2016 Young Artists

Every summer a roster of singers, directors, conductors and coach/accompanists join The Glimmerglass Festival’s acclaimed apprenticeship program. The program provides training and experience for talented artists in the early stages of their professional career.

In 2016, Glimmerglass Young Artists work with tenor Jay Hunter Morris, who joins the company as the Artist in Residence. The Young Artists perform in mainstage productions, concerts and The Lounge series, as well as cover principal roles.

 

 
Meroë Khalia Adeeb, soprano

Adeeb, Meroë Khalia.jpgTorrance, California
Sarah Good – The Crucible

Past: Gilda in Rigoletto and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Tri–Cities Opera; Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Binghamton University; Stella in The Tales of Hoffmann, Martina Arroyo Foundation: Prelude to Performance; Nannetta in Falstaff and First Spirit in The Magic Flute, Opera Louisiane; third place, Middle Atlantic Region, 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; second place, Deborah Voigt / Vero Beach Opera Foundation Inaugural International Vocal Competition; B.S., Tuskegee University; B.M., Louisiana State University; M.M. Binghamton University. Future: Violetta in La traviata, Tri-Cities Opera.

 

Aurelia Andrews, coach/accompanist

Andrews, Aurelia, web.jpgOlathe, Kansas
Assistant coach/accompanist – Sweeney Todd and TheThieving Magpie

Past: Pianist, Dialogues of the Carmelites and Hansel and Gretel; pianist, The Marriage of Figaro, Ariadne on Naxos, Three Decembers and Into the Woods, Butler Opera Center; Don Giovanni, La finta giardiniera and The Elixir of Love, Oberlin in Italy; B.M., Brigham Young University; M.M., University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

Frederick Ballentine, tenor

Ballantine, Frederick, web.jpgNorfolk, Virginia
Reverend Samuel Parris – The Crucible
Tobias Ragg (cover) – Sweeney Todd

Past: T. Morris Chester and John Lewis in Appomattox, Washington National Opera; Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles, Wolf Trap Opera;Pang in Turandot, Simon Bolivar Symphony of Venezeula;Armed Man in The Magic Flute, Los Angeles Opera; Tenor Box Ghost in The Ghosts of Versailles, LA Opera; Bacchus in Ariadne on Naxos, University of Southern California; bachelor’s degree, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; master's degree, Rice University. Future: Armed Guard in The Magic Flute, Seattle Opera.

 

Vanessa Becerra, soprano

Becerra, Vanessa, web.jpgFort Worth, Texas
Musetta – La bohème
Ninetta (cover) – The Thieving Magpie
Glimmerglass Debut: Pamina in The Magic Flute Young Artists performance and Apparition in Macbeth, 2015

Past: Papagena in The Magic Flute, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro and Annina in La traviata, LA Opera; Young Juana in With Blood, With Ink, Fort Worth Opera;Pamina in The Magic Flute and Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen, The Boston Conservatory; B.M., Texas Christian University; M.M., The Boston Conservatory.

 

Christopher Bozeka, tenor

Bozeka, Christopher, web.jpgAkron, Ohio
Adolfo Pirelli – Sweeney Todd
Ezekiel Cheever (cover) – The Crucible

Past: Lamplighter in The Little Prince and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, Houston Grand Opera;Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Merola Opera Program; Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music; B.F. Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Castleton Festival;Spoletta in Tosca and First Jew in Salomé, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; B.M., Capital University; M.M., University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music.

 

Helena Brown, mezzo-soprano

Brown, Helena, web.jpgBrooklyn, New York
Rebecca Nurse and Tituba (cover) – The Crucible

Past: Addie in Regina and Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, Bronx Opera; Dryad in Ariadne on Naxos, Minnesota Opera; Grandmother Buryovka (cover) in Jen?fa, Des Moines Metro Opera;Serena in Porgy and Bess, New York Harlem Productions, European tour; Aunt in Madame Butterfly and Mama McCourt (cover) in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Chautauqua Opera; B.A., Hollins University; M.M., Manhattan School of Music.

