Meet our 2017 Chautauqua Opera Young Artists

Apprentice Artists

Chelsea Friedlander, Soprano

Chelsea Friedlander

This season at CHQ: Euridice in L'Orfeo and Soprano 1 in Hydrogen Jukebox
 
A New Jersey native, Ms. Friedlander’s 2016-2017 season included: Dayton Philharmonic debut; Soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, debut as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Dayton Opera) and debut as Frasquita in Carmen (Resident Artist Program, Dayton Opera), and Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone with Light Opera of New Jersey. Performance highlights: Ohio Light Opera Company, Saratoga Opera, Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance, Opera in the Ozarks, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Light Opera of New York and Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live! Consecutive Encouragement Award Winner at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Connecticut District). Ms. Friedlander is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. M.M. Manhattan School of Music, B.M. Cleveland Institute of Music. www.chelseafriedlander.com
 

Arnold Livingston Geis, Tenor

 Arnold Livingston GeisThis season at CHQ: Apollo in L'Orfeo and Ernesto in Don Pasquale

Mr. Geis graduated in May 2014 with an MM in vocal arts from USC and immediately began working as a full-time professional singer making a career in TV and film soundtracks, concert, and on the opera/theater stage. Recent debuts include numerous solo performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Other performances include Candide and Fallujah with Long Beach Opera. He made his mainstage debut with LA Opera under the baton of Placido Domingo and closed their 2016-17 season singing Parpignol in La Boheme with conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Arnold debuted as a guest soloist for Beethoven's missa solemnis with the LA Master Chorale in January and Beethoven's 9th with Pasadena Symphony in April. In 2016, Arnold won the LA district of the Met competition and shortly after, made his company debut at New York City Opera as Corpsman Harris in the East coast premier of Fallujah. Geis made his national television debut on America's Got Talent in 2015 and has since sung for TV and film soundtracks including American Crime, Godzilla, Sing, and Star Wars: Rogue One. www.arnoldlivingstongeis.com
 

Helen Hassinger, Soprano

 Helen HassingerThis season at CHQ: Nymph/Spirit 3 in L'Orfeo and Soprano II in Hydrogen Jukebox 

Ms. Hassinger's roles include the title role in Emmeline, Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Soprano II (Hydrogen Jukebox), St. Francis' Trainer (Vinkensport...or the Finch Opera), and The Angel (Angels in America). Other projects include the title role (cover) in the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake, as part of the Ouroboros Trilogy presented by Beth Morrison Projects. A graduate of St. Olaf College (BA) in Northfield, MN and Boston University (MM), she continues her development at the Boston University Opera Institute, where she studies with Dr. Lynn Eustis. Ms. Hassinger is also a classically trained violinist, formerly studying under Dr. Andrea Een (St. Olaf College) and Busya Lugovier (Viterbo University). A native of Wisconsin, Ms. Hassinger currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Before moving to the East Coast, she spent five years in Minneapolis as a corporate sales analyst. www.helenhassinger.com
 

Natalie Rose Havens, Mezzo-soprano

 Natalie Rose HavensThis season at CHQ: Shepherd 3/Spirit 2 in L'Orfeo and Mezzo in Hydrogen Jukebox

Ms. Havens was most recently seen as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with Daniel Cardona Opera in New York City. This past summer she was seem performing as The Marquise of Berkenfield in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment with Opera North. Natalie has also been seen as the Old Prioress in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites with UNCG Opera and the title role in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier with Harrower Opera. Other roles include Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, Harriett in The Clever Artifice of Harriett and Margaret (Scenes Competition Winner for National Opera Association), Scribe/Maria Magdalena in Phillip Glass’s Galileo Galilei, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dolly in Hello, Dolly!, and Marian Paroo in The Music Man. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from The Florida State University and a masters degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
 

Mario Diaz-Moresco, Baritone

 Mario Diaz MorescoThis season at CHQ: Chorus/L'Orfeo(cover) in L'Orfeo, Malatesta (cover) in Don Pasquale, and Baritone in Hydrogen Jukebox

Mr. Diaz-Moresco is garnering attention for his versatility and strong stage presence in both Opera and Art Song. Mr. Diaz-Moresco studied at the University of Colorado and the University of Southern California. He has been a young artist with Central City Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival and a Stern Fellow at Songfest. Roles include Papageno, Guglielmo, Schaunard, Joseph De Rocher, Mercutio, Sid and Silvio. An active recitalist, his Art Song repertoire includes works by Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Poulenc, Beethoven, Bolcom and Musto. In recent seasons, Mr. Diaz-Moresco has given recitals with pianist Spencer Myer on California’s “InConcert Sierra” series, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, and the Rocky River Chamber Music Society of Ohio. Passionate about new music, Mr. Diaz-Moresco has premiered Laura M. Kramer’s song cycle The Miracle of the Walking Fish, for voice and guitar, Julia Adolphe’s opera Sylvia, and John and Abigail by Ben Moore. In 2016, Mr. Diaz-Moresco was invited to the Professional Studies Diploma program at Mannes School of Music, where he studies with Diana Soviero and played the lead role in Robert Ashley’s Dust under the music direction of Joan La Barbara. www.mariodiazmoresco.com
 

Evan Ross, Bass-Baritone

 Evan RossThis season at CHQ: Pluto in L'Orfeo, Don Pasquale (cover) in Don Pasquale, and Bass in Hydrogen Jukebox

Originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Mr. Ross is quickly making a name for himself in the operatic world. This season Mr. Ross will be seen as Falstaff with Opera Modo in Detroit. Recent credits include Benoit/ Alcindoro in La Boheme with Madison Opera and Selim (cover) in Il Turco in Italia with Opera Sothwest. Last season, Mr. Ross joinined the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist Program singing Sid in La Fanciulla del West. He was also a member of the OperaIowa touring troup singing Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola and Osmin in The Billy Goat’s Gruff. Previously Mr. Ross made his debut with Opera Grand Rapids as Dancairo in Carmen and with Opera Modo as Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte. Mr. Ross was an Apprentice Artist with Michigan Opera Theater where he sang Marquis D’obigny in La Traviata and the First Immigration Officer in A View From the Bridge. Mr. Ross received his Masters of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory. www.evan-ross.com
 

Laura Soto-Bayomi, Soprano

 Laura Soto BayomiThis season at CHQ: Chorus in L'Orfeo, Norina in Don Pasquale

Ms. Soto-Bayomi, a New Jersey native, has spent the past two seasons as a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera, and was most recently seen as Peep Bo in The Mikado and Soprano I in Song from the Uproar. As the Governess in The Turn of the Screw at Bard College, she “portrayed a conflicted character with expert conviction.” (The Millbrook Independent). Other roles include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus,, Climene in L’Egisto, and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. In 2014, she performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of Maestro Ádám Fischer. In concert, Laura has sung the soprano solos in De Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos, and selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the New England Conservatory Symphony under the direction of Hugh Wolff in Jordan Hall. Laura was a New England District Finalist in the 2015 Metropolitan National Council Auditions and a finalist in the 2014 NJ State Opera “Silipigni” Vocal Competition. As the 2012 winner of the Orchestral Performance Award from the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy, Laura performed as a soloist with the Vermont Philharmonic. Laura holds degrees from Bard College Conservatory (MM ’15) and New England Conservatory of Music (’13.) www.laurasoto-bayomi.com
 

Eric Wassenaar, Tenor

 Eric WassenaarThis season at CHQ: Shepherd 1/Spirit 1 in L'Orfeo, Tenor in Hydrogen Jukebox

Mr. Wassenaar is a native of South Dakota graduated with a master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Colorado Boulder. There he performed the roles of Mr. Snow in Carousel, Sam Polk in Susannah, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and was a featured soloist in Leonard Berstein’s Mass. In 2010 he performed the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflote with The Opera Theatre of the Rockies and again in 2012 with The Sounds of South Dakota. Eric earned his bachelor’s degree at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As a 2013 Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist at Sugar Creek Opera he sang Lenny in Of Mice and Men and Sam in Susannah. In 2014 he was seen as Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking with DePaul University opera, Alfredo in La Traviata with the South Shore Opera Company, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with the Sounds of South Dakota.

