Guest Soloists

Soloists

Narek Hakhnazaryan

Since winning the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22, Narek Hakhnazaryan has inspired audiences with his artistry, securing a reputation as one of the world’s foremost cellists. Hakhnazaryan has performed with orchestras across the globe, earning praise from critics as “dazzlingly brilliant” (The Strad) and “nothing short of magnificent”…

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Janice Carissa

Indonesian pianist Janice Carissa has been praised for radiating “the multicolored highlights of a mature pianist” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and having a “fleet-fingered touch that is particularly impressive,” as well as for her artistry that “conveys a vivid story rather than a mere showpiece” (Chicago Classical Review). Recently named a Gilmore Young Artist and winner of Salon de Virtuosi, she has won prizes…

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Tai Murray

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Daniel Klein

Daniel Klein has been hailed by the New York Times for his “stentorian bassbaritone” and “dark and steely voice.” Audiences and critics alike have found his performances imaginative, adventurous, and occasionally even downright terrifying. In 2021, Daniel returned to Opera Company of Middlebury as Thibaut d'Arc in Tchiakovsky’s The Maid of Orleans (Orleanskaja djeva), and made his Opera on the James debut as…

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Joo Won Kang

Joo Won Kang, South Korean baritone, made his Metropolitan Opera debut this season as Marcello in La Boheme. He also appeared in the company's new production of Don Carlos.  Mr Kang has appeared in leading roles,such as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Germont in La Traviata, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, the title role in Eugene Onegin and Ping in Turandot…

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Raphaella Medina

Mezzo-soprano Raphaella Medina has been consistently praised for her colorful timbre and moving performances. As a 2021-2022 Chrisman Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara, Raphaella was hailed by the San Francisco Classical Voice as being “in fine form” for her performance of Diana in the mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. This summer, she joins Opera Saratoga as a Festival Artist, performing the role of…

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Laura Krumm

Praised for her “exceptionally beautiful mezzo,” Iowa native Laura Krumm is a recent graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera. The 2021-2022 season sees her return to The Metropolitan Opera as the cover of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, her debut with Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Reno Philharmonic.…

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Andrew Bidlack

Featured by Opera News as one of their ‘top 25 brilliant young artists’ (October 2015), tenor Andrew Bidlack’s career highlights include his 2016 and 2018 Metropolitan Opera appearances as Beppe I Pagliacci; the principal tenor role in Iain Bell’s world premiere In Parenthesis at Welsh National Opera with performances at Covent Garden in 2016; and the role of Sprinck in Kevin Puts’s Nobel Prize winning composition…

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Alex Soare

Romanian-American Bass, Alex Soare praised as a “stand out”, Opera News and "magnificent”, Talk in Broadway, was recently a Finalist at Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona and received the Third Place Prize at the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition.  In the coming months Alex will perform Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Grand Rapids and Opera Carolina. He will also perform…

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James Jones

James Jones has well established himself as a leading Organist and Choral Conductor of his generation. As recitalist, Jones has appeared with Arizona Musicfest, Kotzschmar Organ series, St. Paul Episcopal, Pittsburgh, PA “Rising Star” series, “Piccolo Spoleto” Festival in Charleston, SC, “Music for a Great Space” series Greensboro, NC, Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City) Organ Series, and on numerous occasions…

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Jeffrey Kahane

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Mr. Kahane appears as soloist with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic,…

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Margaret Batjer

Margaret made her first solo appearance at the age of 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has since appeared with a succession of leading American orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis, Seattle and Dallas symphony orchestras. She has performed with such European ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Prague Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (of Ireland),…

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Louis Schwizgebel

Born in 1987 into a family of artists from Switzerland and China, Louis Schwizgebel is an insightful and poetic musician whose pianism is steeped in imagination, rich in color, and suffused with lyricism, clarity, and refinement. Lauded by The New York Times as “an insightful musician and a genuine virtuoso” and “a spirited young genius with real depth” by Fono Forum, he has recently appeared at the…

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Madison Leonard

Praised for her “silvery, ethereal-sounding Sophie” by Opera magazine and “lovely vocal delicacy” in The Telegraph, Madison Leonard earned across-the-board rave reviews for her international debut in the summer of 2021 in Der Rosenkavalier at Garsington Opera. In the 2021-22 season, she returns to Austin Opera and makes her debut with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Chrisann Brennan in The [R]evolution of Steve…

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Kathryn Henry

Hailed for her “clean coloratura and silvery voice”, Kathryn Henry is quickly making a name for herself as one of the most promising young sopranos to watch. A Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions finalist in 2015, she continues to graciously move audiences with her “flawless sense of line” and “shimmering warmth of sound” that “combines dignity and strength with profound sorrow.”   This past…

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Hannah Ludwig

The New York Times calls mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig “best in show” and further exclaims “Her tone chocolaty and large, yet with focus and agility, she captured the integral aspect of bel canto…expression emerging from a long, intelligently shaped musical line.”  In the 2021-22 season, she makes her debut with Portland Opera as the District Attorney in Davis’ Central Park Five and sings excerpts of Adalgisa…

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Salvatore Atti

Award winning Tenor, Salvatore Atti, and alumni of San Francisco’s prestigious Merola Opera program is delighted to be joining Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera once again.  While in San Francisco Mr. Atti performed in the Schwabacher summer concert series and the grand finale, singing Edgardo in Lucia di lammermoor and Leicester in Maria Stuarda.  One review read that “the voices soared...it was a gut wrenching…

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Elissa Lee Koljonen

Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics in over one hundred cities throughout the world. Ms. Koljonen initially received international acclaim when she became the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and silver medalist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. Her playing has been hailed by the…

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