2016 Alum

Anna Viemeister, mezzo soprano

Praised for her warmth, engaging presence, musicianship and intensity of sound, Anna Viemeister is known for consistently delivering a riveting performance and using her dramatic timing and skill to delight countless audiences. Having earned her Masters at Manhattan School of Music, Anna has been making her music on the East and West Coast as well as abroad. This began in the fall of 2011 when Anna was cast as Donna Elvira in the Vocal Productions NYC's Don Giovanni at Symphony Space where she was asked to return for a tour to Michigan and Maryland. Anna's most recent engagements include her first Wagnarian debut as Senta in the Flying Dutchman, displaying her renowned skill as Elvira in Ernani, and being invited as a guest artist to perform in La Rondine as Magda at Portland State University.
Ms. Viemeister was cast as Frau Fluth in The Merry Wives of Windsor where she worked under the direction of the Castels in 2012. Anna was cast as Mimi in Regina Opera's Winter production of La Boheme and can be found on the world debut CD of Lee Hoibey's Summer and Smoke. Ms. Viemeister performed in the revival production of this opera where she displayed the vocal skill and flexibility portraying Alma Weinmiller. New York Times quotes Anna “… singing with warmth and intensity capturing the uneasy mix of yearning and repression in Alma.” Ms. Viemeister has had the honor of performing under the direction of many skilled and acclaimed directors such as Donna Vaughn, Tito Capobianco, Steve Osgood, Carol Castel and Giovanni Reggioli. She triumphed in the 2009 performance of Falstaff as Alice Ford Opposite Metropolitan Verdi Baritone Richard Zeller as Falstaff with Maestro Capobianco. Under the dynamic direction of Donna Vaughn Anna developed her ever warming voice in Alma and in La Contessa from Le Nozze di Figaro where she was “destined perhaps for heftier assignments…”as quoted from a local review; serving perhaps as a precursor to her eventual homecoming to the mezzo repertoire.
Past Credits include Mimi, Dorabella, Contessa, Alice Ford, donna Elvira, Magda, Elvira (Ernani), Senta, Nedda, Dido, Giulietta.
2015/2016 credits include Die Walkuruie (Fricka) with NY Lyric Opera, Pagliacci (Nedda VPNYC), Dido and Aeneas (Dido NY Lyric Opera), Tales of Hoffmann (Giulietta VPNYC), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro with LI Opera/NY Lyric Opera) and Rossini Stabat Mater (Mezzo soloist VPNYC.).
Upcoming ventures include Mozart’s Requiem (Mezzo soloist) with VPNYC, and Don Carlo (Eboli) with VPNYC.

Chelsea Friedlander, soprano

CHELSEA ROSE FRIEDLANDER, is thrilled to be in OSI this year! Favorite roles: Mabel in Pirates of Penzance (Ohio Light Opera Company), Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (Light Opera of New Jersey), Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff (Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program), Adele in Die Fledermaus (Opera in the Ozarks) and Luisa in The Fantasticks (Women’s Theater Company of NJ). Recent Concerts: Pages from the American SongBook (Light Opera of NY), A Little Night Music-the music of Bernstein & Sondheim (Coro Lirico) and singing along side Kristin Chenowith with Long Island Concert Pops. Ms. Friedlander is a consecutive Encouragement Award Winner from the Metropolitan Opera Competition - Connecticut District (2011, 2012). Ms. Friedlander is a company member of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players & the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live! Proud member of Actors Equity Association. Ms. Friedlander holds a Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music.
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Joyce Yin, soprano

Lyric coloratura soprano Joyce Yin enjoys an active singing schedule of concert, choral, and operatic works and is a winner of the MONC Auditions Audience Choice Award (San Diego) and Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego. Recognized for her coloratura facility and depth of emotional connection, New York Concert Review recently praised the "otherworldly quality" of her performance in Bernstein Remembered, a concert honoring the late composer. This season, Joyce debuts two dream roles singing Adele (Die Fledermaus) at Lincoln Center and Morgana (Alcina) with Cantanti Project. In 2015, Joyce was the soprano soloist in Finzi's Christmas oratorio In Terra Pax, a featured soloist with Chabot Chamber Society singing Bach's Wedding Cantata, and an apprentice of the Astoria Music Festival where she covered Pamina and performed the role of First Lady (Die Zauberflöte). Additional operatic credits include La Fée (Massenet’s Cendrillon), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Despina (Così fan tutte), and the title role in Donizetti’s one-act comedy, Rita. As a soloist, Joyce’s concert work ranges from the intimate to large-scale, with highlights such as Messiah with La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem with Scottsdale Musical Arts. Joyce holds an M.M. in Opera Performance from Arizona State University.
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Meghan Picerno, soprano

Hailed by the New York Times for her “attractive soprano voice”, Italian-American Coloratura Soprano, Meghan Picerno, was last seen making her debut at David Geffen Hall in New York City with the International Chamber Orchestra of America. This summer she was selected as a quarterfinalist in Placido Domingo's prestigious Operalia International Vocal Competition in London, singing at the Royal Opera House. This summer she also performed her debut role as Gilda in Hubbard Hall Opera’s production of Rigoletto as well as singing scenes as Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide with Joan Dornemann’s IVAI program in New York City. This past winter she was seen as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at The Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall. In 2012 she made her Alice Tully Hall Debut singing with the New York City Opera Orchestra and at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, China as a young artist of I Sing Beijing. She received both her masters and professional studies degrees from The Manhattan School of Music. She received 1st prize in the Arkadi International Vocal and New York Lyric Opera’s Vocal Competitions, Top Prize in The Forte International Competition, 2nd Prize in The American Prize Vocal Competition, as well as receiving awards from the Alfredo Silipigni, Benjamin Matthews Competitions, and Career Bridges Grant Program. Other roles performed include Violetta/La traviata Le feu & La Princesse/L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Sophie/Werther and Monica/The Medium. This Spring Miss Picerno will make her role debut as the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in New York City, as well as making her debut at The Kennedy Center as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel.

Nelson Ebo, tenor

Nelson Ebo was born in Angola in 1984 during the civil war. Since childhood, he struggled against that war and illness which claimed the lives of both parents and several siblings. With his powerful tenor voice and musical soul, Nelson was able to lift himself out of hardship while inspiring all those who heard him. 
At the age of 14, Nelson was first introduced to choral music in his local church. His fascination with opera began by chance when he heard a CD of opera luminaries Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo and taught himself to sing like them. He began to sing in Casa 70 in Luanda to pay for his own education and family’s well-being. 
In 2001, Nelson was invited to sing at a human rights song contest organized by the UN and the Angolan Ministry of Justice. Impressed with Nelson’s extraordinary talent, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation supported Nelson to pursue the study of music in Spain. 
In 2008, Nelson moved to the USA as a scholarship student at the Hartt School of Music where he studied with Wayne Rivera. Nelson later auditioned for and was accepted as a “resident artist” at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where he studied with the renowned voice teacher, Bill Schuman. 
Nelson has won awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation and Opera North and has performed in concerts around the world. He has also sung in concerts invited by Marcello Giordani as well as different music events of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia. 
In 2012, 12 years after leaving Angola to study singing abroad, Nelson was invited back to Angola by Carlos Cunha to perform at the 14th anniversary of Casa 70. Through this concert, and the support of the First Lady of Angola, Nelson has returned numerous times to give concerts in Angola and Portugal and continue his professional development in Italy and Germany. He currently studies and resides in the US. 

Yunnie Park, soprano

Soprano Yunnie Park, has been featured in Opera News as “gleaming, elegant, soaring toned” and with “sunny” stage presences. In 2013, Ms. Park began her season as Adina in Donizetti’s opera L’elisir d’amore at Kaye Playhouse in New York City with Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance Program. 
Ms. Park’s artistic achievements include her international operatic debut in Pesaro, Italy as Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème, professional operatic debut in New York City as Magda in Puccuni’s La Rondine and various performances with the University of Arizona Opera Theatre performing the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata and the role of Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She was also fortunate enough to be selected as a solo performer in Carnegie Hall. 
Recently, Ms. Park, completed her degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona, under the tutelage of world-renowned soprano, Faye Robinson. While pursuing her degree, she received highest honors after winning the President’s Concerto Competition and claiming the prestigious Igor Gorin Memorial Award. Nationally, this aspiring artist has been recognized by National Opera Association, Southern Arizona Opera Guild, Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera Council Audition.

2015 Alumni

Amy Keesun Kwon, soprano

Soprano Amy Keesun Kwon received her masters of music degree from the Catholic University of America and bachelor of music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She studies at Columbia University for further studies. Ms. Kwon appeared as a soprano soloist for the Millennium Stage concert ‘Songs of the Forgotten War’ and as a soloist with Hines-Lee Opera Ensemble for the Opera Gala concert at the Terrace Theatre at Kennedy Center. Ms. Kwon made her New York debut with Riverside Opera Company. She is an award winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York and a recipient of the Peabody Career Development Grant. She was a grant recipient of the Individual Artist Award from Maryland State Arts Council.

Andrew Hiers, bass-baritone

Bass-baritone Andrew Hiers is a New York City based emerging artist. He recently performed the title characters in both Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Upper West and Don Pasquale with Venture Opera. This summer he sang Bardolf in Salieri’s Falstaff with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and his portrayal was described as having “panache” (New York Times). In May he made his professional NYC debut by stepping into the role of Ebn-Hakia in Tchiakovsky’s Iolanta with New Opera NYC alongside Metropolitan Opera bass Mikhail Svetlov. He has also performed with Sarasota Opera, Center City Opera Theater, Green Mountain Opera Festival, New York Opera Exchange, Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, and Opera in the Ozarks. A graduate of Florida State University, highlights include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Rucker Lattimore in Cold Sassy Tree, Colline in La bohème, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore.