 

J Griffith Brown, director

Brown, J. Griffith, web.jpgTarzana, California
Assistant Director – The Crucible

Past: Director, Dido and Aeneas, Marywood University School of Music; assistant director, Carmen, Venture Opera; assistant director, Defying Gravity: The Magical World of Stephen Schwartz, Manhattan School of Music; assistant director, Macbeth and Eugene Onegin, Chautauqua Opera; assistant director, Ariadne auf Naxos, Palm Beach Opera; director, Norma and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Studio Artist Opera Scenes, Chautauqua Opera; B.M., Oklahoma City University; M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Future: Resident assistant director and Young Artist Program acting coach, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, The Pirates of Penzance, Palm Beach Opera.

 

Bille Bruley, tenor

Bruley, Bille, web.jpgHouston, Texas
Beadle Bamford and Adolfo Pirelli (cover) – Sweeney Todd
Giles Corey (cover) – The Crucible

Past: Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Prunier in La rondine, Indiana University; Tempter in The Prodigal Son, Gastone in La traviata and Sancho (cover) in The Man of La Mancha, Central City Opera; Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Baylor University; B.M., Baylor University; M.M., Indiana University.

 

Brenna Corner, director

Corner, Brenna high res version, web.jpgCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Assistant Director – La bohème

Past: Director, The Four Note Opera, Vancouver Opera Young Artists Program; director, Cendrillon, Manitoba Underground Opera; assistant director, Carmen, Canadian Opera Company; director, Hansel and Gretel and assistant director, Madame Butterfly and Sweeney Todd, Vancouver Opera; B.M., University of Manitoba. Future: Director, Sweeney Todd, New Orleans Opera; director, Hansel and Gretel, Vancouver Opera.

 

Allegra De Vita, mezzo-soprano

De Vita, Allegra, web.jpgTrumbull, Connecticut
Pippo – The Thieving Magpie
Betty Parris (cover) – The Crucible
Glimmerglass Debut: Fulvio in Cato in Utica, 2015

Past: Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Charlotte in Werther, Academy of Vocal Arts; Florence Pike in Albert Herring, title role in Ariodante and Erminella in Volpone, Rice University; Nerone in The Coronation of Poppea, Aspen Opera Theater; Grand Finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; B.S., Sacred Heart University; M.M., Rice University. Future: Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program; Cherubino (Emerging Artist Performance) in The Marriage of Figaro, Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and title role in The Dictator’s Wife (world premiere), Washington National Opera.

 

Ariana Douglas, soprano

Douglas, Ariana, web.jpgAppleton, Wisconsin
Ann Putnam (cover) and Mary Warren (cover) – The Crucible

Past: Sally in Die Fledermaus, Florentine Opera; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Louisiana State University; Magda in La rondine, La Musica Lirica; Zerlina in Don Giovanni, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.M., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.M., Louisiana State University.

 

Simon Dyer, bass

Dyer, Simon resize.jpgLondon, United Kingdom
Officer (cover) and Sergeant (cover) – La bohème
Giorgio – The Thieving Magpie
Reverend John Hale (cover) – The Crucible

Past: Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Immigration Officer in Flight, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress and Mustafa in The Italian Girl in Algiers, The Boston Conservatory; Luka in The Bear and Mr. Grinder in The Zoo, Odyssey Opera;Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Boston Opera Collaborative; B.M., Trinity Laban Conservatoire; M.M., The Boston Conservatory. Future: Melisso in Alcina, The Boston Conservatory; The Keeper and Nick Shadow (cover) in The Rake’s Progress, Boston Lyric Opera; Antonio and Figaro (cover) in Le nozze di Figaro, Boston Lyric Opera.

 

Harry Greenleaf, baritone

Greenleaf, Harry, web.jpgWixom, Michigan
Anthony Hope – Sweeney Todd
Thomas Putnam (cover) – The Crucible

Past: The Pilot in The Little Prince, Cincinnati Chamber Opera; Top in The Tender Land, Michigan Opera Theatre; The Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen and Danilo in The Merry Widow, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Sonora (cover) in The Girl of the Golden West, Des Moines Metro Opera;Monsieur Barbu in Les mamelles de Tirésias and Baron Douphol in La traviata, Wolf Trap Opera;B.M., Michigan State University; M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Future: Morales in Carmen, Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West and Le Bret in Cyrano, Michigan Opera Theatre.

