Meet the Prelude to Performance participants for 2018

 

RACHEL BARG

(Dame Quickly Cover)

Rachel Barg is a second year graduate student in vocal performance at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Freda Herseth. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance with an Opera Emphasis from The Boston Conservatory in May 2016 where she studied with Patty Thom. She most recently sang the role of Hippolyta in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the University of Michigan and performed Haydn's Arianna a Naxos in recital. She reprised the role of Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro at the University of Michigan. She has performed Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, the Older Woman in Dove’s opera Flight, and in Corigliano's Fern Hill with the Boston Conservatory Chorale and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra.

Rachel Barg

YESEUL CHOI

(Norina)

Yeseul Choi was born in Seoul, South Korea. She begins her 2017/2018 season as a first year student of Professional Studies Diploma in Mannes School of Music. Her mainstage work in Mannes includes singing Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. She also performed Pamina, Juliette and La princesse in Die Zauberflöte, Roméo et Juliette and L'enfant et les sortilèges at the Mannes Opera scene concert. In her 2016/2017 season in New England Conservatory, she did Lauretta in Dr. Miracle for NEC outreach production and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Frasquita in Carmenat NEC Opera scene concert. Also, when she was an undergraduate student, she performed as Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel with Inciem Opera and as Frasquita in Carmen with Seoul Metropolitan Opera. Currently, she is studying with Arthur Levy in Mannes.

Yeseul Choi

Natalia Gonzalez-Santaliz

(Nannetta cover)

Natalia Gonzalez-Santaliz is from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, started her musical education in the Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini of Mayagüez. She is currently a second year master’s degree student in Voice Performance at Mannes, The New School in New York under the teachings of soprano Beth Roberts. She graduated with honors from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and was awarded with the Voice Department Award and the Roberto I.  Ferdmand Scholarship by Pro Arte Musical, Inc. She has worked for different music companies such as Ópera de Puerto Rico, Teatro de la Ópera, Fundación Puertorriqueña de Zarzuela y Opereta and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico. She sang the role of Susanna in the Mannes Opera Production of Le nozze di Figaro in NYC.

 

Natalia Gonzalez-Santaliz

JOSE LUIS MALDONADO

(Falstaff)

José Luis Maldonado just received his Master’s degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Maitland Peters. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, he has toured in schools all over Southern California performing "Songscapes on Tour," under the direction of Ann Gresham. At the Cal State Fullerton School of Music he performed as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, Baron Mirko Zeta in The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár, il Marito in G.C. Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball and the role of Mr. JJ Peachum in Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera. At the Manhattan School of Music he performed the role of Haraschta in Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and the role of Kalmán Zsupán in the main stage production of Die Zigeunerbaron by Johann Strauss II in 2017. He recently has performed the roles of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, by W.A. Mozart in March 2018 and the role of Don Magnifico in Rossini’s La Cenerentola in April 2018. In July he will be performing the title role of Falstaff in Falstaff, by Giuseppe Verdi for the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance Opera Festival in New York City. Mr. Maldonado has been reviewed by Opera News as a "seemingly unlimited baritone", and he is a recipient of the Opera Buffs Inc. Career grant and was recently awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation. He will begin the Holland Community Opera Fellowship with Opera Omaha in August 2018.

José Luis Maldonado

NINA MUTALIFU

(Alice)

Nina Mutalifu is an ethnic Uyghur Soprano born in the city of  Urumqi of China, Ms. Mutalifu received her B.M degree in Voice Performance at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and recently graduated from Boyer College of Music at Temple University with her M.M degree in Opera, With Boyer Opera she covered the title role in Haydn’s La Canterina, Dido in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and performed Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly. In past seasons, she was invited to participate in Opera Fuoco Baroque Music Festival, Ising Young Artist Festival, Georg Solti Accademia Bel Canto Masterclass(NCPA), Renata Scotto Opera program, and last summer she has appeared as Liza in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame with Russian Opera Workshop. She made her professional debut singing the role of Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in Shanghai,China(2015), her previous roles also include Mimì(La Boheme), Micaëla(Carmen), First Lady(Die Zauberflöte).She won the Carroll H. Hynson and Family Award from Annapolis Opera’s Vocal Competition.

