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Virginia Opera Emerging Artists

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Virginia Opera's 2012-13 Emerging Artists with Diana Soviero as part of the Master Teacher Series

The Virginia Opera Emerging Artist Program provides training, performance opportunities and access to industry connections and resources to a group of Opera’s talented rising stars. As one of the most competitive training programs in the nation, the Emerging Artist Program has over 650 applicants annually for an average of 12-20 artist contracts. Our Emerging Artists appear in Virginia Opera mainstage productions, touring educational productions and perform in recitals, donor events and our Master Teacher Series. Recent alumni of the Emerging Artist Program (formerly known as Spectrum Artists) include: David Pershall, Brian Jagde, Julia Ebner and Nathan Stark.

Performing Opportunities

Virginia Opera's Emerging Artists perform leading and comprimario roles and/or cover leading roles in the company's mainstage productions. Additionally, some Emerging Artists perform leading roles in fully-staged Education and Community Outreach productions that tour schools throughout the state of Virginia. Community concerts and company promotional concerts offer artists the opportunity to perform standard arias and ensembles in concerts with piano. Emerging Artists are regularly re-engaged for main stage productions in future seasons.

Study Opportunities

Each participant receives regular coaching with members of Virginia Opera's Artistic Staff, which include Principal Coach Shelby Rhoades, Resident Conductor Adam Turner, Director of Artistic Administration Andrew Chugg and various guest conductors, directors, and singers. Master classes are held throughout the season covering topics such as resume preparation, auditioning techniques, stagecraft and foreign languages.

Our program provides exceptionally talented emerging artists with a seasonal residency program that offers an extensive schedule of performing opportunities in the context of a professional training program. Emerging Artists receive weekly compensation, plus housing and transportation to Virginia.

Virginia Opera is committed to finding and training the outstanding artists of tomorrow. Those selected to participate in the program will be challenged and supported by an outstanding staff.

Apprentice Coaches

Education and Community Outreach Performance Opportunities

Apprentice Coaches must serve as musical directors and pianists for Education and Community Outreach productions. They also serve as coaches for the resident young artists, preparing them for their mainstage roles, cover roles, and concerts. Coaches learn the basics of artistic administration and company management by serving as on-site tour managers, as well as, providing coaching for the young artists' personal repertoire. Apprentice coaches are adjunct members of the mainstage musical staff. They are scheduled to serve as pianists for cover rehearsals.

Mainstage Performance Opportunities

Apprentice coaches are adjunct members of the mainstage musical staff. They are scheduled to serve as rehearsal pianists in several mainstage productions and serve as pianists for cover rehearsals. Community concerts and company promotional concerts offer apprentice coaches the opportunity to perform for a variety of audiences.

Study Opportunities

Each participant receives coachings from Principal Coach Shelby Rhoades and Resident Conductor Adam Turner. Coaches will receive training and support from administrative staff to aid in tour management. The in-house artistic staff offers classes in resume preparation and auditioning techniques during the course of the season. Master classed are held with visiting stage directors and other distinguished guests throughout the season.

Candidate Qualifications

Apprentice coaches should have attained at least a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and have exceptional experience in vocal accompanying. Individuals should be capable of managing artists and overseeing non-artistic aspects of the Virginia Opera's Emerging Artists.

Apply to the Program

Please send your resume and a cover letter via e-mail to Alexandra.Stacey@vaopera.org. We would also welcome an MP3 of your playing.

The Audition

For the audition, please prepare a Mozart finale and a 10-minute excerpt from a standard opera by Puccini, Verdi, Strauss or other romantic composer. You will also be asked to sing vocal lines in order to demonstrate your understanding of the intergration between the vocal lines and the orchestra.

 

2015-16 Application & Audition Information

Applications

To apply online, go to YAPtracker.com, and search for Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artist Program. Simply follow the instructions to fill out the application. Please attach all required documents to the online application, and pay the $40.00 non-refundable application fee with a credit card. 

