Raymond Diaz – Last summer, Raymond sang the role of Col. Wadsworth in Central City Opera’s Premiere of Gabriel’s Daughter, and this fall bass was soloist in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus for Bachworks in New York City. In addition he received an encouragement award from the Sullivan Foundation. He will be singing a supporting role in Fanciulla del West with the Utah Opera in the spring.
“It is a very tempting notion to pack it in, so to speak, and seek a vocation that is less stressful and more fiscally rewarding. Less than one half of one percent of students who study voice at a college or conservatory level is ever capable of working as a singer. Then, at that critical moment, when you’re about to resolve to take your final curtain call, a voice cries out. Call it conscience, call it the will of the Almighty, call it whatever you like. Every singer who ever was has known this moment. For me, Career Bridges was that voice, a saving grace.”
Michelle Serrano-Möritz – Michelle has degrees in both Voice and Theatre from the Catholic University of America. While completing her graduate studies in Opera at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, she portrayed Gertrude in their nationally acclaimed production of Hänsel und Gretel. In 2005, she was a finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, she was Desdemona in Regina Opera’s production of Otello, and Dido in the Bronx Opera production of Dido and Aeneas.
Sergio Maclean – Sergio has been coaching and preparing roles for future auditions. “Your assessment helped direct me into the right path and prioritize my goals. You have given me opportunities to perform alongside other singers in various events. I will always count Career Bridges an ally on my quest to cross that bridge that separates the advanced student from the young professional.”
Nicole Aiossa – For the last few months, Ms. Aiossa has been working on new repertoire and preparing new roles in order to start the audition process. Nicole has also appeared in various concerts and performances in the New York City area.
“Career Bridges has made it possible for me to continue with my education in very specific areas, and I have been able to concentrate on what I require for a career”.
Elizabeth Batton – Over the past year, Elizabeth has performed with the Indianapolis Opera as Charlotte in their production of Werther, with the Pittsburgh Opera as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as the Third Lady in Die Zauberflote in Macau and China, and was a soloist with the Hong Kong International Music Festival. In addition, she recently had her seasonal debut with the Metropolitan Opera as a cover in Moses und Aron.”
“Because of the Career Bridges Competition, and their tremendous financial support, I was able to fully coach my roles for the Moses und Aron, in addition to musically and dramatically coaching my audition arias for the fall audition season here in NYC.”
You have allowed me to see myself through the eyes of those who might be hiring me or listening to me in an audience. Career Bridges has been a true blessing to me.”
Chen Reiss – In the short time from being selected as a Career Bridges’ Grant Winner last April to date, Chen Reiss has launched her career in a spectacular fashion. She recently made an impressive series of appearances including debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich as Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) and as Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and at Teatro alla Scala as Maria in West Side Story, a role she also performed all over Japan. The Israeli-born soprano next sings Le nozze di Figaro and Carmina Burana with the Israeli Philharmonic, and Nannetta (Falstaff) with the Bayerische Staatsoper, all conducted by Zubin Mehta.
“I am so grateful for the grants Career Bridges has awarded me to prepare for the above roles and to create new photos. Your support and recognition has given me great encouragement. “
Adelmo Guidarelli – His first European CD release was in October 2003. He recorded songs in German for the German children’s album, Der kleine Tanzbar Schubidu. Recent performances include a Concert in Rome at The Chapel of The Twelve Apostles and Numerous Concerts throughout the New York the Tri-State area. Adelmo Guidarelli recently founded “Voices Among Us” a TV musical variety show currently airing in 5 major cities with an audience of 3 million people a week and growing. It can be seen on RCN networks or streaming online at www.voicesamongus.com.
“Career Bridges has enabled me to add more coaching hours each week, which in turn has given me a better understanding of how my voice actually works. Without their monetary support this would not have been possible.”
Adrian Gans – Adrian was awarded a grant to enable him to attend the ILAR foundation in Rome where he studied and performed several roles. In addition He recently appeared with the Harrison Opera singing the role of Marcello (La Bohème).
“Career Bridges keeps me pointed in the right direction. The scholarship to study in Rome helped me improve my languages, stage presence and vocal ability. Most of all, the knowledge that you will be there to help me in the future, gives me feeling of support, backing and encouragement .”
Moira Girard – Moira has upcoming performances with the New Rochelle Opera in Menotti’s The Telephone, and in Spring 2005 a yet-to-be-officially-announced major role with Tulsa Opera. She has performed in several concerts across New York and New Jersey.
“The sort of objective feedback that I have received from Career Bridges is difficult to find outside of a university/conservatory setting, and I have benefited from it immensely”
Kyungsun Choi – Kyungsun made her Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of John Rutter with Mid-America Production. She sang the soprano role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and a full recital concert in Seoul Korea.
Future engagements include Haydn’s Theresien Mass with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and the role of Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Utah festival this Summer.
“Career Bridges has helped me to study with my musical coaches, which is extremely important. Without your support, I could have done nothing. I am truly thankful of Career Bridges’ support.”
Abel Moeng – Abel has been chosen to be a fellow of the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera. This fall and winter he has performed with the opera companies in Pretoria and Capetown in South Africa, as well as concerts with the Long Island Symphony.
“Words are not enough. Career Bridges has really made my career. It has assisted me with employment and visa issues to an extraordinary extent. In short, “I am because of Career Bridges. “Halala (Well done) Career Bridges!”