Anita Lyons, soprano

American soprano Anita Lyons is quickly creating a niche for herself in the dramatic repertoire, most recently performing the title role of La Gioconda and the Primadonna/Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) at Lincoln Center with NY Opera Forum. She has been seen this season with the Central Jersey Symphony singing the Strauss Vier letzte Lieder, with Boheme Opera NJ in a program of the music of Richard Wagner, and with Riverside Opera Company as a soloist on their gala orchestra concert at Snug Harbor on Staten Island. Upcoming engagements include the title roles of Norma and Elektra, as well as Brünnhilde (Siegfried), and Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) with NY Opera Forum. Other roles to her credit include Elsa (Lohengrin), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), and the title roles of Aïda and Adriana Lecouvreur. Radio appearances include Minnesota and Peoria Public Radio, and she has performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, and Indianapolis Opera.
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Elizabeth Novella, soprano

Soprano Elizabeth Novella, a New York City native, recently performed Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the cellists of the New York Philharmonic. This summer she will return to the Aspen Music Festival and School to sing the role of Maia in Christopher Theofanidis’ “The Cows of Apollo or the Invention of Music.” Previous credits include Gertrud (Hänsel und Gretel) with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Mrs. Wormwood in Manhattan School of Music’s Outreach adaptation of Matilda (Musilda), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor) with New York Lyric Opera Theater, as well as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) with The Amalfi Coast Music FestivalScene work includes Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites) with the Aspen Music Festival and School, Gilda (Rigoletto) with the American Symphony Orchestra and Mimì (La Bohème) with Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Ensemble. Ms. Novella won first place in the NYC-NATS division consecutively from 2006-2009 and again in 2011. She also won the Bard College Concerto Competition in 2011. Ms. Novella completed her M.M. at Manhattan School of Music and her B.A. at Bard College.

Inho Eom, tenor

Praised for his beautiful, strong, and clear tone quality, Inho Eom, Tenor born in South Korea is an emerging artist that has performed roles including the title roles Siegmund in Die Walkure, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Mercurio in La Calisto, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Basilio and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro in operas across the United States and Europe. Also, He was a featured soloist in Messiah by Handel and The Creation by Hyden.
Inho Eom achieved his Bachelor’s degree at KyungHee Univ. in Seoul and recently obtained his Master degree and Professional Studied Diploma at Manhattan school of Music.

Julia Mendelsohn, soprano

Cincinnati native soprano Julia Mendelsohn is an emerging artist with an innate passion for opera and musical theater. Julia has been a Studio Artist in multiple summer festivals all over the country including the Sherrill Milnes Voice Studio with the Savannah Voice Festival, the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival, and has performed with John Musto and William Bolcom as a Young-Artist with SongFest in Los Angeles. In 2008, Julia appeared as a solosit on National Public Radio’s program From The Top with host Christopher OʼReilly. Ms. Mendelsohn holds a Master’s Degree in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music, where she performed Clarice in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna and created the title role of Matilda in Discover Opera!’s original production : Matilda, touring around New York City’s elementary schools. Julia received her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she performed the role of Muffin in the Ohio premier of William Bolcomʼs A Wedding and appeared in Leonard Bernsteinʼs Candide and Smetanaʼs The Bartered Bride with the Oberlin Opera Theater. Other credits include Mìmì (La Bohème), Gianetta (The Gondoliers), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). Julia currently resides in New York City, and is a student of Patricia McCaffrey. This year Julia has been selected as a 2015 Resident with the Opera Singers Initiative in New York City. This summer, Julia will be appearing in Turandot and Il Trovatore with the Cincinnati Opera.

Melanie Ashkar, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Melanie Ashkar, a native of Washington, DC, is currently pursuing her MM at Mannes College under the tutelage of Beth Roberts. This season she appears with Mannes Opera as La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Older Woman in Dove’s Flight. Last season she portrayed Amastre in Serse with Bel Cantanti Opera, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Loudoun Lyric Opera and Bradamante in Alcina with NAPA Music Festival. In seasons prior she has appeared as Cendrillon (Cendrillon), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte). She has been engaged at programs including the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Music Academy International and others. Melanie has also been presented in concert with Friday Morning Music Club, Opera on Tap, Repertory Opera Theatre Washington, and Sunday Opera.
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2014 Alumni

Aaron Halvey, tenor

Aaron Halevy, tenor is quickly finding a growing enthusiastic response from the professional field for his potential. He began his operatic training in 2003 and participated twice in the the Laboratori di Ricerca e di Perfetzionamento Musicale—Corso di Canto, in the Tuscan mountains of Italy. There, he studied Bel Canto technique with renowned soprano, Antonella Banaudi and became fluent in Italian. In 2011, Aaron sang Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and in spring of 2013 he sang Pinkerton in his professional debut in Bel Cantanti's production of Madama Butterfly. Aaron's second major production with the company was during the summer program as Eisentein in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, (with a repeat performance in December). Returning to his native home of Colorado often, Aaron has had the pleasure of performing with the Opera On Tap association, as well as many other exciting  venues. Aaron opens 2014 performing with the singer's Theater of Washington in their production of Ariadne Auf Naxos, along with a new promising collaboration with Opera Singer's Initiative out of NYC. After having worked for several years in the fields of politics, animation and video editing, Aaron looks forward to advancing his operatic career, propelled by his love for the human voice, opera, and the connective experience of performing rich music for a live audience.

Allison McAuley, soprano

 Allison McAuley, soprano has been praised for her vocal agility, expressive performances, and captivating stage presence. Ms. McAuley was most recently seen as Mme. Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor. She has performed a variety of roles including Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Noémie (Cendrillon), The Plaintiff Angelina (Trial by Jury), Charlotte Malcolm (A Little Night Music), and Kristy in the children’s opera House with Nevada Opera. Ms. McAuley covered Gilda (Rigoletto) for New York Lyric Opera Theatre and has also covered the role of Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). She was a regional finalist in the 2011 Classical Singer Competition in New York City, and has appeared on the television shows Are you Maria?, System Crash, and Canada’s MuchMusic. Ms. McAuley was born in Oakville, Ontario, attained her Bachelor of Music Performance degree at Queen’s University and earned her Masters of Music in Opera from New York University. She has been engaged as an artist in programs including the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, OperaWorks, Nevada Opera’s Resident Artist Program, the New York Lyric Opera Emerging Artist Program, and The Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival. This past season she has performed with The Opera Company of Brooklyn, The Canadian Music Competitions, and Operaworks in Los Angeles. This spring she will be performing with New York Lyric Opera Theatre and the Saint Andrew Chorale in New York City, where she will also be seen playing the title role in Psyche, a new opera by Jeff Baker. This coming fall she will be performing a joint recital in Manhattan and traveling to Europe to perform in Austria. Ms. McAuley currently resides in New York City.

Amanda Rae Matson, soprano

Amanda Rae Matson, soprano originally from Millis, Massachusetts, is an avid performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. Currently residing in New York City, Amanda performs regularly throughout the Northeast, including performances in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of 'Carmen', MetroWest Opera’s 'The Magic Flute', and Opera del West’s 'L’Elisir d’Amore'. Most recently Amanda covered Juliette in Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' with The New York Opera Exchange. She appeared as a finalist in the Alfredo Silipigni International Vocal Competition with the New Jersey State Opera, was a finalist in the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition and was awarded first place in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, judged by Thomas Lausmann. Amanda participates in various concerts and recitals, performing recently with The Art Song Preservation Society of New York and as a guest artist in the SUNY AlbanyBel Canto recital seriesAmanda received her Master’s in Music from The Eastman School of Music where she performed such roles as Hanna Glawari in the Eastman Opera Theatre production of 'The Merry Widow' and as Governess in Britten’s 'The Turn of the Screw'. She received a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from Florida State University where she covered the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s 'Falstaff' and performed as Gretel in 'Hansel and Gretel'. This year Amanda has been selected as a 2014 Resident with the Opera Singers Initiative OSI Vocal Institute in NYC and will also participate in their Summer Intensive program this June. In addition, Amanda will be appearing with the New York Opera Exchange this February as Erste Dame in Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte', in May as Annina in Verdi's 'La Traviata', and in November 2014, covering Rosalinde in J. Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus'.

Blas Canedo, baritone


Praised for his beautiful tone, strong performance skills and singular charisma, Blas Canedo is an emerging artist that has performed over twenty roles including the title roles of Don Giovanni and Signor Deluso; Count de Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papagueno in The Magic Flute, Guiglemo in Cosi fan Tutte, Germont in La Traviata, Belcore in The Elixir of Love,Escamillo in Carmen and Albert in Werther in operas across the United States, South America and Europe.

Mr. Canedo recently obtained his Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance from the University of North Texas. He performed the principal baritone roles for the UNT Opera from 2008 through 2010, performing each opening night. He also obtained a Master’s of Music in degree in Music Performance from Texas Christian University.

 Mr. Canedo was invited to participate as a principal soloist in summer programs such as the TCU/Fort Worth Opera Institute, Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the Crescendo Institute in Hungary. He was also a member of the Opera Singers Initiative in New York City in 2011 under the mentorship of world-renowned voice teacher W. Stephen Smith.

As a concert soloist, Mr. Canedo performed Carmina Burana with the Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia celebrating the 100 anniversary of the Conservatory of Tolima, Te Deum with the Caldas Symphony of Manizalez, Colombia, commemorating the city’s 150th anniversary; and Faure’s Requiem with the Corpas Symphony of Bogotá, Colombia honoring the life and work of esteemed choir director Amalia de Samper.

Mr. Canedo lives with his wife, a native Texan, in Fort Worth.

Marie Masters, soprano

Marie Masters, soprano is hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “as feisty and endearing a Susanna as you’re likely to find”. Ms. Masters performed Ännchen (Der Freischütz) and Pisana (I Due Foscari) with Maestra Eve Queler and Opera Orchestra of New York. She was the Soprano Soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Soprano Soloist in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Four Russian Peasant Songs under the baton of Pierre Boulezthe Trainbearer (Elektra)with Franz Welser-Möst, Frasquita (Carmen) with Opera Western Reserve and Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).

Melanie Long, mezzo-soprano

 Melanie Long, American mezzo-soprano, is steadily gaining international acclaim for her vocal prowess and powerful stagecraft.  2013 rendered two role debuts for Melanie, both in the UK. She performed Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Opera'r Ddraig, and Rosina in Heritage Opera's touring production of The Barber of Seville.  Melanie spent the 2012-13 season as an Opera Works artist with English National Opera. As a part of the ENO Opera Works Company she studied and performed several partial roles including Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Tisbe in La Cenerentola.2012 marked Melanie’s UK debut, as well as her coming out as a mezzo, when she performed Mercédès in Carmen and Berta in The Barber of Seville with Impact Opera.  Melanie changed her repertoire from light, lyric coloratura soprano to lyric mezzo soprano in August of 2011.  Melanie holds a Masters degree in classical voice from the Manhattan School of Music.  She completed her undergraduate studies under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Larsen at Simpson College in her native state of Iowa.  She is a student of Patricia McCaffrey.   