To apply via mail, please send a completed application form, a current résumé, an 8” x 10” headshot in color or black and white and $40.00 non-refundable application fee, cash, check or money order made payable to Virginia Opera in one complete package.

Applications must be RECEIVED by October 31, 2014 to be considered for a live audition. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered or returned. Please do not submit audio recordings or other materials not requested.

PLEASE BE AWARE:  SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE AN AUDITION.

Judges’ forms and comments are the sole property of Virginia Opera and will not be made available to applicants.    

 

Audition Notification

 

 

Applicants must check our website www.vaopera.org/emerging after November 14, 2014 to find out if they have been granted a live audition. Names, along with dates and times will be listed in alphabetical order (by last name) to those granted auditions. The selected artists must confirm their audition with Alexandra Stacey, by email alexandra.stacey@vaopera.org or by phone (757) 213-4541 no later than November 26, 2016. 

 

Auditions

Auditions for the 2014-2015 season will be held in New York City. Preliminary rounds will take place on December 8, 9 and 10, 2014; and the final round will take place on December 11, 2014. All Candidates must be available to sing on one of the preliminary dates AND on the date of the final round. Virginia Opera will provide an accompanist. Guest accompanists are not permitted. Candidates should prepare five (5) arias. Your repertoire should include a variety of languages and styles.

 

2013–14 Virginia Opera Emerging Artists

AARON INGERSOLL, bass

Headshot120x180-AaronIngersollwww.aaroningersoll.com

Hometown:
Traverse City, Michigan

Where I studied:
New England Conservatory, Bachelor of Music; University of Maryland-Opera Studio, Master of Music; Young Artist, Glimmerglass Opera (upcoming 2013); Apprentice Artist, Central City Opera; Young Artist, Opera Iowa-Des Moines Metro Opera; Aspen Opera Theater Center; Opera Theater and Festival of Lucca.

Performance History:
Count Ceprano in Rigoletto with Opera Couer d'Alene, The Lion/Innkeeper/Ox in workshop at Glimmerglass for WNO's commissioned world-premiere of The Lion, Unicorn, and Me. Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro at Virginia Opera, Sarastro in The Magic Flute at Opera Iowa; Benoit/Alcindoro in Family Performance of La Bohème at Central City Opera; Jud Fry (cover) in Oklahoma! at Central City Opera; Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Maryland Opera Studio.

Awards:
District Winner/Rocky Mountain Regional Finalist, Metropolitan Opera Competition. Award Winner, 2012 Di-Panni Bel Canto Competition.

Where to find me at Virginia Opera:
Covering Sarastro and the Speaker in The Magic Flute and singing in the chorus. 

 

ADRIAN SMITH, bass-baritone

Adrian Smithwww.adrian-n-smith.com

Hometown
Hickory, NC

Where I studied:
BA, Lenoir-Rhyne University; MM, PC, Boston University.  Young Artist, Glimmerglass Opera; Resident Artist, Kentucky Opera; Gerdine Young Artist, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Performance History:
King Arther in Camelot, Young Artist Cast, Glimmerglass Opera, 2013;  Dr. Grenvil, La Traviata, Atlanta Opera 2013;  The Dodo, Alice in Wonderland (US Premiere), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Where to find me at VA Opera this year:
Singing in Jack and the Beanstalk outreach; Singing the Lackey and covering Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos; covering Zuniga and singing in the chorus of Carmen.

 

AMANDA OPUSZYNSKI, soprano

Headshot120x180-AmandaOpuszynskiwww.amandasoprano.com

Hometown:
Manchester, CT and Menlo Park, CA

Where I studied:
Seattle Opera Young Artist Program; Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Program; The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program; Wolf Trap Opera Studio; Master of Music, University of Maryland Opera Studio; Bachelor of Music, University of Michigan.

