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Christopher Cano

Posted May 24, 2020

A seasoned recitalist and orchestra soloist, pianist Christopher Cano has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Civic Orchestra, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Recital appearances have been …

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Laurent Philippe

Posted May 24, 2020

Laurent Philippe’s keen interest in opera has led him to associate with many Metropolitan Opera Artists and he has worked as a coach for many opera companies and institutions, including The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, L’Atelier de L’Opéra …

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Kindra Scharich

Posted May 24, 2020

Mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “exuberant vitality” “fearless technical precision” “deep-rooted pathos” and “irrepressible musical splendor.” She has performed more than 200 songs in 12 languages and …

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Virginia Warnken Kelsey

Posted May 24, 2020

Hailed by The New York Times as an “elegant,” “rich-toned alto” with “riveting presence,” mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken Kelsey is known for her heartfelt interpretations of 17th and 18th opera and oratorio. In recent seasons, Virginia has appeared as a soloist …

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Molly Quinn

Posted May 24, 2020

Hailed for her “radiant sweetness” by The New York Times, Molly Quinn has garnered praise for her thought provoking and delightful interpretation of music from the medieval to the modern. She has collaborated with notable arts organizations around the globe …

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Jolle Greenleaf

Posted May 24, 2020

Hailed as a “golden soprano” and “a major force in the New York early music-scene” (The New York Times), soprano Jolle Greenleaf is one of today’s foremost figures in the field of early music. Balancing a career as a leading soloist and …

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Viktor Antipenko

Posted May 24, 2020

Russian-born Viktor Antipenko, praised for his effortless, expansive sound, and excellent technique, continues to sing leading roles to great acclaim and has become a tenor to watch in the dramatic repertoire. During the 2020-21 season, Mr. Antipenko sings the title …

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Maya Lahyani

Posted May 24, 2020

Hailed for “a voice to die for [combined] with acting ability, beauty, and stage presence,” Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani is fast-becoming one of today’s most sought-after young singers.
In the 2019-20 season, Maya Lahyani returned to The Metropolitan Opera for …

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Matthew White

Posted May 24, 2020

Tenor Matthew White recently made critically acclaimed debuts as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juiliette with Cincinnati Opera and Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Princeton Festival.
Engagements of the 2019-2020 season included multiple role and house debuts including …

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Fleur Barron

Posted May 24, 2020

Hailed as a “charismatic star” by the Boston Globe and as “a knockout performer” by The Times, British-Singaporean mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron is a 2018 HSBC Laureate of the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the recipient of the 2016 Grace B. Jackson Prize …

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Erin Wall

Posted May 24, 2020

Soprano Erin Wall is acclaimed for her musicality and versatility, with an extensive opera and concert repertoire that spans three centuries from Mozart and Beethoven to Britten and Strauss.  She has sung leading roles in the world’s great opera houses, …

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Newton, Nicholas

Posted Nov 23, 2019

A San Diego native, Nicholas Newton is garnering due attention as an up-and-coming bass-baritone in the opera world. Growing up in a musical household, Mr. Newton has pursued his passion for singing through gospel, jazz, musical theater, …

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Myers, John Matthew

Posted Nov 23, 2019

Tenor John Matthew Myers, declared an “artist to watch” by Opera News, has rapidly established himself among the ranks of today’s exceptional young voices. He has collaborated with companies such as the Verbier Festival, Santa Fe …

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Miller, Siena Licht

Posted Nov 23, 2019

German American mezzo-soprano, Siena Licht Miller, is quickly making a name for herself in both the opera and concert worlds. As an Emerging Artist with Opera Philadelphia, Siena made her professional debut as Second Lady in Die …

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Lyons, Christine

Posted Nov 23, 2019

Christine Lyons, soprano, has been praised as “especially moving” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, called a “revelation” by Gay City News, and hailed a “true virtuosa” by Broadway World. This season, she sings the title role in Norma …

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Wright, Rob

Posted Nov 22, 2019

Rob began taking banjo lessons as a ten-year-old at Manolio’s Music in Huntington Beach, California, from Charles Shortino. His first public appearance was at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor on Beach Blvd in Huntington Beach, CA. Shortly thereafter he formed the band, …

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Byrnes, Katherine

Posted Nov 22, 2019

Katherine Byrnes is an award winning vocalist based in Tucson, Arizona.
Katherine is an award winning vocalist based in Tucson, AZ. Dubbed the “Golden voice of Tucson”, Katherine has toured the world singing Jazz, Broadway, Rock, and Classical genres. Her …