 

 

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)

Stephen Clark, Bass

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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 Narrator/Voltaire/Pangloss in Candide
Past Chautauqua Opera Company credits: 2015 Studio Artist, Assassin/Chorus/Doctor(cover) in Macbeth, Chorus/Zaretsky(cover)/Captain(cover) in Eugene Onegin
 
Select credits: Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso), The Bear (Luka), and Le pauvre matelot (Son Beau-Pere) with Yale Opera, The Burning Fiery Furnace (Azarias), Tosca (Angelotti), The Ballad of Baby Doe (A Politician), The Impresario (Irving D. Geltman), and Carmen (Zuniga cover) with Central City Opera, Samson et Dalila (Second Philistine) and La bohème (Schaunard) with Tulsa Opera, Hamlet (Ghost of King Hamlet) and La traviata (Dottore Grenvil) with Fort Worth Festival Opera.
Awards/Residencies: Central City Apprentice Artist (2016, 2017),  Tulsa Opera Studio Artist (2015-2016), Sarasota Apprentice Artist (2014).
Education: Yale University (MMA in Vocal Performance)
 

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

John Riesen

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)

 

 

 

Meet our 2019 Young Artists

Gabrielle Beteag, Mezzo-Soprano

Gabrielle Beteag

This season at CHQ: Woman with Hat/Duchess in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: The Ballad of Baby Doe (Augusta Tabor), Dialogues des Carmélites (Madame de Croissy), and The Consul (Secretary) with Harrower Opera; A Little Night Music (Charlotte Malcolm), Albert Herring (Lady Billows), and The Mikado (Katisha) at Georgia State University; The Marriage of Figaro (Countess) at the University of West Georgia.
Awards/Residencies: District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Georgia District, 2018), Semi-finalist in the Mildred Miller Vocal Competition (2018), Grand Prize winner of the Kristin Lewis Vocal Scholarship Competition (2018), Winner of the Georgia State University Brumby Concerto Competition (2018), Graduate Division winner of the Opera Guild for Atlanta Scholarship Competition (2017), Finalist and recipient of the Bellini Award in the Orpheus Vocal Competition (2017), Semi-finalist in the NATS Classical Competition (Southeastern Region, 2017).
Education: Georgia State University (M.M. Vocal Performance), University of West Georgia (B.M. Voice Performance).
Website/Professional Page: facebook.com/mezzogabrielle
 
 

Cristina María Castro, Soprano

Cristina Maria Castro

This season at CHQ: Gossip 1 in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Turn of the Screw (Miles cover) with The Dallas Opera; We Might be Struck by Lightning (Cristina María) with Local Opera Local Artists; Gianni Schicci (Nella) and Suor Angelica (Suor Dolcina) with Utah Festival Opera; Così fan tutte (Despina) and The Ballad of Baby Doe (Baby Doe cover) with Janiec Opera Company; Francesca da Rimini (Francesca) with Russian Opera Workshop; Suor Angelica (Suor Genovieffa), Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta), and Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) with Texas Christian University Opera; Bright is the Ring of Words (Catherine) with New York Theater Festival; Oklahoma! (Kate) and Guys and Dolls (Agatha) with Theatre Under the Stars; West Side Story (Maria) with Seagle Music Colony; Frontiers Showcase Concerts: excerpts from Escobar, Diana Vreeland, La Reina, and Fertile Ground with Fort Worth Opera, Chorus member at The Dallas Opera (2015-2018) and Fort Worth Opera (2014-2016).
Awards/Residencies: Finalist in the Michael Ballam Concorso Lirico (2016), Semi-finalist in the Brava! Opera Theatre Annual Vocal Competition (2016), Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Little Rock District, 2015); Utah Festival Opera & Music Theatre Festival Artist (2016).
Education: Texas Christian University (Artist Diploma), The Ohio State University (M.M. Vocal Performance), Trinity University (B.M. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: www.cristinamariacastro.com
 
 

Lindsey Chinn, Soprano

Lindsey Chinn

This season at CHQ: Gossip 2 and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: Street Scene (Anne Maurrant) with Mannes Opera; Rigoletto (Countess Ceprano) with Lighthouse Opera; My Opera Nemesis (Beth; *World Premiere), Acis and Galatea (Galatea), and Hydrogen Jukebox (Soprano 1) with Carnegie Mellon Opera; Thea Musgrave 90th Birthday Concert (soloist).
Awards/Residencies: Studio Artist with IVAI New York (2018), Lieder Studio member at AIMS in Graz (2016).
Education: Mannes School of Music (M.M. Vocal Performance), Carnegie Mellon University (BFA Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: lindseychinnsoprano.com
 
 

Michael Colman, Bass-Baritone

Michael Colman
This season at CHQ: Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant of Police/Pirate King cover) with Dayton Opera; La bohème (Schaunard), Star-Crossed Lovers workshop (Friar Laurence), and South Pacific (Emile de Becque cover) with Indianapolis Opera; Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo cover) with Charlottesville Opera; Rigoletto (Ceprano/Sparafucile cover) with Toledo Opera; Il barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio performing cover) and Seven Deadly Sins (Mother cover) with Virginia Opera; Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso performing cover) with Ash Lawn Opera; The Picture of Dorian Gray (Butler) with Opera Fayetteville; Don Giovanni (Leporello) with Janiec Opera Company; Madama Butterfly (Commissioner) with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; The Music Man (Olin Britt), Seussical the Musical (Wickersham/Yertle), Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant cover), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Judge Frollo cover) with Utah Festival Opera.
Awards/Residencies: Finalist in Concorso Lirico International Opera Competition (2017), Grand Prize in the Kristin Lewis Foundation Competition (2016); Indianapolis Resident Artist (2018), Toledo Opera Resident Artists (2017), Utah Festival Opera & Music Theatre Festival Artist (2017), Virginia Opera Emerging Artist (2016), Lyric Opera of Kansas City Apprentice Artist (2014).
Education: University of Kansas (M.M. Opera), Baylor University (B.M. Vocal Performance)

Website/Professional Page: michaelcolman.com

 

Matthew Cossack, Baritone

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This season at CHQ: Paul Conti in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: Eugene Onegin (Onegin), Hansel und Gretel (Peter), and Die Zauberflöte (Sprecher) with Yale Opera; Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro cover) and The Other Euridice (Pluto) with Music Academy of the West; Candide (Maximillian) with Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra; Fidelio (Don Pizzaro cover) with The Princeton Festival; Carmen (Dancairo) with Quisisana Theater; Vanessa (Old Doctor), Così fan Tutte (Don Alfonso), Little Women (John Brooke/Gideon), and L’elisir d’amore (Belcore) with Mannes Opera.
Awards/Residencies: Finalist in the Opera Index Competition (2018), Regional Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Connecticut region, 2018), Winner of the Lotte Lenya Scholarship from Yale University (2018), Mannes College Career Grant Recipient (2017).
Education: Yale University School of Music (M.M.A.), Mannes School of Music (M.M.), Purchase College (B.M.).
 
 

Blake Friedman, Tenor

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This season at CHQ: Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Stinney (Jimmy Smith; *Premiere Reading) with PROTOTYPE Festival; Morning Star (Irving Tashman) with On Site Opera; Der Ring des Polykrates (Florian cover) and Hart Institute for Women Conductors Concerts with The Dallas Opera; Otello (Iago) with Loft Opera; L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino), Turandot (Pang), and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Conte Almaviva) with St. Petersburg Opera; The Leopard (Tancredi) with American Opera Projects; The Impresario (Mr. Angelgelt) with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theatre; La Traviata (Alfredo) with Long Island Opera; Il Cambiale di Matrimonio (Edward Milfort) and Clairmonde (Gondolier) with Phoenicia Festival of the Voice; The Rivals (Nicholas) and La Bohème (Rodolfo) with Bronx Opera; She (Leo, *Premiere Reading) at Symphony Space; Transformations (Tenor 6 cover) as a Guest Artist for The Juilliard School; Les Noces/West Side Story Suite (Tony/Tenor Soloist cover) with New York City Ballet; Saul (Jonathan) and The Story of St. Francis (Francis) with Canterbury Choral Society.
Awards/Residencies:  Semi-Finalist in Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition (2018), Semi-Finalist in Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Competition (2017), Winner of a grant from The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Finalist in The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition (2013), Top 10 Finalist in the Arkadi Foundation Opera Idol Competition (2013); American Opera Projects’ Composers & the Voice Fellowship (Resident Tenor 2015-2016 & 2017-2018),  Ash Lawn Opera Young Artist (2012-2013), Castleton Artist Training Seminar (2011), Bel Canto at Caramoor (2009-2019), OperaWorks (2008).
Education: Manhattan School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma, M.M.), Eastman School of Music (B.M.).
Website/Professional Page: BlakeFriedmanTenor.wordpress.com
 
