Participants 2012
Miloslav Antonov Seung-hyeon Baek Erik Bagger Yiselle S. Blum Richard Bozic
Tammy Bradley Laurence Broderick André Courville Marcos Cuevas Victoria Fox
Chelsea Friedlander Matthew Gamble Erin Gonzalez Nicole Hazlett Leah U. Hawkins
Allyson Herman Robert Kerr Ekaterina Kim Hyo Na Kim Steven LaBrie
Christopher Longo Jonathan Morales Youngchul Park Kiri Parker Rogelio B Peñaverde, Jr.
Nichole Ashley Peyreigne Jason Plourde Carlos Saenz Maggie Sczekan Brandon Snook
Mizuho Takeshita Clara Heikyung Yu Christian Zaremba Meroe Khalia Adeeb Alyssa Brooks
Mizuho Takeshita Theodora Cottarel Lea Garinis Josh Kight Amanda Mason
DeAnna Tisdale Wendy Wang
 
2 Miloslav Antonov (Don Alfonso) is an undergraduate student at Mannes College The New School for Music. He appeared as Masetto in Don Giovanni in May in the opera program there. Other appearances include tribute concerts to Bulgarian composer Petko Staynov in Carnegie’s Weill Hall and The Kennedy Center. He graduated as a piano major in his native Bulgaria.
   
16 Seung-hyeon Baek (Ford) is a first-year Master’s degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Mark Oswald. Previous credits include Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi and Douphol in La Traviata with Chung-Ang University. Scene work includes Riccardo in I Puritani and Marcello in La Bohème with Chung-Ang University. This season Mr. Baek will be Father in Hansel and Gretel with the Amato Program of Manhattan School of Music.
 
27 Erik Bagger (Dr. Caius) maintains a rapidly increasing operatic repertoire. Role highlights include: Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Bastien in Bastien und Bastienne, Albert in Albert Herring, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale. Erik has performed with the Bronx Opera, Opera Oggi, Apollo Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, One World Symphony, The Martina Arroyo Foundation, LiedAustria, Intermezzo Opera, Opera Ischia, and New Operafestival di Roma. He has been the recipient of the Brooklyn College Opera Theatre Award, and has been featured in a broadcast of arias on WMNR Fine Arts Radio. He holds a Masters in Music degree from the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College.
   
37 Mezzo-soprano Yiselle S. Blum (Dorabella) is a native of the New York tri-state area. She has participated in prestigious international training programs such as the International Vocal Arts Institute and the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar. Ms. Blum has been seen as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (the Bronx Opera Company); Rosina in scenes from Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Regina Opera); Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar); Rachele in Piazza Navona (Opera Manhattan); Pamela in Fra Diavolo (the Bronx Opera Company), and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana (Opera New York).
   
38 Richard Bozic (Pistola) started as a hard-rock singer whose passion for learning led him to a Master’s in Voice at the Peabody Conservatory. Recently, he sang in the NYC premiere of Vaughan Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss with the Bronx Opera, where one NY critic wrote, “Bozic sang with beauty of tone and august authority as Dipsacus.” He has also performed with Cleveland Opera, Fairbanks Summer Music Festival, Bethesda Summer Music Festival, Verismo Opera of NJ, dell’Arte Opera and Opera NJ. www.richardbozic.com.
   
39 Tammie Bradley (Alice Ford - Cover) has sung with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus and the Ebony Opera Chorus of Houston. Her repertoire includes Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Leonora in Il Trovatore, and the title roles in Suor Angelica and Norma. In the spring of 2011 Ms. Bradley placed in the 6th Annual Lois Alba Vocal Competition of Houston. Ms. Bradley has won or placed in several other prestigious operatic and art song competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Regional Council. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. 
   