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DuJour, Tempest

Posted Nov 11, 2019

Tempest DuJour is the stage name of Patrick Holt, a drag performer from Tucson, Arizona. She is one of the 14 contestants to compete on Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She was born on September 1, 1967, and was …

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Staples, Mavis

Posted Oct 23, 2019

“I’m the messenger,”Mavis Staples says on the eve of her 80th birthday. “That’s my job—it has been for my whole life—and I can’t just give up while the struggle’s still alive. We’ve got more work to do, so I’m going …

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Callaway, Liz

Posted Sep 20, 2019

Liz Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, …

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Yu, Yongzhao

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Yongzhao Yu, who won the Audience Choice Award and the Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award in HGO’s 2015 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias, is currently in his third season in the Houston Garden Opera (HGO) Studio. In the 2016-2017 …

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Yang, Xuefei

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Hailed as a musical pioneer – her fascinating journey began after the Cultural Revolution, a period where Western musical instruments & music were banned. Fei was the first-ever …

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Hampson, Thomas

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, has received international honors and awards for his captivating artistry and cultural leadership. Lauded as a Metropolitan Opera Guild “Met Mastersinger” and inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Gramophone’s “Hall …

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Danielpour, Richard

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Award winning composer Richard Danielpour has established himself as one of the most gifted and sought-after composers of his generation. His music has attracted an international and illustrious array of champions, and, as a devoted mentor and educator, he has …

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Fleming, Renée

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, President Obama awarded her America’s highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014, …

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Mobley, Reginald

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Particularly noted for his “crystalline diction and pure, evenly produced tone” (Miami Herald), countertenor Reginald Mobley is highly sought after for baroque, classical and modern repertoire. Past performances of note include premiering a reconstruction of Bach’s Markus-Passion at the Oregon …

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New York Festival of Song

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Since its first season, the NYFOS motto has been “No song is safe from us!” Manhattan-based pianists Michael Barrett and Steven Blier presented the very first concert season of New York Festival of Song in 1988. It was a series …

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Polenzani, Matthew

Posted Jun 04, 2019

American tenor Matthew Polenzani is one of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation. His elegant musicianship, innate sense of style, dramatic commitment, and timeless artistry have established his continued presence at leading operatic, concert, and recital …

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Chang, Mario

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Winner of the 2014 Opealia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Chang sang Alfredo in La traviata, marking his …

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Downes, Lara

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, a trailblazer on and off-stage whose musical roadmap seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory.
Downes’ playing has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine, “luscious, …

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Adams, Julie

Posted Jun 04, 2019

A winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2015 George London Award, 2015 Elizabeth Connell prize for aspiring dramatic sopranos, and recipient of a 2015 Sara Tucker Study Grant, soprano Julie Adams has been praised by the New …

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Bostridge, Ian

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Ian Bostridge’s international recital career takes him to the foremost concert halls of Europe, South East Asia and North America, with regular appearances at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Schwarzenberg and Aldeburgh festivals. He has had residencies at the Wiener …

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Plitmann, Hila

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Grammy award-winning vocalist and actress, Hila Plitmann, is a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, unique expressive quality, and the ability to perform challenging new work. She has performed …

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Lombardi, Federica

Posted Jun 04, 2019

The Italian soprano Federica Lombardi is one of the most sought-after artists of the young generation specialized in interpretation of the leading soprano roles in Mozart’s operatic works.
2019 marked her US debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, …

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Dehn, Ellie

Posted Jun 04, 2019

American soprano Ellie Dehn has been praised by critics as “a revelation” (Chicago Sun-Times), acclaimed for her “great stage presence and a voice combining metallic clarity and sensual richness” (Wall Street Journal).
Career highlights include her company debut at Royal …

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Agave Baroque

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Agave Baroque is “an energized, free-spirited group” (Early Music America Magazine, Fall 2014), based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and specializing in string chamber music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Agave has received numerous awards and accolades and …

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Blier, Steven

Posted Jun 04, 2019

Blier is the Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), which he co-founded in 1988 with Michael Barrett. Since the Festival’s inception, he has programmed, performed, translated and annotated more than 140 vocal recitals with repertoire spanning …

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Rodriguez, Clara

Posted Jan 17, 2019

Clara Rodriguez discovered her love for the art form of Flamenco as a young girl in her native Santa Barbara, CA, and received training in both flamenco and classical Spanish dance with teachers Roberto Amaral, Linda Vega and Kathy Cota. …