Mieke Rickert, soprano 

Mieke Rickert, Soprano, originally from Seattle Washington, has performed the roles of Ariadne, Alcina, The Countess, The Governess, Giulietta, Donna Elvira, Mrs. Maurrant, Micaela, Marzenka, and Madama Butterfly with companies including Knoxville Opera, Manhattan Opera Studio, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Skagit Opera, Opera NUOVA, La Musica Lirica, and University of Tennessee Opera Theater. Possessing a Soprano voice of considerable size, and unique color, Ms. Rickert has been praised as "a unique talent with a great sense of long line, and soaring approach". This season she debuted the role of Ariadne with Manhattan Opera Studio. She appeared as a soloist for Voices of Lament and Hope for the Anglican Delegation at the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues, and in a gala concert presented by Opera Outreach in East Hampton to benefit CancerCare, as well as at The Gershwin Hotel to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Ms. Rickert was a Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Finalist, Winner of the Grand prize in voice at the 2009 Bauru-Atlanta Competition, and represented the University of Tennessee, Knoxville winning Second Prize in the national Opera Association Collegiate Scenes Competition in 2010. Ms. Rickert lives in Brooklyn, and is a student of William Neill.

Mizuho Takeshita, soprano 

Japanese soprano Mizuho Takeshita is first-year Professional Study Diploma at Mannes College The New School for Music. She holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Ochanomizu University in Japan. She recently debuted in New York in the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance 2012 production of Così Fan Tutte as Despina. She appeared in Japanese Opera Productions of Manon and Hamlet, performing the roles of Manon and Ophélie. She also appeared as Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte with the Ochanomizu Opera. Ms. Takeshita is an Eastern District Winner in the Metropolitan National Council Audition 2013 and also awarded 2nd prize at the Tokyo International Music Competition in 2011 and 1st prize at the Iizuka Newcomer Music Competition. She currently studies with Ms. Amy Burton and Marcella Reale.



Sophia Benedetti, soprano

Sophia Benedetti is a light lyric-coloratura with a “flair for comedy.” Her “great stage presence” and “easy, flexible voice” make her a versatile, well-rounded performer moving easily from playing romantic to comedic roles. Ms. Benedetti hopes to bring new audiences to opera with all of her projects. As part of this effort, she premiered the role of Susana in ¡Figaro 90210!, a clever reinvention of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, for which The New York Times called her “particularly fine.” Other notable roles include Cunegonde and Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide, Nellie in Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Rosaura in Los Gavilanes, and Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Ms. Benedetti holds a Master’s degree in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University. She is the co-founder of the Atlanta chapter of Opera on Tap, which brings opera to new, non-traditional audiences.  

Tiffany Rivette, soprano 

A native of Southern California, soprano Tiffany Rivette has enjoyed performances in the Annual Chapel Series, Gold Line Concert Series and Friday Night at the Pops in Pasadena, CA, at the Lucman Fine Arts Complex, Symphony Space, and the Sydney Opera House. She performed in Eric Whitacre’s first staged production of his original opera, Paradise Lost: Opera Electronica. Other productions include Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Gianetta), La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Fanny), Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Lucia), Verdi’s Ernani (Giovanna), Duruflé’s Requiem, and most recently, Ariadne auf Naxos (Echo) with Manhattan Opera Studio. She studied and performed under Maestro Paul Salamunovich, Eric Whitacre, Morton Lauridsen, Shigemi Matsumoto, Brent McMunn, and Ken Cazan. She spent two years at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a voice major and participated in the opera program under the direction of Stephanie Vlahos. She currently studies under William R. Lewis. Ms. Rivette holds a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Certificate in Vocal Arts & Opera from Azusa Pacific University, and a Master’s of Music in Vocal Arts & Opera from the University of Southern California.

Winnie Nieh, soprano  

Soprano Winnie Nieh (聶樂天) from Hong Kong made her European solo debut under the baton of legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling, and was invited by the Metropolitan Opera Guild to perform at Dawn Upshaw’s master class as one of two featured young singers. A versatile artist gifted with perfect pitch, she is praised for her “fantastic facility” and “clarity of tone”. She won First Place in the 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition (Canada), and was awarded Third Place and voted as Audience Favorite in the 2013 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition (Madison, WI). She received Associate of Trinity College London diplomas in voice, violin, and piano while still a teenager, and her B.A. with a language citation in French from Harvard University. She was a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn in 2011-2013.In 2013-14, she will participate in The Song Continues workshop at Carnegie Hall, the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Role Preparation Program, Opera Singers Initiative on full scholarship, and SongFest at Colburn as a Professional Program Fellow, also on full tuition merit scholarship. Ms. Nieh enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire. She has appeared as a soloist in a staged lute song project at the Amherst Early Music Festival, where she worked with Julianne Baird and Grant Herreid. Since her operatic debut as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), she has performed numerous roles including: Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Madame Herz (The Impresario), Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice), Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), La Fée (Cendrillon), Lucinde (Gounod’s Le Médecin Malgré Lui), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Violetta (La Traviata). Her solo oratorio experience includes: Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St John Passion and Magnificat in D, Monteverdi, Schütz, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’sCreation (as Eve) and Lord Nelson Mass, M.A. Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Mozart’sRequiem, Coronation Mass and Der Messias, Mendelssohn’s Magnificat (Op.69/3), Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C. She has also premiered works at Juilliard and Longy School of Music. She currently studies with Neil Semer in New York, NY.


2013 Alumni

Alexandra Smith, Soprano

Alexandra Smith, soprano, is originally from Louisville, KY and known for her musical versatility feeling equally at home in opera, art song and musical theatre repertoire. She completed her M.M at Manhattan School of Music where she played Alice in Alice in OPERALand as part of Manhattan School of Music's Outreach Program.  She also sang scenes as Emmeline in Emmeline, Marie-Antoinette in The Ghosts of Versailles, Jenny in Three Sister's Who are Not Sisters and originated the role of the Lesbian Stripper in Jack Perla's Love/Hate in conjunction with American Opera Projects.  

While in New York, she has been a young artist with the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance where she sang Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Adele in Die Fledermaus.  She has sung numerous concerts and events for the Martina Arroyo Foundation and has participated in both the Role Preparation and Art Song classes.

She attended the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca in the studio program and later in the Complesso Bel Canto Program.  She was a winner of the Lorenzo Malfatti Scholar where she sang scenes as Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro. She has been a finalist in the Giulio Gari Competition, the Arkadi Foundation Competition and the Harlem Opera Vocal competition and received an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 

Recent roles include Nella in Gianni Schicchi and Micaela in Carmen (New York Lyric Opera), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Dell'Arte Opera), Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Juliette in Romeo et Juliette with the Martina Arroyo Foundation.  Other favorites include Musetta in La Boheme, Carrie in Carousel, and Soprano in The Faerie Queen. 

Upcoming engagements include Beatrice in Michael John LaChiusa's Marie Christine with Columbia Stages and L'Amour in Lully's Platee with Pocket Opera New York.

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Maren Weinberger, Soprano

Maren Weinberger is a recent graduate with her Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, currently studying voice with world renowned voice teacher, Edith Bers.

Maren has competed in a number of award and scholarship competitions including, most recently, the prestigious Lotte Lenya competition, where Maren received 2nd prize, with a generous gift of $10,000 from the Kurt Weill Foundation to advance her career. Also, recently: the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, where she placed 1st in the district level and moved on to regionals, the Dallas Opera Guild competition, placing second, the American Prize, receiving first prize, and, in 2011, she recieved the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston's annual music scholarship for that year.

In 2012, she performed the role of La Charmeuse in MSM's fall production of Thais, where she was hailed as a coloratura with "accuracy and sweet tone" by Opera News. In 2013, Maren also performed a lead in MSM's Side by Side, Sondheim's musical revue.

In the summer of 2012, she was seen as Kate in Kiss Me Kate, at Seagle Music Colony, working with Fort Worth Opera General Director, Darren Woods. Maren returned to Seagle Music Colony, this Summer, as Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, and Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street.

Recently, Weinberger participated in a workshop with Fort Worth Opera, performing the role of Mrs. Whatsit in the new opera, A Wrinkle in Time, by Libby Larson.

On October 7th, Maren made her New York City concert-debut in Kurt Weill on Broadway, at Symphony Space, with the Kurt Weill Foundation, where she sang solos and duets alongside Broadway stars, Ron Raines, Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Melissa Errico. The production was conducted by James Holmes and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander.

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Elizabeth Fagan, Soprano

Elizabeth Fagan, soprano, was most recently heard singing her Romantic Musings program in New York City, Michigan and Samarkand, Uzbekistan and will be performing a version of it at the Roerich Museum in New York in the fall as part of the Roerich’s featured artist recital series. 

OperaBox praised Ms. Fagan’s “Susanna” in Le Nozze di Figaro, as “outstanding in a stand‐out and truly loveable cast”.  "Despina" and "Zerlina" are two signature roles; additional roles include “Atalanta” in Serse and “Amor” inOrfeo ed Euridice, “Blonde” and “Leonore” (covers) in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Alessandro Stradella with Liederkranz Opera Theatre.  Operetta roles include “Princess Margaret” in The Student Prince, “Lady Angela” inPatience with the Chicago G&S Society and “Elsie” in The Yeomen of the Guardwith the Rome Savoyards and the Blue Hill Troupe of New York. In concert she has sung “Michaëla” with NY Opera Forum, “La Conversa”/“La Cercatrice” inSuor Angelica with Opera Company of Brooklyn and “Kate Pinkerton” in Madama Butterfly with the Midland Symphony Orchestra.  

Having grown up in Germany and studied in Italy, she is fluent in Italian and German.  She has sung with the International Lyric Academy of Rome and was a featured guest at the Concert Series of Rotonda, Italy, in concert at Chiesa San Clemente in Rome, Italy and at Schloss Paretz in Berlin, Germany.  She is a former member of the esteemed Chicago Symphony Chorus under the baton of Daniel Barenboim and appeared in several recitals at Fulton Recital Hall while at the University of Chicago.

Awards include Finalist in the Jenny Lind International Competition, Semi‐Finalist in the Orpheus Vocal Competition, a full scholarship for the Pacific Opera Ensemble Professional Development Program, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study in Rome, Italy and the Musician’s Award at the University of Chicago.

She holds a degree with honors from the University of Chicago and studied at the Freie Universitaet, Berlin and the Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy.

