2013 Wisconsin District Singers
JUSTING BERKOWITZ, Tenor
JUSTIN BERKOWITZ, tenor, recently completed his Master of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Michigan where he studied with Stanford Olsen and Freda Herseth. At Michigan, Justin was seen as the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Male Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, Sellem in The Rake’s Progress, and as Lucano and First Soldier in L’incoronazione di Poppea. At Michigan, Justin performed the tenor solos in the Bach B-Minor Mass and in Carmina Burana with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Justin received his Bachelors degrees in Voice Performance and English from Lawrence University and Conservatory where he studied with Kenneth Bozeman. While at Lawrence, he appeared as Jenik in The Bartered Bride, Herisson in L’etoile, Gherardo inGianni Schicchi, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and as the title role in Candide. Justin has performed with groups such as the Osh Kosh Symphony, Dudley Birder Chorale, Janesville Choral Union, and Flint Symphony Orchestra. Justin has held apprenticeships with the College Light Opera Company, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, and the Ohio Light Opera Company. Currently, Justin is working as a young artist with Chicago Opera Theater.
LAUREN DECKER, Mezzo Soprano
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GABRIELLA GUILFOIL, Mezzo Soprano
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ALEXANDRA KASSOUF, Soprano
Alexandra Kassouf, soprano, balances her interests between early music and contemporary works. This year, she has had the pleasure of participating in the Castleton Festival and of joining the Cincinnati Chamber Opera in their inaugural season, covering Galatea (Acis and Galatea). In Castleton, she performed as Helena in scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Despina in scenes from Cosí fan tutte, and Frasquita in scenes from Carmen. Recently, Ms. Kassouf premiered scenes from Styria by Sarah Hutchings and sang the role of Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) for CCM’s “Making Mozart.” She has also enjoyed the roles of Polly Peachum (The Threepenny Opera) and Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and has been a soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. A two-time winner of the Wisconsin District NATS Auditions, Ms. Kassouf continues to perform actively in southeastern Wisconsin. She frequently collaborates with Kalliope Vocal Arts, with whom she performed the role of Musetta in scenes from La Bohème. Ms. Kassouf earned a Master of Music from CCM and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
KANGMIN JUSTIN KIM, Countertenor
Kangmin Justin Kim is a Korean-American countertenor from Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA. He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (BM in Voice Performance - cum laude and departmental honors, Musical Theatre Certificate) and Royal Academy of Music, London (MMus).
In the 2011-2012 season, Kim was named the winner of Michael Head Song Prize and a finalist for the prestigious Richard Lewis Award at RAM. In August 2012, he participated in the Verbier Festival Academy in Verbier, Switzerland, and received the 2012 Prix Mermod for Voice. He was a semi-finalist in Concurso Internacional de Canto at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was the winner of the 2012 Stuart Burrows International Voice Award held in Carmarthen, Wales.
This season, Kim won the top prize at the Les Azuriales Opera Young Artist Programme in Nice, France, and was awarded the Special Engagement Prize with Theater Heidleberg at the 4th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti, Innsbruck, Austria. Within the UK, he and his duo partner, Sachika Taniyama, collaborated to compete in Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform (Winner) and National Mozart Competition in UK (Semi-finalist). In March, Kim was seen as Knusperhexe in Hänsel und Gretel at the Royal Academy of Music, conducted by Gareth Hancock and directed by Daisy Evans, and in summer, Kim has covered the role of Menelao in Cavalli's recently discovered opera, Elena, and participated in the Cavalli Concert Residency at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, France.
ANDREW MARKS MAUGHAN, Tenor
Andrew Marks Maughan is a tenor from Bountiful, Utah. After studying Italian in Northern Italy for two years, he attended the University of Utah where he received his BM and MM in voice under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Breault. In January 2011, Andrew received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Utah District. In the summers of 2011-2013, he joined the Ohio Light Opera singing the roles of Sandor Barinkay in Johann Strauss’ The Gypsy Baron; Fritz in Offenbach's The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein;Captain Fitzbattleaxe in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Utopia, Limited; and Camille in Lehar’s The Merry Widow. He has recently sung the roles of Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff (University of Utah 2013); Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (University of Utah 2013); Sam Polk in Floyd’s Susannah (University of Utah 2012); Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Universtiy of Utah 2012); Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (University of Utah 2011); and Ferrando in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte (University of Utah 2011). Andrew was recently cast as Alfredo in Indiana University’s upcoming production of Verdi’s La traviata. He is currently pursuing his DMA in voice performance at Indiana University. Andrew is a student of Costanza Cuccaro.
