César Cañón

Voice Type: Apprentice Coach

Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia

Merola Roles: Not Applicable

Schools: University of Michigan; Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Conservatorio de música; Aspen Opera Theatre Center
Martin Katz, Ángela Rodríguez, Katherine Collier, Oriol Sans
Major Roles or Experience: 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

Other Interests:

In my first foreign professional engagement (in Brazil) I was told I’d be able to work and live at the place by speaking English and Spanish, but that was not the case when I arrived and I had to lead a 70+ people group, so I had to learn Portuguese in less than 3 weeks; being lefthanded has always been a struggle with pencil and ink over your hand, so I learned how to write upside down. It almost looks better that when I do it normally; I enjoy putting challenging projects together, so I have recruited orchestras for different concerts and I curated a music festival that will be programmed at least this and next year at the University of Michigan.

Teaching, conducting, reading, learning languages, cooking, swimming

Andrew Hiers

Voice Type: Bass-Baritone

Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida

Merola Roles: Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola)

Schools: SUNY Binghamton; Florida State University; Sarasota Opera; Opera in the Ozarks
Thomas Goodheart, David Okerlund, Wanda Brister
Major Roles or Experience: Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro); Leporello (Don Giovanni); Olin Blitch (Susannah); Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi); Doctor Grenvil (La traviata); Colline (La bohème); Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd); King René (Iolanta); Don Pasquale (Don Pasquale); Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Other Interests:

I was twenty years old the first time I saw snow. I have an encyclopedic knowledge for movie/television quotes. While I have performed in all three North American countries, I have yet to even visit Europe.

Finding the best local pizza, video games, watching football, piano, bicycling on semi-flat land.

Awards: NATS National Student Auditions, Winner, 2016; SUNY Binghamton, Full Assistantship, 2015-2017; Tallahassee Music Guild Award, 2011; Opera in the Ozarks, Best Male Young Artist Award, 2010; Florida State University Music Foundation, Scholarship, 2006-2011

Natalie Image

Voice Type: Soprano

Hometown: Tsawwassen, BC, Canada

Merola Roles: Clorinda (La Cenerentola)

Schools: San Francisco Conservatory of Music; The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music; Thompson Rivers University; Opera on the Avalon; OperaNUOVA; Tapestry Opera
César Ulloa (San Francisco Conservatory of Music), Helga Tucker, Donna Sherman (Glenn Gould School of the RCM)
Major Roles or Experience: Johanna (Sweeney Todd); Mrs. De Rocher (Dead Man Walking); Model 2 (A Silent Serenade); Fury 1 (La Calisto)

Other Interests:

From the ages of 4 till 15 I lived in Osoyoos, BC, Canada, with a population of about 6 000 people, where my family farmed an orchard. Also, a Canadian opera, Filumena by John Estacio, was written about my great-grandmother’s bootlegger cousin who was hanged at 22 years old! I have been performing since the age of 5, particularly with Missoula Children’s Theater which traveled to Osoyoos every year, as well as participating in the Kiwanis Music Festivals—I have always known I love to perform and now being able to do that on a larger scale is pretty amazing!

Hiking in the mountains, sewing, cooking occasionally.

Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Western Region Winner, 2016; Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, San Francisco District Winner, 2016; San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition Winner, 2016; Canadian Federation of University Women Scholarship Award, 2015

Upcoming: San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Aurore (Le portrait de Manon); San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (S. Barber)

Tuomas Juutilainen

Voice Type: Apprentice Coach

Hometown: Jyväskylä, Finland

Merola Roles: Not Applicable

Schools: Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland); University of Michigan
Martin Katz (University of Michigan), Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris (Sibelius Academy)
Major Roles or Experience: Einojuhani Rautavaara: A Gift of Magi; La bohème; Tosca; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; West Side Story

Other Interests: Couple of years ago I spent 6 weeks in Canada hitchhiking 4000 miles. My friend and I hitchhiked from Toronto to St. John's and back. It was a great adventure.

Awards: SongFest, Martin Katz Fellow, 2016; Selim Eskelin Foundation, Study grant; Finnish Cultural Foundation, Study grant

Dimitri Katotakis

Voice Type: Baritone

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Merola Roles: Schwabacher Summer Concert

Schools: University of Toronto; McGill University; The Juilliard School
Sanford Sylvan, Steven Blier, Don Tarnawski, Darryl Edwards
Major Roles or Experience: Guglielmo (Così fan tutte); Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro); Steward (Flight); Kaiser Overall (Der Kaiser von Atlantis); Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi); Ramiro (L’heure espagnole); Escamillo (Carmen); Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Belcore (L’elisir d’amore); Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos)

Other Interests: My first experience in a role on stage was singing Old Deuteronomy in a production of Cats in high school. When I was younger, I also played the tuba for many years and taught it at music camps in Canada. My family is not really involved in music (though they are wonderful and supportive), but my grandfather was a Greek sound designer who worked with Callas, Mouskouri and the Rolling Stones alike. Fencing, scuba diving, chemistry, linguistics, cooking with new and exciting ingredients.

