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Jennifer Higdon

Posted Oct 14, 2021

Pulitzer Prize and three-time Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon taught herself to play flute at the age of 15 and began formal musical studies at 18, with an even later start in composition at the age of 21. Despite these obstacles, Jennifer has …

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Michelle Areyzaga

Posted Oct 14, 2021

As a coveted performer with a diverse repertoire, American soprano Michelle Areyzaga has performed operatic roles with New York City Opera in Telemann’s Orpheus as well as in its VOX series, and has appeared in leading roles with Chicago Opera Theater, …

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Ann Hampton Callaway

Posted Sep 09, 2021

Ann Hampton Callaway is one America’s most gifted and prolific artists. A leading champion of the great American Songbook, she’s made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted by Broadwayworld.com as …

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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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Dianne Reeves

Posted Sep 09, 2021

Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a …

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Nicole Cabell

Posted Sep 06, 2021

Universally acclaimed for her velvety timbre and finely nuanced interpretations, American soprano Nicole Cabell continues to demonstrate her incredible versatility in repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary on the world’s greatest opera and concert stages as well as on disc.
Nicole …

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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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Ailyn Pérez

Posted Sep 06, 2021

Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. She won the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, becoming …

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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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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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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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