 

Yazid Gray, Baritone

Yazid Gray

This season at CHQ: Fiorello and Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Eugene Onegin (Zaretski/Onegin cover) and The Crucible (Thomas Putnam/John Proctor cover), and La Bohème (Schaunard) with Opera Santa Barbara; La Fanciulla del West (Bello) with Maryland Lyric Opera; Three Decembers (Charlie) and Le nozze di Figaro (Il Conte cover/Chorus) with Opera Maine; Porgy and Bess (Frazier/Undertaker-University Musical Society), Dinner at Eight (Oliver Jordan), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), and Roméo et Juliette (Mercutio) at University of Michigan; Pagliacci (Silvio), Albert Herring (Sid), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Hermann), and Cinderella (Dandini/King – Outreach Program) with Opera in the Ozarks; Speed Dating Tonight! (Dater 11/22) with Intimate Opera of Indianapolis; Little Women (John Brooke) at DePauw University.
Awards/Residencies: Mary Prudie Brown PNP Award in the National Federation of Music Clubs competition (2016), Fitzpatrick Opera Department Award at DePauw University (2016), Shirley Verrett Award in the Harold Haugh Vocal Competition (2014); Chrisman Studio Artist at Opera Santa Barbara (2018-2019), Studio Artist at Opera Maine (2018), Emerging Artist/Studio Artist with Opera in the Ozarks (2016/2015).
Education: University of Michigan (M.M. Vocal Performance), DePauw University (B.M. Vocal Performance).
 
 

Brian Jeffers, Tenor

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This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: Carmen (El Remendado) at Axelrod Performing Arts Center; Trouble in Tahiti (Boy 1) with Aspen Opera Center; Cracked Orlando (Medoro) as a Guest Artist at The Juilliard School; Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers (Mercury/Trader 1; *World Premiere) with Casa Italiana in NYC; Sir John in Love (Slender) with Bronx Opera; La Favorita (chorus) with New Amsterdam Opera; L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino) and Owen Wingrave (Lechmere) with ASU Lyric Opera Theatre; Albert Herring (Mayor Upfold) and Die Zauberflöte (Monostatos) with UNL Opera.
Awards/Residencies: District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Nebraska District), Felder Voice Fellowship at Aspen Music Festival.
Education: Arizona State University (M.M. Music Theatre-Opera), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.M. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: BrianJeffersTenor.com
 

Edwin Joseph, Baritone

Edwin Joseph

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Babayan in ¡Figaro! (90210), and Wilhelm in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: La Fedeltà Premiata (Count Perruchetto) with the Royal Opera House (Mumbai)/Giving Voice Society; L’enfant et les sortilèges (La bergère Louis XV/L’horloge comtoise), El Retablo de Maese Pedro (Don Quixote), and La Vida Breve (Sarvaor) with The Neemrana Music Foundation; Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) with Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Program; The ThreePenny Opera (Jake/Messenger/Street Performer) with Aadyam Theatre Festival/Motley Productions; Beauty and the Beast (Beast) with Disney India National Tour; Session singer for TV and film (under directors Amit Trivedi, AR Rehman, and Pritam); Studio Artist for Voice overs/dubbing (including Hindi singing dub of the 2018 film Coco).
Awards/Residencies: Julia Havemeyer Scholarship and Fellowship (Yale), Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholar, Francis Wacziarg Prize (India).
Education: Yale School of Music (M.M. Opera Performance), St. Stephen’s College (Delhi, India; B.A. Economics)
 
 

Seunghee Lee, Bass

Seunghee Lee

This season at CHQ: Officer and Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Atzuko in ¡Figaro! (90210), and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) with Canto Vocal Program (Louisville) and Miami Music Festival, Dead Man Walking (Inmate) with Miami Music Festival; Falstaff (Pistola cover), Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Die Zauberflöte (Sprecher), Little Women (Gideon March), Gianni Schicchi (Simone), Dialogues des Carmèlites (First Official/Jailer), and La Bohème (Colline) at Butler Opera Center (University of Texas at Austin).
Awards/Residencies: Audience award at the Soma International Foundation Inc. Lois Alba Aria Competition (2017), Fourth prize at the Schubert Lied Competition (2011).
Education: The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. Opera Performance, M.M. Voice Performance), YonSei University (Seoul, Korea; B.M. Voice Performance).

 

Laura León, Soprano

Laura Leon
This season at CHQ: Susana in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Olympia, Antonia, & Giulietta) with Opera Orlando; Don Pasquale (Norina) with Gulfshore Opera; The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night) with Williamsburg Opera, Orchestra Miami, and Miami Summer Festival; The Magic Flute (Pamina) with Opera Louisiane; Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta) and Duelling Divas (Lola) with Opera Fusion; Un Ballo in Maschera (Oscar cover), Before Night Falls (Mother of peasant), Carmen (Freasquita), The Passenger (Yvette cover), and Don Pasquale (Norina cover) with Florida Grand Opera; Egmont (Clara) with Palm Beach Symphony.
Awards/Residencies: Finalist in the Jensen Foundation Competition (2018), District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Florida District; 2018), First place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition (Florida District; 2018), Second place in the St. Petersburg Opera Competition (2018), First Place in Zarzuela de Las Americas competition (2015); Florida Grand Opera Resident Artist (2015-2017).
Education: Florida International University (M.M. Vocal Performance), Nyack College (B.A. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: Www.LauraMartinezLeon.com
 
 

Jordan Loyd, Tenor

Jordan Loyd

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Marquis in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: La Calisto (Il satirino) with CCM Opera Workshop; L’ile de Tulipatan (Hermosa) with CCM Summer Opera Bootcamp; Rigoletto (Borsa cover) with Toledo Opera; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute/Thisbe) and Die Zauberflöte (abridged; Tamino) with the University of Toledo Opera; Johannespassionen (by Sixten; Evangelist) with CCM Wind Symphony.
Education:
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), Ohio Northern University (B.M.).
Website/Professional Page: jordanloydtenor.com
 
 

Quinn Middleman, Mezzo-Soprano

Quinn Middleman

This season at CHQ: Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: 2018 Studio Artist: Chorus in Don Giovanni, Chorus and The Old Lady (cover) in Candide.
 
Select credits: The Scarlet Ibis (Mother), Iolanta (Marta cover), Elizabeth Cree (Doris), The Perfect American (Lillian Disney cover), The Fairy Queen (Herman cover), and Le vin herbé (Alto Soloist) with Chicago Opera Theater; Suor Angelica (Alms Sister/Zelatrice cover) with St. Petersburg Opera; The Fairy Queen (Ensemble) at Long Beach Opera; the world premiere of The Great God Pan (Rachel cover) with Chicago Fringe Opera; Mavra (Mother) with Roosevelt University; Ariane et Bachus (Songe) with Haymarket Opera; The Burning Fiery Furnace (Entertainer) and Così fan tutte (Dorabella cover) with Central City Opera; Ariodante (Ariodante) with Northwestern's Chamber Opera Initiative; Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah), and Dead Man Walking (Sister Helen) with Northwestern Opera; Philip Glass' A Madrigal Opera (Alto Soloist) with the LA Phil Minimalist Jukebox Festival.
Awards/Residencies: St. Petersburg Opera Emerging Artist (2019), Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist (2016-2018), Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artist and John & Ginny Starkey Award winner at Central City Opera (2017), District Winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Wisconsin District, 2017), Marillyn Zacharis Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Arts Program (2015 & 2016), Marc & Eva Stern Junior Fellowship at SongFest (2014).
Education: Chicago College of Performing Arts (Professional Diploma), Northwestern University-Bienen School of Music (M.M. Voice, Eckstein Full Tuition Grant), University of Southern California-Thornton School of Music (B.M. Vocal Arts/B.M. Oboe Performance)
Website/Professional Page: quinnmiddleman.com

 

Jesús Vicente Murillo, Baritone

Jesús Vicente Murillo

This season at CHQ: Figaro in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: Studio Artist 2014: Il Registrario/Chorus in Madam Butterfly, Fourth Washington Dandy in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Alex in Alice and Alex in Opera-Land.
 