Performance History:
Frasquita in Carmen at Seattle Opera; Woglinde/ Wellgunde (covers) in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung at Seattle Opera; Frasquita in Carmen at The Atlanta Opera; Norina in Don Pasquale, Sophie in Werther, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Seattle Opera YAP; Mrs. Squires/ Marian Paroo (cover) in The Music Man at the Glimmerglass Festival; Kitty (cover) in The Last Savage at The Santa Fe Opera; Agrippa in The Inspector (reading) with the Wolf Trap Foundation; Adina in L'elisir d'amore with the Maryland Opera Studio; Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and Liesl in The Sound of Music at the Ohio Light Opera; Musetta in La bohème at the University of Michigan.

Awards: 
2013 Southeast Regional Finalist & 2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional Encouragement Award Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Where to find me at VA Opera this year:
Nannetta in Falstaff, Papagena/Pamina (cover) in The Magic Flute, and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos.

 

ANDRÉ CHIANG, baritone

André Chiang www.andrechiangbaritone.com

Hometown:
Mobile, Alabama

Where I studied
Young Artist with Glimmerglass Festival; Resident Artist with Portland Opera; Resident Artist with Shreveport Opera, Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Developing Artist with Mobile Opera; Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music; University of South Alabama, Bachelor of Music.

Performance History:
Lancelot (Camelot) (cover) with Glimmerglass Festival; Ford (Falstaff), Argante (Rinaldo), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) (cover), Maximilian (Candide), Young Galileo (Galileo Galilei) with Portland Opera; Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) with Washington-Idaho Symphony; El Gallo (The Fantasticks), Masetto (Don Giovanni) with Shreveport Opera; The Captain (The Death of Klinghoffer) (cover) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) with Manhattan School of Music.

Awards:
 
Regional Finalist of MONC Mid-South Region Auditions (2011); Winner of the Franco-American Vocal Academy Grand Concours de Chant (2010); Winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition (2010); Finalist of the Liederkranz Foundation Lieder/Art Song Competition (2010).

Where to find me at VA Opera this year:
Ford (cover) and chorus in Falstaff; Second Priest and Papageno (cover) and chorus in The Magic Flute; Harlekin (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos; and Le Dancaire and Escamillo (cover) in Carmen.

 

JENI HOUSER, soprano

Jeni Houserwww.jenihouser.com

Hometown:
Stoughton, Wisconsin

Where I studied:
Lawrence University, Bachelor of Music; University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Master of Music; Opera Saratoga; Seagle Music Colony.

Performance History:
Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore at Opera Saratoga; Najade (Zerbinetta cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos at Fort Worth Opera; Galatea (cover) in Acis and Galatea and Oscar (cover) in Un ballo in maschera at Madison Opera; Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at Opera for the Young; Gilda in Rigoletto and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at UNL Opera; Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann at Seagle Music Colony.

Awards:
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist (2013 and 2011); NATS Artist Award National Semifinalist (2010).

Where to find me at VA Opera this year:
Educational tour of Jack and the Beanstalk; Zerbinetta (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos; and Frasquita in Carmen.

 

KRISTEN CHOI, mezzo-soprano

Headshot120x180-KristenChoiwww.kristenchoi.com

Hometown: Valencia, CA

Where I studied:
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Master of Music; Opera North Young Artist; Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artist.

Performance History:
Tisbe in La Cenerentola at Townsend Opera; Jo in Little Women and Lady Thiang in The King and I at Opera North; Dorabella in Così fan tutte at Pacific Opera Project; Zerlina in Don Giovanni at West Bay Opera; St. Teresa II in Four Saints in Three Acts with Opera Parallele, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with the Bay Area Summer Opera Institute (BASOTI); Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

Awards:
Pasadena Opera Guild Award Winner 2013, Young Musicians Foundation Concerto Competition Winner 2013, Y.M.F Scholarship Winner 2011, Couer d'Alene Symphony Young Artist First Place Winner 2012, Eastbay Oakland Opera League Winner 2012, Henry and Maria Holt Scholarship Winner 2010, Y.E.S Foundation for the Arts Third Place Winner 2010. 

