Apprentice Artists

Rachael Braunstein, Soprano

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This season at CHQ: Performing Chorus in Don Giovanni, performing Paquette in Candide
Past Chautauqua Opera Company credits: 2016 Apprentice Artist, Flora Bervoix in La Traviata, Pitti Sing in The Mikado
 
Select credits: Sally (Mrs. Ten Brock) with Light Opera of New York, Hansel and Gretel (Witch/Mother) with Opera Pomme Rouge at The Kennedy Center, Der Freischütz (Agathe cover) and Trickster Trilogy Education Tour (Till Eulenspiegel) with Virginia Opera, Seagle Music Colony's New Opera Workshop of Roscoe (Hattie/Gladys), Ash Lawn Opera's Young Artist Outreach production of Madama Butterfly (Suzuki), Hansel and Gretel (Witch) and Susannah (Mrs. Ott) at Seagle Music Colony, and The Mother of Us All (Anna Hope) with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater.
Awards/Residencies: Virginia Opera Emerging Artists Program (2015, 2017), Ash Lawn Opera Young Artist Program (2015), Seagle Music Colony (2014), Centre d'Arts Orford (2013), Crittenden Opera Workshop (2010, 2011).
Education: Manhattan School of Music (M.M. Vocal Performance), University of Southern Maine (B.A. Vocal Performance)
 

Chase Cornett, Bass-Baritone

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This season at CHQ: Performing Masetto and covering Leporello in Don Giovanni, performing Baron/Grand Inquisitor/Don Isaachar/Cacambo and covering Voltaire/Pangloss/Martin in Candide
 
Select credits: Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro), The Rake's Progress (Nick Shadow), and Little Women (Friedrich Bhaer) at Mannes School of Music, Cendrillon (Pandolfe) at New York University, La Traviata (Barone Duphol) with Utah Lyric Opera, West Side Story (Baby John) with Utah Festival Opera, and Il trovatore (Un Vecchio Zingaro cover) and Rigoletto (Usciere di Corte cover) with Utah Opera.
Awards/Residencies: Semi-Finalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition (2016), Semi-Finalist in the Paris Opera Competition (2016), National Finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition (2006); Utah Festival Opera Young Artist (2007, 2009).
Education: Mannes School of Music (Artist Diploma), New York University (M.M. Vocal Performance), The University of Utah (B.A. History)
 

Leroy Y. Davis, Baritone

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This season at CHQ: Performing Chorus & covering Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, performing Maximillian in Candide
 
Select credits: Dido & Aeneas/Venus & Adonis (Aeneas/Adonis), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Fiorello), Don Giovanni (Masetto), and the world premiere of Sister Carrie (Maitre D/Farley) with Florentine Opera; The Ballad of Baby Doe (Barney) with Central City Opera; Die Zauberflöte (Papageno), The Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant of Police), Turandot (The Madarin/Ping), and The Mikado (Pish-Tush) with Shreveport Opera; and the world premiere of Vinkensport (Atticus Finch's Trainer) at Bard College.
Awards/Residencies: Central City Apprentice Artist (2016), Florentine Opera Studio Artist (2015-2017), Shreveport Opera Resident Artist (2013-2014), Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at SongFest (2011).
Education: New England Conservatory (Graduate Diploma, Vocal Performance), Bard College (M.M. Vocal Performance)
 

Helen Hassinger, Soprano

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This season at CHQ: Performing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, performing Chorus in Candide
Past Chautauqua Opera Company credits: 2017 Apprentice Artist; Nymph/Spirit 3 in L'Orfeo, Soprano II in Hydrogen Jukebox
 
Select credits: Emmeline (Emmeline)Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi), Angels in America (The Angel), and Cendrillon (Spirit) with Boston University Opera Institute;  The War Reporter (Paul's Inner Voice/Soprano), Hydrogen Jukebox (Soprano II), and Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera (Sant Francis's Trainer) with Boston University Fringe Festival; Madame White Snake (Madame White Snake cover) with Beth Morrison Projects; and The Light in the Piazza (Tour Guide) with Theater Latté Da.
Awards/Residencies: Semifinalist in the Classical Singer Competition (2016); Institute of Bel Canto Studies at the University of Houston (2013), Minnesota Opera Chorus Member (2012-2014), Opera Arriva at the University of Minnesota (2010).
Education: Boston University Opera Institute, Boston University (M.M. Voice Performance), Saint Olaf College (B.A. Music)
 

Rebekah Howell, Soprano

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This season at CHQ: Performing Zerlina in Don Giovanni, performing Cunegonde in Candide
Past Chautauqua Opera Company credits: Studio Artist 2014 & 2017; Chorus in L'Orfeo, Chorus/Norina (cover) in Don Pasquale, performed the world premiere of "The Broom, the Shovel, the Poker and the Tongs" by 2017 Composer-in-Residence Gity Razaz, Chorus in Madam Butterfly, Samantha/Chorus/Sarah(cover) in The Ballad of Baby Doe
 
