Baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli has appeared as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Bob/Ben in The Old Maid and the Thief and The Telephone, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Valentin in Faust (cover), as well as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. “Ciuffitelli has resonance and power,” wrote Brooklyn Discovery. Matthew has appeared at Sarasota Opera, St. Petersburgh Opera, Light Opera of New Jersey, and in New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s Madama Butterfly. He also had the opportunity to perform with the Rolling Stones at Chicago’s United Center and appear in the U.S. premier of Dutch composer Jacob Ter Velhuis’ Mountain Top. Matthew was the 2018 recipient of The New Jersey State Opera Guild Prize.
Baritone Joshua Conyers is member of Washington National Opera’s 2018-19 Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program singing Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, British Major in Silent Night, Donkey in The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me, and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin. In 2017-18 Mr. Conyers was a member of the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera. Last summer at the Glimmerglass Festival he covered the roles of Porgy in Porgy and Bess and Eustachio in Donizetti’s rarely performed L’assedio di Calais. He makes his Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center debuts in 2018 performing Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, and Duruflé’s Requiem. This summer he joins Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist to perform Monterone and cover the title role in Rigoletto and to be the baritone soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest.
Considered to be a “sonorous baritone of impressive lyricism” (Opera News), Michael Gracco is currently studying under the tutelage of Nikki Li Hartliep. Michael graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2017 with his BM in voice. He was a finalist in the Metropolitan National Council auditions, Eastern division (2015, 2016) and received the De Lacamera award (2013) in the Connecticut division. In this 2017-2018 season with Tulsa Opera, he covered the role of Valentin and performed the role of Wagner, covered Ping and performed Mandarin in Turandot. Previously with Manhattan School of Music, Michael performed the roles: Count Homonay in Der Zigeunerbaron, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Forrester Vixen Sharp Ears, Sid in Albert Herring, Le Marquis in Le roi l’a dit, L’horloge comtoise in L’enfant et les sortilegès, and Don Giovanni in Don GIovanni. In the 2018-2019 season, Michael will return to Tulsa Opera to perform The Businessman in The Little Prince and Masetto in Don Giovanni. Michael is a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation. (2017-2018)
Mezzo Yinpei Han, from Nanjing, China, has been heard as Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Mannes Opera, as L’ecureuil in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges at the Manhattan School of Music, and as second lady in The Magic Flute with the Nanjing Arts University. Ms. Han received her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and is now a second year student for the Professional Studies Diploma Program at Mannes School of Music. Ms. Han was awarded 1st Prize at the International Vocal Arts Institute. This summer, she will sing Second Lady in The Magic Flute and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with New York Opera Conservatory.
Praised for her bell-like and crisp tone, soprano Rebekah Howell is making her mark as a versatile stage animal with “plenty of high notes.” (The Herald Times). In the 2018-19 season, Howell will be a frequent performer in Denver as a Resident Artist with Opera Colorado, appearing in the main stage productions as Annina and Violetta (study cover and scenes) in La Traviata, Holocaust Victim in Tom Cipullo’s After Life, and Barbarina and Susanna (cover and student matinee performance) in Le nozze di Figaro. Howell will also make role debuts as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in Opera Colorado’s touring productions.
Soprano Brittany Nickell is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where she obtained her Master of Music and Professional Studies degrees and Jacksonville University where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. This summer will mark Brittany’s ﬁrst trip to San Francisco where she will join the Merola Opera Program. Brittany will be performing in Barber’s Vanessa (as Vanessa) and Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) in the Schwabacher Scenes program. . Previous credits include Madame de Volanges in Dangerous Liaisons under the baton of Maestro George Manahan, Lady Macduff in Bloch’s Macbeth, Helen in Three Sisters Who Are Not Sister, all with the Manhattan School of Music opera theatre.
Baritone Emmett O’Hanlon, a native of New York, is a recent alumnus of the The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to numerous concert and operatic appearances, he has served as lead singer with “Celtic Thunder” on tour and on recordings. He holds a master’s degree from the The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music – CCM. No stranger to the winner’s circle, he has been a finalist in the 2017 “Operalia” competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He recently won 1st place in the Opera Florham Vocal Competition, 1st place in the New York International Vocal competition, and 1st in the Luminarts Fellowship Competition.
Hailed for her “vivid acting” and “flawless vocalism,” mezzo-soprano Alexandra Rodrick has distinguished herself as a strikingly engaging performer and a passionate storyteller.
This season, Ms. Rodrick debuts the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Chautauqua Opera Company, and will reprise the role with Baltimore Concert Opera, as well as appearing as La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi/Buoso’s Ghost with Opera Delaware. She returns to Japan to sing Mercédès and cover the title role in Carmen with VEROZA Japan and Maestro Seiji Ozawa’s Music Academy Orchestra. Ms. Rodrick was a 2017 Finalist in both the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition, where she won fourth place, as well as the Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition.
Lauded for his “attractive, rounded baritone” (Opera News) and “debonair and insinuating touch” (San Francisco Chronicle), Jacob Scharfman joins the International Opera Studio of the Salzburger Landestheater for the 2018-19 season. After completing his Master of Music at the Juilliard School in May 2018, Mr. Scharfman spent the summer with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, singing Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress. He was a National Semi-Finalist in the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and sang on the Met Stage in April. Connect and discover at jacobscharfman.com.
Hubert Zapior, a baritone from Brzesko, Poland, is an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies student at Juilliard studying with Edith Wiens. He graduated from Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. He has sung many roles, including the title role in Don Giovanni, Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Prosdocimo in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia. This season Mr. Zapiór made his debut at the Teatr Wielki at the Polish National Opera as Papageno in the Barrie Kosky production of Die Zauberflöte. Earlier this year he won first prize in The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition.