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					                NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL WINNERS                      2002-2003 Edition
Our most recent winners…                                   Fellow 2001 winner, mezzo-soprano
                                                           Katherine Rohrer, enjoyed a successful
         Among our most recent winners, soprano            year in 2001, performing Charlotte in Offen-
         Amanda Pabyan (2002) completed an ap-             bach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein
         prenticeship program with the renowned            with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Dorabella in
         Santa Fe Opera summer 2001, spent the             Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Western Opera Theater.
         summer 2002 with New York State’s Glim-
merglass Opera, and looks forward this season to           The 2002-2003 season promises to be an exciting
participating in the Young Artist Program at the           one for Lee Poulis, who won a special encourage-
Washington Opera.                                          ment award in 2001, as he becomes a member of the
                                                           Young Artist Program at Washington Opera, where
Second place (2002) winner, baritone Chris-                he will be covering the roles of Schaunard in
tian Van Horn will return in 2003 to Opera                 La bohème and Masetto in Don Giovanni.
Theatre of St. Louis as Angelotti in Tosca.                This past season was filled with concertizing
Earlier this season with the same company,                 for the baritone, as soloist in Haydn’s Lord
the bass performed the role of the second gravedigger      Nelson Mass at Phillips Academy in An-
in Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet. Among the accolades           dover, MA, and on a concert tour of China. Also last
he received this past season are the Richman Award         year, Lee was a vocal fellow at the Music Academy of
from Opera Theatre of St. Louis and a first place in the   the West, where he performed the role of Golaud in
2002 MacAllister Competition College Division.             Pelléas et Mélisande.
Meanwhile Christian’s wife, mezzo soprano                  Like many of our young singers, Kristina Martin, re-
Kellie Van Horn, winner of a special encour-               cipient of a special encouragement award in 2001,
agement award in 2002, was busy in the                     could also be found at Opera Theatre of St. Louis,
2001-2002 season garnering several prizes,                 where she sang the role of Sarah Pocket in Argen-
including first place in the 2001 Rosa Pon-                to’s Miss Havisham’s Fire. Add to this a recital at Bos-
selle Foundation Competition and as a finalist in the                 ton’s MFA and her selection as finalist in
2002 George London Foundation Competition. She re-                    the 2002 National Opera Association Com-
cently served as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Op-                  petition, and it becomes clear that the
era and made her debut with Opera Theatre of St.                      2001-2002 season was a great success for
Louis as Anne Morrow Lindbergh in the world pre-                      the mezzo. Earlier this year she was back
miere of Loss of Eden. For the upcoming season she         at Opera Theatre of St. Louis to perform the Third
will join Sarasota Opera for a series of fall outreach     Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and she looks forward in the
concerts, while closer to home, with Connecticut Grand     coming months to covering the role of Giovanna in
Opera, she will perform in Faust and La traviata.          Rigoletto for New York City Opera.
          Look for one of our 2001 regional and na-        In his second year with the Met’s Lindemann Young
          tional winners, Joanna Mongiardo, in             Artist Program this season, Morris Robinson (3rd
          Chattanooga for that Symphony’s Die              Place, 2001) can look forward to his debut at
          Zauberflöte and Carmina Burana. In the           the Met as Second Prisoner in Fidelio and as
          season just past, the soprano was heard          Mercury in Les Troyens. Also at the Met, the
          as soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with         bass will be covering the roles of the High
          the Detroit and Lincoln symphonies, in           Priest in Nabucco and the Night Watchman
Monadnock Music Festival’s Opera Gala, in recital at       in Die Meistersinger. In the 2001-2002 season, Mor-
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and in lighter fare as       ris joined the cast of Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s pro-
Yum-Yum in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado with          duction of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie; Seattle
the Boston Academy of Music and as Adele with              Opera’s Madama Butterfly; and Nashville Opera’s Les
Chattanooga Opera’s Die Fledermaus.                        Pêcheurs de Perles.
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           From Meg in Adamo’s Little Women at               New England 2nd place winner from 2000,
           Glimmerglass this past summer to her New          Alison Tupay became a national semi-final-
           York City Opera debut as Flora in La travia-      ist from the New York District in the Met’s
           ta earlier this fall, Sandra Piques Eddy’s        2002 auditions. This past May, Alison re-
           (2000) 2002-2003 season is shaping up to          ceived her Master of Music degree from Juil-
be no less than spectacular. Already this fall the mez-      liard. She will remain there as a Young Artist of the
zo received a Shoshana Foundation Richard F. Gold            Juilliard Opera Center, where she will be heard in
Career Grant, and later on she will cover the role of        productions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Julius
Hansel with New York City Opera, sing in Messiah at          Rudel conducting, and in the world premiere of S.