Select credits: Die Zauberflöte (Second Priest/Papageno cover), The Little Prince (The Businessman/Hunter/Baobab), Candide (The Captain/Crook/Judge Gomez), Romèo et Juliette (Gregorio), Die Fledermaus (Frank cover), Moby Dick (Captain Gardiner/Spanish Sailor), and Freeze Frame: The Elixir of Love (Belcore) with Utah Opera; Rigoletto (Il Conte Ceprano and Monterone covers) and Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim cover) with Charlottesville Opera; Cyrano (L’Inconnu) and La Fanciulla del West (José Castro) with Michigan Opera Theatre; The Final Battle for Love (Bob Noxious) with Thompson Street Opera; La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico) with Opera Louisiane; Fidelio (Zweiter Gefangener cover) with Bel Canto at Caramoor; The Face on the Barroom Floor (Tom/John) and Gianni Schicchi (Simone Donati) with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; Handel’s Messiah with Utah Symphony Orchestra.
Awards/Residencies: Utah Opera Resident Artist (2018-2019), Charlottesville Opera Young Artist (2017), Fargo-Moorhead Opera Young Artist (2016), Opera Saratoga Apprentice Artist (2015).
Education: McGill University (M.M. Opera and Voice Performance), University of Michigan (B.M. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: jesusvmurillo.com
 
 

Scott Purcell, Baritone

Scott Purcell

This season at CHQ: Ambrogio and Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) with Annapolis Opera; The Tragedy of Carmen (Escamillo), Glory Denied (Older Thompson), La bohème (Marcello), L’heure espagnole (Ramiro), and Hydrogen Jukebox (Baritone) with Tri-Cities Opera; Hansel and Gretel (Peter) and L’elisir d’amore (Belcore) with CoOPERAtive; The Long Walk (Brian cover; *world premiere and workshop) with Opera Saratoga/American Lyric Theater(workshop) and The Cradle Will Rock (Dauber; recorded on Bridge Records) with Opera Saratoga; Roscoe (Roscoe Conway; *world premiere) with Seagle Music Colony; La Cenerentola (Dandini cover and family performance) with Palm Beach Opera; St. Matthew Passion (Pontius Pilate) with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Awards/Residencies: Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist (2016-2018), Opera Saratoga Apprentice Artist (2015, 2017), Seagle Music Colony Young Artist (2016), CoOPERAtive Fellow (2014), Palm Beach Opera Young Artist (2012-2013).
Education: Westminster Choir College (M.M. Voice Performance and Pedagogy/B.M. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: scottpurcellbaritone.com
 
 
 

Sidney Ragland, Tenor

Sidney Ragland

This season at CHQ: Bernard Curson (aka L'il B-Man) in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: Studio Artist 2018: Chorus and Don Ottavio (cover) in Don Giovanni; Chorus in Candide.
 
Select credits: Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) with Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute; Il barbiere di Siviglia (Count Almaviva cover) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Arturo cover) with Opera San José; Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Journaliste/Le Fils cover), Mavra (Hussar, Mavra cover), Mansfield Park (Henry Crawford), The Fairy Queen (Tenor soloist), L'elisir d'amore (Nemorino), Postcard from Morocco (Man with a Suitcase), Così fan tutte (Ferrando), and She Loves Me (Arpad Laszlo) with San Francisco Conservatory.
Awards/Residencies: 2nd Place winner at the Burlingame Music Club Competition (2012), Finalist at the East Bay Opera League Competition (2011), 2nd Place winner at the Pacific Musical Society Competition (2010); Bay Area Summe Opera Theater Institute (2012), IVAI Young Artist Program-Virginia(2013)/ Montréal(2014).
Education: San Francisco Conservatory (Postgraduate Diploma, M.M. Vocal Performance, B.M. Vocal Performance).
 
 
 

Patrick Dean Shelton, Tenor

Patrick Dean Shelton

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Basel in ¡Figaro! (90210), and Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: 2018 Studio Artist: Eddie Pensier in The Bremen Town Musicians (Opera Education Program), Chorus in Don Giovanni, Judge #1/Chorus and Prefect (cover) in Candide.
 
Select credits: Dialogues of the Carmelites (L'Aumônier), Die Zauberflöte (Monostatos), and Die Fledermaus (Dr. Blind) with New England Conservatory; Sweeney Todd (Beadle), Albert Herring (Mayor Upfold), Falstaff (Dr. Caius), and The Merry Widow (St. Brioche) with Brevard Music Center; Damn Yankees (Lola) and Le nozze di Figaro (Don Curzio) with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; Il Pigmalione/Rita (Pigmalione/Beppe covers), The Perfect American (Wilhelm Dantine cover), The Fairy-Queen (Demetrius cover), and The Love Potion (Tenor 1) with Chicago Opera Theater; Mavra (Hussar) with Roosevelt University.
Awards/Residencies: The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall (2017), Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist (2016-2018), Music Academy of the West (2016), Opera Theater of Pittsburgh  Young Artist (2015), Brevard Music Center (2014, 2013), SongFest (2012).
Education: Roosevelt University-Chicago College of Performing Arts (Professional Diploma), New England Conservatory (Graduate Diploma, B.M.)
Website/Professional Page: facebook.com/pdstenor
 
 

Kaitlyn Stavinoha, Soprano

Kaitlyn Stavinoha

This season at CHQ: Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: L’elisir d’amore (Adina), Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), The Velveteen Rabbit (Nursery Fairy/Soldier/Rabbit) with Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go!; Carousel (1st Heavenly Friend/Ensemble) and Elektra (Trainbearer) with Houston Grand Opera; Trial by Jury (The Plaintiff) and The Gondoliers (Gianetta) with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston; Un ballo in maschera (Oscar) with Opera in the Heights; L’Italiana in Algeri (Elvira) and Actéon (Actéon) with Operativo Houston; Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche de la Force) with EaDo Lyric Theatre; La fille du regiment (Marie) with Waco Symphony Orchestra; Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) and Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna) with Opera NEO; La Traviata (Annina) with SOMA International Foundation.
Awards/Residencies: District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Houston District, 2014), Second place in the San Antonio Tuesday Music Club Young Artists Competition (2015), Honorable Mention in the Young Texas Artists Music Competition (2015), Finalist and Award Winner in the Lois Alba Aria Competition (2015 & 2013).
Education: Baylor University (M.M. Vocal Performance), Oklahoma City University (B.M. Vocal Performance)
Website/Professional Page: KaitlynStavinoha.com
 
 

James Stevens, Tenor

James Stevens

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Leon and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Count Almaviva cover) and Die Fledermaus (Alfred) with Opera in the Ozarks; Albert Herring (Albert Herring), Iolanthe (Lord Tolloler), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Kaspar) with George Mason Opera Theater; Die Zauberflöte (Tamino) with Bethesda Summer Music Festival.
Awards/Residencies: Artist Grant from Radio Artist Foundation St. Louis (2015), Buder Foundation Scholarship winner (2012-2014), First Place in the NATS Auditions (Central Region, 2014), Crescendo Young Artist Scholarship winner from Union Avenue Opera (2014); Bach Society of St. Louis Young Artist (2015-2016), Union Avenue Opera Crescendo Program (2014), Opera Theatre St. Louis’ Artist-in-Training (2010-2011).
Education: George Mason University (M.M. Vocal Performance), Webster University (B.M. Vocal Performance).
 

Natalie Trumm, Soprano

Natalie Trumm

This season at CHQ: Barbara Conti in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Florestine and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: 2018 Studio Artist: Chorus in Don Giovanni, Chorus and Cunegonde (cover) in Candide.
 
Select credits: A Full Moon in March (Attendant II) and Candide (Cunegonde) with Bard Conservatory of Music; Die Zauberflöte (Queen of Night), Dido and Aeneas (Dido), Trial by Jury (Angelina), The Old Maid and the Thief (Laetitia), and L'enfant et les sortilèges (Chorus) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Carousel (Julie Jordan) and The Music Man (Marian Paroo) with American Gothic Performing Arts Festival.
Awards/Residencies: Semi-finalist in the Classical Singer Competition (2016), First Place winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (Wisconsin, 4th & 5th Year Women (2015)/Freshman Women(2012)).
Education: Bard Conservatory of Music (M.M. Vocal Performance), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.M. Vocal Performance).
 
