Bryan Murray, baritone, is excited to pursue a Master of Musical Arts degree at Yale University this coming fall. Bryan is currently finishing an Artist Diploma at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music where he also received his Master’s in vocal performance. While at Purchase, Bryan has appeared as John Proctor in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Father in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. He has a Bachelor’s in Music from Stony Brook University where he also appeared as the Father, as well as the Consul in Pier Francesco Cavalli’s Eliogabalo, and ensemble work in Eliogabalo, Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail, and Sheila Silver’s The Wooden Sword.
Soprano Emily Misch is a recent graduate of Mannes College of Music. Concert credits include Joseph Schwantner’s DzBlack Anemonesdzat Carnegie Hall and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaireat Neue Galerie. Her operatic roles include Zerlina inDon Giovanni (Opera inWilliamsburg), Fire/Princess/Nightingale inL’enfant et les Sortilèges (Opera on the Avalon), and the Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight (Mannes Opera). She has participated in young artist programs at Opera on the Avalon, Opera North, and Wolf Trap Opera Company, and is a grant recipient from the 2015 Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition. She received her BAin Music from Yale University.
American tenor, Mackenzie Gotcher, has been in increasing demand since his debut in 2012 as Rinuccio inGianni Schicchi with Land of Enchantment Opera. Upcoming performances include Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera Company of Middleburry, cover for Cavaradossi inToscaat Opera North as well as Agustín Magaldi inEvita. Mr. Gotcher was heard recently asDiego Delarosa inRose in Flames with Utah Festival opera as well as cover for Rodolfo inLaBohème, Paul Bäumer inAll Quiet on the Western Front with the Künstler Orchester Wien, aswell as two seasons as a resident artist with the Sarasota Opera.Mr. Gotcher willbe a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia in the fall of 2016.
Soprano Meechot Marrero was the First Place winner in the Puerto Rico District 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Meechot has performed de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas, Haydn’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Villa-Lobos’Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. She has attended the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Puerto Rico, the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel and Virginia, the VOICExperience in Florida and Savannah, and Opera as Drama in New York. Her roles include Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Concepción in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole, and Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème. Ms. Marrero received her B. M. from the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory and is currently working on her M. M. with the Yale Opera Program at the Yale School of Music.
Megan Nielson roles include: Donna Anna- Don Giovanni, Tosca, Judith-Bluebeard’s Castle, Mimi-La bohème , Chrysothemis-Elektra, Suor Angelica, Nedda-Pagliacci, Donna Elvira-Don Giovanni. Competitions: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions District Finalist, Meistersinger Competition, Orpheus Competition, University of Tennessee Concerto Competition, 2015 Career Bridges Grantee, and Shreveport Opera’s Lorena Bessey Mangin Memorial Award. Undergraduate degree from University of Kansas City-Missouri and Master’s from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Young artist programs: Knoxville Opera, Bay View Music Festival, AIMS Graz, CoOPERAtive, and Sarasota Opera-2015. Upcoming performances: The Riverside Opera Company Concert Series and Suor Angelica with Chelsea Opera.
French-American soprano Sandra Hamaoui completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Hamaoui is a first-prize winner of the Mary Truman Competition (Art Song Preservation Society of New York), a first-prize winner of the West Bay Opera League Competition. In the 2016-17 season, she will make her debut as the title character in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (CVAI), and will appear in recital alongside Thomas Muraco at Opera America. Last season, Ms. Hamaoui made her debut as Adina in L’elisir d’amorewith the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was chosen to represent the Conservatory at the Kennedy Center with her successful Adina, and later reprised the role at CVAI. Her other notable engagements include Amore and Damigella in L’incornazione di Poppea, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte.
