2019 Merola Artists

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Voice Type Merola Roles Teachers and Schools Major Roles or Experience
Laureano Quant
Barranquilla, Colombia
Baritone Schwabacher Summer Concert, Gobin (La rondine), Barbier (Die schweigsame Frau), Valentin (Faust) James Morris, Carolina Plata

Schools: Manhattan School of Music; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; SongFest; Cartagena International Music Festival
Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Captain, Prince Ragotsky (Candide)
Nicholas Roehler
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Apprentice Coach n/a Martin Katz, François Germain, Donald George

Schools: University of Michigan; Crane School of Music; SongFest; CoOPERAtive
Rigoletto; Le nozze di Figaro; Il tabarro; Giovanni Cantanti Lirici; L’incoronazione di Poppea; Der Schauspieldirektor; Il Signor Bruschino; Die Fledermaus; Suor Angelica; Angélique; Ragtime; L’étoile; A Letter to East 11th St.; Teresa e Gianfaldoni; La Leçon de Chant Électromagnétique
Brandon Scott Russell
Springfield, Missouri
Tenor David (If I Were You) William McGraw, Marie France Lefebvre, Robin Guarino, Donna Loewy, Lisa Hasson

Schools: University of Cincinnati, College - Conservatory of Music; University of Missouri, Kansas City – College Conservatory of Music and Dance; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Des Moines Metro Opera; Cincinnati Opera Young Artist; Wolf Trap Opera Company
Idomeneo (Idomeneo); Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); Alfredo (La traviata); Rodolfo (La bohème); Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi); Candide (Candide); The Teacher (Another Brick in the Wall); Cassio (Otello); Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor); Alfred (Die Fledermaus); Narraboth (Salome); Don José (La tragédie de Carmen); Le Chevalier (Dialogues des Carmelites)
Hyeree Shin
Cheon-an, South Korea
Soprano Schwabacher Summer Concert, Lisette (La rondine), Aminta (Die schweigsame Frau) Jiyoung Jin, Aram Jang, Jungwon Park, Ashley Putnam

Schools: Hanyang University; Manhattan School of Music
Alcina (Alcina); Clorinde (Cendrillon); Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica); Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos); La fée (Cendrillon); La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro)
Victor Starsky
Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
Tenor Schwabacher Summer Concert, Prunier (La rondine), Manrico (Il trovatore) Andrea Del Giudice, Maestro Maurice Peress, William T. Smiddy, Rose Marie Guariglia-Crouse, Peter Randsman

Schools: St. John’s University; Aaron Copland School of Music; Opera North
Rodolfo (La bohème); Don José (Carmen); Alfredo Germont (La traviata); Ferrando (Così fan tutte); Tony (West Side Story); The Celebrant (Bernstein Mass); Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea)
Elisa Sunshine
San Clemente, California
Soprano Selena (If I Were You) Diana Soviero, Karen Holvik, Pamela Coburn

Schools: New England Conservatory; DePauw University; Brevard Music Festival
Musetta (La bohème); The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte); Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel); Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos); Elizabeth Christine (The Sorrows of Frederick); Madame White Snake (Naga); Poppea (Agrippina); Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus)
Esther Tonea
Buford, Georgia
Soprano Diana (If I Were You) César Ulloa, Frederick Burchinal

Schools: San Francisco Conservatory of Music; University of Georgia; Wolf Trap Opera; Operavision Academy; American Institute of Musical Studies; International Vocal Arts Institute
Gilda (Rigoletto); Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia); Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica)
Patricia Westley
Santa Barbara, California
Soprano Selena (If I Were You) Sheri Greenawald

Schools: Carnegie Mellon University; The University of Oklahoma; Merola Opera Program 2018; Shreveport Opera Resident Artist Program; International Vocal Arts Institute; Songfest
Elisa (Il re pastore); Sandrina (La finta giardiniera); Adina (L’elisir d’amore); Musetta (La bohème); Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro); Zerlina (Don Giovanni); Despina (Così fan tutte); Morgana (Alcina); Adele (Die Fledermaus); Elsie (The Yeomen of the Guard); Laurie (The Tender Land)
William Woodard
Normal, Illinois
Apprentice Coach n/a Warren Jones , Amy Dorfman

Schools: Manhattan School of Music; Vanderbilt University; Aspen Music Festival and School
Albert Herring; Suor Angelica; I due timidi; Il barbiere di Siviglia; Little Women; Speed Dating Tonight!

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