MDLO Artists

December 2017

Kelly Glyptis, soprano

Melissa Mino, soprano

Evelyn Tsen, soprano

CongCong Wang, soprano

Chelsea Laggan, mezzo-soprano

Yi Li, tenor

Javier Arrey, baritone

2015-2016

Emily Casey, soprano

Laura Basse, soprano

Merideth Marano, soprano

Nakia Verner, soprano

Catherine Wethington, soprano

Matthew Woorman, baritone

Yeji Yoon, soprano

Summer 2017

Simone Brown, soprano

Symone Harcum, soprano

Yulia Petrachuk, soprano

Antonio Chase, tenor

Jonathan Tetelman, tenor

Christopher Koelzer, pianist/coach

 


November-December 2017 Artists

Kelly Glyptis, soprano

Melissa Mino, soprano

Evelyn Tsen, soprano

CongCong Wang, soprano

Chelsea Laggan, mezzo-soprano

Yi Li, tenor

Javier Arrey, baritone

 


Kelly Glyptis, soprano December 2017

Kelly Glyptis, soprano

December 2017

Kelly Glyptis, a lyric soprano based in the Washington, D.C. area, performs both opera and musical theater regularly.  Her most recent engagements include Fiordiligi in Shreveport Opera’s Cosi fan tutte and performances with the Prizery Theater as The Witch in Into the Woods, Morticia in The Addams Family, Anita in West Side Story, and Nettie in Carousel.  Miss Glyptis has also appeared in concert with OperaDelaware and the Baltimore Concert Opera and was a member of the Virginia Opera's Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program where she performed Little Red Riding Hood, Mimi in La bohéme, and Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld. She made her professional debut as Berta in the Atlanta Opera’s Barbiere di Siviglia and performed the soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Beatrice in A View from the Bridge at Indiana University where she performed numerous other leading roles. Miss Glyptis has also been seen in productions with Cardinal Stage, Gray Ghost Theater, Pied Piper Theatre and Dominion Stage and has been nominated and won several outstanding actress awards as well as acclaim in Opera News for her performances as Donna Elvira and Orlofsky. She was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Indiana District and has won encouragement awards at the D.C. and N.C. Districts and the Chicago Region. She was a semi finalist for the Paris Opera Competition, Nicholas Loren and Mary Smith Singer of the Year Competitions, and is a winner of the Hellenic American Women's Council award. Miss Glyptis has trained with the Potomac Vocal Institute, Bel Canto in Tuscany, Operafestival di Roma, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, and IU Opera Workshops. Upcoming engagements include performing Sir Elton John’s Trainer in Vikensport, or the Finch Opera and covering Magda Sorel in The Consul at Saratoga Opera, covering Alcina in Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s Alcina, and a concert with George Mason University at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.


Melissa Mino, soprano December 2017

Melissa Mino, soprano

December 2017

MELISSA MINO is a versatile and engaging performer seen and heard in opera, oratorio, operetta, and in concert.  She recently made her Washington National Opera debut singing the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Her concert engagements have included Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center, the Brahms’ Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria at the National Cathedral, Haydn’s Creation with the Sylvan Chorale, and a return to the Kennedy Center to perform Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise as an opening act for Lea Salonga, Darren Criss and others for Phillippines Typhoon relief and Rosalba in Washington National Opera's production of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas.

A frequent performer of Gilbert and Sullivan, Melissa has been heard as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Yum Yum in The Mikado, and Casilda in The Gondoliers, all with Baltimore’s Young Victorian Theatre Company. Other opera roles include Mozart’s Despina, Zerlina, Pamina, the Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Monica in Menotti’s The Medium.  She continued her training as an apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera and at the CoOPERAtive Program. Melissa was recently awarded the John Douglas Memorial Award at Temple University for alumni achievement in opera, and was a national finalist and overall 3rd prize winner in the Classical Singer competition.

Increasingly in demand for recitals and concert work, Melissa has been a soloist with the McLean Orchestra, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony and Central Maryland Chorale.  She is a repeat guest artist at numerous embassies in DC for events such as Italian National Day and the Maserati 100th anniversary. She also worked with Elan artists as the featured soprano for the opening of Hermès Paris in DC at City Center.  She resides in Arlington, VA with her husband Colin and baby girl Hadley. She also maintains an active private studio. She received her M.M. degree from Temple University and her B.M. degree with a concentration in music education and French, summa cum laude, from Bucknell University.