Where to find me at VA Opera this year:  
Meg Page (cover) in Falstaff, Third Spirit andThird Lady (cover) in The Magic Flute, and the spring educational tour. 

 

COURTNEY MILLER, mezzo-soprano

Headshot120x180-CourtneyMillerwww.courtneyallycemiller.com

Hometown:
Madison, WI

Where I studied:
University of Michigan, BM voice; Boston Conservatory, MM Opera and Professional Studies Certificate in Voice; Studio and Apprentice Artist at Chautauqua Opera.

Performance History: Meg Page cover in Merry Wives of Windsor with Boston Midsummer Opera, Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking withBoston Opera Collaborative; Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor with Chautauqua Opera, Concepción in L’Heure Espagnole,  L’Enfant in L’Enfant et les sortilèges, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Boston Conservatory.

Awards: Career Bridges Grant, The Schuyler Foundation 2012-14; Classical Singer Competition National Semi-Finalist, Graduate Division, 2011; Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Regional Finalist, New England Region, 2010.

Where to find me at VA Opera this year: Meg Page in Falstaff, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Dryade/covering Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos and Mercédès in Carmen.

 

LINDSEY ANDERSON, mezzo-soprano

LINDSEY ANDERSONLindseyAndersonMezzo.com

Hometown:
Traverse City, Michigan

Where I studied:
Saint Mary's College, Bachelor of Music; Cleveland Institute of Music, Master of Music;
Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist Program; Opera North Young Artist Program; Seattle Opera Young Artist Program; Central City Opera Apprentice Artist Program.

Performance History:
The Trainbearer in Elektra at Des Moines Metro Opera, cover of Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes at Des Moines Metro Opera, Julia Child in Bon Appetit! at Opera North, Augusta in The Ballad of Baby Doe at Winter Opera St. Louis, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking at Opera Fayetteville, Katisha in The Mikado at Winter Opera St. Louis, Meg in Little Women at Opera Fayetteville, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro at Opera North, Third Lady in The Magic Flute at Seattle Opera, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor at Seattle Opera, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Central City Opera.

Where to find me at VA Opera this year:
Dame Quickly cover and chorus in Falstaff.

 

MICHAEL KUHN, tenor

Michael Kuhnwww.michaelkuhntenor.com

Hometown:
Crofton, MD

Where I studied:
Syracuse University, Bachelor of Music; New England Conservatory, Master of Music; Gerdine Young Artist, Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

Performance History:
Tobias in Sweeney Todd at Syracuse Opera, Remendado in Carmen at Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Ernesto (cover) in Don Pasquale with Boston Midsummer Opera; Tamino in The Magic Flute, Candide in Candide, Piquillo in La Périchole and Hot Biscuit Slim in Paul Bunyan at New England Conservatory.
Awards: Semi-finalist, Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition, 2013

Where to find me at Virginia Opera this year:
Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk (educational outreach); Officer (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos; Scaramuccio (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos; Tobias (cover) and chorus in Sweeney Todd.

 

 

MATTHEW SCOLLIN, bass-baritone

Headshot120x180-MichaelScollinmatthewscollin.com

Hometown:
Walled Lake, MI

Where I studied:
Seattle Opera Young Artist Program; Merola Opera Program; Santa Fe Apprentice Program; University of Illinois, M.M.; Michigan State University, B.M.

