After a global search, Houston Grand Opera has introduced the three new singers and 9 returning artists who will prepare with the HGO Studio for 2021-22. One of the crucial revered and extremely aggressive younger artist applications on the earth, the HGO Studio gives complete profession improvement to younger singers and pianist/coaches who’ve demonstrated potential to make main contributions to the artform.
First 12 months HGO Studio artists embrace:
Luke Sutliff, baritone (finalist within the thirty third Annual Eleanor McCollum Competitors for Younger Singers Live performance of Arias)
Eric Taylor, tenor (second place winner of the competitors)
Emily Treigle, mezzo-soprano (third place winner of the competitors)
Returning HGO Studio artists embrace:
Blake Denson, baritone
Ricardo Garcia, tenor
Cory McGee, bass
Raven McMillon, soprano
Alex Munger, pianist/coach
Solar-Ly Pierce, mezzo-soprano
Bin Yu Sanford, pianist/coach
William Guanbo Su, bass
Elena Villalón, soprano
“The resilience that our returning HGO Studio artists have proven over the previous 12 months is awe-inspiring. It has been an extremely troublesome time for the creative group, and we’re extraordinarily proud to have been capable of pivot our efforts to create artwork for this digital world we live in,” mentioned HGO Studio Director Brian Speck. “Subsequent season, we look ahead to as soon as once more providing our artists the chance to carry out for audiences stay and in particular person. And we’re past excited to welcome three new proficient first 12 months artists to our program.”
The HGO Studio receives a whole bunch of purposes from singers and pianists every year for this extremely aggressive program. In the course of the pandemic, HGO reimagined the audition course of so as to maintain artists protected and accommodate journey restrictions. Over the previous 12 months, HGO partnered with a number of opera corporations nationwide to coordinate and streamline digital auditions for his or her younger artist applications and competitions. For singers inquisitive about HGO, the audition course of culminates within the firm’s annual Eleanor McCollum Competitors for Younger Singers Live performance of Arias, which was held on February 5, 2021.
The HGO Studio trains younger artists of their chosen self-discipline of classical singing, piano, and training, and the artists decide to an intense, individualized research program whereas dwelling in Houston from mid-August by way of Could. Throughout a residency of as much as three years, HGO Studio artists obtain specialised coaching in voice, motion, and languages and are afforded quite a few efficiency alternatives with the group. Studio artists are forged in each main and supporting roles in mainstage productions, giving them direct entry to work with world-renowned artists, administrators, and conductors. Studio artists additionally take part in recital collection and carry out in venues throughout town and state for quite a few occasions. Moreover, the artists have one-on-one steering and training with HGO Inventive Advisor and acclaimed soprano Ana María Martínez and HGO Inventive and Music Director Patrick Summers.
Since its inception 44 years in the past, the HGO Studio has grown into probably the most revered younger artist applications on the earth. Every of the younger artists within the HGO Studio has entry to a studying setting that emphasizes sensible expertise inside the skilled opera world. This consists of common teaching classes with business professionals, roles in HGO mainstage productions, recital performances, and a wide range of different live performance engagements.
2021-22 HGO Studio Artist Biographies:
BLAKE DENSON – Second Yr Artist
HGO Digital appearances: Giving Voice; Peter in Hansel and Gretel; Suite Española: Explorando Iberia.
Beforehand at HGO: 2018 Alumnus of HGO’s Younger Artists Vocal Academy
Underwriters: Drs. Elizabeth Grimm and Jack Roth/Carolyn Levy/ Gloria Portela and Dick Evans
Blake Denson was a Grand Finals winner within the 2020 Metropolitan Opera Nationwide Council Auditions and is a 2018 alumnus of HGO’s Younger Artists Vocal Academy (YAVA). He obtained his Bachelor of Music in voice diploma from the College of Kentucky Faculty of Music and not too long ago accomplished his Grasp of Music diploma at Rice College’s Shepherd Faculty of Music. Denson was a studio artist at Wolf Entice Opera in 2018 and was set to return to Wolf Entice Opera for a second season in the summertime of 2020 to carry out the Commander and canopy the title function in Eugene Onegin, in addition to cowl the function of Marcello in La bohème, however these productions have been canceled as a result of COVID-19.