Ms. Mino is represented by Insignia Artists Management. 


Evelyn Tsen, soprano December 2017

Evelyn Tsen, soprano

December 2017

Emerging soprano Evelyn Tsen from Malaysia has been praised for possessing a voice described as “velvety, warm, and silvery” (OperaWorks, Los Angeles).

  Ms. Tsen was most recently seen as Papagena in Bel Cantanti's adaptation of Die Zauberflöte, and will perform Maguelonne in their upcoming production of Cendrillion by Pauline Viardot. 

Highlights from 2017 include her debut with The Victorian Lyric Opera in their production of The Mikado. Her portrayal of Yum Yum was commended for being "thoroughly mesmerizing" (DC Metro Theater Arts). Additionally, she appeared as a regular soloist with the Georgetown Presbyterian Church Choir. Previously, she has sung with Odyssey Opera and Boston Opera Collaborative.

Ms. Tsen received her Graduate Performance Diploma at The Boston Conservatory, performing as Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Papagena in The Magic Flute and Grasshopper in The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also sung with prestigious opera programs, such as The Advanced Artist Operaworks Program and The International Performing Arts Institute in Germany.


CongCong Wang, soprano December 2017

CongCong Wang, soprano

December 2017

Ms. Congcong Wang's passion for music was nurtured from a young age by her involvement in dancing, creative composition, and piano. At the age of 12, Ms. Wang dedicated her studies to bel canto vocal performance. She received her Master of Music in vocal performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and postgraduate voice performance diploma at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as earned her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the Wuhan and Shanghai Music Conservatory of China. She has studied voice and opera with professor Kathryn Wright, Miah Im, Catherine Cook, Johnathon Pape, Tony Arnold, Joan Caplan, Amy Burton, and Elizabeth Hynes. Congcong's past performances include engagements with new opera NYC, Berklee performance center, San Jose Opera, West Bay Opera, Oberlin in Italy and Repertory Opera Company. Ms. Congcong has performed the principal roles of Iolanta, Manon, Mimi, Rosalinde, Nella and Sister Genovieffa, Christine, Pamina, Maria, as well as personal masters and postgraduate recital in the Boston Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory. Ms. Congcong was a finals winner in San Francisco district for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2017. She won the second prize in the third George Gershwin International Music Competition in New York City as well as got the Award of encouragement Final Winners of the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition in New York City. Congcong was a semifinalist for the Classical Singer Competition in the Emerging Professional division. Congcong had the great honor of auditioning for Placido Domingo at the semi final round of auditions for the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. Ms. Congcong served as the Professional vocal judge for the Water Cube Cup Chinese songs contest for overseas Chinese, Culture of China at San Francisco. She had outstanding performance prize in the across the pacific-china arts festival in San Francisco. Ms. Congcong as a professional chorister in San Francisco symphony performed Berlitz’s Requiem Symphony, John Adam’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Carmina Burana, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Dia de los muertos community concerts, as well as Mahler’s Das klagende lied among others. She represents of international musician as soloist performed at celebration the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China hosted by the Chinese consulate in San Francisco as well as New Silicon Valley National Day Committee "China Night" large-scale theatrical performances "Century New Dream.” During her undergraduate years, Ms. Wang appeared as a soloist with China Conservatory's bel canto opera performance and soloist recitals. She has performed leading roles of Phantom of the Opera, Die Zauberflöte, West Side Story in China Conservatory of Music. At the same time, Ms. Congcong earned the top prizes in the competitions for singing, acting, dancing, piano as well as chorus at the anniversary festivals of National Conservatory. (sponsored by Sichuan conservatory of music, Wuhan Conservatory of Music and Xi’an Conservatory of Music). In 2011, Ms. Wang acquired the Chinese high school teaching certificate and as a private singing, sight singing and dictation tutor. Congcong also has skills in piano (advanced), dancing (latin, jazz, girls hip pop, national folk dance in advanced), golf (advanced), drawing, sight singing, composition, improv, songwriting, arranging, A/V recording. 


