2019 Merola Artists

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Voice Type Merola Roles Teachers and Schools Major Roles or Experience
Salvatore Atti
Buffalo, New York
Tenor Schwabacher Summer Concert, Ruggero (La rondine), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Faust (Faust) William McGraw, Sheri Greenawald, Victor Jannett

Schools: University of Cincinnati, College - Conservatory of Music; The Boston Conservatory; Flagstaff in Fidenza
Don José (Carmen); Peter Quint (Turn of the Screw); Rodolfo (Luisa Miller); Werther (Werther); Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia); Character 4 (Transformations); Rodolfo (La bohème); Alfredo (La traviata)
Brennan Blankenship
Klein, Texas
Mezzo-Soprano Brittomara (If I Were You) Weston Hurt, Lee Gregory, Liora Maurer, Lucy Arner, Bethany Self

Schools: Pepperdine University; University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Canto Vocal Programs; Berlin Opera Academy; Northern Lights Music Festival; Mill City Summer Opera
Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro); Rosina (Il barbiere de Siviglia); Jo March (Little Women); Fox (Cunning Little Vixen); Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte); Meg Page (Falstaff)
Jeff Byrnes
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baritone Schwabacher Summer Concert, Rambaldo (La rondine), Il Conte di Luna (Il trovatore) Richard Leech, William McGraw, Dennis Jesse

Schools: University of Cincinnati, College - Conservatory of Music; Louisiana State University; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis- Gerdine Young Artist; Michigan Opera Theatre Studio; Dayton Opera Artist in Residence; Des Moines Metro Opera, Apprentice Artist; Seagle Music Colony
Germont (La traviata); Sharpless (Madama Butterfly); Sonora (La fanciulla del West); John Brooke (Little Women); Marcello (La bohème); Papageno (Die Zauberflöte); Schaunard (La bohème); Owen Hart (Dead Man Walking); Balstrode (Peter Grimes); Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro); Old Doctor (Vanessa)
Alice Chung
Loma Linda, California
Mezzo-Soprano Schwabacher Summer Concert, Suzy (La rondine), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) , Carlotta (Die schweigsame Frau), Siébel (Faust), Azucena (Il trovatore) Bill Schuman, Vinson Cole, Linda di Fiore

Schools: University of California, Santa Barbara; Academy of Vocal Arts; Merola Opera Program 2017; Central City Opera; Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Operaworks
La zia Principessa (Suor Angelica); The Witch (Hänsel und Gretel); Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin); Eduige (Rodelinda); Zita (Gianni Schicchi); Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw); Cecilia March (Little Women)
Cara Collins
Amarillo, Texas
Mezzo-Soprano Brittomara (If I Were You) Dr. Sherry Overholt, Mary Jane Johnson

Schools: SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music; Opera North; Opera on the James; Sarasota Opera
Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti); Nicklausse/The Voice (Les contes d’Hoffmann); Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Suzuki (Madama Butterfly); Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea); Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible); Mother (Hänsel und Gretel)
Michael Day
Rockford, Illinois
Tenor Fabian (If I Were You) Scharmal Schrock, Andreas Poulimenos, Richard Leech, Edith Diggory

Schools: Indiana University; Utah Festival Opera; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Michigan Opera Theatre
Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); Arcadio (Florencia en el Amazonas); Leo Hubbard (Regina); Candide (Candide); Alfred (Die Fledermaus); Al Joad (The Grapes of Wrath); Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro); Spoletta (Tosca); Picasso et al (27)
Anna Dugan
Cranford, New Jersey
Soprano Schwabacher Summer Concert, Bianca (La rondine), Marguerite (Faust), Leonora (Il trovatore) Ruth Golden, Maria Spacagna, Diana Soviero, Neal Goren, Steven Blier

Schools: Columbia University; Manhattan School of Music; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Aspen Music Festival
Violetta Valery (La traviata); Marquise de Merteuil (The Dangerous Liaisons); First sorceress (Bloch's Macbeth)
Andrew Dwan
Mountain View, California
Bass-Baritone Schwabacher Summer Concert, Périchaud (La rondine), Méphistophélès (Faust) Mark Schnaible, Fred Carama, Elizabeth Hynes, Daniel Ebbers

Schools: University of Southern California; University of the Pacific; Music Academy of the West; Aspen Music Festival
Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro); Dulcamara, Belcore (L'elisir d'amore); Aldous Huxley (LSD: The Opera); Papageno, Speaker (Die Zauberflöte); Basil (The Picture of Dorian Gray); Lord Sydney (Il viaggio a Reims); Seneca (L'incoronazione di Poppea); Kecal (The Bartered Bride); Arnold (The English Cat)
Stefan Egerstrom
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Bass Schwabacher Summer Concert, Crébillon (La rondine), Morosus (Die schweigsame Frau) Emma Small, Kenneth Shaw, Kenneth Bozeman

Schools: University of Cincinnati, College - Conservatory of Music; Lawrence University; Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program
King René (Iolanta); Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte); Dottore Grenvil (La traviata); Kecal (The Bartered Bride); Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore)
Greg Eldridge
Melbourne, Australia
Apprentice Stage Director n/a Sir David McVicar, Kasper Holten, John Copley, David Bösch

Schools: The Royal Opera Covent Garden; The King’s Head Theatre (UK); Accademia Europea di Firenze (Italy); The Opera Studio Melbourne (Australia)
The Lighthouse, La scala di seta; Tosca; Giulio Cesare in Egitto; Le nozze di Figaro; L’incoronazione di Poppea; Trouble in Tahiti; Ludus Danielis

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