RICARDO GARCIA – Second Yr Artist
Tenor-Castro Valley, CA
HGO Digital appearances: Hans Sach’s Coach in Vinkensport; The Making of The Snowy Day, an Opera for All; Suite Española: Explorando Iberia.
Underwriters: Michelle Beale and Dick Anderson/Dr. Ellen Gritz and Mickey Rosenau
Ricardo Garcia accomplished his Grasp of Music in Voice on the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) and holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the College of the Pacific. He was a studio artist at Wolf Entice Opera, the place he coated Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and Giocondo in La pietra del paragone, and a voice fellow with Music Academy of the West, the place he sang Jenik in The Bartered Bride. Latest roles embrace Lamplighter/Drunkard in The Little Prince and Fenton in Falstaff. As a first-year apprentice at Santa Fe Opera, he coated Parpignol in La bohème and sang Fenton/Normanno within the Apprentice Scenes Evening. Not too long ago, Garcia received the New Orleans District of the Metropolitan Opera Nationwide Council Auditions and superior to the Gulf Coast Area finals. This summer time, he’ll sing the function of Grimoaldo in Rodelinda on the Aspen Music Pageant.
CORY MCGEE – Second Yr Artist
HGO Digital appearances: Billy in The Making of The Snowy Day, an Opera for All; Giving Voice.
Beforehand at HGO: Second prize winner in HGO’s 2020 Eleanor McCollum Competitors Live performance of Arias.
Underwriter: Beth Madison
Cory McGee not too long ago accomplished his Grasp of Music diploma at Rice College’s Shepherd Faculty of Music. In summer time 2019, he joined Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice artist, portraying the function of the Gardener in Ruder’s The Thirteenth Baby. In 2018 he was a studio artist with Wolf Entice Opera, the place he performed La Voce in Mozart’s Idomeneo and Ranger Nat in David Hanlon’s youngsters’s opera, Pay attention, Wilhelmina!, and was a soloist in “Bernstein at 100 – A Celebration.” Latest engagements embrace the title function in Le nozze di Figaro and Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon (Oberlin Opera Theater) and Leporello in Don Giovanni (Oberlin in Italy). He’ll return to Santa Fe this summer time for a second summer time as an apprentice artist, performing the function of Theseus in A Midsummer Evening’s Dream.
RAVEN MCMILLON – Second Yr Artist
HGO Digital appearances: Rona Richards in The Impresario; Gretel in Hansel and Gretel; Peter in The Making of The Snowy Day, an Opera for All; Giving Voice.
Additionally this season: Sister Margaretta in My Favourite Issues: Songs from The Sound of Music.
Underwriter: Brenda Harvey-Traylor
Raven McMillon obtained her Bachelor of High quality Arts in Vocal Efficiency at Carnegie Mellon College and accomplished her graduate diploma on the College of Cincinnati Faculty – Conservatory of Music (CCM). Her opera credit embrace Adele in Die Fledermaus; the title function in Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears; Linfea in La Calisto; and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. Along with her opera credit, McMillon has additionally workshopped new roles similar to Mary in Chiao’s The Secret Codes of Mary Bowser and Lucy in Picker’s Awakenings. Her latest roles included La Princesse in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at CCM in the summertime of 2020, which have been canceled as a result of COVID-19. This season, McMillon was named winner of the Connecticut District and New England Area within the Metropolitan Opera Nationwide Council Auditions, and she’s going to advance to the nationwide semifinal spherical in Could. In the summertime of 2021, she’s going to carry out the function of Frasquita in Cincinnati Opera’s manufacturing of Carmen.
ALEX MUNGER – Third Yr Artist
Pianist/coach-New Berlin, Wisconsin
HGO Digital appearances: Coach for Vinkensport and Hansel and Gretel.
Additionally this season: He’ll seem with HGO Studio singers in recitals and different performances and function coach for My Favourite Issues: Songs from The Sound of Music.
Beforehand at HGO: Coach for Rigoletto, La favourite, and The Magic Flute (COVID-19 cancelation). He additionally appeared with HGO Studio singers in recital and different performances.