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Cortés Fernández, José

Posted Jan 17, 2019

José Cortés Fernández was born in the south of France in 1974 from an important gypsy family from Almería. At the age of ten, José began his career in Jerez de la Frontera where he won the “Premio del Joven …

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Musotto Juan, Mercedes

Posted Jan 17, 2019

Llantos 1492 Conductor and Musical Director
A native of Argentina, pianist and conductor Mercedes Juan Musotto is the winner of the 2012 Solti Foundation Award and the 2011 Mozarteum Argentino. She furthered her studies at the Teatro Colón Art College, …

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Helfgot, Daniel

Posted Dec 17, 2018

Daniel Helfgot‘ credits include well over 200 productions of over 100 operas, operettas and zarzuelas from the Baroque to the contemporary, including several world premieres.  His international credits include shows in Argentina (both at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires and the Teatro Argentino, …

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Manro, Gabriel

Posted Dec 17, 2018

Two-time Grammy Award winning baritone Gabriel Manro has been called “a new kind of baritone: not lyric, not helden, not Kavalier, not Bariton-Martin — none of those. Rather, he’s a knock-down baritone.” —San Francisco Classical Voice. Indeed, Manro regularly sings dramatic …

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Murphy, Kevin

Posted Nov 09, 2018

Program Director and piano
Pianist Kevin Murphy serves on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was director of music administration at New York City Opera and served …

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Dixon, Ashley

Posted Nov 09, 2018

Mezzo-soprano
Ashley Dixon, mezzo-soprano, grand finals winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is in her first year of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship program. In the upcoming season, she will be covering the role of Sara, Duchess …

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Cleary, Edward

Posted Nov 09, 2018

Baritone Edward Cleary, from Brockton, Massachusetts, recently completed his first year as an Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera. He has received degrees from Boston University and Mannes College of Music. Roles performed while at Mannes include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, …

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Chehovska, Antonina

Posted Nov 09, 2018

Soprano
Ukrainian born soprano Antonina Chehovska is a 2016 prizewinner of the prestigious George London Foundation Competition. Of her performance, the New York Times declared her “heartfelt ‘Letter Scene’ from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’ made her an audience favorite and mine.” She is …

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Carroll, Stephen

Posted Nov 09, 2018

Praised for his powerful, colorful singing, Stephen Carroll just completed a full season at Virginia Opera, where he sang First Philistine in Samson et Dalila, Harry in La fanciulla del West, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Normanno in …

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Chacón-Cruz, Arturo

Posted Sep 13, 2018

Arturo Chacón-Cruz, a native of Sonora, Mexico, has established himself in recent years as a leading tenor with exciting appearances in renowned theaters and concert halls across the globe, having sung over 50 roles in more than 20 countries.
Since …

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Corinne Winters

Posted Aug 05, 2018

After her electric Tucson recital debut in 2019, soprano Corinne Winters returns for another exciting program of art song and opera aria favorites. Acclaimed by The New York Times as “an outstanding actress, as well as a singer of extraordinary …

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Vanessa Vasquez

Posted Jun 14, 2018

Colombian-American soprano Vanessa Vasquez, winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, has been a resident artist at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where she has been heard as Mimì in La bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, …

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Snaidas, Nell

Posted Jun 14, 2018

Nell Snaidas has been praised by the New York Times for her “beautiful soprano voice, superb sense of line” and “vocally ravishing” performances. Her voice has also been described as “remarkably pure with glints of rich sensuality” (Vancouver Sun); and …

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Rivera, Jessica

Posted Jun 14, 2018

Possessing a voice praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster,” Grammy Award-winning soprano Jessica Rivera is one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists before the public today. The intelligence, dimension and spirituality with …

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Perlas Gómez, Roberto

Posted Jun 14, 2018

With over ninety roles to his credit, Roberto Perlas Gómez has performed extensively throughout the United States with a special emphasis on California. He has done multiple leading roles with most of the regional companies in the state. He has …

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Montenegro, Daniel

Posted Jun 14, 2018

A graduate of San Francisco’s prestigious Adler Fellow Opera Program, American tenor Daniel Montenegro is recognized for his flexible and distinctive voice and a varied repertoire of bel canto, verismo, and contemporary roles.
In 2015, Daniel made his Lyric Opera …

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McFerrin, Bobby

Posted Jun 14, 2018

For decades Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new …

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Martínez, Ana María

Posted Jun 14, 2018

Grammy Award® winner Ana María Martínez is considered to be one of the foremost sopranos of her time, with an international career that spans the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls.  With a repertoire that encompasses opera’s most intriguing …

