Participants 2013
Miloslav Antonov Jacopo Buora Jonathan Callison Tyrone Chambers Marcelis Campo Marisan Corsino Eric Delagrange
Paul Grosvenor Paul Han Paull_Keightley Elizabeth Kelsay Alasdair Kent Robert Kerr Chelsea Laggan
Jennifer Lazarz YooJin Lee Christopher Longo Cecilia Lopez Thabang Masango Samuel McDonald Bongani Ndhlalanen
Kevin Rockower Jessica Sandidge Kirsten Scott Shanna Spiro Samuel Thompson Marcos Vigil Alicia Waller
Wendy Wang Katherine Wiswell Ziwen Xiang        
Miloslav Antonov (Sharpless Cover) a native Bulgarian, is currently a graduate student at Mannes College. As part of the opera program, he has performed numerous roles such as: Masetto in Don Giovanni; Germano in La scala di seta; Junius in The Rape of Lucretia; and Don Alvaro in Il Viaggio a Reims, under the baton of maestro Joseph Colaneri. He will appear as Mario’s father this spring in Il Postino by Daniel Catan. In New York City in 2013, he took part of the world premiere of the opera Steal a Pencil for Me by Gerald Cohen, which is a full length opera about Holocaust survivors, and based on the book and movie of the same title. He did Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte with Martina Arroyo’s “Prelude to Performance” program during the summer of 2012. This May he will sing in the “Musical Treasures” concert at Weill Hall. Other appearances include tribute concerts to the Bulgarian composer Petko Staynov at the Kennedy Center and Weill Hall in 2010. Miloslav was a finalist at the Palm Beach International Vocal Competition in 2011. He was also awarded The Prize of the Audience and The Prize of the Dean of Veliko Tarnovo University at the 2009 “The Crown of Veliko Tarnovo” International Competition for Singers in Bulgaria.
Jacopo Buora (Sulpice) Bass-Baritone, is an Italian opera singer currently residing in New York City. He has recently performed as Bartolo and Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro with Regina Opera, Count Walter in Luisa Miller with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Pasquale in the American premier of Donizetti's Olivo e Pasquale and Schaunard in La bohème, both with Amore Opera. While he has studied music from an early age, he also holds Master's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology. He is currently studying voice with Armen Boyajian.
Jonathan Callison (Hortensius) baritone, is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with his master’s degree in vocal performance. While in school, John performed the role of Donald Gallup in The Mother of Us All, and also performed in Thaïs and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. Since graduation in 2013, John has performed as Marchese D’Obigny in the Martina Arroyo Prelude to Perfomance’s production of La Traviata, The Drunken Poet in dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s production of The Fairy Queen, Tom/John in Chelsea Opera’s The Face on the Barroom Floor. Next up is Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Opera at USC.
A native of New Orleans, Tyrone Chambers II (Gastone) has sung the Philistine Messenger in Samson et Dalila, Governor/Gambler in Candide, Second Jew in Strauss’ Salome, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Crab Man in Porgy and Bess, Elder Gleaton in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and Laërtes in Mignon at Music Academy of the West. He is a featured tenor in New Orleans' premier operatic ensemble, Opera Créole. Most recently at the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France for A Creole Christmas (2013) for the second year. In April 2012 he returned to Natchez, MS for the fourth year in a series of concerts entitled “Romantic Songs of Natchez,”. Most recently, Chambers performed at LaMama and at BAM’s 21c Liederabend Festival. He was also featured in a variety of concerts this holiday season in the metropolitan area, including Händel’s Messiah at St. Matthew AME church in Queens and Harlem Opera Theater’s Community Holiday Sing at Puffin Cultural Center in Teaneck, NJ. He can be heard across the northeast region with Harlem Opera Theater singing the role of King Nebuchadnezzar in Britten’s Three Parables. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from Morehouse College and a Master of Music degree in voice from the University of Oklahoma.
