Kristen Choi (mezzo-soprano) hails from Los Angeles but had been singing all over the east coast. This summer she performs the role of Suzuki in Glimmerglass’s production of Madame Butterfly. Other upcoming roles include Cherubino in Sarasota’s production of Le nozze di Figaro and the cover role of Mrs. Lovett in Virginia Opera’s Sweeney Todd. Ms. Choi has a graduate degree in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and currently studies with Braeden Harris.
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, tenor César Delgado was a finalist in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition in 2014, a winner of a Goldsmith Foundation Award in 2013, a winner of “Best Performance Award” in the International Singing Competition of Sinaloa, Mexico in 2013, and a finalist in the Opera de San Miguel Competition 2012. He has sung Mario Ruoppulo in “Il Postino,” Conte di Libenskof in “Il Viaggio a Reims,” Rodolfo in”La Bohème” and Rinuccio in”Gianni Schicchi.” Currently he is studying at Mannes College of Music on a President’s Full Scholarship. His teachers are Enrique Patrón de Rueda, Carlos Serrano and Ruth Falcon.
French born soprano Faustine de Monès made her operatic debut at 15 years old at the Grand Theatre de Limoges as the lied soprano in Les Fables Enchantée. In England Faustine sung the role of Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) at the Barbican Theatre, Zerlina (Don Giovanni), the title roles in Handel’s Semele, and in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Britten Pears Young Artist program under the baton of Christian Curnyn, for which she was acclaimed in the Gardian for her “grace and natural expressivity”. Faustine de Monès has been invited several times to take part in the International Vocal Art Institute, where she sung the role of Soeur Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and will perform Laurette in Le Docteur Miracle by Bizet this summer under the baton of Metropolitan Opera Conductor Paul Nadler. She recently made her debut on the stage of the Israeli Opera house for the IVAI Gala Concert. Faustine is currently completing an Artist Diploma in Opera at Mannes in New York. In 2011 she obtained her bachelor degree with the prestigious mention 1st Class Honor from the Guildhall School of Music in London.
Lauren Frey of Pittsburgh, PA recently won 3rd Place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions (Great Lakes Region) after winning 1st Place in her MONC District. She received an award from the esteemed Philadelphia Orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition in 2013. In 2012, Lauren won 1st Place in her MONC District. She recently sang Musetta in La Bohѐme with Opera Western Reserve, where she was well-reviewed for her “absolutely stunning” and “saucy” performance. In 2013, she sang with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in Germany, where she performed Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She premiered Daron Hagen’s opera, Night Caps with Opera Theater Pittsburgh in 2012. Other credits include Gilda (Rigoletto,) Tina (Flight,) the title role in Alcina, Die Erste Dame (Die Zauberflӧte,) the title role in Semiramide, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte,) Micaela (Carmen), and Coaxer (The Threepenny Opera.) Lauren holds her Master and Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance degrees from Westminster Choir College.
Tenor Blake Friedman holds two degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Recent performances include: The Governor, Vanderdendur and Ragotski in Candide (Ash Lawn Opera), Soloist in Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart (BAM Fisher), Werther in Werther (Opera Company of Brooklyn), Rodolfo in La bohème (Ash Lawn Opera and Bronx Opera), Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore (Caramoor Festival), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Ash Lawn Opera). He was given an American Prize Friederich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Art Song Award, was a Finalist in The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Vocal Competition, and was recognized as a Richard Rodgers Scholar by The Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation.
Portland, Oregon native, Nicole Greenidge, soprano, received her Masters and Specialist Degree in Voice from the University of Michigan. Recent opera credits include Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Susanna (Figaro) and Musetta (La Bohème). Ms. Greenidge was 2nd Place Winner in the Bel Canto Vocal Foundation Competition in 2009 and 2013, Michigan District Winner in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and 3rd Place Winner in the 2013 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition, a semi-finalist and People’s Choice award winner in the 2014 American Traditions Competition, and a finalist in the 2014 Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition.
