Where are they now 2017 - Part 1

I’m spending the summer as a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, where I’m currently working on a production of Philip Glass and Robert Moran’s The Juniper Tree. At the end of the summer, I’ll be traveling to London to record the world premiere of Kenneth Fuchs’ song cycle “Poems of Life” with the London Symphony Orchestra (stay tuned for release on the Naxos label in 2018!), and then I will be joining the Houston Grand Opera Studio for the 2017-18 season as the first countertenor in the Studio’s history.
— Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen - Grand Finals Winner 2017
I just recently finished my first year at The Juilliard School in their ADOS program. I performed Mozart’s “Ch’io mi scordi di te?” with Maestro Gary Thor Wedow and The Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, participated in Juilliard’s Orchestra Lab with Maestro Alan Gilbert workshopping Strauss’ “Vier letzte Lieder” and performed the title role in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova. It was a busy year! After Katya finished, I performed Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in North Carolina. Now I am in San Francisco participating in the Merola Opera Program. I performed two scenes as Agathe from Der Freischütz in the Schwabacher Summer Concert and will be performing “Dich, teure Halle” on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House next month. Following my time here in SF, I’ll be traveling to Columbus, OH to perform as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw.
— Soprano Felicia Moore - Semi Finalist 2013 & Harold Bruder Award 2014
The summer after competing at the Eastern Region Finals, I sang the role of the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with Opera on the Avalon. I then joined the Resident Artist program at Pittsburgh Opera, and during my two years there, I sang in five productions spanning musical genres from Handel to Adamo. Most notably, for the main stage production of Verdi’s La traviata, I was set to perform the role of Annina while covering Violetta, and in our final performance, due to an ailing Violetta, I sang both roles from the side of the stage! In the past two years, I have also won the George London Award and the Sullivan Foundation Singer Award. I completed my residency in Pittsburgh in May, and I look forward to making my Annapolis Opera debut in November, singing Beth in Adamo’s Little Women.
— Soprano Claudia Rosenthal - Rohatyn Great Promise Award 2015
I’ve accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Musicology (Teaching) at the Eastman School of Music for 2017–2019. In the past few years, I’ve made debuts as the Vain Man/Snake in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince with the Washington National Opera and the Houston Grand Opera.
— Tenor John Kapusta - Semi Finalist 2014 & District Winner 2015
In the past year I sang with the Merola Opera Program where I sang in their production of Transformations by Conrad Susa and sang an aria from Nabucco and a scene from Die Entführung aus dem Serail in the Grande Finale on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House where San Francisco Opera does their productions. After that I went to Alaska to sing Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Anchorage Opera. Besides getting to sing Verdi, which is always a delight, I saw northern lights and a lot of moose. Alaska is beautiful. In the winter I sang with the New York Choral Society at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, premiering Vella’s The Hyland Mass. Around Christmas I covered in the The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera, sang in a workshop with the Prototype Festival of a new piece called REV. 23, where I played Sun Tze, the author of The Art of War. In the spring I covered in the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Idomeneo and Der Rosenkavalier. I got to watch Renee Fleming and Elina Garanca in rehearsal, which was incredibly exciting. Shortly after the MET’s season ended, I made my Carnegie Hall debut singing the Bass Solo in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. Right now I am in New Mexico covering Tsar Dodon in Santa Fe Opera’s amazing production of The Golden Cockerel. In the future I will be returning to the MET to cover in their productions of The Exterminating Angel and Cendrillon, singing Pater Profundus in Mahler 8 at Carnegie Hall, singing Sarastro in The Magic Flute with St. Petersberg Opera, and I’ll be moving back to Europe, but I can’t give details on that yet. I am still always so thankful for what the MONC did for me, it’s an amazing competition and invaluable for young singers.
— Bass Matthew Anchel - Grand Finalist 2013
Last season, I sang Alidoro in an English version of La Cenerentola with Opèra Louisiane and the Sergeant of Police in the family performance of The Pirates of Penzance with Palm Beach Opera. I just finished singing the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Point Loma Opera Theatre, and will be singing Hidraot in Gluck’s Armide with Opera NEO next month. In the fall, I will join Virginia Opera as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist, where I will sing Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West.
— Bass Joshua Arky - Rohatyn Great Promise Award 2016