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Amanda Meier, Soprano

Amanda Meier, soprano, recently completed her graduate studies at Oklahoma City University, where she performed the roles of Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Elle in La voix humaine and Hannchen in the regional premiere of Albert Lortzing’s Die Opernprobe. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University, where she was seen as Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and also as a frequent soloist with the new-music ensemble Time’s Arrow. She has enjoyed time in Weimar, Germany, performing the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte. Amanda has also attended Opera in the Ozarks, where she portrayed Amy March in the contemporary American opera Little Women. Amanda is originally from Omaha, Nebraska.



Margaret Meyer, Soprano


Margaret Meyer, soprano, has worked with some of the top conductors, directors, and coaches in the country, including Joshua Greene (Metropolitan Opera), Keith Chambers (New Jersey Opera), David Gately (Florida Grand Opera and Seattle Opera), Christopher Mattaliano (Portland Opera), and composer Daron Hagen. Her recent roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Norina (Don Pasquale), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Morgana (Alcina), and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica). In September, she debuted with Long Island Opera as Frasquita (Carmen). Other operatic roles include Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi). This coming year, she will sing Fiordigili (Così fan tutte) and the title role in Alcina. As a professional concert artist, she has been the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C minor, the Messiah, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate.


Ms. Meyer has experience with new music, having participated in the workshops and world premieres of two operas, The Ancient Concert by Daron Hagen and Beautiful Creatures by Jennifer Griffiths. This spring, she will perform in a new work, Rise… by Joseph Wright and David Carl. In addition, Ms. Meyer has performed a variety of early music works, including Cavalli’s Calisto and L’Egisto, as well as Lully’s Thésée.

Recently, Ms. Meyer had the opportunity to tour Eastern Europe with the Princeton University Chapel Choir and sing in some of Europe’s greatest cathedrals, including Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Previously, she was the soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem at the Princeton University Chapel Choir’s debut at Carnegie Hall.  Ms. Meyer earned her Master’s in Music at McGill University in Montreal and her B.A.  at Princeton University in Comparative Literature (High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa).


Andrea Chinedu Nwoke, Soprano

Andrea Chinedu Nwoke, soprano,  recently added the roles of Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul and Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana to her repertoire. She returned to dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in the Summer of 2012 as Madame Lidoine (cover) in Poulenc’s heart-wrenching Dialogues des Carmélites.

Formerly a Mezzo-Soprano, Ms.Nwoke has performed the roles of Frugola in Il Tabarro, Larina in Eugene Onegin, Kleonike in Lysistrata, and Aunt Cecilia March in the 2008 Israeli premiere of Little Women.  In 2009 she returned to the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv to sing Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Paul Nadler.  Her additional roles as a mezzo include Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, Die Stallmagd in Königskinder and Maman and Un Pâtre in L’Enfant et les Sortileges. She has performed with Dicapo Opera Theatre, Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre, American Lyric Theater, Ocean City New Jersey Pops Orchestra, and the Delaware Valley Opera Company among others. 

Ms. Nwoke holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of the Arts and received training at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Her additional training includes the International Vocal Arts Institute- Tel Aviv, the Seagle Music Colony, and the Intermezzo Opera Young Artist Program. She is currently a Resident Artist at Dicapo Opera Theatre (NYC).

A Colorado native, Ms.Nwoke currently makes her home in New York City and studies under the tutelage of world renowned soprano Diana Soviero.

Andrea's Website


Chloe Cho, Soprano

Chloe Cho, soprano, is an emerging singer and native of Seoul, South Korea,

She will begin a year-long residency with the Opera Singers Initiative as a featured artist.  As part of her residency, She will be featured in concerts and galas in New York City.

She earned her Master of Music degree from Manhattan school of Music and she also studied at CNR-Paris, France (Conservatoire National de Region de Paris).

Most recently Ms. Cho performed the role of Morgana in Alcina and Clorinda inLa Cenerentola in EPCASO, Oderzo, Italy. She also performed several concerts in Verona, Treviso, Padua, Portogruaro.

Other recent highlights include the role of Novizia in Suor Angelica with Opera Manhattan and Le fee in Cendrillon, Miss Silverklang in Die Schauspieldirektor, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pallade in L'incoronazione di Poppea with New York Lyric Opera Theatre.

She had performed the title role of Princess Laoula in L’etoile, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Zdenka in Arabella, Lakme in Lakme, Sophie in Werther, Ilia in Idomeneo, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Nanetta in Fastaff with Opera Academy of California.

Other credits include Despina  in Cosi Fan Tutte and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with International Lyrics Academy in Rome, viterbo in Italy. Also, Ilia in Idomeneo and Marie in La Fille du Regiment with Redwoods Opera. Other appearances as a concert soloist with AIMS(American Institute Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria and La Voix du Jardin, L’art de la Voix festival in Paris, France. Additionally, she was featured as a soloist for Christmas concert with Czeko Yanaczek orchestra in Seoul, South Korea.

She frequently sings for oratorio and mass such as Handel’s Messiah and Elijah and Mozart Mass in C minor, Exultate Jubilate, Faure Requiem.

She also studied broadcasting in Journalism and worked as a television broadcaster in South Korea.


Alexandra Roth, Mezzo-Soprano

Alexandra Roth, mezzo-soprano, is known for her versatile artistry, thriving in contemporary collaborations equally at home in the traditional operatic canon.  Hailing from Princeton, NJ, Alexandra completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Oberlin Conservatory. While in Oberlin, Alexandra was highly sought by the composition department for her musicianship and willingness to be creative and take on challenges. She made her Oberlin Operatic debut inOur Own Lives, a world premiere opera by Christopher Dunn-Rankin. Other mainstage Oberlin operatic credits include Dorothee in Massenet's Cendrillon, Elle in Poulenc’s La voix humaine, and The Old Lady in Bernstein's Candide.  After graduating from Oberlin, Alexandra joined the young artist program at Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia, PA. This company focused on new works and afforded Alexandra the opportunity to continue working with contemporary composers. In Philadelphia, Alexandra sang her first Cherubino in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Donna Rosa in the East Coast premiere of Daniel Catan's Il Postino, and workshop-ed the role of Esther in the world premiere of Michael Ching's Slaying the Dragon. This premiere production was also performed in Delaware in collaboration with Opera Delaware.  Alexandra headed back to Princeton to sing Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with OperaMODO in July2012. Alexandra has participated in summer festivals in Nice, France, Songfest in Malibu, CA, and Opera on the Avalon in St.  John's, Newfoundland. Currently, Alexandra is preparing for a series of recitals in Iowa City, Iowa and is excited to have found a musical community in NYC through New York Opera Singer’s Initiative!


 2012 Alumni

Allyson Herman, Soprano

Allyson Herman, soprano, is an emerging artist, known for her pinpoint musicianship, winning stage presence and uncommon versatility in a wide range of styles and repertoire. This season, she begins a year-long residency with Opera Singers Initiative, where she will be a featured artist in numerous concerts and galas in New York City.  Most recently, Ms. Herman performed the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff in conjunction with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Critics hailed her as a “strong, decisive Alice, more than a match for Falstaff’s lust and Ford’s jealousy”.

Other recent highlights include the soprano solo in the Mozart Requiem with the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera on the Avalon, Pamina in The Magic Flute with Tony Amato's Opera in Brief, Pascal in Randall Eng's Henry's Wife in conjunction with American Opera Projects, and Alma in Lee Hoiby's Summer and Smoke at Manhattan School of Music. Other appearances have included Barbarina and First Bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro, Damigella in L'incoronazione di Poppea, First Lady in scenes from Die Zauberflöte, and Josephine in scenes from HMS Pinafore. Ms. Herman holds a Master's degree and Professional Studies certificate for Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Herman’s first experience singing opera was as a soprano in the childrens'chorus of La Bohème with PORTopera in her hometown of Portland, Maine, where she also sang in the chorus of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci. In 2007, Ms. Herman was honored as one of PORTopera’s Emerging Artists and performed the role of Gasparina in La Canterina, a Haydn one-act opera, and also made several appearances with the Portland Symphony Pops.

Additionally, she was featured as the Countess in excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Ms. Herman has also performed with Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Centro Studi Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy.

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Barbara Porto, Soprano

Barbara Porto, soprano, has been praised for her bell-like tone quality and engaging stage presence. Most recently, Ms. Porto performed the roles of Petrovna in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride with Brooklyn College Opera Theater, and Servilia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute. She also received an Honorable Mention award in the Opera Division of the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation Competition in May 2011. Equally at home performing new works, Ms. Porto created the roles of the Goddess and Andromache in the world premiere of George Tsouris’ contemporary opera Ektor. Her other operatic roles include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Giannetta (L’Elisir d’Amore), Susanna, Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Anna Gomez (The Consul.) Ms. Porto is currently earning a M.M.
Performance degree from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, and is a student of Anna Skibinsky.

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Charles Williamson Jr., Tenor

Charles Williamson, tenor, is dedicated to all musical genres from opera to recital to oratorio to spirituals. Reviewed by Classical Voice of North Carolina as “an audience favorite…with a robust voice,” Charles has portrayed Vasek in the The Bartered Bride, and King Kasper in Amahl and the Night Visitors with UNCG Opera Studio as well as Eisenstein in Der Fledermaus with North Carolina Central University. In May of 2009, Charles made his recital debut in Passaic, New Jersey and in Greensboro, North Carolina premiered two scenes from Criseyde, by contemporary American composer Alice shields. The North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs recently awarded Charles first place in their 2009 Competition. Charles’ most recent performances include roles with UNCG Opera Studio as Counselor in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, La Rainette in Debussy’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Monsieur Triquet in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Opera Slavica New York City. Mr. Williamson is a current student of Claudia Friedlander, and has completed his Master of Music degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

LaMarcus Miller, Bass-Baritone

LaMarcus Miller, bass-baritone, the Rockwall Music Festival hailed LaMarcus Miller as “A voice to remember.” Mr. Miller is currently a Masters candidate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.  He has sung leading and supporting operatic roles such as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor,Les Comte Des Grieux in Manon, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Dancaire in Carmen, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Simone & Marco in Gianni Schicchi. He has also made his musical theatre debut as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Miller has performed many oratorio and sacred works including Te Deum (Kodaly), Requiem (Malcolm Archer), Messiah (Handel), Missa Sancti Nicolai (Haydn), and Requiem (Mozart).  He has been a soloist with the Rockwall Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Baptist University Chorale, Texas A & M Chorale, and has performed with Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Mr. Miller was 1st place winner of the vocal division at the 2009 Delta Symphony Concerto Competition and 2nd place winner at the 2011 African American Business and Professional Women’s Vocal Artist Competition in Houston, Texas. Recently, he was awarded 1st Place in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition at Carnegie Hall.  

