Guest Soloists

Soloists

Joshua Stafford

The meticulous technique, innate yet highly mature musicality, and constant musical engagement exhibited by Joshua Stafford compelled the jury of the 2016 Longwood Gar- dens International Organ Competition to name him, out of 12 stellar competitors, the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize Winner of this illustrious event, earning him a cash award of $40,000. Already in demand as a recitalist, improviser, and choral accompanist,…

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Chris Kenney

American baritone Chris Kenney, whose voice was called “lush” by Broadway World, is in his second and final year as a member of the Ryan Opera Center ensemble at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Kenney will debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as Silvio in I Pagliacci, and at Lyric, will sing Fiorello and cover Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, sing the Motorcycle Cop in Dead Man Walking, sing…

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Maya Gour

Israeli- Portuguese -American mezzo-soprano, MAYA YAHAV GOUR, is quickly establishing herself as an international artist of great versatility and talent. In her 2019-20 season, Maya will make her debut with Seattle Opera as Tisbe in Rossini's La Cenerentola and join Teatro Nuovo as a Resident Artist to cover Pippo in Rossini's La Gazz Ladra under the baton of Maestro Will Crutchfield. Maya’s 2017–18…

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Matthew Grills

Opera News exclaims that in San Francisco Opera’s Sweeney Todd, “Tenor Matthew Grills made the strongest impression, delivering Tobias’s ‘Not While I’m Around’ with touching tenderness.” In the 2019-20 season, he returns to Seattle Opera for his role debut as Ramiro in La cenerentola and to the role of Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Utah Opera and the Sacramento Philharmonic. He also makes company…

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Thomas Hammons

Bass-baritone Thomas Hammons has been acclaimed throughout the United States, Canada, and across Europe, for the depth and richness of his portrayals and the strength and beauty of his singing. A versatile singing actor, Mr. Hammons has an active repertoire of over 60 roles spanning a variety of genres from the classical buffo repertoire, to the world of contemporary music, to modern musical theater.  He made his début…

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Sharmay Musacchio

American contralto, Sharmay Musacchio recently made her debut with The New York City Opera as Mrs.Grose in their production of The Turn of the Screw. Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times, writes “The rich-voiced contralto, Sharmay Musacchio is wonderful as the well-meaning, baffled and finally desperate housekeeper, Mrs. Grose.” James Jorden of the New York Post, writes “Sharmay Musacchio’s firm contralto helped…

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Timothy Murray

Lauded for his “...consistent, attractive baritone” (Opera News), Wisconsin-born baritone Tim Murray sings Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia this season before joining San Francisco Opera as a member of the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program. As a participant of the 2019 Merola Opera Program, he performed the role of Paul in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene…

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Marcus Scott

Electrifying. Soulful. Compelling. These three words exemplify the sound of "Memphis Soul Man" Marcus Scott. Born and raised in a city that is well known for world class soul music, Marcus Scott is the real deal. As a young boy, he would sit with his ears glued to the radio, mimicking every sound he heard. This fascination evolved into an insatiable desire to entertain and capture the hearts of audiences everywhere. His…

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Orion Weiss

One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. His 2018-19 season sees him beginning…

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William Hagen

26-year-old violinist William Hagen has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, and Asia. This season, William performs with orchestras all over the United States, including his debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and appears at the Louvre in Paris and other venues around Europe. Summer of 2018 featured debuts with the San Francisco Symphony and Alexander Prior,…

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Michael Day

Described as "bright, clear, and endearing" (Opera News), Michael Day is a lyric tenor beginning a career in the operatic world. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Michael is currently singing the role of Fabian in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s IF I WERE YOU with the Merola Opera Program. For the past two years Michael has worked as a studio artist with Michigan Opera Theatre, singing roles…

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Ellie Dehn

American soprano Ellie Dehn has been praised by critics as “a revelation” (Chicago Sun-Times), acclaimed for her “great stage presence and a voice combining metallic clarity and sensual richness” (Wall Street Journal). In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Dehn will debut with Michigan Opera Theater in her acclaimed portrayal Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and with Arizona Opera as Mimi in La bohéme. She joins…

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Calvin Griffin

Acclaimed for his "voluminous" and "darkly lustrous" voice (South Florida Classical Review), Calvin Griffin, of Columbus, Ohio, just finished an exciting 2018-2019 season.  Mr. Griffin returned to Florida Grand Opera to sing the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, sang Eddie in Minnesota Opera's production of The Fix, debuted as a Filene Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, where he sang both Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia…

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James Hayden

James Hayden, bass, is a singer, composer, and arranger based in Los Angeles, CA. He has developed a particular fondness for unusual performances, learning how to sing and ride a penny-farthing bike as the Basso Buffo in the LA Phil’s production of John Cage’s Europeras, and portraying a cowardly crooner in the world premier of Annie Gosfield’s War of the Worlds. Other notable engagements include the ongoing worldwide…

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E. Scott Levin

Bass-Baritone, E. Scott Levin has been described as having a “smooth, buttery voice,” “incredibly sharp timing,” and “a gifted comic actor.” He earned his BA from Washington University in St. Louis and Graduate Certificate in Vocal Performance from the USC Thornton School of Music. Since 2002, Scott has sung almost sixty distinct roles with many companies Southern California and abroad including Opera Santa…

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Jana McIntyre

California native, Jana McIntyre, has been praised for her “dancer’s grace, mercurial wit, and vibrant soprano tone” (Opera News). Along with debuts as Queen of the Night (Toledo Opera and Opera Grand Rapids), the 2018-2019 season saw company debuts with Tulsa Opera (The Little Prince, Don Giovanni), Arizona Opera (Le Nozze di Figaro), Lyric Opera of Chicago (covering La Fée in Cendrillon), and Santa…

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Julie Miller

Hailed as possessing a voice of “spell-binding power and intensity” (The Register-Guard), mezzo-soprano Julie Miller has appeared as a soloist with wonderful organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Mozart Players, Grant Park Music Festival and Ravinia Festival. Recently, Ms. Miller appeared with Madison Opera, Lyric Unlimited/Lyric Opera Chicago and English…

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Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin Taylor, baritone, begins the 2019-2020 season with a debut at Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera in Opera Favorites: All Mozart concert. He then returns to Pittsburgh Opera for Le Däncaire in Carmen before making another debut at Opera Ithaca as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program where he was seen as Schaunard in La bohème, Older Thompson in Glory…

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Joshua Jeremiah

Described as “rich-voiced” (The New York Times) and hailed for his “warmly appealing, burnished baritone” (Opera Today), Joshua Jeremiah continues to bring his celebrated performances to theaters throughout the United States. Last season, he toured the Pacific Rim with New York City Opera in concerts of Carmen as Escamillo, debuted the opera Mata Hari with the PROTOTYPE Festival, returned to Arizona…

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Monica Dewey

Monica began the 2018/19 season with Placido Domingo's OPERALIA COMPETITION in Lisbon, Portugal. Following Operalia, she made her European debut with OPER KÖLN singing First Niece in PETER GRIMES. As a recent graduate of the MICHIGAN OPERA THEATER studio, Monica returns to Detroit to sing Cunegonde in CANDIDE. She will conclude the season with a return to OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS to sing Susanna in THE…

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Rafael Moras

An alumnus of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program for Singers, tenor Rafael Moras is a semifinalist in the approaching 2019 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, a 2017 and 2018 recipient of The Santa Fe Opera's Richard Tucker Fund Award, a 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finalist, 2014 Operalia quarterfinalist, and a 2013 and 2014…

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Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel Barton Pine In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire, thrilling audiences with…

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Steven LaBrie

Baritone Steven LaBrie, a native of Dallas, Texas, is attracting attention for his beautiful timbre, expressive singing and dramatic presence. Mr. LaBrie’s 2017-2018 season features debuts with Sarasota Opera as Escamillo in Carmen and Florida Grand Opera as Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas as well as a return to the San Antonio Symphony for performances of Elijah. Mr. LaBrie’s 2016-2017 season included performances…

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Alyssa Martin

Having studied under the renowned soprano, Carol Vaness, Alyssa Martin is a soprano on the rise. And has been hailed by Opera News as “vocally distinctive.” Ms. Martin has performed with regional and major opera companies throughout the United States including The Sante Fe Opera as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette and will make her Kennedy Center debut in Penderecki's Credo with the Indianapolis Symphony. She has won…

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Andrew von Oeyen

Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, ANDREW VON OEYEN has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation. Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has excelled in a broad spectrum of concerto repertoire — Bartok, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Fauré, Ligeti,…

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Dmitry Sitkovetsky

A renaissance man and a magnetic creative force, Dmitry Sitkovetsky has made a considerable impact on every aspect of musical life and has been successful as a performer, creator and facilitator for over four decades. His enviable career as a violin soloist is documented in several dozen recordings of all major concertos and a wide selection of chamber repertoire. Among the recent releases are the complete Mozart Violin…

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