The Eastern Region of the MetOpera National Council Auditions, dedicated to finding the next big stars in opera.
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MetOpera Young Associates + National Council = perfect Sunday morning. Joseph Tancredi participating in a mock judging with Melissa Wegner to show the YA what a judge is looking for in a singer when judging. #operaidols #nationalcouncil #easternregion #metopera #Ya
The Brereton 1st Place Awards (a.k.a the Semi-Finalists):
Hubert Zapiór - Baritone
William Guanbo Su - Bass
Anna Dugan - Soprano
Alaysha Fox - Soprano
The Rohatyn Great Promise 2nd Place Award
Joseph Tancredi - Tenor
Daniel Moody - Countertenor
Mary Evelyn Hangley - Soprano
Julia Wolcott - Soprano
#operaidols #easternregion #nationalcouncil #regionfinals #semifinalists #metopera
Hailed in Opera News for her “poise” and “vocal purity”, soprano Mary Evelyn Hangley has been featured on concert and opera stages across the United States. In 2019, she begins a prestigious Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera. Most recently in Summer 2018, Mary Evelyn performed the role of Anna Sørensen in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night at The Glimmerglass Festival. Ms. Hangley spent two seasons as a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera and has appeared as Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La bohème, and Woglinde in Das Rheingold among other roles with the company. She has been seen at prestigious summer music festivals including the Merola Opera Program, a division of the San Francisco Opera Center, and The Glimmerglass Festival. When a colleague fell ill during Conrad Susa’s Transformations, the San Francisco Chronicle noted Mary Evelyn “came to the rescue, giving a vibrant vocal performance from the pit”. Upcoming performances include Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at SUNY Fredonia. Mary Evelyn holds a BM in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and a MM in Voice Performance from Florida State University. #operaidols #easternregion #regionfinals #nationalcouncil #metopera
Toronto native Charles Sy has been recognized internationally as a promising young artist with a “softly lyric sound, a natural sense of phrasing coupled with a rare willingness to project beyond the apron” (National Post). He is described as “vocally and dramatically mature with a delicious dark tenor sound that [stretches] easily into shining high notes” (Schmopera). Charles completed his BMus and MMus degrees at the University of Toronto and is an alumnus of several opera training programs including Music Academy of the West, The Merola Opera Program, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program, and the Opera as Theatre program at the Banff Centre. He is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and is currently completing an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at The Juilliard School.
The 2018/2019 season includes performances of Peter Quint/ Turn of the Screw with Juilliard Opera, Messiah with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore in Chengdu, China and Ramiro/Cenerentola with Vancouver Opera. Last season, Charles sang Nemorino with ARE Opera and Agenore/Il re pastore with the Merola Opera Program. He made his Juilliard Opera debut as Belfiore/La finta giardiniera and also made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Evangelist and Tenor Soloist in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium.
Previous opera roles include Grimoaldo/Rodelinda, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni, Mr Owen/Postcard from Morocco, and Duca di Mantova/Rigoletto.
Charles was a finalist for the Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2018 and won both First prize and Audience Choice in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2014 Centre Stage Competition. He received First Place in the Ottawa Choral Society’s 2014 New Discoveries Oratorio Competition and is also the recipient of the 2013 Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant for Classical Voice. #operaidols #easternregion #nationalcouncil #regionfinals #metopera
Korean Soprano, Joowon Chae, was most recently awarded first place in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Competition in January 2019. She is also a Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern Region Finalist, fifth place winner of the Cooper-Bing Competition 2017 at Opera Columbus, Audience Award recipient of Opera Libera Competition 2016, and the winner of Kennett Symphony Voice Competition in 2015.
Ms. Chae will perform the role of “Gretel” in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at Opera Saratoga this upcoming summer. She has performed at many prestigious summer programs and venues, including the Aspen Music Festival, Opera Naples, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Opera House of Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Arts center, the Mannes School of Music, and Temple University. Ms. Chae’s repertoire includes roles such as “Adina” in L’elisir d’amore, “Mimi” in La Bohème, “Hanna Glawari” in The Merry Widow, “Giunia” in Lucio Silla, “Serpetta” in La finta giardiniera, and “Maia” in The Cows of Apollo.
Ms. Chae recently graduated from Mannes School of Music in Voice, PDPL, under the tutelage of Ruth Falcon. She completed her M.M. in Opera at Temple University in Philadelphia, U.S.A. and her B.M. in vocal performance at Seoul National University in Seoul. #operaidols #easternregion #nationalcouncil #metopera #regionfinals
Soprano Anna Dugan has been praised for her “pliant soprano, as powerful in her chesty low register as in her creamy middle and top” (Opera News) and the “astonishing fullness of her sound, a luscious richness that filled the stage” (New York Classical Review). Previous credits include the Marquise de Merteuil in Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, which was recorded commercially for the first time by Albany Records, Violetta in La traviata with Aspen Opera Center, the soprano soloist in Dvorak’s Te Deum and Stabat Mater with Maestro David Rosenmeyer and the Fairfield County Chorale .
