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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

Soprano Juri Jung Juri Jung
Soprano Juri Jung was born in Seoul, Korea, and is a first-year master's degree candidate at the Manhattan School of Music. Previous credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Blonde), Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Così fan tutte (Despina), and Hänsel und Gretel (Dew Fairy).

Megan Kalberer, mezzo-soprano Megan Kalberer
Megan Kalberer, mezzo-soprano, is an undergraduate majoring in music education at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she will be a senior in the fall.  Megan most recently sang the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier in opera scenes. Other credits include Trial by Jury, Acis and Galatea, and Candide.

Marisa Karchin, soprano Marisa Karchin
Marisa Karchin, soprano, completed her master’s degree in vocal performance at the Mannes School of Music in 2016, after earning a B.A. from Yale University. While at Mannes, she sang with Utopia Opera and the Mannes Sounds Festival, and will perform in a new production of Robert Ashley’s Dust in the fall. Marisa recently appeared with the Kronos Quartet, the Mannes Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective. This summer she will join the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh SummerFest as a studio artist.

Soprano EphiGenia Kastanas EphiGenia Kastanas
Soprano EphiGenia Kastanas is a master’s graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. She graduated summa cum laude and received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Hartt School of Music. Her credits in the United States and Europe include MSM’s 2016 production of L’Enfant et les sortilèges (L’Enfant cover), Papagena, Erster Knabe, the title role in Bagatelle, Le Mariage aux Lanternes (Catherine), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Antonia understudy), La Périchole (Brambilla), and scenes from Carmen (Frasquita), Die Fledermaus (Adele, Rosalinda), and Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna).

Korean bass-baritone Geeseop Kim Geeseop Kim
A second-year master’s student at the Manhattan School of Music, Korean bass-baritone Geeseop Kim’s credits include Così fan tutte (Alfonso) with New York Summer Opera, Macbeth by Ernest (Lennox), Luisa Miller (Walter), and Albert Herring (Budd) with MSM, Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro) with Chugye University, and the title role in Don Pasquale with Hanyang University. Scene work includes Dulcamara, Don Giovanni, and Leporello with the Seung Eum Voice Ensemble. Geeseop was a finalist in the 2016 Verismo Opera Competition, a third-place winner in the 2016 New Jersey State Opera Competition, and a second-place winner in the 2016 Ades Vocal Competition at MSM.

Soprano Jaeyeon Kim Jaeyeon Kim
Soprano Jaeyeon Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Ewha University and will receive her master’s degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2016. Her credits include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She has appeared with the Korean National Opera and studied at CoOperative. She has also participated in the  Indiana University Music Festival and the Music Journal Rookie Concert.

Soprano Sujin Kim Sujin Kim
Soprano Sujin Kim is currently completing her master of music degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she recently sang soprano soloist in Bach’s Cantata No. 68. Sujin debuted with the Opera House di Roma as Mimì. She has performed the roles of Adina with the Garden State Opera and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte in Korea. She sang soprano solos with the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Daejeon Civic Youth Choir, and participated in various concerts and recitals at the Seoul Art Center, Sejong Art Center, Daejeon Art Center, and CBS Christian broadcast. Sujin studied at Sungshin University, the Accademia Internazionale di Musica "Opera House" di Roma, and the Musik Hochschule Mannheim Music Academy.

Soprano Zoe Chunghui Kim Zoe Chunghui Kim
Soprano Zoe Chunghui Kim is a first-year master's student. She graduated from Ewha Woman's University in 2014 with a bachelor of music degree in classical voice. She has participated in several scene works and given solo and joint recitals at Indiana University and UC Davis. She also appeared in variety of concerts in Seoul, Korea, and performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem and Verdi's Requiem.

Russian-born soprano Elizaveta Kozlova Elizaveta Kozlova
Russian-born soprano Elizaveta Kozlova is pursuing her bachelor’s degree at the Mannes School of Music. She appeared as a soloist at the Moscow International House of Music, performing Lilacs by Rachmaninoff and Quia Respexit from Bach’s Magnificat in 2015. Elizaveta is a first-prize winner of Canada’s Kiwanis International Music Festival and a recipient of the Best Senior Vocalist Trophy from Toronto’s North York Music Festival. Her first professional performance was as a member of the Bolshoi Theatre’s Children Chorus, singing in Turandot. Elizaveta performed the role of First Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in an MSM production.

Tenor Taehwan Ku Taehwan Ku
Tenor Taehwan Ku graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. He was Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in Martina Arroyo’s Prelude of Performance Program in 2015. And he also portrayed Rodolfo with Yonsei University and MSM. He sang the role of Persée in Persée et Andromede in2016 with MSM. Taehwan was a Grand Prize winner at the Music Journal Competition and Korea Young Artist Competition.

Alexei Kuznetsov, tenor Alexei Kuznetsov
Alexei Kuznetsov, tenor, was born on May 28, 1991, in Ukraine. The winner of the X Factor and of the Junior Boxing Championship, he sang in his church choir. At the age of 17, he entered the Donetsk Musical College and was later an intern at the Donetsk National State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. Alexei sang opera arias on the main square of Ukraine and at charity concerts and was invited to perform at Pierre Cardin’s anniversary. He sang the Ukrainian National Anthem at EURO 2012 and at the World Boxing Association Championships, and performed in Switzerland, Romania, China, Russia, and Austria. Alexei sings in nine languages.

Mexican-Italian baritone Omar Lara Omar Lara
Mexican-Italian baritone Omar Lara studied at the National School of Music and  Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli in Mexico City. He sang Melchiorin Amahl and the Night Visitors with CONACULTA. Other roles include El Rey in Montsalvatge’s El Gato con Botas in the 39th Cervantino International Festival,Don Alfonso with Oberlin in Italy,Gasparo in Donizetti’s Rita in Guadalajara, and Gianni Schicciwith the Zacatecas Philharmonic Orchestra. He sang Marcello with the Bellas Artes Opera Company alongside Ramón Vargas and Ainhoa Arteta. He won first prize and the Bellas Artes Opera Award in the 7th International Sinaloa Singing Competition. He is a second-year resident artist of the SIVAM Opera Workshop in Mexico City. Future engagements include the roles of Belcore and Gasparo with Bellas Artes and Escamillo in Tequila’s International Operatic Festival 2016.

Xiao bin Ma, soprano Xiao bin Ma
Soprano Xiao bin Ma is a graduate of Shadong University of the Arts. She has won a number of awards, including first prize in the Hong Kong International Vocal Contest. She was on Shandong TV children’s channel in their 2013 June gala and participated in other musical events in China.

Elizabeth Madama, soprano Elizabeth Madama
Elizabeth Madama, soprano, recently sang solos in Rossini’s Petite Messe at the Rossini Opera Academy, Canada, and attended the Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro Rossini Festival. Last season she sang solos in Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Canticum Novum and the Mozart Requiem with West Village Choral Society, as well as Musetta with New York Lyric Opera and Giunone in La Calisto with the Baroque Opera Workshop. Additional roles include Susanna and Zerlina, Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice), and Virtù (L’Incoronazione di Poppea). Elizabeth was a 2015 Rossini finalist, Palm Springs Guild; semifinalist at the Jensen Foundation; and 2013 semifinalist for the New York Oratorio Society. An honors graduate of the University of Chicago, she also studied in Berlin and Rome.


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