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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

Daniela Magura, mezzo-soprano Daniela Magura
Daniela Magura is a mezzo-soprano who just finished the second year of her undergraduate degree at the Mannes College of Music. She has performed in numerous opera scene roles, including the Sorceress/Spirit in Dido and Aeneas this past April. She previously attended the Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy.

Adam Margulies, baritone Adam Margulies
Adam Margulies is a classically trained baritone who has performed onstage in professional companies, festivals, and recital series internationally and is a winner of the UNESCO-sponsored Orfeo Competition.  Recently he produced the film The Bohemians, in which he sang the role of Marcello. Adam has written for several publications as a critic and has also written and published poetry and screenplays. He is currently working on a book on the development and maintenance of the heldentenor voice.

Tereza Marshall, soprano Tereza Marshall
Tereza Marshall is a soprano from Prague, Czech Republic. She studied in the Prague Conservatory of Music. She worked in the Merola opera program and joined the Verismo Opera Company in Vallejo, California. Tereza attended the Summerfest at the Curtis Institute of Music and an international vocal program in Carlsbad, Czech Republic. She performed in various concerts around the Czech Republic, singing international anthems for the Continental Hockey League. She also worked in the Prague Cabaret. She performed Christine in a Phantom of the Opera production in Prague. Tereza will attend the Mediterranean Opera Studio in Sicily, working on the role of Violetta.

Kelly Miller, soprano Kelly Miller
Kelly Miller is a soprano from Rockaway, New Jersey. She is a first-year M.M. opera student at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she recently performed the role of the Plaintiffin Trial by Jury.Kelly received her B.A. from New York University in Classical Voice Performance and performed the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. She also was Christine in the national regional premiere of The Phantom of the Opera. In 2011 Kelly won the N.Y. Mets National Anthem Search and sang at Citi Field.

Maudee Montierre, soprano Maudee Montierre
Maudee Montierre, soprano, is a Ph.D. student at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. She received her master’s cum laude from the Royal Academy of Music. Maudee was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Singing Competition in Norrköping, Sweden. She sang Maria Stuarda for Cape Town Opera and appeared as Contessa di Folleville (Il Viaggio a Reims) and Lady with a Hand Mirror (Postcard from Morocco). She sang the Queen of the Night for Brent Opera in London and Gretel for Opera Holloway in Edinburgh. This year she sang Konstanze and Donna Anna for the Darling Music Experience and Musetta for Wig Opera Company.

Andrew Moore, bass-baritone Andrew Moore
Andrew Moore, a bass-baritone from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, is currently working for his B.M. in education at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Andrew recently sang Guglielmo in the Rutgers production of Così fan tutte. His previous credits include Bernstein’s Candide and Handel’s Acis and Galatea.  Andrew also performed as a soloist with the Rutgers University Glee Club in their European tour in 2015.

Emily Mwila, soprano Emily Mwila
Emily Mwila is a soprano of New Zealand and Zambian heritage. She holds a B.A. in modern languages and Asian Studies from Victoria University, Wellington. While completing her degree, she studied classical singing privately and made a living as a freelance vocalist performing at various concerts and events. Last year she was selected as a semifinalist in the McDonald’s Aria contest in Sydney, Australia. In August she will make her operatic debut as Zerlina in a production of Don Giovanni held in her hometown, Wellington. She plans to further her operatic studies in the United States in the coming year.

Korean soprano Jungwon Na Jungwon Na
A second-year master’s student at the Manhattan School of Music, Korean soprano Jungwon Na’s previous credits include Despina with Manhattan K Studio Opera. Her scene work includes Gilda and Despina with New York Summer Opera and Pamina at MSM. She was the first-prize winner in the Forte International Music Competition, 2015-16.

Australian-Armenian bass and pianist Christopher Nazarian Christopher Nazarian
Australian-Armenian bass and pianist Christopher Nazarian is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His credentials include a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in piano performance and a diploma and master’s in opera performance. As a concert pianist, Christopher credits his five performances of piano concertos with orchestra as highlights of his pianistic career to date. He has been a finalist and prizewinner of several Australian national singing competitions, such as the Opera Foundation for Young Australians, and performed as choral soloist at the Sydney Opera House. He is currently an adjunct performer with Sydney's Pacific Opera Company.

Baritone Marko Pantelić Marko Pantelic
Baritone Marko Pantelić is a native of Belgrade, Serbia. He is a junior at the Belgrade University of the Arts, School of Music. Marko made his professional debut singing the role of Zoroastro in Handel's Orlando with New Belgrade Opera. He sang baritone solos in Durufle's Requiem and Messe Cum Jubilo, as well as Ramirez’s Misa Criolla. Marko has received prizes in several international competitions in Serbia and Croatia, and has performed in Montenegro, Bosnia, Romania, Greece, Spain, and Russia.

Soprano Sara Papini Sara Papini
Soprano Sara Papini is currently completing a post-graduate degree at the Mannes College of Music. Her operatic performances include Musetta, Norina, Gilda, Contessa(Le Nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna, Princess (L’Enfant et les sortileges), Micaëla, Tina in Jonathan Dove’s Flight,  and, most recently, Adina with Mannes Opera. Sara’s orchestral experience includes performances with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra and as a featured artist with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra.

Brett Pardue, tenor Brett Pardue
Brett Pardue, tenor, was born in North Carolina, where he performed regularly with the Asheville Lyric Opera. In 2012, he studied at the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy, and won the Performance Prize. Before attending UGA to study with former Metropolitan Opera baritone Frederick Burchinal, he worked for Cincinnati Opera during the 2014 season. In recent years, he has won both the Atlanta Music Club Competition and Mobile Opera's Madame Rose Scholarship. Brett performs with Capitol City Opera, UGA Opera Theatre, and the Athens Choral Society.


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


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