 

Nina Mutalifu

GABE REITEMEIR

(Notary)

Gabe Reitemeier is a second-year masters student at Michigan State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Voice from Grand Valley State University, where he appeared in leading roles in their fully-staged productions, as well as being called upon to sing and arrange music for annual, large-scale university events. He is excited to be continuing his education at MSU under the tutelage of Marc Embree and the College of Music Faculty, and hopes to build a career in performing on the stages of both opera and musical theatre upon completing his degree.

 

Gabe Reitemeier

MELANIE SPECTOR

(Nannetta Auditor)

Melanie Spector is working on her undergraduate degree at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mark Oswald. At a very early age she performed in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for seven seasons. Her mother, Susan Spector, is Second Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Melanie sang in the chorus for Prelude to Performance's production of Carmen. She also performed Queen of the Night, First Spirit, and Second Spirit in Mark Oswald’s Summer Opera Experience at the National Opera Center in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She worked for a second year as an Editorial Intern at OPERA NEWS magazine. Directed by Catherine Malfitano, performed the role of Madame Goldentrill in scenes from The Impresario in MSM’s Junior Opera Theater. Other scene credits include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She also sang in the chorus for Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. In addition to singing, Melanie has been a regular panelist on the Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera Quiz broadcast during Saturday matinées.

 

Melanie Spector

ANDREW ZIMMERMANN

(Ernesto cover)

Andrew Zimmermann's lyric and versatile voice has earned him leading roles as well as frequent performances as a concert soloist. Andrew graduated from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Music and earned a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. Most recently, Andrew has performed with Sarasota Opera, St. Petersburg Opera and Opera on the Avalon. Favorite roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Daniel Buchanan in Street Scene.

 

Andrew Zimmermann

OKSANA SLIUBYK

(Nannetta auditor)

Soprano
Born in Ukraine and currently based in London, Oksana Sliubyk graduated
with distinction from the Lviv National Academy of Music in her home city
and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she was
studying under the guidance of Susan Waters.
In 2011-13, she was tutored by the renowned international soprano Nina
Rautio.
In 2013 Oksana was awarded a bursary by the University of Ottawa and
was accepted to study at one of the world’s leading schools, the Guildhall
School of Music and Drama in London. She was a two-time winner of an
International Opera Awards Foundation’s bursary and a scholarship
granted by the Guildhall School of Drama. Oksana performed at the
International Opera Awards gala ceremony in London in 2015 and was
featured in the Opera Now magazine on two occasions. Since 2016, she has
made her TV debut with an opera diva cameo appearance in a popular
British TV series, has participated in many prestigious concerts and
international festivals such as Casalmaggiore International Music Festival
and Livorno Music Festival in Italy, Miami Music Festival in the United
States. She attended various master classes studying with Jake Heggie,
Anthony Manoli, Petra Lang, Graham Johnson, Stuart Skelton, Martin Katz,
Edith Wiens and Benjamin Luxon.
Recently, Oksana has been granted an Exceptional Talent status in the
United Kingdom and she now lives in London. Oksana is supported by the
International Opera Awards Foundation, Talent Unlimited and Kathleen
Trust in the UK.

Oksana Sliubyk

ALLYSON BENNETT

(Meg Page auditor)

Allyson Bennett is an American soprano studying at the New England Conservatory of Music with a major in vocal performance and a liberal arts minor in German studies. She studys under Jane Eaglen. Throughout her time at NEC she has many accomplishments including, her portrayal of the role of Fiordiligi. She was an ensemble member in NEC’s graduate opera program’s production of Die Zauberflöte, as well as a tour with the chamber singers. She has won two awards in just her freshman year of studies, both with the Great Composers International Music Competition. She was awarded Second Runner-Up for Artist of the Year with her performance of Marcello’s Il mio bel foco.

