Presenting the Merola Artists for 2014

Adams

Julie Adams soprano

HOMETOWN: Burbank, California
MEROLA ROLE: Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Music Academy of the West, International Vocal Arts Institute
TEACHERS: César Ulloa
MAJOR ROLES: Pamina (Die Zauberflöte); Lauretta (Giulio Cesare); Lia (L'Enfant Prodigue); Fiordiligi (L'Enfant Prodigue); Rose (Street Scene); Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites); Magnolia (Showboat)
INTERESTS: Traveling, reading, knitting, eating Italian and Mexican food, watching professional hockey games

Barsotti

Edoardo Barsotti apprentice coach

HOMETOWN: Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Conservatory of Music (Lucca); University of Music (Lucca); Santa Cecilia National Academy of Music (Rome)
TEACHERS: Benedetto Lupo, Nadia Puccinelli, Sergio Perticaroli
COACHING EXPERIENCE: La bohéme; Turandot; Tosca; Madama Butterfly; Gianni Schicchi; Suor Angelica; Ill tabarro; Manon Lescaut; Rigoletto; Otello; Il trovatore; Nabucco; Il campanello; Cavalleria rusticana
INTERESTS: Cycling, watching movies, cooking, spending time with family

Ben Seadia

Omer Ben Seadia apprentice stage director

HOMETOWN: Tel-Aviv, Israel
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Seminar Hakibbutzim College, School of Performing Arts
TEACHERS: Robin Guarino, Steven Goldstein, Sinai Peter
DIRECTING EXPERIENCE: Don Pasquale; Saint John's Passion; Don Carlos; Le docteu Miracle; The Golden Vanity; The Dresser
INTERESTS: Theater, good food, reading, vintage shopping

Boedecker

Adelaide Boedecker soprano

HOMETOWN: Sarasota, Florida
MEROLA ROLE: Stella Kowalski(A Streetcar Named Desire)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Eastman School of Music, University of Florida, Crested Butte Music Festival-Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program
TEACHERS: Kathryn Cowdrick, Anthony Offerle, Paula Page
MAJOR ROLES: Rose (Street Scene); Marenka (Prodaná nevěsta); Bubikopf (Der Kaiser von Atlantis); Alcina (Alcina); Papagena (Die Zauberflöte); Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro)
INTERESTS: Acting, learning, playing volleyball, running, cycling, Pilates, yoga, swimming, dancing, spending time with my family and friends

Bonet

Eliza Bonet mezzo-soprano

HOMETOWN: Atlanta, Georgia
MEROLA ROLE: Eunice Hubbell (A Streetcar Named
Desire
)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Florida State University, Shorter College, Gerdine Young Artist, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Pensacola Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Kentucky Opera, Shreveport Opera
TEACHERS: Ron Raines, Rick Chiapetta, Dr. Sherri Weiler, Dr. Wanda Brister
MAJOR ROLES: Carmen (Carmen); Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Serse (Serse); Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte); Tisbe (La Cenerentola); Mercédes (Carmen); Dorothée(Cendrillon); Maddalena (Rigoletto); Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly)
INTERESTS:
Cooking, dancing of any kind, thrift store shopping

Candebat

Casey Candebat tenor

HOMETOWN: New Orleans, Louisiana
MEROLA ROLE: Harold "Mitch" Mitchell (A Streetcar Named Desire)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Northwestern University, Loyola University New Orleans, Merola Opera Program (2012), Chautauqua Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Opera North
TEACHERS: César Ulloa, Sunny Joy Langton, Carol Rausch
MAJOR ROLES: Harold "Mitch" Mitchell (A Streetcar Named Desire); Soloist Verdi(Messa da Requiem); Podesta (La finda giardiniera); Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); Young Gypsy (Aleko); Merlin (L'ile de Merlin); Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore); Bégearss (The Ghosts of Versailles); Pluton (Orphée aux enfers); George Dibdin (Der Vampyr)
INTERESTS: Southern cooking, good bourbon, BBC Classics, Agatha Christie

Dabi

Gideon Dabi baritone

HOMETOWN: Highland Park, New Jersey
MEROLA ROLES: Schwabacher Summer Concert: Sharpless (Madama Butterfly)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Manhattan School of Music, Boston University Opera Institute, Chautauqua Opera, Ash Lawn Opera
TEACHERS: Mark Oswald, Sharon Daniels
MAJOR ROLES: Miller (Luisa Miller); Beaumarchais (The Ghosts of Versailles); Papageno (Die Zauberflöte); Marcello (La bohéme); Peter (Hänsel und Gretel); Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro); Baritone (Postcard from Morocco); Billy Bigelow (Carousel)
INTERESTS: Comic books, philosophy, hockey