Chelsea Laggan, mezzo-soprano December 2017

Chelsea Laggan, mezzo-soprano

December 2017

Chelsea Laggan is a professional singer performing in New York and the Tri-State area. She enjoys an active life on the concert and operatic stages, performing a variety of leading and featured roles. At Hofstra University these included Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Bradamante in Alcina, and Lady Blanche in Princess Ida. More recently she has been seen with Capitol Opera Harrisburg as Flora in La Traviata, and with the New York Opera Exchange in their productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Die Fledermaus as Alisa and Prince Orlofsky, respectively, where her voice was described as “velvety and her singing fluid and nuanced." On the concert stage, Ms. Laggan performs frequently as a soloist and section leader with various choral groups singing repertoire including Alto solos in Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil and Matthew Koraus’ Ubi Caritas. She also enjoys bringing contemporary works to the public eye, most recently in her performances of the song cycle Love’s Progress, also by Koraus.


Yi Li, tenor December 2017

Yi Li, tenor

December 2017

Proving himself a formidable talent and a rising star to watch in the opera world, Tenor Yi Li is quickly gaining attention in the lyric tenor repertoire. This season, he sings in Huang Ruo’s Paradise Interrupted, an innovative contemporary opera that the Wall Street Journal hailed “a mesmerizing new work that is part opera, part dynamic art installation,’ which he will perform with the Lincoln Center Festival, Singapore International Festival of the Arts, and Lincoln Center 2nd Annual Global Exchange. He will also perform the role of Alfredo in La traviata with Finger Lakes Opera; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Nashville Opera; and joins the esteemed roster of The Metropolitan Opera for productions of Manon Lescaut, Roméo et Juliette, and Der fliegende Holländer.

Some highlights from Mr. Li’s recent seasons include the role of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Malcom in Macbeth with Middlebury Opera Company; Cassio in Otello at The National Center Performing Arts in Beijing; and concert engagements with Indianapolis Opera’s Opera’s Rising Stars Concert and a Chinese New Year Concert with Shenzen Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center. He also received a grant from Giulio Gari Foundation and performed at their annual gala.

Mr. Li recently graduated from Washington National Opera’s revered Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program where his assignments included Rodolfo in La bohème, and roles in Die Zauberflöte, and Dialogues des Carmélites. At San Francisco Opera’s world-renowned Merola Program, assignments included Belfiore in La finta giardiniera, Smith in Bizet’s La jolie fille de Perth, and Lionel in Martha.

Mr. Li’s training includes an Artist Diploma in Voice from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he performed Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Ruggero in La rondine. During his time there, he also performed The Duke in Rigoletto at Cincinnati Opera, and Don José in Carmen at CCM Spoleto Festival. He also holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Sichuan Conservatory in China, where performances include Alfredo in La traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Cavradossi in Tosca.

Finding success on the emerging artist competition circuit, Yi Li’s talent has been recognized by several elite foundations and organizations. Mr. Li was a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a finalist at Operalia: The World Opera Competition, Winner of the Sullivan Musical Foundation Award, China’s representative at the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, 3rd Prize at the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, Finalist in the 49th International Singing Competition of Toulouse, and won the Grand Prize in Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition and CCM’s Corbett Scholarship Competition.

Mr. Li is represented by Uzan International Artists. 


Javier Arrey, baritone December 2017

Javier Arrey, baritone

December 2017

Heralded as one of the most sought after bel canto baritones of the new generation, Chilean baritone Javier Arrey’s 2016-2017 season saw a triumph in his debut with the Wiener Staatsoper as Marcello (La bohème) and joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera as well as his performance as Don Giovanni at the Estates Theater in Prague.

Following an acclaimed debut as Jago (Otello) at the Castleton Festival under Lorin Maazel, a performance Washington Post described as, “menaced and connived but [Arrey] did so subtly and with a voice so lovely to listen to that his scheming seemed all the more threatening.” Javier returned there the following summer in the title role of Don Giovanni. Following success as Jago, Arrey is beginning to incorporate more Verdi into his already extensive repertoire.

