Kendra Berentsen

Voice Type: Soprano

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Merola Roles: Schwabacher Summer Concert


Schools: Eastman School of Music (BM, MM); IVAI Blacksburg; IVAI Montreal
Teachers:
Diana Soviero, Deborah Birnbaum, Valery Ryvkin, Yelena Kurdina, Chuck Hudson, Rita Shane (Eastman)
Major Roles or Experience: 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)

Other Interests:

My favorite time away from NYC is spent camping, hiking, and whale watching in Oregon and BC. I am also voice faculty at Concordia College in NY. Teaching and supporting other young singers has been so rewarding.

Photography, Painting, Web Design, Running.


Upcoming: Symphony No. 4 - Mahler (Queens Symphony Orchestra)

Alice Chung

Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown: Loma Linda, California

Merola Roles: Schwabacher Summer Concert


Schools: Lyric Opera of Kansas City Apprentice Program; University of Missouri-Kansas City; University of California, Santa Barbara; Central City Opera; Chautauqua Opera; OperaWorks
Teachers:
Vinson Cole (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Linda di Fiore (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Major Roles or Experience: 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)

Other Interests:

I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, but I love baking; it’s very therapeutic! I was a pre-med student before I found opera. For my very first public solo performance, I sang in Silent Night in Spanish, which is neither of my native languages (English and Korean).

Watching TV shows, cooking, photography, going on foodie adventures.


Awards: Marilyn Miller Scholarship, 2016; Chautauqua Opera Guild Young Artist Encouragement Award, 2015; Kansas City Musical Club Scholarship, 2015

Upcoming: Lyric Opera of Kansas City: Sister Lillianne (Dead Man Walking); University of Missouri-Kansas City: Eduige (Rodelinda)

Anthony Ciaramitaro

Voice Type: Tenor

Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida

Merola Roles: Ramiro (La Cenerentola)


Schools: Florida State University; Rollins College; Chautauqua Opera; Wolf Trap Opera
Teachers:
David Okerlund, Richard Owens
Major Roles or Experience: 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)

Other Interests:

I feel at home in the kitchen, I can be a bit of a clean freak, and I listen my music way too loud. I look forward to living out of a suitcase and traveling the world.

Cooking for my friends, vocal pedagogy, weight training, and comedy specials.


Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, South-Eastern Regional Finalist, 2015; Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition, Finalist, 2015; Hannah Beaulieu Career Development Award, 2015 and 2016

Upcoming: Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia); Spoletta (Tosca); Theseus (Hercules vs. Vampires)

Victoria Crutchfield

Voice Type: Apprentice Stage Director

Hometown: New York City, New York

Merola Roles: Not Applicable


Schools: Harvard University; James S. Marcus Directing Fellowship; The Juilliard School
Teachers:
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)
Major Roles or Experience: 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.

Other Interests:

I spent last year teaching grammar and Shakespeare at my old middle school; I'm working on a rhyming verse translation of Victor Hugo's "Le roi s'amuse"; and I once sang at Carnegie Hall with Sting.

Languages and translation, opera in English, women's history, feminism, French drama especially Victor Hugo, theater with/for kids, education.


Upcoming: PE(T)ER, a retelling of Ibsen's Peer Gynt, to be workshopped at the Drama League

Ashley Dixon

Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown: Peachtree City, Georgia

Merola Roles: Popova (The Bear)


Schools: University of Michigan; Louisiana State University; Merola Opera Program; Des Moines Metro Opera
Teachers:
Freda Herseth, Lori Bade
Major Roles or Experience: 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)

Other Interests:

I’m getting married on September 3, 2017! My fiancée is an opera singer as well and will be in Santa Fe for the summer so we will be planning the wedding by telephone and skype.

Cooking and baking, watching makeup tutorials on Youtube, my 20 lb Maine Coon, and Whippets (really just dogs in general).


Awards: Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition, Encouragement Award, 2016

Mathilda Edge

Voice Type: Soprano

Hometown: Chandlerville, Illinois

Merola Roles: Schwabacher Summer Concert


Schools: Indiana University; Illinois College
Teachers:
Brian Horne, Abbie Furmansky, Costanza Cuccaro, Addie Gramelspacher, Sandra Bouman
Major Roles or Experience: Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly); Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte); First Lady (Die Zauberflöte); Sandman (Hansel and Gretel); Romilda (Xerxes); The Milliner (Der Rosenkavalier)

Other Interests:

I grew up on a hog farm; My hometown has 750 people; I graduated high school with 35 people in my class; I played basketball in college (until I got injured and had to “retire”); I studied both Business and Music in undergrad.

I love anything creative! I like to fix, build, and create things. This includes (but isn’t limited to): woodworking, cross-stitch, sewing, & re-designing/repurposing old items.