Performance History:
La Rocca in Un Giorno di Regno, Seattle Opera YAP; 2nd Prisoner in Fidelio, Seattle Opera; Man with a Cornet Case in Postcard from Morocco, Merola Opera Program; Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Illinois Opera Theatre; Colline (cover) in La Bohème, Santa Fe Opera; 1st Apprentice (cover) in Wozzeck, Santa Fe Opera; Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Illinois Opera Theatre

Awards:
Jerry Hadley Memorial Voice Scholarship (2012); Encouragement Award, MONC District Auditions

Where to find me at VA Opera this year:
Pistola (cover) in Falstaff, Speaker and 2nd Armored Man in Magic Flute, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Zuniga in Carmen, Judge Turpin (cover) in Sweeny Todd

 

NATALIE POLITO, soprano

Natalie Politowww.nataliepolito.com

Hometown:
Quincy, Massachusetts

Where I studied:
Apprentice Artist, Santa Fe Opera; Apprentice Artist, Sarasota Opera; Studio Artist, Opera New Jersey; The Boston Conservatory, Master of Music in Vocal Performance; Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with Honors.

Performance History:
Adina in L'elisir d'amore atLake Placid Sinfonietta; Musetta in La bohème at Green Mountain Opera Festival; Featured Soloist, Opera Gala, Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hanoi, Vietnam; Soprano Soloist, Bach Cantata No. 51 and Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 withSanta Fe Symphony; Kitty Scattergood (cover) in The Last Savage at Santa Fe Opera; Marie (cover) in Wozzeck at Santa Fe Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at MetroWest Opera; The Girl in Rocket’s Red Blare (world premiere) at Intermezzo Chamber Opera; Isabella (cover) in A Place of Beauty (world premiere) at Intermezzo Chamber Opera; Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus at Riverside Theatre Works; Königin der Nacht (cover) in Die Zauberflöte atSarasota Opera; Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow at Cape Cod Opera; Soprano Soloist, Messiah at Commonwealth Opera; Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro atBoston Opera Collaborative; Nancy Shedman in Holy Ghosts (world premiere) at Berklee Performance Center; Konstanze (cover) in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Opera New Jersey; Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte atCape Cod Opera Outreach; Adele in Die Fledermaus at Opera by the Bay; Violetta in La Traviata at Opera by the Bay; Königin der Nacht in The Magic Flute atIntermezzo Young Artist Program; Elettra in Idomeneo at OperaHub.

Awards:
Lillian Caroff Mayer Award, Santa Fe Opera, 2011; Special Artist Award, Sarasota Opera Guild, 2010; Semi-Finalist, New Hampshire Opera Idol Competition, 2009; Finalist, Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, 2009; Third Place Winner, Duxbury Music Festival Solo Competition, 2008.

Where to find me at Virginia Opera:
Gretel, Hansel and Gretel touring education production; Stella (cover), A Streetcar Named Desire; Countess (cover), The Marriage of Figaro; First Bridesmaid, The Marriage of Figaro.

 

RYAN C. CONNELLY, leggiero tenor

Ryan C. Connellywww.ryancconnelly.com

Hometown:
New Freedom, PA

Where I studied:
Temple University, BM in Voice Performance (2009); University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, MM in Voice Performance (2011); Studio Artist at Kentucky Opera 2011-12

Performance History:
Don Basilio in La Nozze di Figaro at Kentucky Opera, Remendado in Carmen at Kentucky Opera, Njegus in The Merry Widow at Kentucky Opera, Bastien in Bastien und Bastienne at Queen City Chamber Opera, Vogelsang in Der Schauspieldirektor at Queen City Chamber Opera, Florville in Il Signor Bruschino at the Spoleto Music Festival.

Where to find me at VA Opera this year:
Cajus in Falstaff, Monostatos in Die Zauberflote, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, covering Dancing Master in Ariadne auf Naxos, covering Remendado in Carmen, singing chorus in Carmen, covering Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, and singing chorus in Sweeney Todd.