 

Timothi Williams, Mezzo-Soprano

Timothi Williams

This season at CHQ: Donna Curson in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Dido and Aeneas (Dido) with Atlantic Music Festival; Alcina (Ruggiero), Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Pélleas et Mélisande (Mélisande), and Little Women (Jo March) with Penn State Opera; Carmen (Mercedes) with Undercroft Opera; Hansel and Gretel (Hansel) and The Magic Flute (Third Lady) with West Liberty University Opera.
Awards/Residencies: First Place winner in the NATS Tri-State Competition, Semi-Finalist in the NATS Eastern Region Competition.
Education: Penn State University (Professional Performance Certificate, M.M. Voice Pedagogy and Performance), West Liberty University (B.M. Vocal Performance).
 
 
 

Lauren Yokabaskas, Soprano

Lauren Yokabaskas

This season at CHQ: Roxanne Conti in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Rosina in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) with Berlin Opera Academy; Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess), Vanessa (Vanessa), Flight (Tina), and Il Postino (Matilde Neruda) with Mannes Opera; Goyescas (Rosario) with Bare Opera; Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde), Hansel and Gretel (Gertrude & Die Knusperhexe), Cendrillon (Noémie), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother) with Purchase Opera.
Awards/Residencies: Elizabeth Luxon Memorial Scholarship from the Berlin Opera Academy (2018), Mannes College Provost and Graduate Scholarships (2013-2017), Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Prize (Portland Rossini Club, 2012), Berlin Opera Academy Young Artist Program (2018).
Education: Mannes School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma, M.M. Vocal Performance), Purchase College (B.M. Vocal Performance and Opera Studies).
Website/Professional Page: laurenyokabaskas.com
 
 

Antona C Yost, Mezzo-Soprano

Antona C Yost

This season at CHQ: Cherubino and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: La Cenerentola (Angelina) with Opera MODO; La descente d’Orphee aux enfers (Enone) and Higher Ground (Hattie) with University of Michigan Opera; La clemenza di Tito (Annio) with USC Opera; La liberazione di Ruggiero (Melissa) and Hippolyte et Aricie (Diane) with The Chamber Opera of USC; Ordo Virtutum (Humilitas) with the University of Utah.
Awards/Residencies: National Semi-Finalist in the Classical Singer Competition (2011 & 2017), USC Trustee Scholarship Recipient (2013).
Education: University of Michigan (M.M. Voice Performance), University of Southern California (B.M. Voice Performance).
 

 

Wan Zhao, Mezzo-Soprano

Wan Zhao WEB

This season at CHQ: Ms. Soon-Yi Nam in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Gossip 3 and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Eugene Onegin (Olga), Vanessa (Erika), Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), and The Rake’s Progress (Baba the Turk) with Mannes Opera; Suor Angelica (Infermiera) with the Martina Arroyo Foundation; Hansel and Gretel (Hansel) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre; The Ghosts of Versailles (Cherubino) with Miami Music Festival.
Awards/Residencies: Semi-Finalist in the Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition (2018), Martina Arroyo Foundation Young Artist (2017), Miami Music Festival (2018).
Education: Mannes School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma, M.M. Voice Performance), Shanghai Conservatory of Music (B.M. Voice Performance).
 

Meet our 2019 Young Artists

Gabrielle Beteag, Mezzo-Soprano

Gabrielle Beteag

This season at CHQ: Woman with Hat/Duchess in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: The Ballad of Baby Doe (Augusta Tabor), Dialogues des Carmélites (Madame de Croissy), and The Consul (Secretary) with Harrower Opera; A Little Night Music (Charlotte Malcolm), Albert Herring (Lady Billows), and The Mikado (Katisha) at Georgia State University; The Marriage of Figaro (Countess) at the University of West Georgia.
Awards/Residencies: District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Georgia District, 2018), Semi-finalist in the Mildred Miller Vocal Competition (2018), Grand Prize winner of the Kristin Lewis Vocal Scholarship Competition (2018), Winner of the Georgia State University Brumby Concerto Competition (2018), Graduate Division winner of the Opera Guild for Atlanta Scholarship Competition (2017), Finalist and recipient of the Bellini Award in the Orpheus Vocal Competition (2017), Semi-finalist in the NATS Classical Competition (Southeastern Region, 2017).
Education: Georgia State University (M.M. Vocal Performance), University of West Georgia (B.M. Voice Performance).
Website/Professional Page: facebook.com/mezzogabrielle
 
 

Cristina María Castro, Soprano

Cristina Maria Castro

This season at CHQ: Gossip 1 in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Turn of the Screw (Miles cover) with The Dallas Opera; We Might be Struck by Lightning (Cristina María) with Local Opera Local Artists; Gianni Schicci (Nella) and Suor Angelica (Suor Dolcina) with Utah Festival Opera; Così fan tutte (Despina) and The Ballad of Baby Doe (Baby Doe cover) with Janiec Opera Company; Francesca da Rimini (Francesca) with Russian Opera Workshop; Suor Angelica (Suor Genovieffa), Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta), and Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) with Texas Christian University Opera; Bright is the Ring of Words (Catherine) with New York Theater Festival; Oklahoma! (Kate) and Guys and Dolls (Agatha) with Theatre Under the Stars; West Side Story (Maria) with Seagle Music Colony; Frontiers Showcase Concerts: excerpts from Escobar, Diana Vreeland, La Reina, and Fertile Ground with Fort Worth Opera, Chorus member at The Dallas Opera (2015-2018) and Fort Worth Opera (2014-2016).
Awards/Residencies: Finalist in the Michael Ballam Concorso Lirico (2016), Semi-finalist in the Brava! Opera Theatre Annual Vocal Competition (2016), Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Little Rock District, 2015); Utah Festival Opera & Music Theatre Festival Artist (2016).
Education: Texas Christian University (Artist Diploma), The Ohio State University (M.M. Vocal Performance), Trinity University (B.M. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: www.cristinamariacastro.com
 
 

Lindsey Chinn, Soprano

Lindsey Chinn

This season at CHQ: Gossip 2 and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: Street Scene (Anne Maurrant) with Mannes Opera; Rigoletto (Countess Ceprano) with Lighthouse Opera; My Opera Nemesis (Beth; *World Premiere), Acis and Galatea (Galatea), and Hydrogen Jukebox (Soprano 1) with Carnegie Mellon Opera; Thea Musgrave 90th Birthday Concert (soloist).
Awards/Residencies: Studio Artist with IVAI New York (2018), Lieder Studio member at AIMS in Graz (2016).
Education: Mannes School of Music (M.M. Vocal Performance), Carnegie Mellon University (BFA Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: lindseychinnsoprano.com
 
 

Michael Colman, Bass-Baritone

Michael Colman
This season at CHQ: Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant of Police/Pirate King cover) with Dayton Opera; La bohème (Schaunard), Star-Crossed Lovers workshop (Friar Laurence), and South Pacific (Emile de Becque cover) with Indianapolis Opera; Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo cover) with Charlottesville Opera; Rigoletto (Ceprano/Sparafucile cover) with Toledo Opera; Il barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio performing cover) and Seven Deadly Sins (Mother cover) with Virginia Opera; Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso performing cover) with Ash Lawn Opera; The Picture of Dorian Gray (Butler) with Opera Fayetteville; Don Giovanni (Leporello) with Janiec Opera Company; Madama Butterfly (Commissioner) with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; The Music Man (Olin Britt), Seussical the Musical (Wickersham/Yertle), Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant cover), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Judge Frollo cover) with Utah Festival Opera.
Awards/Residencies: Finalist in Concorso Lirico International Opera Competition (2017), Grand Prize in the Kristin Lewis Foundation Competition (2016); Indianapolis Resident Artist (2018), Toledo Opera Resident Artists (2017), Utah Festival Opera & Music Theatre Festival Artist (2017), Virginia Opera Emerging Artist (2016), Lyric Opera of Kansas City Apprentice Artist (2014).
Education: University of Kansas (M.M. Opera), Baylor University (B.M. Vocal Performance)

Website/Professional Page: michaelcolman.com

 

Matthew Cossack, Baritone

Matthew Cossack

This season at CHQ: Paul Conti in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: Eugene Onegin (Onegin), Hansel und Gretel (Peter), and Die Zauberflöte (Sprecher) with Yale Opera; Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro cover) and The Other Euridice (Pluto) with Music Academy of the West; Candide (Maximillian) with Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra; Fidelio (Don Pizzaro cover) with The Princeton Festival; Carmen (Dancairo) with Quisisana Theater; Vanessa (Old Doctor), Così fan Tutte (Don Alfonso), Little Women (John Brooke/Gideon), and L’elisir d’amore (Belcore) with Mannes Opera.
Awards/Residencies: Finalist in the Opera Index Competition (2018), Regional Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Connecticut region, 2018), Winner of the Lotte Lenya Scholarship from Yale University (2018), Mannes College Career Grant Recipient (2017).
Education: Yale University School of Music (M.M.A.), Mannes School of Music (M.M.), Purchase College (B.M.).
 