 

Calvin Griffin, bass-baritone

Griffin, Calvin, web.jpgColumbus, Ohio
Fabrizio and Gottardo (cover) – The Thieving Magpie
Sweeney Todd (cover) – Sweeney Todd 

Past: Pistola in Falstaff, Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas, Speaker/Second Armored Man in The Magic Flute and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Arizona Opera; Colline in La bohème, Opera Columbus; Hortensius in The Daughter of the Regiment and Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Santa Fe Opera; B.M., The Ohio State University; M.M., Rice University. Future: Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin and Victor in Before Night Falls, Florida Grand Opera.

 

Emma Grimsley, soprano

Grimsley, Emma, web.jpgBucks County, Pennsylvania
Ruth Putnam – The Crucible
Johanna (cover) – Sweeney Todd

Past: Title role in Sally, Light Opera of New York; Barbara Conti (Barbarina) in Figaro! (90210), Off-Broadway; Alice in The Secret Garden, Friends in Theater Company; Johanna in Sweeney Todd, New Orleans Opera and Eugene Opera; Papagena in The Magic Flute, Pacific MusicWorks; Cunegonde in Candide, Ash Lawn Opera;Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Vespertine Opera Theater; B.A., Loyola University New Orleans. Future: Young Alyce in Glory Denied, Nashville Opera; Johanna in Sweeney Todd, New Orleans Opera.

 

Hannah Hagerty, mezzo-soprano

Hagerty, Hannah, web.jpgWashington, D.C.
Susanna Walcott (cover) – The Crucible

Past: Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rice University; Suzy in La rondine, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Nancy in Albert Herring, Oberlin Opera Theater; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., Rice University.

 

Leah Hawkins, soprano

Hawkins, Leah, web.jpgPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Lucia – The Thieving Magpie

Past: Maria in Porgy and Bess, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra;ensemble in Lost in the Stars and Mrs. Dorsey/Amelia Boynton in Appomattox, Washington National Opera; Madame Larina (cover) in Eugene Onegin, Chautauqua Opera; Studio Artist Award, Chautauqua Opera Guild; Encouragement Award, George London Foundation Competition; second place, New England Region Finals, 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; B.A., Morgan State University; M.M., Yale University.

 

Molly Jane Hill, mezzo-soprano

Hill, Molly Jane, web.jpgCentennial, Colorado
Susanna Walcott and Rebecca Nurse (cover) – The Crucible
Mrs. Lovett (cover) – Sweeney Todd

Past: Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld, Virginia Opera; Flora in La traviata and Mrs. De Rocher (cover) in Dead Man Walking, Central City Opera; Eunice Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire, Opera Santa Barbara; Ottavia in The Coronation of Poppea, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Baroque Ensemble;Maddalena in Rigoletto, Livermore Valley Opera; LA District Winner, 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; B.M., Oklahoma City University; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

 

Crawford Horton, baritone

Horton, Crawford, web.jpgMontréal, Canada

Past: Ensemble/Aerialist in Barnum, The Atlanta Lyric; Bert in Mary Poppins, J.M. Barrie in The Lost Boy and Emmett in Legally Blonde, Milton Theatre; actor/choreographer in Cirque Avontuur, Milton Cirque; B.F.A., Syracuse University. Future: Younger Brother in Ragtime, Syracuse University Drama; Ensemble in Mary Poppins, Syracuse Stage.

 

Alison King, soprano

King, Alison, web.jpgPortland, Oregon
Mimì (cover) – La bohème

Past: Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress and Micaela in Carmen, Music Academy of the West; Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Musetta in La bohème, Yale Opera; Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at Carnegie Hall with Susan Graham; third place, The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition; third place, New England Region,Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; grant winner, Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition; bachelor’s degree, University of Southern California; M.M., Yale University. Future: Opera Studio, Oper Frankfurt.