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Matthew Garrett, Tenor

Matthew Garrett, tenor is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, Juilliard Masters Program, and Brown University. Operatic engagements for the internationally recognized tenor have included Scottish Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Connecticut Opera, Eugene Opera, Syracuse Opera, Jacksonville Symphony, Center for Contemporary Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, and Merola Opera. Recent concert appearances have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Cincinnati May Festival, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Arion Ensemble, National Chorale, Basel Festival Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Virginia Symphony, Musica Sacra, and the Oratorio Society of New York. He frequently performs at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and has presented a solo recital at New York’s Merkin Hall. Mr. Garrett has won awards from the Puccini Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, Opera Index, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and was a Finalist in the 2007 Montreal International Voice Competition.

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Narine Ojakhyan, Soprano

Narine Ojakhyan, soprano, received her Bachelor's degree and Post Graduate Diploma at Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory while studying with Marianna Harutyunyan.  She was awarded a Raffy Manoukyan scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London. After three years in the Opera Program, she successfully gained her Master's degree and received the Royal Academy Honorary Diploma (DipRAM) while studying with Joy Mammen and Jonathan Papp. Narine is a winner of several competitions including Opera Rara Patric Schmid Bel Canto Prize (London), Ludmilla Andrew Russian song prize (London), Hennings - Fischer Burbank Philharmonic Young Artists’ Competition 2010 (Los Angeles). She was a Loren Zachary National Vocal Competition Finalist. Recently, she was awarded third place at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Western region). She is a recipient of the Opera Buffs award (Los Angeles), Solti foundation 2009 award (London), Sayan award (Armenia), K.Orbelyan award (Armenia). Narine participated in the Young Artist Summer Programs at Solti Te Kanawa Academy di Bel Canto in Italy, Samling Program in London and received master classes from many renowned opera singers such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica Von Stade, Barbara Bonney, Dennis O’Neill and many others. She also sang with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in Hong Kong.  Narine sang the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme for the Verbier Festival 2010 in Switzerland.  She also performed with Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival, Torrance Symphony, Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, Los Angeles Performing Arts Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Frank Fetta. Glendale Philharmonic, Cilicia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mikael Avetisyan. Her operatic roles include Mimi (La Boheme) for the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; Susanna (Le nozze di figaro) under the baton of Sir Colin Davis and directed by John Copley; Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) for the Iford Arts in England; Rosina (Il Barbiere Siviglia); Nella (Gianni Schicchi); Lusya (Paradise Moskow); Brigitta (Iolanta).

Nicole Haslett, Soprano

Nicole Haslett, soprano, praised by the NY Times for her “floating lyricism”, was last seen as Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance.  She graduated this past May with a Master’s in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Ashley Putnam. There, she performed Florestine in The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corgliano, in it’s first New York production since 1991, as well as Eva in Handel’s Die Shöpfung conducted by Kent Tritle. She won third  
place in the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition and was also a finalist in the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition at MSM singing Milhaud’s Chanson de Ronsard. Other credits include Le nozze di Figaro (Susannah) and scenes from A Little Night Music (Anne), both at Opera in the Ozarks; Cosi fan tutte (Despina) and Weill’s Down in the Valley (Jennie Parsons), both at New York University, from where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. Nicole just returned from the I SING BEIJING program in China where she learned to sing opera in Mandarin.


Samantha Jeffreys, Soprano

Samantha Jeffreysnative New Yorker, “reveals a beautiful, easy high register balanced by a firm and substantial low voice” Barrett Cobb, NY Concert Review.  Ms. Jeffreys is currently a third year Resident Artist of Dicapo Opera and recently performed the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta,as well as The Foreign Woman in Menotti’s The Consul.  She will be singing Nedda in I Pagliacci with the company in the fall of 2012. Ms. Jeffreys is a 2012 member of the Opera Singers Initiative roster and will be performing with OSI at different New York City venues throughout the year.  In the summer of 2012 she made her New Rochelle Opera debut as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.  Other recent engagements include: Flora inLa Traviata and Violetta (cover) with The Belleayre Music Festival, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflote with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and NY Lyric Opera, Beauty in Gianinni’s Beauty & the Beast with Dicapo Opera, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with New York Lyric Opera.  In 2010, Ms. Jeffreys made her professional debut as Gretel in Hansel & Gretel with Nashville Opera after having been a 2009-2010 member of their Apprentice Program and sang Pamina in The Magic Flute.  In 2009, Ms. Jeffreys was granted the opportunity to perform a Solo Recital Debut Concert at Carnegie Hall after winning the Artists International Competition.  Other credits include: the Metropolitan Opera’s Masterly Singing Series,Musetta in La Boheme with Brooklyn Opera & New York Lyric Opera Theater, Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, The Three Little Pigs and Clorinda (cover) in La Cenerentola with Belleayre Music Festival, Lover in Il Tabbaro & Cercatrice (cover) in Suor Angelicawith dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and Anina (cover) in Menotti’s The Saint of Bleeker Street.  Ms. Jeffreys is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including: a Metropolitan Opera National Council Encouragement Award, winner in both the Connecticut Opera Guild and National Opera Association vocal competitions, and Florida Grand Opera Competition Finalist. Ms. Jeffreys earned her Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor of Music, from Purchase Conservatory.

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Sarah Philippa, Soprano

Sarah Philippa, soprano, has performed the roles of Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Lucienne (Die tote Stadt), Witch and Mother (Hansel and Gretel), Clara (Signor Deluso), Second Lady (Magic Flute), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), and Mother (The Women). Ms. Philippa debuted and originated the roles of Constanza in Mozart and the Grey Steward, and Jezebel in Name on the door. In 2009, Ms. Philippa received critical acclaim for the role of Claire in the world premiere of Magnum Opus. Ms. Philippa has performed roles at the Kennedy Center, Summer Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Center City Opera Theater, Opera Alterna, Bel Cantanti, Victorian Lyric Opera Theater and the Catholic University of America. Ms. Philippa received her Masters of Music in vocal performance from Catholic University of America and she is a student of voice teacher Bill Schuman.

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Briana Hunter, Soprano 

Briana Hunter, Soprano, previous credits include Summer and Smoke by Lee Hoiby (Rosa Gonzales), Ragtime (Sarah), The Mikado (Peep Bo), andTrouble in Tahiti (Girl).  Additionally, she has worked under the direction of The Royal Shakespeare Company as both actress (performing the roles of Hippolyta Midsummer Nights Dream and Lord Westmorland Henry IV: Part I) and vocal soloist (performing Rossini’s “The Willow Song”) in an original production For Every Passion Something premiered at the Fringe Festival in Scotland.  She has performed in master classes with Marilyn Horne and Paul Gemignani.  Ms. Hunter spent this summer in China with the I SING BEIJING program, and this winter she will join Sarasota Opera as an Apprentice Artist.


2011 Alumni

Sara Michael Jacobi, Soprano

Sara Michael Jacobi, soprano, has operatic and concert credits which include Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Laetitia in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, Ruth in Dr. Issac Van Groves Ruth, Corigilano’s Fern Hill,  Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and scenes from Der Rosenkavalier as the Marchallin, Micaëla inCarmen, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.

Ms. Jacobi was a member of the Fort Worth Opera Chorus for three years from 2007 to 2010.

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Andrea Arias-Martin, Soprano

Andrea Arias-Martin, soprano and native from Long Island, is a graduate of the Master's program at Manhattan School of Music and the Bachelor’s program at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.  While at Manhattan, Ms. Arias-Martin performed Mother in Griffelkin and Anna Maurrant in Street Scene

Ms. Arias-Martin was part of the Chautauqua Opera Studio Artist for the 2009 and 2010 season.  While at Chautauqua Opera, Ms. Arias-Martin covered the roles of Foreign Woman in The Consul and the title role of Norma.  Upcoming engagements include Glimmerglass Young American Artist Micaela (cover) and Elaine in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening.  

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Courtney Ross, Soprano

Courtney Ross, soprano, is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and has since performed with companies such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Bell Cantanti Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the National Opera association, the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Opera San Jose, the La Jolla Symphony, Waterford Concert Series, Ensemble Monterey, and the Santa Cruz Chamber Symphony.

Most recently, Ms. Ross was heard in the world premiere of Before Night Falls,singing the role of the Moon with the Fort Worth Opera. 

Roles of note include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Adina in L’elisir d’amore,  Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Antonia in Les Contest d'Hoffmann, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte as well as Hanna in The Merry Widow.

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Angela Christine Smith, Soprano

Angela Christine Smith, soprano, most recently sang the title role in Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Other credits include performances with the Belleayre Opera Festival, Martha Cardona Theater, Light Opera of New York, Vocal Arts Symposium in Colorado Springs, Opera Avanti, Lake George Opera, St. Bonaventure Quick Center for the Arts, Pine Mountain Music Festival, South Carolina Opera, Delaware Opera, Caramoor Opera, and Liederkranz Opera.

Ms. Smith has performed as a principal artist for many seasons with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) at New York City Center, Wolf Trap, and on
extensive tours from coast to coast and Canada. Ms. Smith has also appeared at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, and is a recipient of the Isaac Asimov Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

Originally from Minnesota, Ms. Smith is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a Bachelor’s
degree in Music.

Gina Vanacoro, Soprano

Gina Vanacoro, soprano, has appeared as Musetta, Micaëla and Pamina (outreach) with The Opera Company of Brooklyn, as well as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro outreach with New York Street Opera, directed by Cynthia Edwards.  She has been a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn, a participant at the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, and has performed in masterclasses with Catherine Malfitano, Louis Burkot, John Douglas, and Ashley Putnam.  

Educated at Peabody Conservatory and Shenandoah Conservatory, Ms. Vanacoro graduated magna cum laude while performing the roles of Monica inThe Medium, Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel outreach, as well as numerous scenes programs, recitals, and masterclasses. 

Ms. Vanacoro is also a violinist and has performed as concertmaster and section leader with numerous symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, and pit orchestras.  She made her independent film debut as ‘Random Opera Singer’ with Pasquinade Films in 711 - The Hit Musical! and played the violin solo on Jordon Knight’s 2005 album The Fix.

Upcoming projects include Adina (cover) in L’elisir d’amore with Garden State Opera, and chorus in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the New York Philharmonic.