Avery Fisher Hall, bow at the Met in Parsifal, and           Paulus’s Heloise and Abelard. Closer to Boston audi-
travel south for Florida Grand Opera’s La finta giardi-      ences, at the Monadnock Music Festival in New
niera and Salome. Also in 2003, Sandra sings the             Hampshire, the mezzo-soprano recently performed in
role of Siebel in Connecticut Grand Opera’s Faust.           a gala concert this past September.
One of last year’s highlights was this singer’s debut at
                                                             Soprano Kelly Kaduce, who joined Barbara Quintil-
the Metropolitan Opera in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne
                                                             iani and Jossie Pérez in 1999 as both regional and
Schatten, where she joined Jossie Pérez (1999) for
                                                             national winners, assays Donna Elvira with Opera
L’enfant et les sortilèges, singing also in the Met pro-
                                                             Aperta; makes her New York City Opera debut as
ductions of Rigoletto and Sly.
                                                             Gretel; sings Pamina with Atlanta Opera;
          Soprano Saundra DeAthos, a 2000 final-             takes on Micaëla (Carmen) at the Krannert
          ist, will debut this October with San Fran-        Center; and bows as Mimì with both Florida
          cisco Opera as Naiad in Ariadne auf                Grand Opera and the Lyric Opera of Waco. A
          Naxos. Saundra has spent quite a bit of            highlight from last season: Marguerite in
          time in the city by the bay as part of two ac-     Gounod’s Faust with both Austin Lyric Opera and Mi-
claimed young artists programs with San Francisco            ami Grand Opera.
Opera: the Merola Program, where she sang Despi-             Regional and national winner, mezzo-sopranoJossie
na in Così fan tutte (a role she reprised with Western       Pérez (1999), in her third and final year of Met’s Lin-
Opera Theater’s 2001 tour), and the Adler Fellowship         demann Young Artist Development Program, sang
Program.                                                                 with that company’s performances of
Last year Maine Grand Opera heard Jodi                                   Hansel and Gretel, L’enfant et les sortilèg-
Frisbie (3rd place, 2000) as Pamina in                                   es, and in Met in the Park’s production of La
Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. This year, in late                             traviata. Reprising her portrayal of Carmen
summer, the soprano performed in another                                 recently performed in Valencia, Spain,
Mozart opera, this time as Donna Anna in                                 Jossie “wowed” Boston Lyric Opera audi-
Don Giovanni with Boston’s Opera Aperta. For Utah            ences with her interpretation of Bizet’s heroine earlier
Opera, Jodi takes part in that company’s stagings of         this fall. This concert season finds her in Washing-
Cold Sassy Tree and La cenerentola.                          ton, D.C., as Idamante opposite Domingo’s Idome-
                                                             neo in the eponymous opera by Mozart. At the Met it
After singing Laertes in Hamlet with Opera
                                                             will be Mercédès in Carmen, Ascanio in Les Troyens,
Theatre of St. Louis this past summer, Harold
                                                             Siebel in Faust, and Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Gray Meers (3rd place, 2000), husband of
Saundra DeAthos, is preparing for the role of                From the Verdi Requiem with the National Symphony
Pedrillo in Boston Lyric Opera’s The Abduc-                  Orchestra at the Kennedy Center to the role of First
tion from the Seraglio this fall. Later in 2003, the tenor   Lady in Cincinnati Opera’s Die Zauberflöte, soprano
makes his debut with the Opera Company of Philadel-          Barbara Quintiliani, one of the triumvirate of region-
phia as Gastone in La traviata, with a return engage-        al and national winners from 1999, had a
ment there later that year as Brighella in Ariadne auf       stunning 2001-2002 season. This coming
Naxos. Highlights of the 2000-2001 season included           year she joins the Domingo Young Artist
portrayals of Fritz in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérol-          Program at Washington Opera; debuts with
stein with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Don Ottavio with      Washington Opera as Elettra in Idomeneo;
Opera North, Valinace (cover) in Arshak II with San          and takes on Aida’s High Priestess and Donna Anna
Francisco Opera, and, closer to home, the roles of Si-       in Don Giovanni. To top this all off, Barbara’s plans
monson/Prince Myagkara in Tod Machover’s Resur-              include a recording with Buffalo Symphony of music
rection with Boston Lyric Opera.                             by Charles Griffes for the Naxos label.