Other highlights from recent seasons include Melot (Tristan und Isolde), Marcello (La bohème), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Lescaut in (Manon Lescaut) at Washington National Opera; Il Marito (Amelia al Ballo) at Opera de Monte-Carlo; Ben (The Telephone) and Il Marito (Amelia al Ballo) at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia; Silvio I Pagliacci at The National Centre for the Performing Arts-Mumbai under Antonello Allemandi; Alphonse (La favorite) with Washington Concert Opera under Maestro Antony Walker; and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Giorgio (Il Postino) at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. On CD, he can be heard as Lescaut on the recording of Manon Lescaut for Decca Classics under the baton of Plácido Domingo where the cast included Andrea Bocelli and Ana Maria Martinez.

In addition to his work on the opera stage Arrey has proved to be a world-class interpreter of the concert repertoire most recently performing Carmina Burana in Europe in the Netherlands and also with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra under Christopher Warren-Green. His repertoire includes Fauré’s Requiem, Dvorák’s Biblical Songs, Bach's St. John’s Passion, Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium, Schumann's Dichterliebe, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, among others.

Javier Arrey was a finalist at the 2009 Cardiff Singer of the World competition (Song prize), winner of the CulturArte Prize at the 2011 Operalia Competition in Moscow, and also a graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program.

Upcoming engagements include among others, his Metropolitan Opera debut as Shaunard (La bohème) in the classic Franco Zeffarelli production and returns to Washington Concert Opera as Valdeburgo in Donizetti’s La Straniera under Maestro Antony Walker.

Mr. Arrey is represented by Columbia Artists (CAMI). 


Summer 2017

Simone Brown, soprano

Symone Harcum, soprano

Yulia Petrachuk, soprano

Antonio Chase, tenor

Jonathan Tetelman, tenor

Christopher Koelzer, pianist/coach


Simone Brown, soprano Summer 2017

Simone Brown, soprano

Summer 2017

Simone Brown is a Maryland native and a recent graduate of Peabody with a Master of Music under the tutelage of Denyce Graves. She graduated magna cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana. At Xavier, Simone was seen as Laeticia in The Old Maid and the Thief and participated in both Concert and University Choirs as a soloist and section leader. In her time at Peabody, Simone participated in the Opera Outreach production of Papageno! singing the role of Pamina. She also had the opportunity to participate in the Opera Etudes premiere of Meeting at the Fence singing the role of Yolanda. In her second year at Peabody Simone participated in the main stage production of Le Nozze di Figaro singing the role of Barbarina. Outside of Peabody Simone had the opportunity to sing Monica with Bel Cantanti Opera company's production of The Medium. Recently Simone performed the role of Frasquita in a concert version of Carmen with Opus Concert Theater.


Symone Harcum, soprano Summer 2017

Symone Harcum, soprano

Summer 2017

Symone Harcum, a soprano studying in the studio of Denyce Graves, is in her second year of pursuing her Master's in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Peabody Conservatory. A native of Baltimore, she received her Bachelor's of Music Education from Norfolk State University. She served in the chorus of the Norfolk State Concert Choir and the 105 Voices of History National HBCU Choir. Symone has performed as a featured soloist in Norfolk State's "Voices" concert series with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and at the ‪Grand Ole Opry and Kennedy Center with The 105 Voices Choir. After receiving her undergraduate degree in 2012, Symone performed regularly with the Virginia Opera as a chorister and was the Choral Director at Ruffler Academy Middle School of Norfolk Public Schools until 2016. During her time in Virginia she performed roles with Tidewater Opera including La Ciesca in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and covered 2nd Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Virginia Opera.  Ms. Harcum made her Peabody Opera debut in the role of Gertrude, the mother, in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel in Fall 2016 and covered the role of Countess in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro in Spring 2017. 