 

Allyson Bennett

LINDA COLLAZO

(Meg Page cover)

Linda Collazo is a student of the Macaulay Honors College, studying Vocal Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Her recent performed as a soloist in Frank London’s 1001 Voices. She also made her debut as La Cesca in Gianni Schicchi in Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy. She sang Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with the Queens College Opera Theater. She sand 3rd Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, opera scenes in their opera galas in Carnegie Hall with the New York Lyric Opera Theater. She won first place in the Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Artist Contest. She will be playing the role of Cherubino in the Queens College Opera Theater’s production of Le nozze di Figaro. She is a student of Dr. Sherry Overholt.

Linda Collazo

LOUIS ALEXANDER RIVA

(Bardolfo  cover)

Louis Alexander Riva is a 2011 Bachelor of Music recipient from The Juilliard School. His tenure includes scene performances as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Sam in Street Scene. Full production credits include Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gherrardo in Gianni Schicchi, Roderick II in Hindemith's A Long Christmas Dinner and Rumplestilskin in Sousa's Transformations. Summer festival opportunities with the Chautauqua Institute and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv have seen Louis as Pitichinaccio in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Valetto in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, and High Priest in Idomeneo. Recent engagements include Barolfo and Fenton in Bronx Opera's production of Falstaff, Lyonel in Flotow's Martha with Utopia Opera, and Tenor Soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Litha Symphony Orchestra. This season, Louis is thilled to join Prelude to Performance covering Bardolfo, and will compete in the Mario Lanza Competition for Tenors.

Louis Alexander Riva

SHANTAL MARTIN

(Nannetta auditor)

Shantal Martin is a soprano hailing from the beautiful island of Barbados. Ms. Martin’s sound can be described as bell-like with a radiating warmth. Some of her most recent performances include performing as The Vixen Sharp Ears in The Manhattan School of Musicʼs production of Janacekʼs The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also sang with the Boston Pops Orchestra and for The Prime Minister’s Independence Ball both in Barbados. Ms. Martin has also appeared as collaborative artist with the renowned Barbados Police Force Band and with the talented pianist Elaine Kwon. Ms. Martin is known for her charisma and vivacity on stage and willingness to take on any challenge thrown her way. Ms. Martin is also a very skilled dancer having trained intensively for over 13 years in ballet. Her primary studies are with Ruth Golden at the Manhattan School of Music where she has also worked closely with Ashley Putnam, Catherine Malfitano, Carolyn Marlow, Dona D Vaughn and Kent Tritle.

 

Shantal Martin

MAURA GRACE

(Nannetta Auditor)

Maura Grace is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Most recently, she performed Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with the Manhattan Opera Studio. Other credits include Pepik in The Cunning Little Vixenwith Miami Music Festival; Olympia in Pinocchio with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; Isabel in Pirates of Penzance with Wichita Grand Opera. OU Opera: Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi; Madame Hertz in Der Schauspieldirektor. She has performed internationally throughout Italy and China. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Drake University and a Master of Music in Opera Performance from The University of Oklahoma. She currently studies with Dr. Robert C. White at The Juilliard School.

Maura Grace

CHRISTINE ROBERTS

(Meg Page 2nd cover)

Christine Roberts has performed the title roles in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Taurideand in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Jiao Mu in Xiang's The Savage Land. As a concert soloist, she performed in Handel's Messiah with Michigan State University. Competition successes include First Place in both the Chicago NATS Junior Division and DePaul Kleinman Vocal Competition. She was also selected as a Vocal Finalist through Young Arts in 2011. Roberts is pursuing a Doctoral of Music degree in vocal performance at MSU, studying with Professor Jane Bunnell.