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          Bass Steven Humes, a special encourage-          Orchestra. Last season found the tenor in the Mid-
          ment winner from 1999, has been busy this        west singing in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Se-
          past year with Opera Birmingham in Die           rail with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as Cassio in
          Zauberflöte, with the National Chorale in Die    Otello with Michigan Opera Theatre, and as Edgardo
          Fledermaus, with Wolf Trap Opera in Mid-         in Lucia di Lammermoor with Minnesota Opera.
summer’s Night Dream, and with four productions for
                                                                       First came her debut with Chicago Opera
New York City Opera. After his debut this summer in
                                                                       Theater this past March as the Female
Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Steven de-
                                                                       Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia,
buts with New Orleans Opera as the Sacristan in
                                                                       then the title role in La traviata with Sioux
Tosca, returns to Chattanooga Opera for Die Zauber-
                                                                       City Symphony. Now in the 2002-2003 sea-
flöte, and looks forward to “An Evening of Bass Arias”
                                                                       son, Kara Shay Thomson (1997) makes
with the Charlotte Symphony (FL).
                                                           her debut with New York’s Dicapo Opera as Adina in
Baritone Keith Phares’s (1998) 2001-2002 season            L’elisir d’amore, a role she will reprise with National
included turns as Pip in Argento’s Miss Havisham’s         Lyric Opera. Also this season, the soprano returns to
           Fire and as Charles Lindbergh in the world      Chicago Opera Theatre in The Turn of the Screw and
           premiere of Loss of Eden (Opera Theatre of      joins the Green Bay Symphony for an Opera Gala.
           St. Louis); as the Count in Le nozze di Figa-   Our other 1996 regional winner as well as a national
           ro and Demetrius in Midsummer’s Night           winner, mezzo-soprano Danièle LeBlanc
           Dream (Wolf Trap Opera); as Telemaco in Il      returns to Winnipeg this upcoming season
ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Schaunard in La bo-         as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and
hème (New York City Opera); plus debuts with the           to Québec as Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigolet-
Met in Parade, with the Marilyn Horne Foundation,          to. Danièle counts among her more recent
and in Candide with San Francisco Opera. This fall         successes the Witch in Hansel and Gretel
Keith takes on the title role in Boston Lyric Opera’s Il   for Opéra de Québec and Musetta for Calgary Op-
barbiere di Siviglia. Also in 2002-2003: Belcore in        era’s La bohème.
L’elisir d’amore with Arizona Opera; a debut with Utah
Opera in Cold Sassy Tree; and concert performanc-                      One of our two 1996 winners, Stephen Salt-
es of Béatrice et Bénédict with the New York Philhar-                  ers has a busy schedule for the upcoming
monic, Sir Colin Davis conducting.                                     season, from recitals in Belgium and in Bos-
                                                                       ton’s Jordan Hall this fall to Bach Cantatas with
After a summer touring in Florida as part of
                                                                       the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Messi-
“Sherrill Milnes and Friends,” soprano Jane
                                                           ah with San Diego Symphony during the winter months.
Shivick (1998) will center her performanc-
                                                           Other season highlights include performances in Elijah,
es this season in the New England area
                                                           Silvio in I Pagliacci, and the world premiere of Tous-
with concerts in Worcester, MA; Provi-
                                                           saint L’Ouverture. Last season the baritone was heard
dence, RI; and with the Assabet Valley Mastersing-
                                                           as Enrico in Maria di Rohan in Geneva, in an Alice Tully
ers and Symphony.
                                                           Hall recital, and in the title role of a production of Don
One of our recent finalists, Sol Kim (1998) has been       Giovanni that originated in Brussels and toured through-
tapped to teach master classes for chorus in her           out Belgium and France.
grade school. This comes after a year with
                                                           Tenor Jean-Pierre Trevisani (1995) had a
the Spectrum Resident Artist program at Vir-
                                                           busy summer this year with concerts that
ginia Opera, where the soprano covered such
                                                           have taken him to as far-flung places as Pe-
roles as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siv-
                                                           tra, Jordan, and Worcester, MA. In Paris,
iglia and Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in
                                                           where he makes his home, Jean-Pierre re-
maschera, and sang with their outreach program. In
                                                           cently joined the cast of the Paris Opéra for the role
the Boston area, Sol portrayed Micaëla in a recent
                                                           of Rodriguez in Massenet’s Don Quichotte.