 

Ian Koziara, tenor

Koziara, Ian, web.jpgChicago, Illinois
Beadle Bamford (cover) – Sweeney Todd
Ezekiel Cheever and Judge Danforth (cover) – The Crucible

Past: Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream,the Witch in Hansel and Gretel and Giove in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Rice Opera; Yamadori in Madame Butterfly and Marquis in The Ghosts of Versailles, Wolf Trap Opera; B.M., Lawrence University; M.M., Rice University. Future: Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

 

Jesse Leong, conductor

Leong, Jesse, web.jpgBrooklyn, New York
Assistant Conductor – La bohème and The Crucible

Past: Associate music director, Siegfried Acts I and II, The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Valkyrie Act I and The Love of the Three Kings, Queen City Chamber Opera; assistant conductor, Maria Stuarda, Opera d’arte, CCM; coach/assistant conductor, La Cenerentola, The Long Walk (world premiere) and Dido and Aeneas, Opera Saratoga; studio artist pianist and conductor, Wagner Society of Cincinnati; resident artist pianist, Ariadne on Naxos, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; B.M. and M. M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Future: Interim Music Director and Albert Herring, Opera d’arte, CCM.

 

 

Anne Maguire, mezzo-soprano

Maguire, Anne, web.jpgPortland, Oregon
Elizabeth Proctor (cover) – The Crucible
Lucia (cover) –The Thieving Magpie

Past: Dulcinée in Don Quixote and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Yale Opera; The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Ping and Woof Opera; semi–finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Nancy in Albert Herring, Napa Music Festival; The Child in L'enfant et les sortilèges, The Boston Conservatory; Jo March in Little Women, Opera Academy of California; B.M., The Boston Conservatory; M.M., Yale University. Future: Continues studies at Yale University.

 

Johnathan McCullough, baritone

McCullough, Johnathan, web.jpgLos Angeles, California
Officer and Schaunard (cover) – La bohème
Fernando (cover) – The Thieving Magpie

Past: The Count in The Marriage of Figaro and Papageno in The Magic Flute, Curtis Institute of Music; Edward Kynaston (cover) in Prince of Players, Houston Grand Opera; Director/Gendarme in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Opera Memphis; Harlequin in Ariadne on Naxos, Opera Philadelphia; Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Aspen Opera Theater; Messenger/Noble in The Festival Play of Daniel, LA Opera; B.M. and M.M., Curtis Institute of Music.

 

Michael Miller, baritone

Miller, Michael, web.jpgMeadville, Pennsylvania
Marcello (cover) – La bohème
Thomas Putnam – The Crucible

Past: Ramiro in The Spanish Hour, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, and Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking, University of Michigan; Figaro in The Barber of Seville and Taddeo in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Seagle Music Colony; Taddeo (cover) in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Opera Company of Middlebury; B.M., University of Michigan. 

 

Mary Beth Nelson, mezzo-soprano

Nelson, Mary Beth, web.jpgSanta Ana, California
Pippo (cover) – The Thieving Magpie
Betty Parris – The Crucible

Past: Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Isabella in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Tri-Cities Opera; The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and soloist in Side by Side by Sondheim, Seagle Music Colony; quintet soloist/ensemble in Sweeney Todd, Houston Grand Opera; B.M., Oklahoma City University. Future: Flora in La traviata, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Concepción in L’Heure espagnole and mezzo-soprano in Hydrogen Jukebox, Tri-Cities Opera.

 

Nicholas Nestorak, tenor

Nestorak, Nicholas, web.jpgRoyal Oak, Michigan
Tobias Ragg – Sweeney Todd
Isacco/Antonio (cover) – The Thieving Magpie
Glimmerglass Debut:Monostatos in The Magic Flute, 2015

Past: Title role in Albert Herring and Jupiter in Semele, Opera MODO; Lord Geoffrey in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Opera Fayetteville; Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment and Spalanzani and Nathanael in The Tales of Hoffmann, Palm Beach Opera;Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Oberlin in Italy; B.A., Hillsdale College; M.M., University of Michigan. Future: Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Toledo Opera.

