Praised by Opera News as a "vocally charismatic" performer with a "golden tenor", Martin Bakari continues to distinguish himself as a dynamic artist in a wide array of musical and theatrical genres. A 2018 George London Competition award winner, Mr. Bakari’s 2019-20 season included reprisals of the role of Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte with Syracuse Opera and Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass with Mr. Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, returns to Seattle Opera as Triquet in Eugene Onegin, and Atlanta Opera as Mingo in Porgy & Bess.
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Peruvian-Mexican-American soprano Vanessa Becerra is a recent graduate of LA Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program praised for her “bold and bright” singing (Opera News) and lauded for her “charismatic and eloquent” presence (San Francisco Chronicle) on stages across America. In 2019-2020 Vanessa made house debuts with Houston Grand Opera as La mujer in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo and Washington National Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, receiving respective accolades for her “clarion soprano,” “lithe sound,” and “crystal-clear” tone. Ms. Becerra’s professional debut came in 2014 with Fort Worth Opera in the world premiere of With Blood, With Ink.
Soprano Vanessa Becerra sings "La Flor de la Canela" in Honor of Chabuca Granda
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Mezzo-Soprano Emily Fons has made several exciting role and company debuts in recent seasons that have set her apart as a versatile, powerful, and engaging performer. Ms. Fons was hailed by Opera News as one of opera’s rising stars and one of the best singing actresses of her generation, and received a Grammy nomination for her work on Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. Ms. Fons has been lauded for her virtuosic abilities in Baroque and Bel Canto repertoire, her winning portrayals of opera’s traditional “trouser roles”, and the dramatic commitment and musicality she brings to modern works.
Mezzo-Soprano Emily Fons & Pianist Janna Ernst: New Perspectives Mini-Concert
Mezzo-Soprano Emily Fons Chats with Bass Kevin Burdette
American soprano Devon Guthrie made an acclaimed debut as Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at English National Opera when she was still a student at the Juilliard School. Guthrie has won several awards and prizes in competitions such as the Gerda Lissner Competition, Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, Licia Albanese Competition and Liederkranz. She was also an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera and Tanglewood Music Festival. 2019/2020 season highlights included performances with The Paul Taylor Dance Company as the soprano soloist for “Beloved Renegade” at Lincoln Center, and the Sandman/Dewfairy in Hansel and Gretel at San Diego Opera.
Devon Guthrie sings Schubert's "An die Musik"
Soprano Devon Guthrie Sings Debussy's "Chevaux de Bois"
Soprano Devon Guthrie Sings George & Ira Gershwin's "Blah Blah Blah"
Festival Artists Online: Devon Guthrie sings Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi"
Named "Debut Artist of the Year" by the Joy in Singing Foundation, Abi Levis is one of the most exciting singers of her generation. Critics the world over have described her artistry as “fearless”, “dazzling”, “impressive”, and “breathtaking”. Ms. Levis’ passion for vocal music has been continuously nurtured throughout her life - singing Irish folk music with her father and Patsy Cline tunes at county fairs with her mentor, Tom Dyhrberg. She began classical training at the age of 15 and, after reading Opera for Dummies, became a die-hard opera fan. When not singing, she enjoys knitting, eating, playing PokemonGO! (gotta catch 'em all), tasting all the beers, and traveling the world as The Tessitourist (@tessitourist on Instagram and Ravelry).
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With an active career in both opera and musical theatre, baritone Curt Olds has been seen in productions ranging from operas like Don Pasquale and The Magic Flute to musicals such as Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, The Threepenny Opera, Broadway’s Riverdance and CATS and the current world tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Hailed by Opera News as “A wonderful singing actor, as adept in pointing dialogue as in phrasing song,” Curt is well known for his portrayals of the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and his signature role as Ko-Ko in The Mikado, for which he has some 26 productions to his credit. Other signature roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, both Njegus and Danilo in The Merry Widow, and Major General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance.
International Soprano Jennifer Rowley Interviews Broadway & Opera Star Curt Olds
Luis Alejandro Orozco
An El Paso Texas/Juarez MX native Baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco has been praised for his “voluminous baritone and beautiful legato.” During the summer of 2019, Luis appeared as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos with Cincinnati Opera. His 2019-2020 season also included Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Santa Barbara, Silvio in I Pagliacci with Opera Roanoke, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Florentine Opera, the baritone soloist for Dayton Opera’s production of Going for Baroque! Baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The 2020-2021 season will include another house debut in Europe, performing the role of Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas with Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Luis Alejandro Orozco sings "The Catalogue Aria" from Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'
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Luis Alejandro Orozco Performs Denise Frohman's "Borders" & Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"
Festival Artists Online: Luis Alejandro Orozco Sing's Riolobo's Aria from 'Florencia en el Amazonas
The San Francisco Chronicle exclaims, “For theatrical charisma and musical bravado, it would be hard to top the performance of baritone Efraín Solís.” He is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship and while with the company, sang his first performances of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Dandini in La cenerentola, Schaunard in La bohème, Silvano in Un ballo in maschera, Sciarrone in Tosca, and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. In the 2019-20 season, he returns to Utah Opera as Lieutenant Audebert in Puts’ Silent Night and Virginia Opera as Di Cosimo in Catán’s Il postino in addition to joining the Cincinnati Song Initiative for program of song by Granados and Turina.
Baritone Efraín Solís sings Maurice Ravel's 'Don Quichotte à Dulcinée'
Grammy-nominated American soprano Talise Trevigne made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut last fall as Kitty Heart in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and joined the Metropolitan Opera cast of Porgy & Bess. Besides creating key roles in the world premieres of Moby-Dick, JFK, Proving Up and It’s A Wonderful Life, she has headlined productions on both sides of the Atlantic, proving herself “a Butterfly worthy of mention alongside Maria Callas” (Voix des Arts).