Longwood Opera production of Carmen.
                                                           This past season, audiences in the New England
        Theodore Green (1997) will travel from Swe-        area had a chance to hear our 1994 regional and na-
        den to Canada next season where he per-            tional winner, soprano Sheryl Heather Co-
        forms Rodolfo in La bohème with Royal              hen, in a gala concert to open the Sylvan
        Swedish Opera and Vancouver Opera. In the          Opera season, for an evening of Gilbert and
        U.S. Ted has been invited to sing the Duke in      Sullivan with Fairfield County Chorale, and in
Verdi’s Rigoletto with Nevada Opera and to perform         Boston for a concert featuring music of
in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Louisville      Mozart and Schubert with Newton Choral Society.
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One of our regional finalists in 1994, baritone Lester     Die Fledermaus, the role of his Vancouver Opera de-
Lynch will be busy again in the 2002-2003 season           but last season. Another of the baritone’s debuts last
with his debut at Michigan Opera Theater as Renato         season was in the role of Karl Magnus in A Little
in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. Lester will also be       Night Music at Utah Opera.
featured in the Met’s production of Carmen as
                                                           The New England Regional Auditions have helped
Dancairo. For Chicago Lyric Opera, he reprises the
                                                           launched the careers of many notable mezzo-sopra-
role of Tonio in I Pagliacci after a successful run last
                                                           nos, not least among them Mary Ann McCormick
season in the same role at the Dayton Opera. Perfor-
                                                           (1990), who this season is back at the Met to sing
mances of Fauré’s Requiem with the Duluth Superior
                                                           Flora in La traviata and Mercédès in Carmen. Also in
Orchestra and Carmina Burana with the Fox Valley
                                                           the next months, Mary Ann will perform with Pro Mu-
Symphony will help to round out his season.
                                                           sica Columbus two very different works, Handel’s
The New York Philharmonic featured our 1993 win-           Messiah and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity. This
          ner Jill Grove as mezzo soloist recently in      past season was capped by a late-summer produc-
          Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, a particularly       tion of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with the Berk-
          exciting evening for Jill who was making her     shire Opera Company, where she sang Mrs. Grose.
          debut with the orchestra. This comes on the      Earlier in the previous season it was Hansel in Hansel
          heels of an exciting 2001-2002 season,           and Gretel and Olga in Eugene Onegin, both at Op-
which saw her performing the same piece at BSO’s           era Colorado.
Tanglewood Festival. Singing Magdalene in the Met’s        Guiping Deng, a 1990 finalist, recently sang the role
production of Die Meistersinger, recorded for PBS          of Micaëla alongside Jossie Perez’s Car-
Telecast, as well as her debut with English National       men for Boston Lyric’s fall production of the
Opera in Kovanshchina were other 2001-2002 high-           Bizet favorite. Guiping adds a few more
lights for the rising star.                                Mimì’s to her career this season with perfor-
Making her debut with the Boston Lyric Opera in Oc-        mances of La bohème with the Sacramento
tober as Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia was a real       Opera and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.
highlight for 1993 finalist Janna Baty. The soprano        Puccini was the composer of choice for the soprano
         continues to build upon the many successes        last season when she performed her signature Cio-
         from last season, when she was heard in           Cio San from Madama Butterfly for Winston Salem
         several solo recitals throughout the United       Opera (NC) and Arizona Opera.
         States. Looking to the future, Janna will be
                                                           Kathryn Honan-Carter, one of our 1990 finalists,
         singing the role of the Duchess in Thomas
                                                           was recently featured in Opera International’s produc-
         Adès’s new opera, Powder Her Face, with
                                                           tion of Cavalli’s rarely performed opera L’Ormindo.
the Boston Modern Orchestra, slotted for their Opera
                                                           Elsewhere the mezzo-soprano sang Hansel in
Unlimited Festival.
                                                           Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Capital City Op-
Just this past summer our 1991 winner, soprano Di-         era) and Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia
ane Alexander, made her debut with Chautauqua              (Opera Delaware).