Soprano Shana Grossman made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Ellie Mae in Remarkable Theater Bridage’s opera shorts production of Barab’s In Questionable Taste. Under the baton of Richard Barrett, she has sung Nanetta in Falstaff, the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, Contessa di Folleville in Il Viaggio a Reims and Gilda in Rigoletto with Brooklyn College Conservatory. Previous roles include Madame Herz of Mozart’s The Impresario, Lauretta of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Suor Genovieffa of Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Lady Ella of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. This summer she will be singing with Opera Experience Southeast as Musetta in La Bohème and with the Sherrill Milnes’s V.O.I.C.Experience program.
Soprano, Samantha Guevrekian, known for her “pure, sweet-sounding soprano,” has most recently performed the roles of Musetta in La bohème, Violetta in La traviata, and Frasquita in Carmen in New York City. She has been the recipient of awards from the Giulio Gari Competition, Gerda Lissner Competition, Jenny Lind Competition, Elaine Malbin Competition and the Marcella Sembrich Competition, and was most recently a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. Miss Guevrekian completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University, and received a Master of Music Degree from Stony Brook University. This summer, she will be a Young Artist at the prestigious Gimmerglass Festival, making her debut as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. She currently studies voice with Diana Soviero.
Tenor John Kaneklides has been described as “richly mellifluous.” Most recently, he was praised for his “ringing tenor” as Alfredo in La Traviata with Delaware Valley Opera that was, “beautifully sung and enacted.” His recent roles include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. As a Young Artist with Opera North, he portrayed Laurie in Little Women. John has received several prestigious awards, including the Raphael Bundage Young Artist Award from the Orpheus National Competition. He also garnered Second Prize from the Opera Guild of Charlotte Competition. Additionally, John received honors from the Liederkranz Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. John holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Finance as well as a Master of Music from Winthrop University. Additionally, he has completed extensive training with his mentor, Metropolitan Opera House tenor and diction coach, Nico Castel.
American soprano Lauren Kelleher won praise as a “gleaming soprano,” playing the fastidious daughter Clarice in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna (Cleveland Classical). Most recently Ms. Kelleher appeared as Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz and Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in the New York City area. As a recent graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Lauren is currently based in New York City. Lauren sings regularly at the well-acclaimed Christ Church on Park Avenue. This June Lauren will sing in the chorus and cover the role of Amour in Rameau’s Pygmalion with Onsite Opera at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
Joseph Lattanzi, baritone, is from Mableton, GA. Recent career highlights include Britten’s War Requiem with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, participation in the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, and two summers in the Merola Opera Program. Selected stage credits include the title role in Don Giovanni, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Albert in Werther, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Joseph has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with teachers Salvatore Champagne and Bill McGraw. Upcoming engagements include Moralès in Carmen, Yamadori in Madama Buttefly, and Gueusselin in Silent Night with Cincinnati Opera.
Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo soprano, is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and received her undergraduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Recent and upcoming performances include the roles of Mère Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmèlites, Kate in Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Rinaldo in Handel’s Rinaldo, Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Siebel in Faust, Carolina in Hans Werner Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, Idamente in Idomeneo, and Carmen in Peter Brook’s adaptation Le Tragedie de Carmen. She appeared in the Winners Recital of the Liederkranz Competition in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.
As a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2012, baritone Brian Mextorf “excelled” (Opera News) in three roles in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. Brian also recently sang the role of Lesbo in Handel’s Agrippina and roles in the first performances of two new operas with Manhattan based Operamission. Other recent roles include Judas (Mattäuspassion with The Philadelphia Orchestra), Keçal (The Bartered Bride), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Four Villains (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi). Brian is from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is an alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M.) and Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and can be seen as an Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera for the 2014-15 season.
A “luminous-voiced soprano”, Los Angeles native Lauren Michelle is a graduate of The Juilliard School and UCLA. Previous credits include her debut as Nella in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for The Juilliard School and Opera UCLA , her Canadian debut as Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Banff and her debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at Teatro Romano di Fiesole. She was a 2014 Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a Finalist of the 2014 Kurt Weill Competition among other awards. This summer she debuts Musetta in La Bohème in Tel Aviv.
