2018 Finalists

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Matthew Cossack, baritone

Matthew Cossack, baritone, is a Graduate Student in the M.M.A program at the Yale School of Music. He recently graduated Mannes College, and was awarded the Mannes Opera Career Grant. Previous roles with Mannes include Belcore in L’Elisir D’amore, John Brooke in Little Women, Don Alfonso in Così Fan Tutte,  and the Old Doctor in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa. Opera News reviewed his performance of

Brooke Dircks, soprano

Lauded for her “impressive and youthful sound,”  Maryland-born soprano Brooke Dircks was recently awarded a grant from the Wagner Society of New York.   In 2017 she placed third in the Meistersinger competition in Graz, Austria and also received an Encouragement Award in the 2017 New Orleans MONC District auditions.   She has performed the roles of

Abigail Dock, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Abigail Dock hails from Medford, Oregon. Most recently, she was a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, singing Amastre in Handel’s Xerxes, and was a 2015/16 Resident Artist with the Portland Opera, where she performed the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin and Third Lady in The Magic Flute. Other recent roles include Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina, Minskwoman

Celeste Godin, soprano

Celeste Godin (soprano) will be performing this spring as Miss Havisham in MetroWest Opera’s production of Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, and as Mimi in Boston Opera Collaborative’s (BOC) production of La bohème.   Earlier this season, she performed two roles in the Opera Bites program with BOC, and with Odyssey Opera as a chorister and as the soprano

EphiGenia Nicole Kastanas, soprano

Aspiring young artist and vocalist, Soprano, EphiGenia Nicole Kastanas hails from New England.  She embarked on her musical journey from church choir member to classical music opera performer, with pivotal roles in the United States, Europe and Canada.  Her vocal educational credentials begin with her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of

Daniel Noyola, bass-baritone

Bass-baritone Daniel Noyola is in his last year as a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts from San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He attended Conservatorio Nacional de Música de México. Daniel won First Place in Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Competition in 2016, Third place in the Meistersinger competition 2016 in Graz, Austria, became

Andrew Paulson, baritone

Recognized for his “strong voice” and “convincingly authoritative character”, Andrew Paulson is quickly emerging on the American Opera scene. Recent career highlights include Paul Jobs in the world premiere workshop of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe Opera, Jim Crowley in An American Dream with Opera Maine, Roger Chillingworth in the world premiere

Erica Petrocelli, soprano

Praised for her “unusual but alluring timbre” (BachTrack) and “robust singing,” soprano Erica Petrocelli is quickly establishing herself as a notable singer of the lyric repertoire. Erica began her 2017-2018 season with two performances in concert, both in NEC’s Jordan Hall: the first being Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans with Odyssey Opera, where she sang

Zaray Rodriguez, mezzo-soprano

Cuban American Mezzo-Soprano Zaray Rodriguez is quickly making her mark as a young artist in operatic and concert work. Ms. Rodriguez has been a recipient of multiple grants and scholarships including Career Bridges Grant, Heida Hermanns International Vocal Competition, and the Society of Arts and Letters National Competition. Locally, Rodriguez has recently been seen performing

Yi Wang, soprano

Yi Wang,Soprano,received her Master of Music degree in Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Wang won the Second prize in the 4th International Competition of Young Opera Singers named after Maxim Mikhailov in Kaluga, and the Fourth prize in the International Competition for Performers of Vocal Chamber Music named after Maxim Mikhailov in Russia, as well

Xiaomeng Zhang, baritone

Baritone Xiaomeng Zhang is an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies student from Wenzhou, China, studying at Juilliard with Marlena Malas. Past performances include Tancredi in Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda at Carnegie Hall; Kuligin in Katya Kabanova, Minskman in Flight, Giove in La Calisto, and Presto in Les mamelles de Tirésias with Juilliard Opera;

Katherine Luellen2018 Finalists