40 Laurence Broderick (Fenton) was recently praised in The New York Times for his impassioned singing of the title role in Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. He also sang for several seasons with the New York City Opera, including productions of La Fanciulla del West, Of Mice and Men, L’Etoile, The Capulets and the Montagues, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (touring), and Ariodante. He has also performed with the Sarasota Opera in Falstaff, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio and scenes from La Bohème, Un Ballo in Maschera, and La Rondine, and with the Utah Festival Opera in Susannah, Naughty Marietta, and South Pacific. He performed in the CBS-produced television show “Who Wants to be an Opera Star?”./td>
   
41 André Courville (Don Alfonso) returns for his third season with Prelude to Performance. He was seen in 2011 as Rambaldo in La Rondine, and in 2007 as Schlemil, Crespel, and Hermann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. A Louisiana native, Courville attended Loyola University New Orleans and recently placed second in the Gulf Coast Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Upcoming performances include the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, as well as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, and the Marquis d’Obigny in La Traviata at Opera in the Ozarks. He has also performed with the New Orleans Opera Association.
   
42 Marcos Cuevas (Ferrando), a native of Queens, New York, is a first-year Master’s degree student at Manhattan School of Music as a student of Catherine Malfitano. Previous credits include Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo), Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (Kaspar), Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Monostatos), and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Le Mari). Scene work includes Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfredo in La Traviata and Pisandro in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.
   
3 Victoria Fox (Meg Page) earned her Bachelor of Music at The Lamont School of Music in Denver, Colorado. There she learned the roles of Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, which she covered at the Tuscia Operafestival in Viterbo, Italy. In 2009, Ms. Fox performed the title role in Bizet’s Carmen. Currently, she is working on her Master’s at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In the last year, she has performed the role of Zita in Gianni Schicchi at USC and made her international debut as the Duchesse in Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein with the Franco-American Vocal Academy in France.
   
5 Chelsea Friedlander (Nannetta), soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Friedlander was awarded an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera Competition in the Connecticut District in November 2011. Last summer, Ms. Friedlander was an Apprentice Artist at Opera in the Ozarks and sang Adele in Die Fledermaus. This August, Ms. Friedlander will sing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar in Germany.
   
15 A native of St. Paul, MN, Matthew Gamble (Ford) began his formal studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Shortly thereafter he relocated to Prague where he made his professional debut in the title role of Don Giovanni in the Prague Castle. While there he furthered his studies with Petr Dolejsi of the National Theater Prague. He is currently a Resident Artist with Connecticut Lyric Opera. Recent roles include the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Luther and Schlemil in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In 2011 he participated in Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival where he was heard in new productions of La Bohème and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. He continues his studies with Elizabeth Nohe Colson of Atlanta, Georgia.
   
6 From Las Vegas, Nevada, Erin Gonzalez (Dorabella) graduated in 2011 from the Eastman School of Music with an MM in Vocal Performance and Literature. While at Eastman, she studied privately with Jan Opalach. With the Eastman Opera Theatre, she covered the role of Dorabella in scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte and performed the role of Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. She received her BM in Vocal Performance from Chapman University in 2008. At Chapman, she performed the roles of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi. In June 2008 she performed the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with the Nevada Opera Theatre.
   
7 Nicole Haslett (Nannetta) was last seen as Florestine in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles at the Manhattan School of Music, from which she holds an M.M. in Vocal Performance. Previous credits include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera in the Ozarks, and Eva in the oratorio Die Schöpfung at MSM conducted by Kent Tritle. Nicole was a finalist last year in the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition at MSM, singing Milhaud’s Chansons de Ronsard. She is currently an artist with the NYC-based Opera Singer’s Initiative. Later this summer, Nicole will be participating in the I SING BEIJING program in China.<
   
8 Leah U. Hawkins, (Meg Page - Cover) is a music-voice performance major at Morgan State University where she studies with Devonna Rowe. Her roles include Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and Maria in Porgy and Bess. She was a featured soloist at the Kennedy and Kimmel Centers, and a guest soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and Black Pearl Orchestras. She has appeared in master classes with Denyce Graves and Angela Brown, and with Giuseppe Lanzetta in Florence, Italy. She is a 2010 and 2011 1st place winner in the MD/DC area NATS competition. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women Inc. and the National Association of Negro Musicians Inc..
   
9 Allyson Herman (Alice Ford) holds a Master's degree and Professional Studies certificate from Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Recent credits include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera on the Avalon; Pamina in Tony Amato's Opera in Brief: The Magic Flute and Alma in Lee Hoiby's Summer and Smoke, all at Manhattan School of Music. Upcoming engagements include a yearlong residency with Opera Singers Initiative and Mozart’s Requiem with the Astoria Symphony Orchestra. Other appearances include Damigella in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, First Lady in scenes from Die Zauberflöte, and Josephine in scenes from HMS Pinafore.
   