Opera as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Wid-
                                                           Dean Anthony (1989) will be much in demand this
ow. This fall promises performances with the
                                                           season with such highlights as his debut with San
Indianapolis Opera as Rosalinde in Die Fle-
                                                           Francisco Opera in Turandot and Ariadne
dermaus and, for Florentine Opera in Mil-
                                                           auf Naxos; performances of Die Fledermaus
waukee, the reprise of a role that served as
                                                           with Virginia Opera; Les Contes d’Hoffmann
her debut for Washington Opera last season, Cur-
                                                           with Palm Beach Opera; and Madama But-
ley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men. Memorable from last
                                                           terfly with Connecticut Grand Opera. The
season were Diane’s acclaimed title-role portrayal of
                                                           tenor enjoyed another success this summer in the
The Merry Widow for Arizona Opera and Leila from
                                                           Lake George production of Die Entführung aus dem
Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles with Nashville Opera.
                                                           Serail as Pedrillo, this after an exciting 2001-2002
Operetta is part of Sam Mungo’ s (1991) upcoming           season with performances in Orlando for Les Contes
season, including appearances with the Knoxville           d’Hoffmann, in Baltimore for Die Zauberflöte, in both
Opera as Danilo in Léhar’s The Merry Widow and             Memphis and Nashville for Turandot, in Milwaukee for
with the Utah Opera as Falke in J. Strauss’s               Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in Vancouver for his
                                                           debut there as Curley in Of Mice and Men.
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          National winner Dominique Labelle (1989)        breadth of repertory, from Romilda in Handel’s Xerx-
          continues to establish herself as one of the    es in various cities in Germany to Phénice in Gluck’s
          premier singers of oratorios with perfor-       Armide in Ludwigshafen to Clorinda in Rossini’s La
          mances last season of Debussy’s Le Mar-         cenerentola with Theater Bielefeld.
          tyre de St. Sébastien with Orchestre de
                                                          In the new season Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1985)
Paris; Haydn’s The Creation with Boston’s Handel &
                                                          is scheduled to record the role of Idamante in
Haydn Society; several Messiahs with the orchestras
                                                          Mozart’s Idomeneo on the EMI label, with Sir
of Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Cleveland; Alex-
                                                          Charles Mackerras conducting. This fall the
ander’s Feast with St. Louis Symphony; and as so-
                                                          mezzo will present a much-anticipated solo
prano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with
                                                          recital in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as
Utah Symphony. Not surprisingly, this season ce-
                                                          part of their Art of the Song series. Idomeneo also
ments this reputation with performances of music by
                                                          featured in Lorraine’s performances last season,
Bach (B-Minor Mass) with the Handel & Haydn Soci-
                                                          when she sang in concert performances of the Mozart
ety; Handel (Gloria and Messiah) with Philadelphia
                                                          masterpiece at the Edinburgh Festival. At the Met she
Orchestra and the Göttingen Handel Festival
                                                          reprised her world-premiere performance in The
(Jeptha); Mozart (Requiem) with Seattle Symphony;
                                                          Great Gatsby.
and Beethoven (Ninth Symphony) with the Rhode Is-
land Philharmonic.                                        Ann Panagulias, our 1985 winner, joined Keith
                                                          Phares at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis this past
After an exhilarating season that included his debut at   summer for the world premiere of Loss of
Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile as Ford in Ver-     Eden in the role of Anna Hauptmann, her de-
di’s Falstaff and a return to the Met for the company’s   but with that company. Milwaukee audiences
new production of War and Peace and to cov-               were treated to her interpretation of the role
er Ford in Falstaff, baritone Haijing Fu (1987-           of Helena in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s
88) can look forward to another first in the              Dream. This November the soprano will per-
new season: the leading role of Seikyo in the             form Micaëla for the Opera Company of Philadel-
world premiere of Tan Dun’s new opera, Tea,               phia’s production of Carmen. Ann returns to Portland
at the Netherlands Opera and at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.     Opera this season once again to sing Catherine in A
Still very much owning the title role in Carmen, mez-     View from the Bridge.
zo-soprano Denyce Graves (1987-88) will portray the
                                                          Tenor Marcus Haddock (1984) took a star turn in
ill-fated gypsy in 2002-2003 with the Opéra de Paris,
                                                                    Don Carlo earlier this summer in Cologne,
the Met, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Opera Narad-
                                                                    and this fall will be heard as the title charac-
owa in Warsaw, Poland. In a different vein, Denyce
                                                                    ter in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
bows as Judith in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle with
                                                                    with Los Angeles Opera. Returning once
the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the early part of 2003.