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Caitlin McKechney, Mezzo-Soprano

Caitlin McKechney, mezzo-soprano, is a recent New York transplant, venturing from her hometown of Chicago to take a bite out of the Big Apple.  In Chicago, Ms. McKechney has been seen in Chicago Opera Vanguard's acclaimed productions of No Exit by Andy Vores, and Greek by Mark-Anthony Turnage, as well as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Play-House and Tessa in The Gondoliers with The Savoyaires.  Other credits include the title role in Cendrillon, Meg Page in Falstaff, Nancy in Albert Herring, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Lilli Vanessi/Katherine in Kiss Me Kate and Carmen in an outreach performance of Bizet's masterpiece.  Ms. McKechney has been apprenticed with Sarasota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and Cedar Rapids Opera Theater.  

When not performing Ms. McKechney enjoys teaching and painting, often incorporating her musical interests in her artwork.

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Frances Mitchem-Diago, Mezzo-Soprano

Frances Mitchem-Diago, mezzo-soprano, received her Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where she performed various roles in numerous GMU Opera Scenes Workshop productions including Mademoiselle Pernelle in Meachem’s Tartuffe, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen.  Frances has studied and performed in voice workshops and master classes in Sweden, Germany and France.

Ms. Mitchem-Diago's most recent role was as Katisha in Gilbert and Sullivan’sThe Mikado at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, DC.   Ms. Mitchem-Diago currently studies with Muriel Von Villas and Ed Roberts in their McLean, VA studio.



Blas Canedo, Baritone

Blas Canedo is a Graduate Artist Certificate in Voice Performance recipient from the University of North Texas. Mr. Canedo has appeared in full productions at UNT as Marcello in Puccini's La Boheme, Germont in Verdi's La Traviata, Gugliemo  in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Il Conte in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and  Krussina in Smetana's Bartered Bride.

Mr. Canedo received his Master’s degree at Texas Christian University in voice performance, where he performed the roles of Escamillo in Brook's The Tragedy of Carmen, The Poet in Salieri's Prima la Musica poi le Parolle. With the Fort Worth Opera-TCU Institute, Blas  performed  Passatieri’s Signor Di Luso(title role) , Prince and Falada in The Goose Girl.

In 2004, Mr. Canedo was named Young Male Voice Winner of the National Competition for Young Artists sponsored by the Republik Bank of Colombia and in 2005 the Opera al Parque Young Artist.

2010 Alumni

Tricia Suriani, Soprano

Tricia Suriani, praised by the New York Sun as a “soaring soprano,” is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  She earned both her bachelor and master degrees in music at the conservatory and performed multiple leading roles, most notably as Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Lady Billows in Albert Herring.  Since graduating she is currently studying with former Metropolitan opera soprano, Judith Coen, and honing her skills as an emerging professional.  She was recently featured as a guest solo artist for the Quakertown Music Festival in Quakertown, Pennsylvania and on the Glories of Grand Opera Recital for St. Andrew’s Recital Series in Rochester, New York. 

Though she is a native of Bogotá, Colombia she grew up in New Jersey and New Hampshire before moving to New York City.               

Marta Kukularova, Soprano

Soprano Marta Kukularova began her musical education at The Music High School in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with harp and later she did her undergraduate studies at The Academy of Music, Dance and Art in Plovdiv with voice.  In 2003 she participated in a Master Class with Elena Obraztsova in Spain where she was granted with the Best young singer's award. In addition she participated in a US national  tour, organized by CAMI where she performed Sacredotessa from “Aida”  and Contessa Ceprano from “Rigoletto” by Verdi.  Currently she is doing her Master's in Voice at The Juilliard School where she studies with Marlena Malas.  In 2008 she performed the role of Barbarina from Mozart's “Marriage of Figaro” with  The Juilliard Opera Theater.

In 2008 she performed the tittle soprano role of “Susannah” by Carlisle Floyd in Chautauqua Music Festival and in 2009 she came back to perform Tatiana from “Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky. 

La Toya Lewis, Soprano

Brooklyn New York native La Toya Lewis has performed such roles as: Susanna (Il segreto di Susanna) Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Donna Elvira  (Don Giovanni) & Micaela (Carmen)Cover roles: Miriam  (The Scarf, Lee Hoiby) with Chelsea Opera & Clara  (Porgy and Bess) with Utah Festival Opera. Concert credits include: Bach B-Minor Mass and Vivaldi Gloria.

Ms. Lewis placed second in the 2nd Annual Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition  and was a Finalist in the 2006 Jenny Lind Competition . She received an MM from Binghamton University & a BM from Purchase College.


Leslie Tay, Tenor

Leslie Tay is a Singaporean tenor whose roles include Tanzmeister,
Goro, Beppe and Don Basilio. He made his Carnegie, Weill Recital Hall
debut as Guillot. His performance experience ranges from early music to contemporary opera. He has also performed in musical theater, choral, pop a cappella and theater.

Mr. Tay holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music where he was in the studio of Arthur Levy. He is currently a resident artist with Dicapo Opera.



Samantha Grenell-Zaidman, Soprano

Samantha Grenell-Zaidman is a lyric-colloratura soprano with dramatic versatility. She recently premiered the role of Carla in The Theory of Everything, by John David Earnest, at Symphony Space with Encompass New Opera Theater. This summer, Ms. Grenell-Zaidman performed Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof with the Ohio Light Opera.  Previously, she was a resident artist with Lake George Opera where she performed Lucy in The Billy Goats Gruff. Samantha Grenell-Zaidman earned her Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. 

At Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Grenell-Zaidman covered the role of Griffelkin in Griffelkin, and performed Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Adina and Susanna in scenes from L’elisir d’amore and Le Nozze di Figaro. At Carnegie Mellon University, she performed Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Kristine in A Chorus Line, and she understudied Cunegonde in Candide.

The Cape Cod Times lauded Samantha Grenell-Zaidman as “enchanting as Mabel” in Pirates of Penzance with the College Light Opera Company. Samantha Grenell-Zaidman is a winner of the Career Bridges Schuyler Foundation grant and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Boston.Upcoming performances include: the soprano soloist in Haydn’s “Mass in the Time of War” at Rye Country Day School (her alma mater), Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Boheme Opera New Jersey, and this June, she will sing Alisa and cover Lucia in Lucia di Lamermoor at Green Mountain Opera Festival in Vermont.

Sarah Davis, Soprano

Hailed by the New York Times as "a voice with considerable warmth," and the Boston Globe as “elusive, delicate, silvery and persuasive,"  lyric-soprano, Sarah Davis has been recognized as a gifted performer both on the recital and operatic stage. She has had success singing Mozart, new music and her first love, art song. Ms. Davis debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra last year, singing under the baton of composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher and  premiered Elliott Carter's song cycle for soprano and chamber orchestra, "What are years" at the Tanglewood Music Center, under the baton of Oliver Knussen. Review  She also appeared with the Albany Symphony singing in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream, the Berkshire Lyric Theater in Orff's Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem with the North Valley Chorale (Phoenix, AZ) and various song recitals in the Philadelphia area.

Opera credits include: Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Chesapeake Chamber Opera,  Gilda (Rigoletto) and Pamina (Magic Flute) with Center City Opera Theater, Anne Trulove (Rake’s Progress) and Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) with the Chautauqua Institution, Cendrillon (Massenet’s Cinderella) and Nannetta (Falstaff) with Peabody Opera Theater. She made her professional recital debut with the “Trinity at One Concert Series” in New York City singing song cycles by Jake Heggie and Libby Larsen, appeared in the Joy in Singing series at the Lincoln Center Library and premiered John Harbison's grand aria for soprano and piano, Vocalism, at SongFest in Malibu, CA.  Last summer she was an Artist in Residence at the Cleveland Art Song Festival working with Stephanie Blythe and Martin Katz. 

Ms. Davis also spent two months in residence as a Vocal Fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center (Repertoire included; Mahler, Canteloube, Mozart, Schumann, Carter and Eric Nathan).

Catherine Meyers, Soprano

Catherine Meyers, lyric soprano, has performed such roles as Clarissa in Weber/Mahler’s Die drei Pintos, Regina in excerpts from Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, La Suora Infermiera in Suor Angelica, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi and has covered the roles of Mimì in La Bohème, and Nedda in Pagliacci

In 2008 Ms. Meyers was a finalist in the Lotte Lehmann CyberSing Competition. She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and studies with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell.



 Tyler Wayne Smith, Counter-Tenor

Counter-Tenor Tyler Wayne Smith was educated at one of the premiere drama schools in the U.S., New York University, and has studied voice with several disciples of revolutionary vocal pedagogue Cornelius Reid, including his current teacher, Lenora Eve. Most recently Mr. Smith sang the title role in Opera Breve New York’s concert production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, under the direction of renowned Mezzo-Soprano Eugienie Grunewald. He also essayed the role of Sesto in Camerata Baroque’s premier production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and appeared as a guest artist at Midwestern State University’s Akin Auditorium, giving a solo recital of Baroque opera and oratorio arias.

Mr. Smith will be singing three roles with New York Opera Forum in 2010, Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo, in addition to singing the role of the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Opera Manhattan.

 2009 Alumni

 Alexandra LoBianco, Dramatic Soprano


American soprano Alexandra LoBianco has been hailed as possessing “a true Verdian voice of velvet-covered steel,” capable of “effortlessly tossing off trills and roulades” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Since earning first prize at the 2011 Liederkranz Vocal Competition, and taking first prize and being named “Audience Favorite” at the 2011 Irene Dalis Competition, she has continued to win praise whenever she performs. San Francisco Classical Voice noted her “lyrical-to-heroic range,” calling to mind “the ease and magnetism of a young Monserrat Caballe.”

Alexandra LoBianco’s 2013-14 engagements currently include her Opera Santa Barbara debut as Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul. In 2012-13 she made her European debut in a Verdi concert in Zürich, sang Amelia in Un ballo in maschera with Madison Opera, and was soprano soloist in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with Madison Symphony, also with Madison Opera’s summer “Opera in the Park” concert series.

In 2010-11 she made her debut as Turandot, and has performed as Leonora in Il trovatore, Cio-Cio San inMadama Butterfly, Sieglinde in Die Walkure, Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors,Mother/Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, Clotilde in Norma, Lady in Waiting in Macbeth, and Praskowia in Die lustige Witwe, and in Don Giovanni, with such companies as Nashville Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Carolina, St. Petersburg Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, West Bay Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Chelsea Opera, New Century Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and New Jersey State Opera.

As a devoted arts educator, she has been a teaching artist, adjudicator, and voice teacher and has mentored thousands of students.