LINDSAY METZGER, Mezzo Soprano
Lindsay Metzger, a Chicagoland native, obtained her undergraduate degree in vocal performance from DePaul University, where she studied with Jane Bunnell. Currently, she is a recipient of the Paul Collins Fellowship from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison where she is pursuing a master’s degree in opera under the tutelage of Julia Faulkner. In 2012, Lindsay was
awarded the Virginia Cooper Meier scholarship from the Musician’s Club of Women. Her recent roles include, Beppe in L’amico Fritz, and the title role in La Cenerentola with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s outreach program, Opera in the Neighborhood. A featured soloist in Chicago, Lindsay made her debut with the Grant Park Symphony as the soprano soloist in
Fauré ‘s Requiem. This past summer she sang the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with La Musica Lirica. In 2012 she was chosen as an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera where she performed various opera scenes and was an ensemble member in their productions of La Rondine, Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni. She looks forward to the upcoming year where she will sing the title role in Handel’s Ariodante as well as Beatrice in Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict.
CAITLIN RUBY MILLER, Soprano
Soprano Caitlin Ruby Miller is in the senior year of her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Caitlin is honored to be studying with Professor Julia Faulkner, a nationally distinguished voice teacher.
Caitlin recently returned from Italy where she sang La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with La Musica Lirica under the baton of maestro Joe Rescigno and the direction of Candace Evans. Caitlin made her opera debut in the fall of 2011 playing Musetta in La Boheme.
During her last year at UW-Madison, Caitlin will be performing Ginevra in Ariodante, and Héro in Béatrice et Bénédict. Both operas are under the direction of Professor William Farlow and Maestro James Smith.
Caitlin’s opera scene repertoire includes Micaëla in Carmen, the title role in Arabella, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito. Fueled by a love of Samuel Barber’s work, Caitlin recently performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 in recital with pianist Thomas Kasdorf, and will be performing the piece with orchestra in the summer of 2014.
Caitlin has performed in master classes with William Bolcom, William Florescu, Richard Cordova, and John DeHann. Caitlin attended Up North Vocal Institute in 2011, where she worked with Dana Brown, Grant Wenaus, Professor Matthew Chellis, acting specialist Matthew Ellenwood, Professor Lynn Eustis, and Alexander Technician Mary Jean Allen.
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KATE NADOLNY, Mezzo Soprano
Kate Nadolny, mezzo-soprano, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Stetson University in DeLand, FL where she studied with Dr. Craig W. Maddox. She is currently attending the University of Michigan for her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Stephen Lusmann. While at Stetson, she had the pleasure of performing Arsace in Handel’s Berenice, The Monitor in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She has performed Tisbe in scenes from La Cenerentola, Dorabella in scenes from Cosí fan tutte and Zwei Frau in scenes from Die Zauberflöte. For the past two summers, she has been a Young Artist with Seagle Music Colony. While there, she performed the roles of Jo in Adamo’s Little Women and Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring. This fall, she will be featured in the University of Michigan production of Il barbiere di Siviglia portraying Berta.
ANTHONY REED, Bass
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MICHAEL ROEMER, Baritone
Michael Roemer, baritone, hailing from Brodhead, WI, earned his degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM) and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (BM). Currently residing near Chicago, Michael sings with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s chorus and is a new artist with Chicago a cappella. Michael most recently played Bill Bobstay in Light Opera Works’ HMS Pinafore, and he joins Chicago Opera Playhouse’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, playing piano and performing the role of the father.
Michael is a past Metropolitan Opera National Council Encouragement Award winner, and has also performed with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra as one of the 2012 UW-Madison Concerto Competition winners. While studying in Madison, Michael has played leading roles in Don Giovanni, La Bohème, and The Consul, and was a summer Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice in 2011. Michael has also frequented La Musica Lirica, a young artist program based in Novafeltria, Italy, performing under the baton of Maestro Joseph Rescigno in productions of La Bohèmeand Falstaff.
