2017 Merola Artists

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Voice Type Merola Roles Teachers and Schools Major Roles or Experience
Andres Acosta
Miami, Florida
Tenor Schwabacher Summer Concert David Okerlund (Florida State University), Carol Vaness (Indiana University)

Schools: Florida State University; Brevard Music Center; Indiana University
Arcadio (Florencia en el Amazonas); Alfred (Die Fledermaus); Ferrando (Così fan tutte); Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni); Sam Kaplan (Street Scene)
Kendra Berentsen
Portland, Oregon
Soprano Schwabacher Summer Concert Diana Soviero, Deborah Birnbaum, Valery Ryvkin, Yelena Kurdina, Chuck Hudson, Rita Shane (Eastman)

Schools: Eastman School of Music (BM, MM); IVAI Blacksburg; IVAI Montreal
Juliette (Roméo et Juliette); Pamina (Die Zauberflöte); Adele (Die Fledermaus); Zerlina (Don Giovanni); Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto); Mme. Herz and Mlle. Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor); Frasquita (Carmen); Flora (The Turn of the Screw)
César Cañón
Bogotá, Colombia
Apprentice Coach Not Applicable Martin Katz, Ángela Rodríguez, Katherine Collier, Oriol Sans

Schools: University of Michigan; Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Conservatorio de música; Aspen Opera Theatre Center
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Roméo et Juliette; Jephtha; Aida; Carmen; Giulio Cesare; Tosca; Die Zauberflöte; I puritani; Luisa Fernanda; La leyenda del beso; La del Soto del parral; Don Pasquale; Don Carlo; Eugene Onegin; Dialogues des Carmélites; Le nozze di Figaro; Don Giovanni; Orfeo ed Euridice
Alice Chung
Loma Linda, California
Mezzo-Soprano Schwabacher Summer Concert Vinson Cole (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Linda di Fiore (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Schools: Lyric Opera of Kansas City Apprentice Program; University of Missouri-Kansas City; University of California, Santa Barbara; Central City Opera; Chautauqua Opera; OperaWorks
La zia Principessa (Suor Angelica); Zita (Gianni Schicchi); Mama McCourt (The Ballad of Baby Doe); Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw); Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte); Cecilia March (Little Women); Mariana (Luisa Fernanda)
Anthony Ciaramitaro
Coral Springs, Florida
Tenor Ramiro (La Cenerentola) David Okerlund, Richard Owens

Schools: Florida State University; Rollins College; Chautauqua Opera; Wolf Trap Opera
Alfredo (La traviata); Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola); King Charles II (Prince of Players); Ferrando (Così fan tutte); Piquillo (La Périchole); Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro); Messenger (Aida)
Victoria Crutchfield
New York City, New York
Apprentice Stage Director Not Applicable Stephen Wadsworth (Juilliard), Scott Zigler, Tommy Derrah (Harvard), Stephen Webber (SITI Company), Mike Piazza, Jordan Lage (Atlantic Acting School), Emmanuelle Delpech (Movement Theater Studio), Lisa Rothe (Einhorn School of Performing Arts)

Schools: Harvard University; James S. Marcus Directing Fellowship; The Juilliard School
Manon; Second Nature; Dialogues des Carmélites; L'incoronazione di Poppea; La bohème; The Magic Flute; Cécile. Staged concerts at the Peabody Essex Museum, including Song Cycle, an art song experience.
Ashley Dixon
Peachtree City, Georgia
Mezzo-Soprano Popova (The Bear) Freda Herseth, Lori Bade

Schools: University of Michigan; Louisiana State University; Merola Opera Program; Des Moines Metro Opera
Dido (Dido and Aeneas); Mrs. Nolan (The Medium); La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi); Giulio Cesare (Giulio Cesare); Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte); Flora (La traviata); Sister Helen (Dead Man Walking); Carmen (La tragédie de Carmen)
Mathilda Edge
Chandlerville, Illinois
Soprano Schwabacher Summer Concert Brian Horne, Abbie Furmansky, Costanza Cuccaro, Addie Gramelspacher, Sandra Bouman

Schools: Indiana University; Illinois College
Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly); Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte); First Lady (Die Zauberflöte); Sandman (Hansel and Gretel); Romilda (Xerxes); The Milliner (Der Rosenkavalier)
Thomas Glass
Edina, Minnesota
Baritone Schwabacher Summer Concert Stephen King, Alan Bryan

Schools: Minnesota Artist Resident Artist Program; Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist Program; Rice University; University of St. Thomas
Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Schaunard (La bohème); Capulet (Roméo et Juliette); Peter (Hänsel und Gretel); Bill (A Hand of Bridge)
Edith Grossman
Elma, New York
Mezzo-Soprano Tisbe (La Cenerentola) Kathryn Cowdrick, Chad Payton, Dr. Deborah Massell (The Crane School of Music), Valeria Ferri

Schools: The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam; Opera Saratoga; Seagle Music Colony; College Light Opera Company
Mistress Quickly (Falstaff); Elaine (In a Mirror Darkly: A Woman Scorned); The Abbess/Monitor (Suor Angelica); Claire (Ordinary Days); Madame Thénardier (Les Misérables); Julie Jordan (Carousel); Grizabella (Cats)

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