10 Known for his commanding instrument and stage savvy, Robert Kerr (Sir John Falstaff) began his career in musical theater. He has appeared in summer stock with The Barn Theater and Huron Playhouse, as well as in past productions with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Opera Theater and the Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. His past operatic roles include Scarpia in Tosca, the Secret Police Agent in The Consul, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Germont in La Traviata, Ford in Falstaff, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. Kerr has worked with Toledo Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Columbus and Southern Ohio Light Opera.
   
12 Russian soprano Ekaterina Kim (Fioridiligi) made her professional debut in Germany as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung. Ms. Kim was Southwest Regional finalist in the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Her operatic roles include Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Concepción in L’Heure Espagnole. In 2010, Ms. Kim was a guest artist at Hartwick College, N.Y. singing Schoenberg’s The Book of the Hanging Gardens to much acclaim. In 2011, she was featured in the Opera Delaware Recital Series.
   
13 Hyo Na Kim (Dame Quickly), a recent national grand finalist of the Met Auditions, a first prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Competition, and multiple grant winner at the Licia Albanese-Puccini and Giulio Gari Competitions, earned her M.M. and P.S.D. from Mannes College in NYC. During her time at Mannes, she performed to great critical acclaim many roles under Maestro Joseph Colaneri, including Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Annina in La Traviata. Among her other parts are Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which she sang at Israel’s International Vocal Arts Institute, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, performed with Opera Lancaster.
   
14 Steven LaBrie (Guglielmo), a native of Dallas, Texas, is a graduate of The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, PA. During his residency, he performed the roles of Marcello in La Bohème, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte among others. He has performed with Opera New Jersey as Moralès in Carmen. In 2010 he made his debut with Glimmerglass Opera as Araspe in the US premiere of Handel’s Tolomeo, followed by The Miller in El Gato con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera in another US premiere. He made his debut with the Dallas Opera the following February as Paris and Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. He has recently received the Judges Award in the Opera Index Competition.
   
4 From Tampa, FL, Christopher Longo (Bardolfo) is a third year voice performance major at Florida State University. He began his studies on the violin, and was pursuing a violin performance degree until he was encouraged by his voice teacher at the time to consider the FSU voice program. After acceptance as a voice student, Longo sang Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Le Fils in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and Monsieur Vogelsang in Der Schauspieldirektor. He also sang roles in scenes, including Gonzalve in L’Heure Espagnole, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Beppe in Rita. He studies with David Okerlund under grants from FSU and Florida Bright Futures.
   
17 Jonathan Morales (Bardolfo) is currently working on his Professional Studies Certificate from Mannes College under Arthur Levy. Recent roles include Camille in The Merry Widow, Nemorino (cover) in L’Elisir d’Amore, and Mr. Angel in The Impresario. He has sung with The Dallas Opera, The Living Opera, Colorado Light Opera, Voces Intimae, and was a participant in Opera Colorado’s Young Artist Program. He was a winner in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition and has won the Texoma NATS Regional Competition. He returns to Prelude after singing the role of Prunier in Puccini’s La Rondine in 2011.
   
18 This season, tenor Youngchul Park (Fenton) will sing Lenksy in Eugene Onegin with Bel Cantanti Opera, and appear as a soloist at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Recent operatic roles include Ruggero in La Rondine and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Prelude, Michele in The Saint of Bleecker Street and Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera (Mannes Opera), and Rodrigue in Le Cid (Empire Opera). Last year he was invited to sing in a Metropolitan Opera Guild master class series. Mr. Park has appeared as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem (the New York Choral Society), Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation and Deo Gratias by Michael Cox. He completed his Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College in 2011.
   
19 A native of the UK, Kiri Parker (Meg Page) has worked with composers such as Michael Berkeley, Nicola LeFanu and John Woolrich. Recently, she sang Argento’s Miss Manners on Music and Horovitz’s Lady Macbeth for the Aspen Music Festival. Operatic roles include Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Aspen Opera Theatre Center), Meg Page (Mannes Opera), Musetta (Oxford City Opera), Rosina (cover - AOTC), Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito - Operatique), Tisbe (La Cenerentola - Capitol Heights Lyric Opera) and Woman in a Hat (The Ghosts of Versailles - cover - AOTC).
   