 

Christine Roberts

JENNA WASHBURN

(Alice 2nd cover)

Jenna Washburn originally from Buffalo, NY, is a recent graduated with a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Michigan State University, under the tutelage of Professor Richard Fracker. She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from MSU. She has performed several leading roles with MSU Opera Theatre, including Mimì in La Bohème, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music. She was seen as Lucy Honeychurch in Robert Nelson’s contemporary opera, A Room With a View, and most recently sang the role of Mrs. Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. She also travelled to China where she performed a concert with several colleagues from MSU, as well as students from Tianjin and Beijing, China.

 

Jenna Washburn

SOOYEON KANG

(Norina cover)

Sooyeon Kang is currently a second-year Graduate Diploma student in the voice/opera department in New England Conservatory of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance in Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea and she also holds a Master degree in Opera Performance in The University of Texas at Austin where she performed the roles of Musetta in La boheme and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. She has performed with the Balcones Community Orchestra as the winner of Classical Artists Development Foundation Voice competition. She played the role of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi which is both New England Conservatory and Hubbard Hall. She will perform the title role of Cendrillon, for NEC and also the role of Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera at NEC.

Sooyeon Kang

GERARDO DE LA TORRE

(Ford)

Gerardo de la Torre is a Mexican baritone gifted with a powerful voice and a versatile technique.He's the second prize winner of the Sinaloa's IX International Vocal Competition 2017, making his debut in Palacio de Bellas Artes as the winner of the SIVAM Award in the Carlo Morelli's XXXIV National Voice Competition 2016 The baritone has been recognized as "a resonant voice with ease for low notes" in the Pro-Ópera magazine, September 2015 edition. His performances include Ford in Falstaff, Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Germont in La Traviata, Silvio in Pagliacci, Marcello in La Bohème among other roles in the Italian, French and Russian repertoire.

Gerardo de la Torre

MARIA BREA

(Nannetta)

Maria Brea is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. This 2018, Ms. Brea sings the role of Nanetta in Falstaff with the Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. She recently performed Micaëla with West Bay Opera. She performed the role of the Bird in Glass-Moran’s Juniper Tree at Wolf Trap Opera 2017. Ms. Brea performed the role of Glaša in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova in 2017 at the Juilliard School. In 2015 Ms. Brea sang the role of Marie in La Fille du Regiment with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance and Lisa in Lehar’s Das Land des Lächelns at Manhattan School of Music. In 2014 she sang the role of Adina in L’elisir d’amore at WBO. Maria was an Apprentice Artist at Palm Beach 2018 where she performed Bridesmaid I in Le Nozze di Figaro at Kravis Center. She won the first prize in the Giulio Gari Competition 2017 and New York Lyric Opera Competition 2016. Ms. Brea won second prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal competition 2017 and she received an Encouragement award from The Metropolitan Opera National Council, Connecticut District and The Gerda Lissner Song Competition. Maria is a proud recipient of a Novick Grant.

Maria Brea

ERIC DELAGRANGE

(Pistola cover)

Eric Delagrange was recently seen as Gideon March/Dashwood in Little Women with Opera in the Heights, as well as Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviliawith Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco. He won the Dr. & Mrs. Bob Robinson Award in the Mary Jacobs Smith Competition; First place in The American Opera Society of Chicago. He performed with Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco as Giacomo in The Puffed-Up Prima Donna. He returns to Prelude having sung the roles of Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata and Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème. He has a Master of Music Degree from DePaul University, where he sang the title role in Falstaff and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Mercyhurst University, the title role in Gianni Schicchi.

 

Eric Delagrange

MATTHEW GREENBERG

(Notary Cover)

Matthew Greenberg is from Okemos, Michigan. His love for performance began at Okemos High School where he had the opportunity to perform as Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical, Lucas Lloyd in Loserville the Musical, John Brooke in Little Women, and Karl the Giant in Big Fish. He is currently a Junior at Michigan State University studying under Professors Mark and Sadie Rucker. Matthew is in the early stages of his opera career. He has been in productions of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Kurt Weill's Street Scene with MSU's Opera Theater. This will be Matthew's debut with Prelude, and he is very excited to have this opportunity.