Underwriters: Saúl and Ursula Balagura and Trey Yates
Alex Munger beforehand served as a workers pianist on the College of Illinois, the place he helped put together La bohème and The Rape of Lucretia. In 2018, Munger was a fellowship pianist with the Aspen Opera Middle, the place he labored on Il barbiere di Siviglia; he returned to Aspen in the summertime of 2019. He obtained his Grasp of Music diploma in Vocal Teaching and Accompanying from the College of Illinois. Earlier engagements embrace the Bay View Music Pageant (Carmen), the place he returned in 2019 as a college pianist for its two-week opera and artwork music program. He appeared with tenor Richard Trey Smagur in a recital of Schumann’s Dichterliebe at Houston’s Jones Corridor in a program introduced by the Houston Symphony. In the summertime of 2020, he served as a training fellow at Wolf Entice Opera. In the summertime of 2021, he’ll return to Wolf Entice Opera as a Teaching Fellow.
SUN-LY PIERCE – Second Yr Artist
HGO Digital look: Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.
Additionally this season: Liesl in My Favourite Issues: Songs from The Sound of Music.
Beforehand at HGO: First prize winner in HGO’s 2020 Eleanor McCollum Competitors Live performance of Arias.
Underwriters: Charlene and Chuck Nickson/Tracy Maddox and John Serpe
Initially from Clinton, NY, Chinese language American mezzo-soprano Solar-Ly Pierce accomplished the graduate vocal arts program on the Bard Faculty Conservatory of Music and holds a bachelor’s diploma in vocal efficiency from the Eastman Faculty of Music. As a winner of the Marilyn Horne Music Competitors, Pierce was set to carry out on a global recital tour with pianist Chien-Lin Lu that includes the premiere of a brand new music cycle by two-time Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, which was canceled as a result of COVID-19. Within the fall of 2019, Pierce joined the Broad Avenue Orchestra as Dorinda in Handel’s Acis and Galatea. In the summertime of 2021, she’s going to return to Music Academy of the West as a vocal fellow.
BIN YU SANFORD – Second Yr Artist
HGO Digital appearances: Coach for The Impresario and The Making of The Snowy Day, an Opera for All.
Additionally this season: She’s going to seem with HGO Studio singers in recitals and different performances and function coach for My Favourite Issues: Songs from The Sound of Music.
Underwriters: Stephanie Larsen and Lynn Des Prez/Valerie and Miguel Miro-Quesada
Bin Yu Sanford has established herself as a solo pianist, vocal coach, and chamber musician. Yu Sanford earned her Grasp of Music in Solo Piano Efficiency and an Artist Diploma in Opera Teaching on the College of Cincinnati Faculty – Conservatory of Music (CCM). Not too long ago, she was chosen as one of many vocal piano fellows at Music Academy of the West, the place she labored on Jennifer Higdon’s Chilly Mountain. From 2017-20, Yu Sanford served as a graduate assistant within the opera division at CCM. She was the primary prize winner of the Pennsylvania MTNA Younger Artist Piano Competitors. In the summertime of 2020, she was scheduled to hitch the Glimmerglass Pageant as an apprentice pianist, nonetheless the competition was canceled as a result of COVID-19.
WILLIAM GUANBO SU – Third Yr Artist
HGO Digital look: Bowie Krebs in The Impresario.
Beforehand at HGO: Usher in Rigoletto; Fifth Jew in Salome (COVID-19 cancellation); Second Armored Man in The Magic Flute (COVID-19 cancellation). Second place winner in HGO’s 2019 Eleanor McCollum Competitors Live performance of Arias.
Underwriters: Anne and Albert Chao
William Guanbo Su is a Grand Finals Winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera Nationwide Council Auditions. He has been a Gerdine Younger Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and a voice fellow on the Aspen Music Pageant. He has studied German lieder on the Franz Schubert Institute in Vienna, and in 2017 received first prize within the Gerda Lissner Lieder Competitors. In the course of the summer time of 2019, he sang Depend Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Younger Artist. This summer time, he’ll return to Aspen to sing Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Garibaldo in Rodelinda. This season, he makes his Austin Opera debut as Angelotti in Tosca.
LUKE SUTLIFF – First Yr Artist
Luke Sutliff is at present pursuing his Grasp of Music diploma at Rice College’s Shepherd Faculty of Music. Sutliff will probably be becoming a member of Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist in summer time 2021. Final summer time, he had been set to make his debut within the function of Elder McLean in Susannah at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, however that was canceled as a result of COVID-19. On the Shepherd Faculty, he has appeared as Kaiser Total in Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Johannes Zegner in Proving Up. He holds a Bachelor of Music diploma from the Juilliard Faculty, the place he studied with the late Sanford Sylvan and made his Alice Tully Corridor debut performing Fauré’s L’horizon chimérique. In previous summers, Sutliff carried out the roles of Demetrius in A Midsummer Evening’s Dream and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore on the Chautauqua Institute. In the summertime of 2021, he’ll cowl the roles of Jon Seward in The Lord of Cries and Demetrius in A Midsummer Evening’s Dream as an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera.
ERIC TAYLOR – First Yr Artist
Tenor-Saint George, UT
Eric Taylor is at present pursuing his Grasp of Music diploma at Rice College, the place he has carried out the roles of Sam Polk in Susannah and Tito in La clemenza di Tito. Whereas pursuing his undergraduate diploma in music at Westminster Faculty, he carried out a number of main roles, together with Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Rodolfo in La bohème, along with showing in Carmina Burana with Salt Lake Metropolis’s Ballet West. Taylor has participated in Apprentice Artist applications with Santa Fe Opera, Central Metropolis Opera, and Utah Lyric Opera. He had been set to carry out in Santa Fe Opera’s Tristan und Isolde and HGO’s Werther and Parsifal this season, however these engagements have been canceled as a result of COVID- 19. He was named a semi-finalist on the Metropolitan Opera’s Nationwide Council Auditions in 2017. He’ll be part of Santa Fe Opera in the summertime of 2021 to cowl the function of Lensky in Eugene Onegin.
EMILY TREIGLE – First Yr Artist
Mezzo-soprano-New Orleans, LA
Emily Treigle is at present pursuing her Grasp of Music diploma at Rice College’s Shepherd Faculty of Music, the place she obtained her Bachelor of Music diploma final 12 months. This spring, she’s going to cowl the title function of L’enfant in L’enfant et les Sortilèges at Rice. This season, Treigle was named winner of the New Orleans District and Gulf Coast Area within the Metropolitan Opera Nationwide Council Auditions, and she’s going to advance to the nationwide semifinal spherical in Could. In summer time 2021, she plans to return to Wolf Entice Opera as a Studio Artist for a second summer time. In 2019, Treigle educated with HGO’s Younger Artist Vocal Academy and took part within the Aspen Music Pageant, the place she portrayed Madame Armfeldt in A Little Evening Music. Earlier roles embrace Bradamante in Alcina and Mrs. Ott in Susannah, an opera made well-known by her grandfather, world-renowned bass-baritone Norman Treigle.
ELENA VILLALÓN – Third Yr Artist
HGO Digital appearances: Farinelli’s Coach in Vinkensport; Amy in The Making of The Snowy Day, an Opera for All; Dew Fairy and Sandman in Hansel and Gretel.
Beforehand at HGO: Web page in Rigoletto; Lady in chosen performances of the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering; Inez in La favourite.
Viewers Selection Award winner in HGO’s 2019 Eleanor McCollum Competitors Live performance of Arias. Alumna of HGO’s Younger Artists Vocal Academy (2018).
Underwriters: Dian and Harlan Stai
Elena Villalón was a Grand Finals winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera Nationwide Council Auditions. She is a latest graduate of the College of Cincinnati Faculty – Conservatory of Music (CCM), has been a vocal fellow on the Tanglewood Music Middle, and is an alumna of HGO’s 2018 Younger Artist Vocal Academy. In summer time 2019, she carried out Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Younger Artist and returned to the Tanglewood Music Middle as a soprano fellow. In the summertime of 2020, she was set to make her Santa Fe Opera debut as First Wooden Sprite in Rusalka, however this was canceled as a result of COVID-19. She’s going to return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis this summer time as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.