2014 OSI Young Artists New York City Opera Singers, in summer residence at Fairfield University, sing famous operatic arias.
- Duets, Trios
- Show-stopping scenes from favorite operas
- Delightful mix of engaging, well-known, and short pieces
- Meet the artists at reception following performance
- Tickets in advance or at the door
- $15/advanced; $10/student; $20/at door
2014 OSI Young Artists:
Aaron Halvey, tenor
Aaron Halevy, tenor is quickly finding a growing enthusiastic response from the professional field for his potential. He began his operatic training in 2003 and participated twice in the the Laboratori di Ricerca e di Perfetzionamento Musicale—Corso di Canto, in the Tuscan mountains of Italy. There, he studied Bel Canto technique with renowned soprano, Antonella Banaudi and became fluent in Italian. In 2011, Aaron sang Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and in spring of 2013 he sang Pinkerton in his professional debut in Bel Cantanti's production of Madama Butterfly. Aaron's second major production with the company was during the summer program as Eisentein in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, (with a repeat performance in December). Returning to his native home of Colorado often, Aaron has had the pleasure of performing with the Opera On Tap association, as well as many other exciting venues. Aaron opens 2014 performing with the singer's Theater of Washington in their production of Ariadne Auf Naxos, along with a new promising collaboration with Opera Singer's Initiative out of NYC. After having worked for several years in the fields of politics, animation and video editing, Aaron looks forward to advancing his operatic career, propelled by his love for the human voice, opera, and the connective experience of performing rich music for a live audience.
Allison McAuley, soprano
Allison McAuley, soprano has been praised for her vocal agility, expressive performances, and captivating stage presence. Ms. McAuley was most recently seen as Mme. Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor. She has performed a variety of roles including Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Noémie (Cendrillon), The Plaintiff Angelina (Trial by Jury), Charlotte Malcolm (A Little Night Music), and Kristy in the children’s opera House with Nevada Opera. Ms. McAuley covered Gilda (Rigoletto) for New York Lyric Opera Theatre and has also covered the role of Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). She was a regional finalist in the 2011 Classical Singer Competition in New York City, and has appeared on the television shows Are you Maria?, System Crash, and Canada’s MuchMusic. Ms. McAuley was born in Oakville, Ontario, attained her Bachelor of Music Performance degree at Queen’s University and earned her Masters of Music in Opera from New York University. She has been engaged as an artist in programs including the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, OperaWorks, Nevada Opera’s Resident Artist Program, the New York Lyric Opera Emerging Artist Program, and The Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival. This past season she has performed with The Opera Company of Brooklyn, The Canadian Music Competitions, and Operaworks in Los Angeles. This spring she will be performing with New York Lyric Opera Theatre and the Saint Andrew Chorale in New York City, where she will also be seen playing the title role in Psyche, a new opera by Jeff Baker. This coming fall she will be performing a joint recital in Manhattan and traveling to Europe to perform in Austria. Ms. McAuley currently resides in New York City.
Amanda Rae Matson, soprano
Amanda Rae Matson, soprano originally from Millis, Massachusetts, is an avid performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. Currently residing in New York City, Amanda performs regularly throughout the Northeast, including performances in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of 'Carmen', MetroWest Opera’s 'The Magic Flute', and Opera del West’s 'L’Elisir d’Amore'. Most recently Amanda covered Juliette in Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' with The New York Opera Exchange. She appeared as a finalist in the Alfredo Silipigni International Vocal Competition with the New Jersey State Opera, was a finalist in the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition and was awarded first place in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, judged by Thomas Lausmann. Amanda participates in various concerts and recitals, performing recently with The Art Song Preservation Society of New York and as a guest artist in the SUNY AlbanyBel Canto recital seriesAmanda received her Master’s in Music from The Eastman School of Music where she performed such roles as Hanna Glawari in the Eastman Opera Theatre production of 'The Merry Widow' and as Governess in Britten’s 'The Turn of the Screw'. She received a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from Florida State University where she covered the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s 'Falstaff' and performed as Gretel in 'Hansel and Gretel'. This year Amanda has been selected as a 2014 Resident with the Opera Singers Initiative OSI Vocal Institute in NYC and will also participate in their Summer Intensive program this June. In addition, Amanda will be appearing with the New York Opera Exchange this February as Erste Dame in Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte', in May as Annina in Verdi's 'La Traviata', and in November 2014, covering Rosalinde in J. Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus'.
Marie Masters, soprano
Marie Masters, soprano is hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “as feisty and endearing a Susanna as you’re likely to find”. Ms. Masters performed Ännchen (Der Freischütz) and Pisana (I Due Foscari) with Maestra Eve Queler and Opera Orchestra of New York. She was the Soprano Soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Soprano Soloist in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Four Russian Peasant Songs under the baton of Pierre Boulez, the Trainbearer (Elektra)with Franz Welser-Möst, Frasquita (Carmen) with Opera Western Reserve and Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).