Matthew Greenberg

JOHN KIM

(Bardolfo)

John Kim has joined The Bronx Opera Company for the 2017-2018 season, debut covering Pedrillo in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio. He has also joined the 2017-2018 roster at Connecticut Lyric Opera, debuting with the company as Monostatos in the mainstage production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Summer 2017, Mr. Kim has debuted with Opera Breve in Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen as Remendado. Also in spring 2017, he has debuted as the roles of Joseph, John, and the Pilate in 'His Life, The Musical’ in Zaragoza, Spain with Promise International. Mr. Kim has trained with Mediterranean Opera Studio, V.O.I.C.Experience and most recently, joining the young artist program for Connecticut Lyric Opera 2017-2018 season. Future engagements include: Aida, Cosi fan tutte, La Forza del Destino. Mr. Kim is under the discipline of Maestro Gioacchino Li Vigni.

 

John Kim

ANNA MONTGOMERY

(Nannetta 2nd cover)

Anna Montgomery is a first-year masters student at Michigan State University. This past fall she made her MSU Opera Theatre debut as Mother in Hansel and Gretel. This past summer she played Rose Maurrant in Street Scene with the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, and she will return to the role this spring in MSUs production. Other roles include Abigail Williams in The Crucible, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Papagena in The Magic Flute with the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with Opera Steamboat in her home state of Colorado.

Anna Montgomery

CHRISTOPHER NAZARIAN

(Pistola)

Australian-Armenian bass and pianist Christopher Nazarian, is a graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His credentials include a Master in Piano and a Master in Opera Performance. Christopher coaches with Armen Boyajian made possible with financial assistance from The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust through their Music Scholarship Program.

This season: Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Ben in The Telephone, Colline in La Boheme, Pandolf in Cendrillon and Leporello in Don Giovanni.

Roles: Sarastro/ Sprecher in The Magic Flute and Truffaldino/ Lackai in Ariadne Auf Naxos, Buffo in Der Schauspieldirektor, Gideon March/ Mr Dashwood in Little Women, Bass roles in English Eccentrics, King Balthazar in Amal and the Night Visitors, Rudolfo in La Sonnambula, Frere Laurance in Romeo and Juliet, and Dulcamara in Elisir D’Amore.

Highlights: Bass soloist in Bernstein Mass at the Sydney Opera House, Winner of Russian Song at Sydney Eisteddfod, Finalist in Opera Awards and Male Operatic Voice, Finalist in Lady Fairfax New York scholarship award at The Opera Foundation for Young Australians.

Christopher Nazarian

JEREMIAH SANDER

(Ford cover)

Jeremiah Sander is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Encouragement Award recipient. He is a distinguished concert soloist, appearing with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as the baritone soloist for Ein Deutsches Requiem. His collaborative spirit has allowed him to work with emerging composers on interpreting a range of projects. He is a Performer's Diploma student at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, studying with Jane Dutton. He graduated from Butler University with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. In addition to singing, he is a hobbyist composer, concert organizer, and social justice advocate. He was most recently seen in Carol Vaness’ Opera Workshop in the title role of Gianni Schicchi and Don Inigo Gomez in L’heure espagnole.

 

Jeremiah Sander

YOUNG KWANG YOO

(Malatesta)

Baritone Young Kwang, native of South Korea, is a graduate of the College of Music, Seoul National University.
He received his Master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mark Oswald. Mr. Yoo also holds with Certificate from the Opera Institute at Boston University.
His awards the 1 st place in Osaka International Competition hosted in Japan and 2nd place in the Manhattan International Music Competition.
Previous credits include Rigoletto (Rigoletto) with Seoul National University, La Bohème (Marcello), Lakmé (Frederic) and Luisa Miller (Miller) with Manhattan School of Music, The Telephone (Ben) with Te Art Ro Production, Emmeline (Mr. Maguire), Le Nozze di
Figaro (Il Conte), The War Reporter (Paul Watson) and Pelléas et Mélisande (Pelléas) with Opera instutute and Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) with Martina Arroyo Foundation and the Cleveland Opera Theater.
The New York Times wrote for his portrayal of Sharpless, “His solid baritone voice and
stolid bearing suited Sharpless.” Opera News stated “He provided sturdy, empathetic presence.”