Antonio Chase, tenor December 2017Summer 2017

Antonio Chase, tenor

December 2017Summer 2017

Antonio Chase, tenor a native of Baltimore, MD and graduate of Morgan State University. While a student in the Morgan State University Choir Mr. Chase has been featured as tenor soloist in several large oratorio works which include Bach’s Magnificat; Duruflé Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; Saint Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio; and the Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift up Mine Eyes in which he is also the featured soloist in the Maryland Public Television recording featuring the Morgan State University Choir. Mr. Chase has been an active member of the Morgan State University Opera Workshop and has appeared as Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, a participant in the Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestras under the baton of Maestro Julien Benichou. Antonio’s recent performances include the role of Obadiah in the world premiere of the opera Highway to Canaan by Dr. J LanYe in Cleveland, OH.  He has placed in several vocal competitions as a student and emerging artist, namely a finalist in the Harlem Opera Theatre Vocal Competition. Antonio has toured South America with the Harlem Opera Theater in concert performances of African American music and composers. Mr. Chase is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America INC. and The AKOBEN Foundation INC. along with performing, he is a music teacher in Baltimore city public schools. He recognizes the growth and strength of his talent can be contributed to the foundation led at the Baltimore School for the Arts, also working with coaches and teachers such as Lauretta Young, Robert Cantrell, Paul Spence Adkins Vincent Dion Stringer and Ridley Chauvin.  


Yulia Petrachuk, soprano Summer 2017

Yulia Petrachuk, soprano

Summer 2017

Born in Russia, Ms. Petrachuk studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland.

Her debut as a professional opera singer was with the State Theater Bern, Switzerland in 2010. She has also performed with Theater Biel (Switzerland), Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Opera Ischia (Italy), Dicapo Opera Theater NYC, Great Moscow Hall, Vocal Productions NYC and Opera Camerata. Some of her main roles performed include Fiordiligi, Mimi, Violetta, Nedda, Iolanta, Tatiana, Euridice, Flaminio, Lauretta, Adina, Marguerite.

In 2014, she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall with Steven Crawford, pianist and assistant conductor of Metropolitan Opera. In 2012, Ms. Petrachuk received a grant by The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridge and in 2015 she was one of the Finalists in the Vocal Arts DC Discovery Series Competition in Washington DC.  In 2015, she won the Montpelier Art Center’s Classical Recital Series Competition. In November 2015, Ms. Petrachuk successfully performed the World Premiere of “Yulia” (a song cycle for soprano and strings dedicated to her by composer E. Dubois) at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City, in collaboration with the renowned Italian pianist Carlo Pari. In December 2016, she had a recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall with American pianist Michael Fennelly and performed a world premier of a song cycle “Winter Wood” by Emmanuel Dubois for soprano and harp.

In February 2017, she had her recital in Fort Myers Auditorium in Florida with the renowned American pianist David Worthington. In April 2017, Ms. Petrachuk performed the soprano solo in the Cantata Emmanuel by Paul Leavitt with the Chorale and Orchestra of the FMMC at the Church of the Reformation in Washington DC. In June 2017, she performed the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni with the Vienna Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. In October 2017, she will sing the role of Contessa in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro with the Opera Camerata in Washington DC.

Her future engagements include various operatic and concert series performances in Washington DC, Florida, New York, Russia, France, Austria and Italy.

Ms. Petrachuk is represented in the US by Lyrica Artists Management and in Europe by IMK. 

 


Jonathan Tetelman, tenor Summer 2017

Jonathan Tetelman, tenor

Summer 2017

Praised by Opera News for his “galvanizing presence,” tenor Jonathan Tetelman was a finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council in the New York District in 2017.

This season, he joined the Milan Festival Orchestra in Lake Como, Italy performing Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. Jonathan also made his Chinese debut performing the role of Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème at the Fujian Grand Theater. He was a featured soloist with The Orchestra Now for Elgar’s masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius, the New England Symphonic Ensemble for Mozart's Coronation Mass in Carnegie Hall, The St. George's Choral Society, performing Dvorak's Stabat Mater and the Greenwich Choral Society, performing Puccini's Messa di Gloria and Bizet's Te Deum. Previously, he sang staged concert performances of La TraviataLa Boheme, Werther, and Les contes d'Hoffmann with Gulfshore Opera.

Jonathan's upcoming operatic engagements include covering the role of Flavio for the Metropolitan Opera's double run of Bellini's Norma. He will then be seen with the New Orleans Opera in January for their 75th Anniversary season performing Il Tabasco as Captain Marco. Then, he will be performing next summer with The Berkshire Opera Festival as il duca di Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto.