 

Blake Friedman, Tenor

Blake Friedman

This season at CHQ: Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Stinney (Jimmy Smith; *Premiere Reading) with PROTOTYPE Festival; Morning Star (Irving Tashman) with On Site Opera; Der Ring des Polykrates (Florian cover) and Hart Institute for Women Conductors Concerts with The Dallas Opera; Otello (Iago) with Loft Opera; L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino), Turandot (Pang), and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Conte Almaviva) with St. Petersburg Opera; The Leopard (Tancredi) with American Opera Projects; The Impresario (Mr. Angelgelt) with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theatre; La Traviata (Alfredo) with Long Island Opera; Il Cambiale di Matrimonio (Edward Milfort) and Clairmonde (Gondolier) with Phoenicia Festival of the Voice; The Rivals (Nicholas) and La Bohème (Rodolfo) with Bronx Opera; She (Leo, *Premiere Reading) at Symphony Space; Transformations (Tenor 6 cover) as a Guest Artist for The Juilliard School; Les Noces/West Side Story Suite (Tony/Tenor Soloist cover) with New York City Ballet; Saul (Jonathan) and The Story of St. Francis (Francis) with Canterbury Choral Society.
Awards/Residencies:  Semi-Finalist in Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition (2018), Semi-Finalist in Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Competition (2017), Winner of a grant from The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Finalist in The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition (2013), Top 10 Finalist in the Arkadi Foundation Opera Idol Competition (2013); American Opera Projects’ Composers & the Voice Fellowship (Resident Tenor 2015-2016 & 2017-2018),  Ash Lawn Opera Young Artist (2012-2013), Castleton Artist Training Seminar (2011), Bel Canto at Caramoor (2009-2019), OperaWorks (2008).
Education: Manhattan School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma, M.M.), Eastman School of Music (B.M.).
Website/Professional Page: BlakeFriedmanTenor.wordpress.com
 
 

Yazid Gray, Baritone

Yazid Gray

This season at CHQ: Fiorello and Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Eugene Onegin (Zaretski/Onegin cover) and The Crucible (Thomas Putnam/John Proctor cover), and La Bohème (Schaunard) with Opera Santa Barbara; La Fanciulla del West (Bello) with Maryland Lyric Opera; Three Decembers (Charlie) and Le nozze di Figaro (Il Conte cover/Chorus) with Opera Maine; Porgy and Bess (Frazier/Undertaker-University Musical Society), Dinner at Eight (Oliver Jordan), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), and Roméo et Juliette (Mercutio) at University of Michigan; Pagliacci (Silvio), Albert Herring (Sid), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Hermann), and Cinderella (Dandini/King – Outreach Program) with Opera in the Ozarks; Speed Dating Tonight! (Dater 11/22) with Intimate Opera of Indianapolis; Little Women (John Brooke) at DePauw University.
Awards/Residencies: Mary Prudie Brown PNP Award in the National Federation of Music Clubs competition (2016), Fitzpatrick Opera Department Award at DePauw University (2016), Shirley Verrett Award in the Harold Haugh Vocal Competition (2014); Chrisman Studio Artist at Opera Santa Barbara (2018-2019), Studio Artist at Opera Maine (2018), Emerging Artist/Studio Artist with Opera in the Ozarks (2016/2015).
Education: University of Michigan (M.M. Vocal Performance), DePauw University (B.M. Vocal Performance).
 
 

Brian Jeffers, Tenor

Brian Jeffers

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: Carmen (El Remendado) at Axelrod Performing Arts Center; Trouble in Tahiti (Boy 1) with Aspen Opera Center; Cracked Orlando (Medoro) as a Guest Artist at The Juilliard School; Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers (Mercury/Trader 1; *World Premiere) with Casa Italiana in NYC; Sir John in Love (Slender) with Bronx Opera; La Favorita (chorus) with New Amsterdam Opera; L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino) and Owen Wingrave (Lechmere) with ASU Lyric Opera Theatre; Albert Herring (Mayor Upfold) and Die Zauberflöte (Monostatos) with UNL Opera.
Awards/Residencies: District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Nebraska District), Felder Voice Fellowship at Aspen Music Festival.
Education: Arizona State University (M.M. Music Theatre-Opera), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.M. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: BrianJeffersTenor.com
 

Edwin Joseph, Baritone

Edwin Joseph

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Babayan in ¡Figaro! (90210), and Wilhelm in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Old Maid and the Thief (Bob) with Yale Opera; La Fedeltà Premiata (Count Perruchetto) with the Royal Opera House (Mumbai)/Giving Voice Society; L’enfant et les sortilèges (La bergère Louis XV/L’horloge comtoise), El Retablo de Maese Pedro (Don Quixote), and La Vida Breve (Sarvaor) with The Neemrana Music Foundation; Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) with Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Program; The ThreePenny Opera (Jake/Messenger/Street Performer) with Aadyam Theatre Festival/Motley Productions; Beauty and the Beast (Beast) with Disney India National Tour; Session singer for TV and film (under directors Amit Trivedi, AR Rehman, and Pritam); Studio Artist for Voice overs/dubbing (including Hindi singing dub of the 2018 film Coco).
Awards/Residencies: Julia Havemeyer Scholarship and Fellowship (Yale), Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholar, Francis Wacziarg Prize (India).
Education: Yale School of Music (M.M. Opera Performance), St. Stephen’s College (Delhi, India; B.A. Economics)
 
 

Seunghee Lee, Bass

Seunghee Lee

This season at CHQ: Officer and Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Atzuko in ¡Figaro! (90210), and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) with Canto Vocal Program (Louisville) and Miami Music Festival, Dead Man Walking (Inmate) with Miami Music Festival; Falstaff (Pistola cover), Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Die Zauberflöte (Sprecher), Little Women (Gideon March), Gianni Schicchi (Simone), Dialogues des Carmèlites (First Official/Jailer), and La Bohème (Colline) at Butler Opera Center (University of Texas at Austin).
Awards/Residencies: Audience award at the Soma International Foundation Inc. Lois Alba Aria Competition (2017), Fourth prize at the Schubert Lied Competition (2011).
Education: The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. Opera Performance, M.M. Voice Performance), YonSei University (Seoul, Korea; B.M. Voice Performance).

 

Laura León, Soprano

Laura Leon
This season at CHQ: Susana in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Olympia, Antonia, & Giulietta) with Opera Orlando; Don Pasquale (Norina) with Gulfshore Opera; The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night) with Williamsburg Opera, Orchestra Miami, and Miami Summer Festival; The Magic Flute (Pamina) with Opera Louisiane; Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta) and Duelling Divas (Lola) with Opera Fusion; Un Ballo in Maschera (Oscar cover), Before Night Falls (Mother of peasant), Carmen (Freasquita), The Passenger (Yvette cover), and Don Pasquale (Norina cover) with Florida Grand Opera; Egmont (Clara) with Palm Beach Symphony.
Awards/Residencies: Finalist in the Jensen Foundation Competition (2018), District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Florida District; 2018), First place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition (Florida District; 2018), Second place in the St. Petersburg Opera Competition (2018), First Place in Zarzuela de Las Americas competition (2015); Florida Grand Opera Resident Artist (2015-2017).
Education: Florida International University (M.M. Vocal Performance), Nyack College (B.A. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: Www.LauraMartinezLeon.com
 
 

Jordan Loyd, Tenor

Jordan Loyd

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Marquis in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select Credits: La Calisto (Il satirino) with CCM Opera Workshop; L’ile de Tulipatan (Hermosa) with CCM Summer Opera Bootcamp; Rigoletto (Borsa cover) with Toledo Opera; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute/Thisbe) and Die Zauberflöte (abridged; Tamino) with the University of Toledo Opera; Johannespassionen (by Sixten; Evangelist) with CCM Wind Symphony.
Education:
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), Ohio Northern University (B.M.).
Website/Professional Page: jordanloydtenor.com
 
 

Quinn Middleman, Mezzo-Soprano

Quinn Middleman

This season at CHQ: Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: 2018 Studio Artist: Chorus in Don Giovanni, Chorus and The Old Lady (cover) in Candide.
 