SARA SCHABAS, Soprano
Lyric soprano Sara Schabas is a versatile young artist whose passion for opera and art song has led to performances across North America. Sara recently performed as Laurie in the Suite from The Tender Land with the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and covered the soprano solo in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony under Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival. In 2012, she was selected as one of eight Fellows in the Toronto Summer Music Festival, participating in master classes with the Metropolitan Opera’s Craig Rutenberg and Gerald Finley. Sara has performed as Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with Opera on the Avalon and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and in 2011 was invited to give a recital at the Toronto Arts and Letters Club. Sara currently studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts under the Siragusa Scholarship, where her roles have included Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Laurette (Le docteur miracle), Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims) and Sopranino/A Lover (Il tabarro). Her competition successes have included awards from the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, the Canadian Music Competition National Finals and the Canadian New Music Centre. Sara holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in Performance with a minor in English Literature from the University of Toronto.
CASSIDY SMITH, Mezzo Soprano
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AARON SHORT, Tenor
Tenor Aaron Short, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is a graduate of Wichita State University and of Manhattan School of Music, where he recently received his Masters of Music Degree in Voice Performance. Mr. Short recently portrayed the role of Jimmy Mahoney in Manhattan School of Music’s production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, for which he received praise from the New York Times for the “lightness of color but confidant solidity” in his singing as well as his “simultaneously subtle and shattering” performance. Other credits in opera include The Ghosts of Versailles (Bégearss),Thaïs (Nicias), Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo), and the title role in Faust with the Manhattan School of Music, as well as Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), Così fan tutte (Ferrando) and the title role in Albert Herring with Wichita State University. Aaron spent the summer of 2013 as an Apprentice Artist with Chautauqua Opera, where he covered the title role in Peter Grimes and performed in Falstaff (Bardolfo). Previous Young Artist Programs Aaron has attended also include Wolf Trap Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, and Opera in the Ozarks. Aaron is a Studio Artist with Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, WI.
PABLO SIQUEIROS, Baritone
Praised for his musical elegance and passion, baritone Pablo Siqueiros joins Florentine Opera as a Studio Artist for their 2013/2014 season. As a Studio Artist, he will perform the roles of Barone Douphol in La Traviata, Curio in Giulio Cesare in Egitto, and Customs Sergeant in La Bohème. Prior to his residence with Florentine Opera, he participated as a Young Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, where he performed the roles of Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music, Jean-Paul in French Suite, and covered the role of Schlemil in The Tales of Hoffman.In the summer of 2012, Mr. Siqueiros debuted the title role in Don Giovanni with Bay View Music
Festival. Critics praised him for his “velvet baritone” and “licentious” character. In 2011 he participated in the Los Angeles-based OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program under the direction of Ann Baltz.
Mr. Siqueiros has received awards from the Virginia Hawk Vocal Scholarship Competition, NATS San Diego Chapter Auditions, and SDSU Symphony Orchestra Soloist Competition. He is a recent graduate with a Master of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at
Roosevelt University, where he performed the roles of Interpreter/2nd Doctor in Daron Hagenʼs Amelia, Silvester in Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, Sprecher in Die Zauberﬂöte. The San Diego native holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from San Diego State University, where his passion for opera initiated. While at SDSU, he performed the roles of Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief and Ko-Ko in The Mikado.
JULIE TABASH, Soprano
Having recently received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, Julie Tabash is thrilled to now be a Florentine Opera Studio Artist for the company’s 2013-2014 season. Recent roles include Despina in Così Fan Tutte, Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, and solo performances for both musical theater reviews and concerts featuring the music of Giusseppe Verdi with the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Other roles include Rosasharn in the Chicago premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath and Maureen Reagan in the world stage premiere of the opera-oratorio Reagan’s Children, as well as Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring and Papagena in The Magic Flute. Past summer engagements include being a Studio Artist at Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, as well as an Advanced Artist at the Los Angeles-based OperaWorks. Recent non-operatic roles include soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, and a series of concerts with the Chicago-based recital group ‘no tiny birds’ led by Mr. Alan Darling. She was a two-time finalist and one-time winner of Northwestern University’s Concerto and Aria Competition, as well as the recipient of three alumni scholarships from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Artists-In-Training program.
JORDAN WILSON, Baritone
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CAROLINE WRIGHT, Soprano
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MATTHAN RING BLACK,