2017 Merola Artists

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Voice Type Merola Roles Teachers and Schools Major Roles or Experience
Daniel Noyola
San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Bass-Baritone Uberto (La Serva Padrona); Luka (The Bear) Bill Schuman

Schools: Academy of Vocal Arts; Conservatorio Nacional de Música, Mexico City
Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni); Mustafà (L’italiana in Algeri); Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro); Thibaut d’Arc (The Maid of Orleans); Schaunard (La bohème); Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte); De Brétigny (Manon); Bailli (Werther); Betto (Gianni Schicchi); Marquis (La traviata); Melisso (Alcina)
Christian Pursell
Santa Cruz, California
Bass-Baritone Dandini (La Cenerentola) Tom Baresel (CCM), Barbara Honn (SFCM), Daniel Mobbs (SFCM), Tony Dehner (Monte Vista Christian School)

Schools: Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Caramoor Festival
Pandolfe (Cendrillon); Senator Potter’s Assistant (Fellow Travelers, world premiere); Harasta (The Cunning Little Vixen); Abdullah Shalimar (The Clown); Belcore (L’elisir d’amore); Marcello (La bohème)
Cody Quattlebaum
Ellicott City, Maryland
Bass-Baritone Smirnov (The Bear) Marlena Malas (The Juilliard School) , Kenneth Shaw (UC-CCM) , Carol Schuster Yunkunis

Schools: The Juilliard School; Merola Opera Program; Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Immigration Officer (Flight); Guglielmo (Così fan tutte); Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte); Speaker/2nd Guard (Die Zauberflöte); Lautsprecher (Der Kaiser von Atlantis); Colonel (Meet John Doe); Der Fischer (Matsukaze); L’Horloge Comtoise (L’enfant et les sortiléges); Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)
Alexandra Razskazoff
New Brighton, Minnesota
Soprano Schwabacher Summer Concert Dr. Stanley Cornett (Peabody Conservatory), Dr. Robert C. White Jr. (Juilliard)

Schools: The Juilliard School; Peabody Conservatory; Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program; Music Academy of the West
Britomarte (L'arbore di Diana); Wellgunde (Das Rheingold); First Lady (Die Zauberflöte); Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro); Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica); Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites); Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni); Abigail Williams (The Crucible); L'Écureuil (L'enfant et les sortilèges)
Michael Sherman
Los Angeles, California
Apprentice Coach Not Applicable Martin Katz, Linda Jiorle-Nagy, Edna Stern, Anthony Di Bonaventura

Schools: Boston University; Royal College of Music (London); University of Michigan; Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
Don Giovanni; Le nozze di Figaro; La bohème; The Crucible; Lost in the Stars; Candide; The Magic Flute; Les mamelles de Tirésias; Il barbiere di Siviglia
Andrew Sun
West Windsor, New Jersey
Apprentice Coach Not Applicable Warren Jones, Eduardus Halim, Grant Wenaus, Martin Katz, John Churchwell, Tamara Sanikidze

Schools: New York University; Manhattan School of Music; Music Academy of the West
La Cenerentola; Macbeth; Luisa Miller; Falstaff (Salieri); Cendrillon; The Bartered Bride; Man of La Mancha; The Pirates of Penzance
Szymon Wach
Lublin, Poland
Bass-Baritone Alidoro (La Cenerentola) Piotr Kusiewicz, Bogdan Makal, Rudolf Piernay

Schools: Moniuszko Academy, Gdansk, Poland; Lipinski Academy, Wroclaw, Poland; Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, UK; Glyndeboure Young Artist; Merola Opera Program
Leporello (Don Giovanni); Samuel (Un Ballo in Maschera); Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte); Count Ceprano (Rigoletto); Germano (La scala di seta); Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore); Sharpless (Madame Butterfly); The Count (Francesca di Foix); Blinval (I pazzi per progetto); Clerk/Student/Policeman (The Nose)
Kelsea Webb
Anderson, Indiana
Soprano Sāvitri (Sāvitri) Julia Faulkner (current), Patricia Havranek (Indiana University), Lisa Dawson (Indiana Wesleyan University)

Schools: Indiana Wesleyan University; Indiana University; Operaworks; Vancouver International Song Institute; Bay View Music Festival; The Song Continues; Reimagining Opera for Kids
Mrs. Patrick De Rocher (Dead Man Walking); Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel); Rose (At the Statue of Venus); Convoy/Sally (Intoxication: America's Love Affair with Oil); Rainbow Crow (The Firebringers); Alice Ford (Falstaff); Ana (Ana y su sombra)
David Weigel
Asheville, North Carolina
Bass-Baritone Death (Sāvitri) Stephen Lusmann, Kathleen Kelly, Martin Katz, Robert Wells

Schools: University of Michigan; A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute (UNC School of the Arts); UNC Greensboro; Furman University; Merola Opera Program; Opera North; Brevard Music Center
Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni); Colline (La bohème); Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette); Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia); Spencer Coyle (Owen Wingrave)

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