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Hill, Shana Blake

Posted Jun 14, 2018

Shana Blake Hill continues to excite audiences and critics alike as she proves herself a multifaceted performer in both operatic and orchestral repertoires. Opera News recently hailed Ms. Hill’s Cincinnati Opera debut of Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas as …

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Herrera, Magos

Posted Jun 14, 2018

Born in Mexico City and currently based out of New York City, Magos Herrera, is a dazzling jazz singer-songwriter, producer, and educator with a 20-year career. Magos is regarded as one of the most expressive, beautiful voices and most active …

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del Monte, Adam

Posted Jun 14, 2018

One of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation, Adam del Monte has made it his life mission to fully express himself in these two genres, transcending labeling and convention. Always having incorporated a wide array of musical …

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Chenoweth, Kristin

Posted Jun 14, 2018

Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting …

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Bunnett and Maqueque

Posted Jun 14, 2018

Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, received a Order of Canada, …

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Giampaolo Bandini – Cesare Chilacchiaretta Duo

Posted Jun 14, 2018

Giampaolo Bandini – Cesare Chiacchiaretta Duo, guitar and bandoneon, formed in 2002 pursuing the clear aim to propose Argentine music through the charm and magic of its most representative instruments.
The duo immediately became an important point of reference in …

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Friesen, Eric

Posted May 04, 2018

Eric Friesen is a veteran broadcaster, writer, and speaker on music and culture. He has spent much of his life as a network music host and producer for CBC Radio and Minnesota Public Radio, and as a network executive for …

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O’Connor, Kelley

Posted May 04, 2018

Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. She has received unanimous …

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Izquierdo, Rene

Posted May 04, 2018

Rene Izquierdo, a native of Cuba, earned advanced degrees from the Yale University School of Music. He has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba and Europe. He has shared the stage …

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Borichevsky, Zach

Posted May 04, 2018

An outstanding graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Zach Borichevsky continues to impress all around the world, concluding an eventful season during which he made his critically acclaimed European operatic debut as Rodolfo in La bohème for …

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Brower, Angela

Posted May 04, 2018

Rising mezzo-soprano Angela Brower was raised in Arizona and studied at Arizona State University and Indiana University. In addition to earning several awards and prizes during her studies, she performed at the Glimmerglass Opera as a part of the 2008 …

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Murphy, Heidi Grant

Posted May 04, 2018

A shimmering soprano with enchanting stage presence, Heidi Grant Murphy is one of the outstanding vocal talents of her generation. She has appeared with many of the world’s finest opera companies and symphony orchestras, notably the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, …

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Mumford, Tamara

Posted May 04, 2018

This past season, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford returned to the Metropolitan Opera for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Wozzeck, and appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Symphony.
A graduate …

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Griffey, Anthony Dean

Posted May 04, 2018

American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world. The combination of his beautiful and powerful lyric tenor voice, gift of dramatic interpretation and superb musicianship have earned him …

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Van Kooten, Katie

Posted May 04, 2018

American soprano Katie Van Kooten’s operatic and concert appearances continue to thrill audiences and earn her praise for using her “powerful, gleaming soprano” to bring vibrancy and life to all of her performances.
Ms. Van Kooten began the 2013–14 season …

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Leisner, David

Posted May 04, 2018

David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multifaceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher—”Aamong the finest guitarists of all time,” according to American Record Guide. David Leisner’s career began auspiciously with …

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Müller, Rufus

Posted May 04, 2018

The English-German tenor Rufus Müller was acclaimed by the New York Times following a performance in Carnegie Hall as “easily the best tenor I have heard in a live Messiah.” He is a leading Evangelist in Bach’s Passions and his …

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Moore, David Adam

Posted May 04, 2018

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer lauds baritone David Adam Moore for his “enviable swagger coupled with a subtle musicality and big, handsome voice.” In the 2013–14 season, he made his debut at the Neue Oper Wien as he created the role of …

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Osborne, Simone

Posted May 04, 2018

Canadian soprano Simone Osborne has been hailed as “a joy to hear” (Los Angeles Times) with “a sweet and clear sound, sensitive phrasing and gleaming sustained high notes” (New York Times). She was one of the youngest winners of the …

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Kristin Dauphinais

Posted May 04, 2018

Mezzo-soprano Kristin Dauphinais is highly regarded for her artistry and versatility. She has worked in a variety of genres including musical theater, opera, concert, oratorio, chamber music and solo recitals. Her performing career has taken her throughout the United States …

