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Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program


2011-2012 Young Artists

  • Rafael Andrade

    Brazilian pianist and coach Rafael Andrade is in his first year of Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. He has studied under Marisa Lacorte and Marizilda Hein, specializing in opera and vocal coaching and quickly becoming one of Brazil's most important and sought–after répétiteurs. In addition to receiving his Bachelor of Piano at São Paulo State University, Mr. Andrade took part at the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. Among others, he has worked under the direction of Plácido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Alberto Zedda, and J. M. Perez Sierra. He has taken part in numerous opera productions, including productions of Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, Porgy and Bess, L'italiana in Algeri, Samson et Dalila, and L'enfant et les sortiléges.

  • Maia Eugenia Antunez

    Uruguayan soprano María Eugenia Antúnez is in her first year of Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season she appears with WNO as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Emerging Artists Performances) and Anna in Nabucco. She recently made her debut with the Orlando Philharmonic as Mimì in La bohéme and performed a recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA. She has sung Flora in La traviata with Miami Lyric Opera, and made appearances with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Chamber Orchestra. In her home country, she has appeared in an international opera gala at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo, and sung Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore and Sofia in Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino. She holds an artist's certificate from the College of Charleston, where she appeared as Miss Silverpeal in The Impresario, Angelica in Suor Angelica and Queen Elizabeth I in Maria Stuarda with the College of Charleston Opera. She is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions at the district and regional levels, as well as a national semi–finalist, and was an Operalia semifinalist (2011).

  • Javier Arrey

    Chilean baritone Javier Arrey is in his second year of Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. He recently made his debut at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, in Menotti's Amelia al ballo and The Telephone,and recently performed Silvio in I Pagliacci in Mumbai, India. Last season at WNO he appeared as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and as A Scythian in Iphigénie en Tauride. In 2008, Mr. Arrey was selected as one of Chile's representatives for the Competizione dell Opera in Dresden, finishing as one of 10 finalists. He again represented Chile in 2009 in the "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 Orem, Utah.  In 2011 he won the "CulturArte" prize at the Operalia competition in Moscow.

  • Yuri  Gorodetski

    Belarusian tenor Yuri Gorodetski is in his first year of Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist. This season he sang Ferrando in WNO's Look–In performances of Così fan tutte.He has been a soloist at the Belarus National Opera Theatre since 2006, singing such roles as Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Mozart in Mozart and Salieri, and Vladimir in Prince Igor. Other engagements include Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Minsk Opera Theatre, First Jew (Salome) at the Opéra de Liége, Conte Errico (from Haydn's La Vera costanza) in Madrid and Ly–Lam (L'inimico delle donne) in Treviso, Italy. He is a graduate of the Mogilev Music College and the Belarusian State Academy of Music, and has studied at the Modena Academy of Music.

  • Artem Grishaev

    Russian pianist Artem Grishaev is in his first season as a coach/accompanist in Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season with WNO, Mr. Grishaev is Assistant Conductor for Così fan tutte. In 2009, he was a member of the Bolshoi Theatre's Young Artist Program. He has taken part in numerous productions with the Bolshoi Theatre and Moscow Philharmonic Society, including Die Fledermaus, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Les pêcheurs de perles, L'enfant et les sortiléges, Roméo et Juliette and La bohéme. Mr. Grishaev earned a degree in piano performance from the Moscow State Conservatory in 2007. As a student, he won a grant from the Nicolai Petrov Foundation. He has taken part in several competitions, and his awards include second prize as soloist and first prize in piano duo at the Maria Yudina Competition (2002); a best accompanist diploma in the VI International Competition of String Performers (2002); and third prize in the International Piano Competition "Russian Season" (2005).