Jonathan was awarded First Prize in the New York Lyric Opera Competition as well as the Audience Favorite Winner in the Mildred Miller Competition in 2016. 


Christopher Koelzer, pianist/coach Summer 2017

Christopher Koelzer, pianist/coach

Summer 2017

A native of Sunnyvale, California, pianist/coach Christopher Koelzer begins his first season in Washington National Opera's (WNO) Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in the fall of 2017. In WNO's 2017-2018 season, he is Assistant Conductor for The Barber of Seville. Koelzer attended Aspen Music Festival and School from 2011 to 2012, returning as Vocal Fellow in 2014. He was awarded Outstanding Collaborative Pianist Award and Grand Prize Art Song in the Metropolitan International Music Festival Competition in New York in 2016. He has performed staged readings of new musicals in New York City (Shards, Boston|Nebraska), as well as world premieres of several new operas in Washington D.C. and South Carolina. He began working professionally as an opera pianist at age 13 with Mission City Opera and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of San Jose. He studied Piano Performance with Dr. Irene Peery-Fox at Brigham Young University, and was involved as a pianist, harpsichordist, and coach for six fully staged operas. He holds a master's degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has coached and performed with UMD's Maryland Opera Studio since 2013. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Maryland, studying with Professor Rita Sloan.


2015-2016

Emily Casey, soprano

Laura Basse, soprano

Merideth Marano, soprano

Nakia Verner, soprano

Catherine Wethington, soprano

Matthew Woorman, baritone

Yeji Yoon, soprano


Laura Basse, soprano 2015-2016

Laura Basse, soprano

2015-2016

From a sold out debut at Carnegie Hall to leading roles in the Washington DC area--emerging artist Laura Basse consistently delights. Recent accolades include The Washington Post, which acclaimed her voice as “fresh and agile” while “powerfully” portraying Micaëla in Carmen; and having “Lit up the stage” as a “passionate” Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. BWW Opera World heralded her Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with a resounding validation of her talent and artistry: “Basse displayed an absolutely ethereal voice, filled with beautiful grace and power, in stark contrast to her delicate, fragile noblewoman character.”

 

Laura’s performing career has taken her to cities all over the world, including: Rome, Verona, Paris, London, Vienna, Moscow, Prague, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and more. Since relocating to Washington DC, Laura has performed with Maryland Lyric Opera, Bel Cantanti Opera, HUB Opera Ensemble, and Repertory Opera Theater of Washington. Additional operatic performance repertoire includes: Mimì (La bohème); Susannah (Susannah); Nedda (Pagliacci), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Princess Ninetta (The Love for Three Oranges), and Helen in Ned Rorem's We are Three Sisters, Who are not Sisters. She has also performed as the featured Soprano Soloist in the following works: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Brahms Requiem, the Poulenc Gloria, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, as well as his Mass in G Major.

 

She is beyond thrilled and grateful to be joining the Maryland Lyric Opera Emerging Artist Program, where focus on the singer’s liberty of expression is of utmost importance.


Emily Casey, soprano 2015-2016

Emily Casey, soprano

2015-2016

American soprano Emily Casey has been praised for the clarity, range and flexibility of her voice as well as her skillful dramatic and acting abilities. She has been noted for her talent in embodying both dramatic and comic characters on the operatic stage and musical theater stage alike.

Hailed as a “standout” and praised for her “musical lyricism” in her most recent performance as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Ms. Casey has performed many leading roles with companies within the United States. Highlights include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Susannah (Susannah), Hannah Glawari (The Merry Widow), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) and La Voix in Poulenc's vocally and dramatically demanding La Voix Humaine.
 
She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including first place in the Xi’an Silk Road International Music Festival, second place in the Partner's for the Arts Vocal Competition, and semi-finalist in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition. 
 
Most recently, Ms. Casey made her debut in Italy singing with Aprile Millo’s Operavision Academy in Milan and Busseto. She has had the opportunity to sing in  master classes for many of the great artists of the day, including Renée Fleming, Aprile Millo, Maestro Richard Bonynge, and Sherrill Milnes.


