I was very happy to see a surprise visitor from Miami. Nathalie Avila was Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2012, when she sang the role of Liza in Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades" (Pique Dame).
Recently, Nathalie performed Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Suzel in L'amico Fritz with Miami Lyric Opera. Upcoming performances include the title role in Suor Angelica with the Miami Opera Festival in June, Suzel in L'amico Fritz in July and Mimi in La Boheme in August both with Miami Lyric Opera.
Mini Reunion - Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2011 & 2012, tenor James Caran says he recently was a last minute replacement for ailing Almeric in Iolanta in Saint Petersburg. Bravo James! Credits: ROW '12 - Chekalinsky, Chaplitsky and Master of Ceremonies in Pique Dame; ROW'11 - Vaudemont, Almeric in Iolanta
Congratulations Steve Williamson, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2011-2012 (Credits: ROW'11 -- Lensky and Triquet in Eugene Onegin; ROW'12 - Young Gypsy in Aleko; Hermann in Pique Dame)
Steve is in the Metropolitan Opera chorus singing in Borodin's Prince Igor as Russian Soldier. Live in HD is scheduled for March 1, 2014. He will be easy to spot as he's front stage in almost every scene. Don't miss!
Steve shares this wonderful message:
"I have to thank you for all the work we did in ROW ... I have no doubt that having 4 Russian Roles on my resume helped when The Met was hiring for Prince Igor! But all the Russian language work and your pronunciation guide have given me an advantage in PI. I'm not only keeping up, but rather feel like I'm ahead and very comfortable. So .. thank you, my friend!"
Ghenady Meirson with Peggy Pei-Ju Yu, Russian Opera Workshop Artists 2012. Peggy sang Zemphira in Rachmaninoff's "Aleko" and Rachmaninoff songs in Russian Romances concert (ROW'12)
Ghenady Meirson (center) with Christopher Bolduc (right) who sang the title role of Eugene Onegin (AVA Opera '06), and Jeffrey Halili, Vaudemont in Iolanta (AVA Opera '05), Young Gypsy in Aleko (ROW '12), and Hermann in Pique Dame (ROW '12)
Ghenady Meirson with Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2012, Michèle Cusson - Zemphira (Aleko), Liza (Pique Dame)
All roads lead to Philadelphia! It was a wonderful visit with soprano Michèle Cusson. During Russian Opera Workshop 2012 summer program Michèle performed Zemphira in Rachmaninoff's "Aleko" and Liza in Tchaikovsky's "Pique Dame".
Jeffrey Williams was accepted in to the Nashville Opera 2014 Mary Ragland Young Artists Program.
Russian Opera Workshop Credits 2012: Aleko, Aleko; Prince Yeletsky, The Queen of Spades
Nicholas Masters wins The Dallas Opera Guild's Vocal Competition (Read review)
Russian Opera Workshop Credits 2012
Old Gypsy, Aleko; Surin & Narumov, The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Raehann Bryce-Davis was accepted in to the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program 2013/2014.
Russian Opera Workshop Credits 2012:
The Countess (Pique Dame) and Governess,
The Queen of Spades
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