Select credits: The Scarlet Ibis (Mother), Iolanta (Marta cover), Elizabeth Cree (Doris), The Perfect American (Lillian Disney cover), The Fairy Queen (Herman cover), and Le vin herbé (Alto Soloist) with Chicago Opera Theater; Suor Angelica (Alms Sister/Zelatrice cover) with St. Petersburg Opera; The Fairy Queen (Ensemble) at Long Beach Opera; the world premiere of The Great God Pan (Rachel cover) with Chicago Fringe Opera; Mavra (Mother) with Roosevelt University; Ariane et Bachus (Songe) with Haymarket Opera; The Burning Fiery Furnace (Entertainer) and Così fan tutte (Dorabella cover) with Central City Opera; Ariodante (Ariodante) with Northwestern's Chamber Opera Initiative; Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah), and Dead Man Walking (Sister Helen) with Northwestern Opera; Philip Glass' A Madrigal Opera (Alto Soloist) with the LA Phil Minimalist Jukebox Festival.
Awards/Residencies: St. Petersburg Opera Emerging Artist (2019), Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist (2016-2018), Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artist and John & Ginny Starkey Award winner at Central City Opera (2017), District Winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Wisconsin District, 2017), Marillyn Zacharis Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Arts Program (2015 & 2016), Marc & Eva Stern Junior Fellowship at SongFest (2014).
Education: Chicago College of Performing Arts (Professional Diploma), Northwestern University-Bienen School of Music (M.M. Voice, Eckstein Full Tuition Grant), University of Southern California-Thornton School of Music (B.M. Vocal Arts/B.M. Oboe Performance)
Website/Professional Page: quinnmiddleman.com

 

Jesús Vicente Murillo, Baritone

Jesús Vicente Murillo

This season at CHQ: Figaro in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: Studio Artist 2014: Il Registrario/Chorus in Madam Butterfly, Fourth Washington Dandy in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Alex in Alice and Alex in Opera-Land.
 
Select credits: Die Zauberflöte (Second Priest/Papageno cover), The Little Prince (The Businessman/Hunter/Baobab), Candide (The Captain/Crook/Judge Gomez), Romèo et Juliette (Gregorio), Die Fledermaus (Frank cover), Moby Dick (Captain Gardiner/Spanish Sailor), and Freeze Frame: The Elixir of Love (Belcore) with Utah Opera; Rigoletto (Il Conte Ceprano and Monterone covers) and Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim cover) with Charlottesville Opera; Cyrano (L’Inconnu) and La Fanciulla del West (José Castro) with Michigan Opera Theatre; The Final Battle for Love (Bob Noxious) with Thompson Street Opera; La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico) with Opera Louisiane; Fidelio (Zweiter Gefangener cover) with Bel Canto at Caramoor; The Face on the Barroom Floor (Tom/John) and Gianni Schicchi (Simone Donati) with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; Handel’s Messiah with Utah Symphony Orchestra.
Awards/Residencies: Utah Opera Resident Artist (2018-2019), Charlottesville Opera Young Artist (2017), Fargo-Moorhead Opera Young Artist (2016), Opera Saratoga Apprentice Artist (2015).
Education: McGill University (M.M. Opera and Voice Performance), University of Michigan (B.M. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: jesusvmurillo.com
 
 

Scott Purcell, Baritone

Scott Purcell

This season at CHQ: Ambrogio and Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) with Annapolis Opera; The Tragedy of Carmen (Escamillo), Glory Denied (Older Thompson), La bohème (Marcello), L’heure espagnole (Ramiro), and Hydrogen Jukebox (Baritone) with Tri-Cities Opera; Hansel and Gretel (Peter) and L’elisir d’amore (Belcore) with CoOPERAtive; The Long Walk (Brian cover; *world premiere and workshop) with Opera Saratoga/American Lyric Theater(workshop) and The Cradle Will Rock (Dauber; recorded on Bridge Records) with Opera Saratoga; Roscoe (Roscoe Conway; *world premiere) with Seagle Music Colony; La Cenerentola (Dandini cover and family performance) with Palm Beach Opera; St. Matthew Passion (Pontius Pilate) with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Awards/Residencies: Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist (2016-2018), Opera Saratoga Apprentice Artist (2015, 2017), Seagle Music Colony Young Artist (2016), CoOPERAtive Fellow (2014), Palm Beach Opera Young Artist (2012-2013).
Education: Westminster Choir College (M.M. Voice Performance and Pedagogy/B.M. Vocal Performance).
Website/Professional Page: scottpurcellbaritone.com
 
 
 

Sidney Ragland, Tenor

Sidney Ragland

This season at CHQ: Bernard Curson (aka L'il B-Man) in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: Studio Artist 2018: Chorus and Don Ottavio (cover) in Don Giovanni; Chorus in Candide.
 
Select credits: Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) with Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute; Il barbiere di Siviglia (Count Almaviva cover) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Arturo cover) with Opera San José; Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Journaliste/Le Fils cover), Mavra (Hussar, Mavra cover), Mansfield Park (Henry Crawford), The Fairy Queen (Tenor soloist), L'elisir d'amore (Nemorino), Postcard from Morocco (Man with a Suitcase), Così fan tutte (Ferrando), and She Loves Me (Arpad Laszlo) with San Francisco Conservatory.
Awards/Residencies: 2nd Place winner at the Burlingame Music Club Competition (2012), Finalist at the East Bay Opera League Competition (2011), 2nd Place winner at the Pacific Musical Society Competition (2010); Bay Area Summe Opera Theater Institute (2012), IVAI Young Artist Program-Virginia(2013)/ Montréal(2014).
Education: San Francisco Conservatory (Postgraduate Diploma, M.M. Vocal Performance, B.M. Vocal Performance).
 
 
 

Patrick Dean Shelton, Tenor

Patrick Dean Shelton

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Basel in ¡Figaro! (90210), and Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: 2018 Studio Artist: Eddie Pensier in The Bremen Town Musicians (Opera Education Program), Chorus in Don Giovanni, Judge #1/Chorus and Prefect (cover) in Candide.
 
Select credits: Dialogues of the Carmelites (L'Aumônier), Die Zauberflöte (Monostatos), and Die Fledermaus (Dr. Blind) with New England Conservatory; Sweeney Todd (Beadle), Albert Herring (Mayor Upfold), Falstaff (Dr. Caius), and The Merry Widow (St. Brioche) with Brevard Music Center; Damn Yankees (Lola) and Le nozze di Figaro (Don Curzio) with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; Il Pigmalione/Rita (Pigmalione/Beppe covers), The Perfect American (Wilhelm Dantine cover), The Fairy-Queen (Demetrius cover), and The Love Potion (Tenor 1) with Chicago Opera Theater; Mavra (Hussar) with Roosevelt University.
Awards/Residencies: The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall (2017), Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist (2016-2018), Music Academy of the West (2016), Opera Theater of Pittsburgh  Young Artist (2015), Brevard Music Center (2014, 2013), SongFest (2012).
Education: Roosevelt University-Chicago College of Performing Arts (Professional Diploma), New England Conservatory (Graduate Diploma, B.M.)
Website/Professional Page: facebook.com/pdstenor
 
 

Kaitlyn Stavinoha, Soprano

Kaitlyn Stavinoha

This season at CHQ: Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: L’elisir d’amore (Adina), Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), The Velveteen Rabbit (Nursery Fairy/Soldier/Rabbit) with Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go!; Carousel (1st Heavenly Friend/Ensemble) and Elektra (Trainbearer) with Houston Grand Opera; Trial by Jury (The Plaintiff) and The Gondoliers (Gianetta) with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston; Un ballo in maschera (Oscar) with Opera in the Heights; L’Italiana in Algeri (Elvira) and Actéon (Actéon) with Operativo Houston; Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche de la Force) with EaDo Lyric Theatre; La fille du regiment (Marie) with Waco Symphony Orchestra; Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) and Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna) with Opera NEO; La Traviata (Annina) with SOMA International Foundation.
Awards/Residencies: District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Houston District, 2014), Second place in the San Antonio Tuesday Music Club Young Artists Competition (2015), Honorable Mention in the Young Texas Artists Music Competition (2015), Finalist and Award Winner in the Lois Alba Aria Competition (2015 & 2013).
Education: Baylor University (M.M. Vocal Performance), Oklahoma City University (B.M. Vocal Performance)
Website/Professional Page: KaitlynStavinoha.com
 
 

James Stevens, Tenor

James Stevens

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Leon and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Count Almaviva cover) and Die Fledermaus (Alfred) with Opera in the Ozarks; Albert Herring (Albert Herring), Iolanthe (Lord Tolloler), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Kaspar) with George Mason Opera Theater; Die Zauberflöte (Tamino) with Bethesda Summer Music Festival.
Awards/Residencies: Artist Grant from Radio Artist Foundation St. Louis (2015), Buder Foundation Scholarship winner (2012-2014), First Place in the NATS Auditions (Central Region, 2014), Crescendo Young Artist Scholarship winner from Union Avenue Opera (2014); Bach Society of St. Louis Young Artist (2015-2016), Union Avenue Opera Crescendo Program (2014), Opera Theatre St. Louis’ Artist-in-Training (2010-2011).
Education: George Mason University (M.M. Vocal Performance), Webster University (B.M. Vocal Performance).
 