Merideth Marano, soprano 2015-2016

Merideth Marano, soprano

2015-2016

Merideth Marano of Asheville, North Carolina is a professional soprano as well as a military wife, married to a Captain in the Unites States Army. In the past six years she has lived and performed in Germany, Washington DC, Georgia and most recently, Washington State. Merideth has embraced the challenges that constant relocation brings to her career and enjoys getting to know opera lovers across the globe. 

Merideth spent her time in Germany studying with Elizabeth Whitehouse, a renowned Australian soprano well known to the German and Australian stages. She competed nationally and was a winner in an international competition, specially chosen to tour with baritone Jacob Pustina, the founder and cheif patron of the competition. After relocating to Washington DC she gained acclaim as a young artist performing leading roles with Maryland Lyric Opera, Bel Cantanti Opera, Victorian Lyric Opera Company and Singers’ Theatre of Washington. Critical acclaim includes statements from the Washington Post calling Merideth “certainly the standout”, from Washington Life reporting: “she sang with a radiance that floated with ease into the performance space”, from Washington City Paper: “Marano has dramatic vocal weight with a high register and a gift for coloratura” and from DC Metro Arts: “she was a constant thrill throughout the evening, sparkling in her high notes and bringing a special poignancy and soulfulness to her low notes”.

During a brief time spent in Georgia Merideth was chosen for the prestigious honor of paid festival artist for the Savannah Voice Festival, and received one on one coaching with famed Baritone Sherrill Milnes as well as many other notable personalities in the opera world. She was a finalist in the Pro-Mozart Society Competition and performed in many concerts to great success in the Savannah area. Merideth is currently getting to know the local opera scene in Tacoma, Washington, and has already made a great many fans with solo work in the area. In the last year she has also begun to incorperate her husband into her concert work, performing duets that surprise audiences by showcasing his beautiful and dramatic tenor voice.

Merideth’s well-rounded career spans from oratorio and concert performances to leading roles in opera. Recent roles include Donna Anna (Mozart), Juliette (Gounod), Sylva (Kalman), Nedda (Leoncavallo), Roselinde (Strauss) and Echo (Strauss). She was the featured soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria, and has performed in several countries including Germany, Czech Republic, Jordan, the United States and Italy.

Merideth has successfully competed both nationally and internationally. She was chosen for a prestigious award in the Jakub Pustina International Vocal Competition in the Czech Republic and placed third in the New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s National Competition as well as being chosen for a finalist with several other notable competitions.

Merideth has pursued her opera studies in the United States, Italy, Germany and Austria. Coaching and masterclass experience includes work with Kristen Okerlund (of the Vienna State Opera), Montserrat Caballe (Zaragoza, Spain), Barbara Bonney (Salzburg, Austria), Sherrill Milnes (Savannah, Georgia) and long term study with Elizabeth Whitehouse in Nuremburg, Germany, Fabiana Bravo in Washington DC, Ann Jones in Tennessee and Rebecca Turner in South Carolina.  She holds a Master of Music (vocal performance).


Nakia Verner, soprano 2015-2016

Nakia Verner, soprano

2015-2016

South Carolina native Nakia Verner is praised for her sumptuous sound and spontaneous passion in recital performances and operatic portrayals which have delighted listeners from San Francisco to Rome. Here notable roles include Madama Butterfly , the First Lady in Die Zaüberflote, , Magda in La Rondine; and the title role of  Suor Angelica. Verner has also sung the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte and the title role in Ariadne Auf Naxos.

Nakia has degrees from Winthrop University, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the Peabody Conservatory.  Nakia graduated from The Catholic University of America with a D.M.A. in October 2014.
Nakia has performed both the soprano and alto solo in the Verdi Requiem , Brahms Requiem, and the alto soloist Bach Magnificat.  She performed the role of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in La Voix Humaine , Dottie in  Finian’s Rainbow, and Mother in Hansel and Gretel.  She is the winner of the George Woodhead prize for Voice, 1st place winner of both 2010 Washington Summer Opera Theatre Scholarship Competition and the 2012 CUA Concerto Competition .  Ms. Verner made her debut with Maryland Lyric Opera as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana in July 2014.  In March 2016 and June 2017, Ms. Verner performed the Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with the Maryland Lyric Opera and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.  Nakia played the role of Mother in Maryland Lyric Opera’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors in December 2016.  Ms. Verner made her debut in the title role in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos in Berlin, Germany in August of 2017.


