Sczekan, Soprano
Adina, L'Elisir d'amore

Performance Dates: 7/14

Maggie is thrilled to return to the Prelude to Performance community where she was last seen as Despina in Cosí fan tutte. Other favorite credits include Fanny (La cambiale di matrimonio) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with CU Opera in Boulder, Colorado, and Christine in Maury Yeston’s Phantom with Boulder’s Dinner Theatre. Maggie is an alumna of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and former student of Marlene Rosen. She currently studies with Julie Simson. When she isn’t singing, Maggie is an avid yogi and ballet enthusiast.

 

Shelbey Snyder, Soprano
Giannetta, L'Elisir d'amore

Performance Dates: 7/14

Shelbey Snyder is a young soprano from Kansas City, Missouri, who is a senior at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Most recently Ms. Snyder spent the summer studying Bel Canto repertoire with the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, where she performed in multiple song recitals. The summer of 2011 She sang the role of Baron von Puck in Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Geroldstein with the Franco American Vocal Arts Institute (FAVA) in Perigueux, France and nearby cities. Shelbey had the pleasure of performing second Lady in a staged concert version of The Magic Flute with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance summer 2010.

 

Janani Sridhar, Soprano
Antonia, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/13

Singaporean Soprano, Janani Sridhar is a second-year Master’s degree candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. Previous credits include La Boheme (Musetta), with Oberlin in Italy, and scenes from La Cenerentola (Clorinda), with the Manhattan school of Music. Other scene work include Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess) , Der Freischütz (Ännchen), and Sour Angelica (Sister 1) with the Oberlin Opera Theater. Future engagements include the role of Noémie in Tony Amato’s Cendrillon, with the Manhattan school of music. Janani is also a seasoned recitalist, and soloist with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Music Makers Orchestra. Competition and awards credits include the 3rd place in National Opera Association Vocal Competition, Young Artist Award in the Harold Haugh Competition, 1st place in the Youth Asian Music Competition, Gold with Distinction in the Youth Asian Music Competition, 1st place in the Llangollen Musical Eistedfodd, 1st place in the Young Singer of the Year Awards, the Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, the Oberlin Conservatory Dean’s Scholarship, the HSBC Youth Excellence Awards.

 

Brandie Sutton, Soprano
Giulietta, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/13

Brandie Sutton, soprano, known for her warm, lyric coloratura voice, first embraced classical music during her undergraduate studies at Oakwood University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in voice. Ms. Sutton has traveled and sung in most of the United States, Bermuda and Poland, where she was able to perform in the annual Wratislavia Cantans International Music Festival in Wroclaw. As part of Centro Studi Lirica's Italian training program, she was able to perform in concerts around the area. She has also performed a solo recital in the province of St. Maarten and is widely known for her presentations of Handel's Messiah around the US. In 2010, Ms. Sutton made her debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a solo recital sponsored by the Vocal Arts Society of Washington, D.C., and a second appearance there with the National Symphony Orchestra. She has been a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions and won 3rd place in the national competition The American Prize. Opera performances for Ms. Sutton include the roles of Lelia in composer Steven Allen’s Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows, Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare, and Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème. She completed her Master of Music degree at The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and currently resides in New York city.

 

Mizuho Takeshita, soprano
Olympia, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11

Japanese soprano Mizuho Takeshita is first-year Professional Study Diploma at Mannes College The New School for Music. She holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Ochanomizu University in Japan. She recently debuted in New York in the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance 2012 production of Così Fan Tutte as Despina. She appeared in Japanese Opera Productions of Manon and Hamlet, performing the roles of Manon and Ophélie. She also appeared as Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte with the Ochanomizu Opera. Ms. Takeshita is an Eastern District Winner in the Metropolitan National Council Audition 2013 and also awarded 2nd prize at the Tokyo International Music Competition in 2011 and 1st prize at the Iizuka Newcomer Music Competition. She currently studies with Ms. Amy Burton and Marcella Reale.

 

Samuel Thompson, Baritone
Hermann, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11 & 13

Baritone, Samuel Thompson is currently a masters student at DePaul University School of Music. A St. Paul native, he began his studies at the Minnesota Opera Center before earning a Bachelor of Music from DePaul. Recently he has performed the roles of The Vicar in Britten’s Albert Herring, The Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and appeared with Haymarket Opera, Chicago’s new and exciting baroque opera company, for a production of Dido and Aeneas. Upcoming engagements include Mr. Peachum in Kurt Weil’s Three Penny Opera, and Schaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme with DePaul Opera Theatre.

 

Nian Wang, Mezzo-Soprano
Nicklausse, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/13

Nian Wang, from Nanjing, China, is a mezzo soprano studying in the opera program at the Curtis Institute of Music. Credits include: Rinaldo in Handel's Rinaldo, Kate in Britten's Owen Wingrave, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Siebel in Faust, First Witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Other recent performances include Cherubino (Act II) in Le Nozze di Figaro with Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw and Donnacha Dennehy Young Artists Concerts in Zankel Hall at Carnegie, the role of Chinese Tea Cup, female Cat, Shepherd, Squirrel in Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortileges and Mother in Missy's Song from the Uproar at Bard College Conservatory of Music. Ms. Wang is a Philadelphia district winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She also won the fourth prize in the 2012 Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition.

 

Jorell Williams, Baritone
Belcore, L'Elisir d'amore

Performance Dates: 7/12

During the 2009-2010 season, Jorell sang as a guest artist with the Verein Opera in Zürich, performing in a Gala concert of Opera under the direction of international Tenor Francisco Araiza. He created the role of Tomás Cabral in the premiere of composer John David Earnest’s The Theory of Everything with Encompass New Opera Theater, performed as a guest artist at the Cathedral of St. John the Devine’s Concert for Peace with soprano’s Lauren Flanigan and Amy Burton under the baton of Maestro Glen Cortese, and created the role of the Presenter of the Church in a workshop reading of composer Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, which was a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Opera Theatre. He also had the honor of performing with the Chorale Le Chateau of New York in “A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA” in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, 2009.

 

Yuriy Yurchuk, Bass-Baritone
Lindorf/Coppélius/Dapertutto/Dr. Miracle, Les contes d'Hoffmann

Performance Dates: 7/11

Yuriy Yurchuk is currently a graduate student at DePaul University School of Music. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Yuriy moved to Chicago three years ago and after meeting professor Marc Embree decided to pursue his passion for classical singing. Before starting the program at DePaul Yuriy was a financial consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers for 7 years. Yuriy is a finalist of 2012 Chicago National Association of Teachers of Singing vocal competition. He will appear as Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème with DePaul Opera Theater this March.

   
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