Ms. Baldwin’s upcoming season engagements include a debut with the Kentucky Opera (in collaboration with the Owensboro Symphony) singing the title role in Puccini’s Tosca and an Avery Fisher Hall debut at Lincoln Center as Viclinda in Verdi’s I Lombardi with The Opera Orchestra of New York under Eve Queler. She will also be performing the role of Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes at Chautauqua Opera and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Opera in the Heights.
In the 2011-12 season, she covered the role of Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at the San Francisco Merola Opera Program and performed the role of Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele at the Merola Schwabacher Concert under Giuseppe Finzi. She also debuted with the Virginia Opera singing the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel while covering the role of Gretel, along with covering the role of La Princesse in Philip Glass’ Orphée. In the 2010 -11 season, Ms. Baldwin performed the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at Arbor Opera and Cora in Stephen Paulus’ The Postman Always Rings Twice at the Boston Opera Institute. She also attended the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute under the direction of Brian Zeger.
Ms. Baldwin participated in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Masterclass Series “The Song Continues…2009” at New York’s Carnegie Hall working with Maestro James Levine. She was a guest soloist at the Paroisse de la Cathédrale in Monaco for their New Year’s Day Royal Mass Celebration and at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
On the concert stage, Ms. Baldwin performed the Widow in Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston University Orchestra and Chorus in 2011. Additional credits include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Aaron Copland’s As It Fell Upon A Day, John William’s Seven For Luck, William Schuman’s In Sweet Music, Ivan Fedele’s Maja, and many others.
In competitions, Ms. Baldwin is a 2013 International Finalist in the Francisco Viñas Singing Competition in Barcelona, 2012 National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions (winning through the Central Region and Illinois District), and 2011 Grand Prize winner in The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation competition. She continued on to also win First Place in the National Opera Association Artist Division (2013), The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges (2012), National Orpheus Vocal Competition (2011), and The Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition (2010). The Tanglewood Music Center Festival awarded her with the Grace B. Jackson Prize for Singers after her summer apprenticeships (2009 & 2010).
Ms. Baldwin studied with renowned American Mozart soprano Carol Vaness while obtaining her Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University where she studied with Myra Merritt.
Caitlin Cisler, soprano, made her professional debut in 2009, headlining as Cunegonde in Candide with Four Seasons Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. Other major roles include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel, 2011-2012), Lola Markham (Gallantry, 2011), Norina (Don Pasquale, 2011 & 2008), Morgana (Alcina, 2009), Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe, 2008), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro, 2008), Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande, 2007), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte, 2006) and Lucy in The Telephone (2006). Ms. Cisler currently works with Madison Opera, Opera for the Young, and Fresco Opera Theatre.
Ms. Cisler holds a Masters in Opera Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Bachelor degrees in vocal performance and biology from Lawrence University. She is a published researcher in vocal health and the effects of singing on the immune system. Currently, Ms. Cisler studies with Julia Faulkner and teaches private voice lessons at the Madison Music Foundry.
In 2011, Ms. Cisler was the audience favorite, and second place winner of the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition. She also was crowned the Diva Champion in Fresco Opera’s “Dueling Divas”. Ms. Cisler represented the Midwest as a semi-finalist for the 2010 NATS Artist Awards competition in Salt Lake City, and as a finalist in the 2010 National Opera Association Competition. Ms. Cisler has also presented Richard Strauss’ Brentano Lieder with the UW Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the university’s 2008 concerto competition.
Catherine Spitzer, soprano, has an understand of how vitally important it is for a classically trained singer to be fluent in foreign languages. After completing my undergraduate degree, I took a year to learn Italian. Once I achieved a certain level of fluency and confidence, I used my savings to travel to Florence, Italy where I lived with Italian university students, took a language course, and made several contacts with teachers and coaches from the area. My next goal is to begin German language studies in order to prepare for an audition tour in Europe within the next two to three years. Until then, I will also participate in auditions for Young Artist Programs in the United States. I would use the generous Career Bridges Grant Award to prepare for auditions and competitions in the U.S. and eventually in German speaking countries. This grant would significantly help to cover the costs of intensive German courses and the coachings and lessons needed to refine my audition repertoire until I am ready to launch my professional singing career.