Select credits: The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night) with Opéra Louisiane; Die Fledermaus (Adele), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), and Peter Grimes (1st Niece) at Indiana University; The Turn of the Screw (Flora), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Sister Constance), Dido and Aeneas (Belinda), and Le nozze di Figaro (Barbarina) at Baylor University.
Awards/Residencies: First PLace winner of the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition (2016), SongFest- Ruth Williams Scholarship Recipient (2015), Finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Competition (2014), First Place winner of the National Finals (Young Artist Division) in the MTNA Competition (2015), Georgina Joshi International Fellowship recipient from Indiana University; Opera in the Ozarks Studio Artist (2013).
Education: Indiana University (M.M. Vocal Performance), Baylor University (B.M. Vocal Performance)
 

John Riesen, Tenor

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This season at CHQ: Performing Chorus in Don Giovanni, performing Candide in Candide 
Past Chautauqua Opera Company credits: Studio Artist in 2013 & 2014, Apprentice Artist in 2015; Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Malcolm(cover) in Macbeth, 2nd Dandy/Stagedoorman in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Chorus in Madam Butterfly, Rector Adams(cover) in Peter Grimes, and Chorus in Lucia di Lammermoor
 
Select credits: La Traviata (Alfredo) with Tri-Cities Opera; Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio) with Crested Butte Festival; La Bohème (Rodolfo) and Beauty and the Beast (Gaston) with Shreveport Opera, The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) with Shreveport Opera and Opera Ithaca; Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton) and Dead Man Walking (Howard Boucher) with Pensacola Opera.
Awards/Residencies: 2nd Place winner and Audience Favorite in the Mary Jacob Smith Singer of the Year competition (2017), Regional Finalist and Audience Favorite in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2016), 2nd Place winner in the William C. Byrd Competition (2014), 1st Place winner and Audience Favorite in the Harold Haugh Competition (2013); Shreveport Opera Resident Artist (2014-2016), Pensacola Opera Artist in Residence (2017).
Education: Michigan State University (M.M. Voice Performance)
 

Alexandra Rodrick, Mezzo-Soprano

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This season at CHQ: Performing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, performing Baroness/Sheep #2/Chorus in Candide
 
Select credits: Carmen (Carmen) with VEROZA Japan/Seiji Ozawa Music Academy; La Cenerentola (Angelina) with The Atlanta Opera and Opéra Louisiane; L'elisir d'amore (Giannetta cover) with San Diego Opera; Naga (Wife) with Beth Morrison Projects; Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina) with Opera Tijuana; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Così fan tutte (Dorabella), and Cendrillon (Le Prince Charmant) with Boston University Opera Institute; Seven Deadly Sins (Anna) and Le tragédie de Carmen (Carmen) with Boston University Fringe Festival; La traviata (Flora) with Wolf Trap Opera Company; Dido and Aeneas (Dido) with Little Patuxent Opera Institute.
Awards/Residencies: Finalist in the Deborah Voigt Vero Beach Opera Foundation Inaugural International Vocal Competition (2016), Recipient of the Phyllis Curtin Award at Boston University Opera Institute, Winner of the Virginia and Susan Hawk Memorial Scholarship Competition (2014) and the La Jolla Symphony Young Artist Competition (2014), Encouragement award winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Western Region, 2013); Wolf Trap Opera Company Studio Artist (2012, 2013), Green Mountain Opera Festival Apprentice Artist (2014), Aspen Music Festival and School Opera Theater Center Artist (2014), Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist (2016).
Education: Boston University Opera Institute (Performance Certificate), Point Loma Nazarene University (B.A. Music)
 

Dennis Shuman, Tenor

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This season at CHQ: Performing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, performing Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski in Candide
Past Chautauqua Opera Company credits: 2016 Apprentice Artist; Gastone and Alfredo(cover) in La Traviata and Chorus in The Mikado
 
Select credits: La Traviata (Gastone) with New Orleans Opera; The War Reporter (Honderich), Le nozze di Figaro (Basilio), Emmeline (Matthew Gurney), and Hydrogen Jukebox (Tenor) with Boston University Opera Institute; Roméo et Juliette (Roméo) and Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio) with Loyola Opera Theatre; New Orleans Opera chorus member (2015-2016), Atlanta Opera chorus member (2010-2011).
Awards/Residencies: Banff Centre Opera as Theatre Program (2009 & 2012).
Education: Boston University Opera Institute (2016-2018), Loyola University New Orleans (M.M. Voice Performance), University of Minnesota-Duluth (B.A. Voice)