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Carr, Chris

Posted May 04, 2018

A “confident, energetic” performer with “warmth and beauty in his baritone,” Chris Carr is making his way onto stages across the country. He has had consistent work performing roles at Arizona Opera, the Merola Opera Program, Lyric Opera of Kansas …

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Lee, Hye Jung

Posted May 04, 2018

Korean Soprano Hye Jung Lee is one of the top young coloratura sopranos with a silvery voice and expressive dramatic stage presence. This season, Lee makes her Dayton Opera debut as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, …

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Russell, Hugh

Posted May 04, 2018

Canadian baritone Hugh Russell continues to receive high praise for his charisma, dramatic energy and vocal beauty. He is widely acclaimed for his performances in the operas of Mozart and Rossini. At the center of his orchestral repertoire is Orff’s …

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Vega, Edwin

Posted May 04, 2018

Hailed as a “remarkable young tenor,” Edwin Vega made his professional debut with English National Opera as Molqi, in a new production of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer, a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera. The New York Times recently …

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Martineau, Malcolm

Posted May 04, 2018

Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers. Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel; Schubert and Strauss recitals …

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Brandenburg, Michael

Posted May 04, 2018

Tenor Michael Brandenburg began studying voice while pursuing a master’s in aquatic biology.  At Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music his roles have included Werther and Prince Charming in Massenet’s Werther and Cendrillon. In his recent performance of Messiah, a …

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Martin, Catherine

Posted May 04, 2018

Mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin has been praised for her “gorgeous warm voice” by The Washington Post as she makes an impact in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to Mozart and Donizetti. She recently reprised her role of Amneris with Opera …

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Bisch, Jordan

Posted May 04, 2018

In the 2012-13 season, up-and-coming bass Jordan Bisch made his debuts at Arizona Opera as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Julliette, and at the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. He …

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Burden, William

Posted May 04, 2018

American tenor William Burden has won an outstanding reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire throughout Europe and North America. He has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of …

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Choi, Winston

Posted May 04, 2018

Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterly understanding and performance of …

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Goerke, Christine

Posted May 04, 2018

Soprano Christine Goerke, recipient of the 2001 Richard Tucker Award, has established an outstanding reputation with many of the world’s leading opera houses and orchestras. While most critics have taken notice of the size of Ms. Goerke’s soprano, she herself …

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Jette, Maria

Posted May 04, 2018

Soprano Maria Jette’s wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad. Maria is an ecumenical recitalist; her programs range from songs of Grieg or Fauré through Edwardian parlor music and …

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Olson, Nathaniel

Posted May 04, 2018

Nathaniel Olson, a baritone from Chicago, is performing and teaching throughout the world. He has performed as soloist with the Ravinia Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Desert Song Festival, Indianapolis Opera, and, among other venues, at Wigmore …

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Sierra, Nadine

Posted May 04, 2018

Last season, rising young soprano Nadine Sierra made her debut at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples as Gilda in Rigoletto and at the San Francisco Symphony in concerts with Michael Tilson Thomas. Currently an Adler Fellow at the …

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Brunelle, Philip

Posted May 04, 2018

At age 6, Philip Brunelle asked for a score of Handel’s Messiah for Christmas, thus sealing his fate as one of America’s leading choirmasters. In 1969, he founded the Minnesota ensemble now known as VocalEssence, and remains its artistic director, …

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Chambouleyron, Brian

Posted May 04, 2018

French-born, Argentine-based guitarist and singer Brian Chambouleyron has performed the folk and popular music of South America in award-winning shows since the 1990s. He has given more than 100 performances of his Short History of Tango, commissioned by the Buenos …

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Dressen, Dan

Posted May 04, 2018

Tenor Dan Dressen is a professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His operatic experience includes roles with Washington Opera, Cleveland Lyric Opera and several roles with the Minnesota Opera, including the world premiere of Ricky Ian …

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Drew, Lisa

Posted May 04, 2018

Contralto Lisa Drew’s career began in the 1980s when her friends dared her to audition for San Diego Opera. Since relocating from San Diego in 1991, she has performed extensively in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. She sings music old and …

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Grove, Jill

Posted May 04, 2018

Jill Grove has taken on most of the important mezzo-soprano roles in the core German and Italian opera repertory, including a Woody Allen-directed production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Her recent appearances with symphony orchestras include performances of the Brahms Alto …

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Gunn, Nathan

Posted May 04, 2018

In an appearance on The Colbert Report, Nathan Gunn had to answer Stephen Colbert’s claim that the baritone was sending the wrong message by singing opera without a shirt. Gunn’s subsequent presence on People magazine’s list of the sexiest men …