Claudia Rosenthal, soprano, has undergraduate degrees from Yale University and The Hartt School, and a masters degree from Mannes College The New School for Music. Most recently, she sang Norina in Don Pasquale and Nannetta in Falstaff with The Mannes Opera under the baton of Joseph Colaneri. The past two summers, she has been a studio artist with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, singing Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Other favorite roles include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Rose (Street Scene), Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), and the Fire and the Princess (L’enfant et les sortileges). Claudia has also been a finalist in the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, and the Connecticut Concert Opera Vocal Competition. In the fall, Claudia will start a Masters of Music program at the Yale School of Music, singing with Yale Opera.
In addition to singing and performing, Claudia is deeply passionate about art and food. While at Yale, she double majored in Music and Art History, and wrote her senior thesis about French Modern Art. When she is not performing, you can most likely find Claudia in a museum taking inspiration from the artwork around her, or in her kitchen creating new recipes.
Courtney Miller, mezzo-soprano, is a recent addition to the East Coast scene. A 2010 New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Ms. Miller has twice been the recipient of the Rislov Foundation Award for her “excellence and promise as a classical musician.” At the Boston Conservaotry for her Masters in Opera Performance and a Professional Studies Certificate, Ms. Miller performed the title role in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Concepción in L’heure Espagnole, Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and the Witch in Hansel andGretel. While studying at the University of Michigan for her Bachelor of Music, she played Nancy in Albert Herring and the title role in Iolanthe. Ms. Miller will be returning to Chautauqua Opera this summer. As an Apprentice Artist she will sing Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Miller has also performed with Ohio Light Opera and Seagle Music Colony. Since moving to Boston, Ms. Miller has sung with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Metro Opera, and Juventas New Music Ensemble. This fall she will collaborate with collegues Caleb Stokes and pianist/conductor Andrew Altenbach in a series of recitals and masterclasses. When not performing, Ms. Miller enjoys yoga, kickboxing, experimental cooking, outdoor adventures, pet sitting, and arts administration. Thank you for your continued support of the arts! www.courtneyallycemiller.com
Javier Bernardo, lyric tenor, is described as “The Lead with powerhouse singing” by Chicago Now. The Peruvian Tenor has been a soloist at Symphony Center, has done two roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and has been part of the Young Artist Program at the Chicago Opera Theatre and Songfest in California. Javier was a former fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Brevard Music Center, and has been professionally affiliated with the Palm Beach Opera, Chicago Folks Operetta, New York Lyric Opera, and the Opera Company of Brooklyn. Javier Bernardo has a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York.
Joseph Flaxman,baritone, possesses a voice that “exudes good health and promise” (Bernard Holland, NY Times), Joseph Flaxman has been described as a “robust and powerful” baritone (Howard Kissel, NY Daily News). Recently earning his Master’s degree under the guidance of Mark Oswald at the Manhattan School of Music, he has already earned numerous opera credits.
Mr. Flaxman has performed with Opera Memphis, Sarasota Opera, Opera Saratoga, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, BARD Summerscape, Ash Lawn Opera, Brevard Music Center, American Opera Projects, Bronx Opera, Chelsea Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Opera Manhattan, the Martina Arroyo Foundation, the Manhattan School of Music, and at Fredonia State University. Recently the Liederkranz Foundation, Opera Index, the Bel Canto Foundation Scholarship, Career Bridges, the Comeptizione dell’Opera, the Armel Opera competition, and the MacGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR have all recognized his talents.
Upcomming performances include Montano (covering Iago) in Verdi’s Otello at Lyrique-en-mer in Belle-Ile France this July and August, as well as his Lincoln Center debut as Il Monaco Traba in Montemezzi’s La Nave with Teatro Grattacielo this October. www.josephflaxman.com www.wademanagement.com
Julia Radosz, soprano, has been praised as a “lovely lyric soprano” (Musical America, Jan. 2012) with “agile phrasing” and “considerable vocal energy” (Austin XL, Entertainment Review). Most recently, she sang Tormentilla, of the poisonous lips, in Ralph Vaughn Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss, with Bronx Opera. This season, she has performed the title role in Friml’s Rose-Marie with Light Opera of New York, Magnolia Hawks in Opera Naples’ production of Showboat, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Garden State Opera, and Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffman with Tri-Cities Opera. Also, with Tri-Cities Opera, she has sung Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, Adina in L’elisir d’amore , Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, andGilda in Rigoletto.