Marcelis Campo (Annina Auditor) graduated from the Dominican Academy with honors. She was a participant in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. She was a finalist in a National Speech Contest commemorating the Statue of Liberty. Marcelis has always had an appreciation for the arts, especially music. She had a leading role as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and was a member of her High School Glee Club. She is currently studying with Harolyn Blackwell.
Mezzo-soprano Marisan Corsino (Suzuki cover) has captivated audiences with her deep and honey tone voice and alluring stage presence. Her operatic credits include the roles of Carmen with the UGA Opera Theatre and the Sherman Symphony, Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring with the Meadows Opera Theatre, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus with the Regal Opera and Giannetta in L’Elisir d’amore with the Musica e Musica Festival in Italy . She has also preformed scenes in Bellini’s Norma (Adalgisa) and Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (Isabella) with the Rossini Orchestra in Italy, and Verdi’s Rigoletto (Maddalena) with the Janiec Opera Company. While pursuing her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music she performed several operas including Cavalli’s La Calisto and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Ms. Corsino was a soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony in 2013. In Europe she has performed in Spain, Austria and Italy. She studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, graduating with a Bachelor and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.
Baritone Eric Delagrange (Dr. Grenvil (Traviata) Bartolo cover (Barbiere)) is currently receiving his master's degree at DePaul University. Eric recently opened the 2014 season in the titled role of Falstaff by Verdi. The young bass-baritone made his operatic debut in 2013 as Figaro in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with D'Angelo Opera Theatre. A native of Buffalo, New York, he discovered his passion for opera from his friend and colleague, Soprano Lousia Jonason. Eric is presently working on a master's degree in Vocal Performance at DePaul University School of Music. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Mercyhurst University.
Paul G. L. Grosvenor (Basilio) was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a student at the famed LaGuardia High School of the Arts in New York City. While there, his repertoire ranged, ranging from oratorio to gospel, Negro Spirituals to Contemporary, and Opera. Recently, Paul received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan. His voice teacher is Prof. Daniel Washington, Associate Dean for Faculty and Multicultural Affairs. In addition to his studies at U-M, he has studied at the “Music in the Marche Opera Program”, in Mondavio, Italy. He had the privilege of singing for the Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards 2011 and 2013 as their Performing Arts Scholarship recipient. Paul was invited and sang on the Millennium Stage of The Kennedy Center, February 2013. Paul was recognized for his academic success by the University of Michigan at its 2012 Honors Convocation. He is a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Collegiate Division, and The University of Michigan Black Arts Council. After graduation, he plans to continue his vocal training in Michigan, and subsequently return to the east coast for graduate school.
Paul Han (Alfredo), a native of South Korea, possesses a lovely lyric tenor voice with unlimited dynamics and coloristic possibilities. In 2014, he was a 2nd Prize winner of Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and the 5th Prize winner of Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition. In the same year, he was also one of the winners of Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern Region District. As a doctoral student in voice at Mason Gross School of the Arts, he sang the role of Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea in this April production. As a young artist, he participated as a young artist in Caramoor festival 2013, singing as Thibault in Les vêpres siciliennes by Verdi. In 2012, he joined Opera North as a young artist, singing the role of Lun Tha in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. He pursued his Master’s Degree and Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes, where he has performed various leading roles with the Mannes Opera, including Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Fenton in Falstaff and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. As a concert artist, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in Mannes's 2010 Yearlong Festival. While he was pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at Juilliard School, he sang the role of Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in the production of Juilliard Opera Workshop. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice from The Juilliard School and Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma in Voice from Mannes College. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Voice in Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Australian baritone Paull-Anthony Keightley (Fiorello) is a first year Master's degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with both a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma of Music. Mr. Keightley’s operatic credits included Rev. Mr. Jones, Major Peter Labelliere, Alderman Birch, Mr. Worrall and Phillip Thicknesse in English Eccentrics, Frank in Die Fledermaus and Baptista in the Australian Premier of Goetz’s The Taming of the Shrew with WAAPA; Littore, Famigliari and Tribuno in L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival, Gloster Heming in The Mother of Us All with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with New York Opera Exchange. His scene work includes Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress and Marcello in La bohème.
Elizabeth Kelsay (Annina), trained at Westminster Choir College and Florida State University. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in Macbeth, Turandot, Les Troyens, Parsifal, and Prince Igor. Role highlights include Pamina, Micaëla, Suor Angelica (New York Lyric Opera), Donna Anna (Bronx Opera), Julie Jordan (Asheville Lyric Opera), and Susannah (Opera Modo). She was a semi-finalist for the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, the Maryland Opera Society, and the Joy In Singing Competition. Next season she will join Tulsa Opera as a studio artist, performing the role of Tisbe in La cenerentola, and covering Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and Curly’s Wife in Of Mice and Men.
Australian leggero-tenor Alasdair Kent (Count Almaviva) was born in Perth and currently resides in Philadelphia. As a first-year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), he has performed the roles of Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Chekalinsky in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, and Gastone in La traviata. In 2013, he made his professional debut as Don Ramiro in La cenerentola for Opera Queensland, replacing an injured colleague for four performances. He studied music and opera at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the Queensland Conservatorium, and European languages at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Other performance credits include Sellem in The Rake’s Progress for the Queensland Conservatorium, Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus for WAAPA, and numerous concerts of operatic excerpts and art song in both Australia and the United States. Concert performances include the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat mater for WAAPA and the same composer’s Messa di Gloria for AVA, the tenor soloist and the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and tenor soloist in Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G, both for the UWA Choral Society.
Robert Kerr (Germont) returns to Prelude after having sung the title role of Falstaff in 2012. He recently sang in the Triumphal Scene from Verdi's Aïda as Amonasro at The Kennedy Center in honor of the great Metropolitan Opera soprano Martina Arroyo. In 2005, Mr. Kerr was selected to be a part of the San Francisco Opera Center’s Merola Opera Program. He 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. 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. Mr. Kerr has worked with Toledo Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Columbus and Southern Ohio Light Opera.
Mezzo-SopranoChelsea Laggan (Flora auditor) is a graduate of Hofstra University’s undergraduate vocal program, where she studies with Donna Balson. In their fully staged productions she has appeared in the Chorus of Don Giovanni, as Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, as Lady Blanche in Princess Ida, and as Dido in Dido and Aeneas under the batons of Jorge Parodi, David Ramael and Adam Glaser. Also at Hofstra, she has performed in scenes from Carmen as Mercedes, Hansel and Gretel as Hansel, La Finta Giardinera as Ramiro, Romeo et Juliette as Romeo, and Cendrillon as Le Prince Charmant. Previously, Chelsea participated in the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute.This coming October, she will be appearing as Prince Orlofsky in The New York Opera Exchange’s production of Die Fledermaus.
Jennifer Lazarz (Berta), has a rich mezzo-soprano voice described as “strong and vibrant”. She recently sang the roles of Nicklausse/Muse in The Tales of Hoffmann with the Fletcher Opera Institute as well as the Alto soloist in the Messiah with the Mozart Club of Winston-Salem. In April she will sing the role of Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera with the Fletcher Opera Institute. Other roles include The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Suzy/Lolette in La rondine, Isolier in Le Comte Ory, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Ma Moss in The Tenderland, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. In addition, Jennifer recently placed third in the 2013 Heafner/Williams Voice Competition, and was a finalist in the Rosen-Schaffel Competition. She joined Opera Tampa as one of their New Artists for the 2010-2011 season, and sang the role of Dodo in Maestro Anton Coppola's adaptation of The Merry Widow. She was also a participant and staff member of the “Sherrill Milnes and Friends” programs. While in Chicago, Jennifer sang with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Grant Park Festival Chorus, and also sang under the baton of Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival. She currently studies with Dr. Marilyn Taylor at the Fletcher Opera Institute, and is pursuing her Masters degree.
Korean born Mezzo-SopranoYooJin Lee (Flora cover) has delighted audiences with her blend of a powerful voice and stage presence. Ms. Lee performed a wide range of roles from Handel, Mozart,and the "Bel canto" to Stravensky repertoire. She attended the Sook Myung Women’s University for their acclaimed vocal program. She was accepted to Mannes College of The New School in 2009, persuing a Master's of Music degree. She entered Mannes’ Professional Studies diploma in autumn of 2011 and graduated in the summer of 2013. She studied with Ruth Falcon and Beth Roberts. Her recent performances include, Charlotte in Werther by Massenet, Tisbe in La Cenerentola by Rossini, Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti, Dorabella in Così fan tutte by Mozart, and The Neighbor in Mavra by Stravensky. She recently performed in a full opera as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with the LoftOpera.
Tenor Christopher Longo (Gastone cover) has recently performed for the Martina Arroyo Foundation: Prelude to Performance in 2012 as Bardolfo in Falstaff by Verdi. He has also recently appeared as Chevalier de la Force in Eastman Opera Theatre's production of Dialogues of the Carmelites by Poulenc. The review noted his "unperturbed purity of tone and precise pitch placement sharpened a strong dramatic presence." His recent concert performances include a recital of solo repertories as the reigning winner of the Stephen Foster Competition for the Florida Federation of Music Clubs. A native of Tampa, Florida, Mr. Longo holds a Bachelor's degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University, where he originally pursued violin performance before switching to voical studies. At FSU, he performed the roles of The Prince in Rusalka, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, Herr Vogelsang in Der Schauspieldirektor, Le Fils in Les mamelles de Tirésias, and Orphée in Orphée aux enfers. Mr. Longo is currently pursuing a Master's degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies voice with Robert Swensen.
Born and raised in Rupert, Idaho to Mexican parents,Cecilia López (Violetta) discovered her passion for music as a young child. Cecilia was first introduced to mariachi music by her mother and grew up occasionally performing with live mariachi bands in Idaho and Mexico from the age of 12. Classical training began at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was primarily under the tutelage of Dr. Tod Fitzpatrick. Ms. López made her company debut with Opera San José in their 2012-13 season as Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Leonora in Il trovatore, and the title role in Suor Angelica. Other operatic highlights include Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Las Vegas, her professional debut as Suor Angelica with Opera San Luis Obispo, and the title role in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Other roles include Pamina in The Magic Flute, Micaëla in Carmen and Gasparina in La Canterina.
Thabang Masango (Giuseppe, Alfredo auditor) is from South Africa. In 2004, he sang in his high school choir and began singing operatic arias in 2005, winning #1 in both District and Provincial competitions in 2006. He auditioned for Opera Africa and was engaged by the company in 2009, the third youngest in the company, at age 21. Thabang competed in the University of South Africa (UNISA) voice competitions in 2009 and placed 1st in The Classical category. Thabang was enrolled at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Jamestown, North Carolina in 2010. He later transferred to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has done two major Operatic roles at Central Piedmont Community College, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Alfredo in La Traviata.
Samuel McDonald (Barone)is is from Atlanta, and has been recognized for his rich voice and powerful, multi-layered interpretations. He was the local and regional winner of the NANBPWC Vocal Arts Competition and was a finalist in The National Vocal Arts Competition, The Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition, The Alltech Opera Scholarship Competition and NATS. He was a young artist at The Brevard Music Festival, Castleton Music Festival and Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. His solo concert repertoire includes Kodaly's Missa Brevis, Aldophus Hailstork's Stages, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Faure's Requiem, Mozart's Missa Brevis, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, the NJ Premiere of Howard Goodall's Eternal Light-A Requiem. Recent credits include the title role in Don Giovanni, Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème, Don Carlo in Ernani), Guglielmo in Così fan tutte), Belcore in L'elisir d'Amore), King Arthur in Camelot, Pandolfe in Cendrillon and Betto in Gianni Schicchi. This season he debuted with The Royal Danish Opera as Jim in Porgy and Bess. Samuel studied musical theater at the John J. Cali School of Music and Vocal Performance at Miami University of Ohio.
Bongani Ndhlalane (The Officer/Basilio auditor) a member of both 2008 and 2010 Honors Chorus of South Africa, completed Soshanguve High School in 2008. Since then, he has studied music at the State Theatre, a regional theatre company in Pretoria, South Africa. Bongani started singing in 2005 in his high school choir, and was a finalist of the high school competitions in South Africa. He became a lead soloist in his high school choir in 2007, and also sang solos in the 2008 and 2010 Honors Chorus. Bongani is currently attending Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, North Carolina and is pursuing a degree in voical performance. He has performed several roles of the CPCC opera program. He performed The Speaker in The Magic Flute, Dottor Grenvil in La Traviata, and The Commendatore in Don Giovanni. He was a finalist in the Alltech Scholarship competitions (2014) at the University of Kentucky.
Kevin Rockower (Germont Cover) recent opera roles include Robert in Iolanta, Marcello, Germont and Gianni Schicchi. Kevin has performed at Symphony Space (32nd Bloomsday on Broadway), with Opera Slavica, Regina Opera Company, and with the Gateway Classical Music Society. As an actor, Kevin has appeared in the national tour of Elf, the Kitchen Theatre Company, Vermont Stage Company, Millbrook Playhouse, Merry-Go-Round. As a songwriter, Kevin has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and BBC World News report. Kevin is a student of Bill Neill and a graduate of Ithaca College (BFA) and Penn State (MM).
American soprano Jessica Sandidge (Violetta Cover) is rapidly gaining recognition for her captivating performances. He repetoire extends from Mozart to Verdi to Verismo. Her recent NY performances include Nedda in Pagliacci and Pamina Die Zauberflöte with Amore Opera, Musetta La bohème with New York Grand Opera, Violetta La traviata with Regina Opera, and Colette in The Reformed Drunkard with Little Opera Theater of New York, of which the NY Times hailed her as “an appealing Colette.” Other roles include Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Chelsea Opera, Freia Das Rheingold, and Janthe in Der Vampyr with the Liederkranz Opera Theater, in which she "...sang her one scene with lovely, gleaming sound, and fine agility" (Opera Obsession 2011). Upcoming performances include a televised concert with the Riverside Opera Company on Staten Island, NY, and the title role of Tosca with New York Grand Opera.
Kirsten Scott (Rosina) is a New York City-based performer, originally hailing from Boston, MA. Earlier this season, she debuted as Cherubino in LoftOpera’s (NYC) production of Le nozze di Figaro. Her “superb” performance as Nicklausse in the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s 2013 production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann this past summer was hailed by both The New York Times and Opera News. Her Other role include Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Stephano in Roméo et Juliette and the Neighbour in Stravinsky’s Mavra. In the United States she has performed at Jordan Hall (Boston, MA), Opera America (New York City), the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Harris Hall (Aspen) and Wheeler Opera House (Aspen). She was a soloist in the world premiere of the 9/11 Commemorative Oratorio, Illuminessence: Prayers for Peace, in Boston’s Jordan Hall in 2011. Internationally, she has performed as a soloist in Austria, France, and Italy. In May 2013 she was the mezzo-soprano soloist in Classic Lyric Arts gala hosted by Grammy award-winning violinist, Joshua Bell.
Shanna Spiro (Berta cover) soprano, is currently pursuing her master's degree in voice at Mannes College The New School For Music. Most recently, she performed the role of Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Ms. Spiro has previously performed with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre as Cendrillon, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Dorothée in Cendrillon, Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto. Ms. Spiro also performed with the Liederkranz Opera Theatre in the ensemble of Der Vampyr and covered the role of Emmy. In 2011, Ms. Spiro attended BASOTI in San Francisco where she performed the role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas in the mainstage production, and Micaèla in Carmen and Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro in the scenes program. Previous roles include: Dorabélla in Così fan tutte, The Nurse in The Coronation of Poppea, and Juno in The Tempest. Additionally, Ms. Spiro was a finalist in the NYLOT vocal competition in 2010 and 2011. Ms. Spiro graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in 2008.
Samuel Thompson (Figaro) is currently a master's degree candidate at DePaul University School of Music. A St. Paul native, he began his studies at the Minnesota Opera Center before earning a Bachelor of Music from DePaul. Recently he has performed the roles of The Vicar in Britten’s Albert Herring, The Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and appeared with Haymarket Opera, Chicago’s new and exciting baroque opera company, in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Upcoming engagements include Mr. Peachum in Weill’s Three Penny Opera, and Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème with DePaul Opera Theatre.
Marcos Vigil (Almaviva cover) has performed the role of Prunier in Puccini’s La rondine with Prelude to Performance, as well as the role of Beppe in Donizetti’s Rita, where Opera News hailed his performance as “a comedic and vocal tour-de-force”. He will perform in Don Eusebio in Little Opera Theater of New York’s production of Rossini’s Opportunity Makes the Thief. Other roles include Don Ramiro in La cenerentola with Capital Heights Lyric Opera of New York, and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Company of Brooklyn. Future engagements include King Nebuchadnezzar in Benjamin Britten's The Burning Fiery Furnace with Opera Brittenica in Boston.
Alicia Waller (Berta auditor) is a soprano from Northern Virginia, and a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. She currently resides in New York City. While at the University of Maryland, Ms. Waller earned her Bachelor of Music and minored in Spanish Language and Literature; she was also the recipient of academic honors and a music scholarship. Since graduating, she has continued vocal studies and performances throughout the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Notable engagements have included Free to Sing with Strathmore Music Hall, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Maryland Opera Studio, and Handel’s Messiah at the Kennedy Center.
Wendy Wang (Rosina Cover) is from Boston, Mass., where she graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, and from New England Conservatory with a Master's degree in Voice. She sang with the Handel & Haydn Society's Vocal Apprenticeship Program, and she was recipient of the Achtemeyer Award and Maze Award of Musical Excellence. During her studies at Harvard, she performed with Lowell House Opera and the University Choir. At NEC, she performed the role of Mastrilla in La Perichole and as Moppet in Paul Bunyan by Britten. In the summer of 2012, she prepared the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte for The Martina Arroyo Foundation, and she sang Marcellina of Le nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar. Last summer, she sang at the Salzburg Festival in the Young Singers Ensemble for the production of Ein Sommernachtstraum by Mendelssohn. Later, she performed in the Vienna Modern Opera Festival as Schlange in Edenarabeske. At the Conservatory of Vienna, where she is currently completing her Master's degree in Opera, Wendy performed the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Marchesa Melibea from Rossini's Il Viagggio a Reims at Muth Theater.
Katherine Wiswell (Annina cover) has performed mainly in the New York Metropolitan area. Her repertoire includes Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Valetto and Nutrice in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Zita in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, Annina in La Traviata, and La Principessa in Suor Angelica. Her scenes experience includes: Suzuki in “The Flower Duet” from Madama Butterfly, Mallika in “The Flower Duet” from Lakme, Alisa in scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor, and various scenes from works of Kurt Weill. Ms. Wiswell’s upcoming engagements include singing Mère Marie in Dialogues des carmélites with Queens College, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Nyack College), the Mezzo Solo in Mozart’s Requiem (Nyack College), and Flora (cover) with New York Opera Exchange. Ms. Wiswell received her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Nyack College, where she studied privately with Professor Shelley Jameson. She is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Classical Vocal Performance from Queens College, where she studies with Bruce Norris.
Ziwen Xiang (Alfredo cover) a native of China, was born into a musical family and is a graduate of the the Central University for Nationalities Music College. Shortly after graduation he joined The China National Opera in Beijing, and performed the role of Rodolfo in La Bohéme. Ziwen has sung concerts and opera recitals in Italy, Turkey and Syria; having also toured several Chinese provinces with orchestra. He and his wife, are in the United States while she works on her Master’s degree in accompanying. While here, Ziwen studies voice with Dr. Kevin Eckard and works with James de Blasis, stage director and coach.