 

SHANNON JENNINGS, soprano

Headshot120x180-ShannonJenningswww.shannonjennings.com

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Where I studied:
Florida State University, Bachelor of Music; Mittelsächsisches Theater Young Artist; Wolf Trap Opera Studio; Lyric Opera Virginia Young Artist

Performance History:
Nimue and Guenevere (cover, performed) in Camelot at Virginia Opera; Maddalena in Il viaggio a Reims at the Wolf Trap Opera Company; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany; Monica in The Medium and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at Florida Opera Theatre; Tuptim (cover) in The King and I and Micaëla (cover) in Carmen at Lyric Opera Virginia; Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, Elaine O'Neill in Later the Same Evening, Atalanta in Xerxes at the Florida State Opera

Where to find me at VA Opera this year:
Nannetta (cover) and chorus in Falstaff, Naiad/Echo (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos, Frasquita (cover) and chorus in Carmen

 

SARA CHIESA, coach

Sara ChiesaHometown: Detroit, Michigan

Where I studied: CoOPERAtive Program; V.O.I.C.Experience; CCM-Spoleto Summer Institute; Prague International Piano Masterclasses; Interlochen Center for the Arts; Oakland University, Bachelor of Music; Bowling Green State University, Master of Music; Florida State University, Doctor of Music (Fall 2013). 

Performance History:Pianist for Annie at the Highlands Playhouse; Musical Director/Coach for Così fan tutte (in English) with the Florida State Opera Outreach; Musical Director/Coach for Sweeney Todd at the Florida State School of Music; Pianist/Répétiteur for Orphée aux enfers, Le Jongleur de Notre Dame, Così fan tutte, and Eugene Onegin (in English) at Florida State Opera; Musical Director/Coach for L’incoronazione di Poppea, Patience and The Telephone at Bowling Green Opera Theatre; Pianist for The Old Maid and the Thief, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!, and Working at Bowling Green Opera Theatre; Musical Director/Coach for Titanic: The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol through Beneath the TrapDoor Productions; Musical Director/Coach for The Pirates of Penzance and My Fair Lady through the Starlight Theatre Company; Musical Director/Coach for The Impresario, Game of Chance, and Le Portrait de Manon at Oakland University. 

Where to find me at VA Opera this year: Musical Director of the education touring productions of Jack and the Beanstalk and Pinocchio’s Sister

 

DAVID BLALOCK, tenor

Sara Chiesawww.david-blalock.com

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Hometown: Burlington, NC

Where I studied: Maryland Opera Studio, UNC Greensboro – BA Music, Apprentice at Santa Fe Opera, Studio Artist at Central City Opera, Young Artist at Ash lawn Opera, Young Artist at Seagle Music Colony

Performance History: Young Thompson in Glory Denied at Fort Worth Opera 2013, Rodolfo (cover) in La Boheme at Fort Worth Opera 2013, Bertram in La Donna del Lago at Santa Fe Opera 2013, First Prisoner in Oscar at Santa Fe Opera 2013, Welko (cover) and Jankel (cover) in Arabella  at Santa Fe Opera 2012

Awards:   5th Place Birmingham Opera Vocal Competitin 2012/2013, 2nd Place Long Leaf Opera Vocal Competition 2012, Regional Finalist and Encouragement Award Winner MONC Southeast Regional Finals 2012, Regional Finalist MONC Southeast Regional Finals 2011, Career Grant Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges 2011, 3rd Place Wonderic Competition 2011, 3rd Place FAVA Grand Concours de Chant 2011, 1st Place Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition 2010, 1st Place Charlotte Opera Guild Vocal Competition 2010, 2nd Place Tony and Sally Amato Vocal Competition 2010, 1st Place Fourth Annual Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition 2008

Where to find me at VA Opera this year: Fenton (cover) and chorus in Falstaff, 1st Priest and Tamino (cover) and chorus in The Magic Flute, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Remendado in Carmen, Tobias in Sweeney Todd.

 

ADAM CANNEDY, baritone

CHRISTIAAN SMITH-KOTLAREKwww.adamcannedy.com 

Hometown: Marietta, GA

Where I studied: The Opera Institute at Boston University (Performance Certificate), Southern Methodist University (B.M.), Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist with Central City Opera, Young Artist with Opera North, Resident Artist with Lyric Opera of Virginia. 