Hailed as “a voice to remember” while performing at The Rockwall Music Festival, LaMarcus Miller has been an active young artist, appearing in a number of leading and supporting operatic roles such as Palemon in Thais, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Comtes Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Dancaire in Carmen, and Simone & Marco in Gianni Schicchi. He made his musical theatre debut as The Beast in Beauty and the Beast in 2011.
Soprano Marielle Murphy, a native of Carmel, California, she has performed with numerous companies across the country, including the Caramoor International Music Festival, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Winter Harbor Music Festival, Manhattan Opera Studio at Symphony Space, and Eastman Opera Theatre. This summer, she sings Lucia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia with the Green Mountain Opera Festival and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre. Other notable roles include Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), and Melisande (Pelleas et Melisande). She is a 3-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, and has been awarded by the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, New Jersey State Opera’s Alfredo Silipigni Competition, Henry and Maria Holt Scholarship Competition, Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, the Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition, and Rochester Oratorio’s Classical Idol Competition. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she currently resides in New York City.
American Soprano, Meghan Picerno was last seen making her Carnegie Hall debut in recital with Metropolitan Opera’s Bass’s Hao Jiang Tian. Last year she made her Alice Tully Hall Debut singing with the New York City Opera Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Paul Nadler, and the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, China as a young artist of I Sing Beijing. As Zerlina in Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program’s production of Don Giovanni, she was praised by the New York Times for her “attractive soprano” voice. She received both her Masters and Professional Studies degrees from The Manhattan School of Music. This Spring she received 1st prize in the Arkadi Vocal Competition and New York Lyric Opera Vocal Competition, received an honorable mention grant from the Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, and has been selected as a finalist in the upcoming competitions of the Classical Singer vocal competition, and Career Bridges Grant program. She was also a semi-finalist in Marcello Giordani’s International Vocal competition as well as the Lotte Lenya Competition.
Mezzo soprano Ewa Płonka, originally from Poland, is equally talented as a pianist and singer. She obtained her Bachelor’s and first Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at The Academy of Music in Poznań/Poland. Her second Master’s Degree was earned from Oklahoma City University and her Doctoral Degree from The University of Utah both in Piano Performance. Ewa Płonka will begin her studies at The Juilliard School in the fall 2014 in Artist Diploma in Opera Studies. During the summer 2014 Ewa will give several vocal recitals with the piano in Poland and concerts with orchestra in Germany, as she was awarded full scholarship in The 2014 Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Nürnberg.
Hailed by critics as a “mellifluous bass-baritone [with] theatrical flair” (Opera News, 2011), Adrian Rosas is an emerging young artist with “impressive experience and talent” (The Boston Globe, 2012). Mr. Rosas made his Opera Theatre of St. Louis debut in the role of The Captain in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin as well as understudying the roles of Willy Wonka in a world premiere of Peter Ash’s opera, The Golden Ticket and the title role in Don Giovanni. He made his Seattle Opera debut as the Sergeant in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and as part of Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program performed the roles of Procolo in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma, as well as Masetto and Il Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In concert, Mr. Rosas has made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Angel Gabriel in Oh My Son, an opera by Spanish composer Marcos Galvany and has performed on numerous occasions with the acclaimed New York Festival Of Song. Mr. Rosas holds a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University.
Korean-American tenor Christopher Yoon is a 2nd year M.M. student at Mannes College The New School for Music studying with Arthur Levy. A graduate of The Juilliard School, in 2009, Mr. Yoon performed the role of Puck in Juilliard’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the following spring shared a debut recital in Weill Hall. In 2012 he sang the role of Podesta in Juilliard’s production of La finta giardiniera. Following that fall at Mannes he sang Mavra in Stravinsky’s Mavra and that spring, covered Male Chorus in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. This past fall he sang the role of Cavelier Belfiore in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims.