Michele Angelini (tenor), was a part of Prelude to Performance's first season in 2005, performing the roles of Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. His European debut performance was in 2006 as Conte di Libenskof in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. His many other performances have included a 2007 Opera Orchestra of New York debut as Rodrigo in Rossini's Otello, and his debut as Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Communale in Bolgna the same year. He opened the 2007-2008 season at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome as Ferrando in Così fan tutte and continued that year with the role of Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Connecticut Opera. During the 2009-2010 season at the Met, he covered both the roles of Tonio in La Fille du Régiment and Rinaldo in Armida, and will be returning to the Met for future commitments. In the 2010-2011 season, his performances included Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Savonlinna Festival and Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri in Bilbao. Other upcoming engagements include a reprise of Libenskof in Florence, at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale, and the role of Scipione in Il Sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera in NYC.
Taylor Stayton (tenor), first came to Prelude in 2006 as a very young tenor, having just finished his junior year at Ohio State University. That year, he performed the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale. He returned the following summer for the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Since then, he has made his professional operatic debut (January 2010) as Fenton at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in a new Franco Zeffirelli production of Falstaff, as part of a cast which included Renato Bruson and Carlos Alvarez. His American professional debut that same season was as Osiride in Rossini's Mosè in Egitto with Chicago Opera Theater. His roles in the 2010-2011 season included, among others, Don Alvar in L'Africaine with Opera Orchestra of New York. In 2011-2012, he will join the Metropolitan Opera roster covering the tenor lead Tonio in La Fille du Régiment and the role of Percy in Anna Bolena. Mr. Stayton has won several prestigious vocal competitions, including First Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition in 2009, and a First Prize award in the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition in 2011.
Ryan Speedo Green (bass), first participated in Prelude to Performance in 2010, when he performed the role of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. He returns to Prelude this summer as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. In the intervening year, a great deal has happened. In March, he was chosen as one of five Grand Prize winners at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals in New York City, and shortly thereafter was accepted into the Met's prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program for the upcoming season. Additionally, he was awarded a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and was featured in a May 22, 2011 New York Times Sunday magazine article. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Masters in Voice Performance from Florida State University, and spent the 2010-2011 season as an Opera Colorado Young Artist. With Opera Colorado, he performed the roles of Colline in La Bohème and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola.
Noah Stewart (tenor), Prelude to Performance participant in 2005,(Nemorino, L'elisir d'amore) trained at the Julliard School of Music . He participated in the 2006 San Francisco Opera Merola Program and the 2007/8 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship Program. His North American engagements include: Macduff Macbeth and T. Morris Chester Appottomax (San Francisco Opera); Ismaele Nabucco, Cavaradossi Tosca and Rodolfo La Bohème (Michigan Opera Theater); Rodolfo (Opera Carolina); Narraboth Salome (Arizona Opera); Don José Carmen and The Prince A Flowering Tree (Chicago Opera Theater). Other engagements include: Augustus Gloop The Golden Ticket and Rodolfo (Wexford Festival); Hassan Achterbahn (Bregenz) Don José (Opera Africa) and Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Opera North) . He was recently selected to sing the role of Luigi Il tabarro at the Castleton Festival by Maestro Lorin Maazel. He makes his Covent Garden debut in March 2012. Noah Stewart is a DECCA recording artist.
Eleni Calenos (soprano Donna Elvira-Don Giovanni-2006), Greek soprano Eleni Calenos's recent engagements include Gilda in Rigoletto with Sarasota Opera, Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe (Zomeropera Alden Biesen, Belgium) Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly (Shreveport Opera, Mississippi Opera & Opera Idaho), Mimi in La Bohème (Opera Idaho), and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Utah Festival Opera). She has also sung Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Shreveport Opera), Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte (Barbados Music Festival), Giorgetta in Puccini's Il Tabarro (Harrisburg Opera Association) and Liu in Turandot (Boston Concert Opera and Chorus Pro Musica). She was a cover for the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at the 2010 Glimmerglass Festival as a member of the Young American Artists Program. Upcoming engagements include the Countess in Nozze with Austin Lyric Opera, and Nedda in I Pagliacci with Shreveport Opera.
Sarah Beckman (soprano), Prelude to Performance participant in 2008, made her professional debut with the Amarillo Opera in 2009 as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte. In 2010, she will join the Sarasota Opera as a Studio Artist.
Joseph Flaxman (baritone), Prelude to Performance participant in 2007, 2008, and 2009, (Cosi fan tutte (Gugliemo), Nozze di Figaro(Conte) and La Boheme (Marcello) has performed with Opera Memphis, Sarasota Opera, Opera Saratoga, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, BARD Summerscape, Ash Lawn Opera, Brevard Music Center, American Opera Projects, Bronx Opera, Chelsea Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Opera Manhattan, the Martina Arroyo Foundation, the Manhattan School of Music, and at Fredonia State University. Over the past year the Liederkranz Foundation, Opera Index, the Bel Canto Foundation Scholarship, Career Bridges, the Competizione dell'Opera, the Armel Opera competition, and the MacGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR have all recognized his talents.
Adrian Gans (baritone), Role Preparation Class participant in 2005, made his New York City Opera debut in 2006 as Escamillo in Carmen and reprised the same role during the 2007-2008 season with the Toledo Opera and at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart.
Rodrigo Garciarroyo (tenor), Prelude to Performance participant in 2007, 2008, and 2009, made his Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center debut in 2009 in the Verdi Requiem.
Eui Jin Kim (bass), Prelude to Performance participant in 2007, was a young artist with Virginia Opera.
Shu-Ying Li (soprano), Role Preparation Class participant in 2003, 2004, and 2005, made her New York City opera debut as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, during the company's tour to Japan and her house debut in the same role in 2005.
Robert Mack (tenor), Prelude to Performance participant in 2005 and 2006, has appeared in several roles with the New York City Opera, including the Ballad Singer in Floyd's Of Mice and Men, Pong in Turandot, Arturo in Lucia Di Lammermoor, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi.
Leandra Ramm (mezzo-soprano), Prelude to Performance participant in 2007, was a young artist with the Toledo Opera.
Chen Reiss (soprano), Role Preparation Class participant in 2002, she has performed leading parts at the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre des Champs- Élysées, Teatro alla Scala, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Israeli Opera. Accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, Ms. Reiss sang the soundtrack to the film "Das Parfum."
Rachel Sliker (soprano), Prelude to Performance participant in 2008, was a young artist with Opera St. Louis and Aspen Music Festival.
Victoria Vargas (mezzo-soprano), Prelude to Performance participant in 2008, was a young artist with the Sarasota Opera and will be with the Chataqua Opera in the summer of 2010.
Martin Woods (baritone), Prelude to Performance participant in 2008, joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the fall of 2008 for its production of Porgy and Bess.
Mariana Zvetkova (soprano), Role Preparation Class participant in 2003, and 2004, has sung roles with La Scala Milano, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tokyo National Theater, Radio France, and Semper Oper in Dresden, among others. Under the batton of Mo.Giuseppe Sinopoli, Ms. Zvetkova recorded Dvorak's Stabat Mater with Deutsche Gramophon; Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Radio France; Rachmaninoff's "Opera Highlights from Aleko—The Misery Knight—Francesca da Rimini" with Sofia National Opera; Mahler's 4th Symphony with Radio Sofia Orchestra.