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2010-2011 Young Artists

  • Chilean baritone Javier Arrey is in his first season with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. His operatic repertoire includes the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Figaro in The Barber of Seville. In 2007, Mr. Arrey was a semi-finalist in Plácido Domingo's Operalia competition and in 2008 was selected as one of Chile's representatives for the Competizione dell Opera in Dresden, finishing as one of ten finalists. He again represented Chile for the 2009 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, finishing as a finalist for the Song Prize, and was later selected by Dolora Zajick to be part of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices in San Diego, California. This season, Mr. Arrey will perform the role of Yamadori in the Young Artist performance of Madama Butterfly.

  • Russian-American baritone Aleksey Bogdanov is in his second year with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season with Washington National Opera he has appeared asSilvano in Un Ballo in Maschera, the Cappadocian in Salome, and will sing Sharpless in the Young Artist performance of Madama Butterfly. Past WNO performances include his mainstage debut in 2009 as the Wig Maker in Ariadne auf Naxos, Figaro in the Young Artist performance of The Marriage of Figaro, and a Gravedigger in Hamlet. Otherrecent credits include Marcello in La Bohéme (Opera North), Don Giovanni in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Opera North), and David in L'Amico Fritz (Merola Opera Program). Mr. Bogdanov has also appeared with the Washington Concert Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. In 2009, he was the Grand Prize winner of the Florida Grand Opera YPO Voice Competition.

  • American tenor Jeffrey Gwaltney is in his first season with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. His recent performances include Rodolfo in La Bohéme and Don José in Carmen (Opera North), Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana (Lancaster Opera), Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, (Central Piedmont Opera) Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Winthrop Opera Theater), King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Bloomington Music Works), and Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette and the Jailor in Dialogues des Carmélites (Indiana University Opera Theater). In 2010 he was a finalist in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. Mr. Gwaltney is a graduate of Indiana University and Winthrop University.

  • Bass Kenneth Kellogg is in his first year with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. A native of Washington, DC, he made his debut with Washington National Opera in Un Ballo in Maschera (Count Ribbing). He has performed with LA Opera (Die Gezeichneten), and Atlanta Opera (Aida). He is a San Francisco Opera Alder Fellowship alumnus; as an alumnus of the 2007 San Francisco Opera Merola Program, he created the role of Tobias in the world premiere of Pasatieri's Hotel Casablanca. Roles as a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts include Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Count des Grieux (Massenet's Manon). A Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera Center, he returns there in the 2011 season for Wolf-Ferrari's Le Donne Curiose (Ottavio), Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin) with the National Symphony Orchestra, and Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman (Crespel/Schlemil). He is set to premiere a new opera, Machine by Clark Suprynowicz in 2012. Mr. Kellogg's full biography is available on his official website.

  • Originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko is in her first season with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and this season will sing Suzuki in the Young Artist performance of Madama Butterfly. Her credits include the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos and Charlotte in A Little Night Music (Rice University Opera Theater), the title role in Rinaldo (Central City Opera), La Sagesse and Sidonie in Armide (Mercury Baroque/Theatre de Gennvilliers in Paris), Dorothée in Cendrillon and Mercedes in Carmen (Aspen Opera Theater Center). In 2009, she was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions finalist and was a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. Ms. Mesko is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Rice University.

  • A native of Boston, pianist and coach Robert Mollicone joined the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program for the production of The Marriage of Figaro in spring 2010. His previous credits include engagements with the Cantata Singers, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston Opera Collaborative, Longy School of Music, and Boston Lyric Opera. Mr. Mollicone was a vocal coach, ensemble pianist, and opera scenes director for two summers at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. A student of Sheila Kibbe, he holds a M.M. from Boston University where he was active as a chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and performer of art song. This season he will return to New England for Boston Lyric Opera's production of Tosca and will later serve as a pianist for Washington National Opera's mainstage production of Don Pasquale.

  • A native of Chihuahua, Mexico, tenor José Ortega joined the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in 2008.His credits with Washington National Opera include Don José in Carmen (Opera Look-In), Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, Vitellozzo in Lucrezia Borgia, and Marcellus in Hamlet. In spring 2010 he appeared in concert with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.Other recent roles include Alfredo in La Traviata (Tuscia Opera Festival), Luigi in Il Tabarro (Tom Muraco-Donna Vaughn Singer Seminar), Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore (Tuscia Opera Festival), and Don Basilio The Marriage of Figaro (New Opera Festival di Roma). This season with WNO, Mr. Ortega will perform the role of Pinkerton in the Young Artist performance of Madama Butterfly.

  • Pianist and coach Michael Spassov is in his second season with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. His recent credits include La Bohéme (Atlanta Opera) Adriana Lecouvreur and La Cenerentola (Washington Concert Opera), L'Elisir d'Amore (Merola Opera Program), Falstaff (Washington National Opera Look-In), the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program's recital at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and Semiramide (Bel Canto at Caramoor). Mr. Spassov also served as cover conductor for Sarasota Opera productions of Tosca, Rigoletto, and Madama Butterfly from the 2006 to 2009 seasons. He holds a Masters Degree in composition from the Julliard School, and his works have been performed by the Julliard Orchestra, Eighth Blackbird sextet, and Toronto's Continuum Ensemble. This season he will serve on the music staff for Washington National Opera's Madama Butterfly, and return to Atlanta Opera for their production of Così fan Tutte.