Elliott

Alexander Elliott baritone

HOMETOWN: Florence, South Carolina
MEROLA ROLES: Schwabacher Summer Concert: Figaro (Figaro); Yamadori (Madama Butterfly); Dandini(La Cenerentola)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Portland Opera Resident Artist Program, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera Resident Artist Program, Des Moines Metro Opera, Florida State University
TEACHERS: David Okerlund
MAJOR ROLES: Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro); Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Onegin (Eugene Onegin); Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
INTERESTS: Running, being outdoors, seeing movies

Eskandani

Shirin Eskandani mezzo-soprano

HOMETOWN: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
MEROLA ROLES: Mexican Woman (A Streetcar Named Desire); Schwabacher Summer Concert; Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Mercedes (Carmen);
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: University of British Columbia; Gerdine Young Artist, Opera Theater of St. Louis; Palm Beach Opera; Syracuse Opera
TEACHERS: Laura Brooks Rice, Barbara Honn, Terence Goff
MEROLA ROLES: Angelina (La Cenerentola); Carmen (La tragédie de Carmen); Priyamvada (Sakuntala); Medoro (Orlando)
INTERESTS: Vintage dresses, samba, cooking, traveling, health and fitness

Fasciano

Maria Fasciano soprano

HOMETOWN: Niagara Falls, New York
MEROLA ROLES: Schwabacher Summer Concert: Luisa (Luisa Miller); Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Chautauqua Opera, Eastman School of Music, State University of New York Fredonia
TEACHERS: Anthony Laciura, Rita Shane, Gwen Detwiler
MAJOR ROLES: Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus); Arminda (La finta giardiniera); Noémie (Cendrillon); Annina (La traviata); Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario)
INTERESTS: Video games, reading, movies and television

Greenberg

Ronny Michael Greenberg apprentice coach

HOMETOWN: Montreal Québec, Canada
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: State University of New York Potsdam, Yale School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New York Opera Studio, Music Academy of the West, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar
TEACHERS: Warren Jones, Ted Taylor
COACHING EXPERIENCE: L'Egisto, Albert Herring, Don Giovanni, The Rake's Progress, Die Zauberflöte
INTERESTS: Trying new food, traveling, speaking Hebrew

Gunther

Thomas Gunther baritone

HOMETOWN: Muscatine, Iowa
MEROLA ROLE: Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Simpson College- Bachelor of Music, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Masters of Music, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music- Artists Diploma in Opera, University of Kentucky, Des Moines Metro Opera Young Artist Program, La Musica Lirica, Italy, Indianapolis Opera Young Artist and Outreach, Kentucky Opera Young Artist and Outreach, Opera Theatre of St. Louis Gerdine Young Artist
TEACHERS: Anne Larson, William Shomos, William McGraw, Cynthia Lawrence
MAJOR ROLES: Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni); Marcello
(La bohéme); Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro); Escamillo (Carmen); Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte); Dandini (La Cenerentola); Falke (Die Fledermaus); Gianni Schicchi(Gianni Schicchi); Silvio (I Pagliacci); Slim (Of Mice and Men); Le Mari (Le mamelles de Tiresias); Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Joseph DeRocher (Dead Man Walking)
INTERESTS: Table tennis, cooking, golfing, reading, gardening, blues and jazz

Ho

Karen Chia-Ling Ho soprano

HOMETOWN: Taipei, Taiwan
MEROLA ROLE: Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Glimmerglass Festival
TEACHERS: Barbara Honn, Barbara Paver, Kathryn Cowdrick
MAJOR ROLES: Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni); Pamina (Die Zauberflöte); Alida Slade (Roman Fever)
INTERESTS: Cooking, baking, traveling, teaching

Kim

Yujin Kim soprano

HOMETOWN: Deajeon, South Korea
MEROLA ROLE: Zerlina (Don Giovanni)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Younsei University
TEACHERS: Lorraine Nubar, Neil Rosenshein
MAJOR ROLES: Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea); Bubikoff (Der Kaiser von Atlantis); Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro); Mariane (Tartuffe); Musetta (La Bohème); Pamina (Die Zauderflöte) Frasquita (Carmen); Adele (Die Fledermaus)
INTERESTS: Cats, shoes, shopping

Kuzmin

Kirill Kuzmin apprentice coach

HOMETOWN: Moscow, Russian
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Moscow State Conservatory, The Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Program (Moscow), University of Michigan
TEACHERS: Martin Katz, Margarita Kravchenko, Irina Ossipova
COACHING EXPERIENCE: La Sonnambula, Turandot, La Traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Love for Three Oranges, The Tsar’s Bride, Der Rosenkavalier, L’enfant et les sortilèges
INTERESTS: Traveling, languages, computers