Sean Christensen has been recognized as a tenor with a full, warm, and lyrical timbre, steadily establishing himself professionally in New York City. He has recently appeared as Des Grieux in Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s production of Manon, Fernando in Bare Opera’s production of Granados’ Goyescas, as well as Don Ottavio in Opera in Williamsburg’s production of Don Giovanni. Other recent performances include Azael in Bare Opera’s production of Ravel’s L’enfant prodigue, Gastone in Long Island Opera’s La traviata, as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera in Williamsburg, as well as Tamino in The Magic Flute with the Metropolitan Guild. He was a young artist at Caramoor Opera in 2016, where he performed as Oraspe in Aureliano in Palmira. He was an apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera in 2016, where he covered the role of Jaquino in Fidelio, and was awarded the Leo M. Rodgers for Outstanding Apprentice Artist. He was also a studio artist at Chautauqua Opera in 2015, and an Opera North Young Artist in 2014, where he played Daniel Buchanan in Street Scene and covered Freddie Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady. He currently studies with Michael Chioldi.
Tenor Shuo Wang is from Zibo, China. He is a second-year master`s degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of James Morris. He received bachelor`s degree at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China. Previous credits include The Dangerous Liaisons (Chorus). This past summer Mr.Wang received an Encouragement Award from Career Bridges in New York City. He will be the tenor soloist in The Messiah with the Colorado Symphony in its New Year Gala. He will be performing Don Ottavio in the selected scenes of Don Giovanni at the Opera Theater of Manhattan School of Music this year.
Teresa Castillo, soprano, spent the summer at the Merola Opera Program and sang the role of #1 in Conrad Susa’s opera Transformations, where she was acclaimed for her sweet and pure soprano. She recently won the Elaine Malbin Competition and a career grant from Career Bridges, both in New York City. She has also won first place in the Classical Singer Competition at the Young Artist level, second place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and was featured in the Who Inspires You? article series in Classical Singer Magazine. She has participated in the Bel Canto at Caramoor program as an Apprentice Artist in Katonah, NY, and sang in the U.S. Premiere of Terra Cotta Warriors in 3D. This fall, Ms. Castillo will make her debut with the Occasional Opera Company singing the role of Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte.
Mezzo-Soprano Tesia Kwarteng’s credits include The Witch in Hansel and Gretel (CoOPERAtive), Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia (Utopia Opera), Chorus in Harriet Tubman: When I crossed that line to Freedom (American Opera Projects), La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica (Opera on the Avalon), and 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute (Tarrant Opera Project). In concert she performed as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at First Presbyterian Stamford, a soloist in the Grammy award winning Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz at the Apollo Theater with Jessye Norman, and Stomping at the Savoy directed by Broadway director Linda Twine. She also toured the Abyssinian Mass with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Tesia was a fellow at CoOPERAtive last summer and will be a studio artist at The Chautauqua Opera this summer. She was the recipient of the 2013 Legacy Award in the National Opera Association competition. Tesia also holds a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance and Journalism from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Bass baritone Eugene Richards made his professional opera debut in Opera Las Vegas’production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville as The Sergeant. He has gone on to work with the company in their 2015 production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly as The Bonze & their 2016 production of Carmen as Morales. He will again be working with the company in their 2017 production of Rigoletto as Monterone. Additionally, Eugene has spent the last two summers as part of Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices in the American Wagner Project division where he is studying the helden baritone repertoire. Born in South Carolina, Eugene was raised in southern California as the son of a San Diego Padres outfielder. An athlete himself, Eugene attended the University of Hawaii and played for the school’s baseball team. Working as a fashion model in Las Vegas & Los Angeles, he was only recently introduced to the world of opera and began studying with Luana Devol & Dolora Zajick.
Korean-Chinese Soprano, Yulan Piao, is currently completing a Master degree at the Manhattan school of Music. She won First-prize in the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation, Second Prize in IVAI Opera Idol Competition and won First prize in the Concurso Internacional de Canto Teatro Colón Korea regional round. She made her professional debut singing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto in South Korea. Previous credits include La bohème (Mimì), Luisa Miller (Luisa), Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi), Opera Scene work includes La Rondine (Magda), Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Frau Fluth), La bohème (Mimì), Manon (Manon), Carmen (Micaela) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia). This summer she performed as Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème in IVAI program in New York City, also performed as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in GVAI program in Seattle.