Catherine Wethington, soprano 2015-2016

Catherine Wethington, soprano

2015-2016

Catherine Wethington, coloratura soprano, has been praised for her intelligent artistry, delicate pianissimos, and expansive range. Comfortable in comedic and dramatic roles she has performed many leading roles including Gilda, in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Zerlina, in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Eurydice, in Offenbach’s Orpheé aux enfers, Suor Genovieffa, in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Olympia, in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Monica, in Menotti’s The Medium

In addition, Ms. Wethington is no stranger to the concert stage. She has performed Strauss’ Brentano Lieder and Milhaud’s
Quatre Chansons de Ronsard. She has given lecture recitals, chamber recitals, and has premiered many new works for voice and piano. In 2015, she debuted on the Kennedy Center Concert Stage as a soprano soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and reprised the solos with the Choral Arts Society of Washington in May of that year. In July, 2017 Ms. Wethington was a soloist in a televised concert celebrating Mr. Carlo Bergonzi, in his home town Busseto, Italy and was featured in concert under the baton of Maestro Richard Bonynge. Ms. Wethington completed her Doctorate in voice performance in September, 2015 from the Catholic University of America where she studied with Ms. Sharon Christman. She received her BM in voice performance from the University of Michigan. Currently Ms. Wethington works with Dr. Maria Vetere. 


Matthew Woorman, baritone 2015-2016

Matthew Woorman, baritone

2015-2016

Matthew Woorman, Baritone has taken to the stage as Count Capulet in Romeo et Juliette with Maryland Lyric Opera, Antonio and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Carrol Summer Opera, and as Allard Flagg in the world premiere of Alice Flagg at the Page to Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center. Woorman is a recent graduate of Catholic University where he performed several roles including Leporello in Don Giovanni, Count Capulet in Romeo et Juliette, The Father “Peter” in Hansel and Gretel, Elder McLean in Susannah, and Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow. Woorman was recently featured singing Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Montgomery Philharmonic. At Castleton Festival, Woorman covered the role of Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni under the tutelage of James Morris for the main stage production. As a member of the Castleton Artist Training Seminar(C.A.T.S.), Woorman was featured in several opera scenes at the CATS Scene Spectacular as Don Pasquale in Don Pasquale, Bartlo in Le nozze di Figaro, Giulio Cesare in Giulio Cesare, and Barone in La Traviata. Woorman performed the role of Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro in three performances at different locations in Italy with Amalfi Coast Summer Music Festival including one performance at the Naples Conservatory of Music. Woorman performed the role of Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro under the tutelage François Loup of Belcantanti Opera Summer Festival where he also covered Dandini in La Cenerentola. Woorman earned his BM from Catholic University of America and an AA in Music from Montgomery College, Rockville.

To learn more about Matthew, please visit his website here - Matthew Woorman, Baritone!


Yeji Yoon, soprano 2015-2016

Yeji Yoon, soprano

2015-2016

Yeji Yoon, Lyric Coloratura Soprano, is currently enrolled in the Professional Studies Program at Manhattan school of Music and is also a member of Emerging Artists Program at Maryland Lyric Opera. Enjoying a career that embraces opera, chamber music, arts songs, Ms. Yoon made her debut with Maryland Lyric Opera Company in the role of Juliette in Romeo et Juliette. She has also performed the role of Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Ms. Yoon has performed as a soloist at many local venues including the Friday Morning Music Club, Wiscasset Salon series, the Italian Embassy, the Bulgarian Embassy and the Argentine Embassy. She has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Vladivostok Symphony Orchestra and Keyef National Chamber Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with numerous choirs as well. She has sang Mozart’s Coronation Mass K.317, Gounod’s Messe Solenne, and Mozart’s Missa brevis.

Ms. Yoon graduated from Sunhwa Art Middle School and High School. And she received BA and MM degrees from Seoul National University. Furthermore, she studied at A.I.D.M. Academy in Rome, Italy and attended master classes by the renowned Maestra Maria Chiara in Oderzo, Italy. Additionally, she completed a DMA at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

She currently resides in DC and New York City while pursuing a professional career.