 

Sahar Nouri, coach/accompanist

Nouri, Sahar, web.jpgTehran, Iran
Assistant Coach/Accompanist – La bohème and The Thieving Magpie

Past: Pianist/coach, Rusalka, Carousel, Prince of Players, The Little Prince, O Columbia!, Eugene Onegin and Madame Butterfly, Houston Grand Opera; B.M., University of Michigan; M.M., Arizona State University; S.M., University of Michigan.

 

Zachary Owen, bass-baritone

Owen, Zachary, web.jpgBarrington, Illinois
Francis Nurse – The Crucible
Judge Turpin (cover) – Sweeney Todd

Past: Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Opera Santa Barbara;Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro and Don Fernando in Fidelio, Kentucky Opera; Happy in The Girl of the Golden West, Des Moines Metro Opera; National Semifinalist, 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions;Second Armored Man in The Magic Flute, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; title role in Don Pasquale, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; B.A., Luther College; M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

 

Justin Pambianchi, conductor

Pambianchi, Justin, web.jpgOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Assistant Conductor – Sweeney Todd and The Thieving Magpie

Past: Principal conductor, The Mikado, McGill Savoy Society; prompter, The Capulets and the Montagues, Opera McGill; assistant conductor, La bohème, Opera on the Avalon; The Turn of the Screw, Accademia Europea Dell'Opera; The Secret Marriage, Oberlin in Italy; The Marriage of Figaro, Cleveland Institute of Music Opera; Conducting Fellow, Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors, American Austrian Foundation; B.M., McGill University; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music. 

 

Emily Pogorelc, soprano

Pogorelc, Emily, web.jpgMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Johanna – Sweeney Todd

Past: Chan Parker in Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, Opera Philadelphia/Apollo Theater; Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro and Musetta in La bohème, Curtis Opera Theatre;Katie/Siren #1 in Cold Mountain; Ginevra in Ariodante, Chautauqua Voice Program;Marzelline (cover) in Fidelio, Skylight Music Theatre; participant in Composer in Residence masterclass with Dawn Upshaw; B.M., Curtis Institute of Music. Future: Continues studies at the Curtis Institute. Future: The Rose Elf in Double Exposure, Opera Philadelphia.

 

Rafael Porto, bass-baritone

Porto, Rafael, web.jpgSão Paulo, Brazil
Fabrizio (cover) – The Thieving Magpie
Sergeant and Colline (cover) – La bohème

Past: Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Mustafa in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Don Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro and Su cu in The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh, Indiana University Opera Theater; Billy Jackrabbit and José Castro in The Girl of the Golden West, Indianapolis Opera; district winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; B.M., Butler University; M.M., Indiana University.

 

Brad Raymond, tenor

Raymond, Brad, web.jpgLubbock, TX
Parpignol (cover) – La bohème
Isacco/Antonio – The Thieving Magpie
Glimmerglass Debut:Governor/Grand Inquisitor in Candide, 2015

Past: Kromov in The Merry Widow and Parpignol in La bohème, Boston Lyric Opera; Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, Columbus Opera;Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Opera Saratoga; B.A., Southern Methodist University; M.M., Indiana University. Future: Governor/Grand Inquisitor in Candide, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and Opéra National de Bordeaux.

 

Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano

Reams, Zoie, web.jpgChicago, Illinois
Tituba – The Crucible
Beggar Woman (cover) – Sweeney Todd
Glimmerglass Debut: Second Lady (cover) in The Magic Flute, 2015

Past: Isabella in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Katisha in The Mikado, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd andBéatrice in Béatrice and Bénédict, Louisiana State University Opera; Encouragement Award, West Tennessee District, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; B.M., Lawrence University; M.M., Louisiana State University.

