Young artist programs
Music Director of Education and Family Programs, The Dallas Opera. Programs for the 2016-17 season are the reprise of Mary Dibbern's translation from the German of Mozart's BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE and a new production of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS with Ryan Lescalleet, touring and stage manager.
The Dallas Opera Education Program Young Artists for the 2016-2017 season are
Brandi Estwick, soprano
Courtney Stancil, soprano
Alissa Roca, soprano
Gabrille Gillham, soprano
Farah Padamsee, mezzo-soprano
Madeleine Martinez, mezzo-soprano
Martin Clark, tenor
Ndumiso Nyoka, tenor
Charles Karanja, tenor
Christopher Ogelsby, tenor
Hastings Reeves, bass-baritone
Langelihle Mngxati, baritone
Malcolm Payne, Jr., baritone
Travis Wiley McGuire, bass-baritone
Katya Oh, pianist
Head of Music, The Minnesota Opera, Resident Artist Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2009-2012.
Training program for YAP singers, pianists, and stage directors. Role and cover preparation for all operas and workshops; taught diction for French, German and Italian; coached lieder recitals; taught accompanying techniques for opera and song; analysis of piano-vocal and orchestral scores; prepared auditions for singers and pianists, scheduled lessons, taught weekly repertoire classes for RAPS. French Class for Resident Artist Program: weekly French classes including IPA, pronunciation, conversation, grammar, libretto study for specific operas and roles.
Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, November, 2005
-----It was so wonderful to work with you last week at Seattle Opera. Thank you for all of your insights. You are an amazing coach.
-----An enormous thank you for working with the YAs!! You are fabulous, and I wish we had you here more than once a year. They all enjoyed working with you!
David McDade, Head of Coaching
Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio of the Hawaii Opera Theatre, January and October, 2005
-----I have no idea where you are, but hope it's back home in Paris. I just wanted to thank you again for all of your help in preparing for the Great Songs concert. We all watched a video of it at our Studio meeting last week - what fun! The whole concert looked and sounded good. I hear from Beebe and Henry that the Orvis people are very pleased! Susan Cromer
-----I just wanted to thank you for your help during the preparation of the "Great Singers" concert. It is such a pleasure to work with you and I really appreciate your frank, honest coaching style. I hope you enjoyed your time in Hawaii as much as we enjoyed working with you. Also, the recital was great. I particularly enjoyed the Debussy set and the Poulenc encore. I look forward to working with you again this winter.
Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, January 2005
-----I just wanted to thank you for coaching us at Seattle last month. (To put a face with the name, I was the baritone with red hair.) We all appreciated our time with you and benefited greatly from the attention to detail you brought to our French repertoire. I hope I will have the opportunity to sing for you again in the near future. Andrew Garland
Cincinnati Opera Young Artist Program, Summer 2004
-----Thank you for your patience, your wisdom, your kindness, and your smile! I have enjoyed working with you so much. Your friend,
-----It was a great opportunity to be in rehearsal with you and learn as much as I did from you. Thank you so much!!! Without your support and generous help, I would not imagine how I have survived in Cincinnati.
-----Thank you so much for all your amazing support and guidance this summer. . .with all your caring words you truly helped me focus on what is most important. You're extremely kind, direct, sensitive, and "a tough cookie" and I'm extremely glad to have had the pleasure of working with you.
-----I have great respect for the wonderful work you have done here this summer. Thanks for being such a kind and generous colleague.
Carol Walker, Music Director of the Young Artist Program
Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, 2003-2004 Season
-----I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work this past week. It was wonderful to kick off the year by working with you. And I also want to thank you for taking extra time with me on Friday morning. That really meant a lot to me and I appreciate your getting there early and helping to put me on track for this year and this audition season. I look forward to your return, I hope you had very safe travels and I'll keep in touch, Most sincerely,
-----Thank you for doing such a great job with our singers this past week. It made a remarkable impact on their first week in town to have such strong musical guidance. Sincerely,
-----I wanted to write and thank you again for your (once again) awesome work in Seattle!! I always enjoy working with you and look forward to your return later this season. Safe travels!!
-----You probably heard that what we had worked so hard for in our coachings actually came true and I got to sing the silver cast Composer in Seattle. First and foremost I want to say to you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work you did with me on Ariadne in Seattle. It truly made all the difference. Your dedication, willingness to work on it so in depth and for extra time was such a blessing. I was ready to sing that role in large part due to you. The first night I got to sing the role with all the other principals in rehearsal will probably be one of my fondest memories for all of time. Working with you over the last two years has been a huge turning point for me personally, my singing and my career. I could not have had the debut experience of this spring without you. I hope you will be there in Seattle again next year because I have so many things I would love to work with you on, and ideas to run by you. Thank you again, and enjoy the rest of your summer!!
Ft. Worth Opera, Texas, 2003
-----I just wanted to let you know that I was offered a contract from the audition that I went to the day of our last coaching. I really feel that the work we had done just prior to the audition had a great deal to do with my success. I thought you might like to know how you helped me and to say thank you.
Young Artist Program of the Seattle Opera, Seattle, Washington (USA). 2002.
-----Thanks again for the wonderful coaching sessions! I am so glad to have some new French repertoire....I hope to work with you again someday! Thanks so much.
Sarah Coburn, soprano
-----I just wanted to let you know how very much I enjoyed my time with you on Monday and Tuesday. I can honestly say that it was a truly fulfilling experience, musically, professionally, and personally.
Ryan Taylor, baritone
-----Thank you for coming to Seattle and offering your talents! I enjoyed working with you and I am sure our paths will cross again. I will stay in touch! Best wishes to you.
Keith Harris, baritone
-----Thanks once again for your fanastic work! The singers really enjoyed working with you, and found you extremely supportive and informative. Brava, and I hope they can work out that you are here several times during the year next season.
Dean Williamson, Director of the Young Artists Program
Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio of the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Honolulu, Hawaii (USA). 1999, 2000, 2001.
-----Your website exudes warm sentiments and memories. My best wishes to you and your family and friends.
Julius Dae-Sung Ahn
Kentucky Opera Studio, Resident Artists and University of Kentucky Apprentice Artists programs.
JTLF–Jeune Théâtre Lyrique de France, Opéra–Comique, Paris. January–June 2000.
Centre de Formation Lyrique, Opéra National de Paris–Bastille. 1996—1999.
CNIPAL—Centre Nationale d’Insertion Professionnelle d’Artistes Lyriques, Marseille, France. 1989-90.
Conservatoire Nationale de Région de Caen. France. 1986–87.
Fondation Royaumont. France. 1982—1987.
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