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Erika Burkhart

Posted Aug 16, 2022

Soprano Erika Burkhart has been praised for having a voice that is “simply sublime,” with “a breadth of colors … from bright and mischievous to somber and resonant” (Arizona Daily Star). Erika has sung masterworks including J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s …

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Mack Wolz

Posted Aug 16, 2022

Named a 2019 Grand Finals Winner by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, rising American mezzo-soprano Mack Wolz joined Arizona Opera as a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio for the 2020-21 season. Praised by Opera News for …

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Fatma Said

Posted Aug 02, 2022

At the age of 14 Fatma Said embarked on a musical journey that would take her from her home in Cairo to the Academy of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and ultimately to the …

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Angel Blue

Posted Aug 02, 2022

Grammy winning-opera singer Angel Blue has emerged in recent seasons as one of the most important sopranos before the public today. She has taken the opera world by storm with historic performances as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. Despite being …

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Justin Austin

Posted Aug 02, 2022

Praised in Opera News as “a gentle actor and elegant musician” and The Wall Street Journal  for his “mellifluous baritone,” Drama Desk Award-nominated baritone Justin Austin has been performing professionally since age 4. Born in Stuttgart, Germany to professional opera singer parents, …

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Cecilia Duarte

Posted Jun 12, 2022

A soloist in the Grammy Winner album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works, Cecilia Duarte has been praised by the New York Times as “a creamy voiced mezzo-soprano.” Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, she is a versatile singer who has performed around the world singing …

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Camille Ortiz

Posted Jun 12, 2022

Internationally recognized for her compelling performances of Baroque and concert repertoire, native Puerto Rican soprano Camille Ortiz is quickly establishing herself as a leading artist in standard operatic roles. The 2021-2022 season included recitals and master classes of Latin American …

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Emily Marvosh

Posted Jun 12, 2022

American contralto Emily Marvosh has been gaining recognition for her “plum-wine voice” and “graceful allure” on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Disney Hall, Lincoln Center, Prague’s Smetana Hall and Vienna’s Stefansdom. Following her solo debut at Boston Symphony …

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Tyler Duncan

Posted Sep 09, 2021

Baritone Tyler Duncan has performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly under Karel Chichon, and Morales in Bizet’s Carmen in Japan under Seiji Ozawa. At the Spoleto Festival he debuted as Mr. Friendly …

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Nola Richardson

Posted Sep 09, 2021

Making her mark as an “especially impressive” (The New York Times) soprano, Australian-American Nola Richardson has won first prize in all three major American competitions focused on the music of J.S. Bach (Bethlehem Bach, 2016; Audrey Rooney Bach, 2018; Grand …

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Susanna Phillips

Posted Sep 06, 2021

Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips is a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award. Known for her sparkling portrayal of Musetta in La bohème, Ms. Phillips has sung at the Met for 12 consecutive seasons in the roles …

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John Matthew Myers

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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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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Kelley O’Connor

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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Trey Smagur

Posted May 04, 2018

Trey Smagur is a young 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 …

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Kelly Markgraf

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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Kelley Nassief

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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