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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

Canadian mezzo-soprano Michelle Siemens Michelle Siemens
Canadian mezzo-soprano Michelle Siemens spent the 2016 winter season with the Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artist Program. She has been a finalist in the Alan M. & Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition and the Canadian Opera Company’s Gala Competition. Previous credits include The Magic Flute (Third Lady), Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth (Third Witch and Third Apparition), Verdiand Mozart Requiems (mezzo-soprano soloist), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), and Dido and Aeneas (Dido). Michelle has performed with Opera on the Avalon and the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, as well as the Yorkshire Opera Workshop and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.

Olivia Smith, soprano Olivia Smith
Olivia Smith, soprano, is a young artist and teacher in New York City. Her concert work has included the Lord Nelson Mass, Ein Deutsches Requiem, The Messiah, and Ceremony of Carols. She has performed in the Westchester Arts, the AIMS Lieder, and the Sherrill Milnes VOICExperience Festivals. Prior roles include Casilda (The Gondoliers), Fiordiligi, Bea (Three Decembers), Papagena, and Drusilla (L’Incoronazione di Poppea). Olivia holds a bachelor of music degree from Vanderbilt University and a master of music from the Mannes College of Music.

Canadian soprano Olivia Smith Olivia Smith
Canadian soprano Olivia Smith, 17 years old, is currently a high school student in British Columbia. She began singing classically at the age of 7 and is currently a grade 10 Royal Conservatory and Conservatory student. She received a gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 2015 Olivia performed her first operatic role as Barbarina in Opera Kelowna's production of Le Nozze di Figaro. She also performed the part of Mary in the commissioned cantata Childhood of Christ by Canadian composer Arnold Draper, as well as numerous solo performances for Opera Kelowna events.

tenor Pavel Suliandziga Pavel Suliandziga
A master’s graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in 2015, tenor Pavel Suliandziga is now completing his professional studies diploma at the Mannes College of Music. His roles include Trike and Lensky in Eugene Onegin with the Russian Academy of Music, Tamino with RAM in collaboration with ESMUC in Barcelona, Spain, Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), and Nemorino with Mannes. Pavel was also a solo performer in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the RAM Orchestra. He was the first-place winner in 2013 and 2014 with AADGT in New York, performing in Carnegie Hall, and third-prize winner in the Bella Voce competition in Moscow. He was also a participant in the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg.

Soprano Lee Hyun Sung Lee Hyun Sung
Soprano Lee Hyun Sung hails from Seoul, South Korea. Previous roles include Donna Anna, Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw, Fiordiligi with the Merkava Singers,  Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica with the New School, and Gilda with Seoul National University. She has received awards from the Korea Voice, the Sejong-Maekyung, the Seil Korean Art Songs, the Sung-Jung, the Hanyang, and the Kyungwon competitions. She is a P.S.D. student at the Mannes College of Music.

Louisa Rose Tringali, soprano Louisa Rose Tringali
Louisa Rose Tringali, soprano, is pursuing her bachelor of music degree in vocal performance at Peabody Conservatory. At Peabody, she has appeared in productions of Dialogues des carmélites, Cendrillon, and as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Louisa has been a guest soloist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra twice. In 2016 she was a guest artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in their weekday concert series. Last summer, Louisa was a scholarship recipient at Songfest.

Morgan Whitney, soprano Morgan Whitney
Morgan Whitney, soprano, has played Nannetta (Falstaff), Sandman (Hänsel und Gretel), First Knitter (A Game of Chance), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), and Zerlina. She has also appeared in scenes from Cendrillon, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Orlando. This July she will be seen as Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Midwest Institute of Opera. Morgan earned her master of music in vocal performance at Westminster College of the Arts in May 2016.

Benson Wilson, baritone Benson Wilson
Born in New Zealand of Samoan descent, Benson Wilson, baritone, completed his B.Mus. (Hons) in 2014 at the University of Auckland. He recently sang Schaunard in La Bohème. In 2015 Benson won three prizes in the finals of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Award, which will allow him to study in London in 2016. In 2014, he was a finalist in three major competitions: the North Shore Aria, the New Zealand Aria in Rotorua, and the Lexus Song Quest, New Zealand’s most prestigious singing competition.  He won third prize in the New Zealand Aria and second prize in the biennial Lexus Song Quest.

Soprano Yun Xie (Melody) Yun Xie (Melody)
Soprano Yun Xie (Melody) is a second-year master’s degree candidate at the Manhattan School of Music. She made her debut as Zhuoma in Encounter in the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing. Previous credits includeMusettaand Macbeth (Attendance). Scene work includes Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Adina, andVioletta. She was a third-prize winner in the National Conservatory Art  Song Competition in Beijing.

Baritone Young Kwang Yoo Young Kwang Yoo
Baritone Young Kwang Yoo was born in South Korea, where he graduated from Seoul National University. He got his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Young Kwang was a first-prize winner in the Osaka International Competition, Japan. Previous credits include Rigoletto with Seoul National University; Marcello, Frederic in Lakmé, and Miller in Luisa Miller with MSM; Ben in The Telephone with Te Art Ro Productions; and  Sharplesswith the Martina Arroyo Foundation. He also performed in Ibert’s Persée et Andromède as Le Monstre Cathos in the U.S. premiere with MSM. He made his Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center debuts in Carmina Burana as a baritone soloist.

Wenjie Zhang, mezzo-soprano Wenjie Zhang
Wenjie Zhang, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate of Hangzhou Normal University and is currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music. She is a winner of the Silver Prize of the 5th International Chinese Arts Festival. Her roles include Cherubino, Nicklausse, Siebel, Rosina, Beppe, Sesto, and Orlofsky.

Mezzo-soprano Daiyao Zhong Daiyao Zhong
Mezzo-soprano Daiyao Zhong comes from Guangzhou, China. She is a freshman at the Manhattan School of Music. She was a performer in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 16th Asian Games and Guangzhou 2010 Para Games. As a competitor, she won the Golden Prize in the National Youth Art Competition, The Stars of Huaxia, in Beijing. She participated in the 8th World Choir Games in Latvia and won the Champion of the Music of Spirit and Faith Group with her high school choir.

Greek-American soprano Maria Eleni Zollo Maria Eleni Zollo
Greek-American soprano Maria Eleni Zollo is entering her senior year at the Mannes School of Music. She is the co-founder of Opera in the Works, as well as choir director and organist at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn, N.Y. In April, Maria Eleni made her debut as soloist with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, singing Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate” and the Benedictusfrom Haydn’s Mass No. 7. Maria Eleni is also a soloist with the Alexiad Chorale, performing in the Archbishop Iakovos Memorial Concert as well as in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. She sang the roles of Gherardino in Mannes Opera’s Gianni Schicchi and First Page in Tannhäuser with Apotheosis Opera.


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


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