Soprano Andrea Bellissimo is a dynamic and versatile performer who is equally at home in opera, classical, and jazz repertoire. Recent operatic roles include Musetta (Brooklyn Conservatory Summer Opera Workshop), Mlle. Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor, New York Opera Forum), La Princesse (L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Opera McGill), and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi, Opera McGill.) Ms. Bellissimo’s concert and recital repertoire ranges from Bach to Webern and beyond, and as a student at McGill University, her interpretation of Beethoven's Ah Perfido received 1st place in the vocal division of the university's Classical Concerto Competition.

Ms. Bellissimo also has a background in stage direction and improvisational comedy that allows her to more fully inhabit her roles; Opera Canada cited her “deft comic touch” in addition to her vocal ability as Olympia in a 2006 production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Opera Nuova).

When she is not singing, Andrea enjoys writing and volunteering for Figure Skating in Harlem.

Candace Otto MacDonald, Soprano

In July, Ms. Otto made her New York debut in a concert produced by Opera Singers Initiative, “Summer in the City.” She also appeared in La Bohème with the San Francisco Opera Guild, covering the roles of Mimi and Musetta before taking over as Mimi. In 2008, she was seen in Don Pasquale with Pocket Opera (San Francisco) and was a finalist in the 2008 East Bay Opera League Scholarship Awards Competition (Oakland Lyric Opera).

Ms. Otto has performed extensively in concert and recital venues. This fall she
performed a fireside concert for the Pittsburgh District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council and was featured in Some Enchanted Evening, produced by the Ohio Valley Opera Guild. She has also performed with the Ezio Pinza Council of American Singers of Opera (Treviso, Vittorio Venteto, Oderzo, & Motta di Livenza, Italy) and was a soloist for The Mother of Sorrows Choir Jubilee Tour (Florence, Milan, Assisi, Rome & The Vatican). She performed A Musical Soirèe, a cabaret-style performance of arias and songs, to benefit the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (McKnight Theatre at Minnesota's Ordway Center).

A graduate of Northwestern University’s theatre and musical theatre programs, she was urged by voice teacher Claudia Pinza to pursue a career in opera. She studied in Italy with the Ezio Pinza Council of America Singers of Opera where she worked with Maestra Enza Ferrari, pianist and coach for singers from Callas to Pavarotti and former director of the apprentice program at La Scala. She continues to work with voice teacher Ross Dacal and coach Marcie Stapp.
As Miss Pennsylvania 2003, she received the Bernie Wayne Performing Arts Award at the Miss America Pageant, broadcast on ABC. She made over 150 appearances during her year as Miss Pennsylvania, including ABC’s “The Pyramid Show,” with Donny Osmond.

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Cassandra Douglas, Soprano

Cassandra Douglas, Soprano, most recently appeared in “A Recital of Remembrance” at Rider University and was featured with Nobel laureate Joe Taylor and Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Muldoon in “An Evening of Poetry, Science and Music”. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey Ms. Douglas began and continues studies with Judith Bettina.

Ms. Douglas acquired a degree in Opera from Manhattan School of Music in 2011.



Crystal Mosser, Soprano

Crystal Mosser is a recent graduate of her Master of Arts degree in Vocal Performance at New York University. Favorite roles include Christine in Maury Yeston’s Phantom and Casilda in The Gondoliers (under Dir. Doug Hodge), Anna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance (Dir. Bill Wesbrooks), Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld (Dir. Martha Collins), Geraldine in Hand of Bridge under the direction of Eric Einhorn, u/s Amber in Hairspray, King David, Ragtime, Titanic and singing “Glitter and Be Gay” with the NYU Symphony Orchestra at the Skirball Center under conducter Joseph Church and the direction of John Simpkins.

Mrs. Mosser recently appeared onstage at the regional Schoolhouse Theatre on Sanibel Island, Florida as well as working with American Idol alum John Stevens in Buffalo, NY playing Marty in Grease. She has also appeared with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the Keller Competition.

Laura Bohn, Soprano

Laura Bohn, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “... an amazing blend of vocal splendor and physical virtuosity”, draws from her background in physical theater to nuance her operatic interpretations.

Ms. Bohn’s recent roles include Micaela in La Tragedie de Carmen at Syracuse Opera, where she was the soprano of the 2008 Resident Artist Program. This season at Syracuse she was also heard as The Second Lady in The Magic Flute and Mimi in Barrio Boheme. During her masters studies at the Manhattan School of Music she was featured on the mainstage as Mrs. Fiorentino in Street Scene, Splinterkit in Griffelkin and hailed as “especially evocative” by
Musical America for her portrayal of The Spinster in the New York premier of de Banfield’s Lord Byron’s Love Letter.

Upcoming engagements include Juliette in Romeo et Juliette as a resident artist with New York Lyric Opera, Marianne in scenes from Der Rosenkavalier at Vertical Player Repertory Opera and Miss Pinkerton in TheOld Maid and the Thief with the New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble. A Seattle native, Ms. Bohn has lived and studied voice and theater extensively in Rome and Reggio-Emilia, Italy respectively. She is a graduate of the Dell ‘Arte International School of Physical Theater, holds a BFA in Vocal Performance from the California Institute of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Ms. Bohn was recently awarded a classical voice grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and is a semifinalist in the upcoming 2009 Joy in Singing Competition master class series. She currently studies with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell in New York City.

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Megan Candio, Soprano

Megan Candio, Soprano, is a cum luade graduate of The Hartt School. Recently she was the 2nd place winner of the MacDowell Foundation Award. Roles have included "The Plantiff" in G&S's "Trial By Jury", and "Beth" in "The Tender Land"; a performance hailed as "Excellent" by The New York Times. Currently Ms. Candio is studying with Conrad Osborne and Laura Menard.

 Starting at the end of July she can be seen in her two person cabaret act which she co-conceived called "50 Years Experience...25 Years in the Making" at the club Don't Tell Mama.




Valentina Fleer, Soprano

Russian-American soprano Valentina Fleer has been drawing continuous attention from musicians and critics alike for her “golden voice,” praised for its “shimmering clarity” and “sweetness and power”. Valentina is currently in her second year of the Los Angeles Opera Domingo-Thorton Young Artist Program. She made her company debut in 2010 as Barbarina in “The Marriage of Figaro,” conducted by Plácido Domingo. She also covered the leading soprano roles in “Il Postino,” “Rigoletto,” and “Il Turco in Italia.” This season she sings Musetta in “La Bohème,” conducted by Patrick Summers. She also tours with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Philippe Entremont as the soprano soloist for Mozart’s “Requiem.”

Most recently, Ms. Fleer performed Fiordiligi in “Cosi Fan Tutte” with Opera Saratoga (formerly Lake George) as part of the company’s 50th anniversary season.  In previous years, Valentina received training as a young artist at the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera (2010) and at the Young American Artists Program at Glimmerglass Opera (2008, 2009). At Merola, she sang Adina in “L’Elisir d’Amore,” and performed in the Grand Finale Concert on the stage of the San Francisco Opera. At Glimmerglass, she covered Giulietta in “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” and sang Anna Gomez in Menotti’s “The Consul.” Valentina made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2010, as a soloist in Marcos Galvany’s contemporary operatic tableau, “Oh, My Son.” She also made her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2009 as a soloist in Alla Borzova’s “Songs for Lada.” Ms. Fleer has had the privilege of receiving individual guidance and strong encouragement from industry greats including Plácido Domingo, James Conlon, William Bolcom, Warren Jones, Sir Jonathan Miller and Anne Bogart. 

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Valentina grew up in New York City, where she studied liberal arts and music at Columbia Unviersity and did her graduate work in vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music.

Ms. Fleer is a recipient of the 2009 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the prestigious Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and is the second place winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera Eastern Region National Council Auditions.

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2008 Alumni

Deborah Lifton, Soprano

Recipient of the Joy in Singing Foundation Award, 2nd prize winner of the 2011 Young Artist Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs and a winner of the David Adams Song Competition, Soprano Deborah Lifton is emerging as one of today’s most interesting and versatile young singers. 

“Her high notes were thrilling, her diction clear, and her concentration never wavered as she skillfully conveyed the meaning of each song," wrote The New York Concert Review of Ms. Lifton’s recent debut recital at New York’s Merkin Hall. "She is a fine singing actress whose expressivity always seems to come from within…”. An active recitalist, Ms. Lifton has also performed at Trinity Church, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Lippes Concert Hall, Yamaha Showroom, and Aspen, Colorado’s Harris Concert Hall.

Upcoming engagements for 2011-2012 include the role of Millicent in the world premiere opera "The Secret Agent" at the Szeged National Theater in Szeged, Hungary (broadcast live on Mezzo televsion) and the role of Elle in Poulenc's one-woman opera La voix humaine.
Deborah has performed leading roles with Encompass New Opera Theater’s production of two one-act contemporary operas composed by Philip Hagemann at New York’s Symphony Space. Other operatic appearances include both Susanna and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Beth in Little Women, Ellie in Showboat, Elisa in Il Re Pastore, and Catherine in A Death in the Family (Albany Records), as well as title roles in Bastien und Bastienne, L’enfant et les sortileges, and Armida. Ms. Lifton has appeared with Mercury Opera Rochester, The Natchez Opera Festival, The Ash Lawn-Highland Festival, The Aspen Music Festival, The Bronx Opera Company, and Ridotto Opera and Center for Contemporary Opera.

Ms. Lifton regularly performs on sound tracks for documentaries and nationally televised commercials. She has also been heard on WQXR and was featured in Young Opera, a new series on 
She holds degrees in music from the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music. She has taught at New York University, Mannes College of Music (prep division) Syracuse University, Cornell University and Ithaca College.

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Diego Matamoros, Bass-Baritone

Diego Matamoros recently made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, singing Potapitch in Prokofiev’s The Gambler under Valery Gergiev. As the 2008 winner of The Opera Foundation’s Amber Capital Scholarship, Diego spent a year in residence at the Teatro Regio di Torino. There he appeared in 64 performances of 9 roles, including Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Schaunard in La Bohème, Haly in L’Italiana in Algieri, and Quinault in Adriana Lecouvreur. In 2010 he returns to the Regio to reprise the roles of Belcore and Schaunard, and will join the Regio on their tour of Bohème in Shanghai. During three years of study at Yale University (MM & AD), Diego was featured as Schaunard in La Bohème, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has taken part in the E…state all’Opera! summer festival of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, performing numerous leading roles. Diego has also served on the voice faculty of the St. Mary’s College Alba Music Festival, where he has performed numerous concert works. At the 2005 Macallister Awards he received a special prize for the best singer under 24.