  • Jeffrey Gwaltney

    American tenor Jeffrey Gwaltney is in his second year of WNO's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. He made his mainstage debut with WNO as Normanno in this season's production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Mr. Gwaltney will return to WNO's mainstage to sing Abdallo in this season's Nabucco, and this summer he returns to the Glimmerglass Festival to cover and sing one performance as Radames in Aida. Mr. Gwaltney was also at Glimmerglass last summer, where he performed the role of Officer Snow in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori's A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, as well as Giasone in Cherubini's Medea. With WNO, Mr. Gwaltney was the rehearsal cover for Plácido Domingo in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride, and performed as the First ArmedMan in Die Zauberflöte with the BaltimoreSymphony Orchestra. Other roles performed includeDon José in Carmen, Rodolfo in La bohéme,the title role in Les contes d'Hoffmann, andTuriddu in Cavalleria rusticana.

  • Soloman Howard

    A native of Washington, D.C., bass Soloman Howard is in his first year of Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season he will be seen on stage as High Priest of Baal in Nabucco. His recent credits include a debut with Washington Concert Opera as Leone in Verdi's Attila, and performances at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage with the Conservatory Project. Previous engagements include Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and many concerts with the Morgan State University Choir, including the role of Porgy in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, under the baton of Paul Freeman. Mr. Howard is a graduate of Morgan State University and the Manhattan School of Music.

  • Kenneth Kellogg

    A native of Washington, D.C., bass Kenneth Kellogg is in his second year with Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season with WNO, Mr. Kellogg appears as Angelotti in Tosca,Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte (Emerging Artist Performances), and Johann in Werther. Last season he made his WNO debut as Samuel in Un ballo in maschera, and he made his debut with Ópera de Oviedo in November as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. He has performed with LA Opera (Die Gezeichneten) and Atlanta Opera (Aida). He is a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship alumnus, and as a 2007 alumnus of San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, he created the role of Tobias in the world premiere of Pasatieri's Hotel Casablanca. As a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera Center, he returned in the 2011 season for Wolf– Ferrari's Le donne curiose (Ottavio), Sondheim's Sweeney Todd with the National Symphony Orchestra (Judge Turpin), and Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann (Crespel/ Schlemil). As a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, his roles included Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Count des Grieux (Massenet's Manon).

  • Sarah Mesko

    American mezzo–soprano Sarah Mesko is in her second year of Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program.  This season with WNO, Ms. Mesko is heard as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor and Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Emerging Artist Performances).  Other engagements include covering Costanza in Vivaldi's Griselda at the Santa Fe Opera and solo recitals with Vocal Arts DC and the John Harrison Foundation.  Highlights of the 2010–2011 season included a European debut in Paris with Mercury Baroque and the Théâtre de Gennevilliers and her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall.  She was also heard as the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and with WNO as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Young Artist Performances), and the Second Priestess in Iphigénie en Tauride.

  • Mauricio Miranda

    Chilean tenor Mauricio Miranda is in his first year of Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. His recent roles, performed at houses in Spain and Peru, include Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Arlecchino (I Pagliacci), Pong (Turandot), Armed Man/Priest (Die Zauberflöte), and Il Messaggero (Aida). He has been featured widely as an opera and concert soloist in his home country, where he has sung such roles as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Spoletta in Tosca. In 2010 he was featured as a soloist in a concert celebrating Chile's bicentenary. With WNO, Mr. Miranda covered Ferrando (Così fan tutte) for WNO's Look–In performances.

  • Jegyung Yang

    South Korean soprano Jegyung Yang is in her second year of Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season she appears with WNO as Despina in Così fan tutte (Emerging Artist Performances), and the Shepherd Boy in Tosca, and with the National Symphony Orchestra as Marzelline in Fidelio. Last season's credits included the First Priestess in Iphigénie en Tauride andthe Slave in Salome with WNO, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and a recital with the Dolce Suono Trio. Ms. Yang recently won first prize in Florida Grand Opera's YPO Voice Competition (2011). Other awards include first prize overall and three special prizes at the Eighth International Osaka Music Competition in Japan (2007); third prize 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


  • Rafael Andrade (coach): 2012
  • 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