 

Katherine Riddle, soprano

Riddle, Katherine, web.jpgAnnapolis, Maryland

Past: Fiona in Brigadoon, Compass Rose Theatre; Laurey in Oklahoma, Weathervane Playhouse; Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Toby's Dinner Theater; Mary Ingalls in Laura Ingalls Wilder, Artspower National Touring Theater; finalist, Lotte Lenya Competition; second place, Hal Leonard Competition; first place, National Society of Arts and Letters Competition; B.A., American University.

 

Michael Roach, tenor

Roach, Michael, web.jpgWest Palm Beach, Florida

Past: Title rolein Peter Pan and ensemble in Mary Poppins, Syracuse Stage; Eugene in Grease and Henry in Shenandoah, Totem Pole Playhouse; Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Davis in Really, Really, Blackbox Players;Princeton in Avenue Q, Syracuse University; B.F.A., Syracuse University.

 

Emma Roos, mezzo-soprano

Roos, Emma, web.jpgSan Francisco, California
Magpie (cover) – The Thieving Magpie

Past: Charlotte in A Little Night Music and Beer Hall Girl in The Underpants, Syracuse University; Morticia Addams in The Addams Family and Aquata in The Little Mermaid, Arundel Barn Playhouse; National Finalist, Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook; B.F.A., Syracuse University. Future: Luisa in Nine, Syracuse University.

 

Gabriella H. Sam, soprano

Sam, Gabriella H, web..jpgNew Hyde Park, New York
Ann Putnam – The Crucible

Past: Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen, Mother in Hansel and Gretel and India (cover) in Shalimar the Clown, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; title role in Suor Angelica, Hillman Opera; New Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Musetta in La bohème, Brevard Music Center;Mrs. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hillman Opera; B.A., State University of New York at Fredonia; M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

 

Michael Sherman, coach/accompanist

Sherman, Michael.pngLos Angeles, CA
Assistant coach/accompanist – La bohème and The Crucible
Glimmerglass Debut: Assistant coach/accompanist – The Magic Flute and Candide (2015)

Past: Coaching fellow, Wolf Trap Opera; staff pianist, Music in the Marche; accompanist, Metropolitan Opera Guild Urban Voices program; B.M., Boston University; M.M., University of Michigan. Future: Continues with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Washington National Opera.

 

Thomas Shivone, bass-baritone

Shivone, Thomas, web.jpgFort Worth, Texas
The Magistrate – The Thieving Magpie
Benoit/Alcindoro (cover) – La bohème
Francis Nurse (cover) – The Crucible

Past: Notary in Gianni Schicchi, Marchese in La traviata, British Major in Silent Night and Prison Patient Two in Oscar, Opera Philadelphia; B.M. and M.M., Curtis Institute of Music. 

 

Rhys Lloyd Talbot, bass-baritone

Talbot, Rhys Lloyd, web.jpgCedar Falls, Iowa
Colline – La bohème
The Magistrate (cover) – The Thieving Magpie
Glimmerglass Debut:Speaker/Second Priest in The Magic Flute, 2015

Past: Masetto in Don Giovanni, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Merola Opera Program; Sarastro in The Magic Flute, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, Merola Opera Program;David in A Hand of Bridge and Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, University of Northern Iowa Opera; B.M., University of Northern Iowa; M.M., University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

Rexford Tester, tenor

Tester, Rexford, web.jpgTazewell, Virginia
Gianetto (cover) – The Thieving Magpie
Glimmerglass Debut: Tamino (cover) in The Magic Flute, 2015

Past: Lorrin Thurston in Better Gods and Remendado in Carmen, Washington National Opera; Lindoro in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Tri-Cities Opera; tenor soloist in Carmina Burana, Washington Choral Society; B.M., James Madison University; M.M., Westminster College. Future: Continues at Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Washington National Opera. 

 

Brian Vu, baritone

Vu, Brian, web.jpgOrange County, California
Schaunard – La bohème
Anthony Hope (cover) – Sweeney Todd
Glimmerglass Debut: Jazz Trio Baritone in Trouble in Tahiti, 2015

Past: Figaro in The Barber of Seville and John Brooke in Little Women, Pittsburgh Opera; Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Yale Opera; Danilo in selections from The Merry Widow, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; baritone, Brahms Requiem, Yale Glee Club and Symphony Orchestra; Grand Finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; first place, Kurt Weill Foundation Lotte Lenya Competition; Sullivan Foundation Award Winner; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.M., Yale University.