Mr. Yoo portrayed Le Monstre Cathos in the U.S. premiere of Ibert’s Persée et Andromède directed by James Robinson and under the baton of Maestro Pierre Vallet at the Manhattan School of Music. The New York Times selected this Persée et Andromède as one of the ten best classical performances in New York in 2016.

Mr. Yoo’s oratorio work includes appearances at the Symphony hall in Boston as Adam in Haydn’s Creation. He also performed as a baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Alice Tully hall in Lincoln Center in New York City and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
This season, Mr. Yoo will have several concerts with New York City Concert Society. He will return to the Martina Arroyo Foundation by performing Don Pasquale (Malatesta) this summer.

Young Kwang Yoo

MOLLY BURKE

(Meg Page)

Molly Burke is known for her versatility in a range of dramatic and comedic roles. Playing the roles of Florence Pike from Britten’s Albert Herring and Elizabeth Proctor in Ward’s The Crucible where she was praised for her “secure mezzo and intense declamation captured Elizabeth’s strength and heartbreak.” This summer she sang La Badessa and La Suora Zelatrice in Suor Angelica at The Martina Arroyo Foundation Prelude to Performance. She joined the Wagner Institute for their inaugural season in singing Roßweiße in Wagner’s Die Walküre. While an apprentice at Sarasota Opera she sang una vecchia in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re as, Cio-Cio-san's mother in Madama Butterfly, and covered Mere Jeanne in Poulenc’s Dialouges des Carmelites.

Molly Burke

JOSHUA DEVANE

(Don Pasquale)

Joshua DeVane has performed in venues across the United States, and is equally at home in contemporary and canonical repertoire. Recently, his appearance as the title character of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance was met with critical acclaim. Mr. DeVane is also active as a soloist, appearing recently in masterworks by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Faure, and others. This Spring and Summer, he can be seen as Danilo in Lehar’s The Merry Widowwith Loveland Opera Theatre, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with Boulder Opera), and Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata with the Boulder Symphony). Mr. DeVane is a native of the Savannah, Georgia area, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Joshua DeVane

NAM WON HUH

(Ernesto)

Nam Won Huh is one of Germany’s most prolific young tenors, has recently sung as a permanent member of Opera Heidelberg and embodied to great critical acclaim many important roles such as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Alfred in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute. Before his contract in Heidelberg, he was a member of the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich where he was cast in many roles including Nemorino in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'Amore and Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Numerous guest engagements have taken him to the Theater Braunschweig, the Stuttgart State Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Theater Chemnitz and Landestheater in Innsbruck, Austria. He has also guested as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Salerno, Italy and Daegu, South Korea. As a recording artist, he worked with Sony Records as Araspe in Didone abbandonata by Leonardo Vinci/George Frideric Handel. Namwon has won many prizes at prestigious competitions such as the Anneliese Rothenberger Competition, the International Voice Competition Ferruccio Tagliavini and the Richard Strauss Competition. He is a graduate of the School of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany and Yonsei University in his native country, South Korea.

 

Nam Won Huh

KYUYOUNG LEE

(Caius)

Tenor Kyu Young Lee, a native of South Korea, earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal arts at Seoul National University, and earned Master of Music degree in vocal arts at University of Southern California under the Professor Elizabeth Hynes. He received the Seoul National University Alumni development Fund Scholarship as well as the Music Merit Scholarship for Excellent Academic record at USC. He also graduated Professional study program in vocal arts at the Manhattan School of Music under the Professor Marlena Kleinman Malas.
He has performed with the Korea Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and he got lots of
concerts in Korea. He was one of winners at the metropolitan Opera Competition district of Colorado as well as Saltwork Opera Competition. Also, he has sung at the Aspen Opera Theater Center and had a role as Tamino in Magic Flute and Chaplain of the monastery in Dialogues of the Carmelites with the USC Thorton Opera. He also sang Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Manhattan School of Music and he sang Lucarnio in Ariodante with Chautauqua Opera. Also he went to Aspen Music festival to perform cover of role as Rodolfo in Opera La Boheme and Luigi in A Wedding and he went to Music Academy of the West last Summer with a role of Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann.
Currently, He is attending Boston University as 2nd year as a Graduate Program Student under the tutelage of Professor Matthew Dibattista.