Performance History: Morales in CARMEN with Opera Omaha; Rooster Wild Thing in WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center; El Dancairo in CARMEN with The Atlanta Opera; Count Carl Magnus (cover) in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and Oompa Loompa in THE GOLDEN TICKET (world premiere) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; The Ballad Singer in WINNERS and Oompa Loompa in THE GOLDEN TICKET (European premiere) with Wexford Festival Opera in Wexford, Ireland; Rooster Wild Thing in WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE with Tanglewood Music Festival; Speaker of the Temple in DIE ZAUBERFLOTE and Imperial Commissioner in MADAMA BUTTERY with Opera North; Frank Chambers in THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTI, Lord Capulet in ROMEO ET JULIETTE (Gounod), Olin Blitch in SUSANNAH, and Chucho in William Bolcom's LUCREZIA with The Opera Institute at Boston University.

Awards: Phyllis Curtin Scholar at The Opera Institute at Boston University, 5th Place at The Birmingham Opera Competition, Finalist at The Dallas Opera Competition 

Where to find me at VA Opera this year: Appearing as Gepetto in the Educational tour of PINOCCHIO'S SISTER 

 

HUNTER ENOCH, baritone

Hunter Enochwww.hunterenoch.com

Hometown: Paris, TN

Where I studied: Seattle Opera Young Artist Program 2013, Chautauqua Opera Studio 2012, Wolf Trap Opera Studio 2010-2011, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), MM and BM, 2012 and 2010

Performance History: Police Commissar in Der Rosenkavalier at Cincinnati Opera 2013, Viva Verdi Gala at Seattle Opera YAP 2013, Cavaliere di Belfiore in Un Giorno di Regno at Seattle Opera YAP 2012, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress at CCM 2012, Marquis de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites at CCM 2011, Ping in Turandot at CCM 2011, Candy in Of Mice and Men at CCM 2010, Gianni Schicchi at CCM 2010

Awards: Albert Rhys Davies Scholar with the Singers Club of Cleveland 2010

Where to find me at VA Opera this year: Falstaff (cover) and chorus in Falstaff, Morales in Carmen, Musiklehrer (cover) and Paruckenmacher in Ariade auf Naxos, Sweeney Todd (cover), Jonas Fogg and chorus in Sweeney Todd

 

ELENA GALVÁN, soprano

ELENA GALVÁNwww.elenagalvan.com

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

Studied: Studio Artist at Opera Santa Barbara; Studio Artist at Opera Saratoga; Aspen Music Festival and School; M.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M. Ithaca College

Performance History: Frasquita in Carmen (Livermore Valley Opera); Rosina in The Barber of Seville (San Francisco Opera's Opera à la Carte); Phyllis in Iolanthe (Lamplighters music Theatre); Norina (cover) in Don Pasquale (Opera Santa Barbara); Dalinda in Ariodante (SFCM Baroque Ensemble); Susanna in Le Nozze do Figaro (SFCM); Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (SFCM); Grittly (cover) in Le 66 (Opera Saratoga); Lucy in The Telephone (SFCM); Nannetta (cover) in Falstaff (Aspen Music Festival and School); Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica (Musica e Musica Festival)

Awards: Encouragement Award, MONC District Auditions (2011); Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition (Winner- 2011, Finalist- 2012)

Where to find me: Educational tour of Pinocchio's Sister.

 

BEN KWAK, tenor

Ben KwakHometown:  Seoul, Korea

Where I studied: Tony Back Studio

Performance History: Basilio, Curzio cover in The Marriage of Figaro, Dr. Blind cover in The Fledermaus with Virginia Opera, Tamino in The Magic Flute with Opera Festival di Roma in Rome, Italy.

Awards: Silver Medalist in 2012 April Music Festival in Korea

Where to find me at VA Opera this year: covering Monastatos  and singing 1st Armored man in The Magic Flute, singing Officer and covering Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, covering Don Jose in Carmen, covering Beadle in Sweeney Todd