Awards: Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage, Second Place, 2014

Addison Marlor

Voice Type: Tenor

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Merola Roles: Satyavān (Sāvitri)

Schools: University of Utah; Utah Valley University; Castleton Artist Training Seminar
Dr. Robert Breault (University of Utah), Dr. Tyler Nelson (Utah Valley University), Gary Sorenson
Major Roles or Experience: Paris (Hélène, Saint-Saëns); Ferrando (Così fan tutte); Beast (Beauty and the Beast); Curly (Oklahoma!)

Other Interests:

For two years I lived in Mozambique, Africa doing humanitarian work. Now I help pay for school by working in an Italian restaurant singing opera.

Languages, camping, board games.

Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council Utah District, Encouragement Award, 2016; Metropolitan Opera National Council Rocky Mountain Regionals, Utah Award and Encouragement Award, 2015; Metropolitan Opera National Council Utah District, Winner, 2014; Legit Musical Theatre, NATS Competition, Utah County Region, 2nd Place, 2014

Upcoming: University of Utah: Ruggero (La Rondine)

James Maverick

Voice Type: Apprentice Coach

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Merola Roles: Not Applicable

Schools: Tanglewood Music Center; Bowdoin International Music Festival; Miami Music Festival; Indiana University; Lawrence University
Kevin Murphy, Emile Naoumoff, Anne Epperson, Walter Huff, Michael Mizrahi
Major Roles or Experience: Peter Grimes; La fille du régiment; Die Fledermaus; Hänsel und Gretel; Die Zauberflöte; The Last Savage; Die sieben Todsünden; L’italiana in Algeri; Dido and Aeneas

Other Interests:

I co-hosted a classical music radio show in college. In middle school I was a (very mediocre) horn player. The thing I miss most about growing up in Louisiana is home cooked gumbo.

Hiking, Frisbee, Trivia, Food.

Jana McIntyre

Voice Type: Soprano

Hometown: Santa Barbara, California

Merola Roles: Serpina (La serva padrona)

Schools: University of California, Los Angeles; Manhattan School of Music; Chautauqua Institute; Miami Music Festival; Merola Opera Program; Tulsa Opera Young Arist
Joan Patenaude-Yarnell (MSM), Michael Dean (UCLA), Agatha Carubia
Major Roles or Experience: Leïla (Les pêcheurs de perles); Andromède (Persée et Andromède); Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring); La Fée (Cendrillon); Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte); Zerlina (Don Giovanni); Despina (Così fan tutte); Le Feu/Rossignol (L'enfant et les sortilèges); Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea); Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice)

Other Interests:

I wanted to be an engineer growing up. I went skydiving when I turned 18. Harry S. Truman introduced my great grand-parents (before presidency).

Scuba-diving, reading, running.

Awards: Ades Competition Manhattan School of Music, First Place, 2016; Concerto Competition Manhattan School of Music, Winner, 2016

Felicia Moore

Voice Type: Soprano

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Merola Roles: Schwabacher Summer Concert

Schools: The Juilliard School; Mannes College The New School for Music; Westminster Choir College; Portland Opera Resident Artist; Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Young Artist; Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute
Edith Wiens (The Juilliard School), Stephen Wadsworth (The Juilliard School), Mary Birnbaum (The Juilliard School), Ruth Falcon (Mannes College), Joseph Colaneri (Mannes College)
Major Roles or Experience: Katya Kabanova (Katya Kabanova); Alice Ford, cover (Falstaff); First Lady (The Magic Flute); Harriet Mosher (Emmeline); Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica); Nella (Gianni Schicchi); Madama Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims); Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia)

Other Interests:

If I could sing any role that isn’t my fach, my dream role would be Erda from The Ring Cycle.

Binge-reading graphic novels, jewelry shopping and finding new coffee shops.

Awards: The Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Song Grant, Winner, 2016; The William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Career Development Grant, Winner, 2016; The Richard F. Gold Career Grant, Recipient, 2015; The Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant, Winner, 2015; George London Foundation, George London Award Winner, 2013; The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, IVC Encouragement Award, 2013; Opera Index Vocal Competition, Encouragement Winner, 2013; Wagner Society of New York, The Robert Lauch Award, 2013

Upcoming: Opera Columbus: Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw)

Daniel Noyola

Voice Type: Bass-Baritone

Hometown: San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Merola Roles: Uberto (La Serva Padrona); Luka (The Bear)

Schools: Academy of Vocal Arts; Conservatorio Nacional de Música, Mexico City
Bill Schuman
Major Roles or Experience: 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)

Other Interests:

I started performing since I was 11 years old, grew up singing a lot of musical theatre (in Spanish). If I hadn’t become a singer, I had probably be a dancer.

Cooking, spending time with family.

Awards: Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Competition, First place, 2016; Meistersinger Competition, Third place, 2016; Career Bridges Grant Awards, Grant winner, 2015; Mario Lanza Competition, Second place, 2014; Opera Index Competition, Emerging Artist Award, 2014

Upcoming: Academy of Vocal Arts: Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor); Papageno (Die Zauberflöte)