                                                                    again this year to the Met, Marcus sings
Solo recitals are part of the mix, too, with ap-
                                                          Faust in Gounod’s opera by the same name and Al-
pearances planned for many US cities, in-
                                                          fredo in Verdi’s La traviata. Among recent standout
cluding Denver, Pittsburgh, Boston,
                                                          engagements are performances as Pinkerton with
Washington, DC, Naples (FL), Charlotte, and
                                                          Washington Opera and a debut at Barcelona’s Te-
Storrs, CT. Last season found Denyce tackling roles
                                                          atre Liceu as Alfredo in La traviata.
as diverse as Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann)
with Washington Opera, Federica (Luisa Miller) in         Some of the highlights of last season for Victoria Liv-
Met’s new production, the title character of Offen-       engood (1984) include Baba the Turk in The Rake’s
bach’s La Périchole with Opera Company of Philadel-       Progress at Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón; Giulietta in
phia, and Dalila (Samson et Dalila).                      Les Contes d’Hoffmann for the Washington Opera;
                                                          Meg Page in Falstaff, her debut role for San
Once again this year, Germany becomes the home
                                                          Francisco Opera; Helene in the Met’s War
          base for soprano Deborah Cole’s (1986)
                                                          and Peace; and Baba in Menotti’s The Medi-
          performances, including Norina in Donizet-
                                                          um for the Spoleto Festival in Italy. This up-
          ti’s Don Pasquale in Frankfurt and Gretel
                                                          coming season promises to be no less
          with the Deutsche Opera. Deborah will also
                                                          noteworthy for the mezzo-soprano, who has sched-
          undertake a series of concerts this season
                                                          uled the roles of Carmen and Prince Orlovsky for the
with the Johann Strauss Orchestra. High points from
                                                          Met, Dalila for Opera Carolina’s Samson et Dalila,
last year showed Deborah in her characteristic
                                                          and Carmen for the Jacksonville Symphony.
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          Lisa Saffer (1984), acclaimed for her inter-     Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore, while Miami
          pretations of the Classical and Baroque rep-     Grand Opera operagoers heard the mezzo
          ertoire, returned last season to                 as the Innkeeper/Hostess in Mussorgsky’s
          Glimmerglass Opera as Angelica in Haydn’s        epic Boris Godunov alongside James Mor-
          Orlando Paladino. Also this season, the so-      ris in the title role. 2002-2003 proves to be
prano adds the role of Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare to       an equally exciting season for Sondra as she per-
her repertoire for performances with the Utah Opera        forms Herodias in Strauss’s Salome for both Lyric
and sings Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera with       Opera of Kansas City and Connecticut Grand Opera
Pittsburgh Opera. Equally at home in modern works,         and Mirinda in L’Ormindo for Opera International in
Lisa made quite a success of the title role of Berg’s      Washington, DC.
Lulu at English National Opera last year.
                                                                     The 2002-2003 season for our 1981 finalist
Tosca in Stuttgart, Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and                     Sharon Baker promises an exciting travers-
Bess with New York City Opera, Giorgetta in Pucci-                   al of Baroque masterpieces including a per-
           ni’s Il tabarro, Nedda in Leoncavallo’s I Pa-             formance of Ulysses with Boston Baroque;
           gliaccci with Connecticut Grand Opera, and                Messiah in Poland for Easter Week Festi-
           the title role in Floyd’s Susannah with Op-     val and with Portland Baroque Orchestra (OR); as
           era Carolina are some of the roles as-          well as the title role in Handel’s Theodora with Bos-
           sumed this past season by our 1983 winner,      ton Baroque. Last season was a banner one for the
           Marquita Lister. This season the soprano        soprano, highlighted by a New Year’s Concert with
can be found again at the New York City Opera as           Boston Baroque.
Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, at Stuttgart’s Staat-        This season saw soprano Janice Hall (1976)
stheater as Aida and Mimì, at Connecticut Grand Op-        singing the title role in Strauss’s Salome in
era and New Orleans Opera as Salome, and again in          Hof, Germany, and the heroine in Verdi’s La
Stuttgart for the title role of Aida.                      traviata in Shreveport, LA. Janice reprises her
This past season Opera Carolina audiences had a            celebrated portrayal of Salome once again this year in
chance to hear our 1982 winner Sondra Kelly as             Kaiserslautern, Germany, with Bernd Weikl directing.

				
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