  • A Maryland native, soprano Jennifer Lynn Waters has been a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program since 2008. Washington National Opera credits include Countess Almaviva in the Young Artist performance of The Marriage of Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen, Woglinde in Götterdämmerung, and Alice in Falstaff for the Opera Look-In. She recently sang Geraldine in Barber's A Hand of Bridge with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Washington premiere of Halim El-Dabh's Clytemnestra with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Ms. Waters made appearances as a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at the Teatro alla Scala and the Reignwood Theater in Beijing, and as a soloist with the Caramoor Music Festival, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Maryland Concert Opera, Frederick Symphony Orchestra, and the Cathedral Choral Society. In the 2010-11 season with WNO she will perform the role of Butterfly in the Young Artist performance of Madama Butterfly. More information is available on Ms. Waters' website.

  • South Korean soprano Jegyung Yang is in her first season with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and has appeared with WNO as the Slave in Salome, and will sing First Priestess Iphigénie en Tauride later this season. Otheroperatic roles include Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Seoul Art Center) and Musetta in La Bohéme (Incheon World Opera Festival). Concert performances this season include a recital with the Dolce Suono Trio. In 2007, she was awarded First Prize overall and three special prizes at the Eighth International Osaka Music Competition in Japan. She was a finalist in the Twelfth International Competition of Singing in Bilbao, Spain in 2008 and the Concorso Internazionale Voci Nuove per la Lirica contest in Pavia, Italy in 2009. Ms. Yang holds degrees from the école Normale de Musique in Paris and from Seoul National University's College of Fine Arts.

Alumni

  • Emily Albrink (soprano): 2008-2010
  • Keri Alkema (mezzo-soprano): 2002-2004
  • Benjamin von Atrops (bass): 2003-2005
  • Thomas Beard (baritone): 2003-2005
  • Stephen Carr (stage director): 2007-2008
  • Andrew Crooks (coach): 2009
  • Danielle DeSwert (coach): 2002-2003
  • Andrea Dorf (director): 2006-2008
  • Eugenia Garza (soprano): 2002-2004
  • Michelle Gutrick (soprano): 2002-2003
  • Joseph Guyton (tenor): 2002
  • Jeffrey Gwaltney (tenor): 2010-2012
  • Cynthia Hanna (mezzo-soprano): 2008-2010
  • Lara Hanoian (coach): 2003-2005
  • Brandy Lynn Hawkins (mezzo-soprano): 2008-2010
  • Nathan Herfindahl (baritone): 2008-2009
  • Jesús Daniel Hernandez (Tenor): 2008-2010
  • Claudia Huckle (mezzo-soprano): 2006-2008
  • Hoo-Ryoung Hwang (soprano): 2002-2004
  • Steven Jarvi (conductor): 2004-2006
  • Maria Jooste (soprano): 2003-2005
  • Kenneth Kellogg (bass): 2010-2012
  • Valeriano Lanchas (baritone): 2002-2003
  • JiYoung Lee (soprano): 2004-2006
  • James Lesniak (coach): 2004-2006
  • Israel Lozano (tenor): 2002-2004
  • Benjamin Makino (conductor): 2006-2008
  • Christina Martos (soprano): 2004-2006
  • Sarah Mesko (mezzo-soprano): 2010-2012
  • Robert Mollicone (coach: 2009-2011)
  • Aundi Marie Moore (soprano): 2006-2008
  • Leslie Mutchler (mezzo-soprano): 2004-2006
  • Micaëla Oeste (Soprano): 2008-2010
  • José Ortega (tenor): 2008-2010
  • Matthew Ottenlips (coach): 2005-2007
  • Amanda Pabyan (soprano): 2002-2003
  • Chía Patiño (stage director): 2004-2006
  • David Paul (director): 2009-2010
  • Joana Pons (apprentice coach): 2003-2004
  • Lee Poulis (baritone): 2002-2004
  • Oleksandr Pushniak (baritone): 2008-2010
  • Barbara Quintiliani (soprano): 2002-2004
  • Thomas Rimes (coach): 2006-2008
  • Elizabeth Roberts (soprano): 2006-2007
  • Carlos Rodriguez (coach): 2002-2004
  • Daniel Rodriguez (tenor): 2002-2003
  • Michael Rossi (Conductor) 2008-2010
  • Nino Sanikidze (coach): 2003-2005
  • Tamara Sanikidze (coach): 2007-2009
  • Trevor Scheunemann (baritone): 2005-2007
  • Erin Elizabeth Smith (mezzo-soprano): 2004-2006
  • Grigory Soloviov (bass): 2008-2009
  • Amanda Squitieri (soprano): 2003-2005
  • Jessica Swink (soprano): 2002-2004
  • Obed Ureña (baritone): 2005-2007
  • Greg Warren (tenor): 2005-2007
  • Matthew Wolff (tenor): 2002-2004
  • Magdalena Wór (mezzo-soprano): 2006-2008
  • Jegyung Yang (soprano): 2010-2012
  • Hyung Yun (baritone): 2002-2003
  • Yingxi Zhang (tenor): 2005-2008