Ms. Radosz is the 2012 Winner of the Jenny Lind Competition, and the 2012 2nd Place winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition. She is also the 2011 winner of the Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition sponsored by the American Council for Polish Culture, and a recipient of a 2011 CareerBridges Encouragement Award. Last year, she was also a finalist in the Liederkranz Competition General Opera Division, and the recipient of the Phyllis Bryn-Julson Award at the Civic Morning Musicals Competition in Syracuse, NY. She has also been a finalist for the Dallas Opera Guild Competition and the Fielder Grant for Vocal Careers.
Ms. Radosz attended Westminster Choir College for her B.M. in voice performance and completed her Master of Music at University of Texas’ Butler Opera Center.
Kristina Bachrach, soprano, is making a name for herself as an up-and-coming soprano in New York City and around the country. She has recently been presented in recital at such venues as Merkin Hall, the Bechstein Institute, the Century Club of NYC, and the Center for Jewish History. She has performed in Lieder recitals at the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York, the Graduate Center at CUNY, and the Ana Tsarev Gallery. In the fall of 2013 she will perform Schubert’s Winterreise at both the Carnegie Room and the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC.
Ms. Bachrach recently graduated with her Master of Music degree from Mannes College, the New School for Music. She graduated summa cum laude in 2008 with her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While in Illinois she earned the Sara de Mundo Lo award for Outstanding Opera Performance for her portrayal of Sally Goodkin in Joseph Turrin’s The Scarecrow and as a soprano soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. In 2012 she was a National Semi-Finalist in the New York Lyric Opera Competition, the Fourth Prize Winner in the Metrowest Opera Competition, and a Grant Award Recipient from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.
Rachel Arky, mezzo-soprano, whose “expressive phrasing and fine sound” are coupled with an “endearing” and “convincing” stage presence, was recently seen as Emmy in Marschner’s Der Vampyr (Liederkranz Opera Theater), Orfeo (Sing-Through Central), Mary Godwin/Woman in M. Spektor’s Villa Diodati (York Theatre/Bank Street Films), Siébel (NY Opera Forum), Donna Elvira (La Musica Lirica), and Second Woman (/Dido cover) (Opera Company of Brooklyn). Ms. Arky is the recipient of a 2012 Anna Sosenko Grant and is a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Lois Alba Aria Competition. Past awards include Third Place in the NJ Association of Verismo Opera’s 2011 Vocal Competition, the Semi-Finals of the 2011 Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper Competition, and Third Place in the 2010 Liederkranz Voice Competition’s Art Song Division.
Upcoming engagements for the New York-born mezzo include La Badessa in Suor Angelica with Opera Manhattan, and various assignments as a Young Artist at Chautauqua Opera. Ms. Arky completed her M.M. at Manhattan School of Music and her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She currently resides in New York City where she studies with Fredrick Martell.
Shea Owens, baritone, from Scottsdale, Arizona, recently graduated with his MM in vocal performance from Rice University as a student of Dr. Stephen King. His appearances there include Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Mr. Webb in Our Town, and Eisenstein in Act 1 of Die Fledermaus. Mr. Owens graduated Cum Laude with a BM from Brigham Young University, where he played the four villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann as well as the title roles in Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro. Mr. Owens performed the role of Luther in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Wolf Trap Opera, the Lackey in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Tanglewood Music Center, and Papageno in The Magic Flute with Phoenix Opera. This summer he will perform at Central City Opera, and in the fall will begin a young artist residency with Utah Opera.
Tyler Putnam, bass, is beginning his professional career as an opera singer: this May he debuts in his first complete opera roll as Don Basilio in Vocal Production NYC’s Barber of Seville. He also recently covered the Commendatore as a guest artist with The Juilliard School’s production of Don Giovanni. This past fall Putnam sang the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance with Raylynmor Opera in Keene, NH, and over the summer Putnam sang a recital in Porto Ercole, Italy. Thanks to funding from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, he stayed another two weeks in Italy studying Italian at the Dante Alighieri School in Siena.
