Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced the roster of emerging artists and renowned vocal coaches engaged for the 12th season of its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Under the leadership of new program director Michael Heaston, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will grow from 10 artists to 12, increase its number of performances throughout the season, and expand its training regimen to include mentorship by its new Artist in Residence, the acclaimed American soprano Deborah Voigt, as well as voice teachers Diana Soviero and William Stone, guest master teachers Carol Vaness and Peter Kazaras, and visiting vocal coach Kathleen Kelly.
The new class of young artists will participate in several world premiere productions during the 2013-2014 season, including new commissions from WNO’s American Opera Initiative and Jeanine Tesori’s new family opera The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me. The program will also continue its exchange with the Bolshoi Young Artists Opera Program and will send several artists to Moscow for a two-week period in 2014.
The 2013-2014 Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists are:
Christian Bowers, United States (baritone, first year)
Jacqueline Echols, United Sates (soprano, first year)
Norman Garrett, United States (baritone, second year)
Yuri Gorodetski, Belarus (tenor, second year)
Soloman Howard, United States (bass, third year)
Yi Li, China (tenor, first year)
Kevin Miller, United States (pianist/coach, second year)
Tomoko Nakayama, Japan (pianist/coach, first year)
Deborah Nansteel, United States (mezzo-soprano, first year)
Patrick O’Halloran, United States (tenor, first year)
Shantelle Przybylo, Canada (soprano, second year)
Wei Wu, China (bass, first year)
For more information and biographies of the new young artists, please see the attached press release.
Note that current members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program, along with special guest artists from next season and the WNO Orchestra, will present highlights from WNO’s 2013-2104 season in a free season preview concert on Wednesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Selections from Tristan and Isolde, The Force of Destiny, Moby-Dick, The Elixir of Love, and The Magic Flute will be performed.