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!"
Efraín Solís advanced to the Grand Finals of 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Russian Opera Workshop Credits 2011:
Title role of Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin
Kirsten C. Kunkle has been accepted in the 2013 NATS Intern Program - National Association of Teachers of Singing
Russian Opera Workshop Credits: Iolanta and Brigitta, Iolanta (2011); Zemphira, Aleko (2012), Liza, The Queen of Spades (2012)
In addition to his regular work in the Opera Philadelphia chorus, Steve was engaged at the Metropolitan Opera extended chorus for the production of Wagner's "Parsifal"
Parsifal Live in HD broadcast is on March 2, 2013 at local cinemas.
Russian Opera Workshop 2011/12 Credits: Young Gypsy, Aleko; Gherman, Pique Dame;
Lensky and Triquet, Eugene Onegin; Vaudemont, Iolanta
It's opera audition season and mini reunion surprises continue! Fleur Barron (ROW 2011), dropped by my AVA Eugene Onegin rehearsal
yesterday. Very nice!
During 2011 Russian Opera Workshop summer program Fleur performed the roles of Olga, Mother and Filipievna in Eugene Onegin.
Thanks to Shelley Jackson (ROW 2011 Iolanta) for taking the photo with my 'picture-taker', and as Fleur pointed out, a.k.a. 'camera'.
Mini reunion! As I was rehearsing AVA production of Eugene Onegin, a couple of Russian Opera Workshop (ROW) alumni dropped by.
In this photo left to right Brad Cawyer (ROW Russian class), Katie Kupchik (ROW 2012 Zemphira in 'Aleko'), Youna Jang (ROW 2011 Tatyana; AVA Artist 2013 Tatyana), Ghenady Meirson, (AVA faculty, ROW founder), Shelley Jackson (ROW 2011 Iolanta title role; AVA Artist 2013 Tatyana), Peggy Pei-Ju Yu (ROW 2012 Zemphira in 'Aleko') and John Viscardi (ROW 2011 Lensky; AVA Artist 2013 Lensky).
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
Current City: Wilmington, Delaware
Education: B.M. - University of Delaware; M.M. - Florida State University
Some Roles: Yeletsky, Pique Dame; Ibn-Khakia, Iolanta; Gregorio, Romeo et Juliette; Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro; Marcello, La Bohème, Frank, Die Fledermaus; Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni.
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Current City: Philadelphia, PA
Education: Academy of Vocal Arts; B.M. in Vocal Performance, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
Some Roles: Falstaff, Falstaff; Papageno, Die Zauberflöte; Guglielmo, Così fan tutte; Leporello, Don Giovanni; Sharpless, Madama Butterfly; Marcello & Schaunard, La Bohème; Fra Melitone, La Forza del Destino; Count Monterone, Rigoletto; Count Rodolfo, La Sonnambula; Count Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro
Training, Honors & Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council; San Francisco Opera (Merola Program); Wolf Trap Opera; Puccini Foundation/Licia Albanese Competition; Luciano Pavarotti Competition
Hometown: Havertown, PA
Current: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany
Education: Academy of Vocal Arts; University of Delaware, Newark, DE -
B.A. Criminal Justice
Some Roles: King Rene/Bertrand, Iolanta; Gremin/Zaretsky, Eugene Onegin; Capellio, I Capuletti e i Montecchi; Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor; Escamillo/ Zuniga, Carmen; il Commendatore/Masetto, Don Giovanni; Sarastro/Sprecher, Das Märchen von Der Zauberflöte; Angelotti, Tosca; Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte; Basilio, Il barbiere di Siviglia; Sparafucile/Monterone, Rigoletto
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