Awards: Washington International Competition for Voice, 3rd Place Winner, 2016; NATS Artist Award Competition, 3rd Place Winner, 2016; Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Central Regional, 3rd Place Winner, 2016; Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Central Regional, 2nd Place Winner, 2015; Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Indiana District, 1st Place Winner, 2015 & 2016; Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artist Competition, 1st Place Winner, 2016; NATS Artist Award, Great Lakes Region, 1st Place Winner, 2016; National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Competition, 1st Place Winner, 2016; Georgina Joshi Fellowship, Recipient, 2016/17; SIYAO Competition, 1st Place Winner, 2015; Georgina Joshi International Fellowship, Recipient, 2015

Upcoming: Bel Canto Chorus: Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Soprano Soloist), New Dominion Chorale: Opera and Operetta Favorites (Concert Soloist)

Samantha Hankey

Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown: Marshfield, Massachusetts

Merola Roles: Angelina (La Cenerentola)


Schools: The Juilliard School; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Young Artist Program 2015
Teachers:
Edith Wiens (The Juilliard School)
Major Roles or Experience: Diana (La Calisto); Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Mercédès (Carmen); Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro); Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief); Filippyevna (Eugene Onegin)

Other Interests:

I first starting singing at age 6 in a local town production of Annie. I was just in the chorus of that show, but after that experience I knew that I had to keep singing and performing. I started taking voice lessons at age 7, soon followed by children's chorus and all sorts of music lessons! When I was 13 I went to Japan with the Boston Children’s Chorus! Last summer I spent ten weeks in Germany to study language, singing, and to perform!

Cooking & baking, Photography, French bulldogs, makeup, and the German language.


Awards: The Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, First Prize, 2017; The Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation Competition, Prize Winner, 2016; The Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Song Vocal Competition, Grant, 2016; Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, 2016; The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Grant, 2016; The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, Third Prize, 2016; Opera Index, The Lissner Charitable Fund Award, 2015; The Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, First Place, 2011& 2015; National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts, Silver Medal, 2011; Classical Singer (National), Second Prize, 2011; The Harvard Musical Association, Second Prize, 2011; N.A.T.S., (Boston) First Prize, 2011; The Bacardi Fallon Foundation and The Williams Chorale, Third Prize, 2011; Classical Singer (Regional), First Prize, 2010; Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, Second Prize, 2010; N.A.T.S., (Boston) First Prize, 2008

Upcoming: The Juilliard School: Agrippina (Agrippina), Varvara (Katya Kabanova), Den Norske Opera & Ballett: Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Edith Grossman

Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown: Elma, New York

Merola Roles: Tisbe (La Cenerentola)


Schools: The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam; Opera Saratoga; Seagle Music Colony; College Light Opera Company
Teachers:
Kathryn Cowdrick, Chad Payton, Dr. Deborah Massell (The Crane School of Music), Valeria Ferri
Major Roles or Experience: 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)

Other Interests:

I spent my junior year of college living in Florence, Italy and performed every Sunday mass with the Gregorian chant choir at Il Duomo. My favorite place to vacation is Tobermory, Canada. It has Caribbean-like views, hiking, and it’s never too hot.

Baking, reading, traveling, knitting.

Thomas Glass

Voice Type: Baritone

Hometown: Edina, Minnesota

Merola Roles: Schwabacher Summer Concert


Schools: Minnesota Artist Resident Artist Program; Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist Program; Rice University; University of St. Thomas
Teachers:
Stephen King, Alan Bryan
Major Roles or Experience: Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Schaunard (La bohème); Capulet (Roméo et Juliette); Peter (Hänsel und Gretel); Bill (A Hand of Bridge)

Other Interests:

I was recently featured in an article in The DX: The Diabetes Experience about managing my Type I Diabetes with a career in opera; I can do a great Smégol/Gollum impression.

Football (SKOL VIKINGS), fantasy football, running, binge watching TV shows, accompanying myself on acoustic guitar, bourbon.


Awards: Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, 3rd Place, 2017; Houston Sängerbund German Music Competition, 1st Place, 2016

Xingwa Hao

Voice Type: Tenor

Hometown: Zhan Jiang City, Guang Dong, China

Merola Roles: Schwabacher Summer Concert


Schools: The Central Conservatory Of Music, Beijing, China; Royal Academy Of Music, London, England
Teachers:
Hao Jun, Zhong Zhen Fa, Glenville Hargreves, Wang XianLin, Peng Kangliang
Major Roles or Experience: Alfredo (La traviata); Tito (La clemenza di Tito); Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi); Pane (La Calisto); Rodolfo (La bohème); Pong (Turandot); Canio (I Pagliacci)

Other Interests:

My father is a good tenor, I grew up listening to his singing. When I was young, my greatest wish was to become as my father, an Opera actor, and to this day, to me that is still my most beloved career.

Cooking, Travel, Food, Reading.


Awards: First Prize of the No. 5 Madama Butterfly International Singing Competition

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