Kyuyoung Lee

JULIET MORRIS

(Nannetta auditor)

Juliet Morris recently finished her Masters in Opera Performance degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she sang Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, Madame Herz in Der Shauspieldirektor, and The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. She also performed in the choruses of Hansel und Gretel and The Dialogue of the Carmelites. Previously, Juliet participated as a Young Artist at the Franco American Vocal Academy for two consecutive summers, where highlights included singing Diane in Orphée Aux Enfers, as well as making her European debut singing Ninetta in La Périchole. Juliet also graduated with her Bachelors in Vocal Performance from New York University, where she performed in the operas Cendrillon, The Student Prince, and Night Caps. In addition, Juliet graduated winning the Excellence in Vocal Performance Award.

 

Juliet Morris

CYNTHIA LOPEZ PEREZ

(Auditor)

Cynthia López Pérez is completing her graduate studies at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, pursuing a Master of Music in Opera Performance (’19) under the tutelage of Dr. Rebecca Folsom. Ms. López made her debut on the opera stage as Susannah in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Ohio State University Lyric and Opera Theatre. She has had the pleasure of appearing as a soloist in various concert works for the Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna, Ohio State University Women's Chorus, Ohio State University Chorale, and OperaWorks. She will be performing the role of Despina (cvr) this spring with Boston Conservatory Opera.

 

Cynthia López Pérez

EMILY SKILLING

(Dame Quickly)

Emily Skilling is a Mezzo-Soprano, recently graduated from Westminster Choir College where she studied with Laura Brooks Rice. She performed several leading roles with Westminster Opera Theatre, the highlights of which include Dame Quickly in Falstaffand La Zia Principessa in Angelica. Additionally, she has extensive choral experience; she has performed with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, Kinnara Ensemble, and the world-renowned Westminster Choir. Recently, she performed with the American Bach Soloists Academy as a soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Handel’s Parnasso in festa where she was recognized for her “eloquence” and “tonal beauty” in the San Francisco Chronicle. This past summer, she sang with the Princeton Festival and was a Fellow at the CoOPERAtive Program, where she was awarded the CoOPERAtive Prize. She recently performed Alexander Nevsky with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra and Third Lady in the CoOPERAtive Program’s production of Die Zauberflöte. She will sing the Durufle Requiem in Atlanta this Spring.

Emily Skilling

HUANG TE YU

(Fenton)

Recently, Huang Te Yu sings as a guest tenor for Guillermo Amaya’s new production of Donizetti’s Adeliafor Theater für Niedersachsen, Hildesheim, marking the German premiere of the piece. In his Hometown, Taipei, he has participated in Tosca as Spoletta and several concerts. He was born in Taipei and studied music in National normal university in Taipei, major in voice with Ren Rong. In his university year Te Yu won the scholarship which was provided by Istituto nazionale Tostiano in Ortona, Italy and studied with Nicoletta Panni. Te Yu was recipient of the Conservatory Santa Cecilia of Rome in 2011, studying with Tiziana Scandaletti and Amelia Felle. In Italy, Te Yu participated masterclasses with Rockwell Blake, Elizabeth Norberg-Schultz and several performances which held by conservatory. After he completed his diploma in Rome, he continued to study in UiS in Stavanger, Norway with Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz. In 2015, Te Yu was assistant of Chinese stage director Dan Dan Li, who cooperates constantly in Chinese Opera house in Beijing.

 

Huang Te Yu