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Gunn, Julie

Posted May 04, 2018

Pianist Julie Gunn holds a doctorate in accompanying and serves on the faculty of the University of Illinois. She is a music director, vocal coach, and song arranger, designs and performs song recitals, and has appeared on many prestigious series …

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Jorgensen, Michael

Posted May 04, 2018

Michael Jorgensen has a particular interest in Minnesota composers (in 2011 he sang the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s Turn, Turn) and the music of Norwegian-American composer Theodora Cormontan. In his many years as a bass singer with VocalEssence in …

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Robinson, Morris

Posted May 04, 2018

Morris Robinson is considered one the most interesting and sought after basses performing today.
Mr. Robinson regularly appears at the Metropolitan Opera, where he is a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Program. He made his debut there in a …

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Valenti, James

Posted May 04, 2018

New Jersey-born and bred tenor James Valenti has made his reputation in the last few years portraying the romantic heroes of Italian and French opera. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2010 as nothing less than the mercurial lover …

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Susan Graham

Posted May 04, 2018

Internationally acclaimed Susan Graham—dubbed “America’s favorite mezzo” by Gramophone Magazine—rose to the top league of international artists within just a few years of her professional debut, and along the way has mastered an astonishing range of repertoire and formats. Her …

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Moore, Bradley

Posted May 04, 2018

Bradley Moore is head of music staff at the Houston Grand Opera, and music director of the HGO Studio. He is the founding music director of the Fire Island Opera Festival, which recently produced the first staged performances of Gluck’s …

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Cox, Richard

Posted May 04, 2018

American tenor Richard Cox possesses a remarkable voice that combines lyric and heroic qualities, and is equally suited to opera, concert, and recitals.
In the 2014–15 season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Macbeth, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Die Zauberflöte. A …

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Cantus

Posted May 04, 2018

Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus engages audiences in a meaningful music experience and ensures the future of ensemble singing by mentoring young singers and educators. Cantus was founded on the ideals of collaborative …

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Mack, Daniela

Posted May 04, 2018

Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack has been acclaimed for her “caramel timbre, flickering vibrato, and crisp articulation” (Opernwelt) as she “hurls fast notes like a Teresa Berganza or a Frederica von Stade” (San Francisco Chronicle). She was a finalist in the 2013 …

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Shrader, Alek

Posted May 04, 2018

The brilliant lyric tenor Alek Shrader continues to impress audiences with the “luxury of his phrasing, the clarity of his diction and the sensitivity and expressiveness of his characterizations.” In the 2014–15 season, he has returned to the San Francisco …

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Lord, Marie-Josée

Posted May 04, 2018

In 2005, Haitian-born Canadian soprano Marie-Josée Lord was the recipient of the Prix d’Excellence de la Culture, awarded by the Fondation de l’Opéra de Québec, and was selected to represent Canada at the Cardiff Singer of World competition. She won the Public …

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Bermudez, Bernardo

Posted May 04, 2018

American-born lyric baritone Bernardo Bermudez, raised in Venezuela, started his musical education in Caracas. He currently lives in the United States. His operatic roles performed include Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Silvio in Pagliacci, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Vidal …

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The Broken Consort

Posted May 04, 2018

The Broken Consort is an exuberant and experimental medieval ensemble with a story to tell. This American-based ensemble seeks to present original, adventurous, and passionate concert programs with an emphasis on rhetorical narrative. Every concert is an aural and sensual experience.

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Lytwynec, Beth

Posted May 04, 2018

American mezzo-soprano Beth Lytwynec recently returned to the Glimmerglass Festival, singing the role of Dryad in Francesca Zambello’s new production of Ariadne in Naxos. Following her first season as a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio at Arizona Opera, Ms. Lytwynec returned …

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Barton, Jamie

Posted May 04, 2018

The winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, the winner of both the Main and the Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, a winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a …

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Darling, Alan

Posted May 04, 2018

Scottish pianist Alan Darling has performed recitals throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, collaborating with artists such as Isabel Bayrakdarian, Nicole Cabell, Elizabeth Futral, Lynn Harrell, Dina Kuznetsova, Amanda Majeski, Susanna Phillips, Amber Wagner and Erin Wall. He performed …

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Stuckey, Andrew

Posted May 04, 2018

Andrew Stuckey is a seasoned baritone whose many and varied roles speak to his accomplished voice and broad appeal. In particular, he is a respected interpreter of the Verdi baritone roles. Beyond Verdi, interpretation of Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with the …