Melanie Long, mezzo-soprano
Melanie Long, American mezzo-soprano, is steadily gaining international acclaim for her vocal prowess and powerful stagecraft. 2013 rendered two role debuts for Melanie, both in the UK. She performed Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Opera'r Ddraig, and Rosina in Heritage Opera's touring production of The Barber of Seville. Melanie spent the 2012-13 season as an Opera Works artist with English National Opera. As a part of the ENO Opera Works Company she studied and performed several partial roles including Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Tisbe in La Cenerentola.2012 marked Melanie’s UK debut, as well as her coming out as a mezzo, when she performed Mercédès in Carmen and Berta in The Barber of Seville with Impact Opera. Melanie changed her repertoire from light, lyric coloratura soprano to lyric mezzo soprano in August of 2011. Melanie holds a Masters degree in classical voice from the Manhattan School of Music. She completed her undergraduate studies under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Larsen at Simpson College in her native state of Iowa. She is a student of Patricia McCaffrey.
Mizuho Takeshita, soprano
Japanese soprano Mizuho Takeshita is first-year Professional Study Diploma at Mannes College The New School for Music. She holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Ochanomizu University in Japan. She recently debuted in New York in the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance 2012 production of Così Fan Tutte as Despina. She appeared in Japanese Opera Productions of Manon and Hamlet, performing the roles of Manon and Ophélie. She also appeared as Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte with the Ochanomizu Opera. Ms. Takeshita is an Eastern District Winner in the Metropolitan National Council Audition 2013 and also awarded 2nd prize at the Tokyo International Music Competition in 2011 and 1st prize at the Iizuka Newcomer Music Competition. She currently studies with Ms. Amy Burton and Marcella Reale.
Sophia Benedetti, soprano
Sophia Benedetti is a light lyric-coloratura with a “flair for comedy.” Her “great stage presence” and “easy, flexible voice” make her a versatile, well-rounded performer moving easily from playing romantic to comedic roles. Ms. Benedetti hopes to bring new audiences to opera with all of her projects. As part of this effort, she premiered the role of Susana in ¡Figaro 90210!, a clever reinvention of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, for which The New York Times called her “particularly fine.” Other notable roles include Cunegonde and Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide, Nellie in Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Rosaura in Los Gavilanes, and Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Ms. Benedetti holds a Master’s degree in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University. She is the co-founder of the Atlanta chapter of Opera on Tap, which brings opera to new, non-traditional audiences.
Winnie Nieh, soprano
Soprano Winnie Nieh (聶樂天) from Hong Kong made her European solo debut under the baton of legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling, and was invited by the Metropolitan Opera Guild to perform at Dawn Upshaw’s master class as one of two featured young singers. A versatile artist gifted with perfect pitch, she is praised for her “fantastic facility” and “clarity of tone”. She won First Place in the 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition (Canada), and was awarded Third Place and voted as Audience Favorite in the 2013 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition (Madison, WI). She received Associate of Trinity College London diplomas in voice, violin, and piano while still a teenager, and her B.A. with a language citation in French from Harvard University. She was a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn in 2011-2013.In 2013-14, she will participate in The Song Continues workshop at Carnegie Hall, the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Role Preparation Program, Opera Singers Initiative on full scholarship, and SongFest at Colburn as a Professional Program Fellow, also on full tuition merit scholarship. Ms. Nieh enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire. She has appeared as a soloist in a staged lute song project at the Amherst Early Music Festival, where she worked with Julianne Baird and Grant Herreid. Since her operatic debut as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), she has performed numerous roles including: Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Madame Herz (The Impresario), Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice), Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), La Fée (Cendrillon), Lucinde (Gounod’s Le Médecin Malgré Lui), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Violetta (La Traviata). Her solo oratorio experience includes: Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St John Passion and Magnificat in D, Monteverdi, Schütz, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’sCreation (as Eve) and Lord Nelson Mass, M.A. Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Mozart’sRequiem, Coronation Mass and Der Messias, Mendelssohn’s Magnificat (Op.69/3), Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C. She has also premiered works at Juilliard and Longy School of Music. She currently studies with Neil Semer in New York, NY.
Opera Singers Initiative is committed to providing classical singers with the critical skills and support they need to build a sustainable and successful career in the arts. They provide career development, mentoring, and performance opportunities for emerging professional classical singers.
The Institute provides hand-selected opera singers with career development (marketing, finance, fundraising, performance preparation, agent review, industry showcase), performance opportunities, mentoring and career consultation with arts and business professionals. It provides a 12-month New York City OSI Vocal Institute and two-week OSI Vocal Institute Summer Intensive as a part of our comprehensive Institute.
OSI also performing completely different concerts at:
- Westport Arts Center: 6/20 Modern American Operas
- Quick Center, Fairfield University: 6/27 Closing Night Gala, 150th Year of Strauss