 

David Walton, tenor

Walton, David, web.jpgNashville, Tennessee
Parpignol – La bohème
Judge – The Thieving Magpie
Rev. Samuel Parris (cover) – The Crucible

Past: Tamino in The Magic Flute, Brighella in Ariadne on Naxos, Spoletta in Tosca, and Delbert Grady in The Shining, Minnesota Opera; Student in La rondine, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; regional finalist, Upper Midwest Region, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; B.M., Harding University; M.M., University of Mississippi. Future: Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette and Silvio in L’arbore di Diana, Minnesota Opera.

 

Ariana Wehr, soprano

Wehr, Ariana, web.jpgPaudalho, Brazil
Abigail Williams – The Crucible
Musetta (cover) – La bohème

Past: Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Kahua in Better Gods and Frasquita in Carmen, Washington National Opera; Musetta in La bohème, Pensacola Opera; Berta in The Barber of Seville, Nashville Opera;third place, Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition; Sullivan Award Winner, The Sullivan Foundation;B.M. and M.M., Louisiana State University. Future: Barbarina and Susanna (Emerging Artists Performance) in The Marriage of Figaro and Ms. Holy in The Dictator’s Wife (world premiere), Washington National Opera.

 

Maren Weinberger, soprano

Weinberger, Maren, web.jpgHouston, Texas
Mary Warren and Abigail Williams (cover) – The Crucible
Glimmerglass Debut: Papagena (cover) in The Magic Flute, Bard/Siren in Odyssey and Queen of Eldorado in Candide, 2015

Past: Berta in The Barber of Seville and Elena/Victoria Reilly in Buried Alive/Embedded, Fort Worth Opera; Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Amarillo Opera;Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Performance Santa Fe;Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Seagle Music Colony; B.M., Oklahoma City University; M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Future: Queen of Eldorado and Cunegonde (cover), National Opera de Bordeaux. 

 

Chaz'men Williams–Ali, tenor

Williams-Ali, Chaz\'men, web.jpgSt. Louis, Missouri
Rodolfo (Cover) – La bohème
Giles Corey – The Crucible

Past: Cavaradossi in Tosca, Skylight Music Theatre; World Tenors Unleashed; Romeo in Romeo and Juliette, Maryland Lyric Opera; bachelor’s degree, University of Iowa.

 

Makoto Winkler, baritone

Winkler, Makoto, web.jpgForest Hills, New York
Giorgio (cover) – The Thieving Magpie

Past: Title role in Don Giovanni, John Sorel in The Consul and Papageno in The Magic Flute, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Marquis (cover) in La traviata, Central City Opera;Morales in Carmen, Knoxville Opera;Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Trentino Music Festival; bachelor’s degree, State University of New York at Fredonia; M.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Future: Schaunard in La bohème, Knoxville Opera.

 

Ophelie Wolf, director

Wolf, Ophelie, web.pngBerlin, Germany
Assistant Director – The Thieving Magpie

Past: Assistant director, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Otello at Opernhaus Zürich, Fidelio at Santa Fe Opera, The Ring of the Nibelung at Washington National Opera, and La bohème, Iolanta and Becoming Santa Claus at The Dallas Opera; director, The Magic Flute, Music Academy International; Opera Directing Fellowship, The Juilliard School; B.A., King’s College London.

 

Raymond Zilberberg, director

Zilberberg, Ramond, web.jpgMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Assistant Director – Sweeney Todd

Past: Director, Tosca, LoftOpera;Arcadia, Stevens Dramatic Society; Madama Butterfly, Moss Arts Center and Ash Lawn Opera; Stars of David, Off Broadway and South Florida tour; Marie Christine, 3-Legged Dog; assistant director, Khovanschina, Paris Opera; B.A., McGill University; M.F.A., Columbia University. Future: Assistant director, Seven Deadly Sins/Pagliacci, Virginia Opera.