Lei

Mingjie Lei tenor

HOMETOWN: Hengyang, Hunan, China
MEROLA ROLES:
A Young Collector (A Streetcar Named Desire); Schwabacher Summer Concert: Wilheim (Mignon); Jupiter (Semele)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Central Conservatory of Music, Music Academy of the West, The Banff Centre Festival
TEACHERS: Marlena Malas, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Dongfang Sun
MAJOR ROLES: Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore); Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni); Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas); Léon (The Ghosts of Versailles); Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor)
INTERESTS: Traveling, all kinds of food

Lieberman

Talya Lieberman soprano

HOMETOWN: Forest Hills, New York
MEROLA ROLES: Schwabacher Summer Concert: Semele (Semele); Frasquita (Carmen)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Duke University, Chautauqua Institution Voice Program
TEACHERS: William McGraw, Michelle Johnson
MAJOR ROLES: Ms. Lightfoot (Fellow Travelers); Norina (Don Pasquale); Haddock's Eyes; Chants d'auvergne
INTERESTS: Somatic mind-body practices, contact improvisation, meditation, psychology, teaching, biking, swimming, the El Sistema movement

Nelson

Edward Nelson baritone

HOMETOWN: Santa Clarita, California
MEROLA ROLE: Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Festival, Central City Opera
TEACHERS: William McGraw, Kenneth Shaw, Shigemi Matsumoto
MAJOR ROLES:Owen Wingrave (Owen Wingrave); Ferryman (Curlew River); Dandini (La Cenerentola); Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen); Le Podestat (Le Docteur Miracle)
INTERESTS: Being outside in beautiful weather, fitness, hiking, playing piano

Nouri

Sahar Nouri apprentice coach

HOMETOWN: Tehran, Iran
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS:Houston Grand Opera Studio, Utah Opera Resident Artist Program, Merola Opera Program (2013), Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Music Academy of The West, University of Michigan, Arizona State University, Arts University (Teheran)
TEACHERS: Martin Katz, Russell Ryan, Eckart Sellheim
COACHING EXPERIENCE: Turandot, La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Shoes for Santo Niňo, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Rape of Lucretia, Sweeney Todd, Falstaff, The Rake’s Progress, La Cenerentola
INTERESTS: Mountains, rivers, forests, oceans, camping, cooking, dancing

Reed

Anthony Reed bass

HOMETOWN: Alexandria, Minnesota
MEROLA ROLES: Schwabacher Summer Concert: Lothario (Mignon); Wurm (Luisa Miller)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Curtis Institute of Music; Georg Solti Academy, Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Seagle Music Colony, Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
TEACHERS: William Stone, Mark Mowry
MAJOR ROLES: Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola); Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore); Der Tod (Der Kaiser von Atlantis); Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos); Spencer Coyle (Owne Wingrave); Sarastro (Die Zauberflote); Father Trulove and Keeper (The Rake's Progress); Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle, Dapertutto (Les contes d'Hoffman); Frére Laurent (Roméo et Juliette); Superintendant Budd (Albert Herring);
INTERESTS: Writing pop music, exercising, learning foreign languages, traveling, making new friends, cooking

Russell

Scott Russell bass

HOMETOWN: Roanoke, Virginia
MEROLA ROLE: Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Shenandoah University, International Vocal Arts Institute in Virginia and Israel, V.O.I.C.Experience, Utah Festival Opera and Music Theatre
TEACHERS: Mignon Dunn, Medea Namoradze
MAJOR ROLES: Don Andrès (La Périchole); The Giant (Jack and the Giant Beanstalk); Bear (Quartet); Masetto (Don Giovanni); Olin Blitch (Susannah); Colline (La bohème); Leading Man (It's a Grand Night for Singing)
INTERESTS: Food, craft beer, sports, dog psychology

Salter

Blair Salter apprentice coach

HOMETOWN: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: University of Western Ontario, Opera NUOVA, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy
TEACHERS: John Hess, Mark Payne, Stephan Sylvestre
COACHING EXPERIENCE: Hansel and Gretel; A Little Night Music; Il barbiere di Siviglia; Les contes d’Hoffmann; Le magicien; Mavra; La serva padrona; Ariadne auf Naxos; Die Fledermaus; Rusalka; La Griselda
INTERESTS: Reading, travel, contemporary music, animals, tea, yoga