Ms. Dugan was a National Semi-finalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has received prizes from the Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition, Opera at Florham’s Violetta Dupont Competition, the George London Competition, the Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition, and the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song competition. She is a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.
Ms. Dugan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, and was a participant in its Joint Exchange with the Juilliard School. She also holds a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music. #operaidols #nationalcouncil #easternregion #regionfinals #metopera
Praised as having a “vocal resonance, [which] makes a profoundly startling impression” (The New York Times) and for his “vivid and powerful” voice (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Countertenor Daniel Moody has appeared in the title roles in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, Arsamene in Handel’s Xerxes, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and most recently, Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera alongside Anthony Roth Costanzo.
Mr. Moody has performed with renowned groups Les Violons du Roy (w/ Bernard Labadie) in Québec City, Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra (w/ Jeannette Sorrell), Portland Baroque Orchestra (w/ David Hill) and at the Boston, Indianapolis and Washington Early Music Festivals. A graduate of the prestigious Yale Voxtet at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music – he has performed as soloist at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, London’s St. John’s Smith Square and, Cambridge’s Trinity College, with conductors Masaaki Suzuki, Simon Carrington, and Matthew Halls with performances broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the United Kingdom, on Boston’s WGBH, Indiana’s WFIU, and WSHU’s Sunday Baroque.
Recent highlights include Carnegie Hall debuts with Oratorio Society of New York and with Musica Sacra (w/ Kent Tritle) and the American premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song (w/ Stefan Asbury) at the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood Festival.
In 2019, Mr. Moody premieres with the Atlanta Symphony in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a duet concert with famed mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter.
Mr. Moody is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (BM ’14), Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music (MM ‘16) and has won awards from the George London Competition, Sullivan Foundation, Handel Aria Competition, New York Oratorio Society Competition and Russell Wonderlic Competition. For contact info, visit: DanielMoodyCountertenor.com #operaidols #NationalCouncil #EasternRegion #MeettheSingers #RegionFinals
Tenor Joseph Tancredi from Bayville, New York is completing his final undergraduate year at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Ashley Putnam. Previous credits include I due timidi (Raimondo) with Manhattan School of Music, L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino) and The Student Prince (Detlef) with the Chautauqua Voice Institute. Scene work includes Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), Street Scene (Sam Kaplan), and Vanessa (Anatol) with the Manhattan School of Music. He was named a winner of the 2018 Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies Inc. Competition at the Chautauqua Institution this past summer. In April, Joseph will be singing the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring with the MSM Senior Opera Theatre. This summer, he will be a Young Artist in the 2019 Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program where he will be covering the role of Benjamin in the world premiere of Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child. Mr. Tancredi is a recipient of the Emily M. Voorhis Scholarship at Manhattan School of Music. #NationalCouncil #EasternRegion #OperaIdols #RegionFinals #MeettheSingers
Chinese soprano Xueyan Fan recently completed her Professional Study Diploma at Mannes School of Music. In the past Summer, Miss. Fan sang the role of Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine with Miami Music Festival and Liu in Puccini’s Turandot with Opera New York. She has been heard previously as Fiorlidigi in Così Fan Tutte at Verona Conservatory in Italy. She also sang Queen of Night in Die Zauberflöte with Manhattan Opera Studio and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Mannes school of Music. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Liu and Juliette. She was a Verismo Opera Competition Finalist and New York International Vocal Competition Finalist. Ms. Fan earned her Bachelor degree from Jiangxi Normal University and Master degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. #OperaIdols #EasternRegion #NationalCouncil #RegionFinals #MeetTheSingers
New York City based opera singer William Guanbo Su, bass, currently pursuing his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Cynthia Hoffmann.
In 2018, he was a member of GYA young artists at Opera theatre of Saint Louis, also a voice fellow at The Aspen Music Festival and School, where he played as the principle role of Don Basilio in Il barbiere di siviglia.
Other roles that he has performed in opera productions includes Pluton in Hippolyte et Aricie; Herr Reich in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor; and Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea.
He has also concentrated on German Lieder at the Franz Schubert Institute in Vienna, where he was coached by Emmy Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Robert Holl and others. In December, 2017, Mr. Su has made his Carnegie Hall Solo debut with The Cecilia Chorus of New York, and also the 1st prize winner for the Gerda Lissner Lieder competition the same year. #operaidols #RegionFinals #EasternRegion #Baruch #NationalCouncil #MeettheSingers