20 Tenor Rogelio B. Peñaverde Jr. (Ferrando) is a native of Manila, Philippines. He began the year performing the role of Amaryllus in Vaughan Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss with the Bronx Opera Company. He returns to Prelude to Performance after previously performing there both Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. His other opera credits include Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Lorenzo in Auber’s Fra Diavolo, and Gheroldo in Steffani’s Tassilone. He earned his M.M. in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a merit scholar.
   
21 Nichole Ashley Peyreigne (Dame Quickly) started singing at the age of 16 under the instruction of Joan Caplan at The Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. Since then she has attended the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy. Additionally she has performed with Citywide Youth Opera under the direction of Andrés Andrade. Nichole currently studies privately with Sherry Overholt and is a Senior at SUNY Purchase. Last July, she performed as Annio in scenes from La Clemenza di Tito and Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. She has most recently coached with Tony Manoli and Joan Krueger and has performed in master classes for Deborah Birnbaum and Dolora Zajick.
   
11 The operatic credits of baritone Jason Plourde (Sir John Falstaff) include Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni and Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S. Pinafore. Plourde has had the distinct pleasure of creating the role of Burton in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca with the Merola Opera Program and performing the role of Horace Tabor in the 50th Anniversary performance of The Ballad of Baby Doe at Central City Opera. In addition to these, he has worked with companies including New York City Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera New Jersey, Sarasota Opera and Bel Canto at Caramoor. He is a native of Caribou, Maine.
   
22 A native of Texas, Carlos Saenz (Guglielmo) has sung Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Bhaer in Little Women with Opera in the Ozarks, Moralès in Carmen, the Corporal in La Fille du Régiment, and the Comisario Imperiale in Madama Butterfly with San Antonio Opera, as well as Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief with Texas State University. While an undergraduate, Carlos performed Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Al Calinda/Frank Decker in Working, and George Berger in Hair. As part of San Antonio Opera’s Young Artist Program and Educational Outreach, he appeared in Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Tosca, and Le Nozze di Figaro. He is currently a graduate student at Texas State.
   
23 Maggie Sczekan (Despina) performed Christine in Phantom with Boulder’s Dinner Theatre. She played Little Edie in Vintage Theatre's regional premiere of Grey Gardens and will premiere Luisa in Act I of Lori Laitman’s new opera Ludlow through the CU Now program in June. She performed the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the University of Colorado, Boulder. With CU Opera she will also appear in Suor Angelica (Genovieffa) and La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Fanny). Maggie is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and is currently working toward her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating in May 2013.
   
24 Brandon Snook (Dr. Caius) is a promising young American tenor. He is currently a resident artist at American Opera Projects’ Composers and The Voice Series in Brooklyn. Recent performances as Vietnam POW Jim Thompson in Chelsea Opera’s production of Glory Denied garnered acclaim from The New York Times. He was also recently in Greenville, SC performing Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Greenville Light Opera Works. Additional operatic credits include Cincinnati Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. A native of Dallas, Brandon holds Voice degrees from The University of Kansas and The University of Michigan.
   
25 Japanese soprano Mizuho Takeshita (Despina) holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Ochanomizu University in Japan. She recently 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. In 2011, she was awarded 2nd prize at the Tokyo International Music Competition and 1st prize at the Iizuka Newcomer Music Competition. She currently studies with Marcella Reale and Martina Arroyo. This Fall, she will pursue a Master of Music in Voice at Mannes College The New School for Music in NYC.
   
26 Lyric soprano Keyona Willis (Alice Ford), a native of Sunbury, Ohio, will be portraying Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff this spring with OSU Opera. This fall she will play Mimi in the Opera Columbus production of La Bohème. Past work includes Aida in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida; Adolfo in Faramondo; the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro; Polly in The Threepenny Opera; Susannah in Tintypes; Monica in The Medium, and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Ms. Willis is currently working on her DMA at The Ohio State University.
   