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Vera, Hugo

Posted May 04, 2018

A native Texan, tenor Hugo Vera is described as possessing a “truly heroic voice” that is both “beautiful and brilliant.” Increasingly in demand and a recent addition to the Metropolitan Opera artist roster, Mr. Vera has performed 34 roles and …

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Areyzaga, Michelle

Posted May 04, 2018

A diverse and coveted singer, American soprano Michelle Areyzaga is in demand among highly regarded orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed operatic roles with New York City Opera in Telemann’s Orpheus as well as …

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Phillips, Heather

Posted May 04, 2018

Soprano Heather Phillips has been praised for a voice that is “simply glorious” and “glistening.” As a recent fellow at the Aspen Music Festival she sang the role of Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Aspen Opera Theatre …

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Chaieb, Rihab

Posted May 04, 2018

Acclaimed for her “sheer dramatic charm and vocal clarity” and the ability to “command the stage with authority,” Canadian Rihab Chaieb recently graduated from the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and is a rising star in the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire. …

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Renner, Timothy

Posted May 04, 2018

Young American baritone Timothy Renner has been named a winner of the Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship for 2015–16. In the summer of 2015 he debuted at the Ravinia Festival performing five Romances by Rachmaninov with Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute’s Program for …

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Kauffman, Welz

Posted May 04, 2018

Building on three decades of artistic leadership from coast to coast—the New York Philharmonic to the Los Angeles Philharmonic—Welz Kauffman has dedicated his Ravinia tenure, which began in 2000, to educational goals. These include the expansion of audiences for classical …

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Perroy, Judicaël

Posted May 04, 2018

Judicaël Perroy began his guitar studies at the Paris Academy of Music at the age of seven, having been dissuaded from his first choice, the accordion, by his father. A fortunate intervention for the world of classical guitar! An acknowledged …

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Stober, Heidi

Posted May 04, 2018

Stunning audiences with her sterling lyric soprano voice and incisive stage personality, American soprano Heidi Stober has established herself as a house favorite at leading companies on both sides of the Atlantic.
Since her critically acclaimed debut at Deutsche Oper …

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Peters, Bernadette

Posted May 04, 2018

Throughout her illustrious career, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert and on recordings.
Ms. Peters recently starred on Broadway in the critically acclaimed production of Follies, after …

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Fink, Richard Paul

Posted May 04, 2018

Grammy-award winning dramatic baritone Richard Paul Fink has been acclaimed internationally in appearances with theaters that include the Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera and Houston Grand Opera, as …

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Barbera, René

Posted May 04, 2018

Tenor René Barbera, a graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, has swiftly established himself as a dominant presence in the opera world. In Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2011, he was awarded first prize for opera, first prize for …

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Lindquist, Cheryl

Posted May 04, 2018

Pianist and coach Cheryl Cellon Lindquist collaborates with an array of singers, instrumentalists, choirs, chamber ensembles and orchestras. She has studied with distinguished artists and professors, and has worked with notable composers Tobias Picker, John Harbison, Jake Heggie and Krzysztof Penderecki. …

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Arnold, Tony

Posted May 04, 2018

“Soprano Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of chamber music and art song. Today’s classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit,” wrote the Huffington Post. Hailed by the New York Times …

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Robertson, Victoria

Posted May 04, 2018

Victoria Robertson’s opera and art song performances have won her several distinguished vocal competition titles. In 2008 she won the Carlsbad to Karlovy Vary Competition, and was sponsored by the city of San Diego to compete in the Dvorák Competition in its …

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Futral, Elizabeth

Posted May 04, 2018

With her stunning vocalism and vast dramatic range, American soprano Elizabeth Futral has embraced a repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to world premieres.
A native of Louisiana, she studied at Indiana University. She joined the Lyric Opera Center for …

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Lopez, Sandra

Posted May 04, 2018

Internationally acclaimed soprano Sandra Lopez has made her mark on the classical music scene in a wide variety of repertoire. Ms. Lopez has performed on the world’s great stages including recent performances with Finnish National Opera as Elisabetta in Don …

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Harms, Rena

Posted May 04, 2018

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for a “winningly liquid” voice as well as for her “dramatic vividness and vocal flourish,” soprano Rena Harms recently returned to English National Opera to sing her first performances of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, made her …

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Cammarota, Marco

Posted May 04, 2018

Tenor Marco Cammarota is a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia under the tutelage of William Schuman. Recent roles of note include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Opera Santa Barbara, Avito in Italo Montemezzi’s rarely performed gem L’amore dei …