Born in Venezuela, but raised in the United States, Diego is an accomplished linguist – in addition to his native English and Spanish, he graduated summa cum laude from New York University in Italian and French literature, and has studied German and Japanese.

Eric Barry, Tenor

Eric Barry has set himself apart from other tenors through his signature sound, musical sincerity, and ease of dramatic expression.  On stage he is an excellent actor with surprising range, while off stage he is a remarkably generous and giving colleague. His performances have earned him international approval - the PBS documentary 'Young Opera' declared him to be "the next big thing in the tenor world."

The Spanish-American tenor has been heard throughout the US and Europe-including broadcasts on National Public Radio.  Eric is a graduate of the prestigious School of Music at Yale University.

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Maria Elena Armijo, Mezzo-Soprano

Hailing from the southwest region of the United States, mezzo soprano Maria Elena Armijo recognized her calling at an early age. Upon obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree from New Mexico State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington, Ms. Armijo's musical journey unavoidably led her to New York City, where she is fast becoming a formidable entity in her realm. Best known for her honesty, warmth and generosity, Ms. Armijo is a unique vocal talent whose skills lend themselves easily and beautifully to a wide range of repertoire, including oratorio, opera, operetta, jazz and musical theater. Her total commitment, extraordinary dramatic skills and overall grace easily transport audiences into the life of any character she is portraying.

Ms. Armijo's ever broadening repertoire includes Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Amastre (Serse), Adah (The Naughty Marietta), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), Annina (La Traviata), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), The Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Mercédès (Carmen), and Marianne (The Cat That Turned into a Woman), Aminta (Il Re Pastore), L'Enfant (L'Enfant et les Sortiléges), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Venus (Orphée aux Enfers), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).

Ms. Armijo has sung with companies throughout the United States and Europe. Some of these include Pocket Opera of New York, Light Opera of New York, New Rochelle Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Syracuse Opera, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Empire Opera, Bay View Music Festival, Tacoma Opera, Bellevue Opera, Off-Center Opera, Dona Ana Lyric Opera, America Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), and OperaWorks.

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Jeremiah Duarte-Bills, Flutist

Flutist Jeremiah Duarte-Bills is an active soloist, orchestral player, performer of new music and composer. Born in the Northern California foothills, Jeremiah has been a concerto soloist with the Diablo Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Sacramento Bach Festival and the California Wind Orchestra. In the spring of 2010 he performed J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with Ani Kavafian and Carol Wincenc and in the winter he performed in Mark Morris’ production The Hard Nut. He has given solo recitals at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and at the Old First Church Recital Series in San Francisco.

Jeremiah performs and tours with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americasoften as principal flute. He can be heard on the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas new Sony Classical recording Mi Alma Mexicana.

As an avid performer of new compositions Jeremiah has performed and recorded with multimedia ensemble Vision into Art, the NOW Ensemble and given other premieres by Adina Izarra, Milica Paranosic, Mogens Christensen, David Conte, Sunny Knable and JooWan Kim . Jeremiah’s compositions for flute and interactive electronics have been premiered at the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich, Switzerland, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University and The Juilliard School.

Jeremiah received a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, studying flute with Carol Wincenc and electronics with Mari Kimura. He received a bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Tim Day. He also attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and the Sarasota Music Festival.

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Neera Islam, Soprano

Neera Islam has been singing, dancing, acting and playing the piano since she can remember. She made her acting debut as young Timoune in 2001 in Once On This Island with the University of Hartford’s SummerStage Players. In 2005 she played young Sahar in Raisins Not Virgins – Abdul, a short comedy about being female, feminist and Muslim featured at the 2005 Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York. In 2006, Ms. Islam appeared at the Barrow Street Theater in New York as the teenaged Shanti Menon in a benefit performance of Interrogations, a drama of a family tragically affected by the silence surrounding their abusive household.

At LaGuardia beyond her studio requirements, Neera was in the cast of Hair and The Pirates of Penzance and will appear in this year’s talent showcase “Rising Stars”. She has sung with the Connecticut Children’s Concert Choir in a wide range of performances including several at the Bushnell Theater with the Hartford Symphony and with visiting artists at the Bushnell. Ms. Islam also sang with The Young People’s Concert Chorus of New York City and has studied voice since she was eight. Her teachers included Arianna Zuckerman, concert soprano, and Anna Lenhardt of the Classical Media Group.

Ms. Islam has studied piano since she was four years old with Vivian Ueng (Julliard pre-college faculty), Nina Margret Grimsdottir and Ronald Hawkins both concert pianists, and Alexandra Vojcic (Julliard Faculty). 

Neera is currently a student at Wellesley College.

Ryan Kinsella, Baritone

Dramatic baritone Ryan Kinsella is widely recognized for the viscerally compelling nature of his vocal interpretations.  Mr. Kinsella specializes in the dramatic Italian and German repertoire and performs regularly with several leading opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout the United States.

Recent seasons have been highlighted by performances of Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra with New York City Opera at Carnegie Hall, Gluck’s Alceste with Deborah Vogt and the New York City Opera Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Vaughn Williams’ A Sea Symphony with the Orchestra and Chorus of St. Cecilia at Carnegie Hall. Further appearances include the VOX composer’s project with New York City Opera, Wotan in Wagner’s Siegfried with New Jersey Concert Opera, Amfortas in Parsifal, Holländer in Der Fliegende Holländer, and Siegfried with the Wagner Society of Washington, DC.

Reviewing Siegfried, the WASHINGTON POST declared, “Ryan Kinsella sang superbly… with sonorous bass tones.” Of his Kennedy Center performance in Walton’s Belshazzr’s Feast, the WASHINGTON POST further noted, “There was a booming yet never insensitive performance of the baritone part from Ryan Kinsella.” 

Previous seasons include appearances with New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Washington Chorus and Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Helena Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Cellist

Praised by the New York Times as "a charismatic cellist", Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician across the U.S., Germany, Poland, Italy, France and her native Iceland and has performed concerti with the Des Moines Symphony (Iowa) and the Silesian Philharmonic (Poland) among others. She has garnered numerous top prizes, including the Janigro Family and Romanini Foundation Awards at the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Zagreb, Croatia and most recently, the Zara Nelsova Award at the 2008 Naumburg Competition in New York City.

An avid chamber musician, Saeunn has collaborated in performance with Itzhak Perlman, Kim Kashkashian, the Cavani Quartet, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and members of the Guarneri Quartet in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Currently, Saeunn is a member of Ensemble ACJW and a fellow of The Academy, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to students in the New York City Public Schools.

An advocate of new music, Saeunn has premiered dozens of works, including most recently, commissioned works for cello by Daníel Bjarnason and Nicholas Csicsko.  She performs new music frequently in venues in New York City such as The Stone and Le Poisson Rouge.  Along with the masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, Saeunn is constantly inspired by works composed in our time.

A certified Suzuki teacher, Saeunn received her pedagogy training under Tanya Lesinsky Carey (former President of the Suzuki Association of the Americas), her longtime teacher and mentor. She has served as teaching assistant to Mrs. Carey at Meadowmount School of Music, Richard Aaron at ENCORE School for Strings, as well as having coached chamber music groups at the Chamber Music Connection, Columbus and CIM's Summer Chamber Music Program.  As a component of the work she does through The Academy, Saeunn works regularly at P.S. 28 in Brooklyn.

In 2006, Saeunn received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music with the highest honors for accomplishments in both cello and chamber music, the Ellis A. Feiman Memorial Award in Cello and the Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music.   She continued her studies at The Juilliard School and completed a Master of Music in 2008. Her principle teachers included Richard Aaron, Tanya Carey and Joel Krosnick.

Saeunn has performed in master classes for Zara Nelsova, Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse and Lynn Harrell, and was a featured soloist on NPR’s ”From the Top” and PBS’s “Sunday Arts”.  She has been invited to summer festivals including the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall, Villefavard Masterclasses in France, as well as the Sarasota and Marlboro Music Festivals. 

Born in 1984 in Reykjavik, Iceland, Saeunn now lives in New York City.  She plays on a cello made in Milan, Italy circa 1800.

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Shiree Kidron, Soprano

Shiree Kidron, an Israeli soprano born in Haifa, is a unique and versatile vocalist/musician who appeared internationally as a classical singer, as well as a cantorial soloist, oratorio and as a Jewish Folk and world Music performer.

Ms. Kidron is currently the assistant Cantor of the prestigious Park Avenue Synagogue, NYC.  She served as the cantor soloist for the High Holy Days and Shabbat services of Temple Sha’arey Tefillah in Westchester, NY, Beth El Congregation in Vineland, NJ as well as a cantorial service leader at the Friday Night live services of Sutton place Synagogue in NYC.

Ms. Kidron received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where her performance in the title role of Beauty in Spohr’s “Beauty and the Beast” led the New York Times to acclaim her “fresh and likable young voice.”

She is the vocalist of the Sheba Ensemble- a World/Classical female Jewish group comprised of  5 women (Voice, cello, violin, flute and piano) that focus on original music and traditional melodies in Ladino, Hebrew, English and Yiddish. Drawing on middle-eastern sounds and classical lyricism and virtuosity, the group fuses these styles with elements of pop, jazz and latin to create a unique sound. The group has performed in Israel, Miami, NY and made appearances on public TV and various radio stations.  Upcoming engagements in Turkey and Israel in support of the recently released self-titled album, “Sheba.”

As a leading young soprano, she won the Sharon Tavor Vocal Competition for Singers and Orchestra and has performed arias of Mozart and Handel with the chamber orchestra of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she received her musical Bachelors degree. She also won the David Whitcomb Foundation Award for promising young soloists and was granted a solo recital at Hudson.

Shiree has performed the role of Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof as part of the Natchez Opera Festival in Mississippi and the lead role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro in Rome, Italy. Recent engagements include a successful performance tour with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine where Shiree premiered the contemporary Jewish solo piece for voice, clarinet and orchestra – “Celestial Dialogues” composed by Ofer Ben- Amotz. Furthermore, she performed with the Ludwig Symphony in Atlanta and made several appearances with the Pacific Opera group in Carnegie Hall, NY.

Shiree has performed with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in NY in special Concert Series dedicated to Abraham Goldfaden sung in several locations in NY including CUNY University.  She has performed a special musical program called Voices of a Home Land concentrating on the beauty of Israeli and Jewish repertoire performed in many places all through the States.

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