Natalie Trumm, Soprano

Natalie Trumm

This season at CHQ: Barbara Conti in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Florestine and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: 2018 Studio Artist: Chorus in Don Giovanni, Chorus and Cunegonde (cover) in Candide.
 
Select credits: A Full Moon in March (Attendant II) and Candide (Cunegonde) with Bard Conservatory of Music; Die Zauberflöte (Queen of Night), Dido and Aeneas (Dido), Trial by Jury (Angelina), The Old Maid and the Thief (Laetitia), and L'enfant et les sortilèges (Chorus) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Carousel (Julie Jordan) and The Music Man (Marian Paroo) with American Gothic Performing Arts Festival.
Awards/Residencies: Semi-finalist in the Classical Singer Competition (2016), First Place winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (Wisconsin, 4th & 5th Year Women (2015)/Freshman Women(2012)).
Education: Bard Conservatory of Music (M.M. Vocal Performance), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.M. Vocal Performance).
 
 

Timothi Williams, Mezzo-Soprano

Timothi Williams

This season at CHQ: Donna Curson in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Dido and Aeneas (Dido) with Atlantic Music Festival; Alcina (Ruggiero), Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Pélleas et Mélisande (Mélisande), and Little Women (Jo March) with Penn State Opera; Carmen (Mercedes) with Undercroft Opera; Hansel and Gretel (Hansel) and The Magic Flute (Third Lady) with West Liberty University Opera.
Awards/Residencies: First Place winner in the NATS Tri-State Competition, Semi-Finalist in the NATS Eastern Region Competition.
Education: Penn State University (Professional Performance Certificate, M.M. Voice Pedagogy and Performance), West Liberty University (B.M. Vocal Performance).
 
 
 

Lauren Yokabaskas, Soprano

Lauren Yokabaskas

This season at CHQ: Roxanne Conti in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Rosina in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) with Berlin Opera Academy; Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess), Vanessa (Vanessa), Flight (Tina), and Il Postino (Matilde Neruda) with Mannes Opera; Goyescas (Rosario) with Bare Opera; Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde), Hansel and Gretel (Gertrude & Die Knusperhexe), Cendrillon (Noémie), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother) with Purchase Opera.
Awards/Residencies: Elizabeth Luxon Memorial Scholarship from the Berlin Opera Academy (2018), Mannes College Provost and Graduate Scholarships (2013-2017), Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Prize (Portland Rossini Club, 2012), Berlin Opera Academy Young Artist Program (2018).
Education: Mannes School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma, M.M. Vocal Performance), Purchase College (B.M. Vocal Performance and Opera Studies).
Website/Professional Page: laurenyokabaskas.com
 
 

Antona C Yost, Mezzo-Soprano

Antona C Yost

This season at CHQ: Cherubino and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: La Cenerentola (Angelina) with Opera MODO; La descente d’Orphee aux enfers (Enone) and Higher Ground (Hattie) with University of Michigan Opera; La clemenza di Tito (Annio) with USC Opera; La liberazione di Ruggiero (Melissa) and Hippolyte et Aricie (Diane) with The Chamber Opera of USC; Ordo Virtutum (Humilitas) with the University of Utah.
Awards/Residencies: National Semi-Finalist in the Classical Singer Competition (2011 & 2017), USC Trustee Scholarship Recipient (2013).
Education: University of Michigan (M.M. Voice Performance), University of Southern California (B.M. Voice Performance).
 

 

Wan Zhao, Mezzo-Soprano

Wan Zhao WEB

This season at CHQ: Ms. Soon-Yi Nam in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Gossip 3 and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles
 
Select credits: Eugene Onegin (Olga), Vanessa (Erika), Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), and The Rake’s Progress (Baba the Turk) with Mannes Opera; Suor Angelica (Infermiera) with the Martina Arroyo Foundation; Hansel and Gretel (Hansel) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre; The Ghosts of Versailles (Cherubino) with Miami Music Festival.
Awards/Residencies: Semi-Finalist in the Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition (2018), Martina Arroyo Foundation Young Artist (2017), Miami Music Festival (2018).
Education: Mannes School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma, M.M. Voice Performance), Shanghai Conservatory of Music (B.M. Voice Performance).
 

Chautauqua Opera's Young Artist Program was established in 1968. Now under the supervision of Artistic/General Director Steven Osgood, and Carol Rausch, Music Administrator/Chorus Master, it is recognized as one of the best training programs for young singers in America today. The program has seen over 1,000 artists benefit from this professional training experience.

Chautauqua Opera provides our Young Artists with performance tools essential to establishing a professional career in opera. All Young Artists receive extensive musical coaching from a nationally recognized coaching staff drawn from the finest universities, conservatories and houses in the US. All Artists in the program are offered classes in movement, combat, makeup, and acting, and all artists appear in the the mainstage productions. All Young Artists also have opportunities to participate in master classes given by distinguished artists, agents and voice teachers. Notable masterclass artists in the recent past have included John Fisher (Metropolitan Opera), Craig Rutenberg (Metropolitan Opera), Peter Kazaras (Seattle Opera YA Program), Marlena Malas (Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music), and Brian Zeger (Juilliard).

Each year, the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Program attracts anywhere from 700-900 applicants, of which approximately 400 are invited to auditions in the Fall. From those auditions, 24 Young Artists are chosen to participate in the summer season. For more information about our Young Artist Program auditions please visit our Auditions FAQ Page.

 

There are two sections of the Young Artist Program:

APPRENTICE ARTISTS sing or cover leading, supporting/comprimario roles and/or chorus in mainstage productions, perform two concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and perform at outreach performances under the auspices of an American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Apprenticeship contract.

STUDIO ARTISTS sing or cover leading, supporting/comprimario roles and/or chorus in mainstage productions. In addition, Studio Artists perform in the "Studio Showcase Series" which includes a season-long schedule of art song recitals, community outreach "Invasion" events, educational performances, and a program of opera scenes.

ALL YOUNG ARTISTS receive extensive musical coaching from a nationally recognized coaching staff drawn from the finest opera houses, conservatories and universities. In addition, Young Artists have access to classes and individual coaching sessions with guest instructors specializing in stage combat, health and wellness, performance styles, and acting.
 

Housing, a weekly stipend, and a travel allowance are provided for all Young Artists.

 

Alumni of the Young Artist Program include; Douglas Ahlstedt, Keri Alkema, Madeline Bender, Elizabeth Bishop, Luretta Bybee, Joyce Castle, Pamela Coburn, Diane Curry, Brian Davis, Harry Dworchak, Kate Egan, Ruth Falcon, Malin Fritz, Shuler Hensley, Joshua Hopkins, Carolyn James, Anita Johnson, Peter Kazaras, Adam Klein, Sunny Joy Langton, Mimi Lerner, Kyle Marrero, Emily Martin, Lee Merrill, Julie Newell, Mari Opatz, Derrick Parker, Eugene Perry, Herbert Perry, David Pittsinger, Jane Redding, Vale Rideout, Hugh Russell, James Schaffner, Jane Shaulis, Marietta Simpson, Stephanie Sundine, Renée Tatum, Todd Thomas, Mildred Tyree, David Ward, Tracey Welborn, Julie Wright and Sherry Zannoth. In upcoming seasons, former Young Artists will be singing at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis among others.