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IVAI-NYC 2016 Participants


Participants for the 2016 Summer Program in NYC are as follows:

PARTICIPANTS: Faculty | Pianists | Singers: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Lisa Faieta, soprano Lisa Faieta
Lisa Faieta is a soprano currently training and performing in Toronto. She graduated from McGill University in 2011 and since then has been performing regularly. Her previous roles include Micaëla in Carmen with Loose TEA Music Theatre, Frasquita (Carmen) with Carmen on Tap, Elizabeth “Baby” Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Donna Elvira with Opera by RequestElettra in Idomeneo with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Queen of the Night with Toronto Summer Opera Workshop, and Lucy in The Beggar’s Opera with Opera Nova Scotia.

French-Argentine soprano Eugenia Forteza Eugenia Forteza
French-Argentine soprano Eugenia Forteza recently graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a M.M. in opera. She also holds a B.M in voice performance, summa cum laude, from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2014 Eugenia was selected to participate in the 10th Barcelona Festival of Song. Recent performance highlights include Despina with Opera at Rutgers and Duquesa Carolina in Luisa Fernanda with Concert Operetta Theater in Philadelphia. After IVAI, Eugenia will be performing Suora Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with Capitol Opera Company in Albany, New York.

Mezzo-soprano Linda Garcia Linda Garcia
Mezzo-soprano Linda Garcia is an undergraduate voice music education major at Mason Gross School of the Arts.  She began training classically at the age of 15, when her high school choir teacher recommended that she consider a singing career.  She then went to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera as a chorus member. She has sung in their productions of Madama Butterfly as one of the geishas, Pagliacci, Cavelleria Rusticana, and La Traviata.

Canadian mezzo-soprano Caroline Gélinas Caroline Gélinas
Canadian mezzo-soprano Caroline Gélinas, a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, is currently a member of the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. She received grants from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, the Hnatyshyn Foundation, and the Fondation des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. She recently made her Opéra de Montréal debut as Die Schleppträgerin in Elektra. Caroline sang Dorabella at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and Dido in Dido and Aeneas. She was a soloist in Handel's Messiah and Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, among others, with the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Montréal. Future roles include the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Atelier and Carmen with Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil.

Vincent Grana, bass-baritone Vincent Grana
Vincent Grana, bass-baritone, is 28 years old and a native of New Jersey.  He has a B.M. magna cum laude in music education and an M.M. in vocal performance from Rutgers University.  In 2013, he was a Philadelphia District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  His credits include Papageno, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Elder Ott (Susannah), Annibale Pistacchio (Il Campanello di Notte), Nilakantha (Lakmé), and Mephistopheles (Faust).  Last summer at CVAI in Montreal, Vincent sang Dulcamara in a production of L’Elisir d’amore. Most recently he sang with Sarasota Opera as one of their apprentice artists for the final season of their Verdi Cycle.

Rachael Nolana Griffith, soprano Rachael Nolana Griffith
Rachael Nolana Griffith, soprano, graduated from Boise State University with a degree in music education. She began singing with the Boise Opera Company at the age of 12 and made her debut with Opera Idaho in 2013 as Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music. She sang Berta in their production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She was a member of the Boise State Meistersingers, appearing as Signora Nacarelli in The Light in the Piazza and Marmee in Little Women. She was a winner of BSU's 2013 Concerto/Aria Competition. She is also the principal soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boise. She received grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Japanese soprano Aine Hakamatsuka Aine Hakamatsuka
Japanese soprano Aine Hakamatsuka won the 2013 Yokohama International Music Competition. She recently performed Gretel at the Kennedy Center with Opera Pomme Rouge and Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Opera Theater of Montclair. Other notable roles include Nannetta, Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Susanna, Barbarina, Taumännchen (Hänsel und Gretel), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas). As a concert performer, she has been seen as a soloist in Fauré’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Bach’s Cantata No. 51. Aine received her master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

French-American soprano Sandra Hamaoui Sandra Hamaoui
French-American soprano Sandra Hamaoui completed her B.M. degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is a first-prize winner of the Art Song Preservation Society of New York's Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition and the West Bay Opera League Competition. In the 2016-17 season, she will debut as Juliette in Gounod's operawith the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute and will appear in recital alongside Thomas Muraco at Opera America. Last season, Sandra was Adina in L’Elisir d'amore with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She represented the conservatory at the Kennedy Center as Adina and later reprised the role at CVAI. She has also sung Amore and Damigella in L‘Incornazione di Poppea and Papagena.

Kimberly Hann, mezzo-soprano Kimberly Hann
Kimberly Hann, mezzo-soprano, has performed such roles as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Cecilia March in Little Women, Maestra delle Novizie in Suor Angelica, and scenes as the title role in Carmen, Charlotte in Werther, and Maddalena in Rigoletto. At the Castleton Festival, she appeared in a production of Otello. This summer she will perform as an Advanced Artist with OperaWorks in Los Angeles. Kimberly has performed extensively in the Chicago area, where she was awarded a Bravo Award from the Bel Canto Foundation. She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University and is currently earning her master’s degree at the Mannes College of Music.

Sarah Heilman, soprano Sarah Heilman
Sarah Heilman, soprano, has performed operatic roles such as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Ida in Die Fledermaus, and Berginella in La Périchole. She was a young artist at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Maiori, Italy, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Périgueux, France. Sarah has been a featured soloist with the North Carolina Master Chorale and the Vanderbilt University Chorale. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the Mannes School of Music. She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.M. in vocal performance and psychology in 2015. This season, she will be performing scenes from Don Pasquale (Norina) and Little Women (Amy) with the Mannes opera department.

Baritone Evan Henke Evan Henke
Baritone Evan Henke is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his master of music degree.  This summer he will perform as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Narnia Arts Festival in Italy. Previous credits include: Cendrillon (Pandolfe), Albert Herring (Vicar), L’Elisir d’amore (Belcore cover), A Little Night Music (Mr. Lindquist), and Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro cover). Henke has trained at the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute and IVAI. He holds a bachelor of music from Southern Methodist University and has studied conducting and German history at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. In addition to solo recitals, he has been a featured soloist in New Mexico and Texas.

Japanese bass Hidenori Inoue Hidenori Inoue
Japanese bass Hidenori Inoue is a first-year master’s degree candidate at the Manhattan School of Music (President’s Award), where he sang the role of Le Monstre Cathos in Persèe et Androméde by Jacques Ibert. He has performed Wurm in Luisa Miller, Nilakantha in Lakmé, Chevalley in The Leopard by Michael Dellaira (American Opera Project), and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro. He also participates in a program that brings opera to the New York City School system.

Camille Jasensky, soprano Camille Jasensky
After completing her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, soprano Camille Jasensky made her debut with Opera Colorado as Papagena. She also performed as Rapunzel in Into the Woods and was the soprano soloist for Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle in Denver, Colorado. Camille attended the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where she performed the roles of Zerlina, Laurie in Oklahoma!, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the soprano solo in Fauré's Requiem. Last season Camille sang Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Townsend Opera and Fresno Grand Opera. She is currently based in New York City.

Korean baritone Sol Jin Sol Jin
Korean baritone Sol Jin sang Giorgio Germont in La Traviata at Carnegie Hall. He reprised the role with San Francisco Opera’s Merola program. He also appeared with Merola as Rodrigo in Don Carlo, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame. He sang the title role in Macbeth with the Manhattan School of Music and Germont and Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro with Long Island Opera. He received first prize in the Gerda Lissner competition and second prize in the XIV Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition. Most recently, Sol was named a national winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. He will be joining Houston Grand Opera as a Studio Artist, making his HGO debut as Valentin.


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