Yungee Rhie, soprano, has performed various roles such as Marie, Zerbinetta, Nanetta, Rosina, Olympia, La Fée, Dorinda, and Euridice. She is the prize winner of the Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship Competition, New York Lyric Opera Theater Vocal Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Arkadi Foundation Opera Idol Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, and Gaechun Art Festival in Korea. Recently, she was a semi finalist in Ferrucio Tagliavini International Competition held in Deutschlandsberg, Austria. As an active concert singer, last year, she made her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall premiering New Year’s Mass, and Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall performing Der Hirt auf dem Felsen. Also, she was chosen to perform Brentano Lieder at the German Consulate and at the Austrian Cultural Forum while she was at Mannes College. She has received Merit Scholarships from Mannes College and Indiana University, and is the proud scholarship recipient of the Young Singers Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. Upcoming engagements include Frasquita with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble this summer, soprano soloist in Brahms Requiem with Pro Arte Choir, and soprano soloist in Haydn’s Creation with a Korean Church in NJ.
Yulia Petrachuk, soprano, is a native of Tula, Russia, Ms. Petrachuk began musical studies and performing from an early age of 5. By the age of 12, given her well-developed vocal instrument, Mr. Petrachuk was immersed in studies with a professional vocal teacher and coach. Within 3 years of studies, she won a multitude of local and regional vocal competitions. Her studies and achievements over the next several years eventually landed her at the prestigious Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow, where she pursued Vocal and Opera studies for the next 5 years.
During her years at the Conservatory, Ms. Petrachuk held a busy schedule of opera performances in various theaters and participated regularly in numerous concerts and fully-staged operas with orchestra in a variety of roles, amongst which include Mimi (in Puccini’s opera “La Boheme”), Kupava and the Snow Maiden (in opera by Rimsky-Korsakov “Snow Maiden”), Zemphira (in Rakhmaninoff’s opera “Aleko”), and Euridice (in Gluck’s opera «Orfeo et Euridice»). In addition, she received a series of artistic honors and recognition at both the national and international level – Winner of the national competition «Tver Romansiada» in Tver, followed by a Finalist Diploma at the international competition of Russian romances “Romansiada” in Moscow. Subsequent appearances in Talinn, Estonia, and a win at the Spring International Festival in Pyongyang, the North Korea, sealed her reputation as an important up-and-coming young artist.
Most recently, Yulia was a Finalist for the Placido Domingo Washington Opera Program in January 2012 and was invited to perform the role of First Lady in the opera “Magic Flute” by Mozart with the Ash Lawn Opera Summer Festival 2012 (in Charlottesville, USA).
Paul Scholten, baritone, recently completed his second season as a young artist in the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the 2011-2012 season at the Lyric, he was seen as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zweiter Priester in Die Zauberflöte, and Der Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos. Mr. Scholten covered the roles of Papageno in the student matinee performances of Die Zauberflöte, Schlemil in Les Contes d’Hoffman, and Mitiukha in Boris Godunov. He made his role and company debut as Sharpless in Dupage Opera Theatre’s production of Madama Butterfly, and as Baburov in Shostakovich’s operetta Moscow Cheryomushki at the Chicago Opera Theatre. This summer, Mr. Scholten will join the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program where he will cover the role of Zurga in Les Pêcheurs des Perles. He will return to Chicago in the fall for performances as the baritone soloist in The Messiah with the Apollo Chorus and Orchestra.
Mr. Scholten received his master of music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with professor William McGraw. He was awarded two Samuel Adams Awards for Excellent Opera Characterization, annually given to the best dramatic portrayal in the opera department’s season. He received his bachelor of music degree with highest honors from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance where he studied with professor George Shirley. Upon graduation, he was awarded the school’s highest honor, the Albert A. Stanley Medal for Excellence in Music. Mr. Scholten is a native of Muskegon, Michigan.
Brett Sprague, tenor, is a Master’s Degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music studying under Mark Oswald. This season he will be performing The Ghosts of Versailles (Almaviva) with Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Theatre and Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo) with the Manhattan School of Music Opera Repertory Ensemble. Past performances include Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando) and La Vida Breve (La Voz en la Fragua) with Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Theatre, Falstaff (Fenton) with Tom Muraco’s Opera Seminar, L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino) at the Tuscia Operafestival, Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando), Signor Deluso (Leon), Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio) and Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein) with Opera Chapman. Scene work includes Don Pasquale (Ernesto) with The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) and La Perichole (Piquillo) at Manhattan School of Music, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Hoffmann) and A Little Night Music (Liebslieder) with Opera Chapman, and Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), La Boheme (Rodolfo) and Werther (Werther) at the Tyrolean Opera Program. He has performed as a soloist for the Verdi Square Festival for the Arts, the American Landmarks Festival, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Idyllwild Arts Festival Ensemble and The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York.