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Ringle, Rebecca

Posted May 04, 2018

Praised by Opera News for her “richly focused voice,” young mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle has found acclaim on operatic and concert stages. The 2012–13 season brought her Metropolitan Opera mainstage debut, singing Rosswisse in Die Walküre (which she also sang for …

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Smagur, Trey

Posted May 04, 2018

Trey Smagur is a 25-year-old-tenor hailing from Clarkesville, Georgia. In 2015 he received an encouragement award at the Southeastern Regional Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions. That summer, Trey was an apprentice artist at the Des Moines Metro Opera Company. He returned …

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Margulis, David

Posted Dec 15, 2017

Tenor David Margulis is emerging as a tenor with a bright future on international opera stages. He has been called “radiant voiced,” and been praised for his “clear, pleasing tenor.” Of his recent portrayal of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in his …

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Jordan, Cadie

Posted Dec 15, 2017

Cadie Jordan,  soprano is native to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University in the studio of Heidi Grant Murphy.  Her roles on the IU stage include Clara in their premiere of  Jake …

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Wagner, Amber

Posted Dec 06, 2017

An item in Opera News declared, “When Amber Wagner sings, her voice pours out big, beautiful arcs of sound, making the operas of Wagner, Verdi and Richard Strauss seem like a natural fit for her.” Indeed, in just a few years the soprano has …

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Sly, Philippe

Posted Nov 28, 2017

French-Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly is already gaining international notoriety for his “beautiful, blooming tone and magnetic stage presence” (San Francisco Chronicle). Mr. Sly is the first prize winner of the prestigious 2012 Concours Musical International de Montréal and a grand …

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Oropesa, Lisette

Posted Nov 28, 2017

This fall Lisette begins in Paris in concert, singing Nannetta in FALSTAFF with the Orchestre de Paris. Afterward, she heads to London where she makes her debut at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden in the title role of LUCIA DI …

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Johnson Cano, Jennifer

Posted Nov 28, 2017

Jennifer Johnson Cano is a naturally gifted singer noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry with a warm, velvety timbre that has garnered critical acclaim. Ms. Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera …

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Rivera, Chita

Posted Nov 28, 2017

Chita Rivera is an actress, dancer, and singer best known for her roles in musical theatre. She is the first Hispanic woman and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award in December 2002 and was awarded …

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Charlap, Bill

Posted Nov 28, 2017

Grammy award winning pianist Bill Charlap has performed with many of the leading artists of our time including Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis, Freddy Cole and Houston Person. Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano …

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Sheehan, Aaron

Posted Nov 28, 2017

GRAMMY AWARD-WINING AMERICAN TENOR AARON SHEEHAN has established himself as a first-rate singer in many styles ranging from oratorio and chamber music, to the opera stage. He regularly performs in the United States, South America and Europe. He sang the title role …

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Sasha Cooke

Posted Nov 17, 2017

Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been called a “luminous standout” (New York Times) and “equal parts poise, radiance and elegant directness” (Opera News).  Ms. Cooke appears frequently singing Mahler, whose works she has sung to great acclaim on four …

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Barrett, Michael

Posted Nov 17, 2017

NYFOS Associate Artistic Director Michael Barrett started NYFOS in 1988 with his friend and colleague Steven Blier. In 1992, he co-founded the Moab Music Festival with his wife, violist Leslie Tomkins. From 1994 to 1997, he was the Director of …

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Markgraf, Kelly

Posted Nov 17, 2017

Possessing a voice that the New York Times calls “heart-stirring” and a “charismatic and powerful” stage presence, American Baritone Kelly Markgraf has distinguished himself as a dynamic artist of commitment and gravity on the opera and concert stages.
In recent …

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Nassief, Kelley

Posted Nov 17, 2017

Kelley Nassief’s critically acclaimed and exquisite performances on symphonic stages across the globe have established her as one of the world’s leading concert artists. Her 2013-14 engagements included singing as soprano soloist in Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony at Konzerthaus Berlin; with …

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Sykes, Jubilant

Posted Nov 17, 2017

Perhaps no vocalist of our time possesses a more exquisitely versatile instrument than the Grammy nominated baritone Jubilant Sykes. Mr. Sykes brings a new dimension to the traditional career of the classically trained vocalist by drawing on gospel and jazz …

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Bernstein, Jamie

Posted Nov 17, 2017

Jamie Bernstein is a narrator, writer and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others. Her father, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, her mother, the pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre, …

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