1 Clara Heikyung Yu (Fiordiligi) has more than 15 years of classical vocal training and performance experience. A native of South Korea, she has been training and singing in the U.S. for the past 5 years. She holds a Master’s in Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, and graduated at the top of her class from Seoul University. Miss Yu has played a number of soprano roles across the U.S., Europe and Asia, including Mimi in La Bohème, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Charlemagne Orchestra. She is a Long Leaf Opera finalist, and a Lois Alba finalist, and she was the first place delegate from South Korea for the Tachigawa Opera Festival in Japan.
   
28 Christian Zaremba (Pistola) recently debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. He has sung Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Angelotti in Tosca with New York Lyric Opera, and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Capitol Heights Opera. At the Metropolitan Opera, he has performed the speaking role of the Porter in Manon and understudied the acting role of Agamemnon in Iphigénie en Tauride. He is also a movement and fight captain at the Met, supervising and performing combat roles in Boris Godunov, Tosca, Don Carlo and Il Trovatore.
   
29 Meroe Khalia Adeeb is from Accokeek, Maryland. At Tuskegee University she took voice lessons with Dr. Wayne A. Barr. In 2008 she participated in Tuskegee’s Italian Opera Study Abroad Program in Pisa, Italy. While there, Meroe was coached by the noted Italian soprano Maria Billeri. After graduating from Tuskegee, she began working on her degree in Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University in the studio of Robert Grayson. With the LSU Opera she has appeared in the chorus of Le Nozze di Figaro and La Bohème. She also played the role of Cherubino Pig in The Three Little Pigs with the Louisiana Opera Outreach Program (LOOP), and the 1st Spirit in The Magic Flute with Opéra Louisiane.
   
30 Alyssa Brooks, a native of Indianapolis, is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she sang the role of Gretel in an abridged Hänsel und Gretel in 2007. She recently performed the role of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus at the University of Evansville, where she is a senior working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. As an undergraduate, she has also sung the role of Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and has appeared in Suor Angelica, La Bohème, and Così fan tutte.
   
31 Theodora Cottarel is a Franco-American soprano. She recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Theodora has participated in opera productions and concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Full roles include Maria in the world premiere of Yerma by Edward Poll, Donatella in the US premiere of Nina by Paisiello, Shadow Jo in the European premiere of Little Women by Mark Adamo, and Polly in Austin’s The Beggar’s Opera
   
32 Greek-American, mezzo-soprano, Lea Garinis is happy to be rejoining the MAF. Last season she was seen in the ensemble of Don Giovanni and La Rondine. Recent performances include Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) Prince Charming (Cendrillon) and Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Other roles include La Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. Mrs. Garinis received her MM in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College and her BM from State University of New York at Fredonia. She is a student of Patrice Pastore.
   
33 Josh Kight is a junior at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. He has performed in multiple opera scenes from Candide, Don Giovanni, and L’Elisir d’Amore. He has also performed in many musical theater productions, including Songs For A New World, LaChiusa’s The Wild Party, and Sweeney Todd. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Music Performance at UE.
   
34 Born in Richardson, Texas, Amanda Mason has performed scenes as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Lucy in La Casablanca, Musetta in La Bohème, and a Lay Sister in Suor Angelica. In 2010, she was the youngest soprano accepted to Opera Viva in Verona, Italy, where she worked with June Anderson. She has performed at many prestigious events such as a Rays and Yankees baseball game, and before groups including the Florida House of Representatives, the National Order of Women Legislators, and other national conferences. Ms. Mason recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music in New York with a Bachelor’s degree and will be returning there for graduate school.
   
35 A native of Jackson, Mississippi, DeAnna Tisdale has just completed her Master of Music in Vocal Performance Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She recently understudied the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with the USM School of Music. She won 1st place in the Southern regional NATS competition in November 2011. She sang with the Mississippi Opera in their 2009-2010 Champagne Anniversary Season as a soloist in The Best of Opera Choruses and as a chorus member in Die Fledermaus. During the summer of 2009, she traveled to Rome where she took part in the Operafestival di Roma. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music/Vocal Performance from Tougaloo College.
   
36 Wendy Wang has sung Mastrilla in La Périchole and Moppet in Paul Bunyan with New England Conservatory’s Graduate Opera. As part of Lowell House Opera’s Scenes Program, she has performed the title role in Carmen, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. Wang is a graduate of Harvard University and New England Conservatory’s Dual-Degree Program.