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Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program


2012-2013 Young Artists

  • Maia Eugenia Antunez

    Uruguayan soprano María Eugenia Antúnez is in her second year of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season she appears with WNO as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Emerging Artists Performance), and last season she was seen 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 bohème 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 third 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. In WNO's 2010-11 season 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.

  • Norman  Garrett

    American baritone Norman Garrett is in his first season of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season he appears with WNO as Masetto in Don Giovanni (Emerging Artists Performance). A graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Mr. Garrett makes his Glimmerglass debut in the summer of 2012 covering Amonasro (Aida) and Le haine (Armide). He has been seen on stage with Kentucky Opera and Cincinnati Opera, and more recently with the Philadelphia Center City Opera Theater, where he has sung such roles as Marcello (La Bohème), Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). Mr. Garrett won the 2011 Audience Choice Award at the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and is also a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner at the district level.

  • Yuri  Gorodetski

    Belarusian tenor Yuri Gorodetski is in his first year of Washington National Opera's Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist. This season he can be seen with WNO as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Emerging Artists Performance). 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 second year as a coach/accompanist in Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Last season with WNO, Mr. Grishaev served as Assistant Conductor for Così fan tutte. In the summer of 2012 he joined San Francisco's Merola Opera Program, and 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 sortilèges, Roméo et Juliette and La bohème. 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).

  • Soloman Howard

    A native of Washington, D.C., bass Soloman Howard is in his second year of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season he appears with WNO as Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni.Last season he was 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.

  • Kevin Miller

    American pianist Kevin Miller is in his first year of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season with WNO he will work as music staff on WNO's production of Norma. Mr. Miller is also a recent alumnus of the Glimmerglass Opera Young Artist Program as well as the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. He appeared with Jessye Norman at Carnegie Hall on Laura Karpman's production of Langston Hughes's Ask Your Mama. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College and completed his Artistic Diploma and Masters of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan with the world renowned Martin Katz. In 2008, he made his international solo debut in recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Other honors include full scholarships to the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute of Music, and the Bart Pitman Piano Competition Prize.

  • Julia Mintzer

    American mezzo-soprano Julia Mintzer is in her first year of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. In 2012 she sang the title role in La Tragédie de Carmen with Dayton Opera before joining the Apprentice Program at Santa Fe Opera. She has recently been heard in Handel's Messiah with Boston Baroque, Mozart's Requiem with Washington National Cathedral, and as Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Dayton Opera. Ms. Mintzer was a New England Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and Wolf Trap Studio Artist. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she sang the title role in The Mother of Us All, and the Boston University Opera Institute, where she performed Dorabella, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, and the title role in Thérèse Raquin. Other engagements include Meg Page with the Crested Butte Music Festival, Zulma and Isabella (cover) with Boston Midsummer Opera, Rachmaninoff songs with the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Handel's Messiah with Seraphic Fire, and La Tragédie de Carmen with the Institut Canadien d'Art Vocal and the Hot Springs Music Festival.

  • Mauricio Miranda

    Chilean tenor Mauricio Miranda is in his second year of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. In 2012 Mr. Miranda appeared with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra as Eros in the American premiere of a newly-completed version of Debussy's Diane au bois. Other local credits include tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem at Washington National Cathedral and performances at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater and Georgetown University. With Opera Lima, Peru, Mr. Miranda has appeared as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Arlecchino in I Pagliacci, and most recently as Pong in Turandot and with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago he created the role of Recruit 3 in the world premiere of Viento Blanco, by the Chilean composer Sebastián Errázuriz. He has also appeared with theaters in Spain, including Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Gran Teatro in Córdoba, and Centro Cultural Moncloa in Madrid, where he has sung Il Messagero in Aida and Priest/Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte.

  • Shantelle Przybylo

    Canadian soprano Shantelle Przybylo is in her first year of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season she will appear with WNO as Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Emerging Artist Performances). Ms. Przybylo made her professional debut with Tapestry New Opera Company as Nataliya in The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G. Other engagements include covering the title role in Lillian Alling with the Banff Centre's Opera as Theatre program. Ms. Przybylo made her singing debut in Europe in 2010, performing Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI). She has sung Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Miss Titmouse in Too Many Sopranos and Rose in Street Scene, both of which were produced by UWOpera. Ms. Przybylo holds a Master of Music Performance from the University of Toronto under the mentorship of Lorna MacDonald. In 2012 she studied at Wendy Nielsen's St. Andrews by the Sea Opera Workshop program.


  • 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