Stump

Matthew Stump bass-baritone

HOMETOWN: Goshen, Indiana
MEROLA ROLES: Schwabacher Summer Concert: Giarno(Mignon); Conte Walter (Luisa Miller); Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: University of North Texas, Luther College
TEACHERS: Dr. Stephen Austin, Dr. Elvia Puccinelli, Dr. David Judisch, Dr. Jessica Paul
MAJOR ROLES: Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd); Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore); Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance); Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte); Frank Maurrant (Street Scene); Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)
INTERESTS: Woodworking, fishing, sports (rugby, racketball), piloting and reading

Talbot

Rhys Lloyd Talbot bass-baritone

HOMETOWN: Cedar Falls, Iowa
MEROLA ROLE: Masetto(Don Giovanni)
SCHOOLS &YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: University of Northern Iowa; Wolf Trap Studio Artist, Houston Grand Opera Young Artists Vocal Academy, Central City Studio Artist
TEACHERS: John Hines
MAJOR ROLES: Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro); David (A Hand of Bridge); Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors); Papageno (Die Zauberflöte); Frank (Die Fledermaus); Count (Prima Donna)
INTERESTS: Vinyl records, James Bond, exercise and nutrition, vintage clothing and décor, bartending

Wach

Szymon Wach bass-baritone

HOMETOWN: Lublin, Poland
MEROLA ROLE: Leporello (Don Giovanni)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Glyndebourne Opera Jerwood Young Artist PRogramme, K. Lipinski Music Academy, S. Moniuszko Music Academy, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University
TEACHERS: Rudolf Piernay, Bogdan Makal, Piotr Kusiewicz
MAJOR ROLES: Count (Francesca di Foix); Figaro and Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro); Ferrando (Il trovatore); Masetto and Commendatore (Don Giovanni); Old Gypsy (Aleko); Germano (La scala di seta); Garrido (La Navarraise); Gremin and Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin); Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte); Quince (A Midsummer Night's Dream); Mr. Coyle (Owen Wingrave)
INTERESTS: cooking healthy food, swimming

Wang

Chong Wang tenor

HOMETOWN: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
MEROLA ROLES: Schwabacher Summer Concert: Goro (Madama Butterfly); Don José (Carmen)
SCHOOLS &YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Conservatory of the People’s Liberation Army, China
TEACHERS: An Hua, Dai Yuqiang
MAJOR ROLES: Ruiz (Il trovatore); Rodolfo (Guglielmo Tell); Rodrigo (Otello); Borsa (Rigoletto); Steuermann (Der fliegende Hollander); Messenger (Aida); Dr. Caius (Falstaff); Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto); Zhao Wu (The Chinese Orphan)
INTERESTS: Photography, art, audio recording, basketball

Wang

Nian Wang mezzo-soprano

HOMETOWN: Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
MEROLA ROLES: Schwabacher Summer Concert: Juno (Semele); Federica (Luisa Miller); Suzuki (Madama Butterfly); Carmen (Carmen)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Curtis Institute of Music, Bard College, Martina Arroyo Foundation, Festival Aix-en-Provence, Oxford Summer Program, Daniel Ferro Summer Program
TEACHERS: Daniel Ferro, Edith Bers
MAJOR ROLES: Rinaldo (Rinaldo); Romeo (I Capuleti e I Montecchi); Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte); Nicklausse/Muse (Les contes d'Hoffmann); Kate (Owen Wingrave); La tasse chinoise, La chatte, Un patre, and L'écureuil (L'Enfant et les sortiléges)
INTEREST: Shopping

Werley

Benjamin Werley tenor

HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
MEROLA ROLES: Steve Hubbell (A Streetcar Named Desire); Don Ottavio(Don Giovanni)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Indiana University, Indiana University, Gerdine Young Artist, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Castleton Artist Training Seminar
TEACHERS: Carol Vaness, Paul Kiesgen, Roger Havranek, Jeanne Wentworth
MAJOR ROLES: Beadle (Sweeney Todd); First Jew (Salome); Alfredo and Gastone (La traviata); Rodolfo (La bohème); Fenton (Falstaff); Camille (The Merry Widow); Monastatos (Die Zauberflöte); Innkeeper (Des Rosenkavalier)
INTERESTS: Sailboat Racing, Ultimate Frisbee

Woodbury

Amanda Woodbury soprano

HOMETOWN: Dallas, Texas
MEROLA ROLE: Donna Anna (Don Giovanni)
SCHOOLS & YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Los Angeles Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Indiana University
TEACHERS: Stephen King, William McGraw, Patricia Wise, Mozelle Sherman
MAJOR ROLES: Papagena (Die Zauberflöte); Micaela (Carmen); Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi); Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro); Donna Anna (Don Giovanni); Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites); First Lady (Die Zauberflöte);
INTERESTS: Traveling, knitting, herbal teas, refinishing furniture



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