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Daniel BatesDaniel Bates
Tenor

Tenor Daniel Bates is currently a member of the Apprentice Artist Program at the Santa Fe Opera. He was also recently a Resident Artist with Shreveport Opera, where he was seen as Pong (Turandot) and Nanki-poo (The Mikado) in 2014, in addition to covering Nemorino (LElisir dAmore). In 2013, Daniel was a Studio Artist with Opera Saratoga, and was previously a Festival Artist with Utah Festival Opera in 2012. He was a regional finalist in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. A native of Elmira, New York, Daniel holds a master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. Roles performed at the San Francisco Conservatory include Laurie (Adamos Little Women), Lurcanio (Handels Ariodante), and Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro) in 2013; Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) in 2012; and The Witch (Hansel and Gretel) in 2011. Also in 2011, he appeared as Ralph Rackstraw (H.M.S. Pinafore) with the Cornell Savoyards. At Ithaca College, he was seen as Orfeo (Monteverdis LOrfeo) in 2011, Le Comte Barigoule (Viardots Cendrillon) in 2009, and in 2010 as the Drunkard in the collegiate premiere of Portmans The Little Prince.

Issac Bray

Isaac Bray
Baritone

Baritone Isaac Bray is a recent graduate of the Boston University Opera Institute, where he performed Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) and Riolobo (Catns Florencia en el Amazonas) in 2014, Owen Wingrave (Brittens Owen Wingrave) in 2013, and Barone Douphol (La Traviata) and Des Grieux (Massenets Le portrait de Manon) in 2012. In 2013, he was a Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, where he sang the role of Sam (Rorem's Our Town), and covered both Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Ravenal (Show Boat). Isaac received his masters degree from the Boston Conservatory where he was seen in roles including Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Ramiro (Ravels L'Heure espagnole), L'horloge comtoise (Ravels L'Enfant et les Sortilges), the Father (Hnsel und Gretel), and Ko-Ko (The Mikado). In 2011, Isaac performed the role of Rambaldo (La Rondine) for the Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance Program. He was also an Apprentice Artist with the Natchez Festival of Music in 2010. This summer, Isaac returns to Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist to sing the role of Sam (Trouble in Tahiti) and to cover the role of Joseph De Rocher (Heggies Dead Man Walking).

Raehann Raehann Bryce-Davis
Mezzo-soprano

Returning Young Artist and mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Daviss numerous opera credits include her Florida Grand Opera debut as Albine (Thas) in 2014, Mama McCourt (Moores The Ballad of Baby Doe) with Chautauqua Opera in 2014, Zita (Gianni Schicchi) with Aspen Opera Theater Center in 2013, and the Owl (Chins Alice in Wonderland; American premiere) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2012. With the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, her credits include Begbick (Weills Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) in 2013, Albine (Thas) in 2012, and Candelas (de Fallas El Amor Brujo) and Carmela (de Fallas La Vida Breve) in 2011. Raehanns concert credits as a soloist include Coriglianos Of Rage and Remembrance with the Aspen Contemporary Music Ensemble in 2013, Mahlers Symphony No. 2 in a world premiere organ transcription at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in 2013, and Prokofievs Alexander Nevsky with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony in 2012. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Hailey ClarkHailey Clark
Soprano
Soprano Hailey Clarks recent highlights in 2014 include Leïla (The Pearl Fishers) with Fort Worth Opera and soprano soloist (Brahms Requiem) with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra; and in 2013 included Despina (Cos Fan Tutte) with North Carolina Opera, soprano soloist (Messiah) with the Handel Choir of Baltimore, and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Opera on the James. This summer, she returns to the Santa Fe Opera for her second season as an Apprentice Artist to cover Marzelline (Beethovens Fidelio). Earlier this year she was named the first place winner of the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition, and award-winner at the Shreveport Singer of the Year Competition. She is also a two-time regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, in 2013 and 2011. Other recent engagements include roles with Opera Saratoga, the Santa Fe Concert Association, and Arbor Opera Theatre. In addition, Hailey is an alumnus of the University of Michigan where she received a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance, and the University of Maryland where she received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance.

Betsey DiazBetsy Diaz
Soprano
Cuban-American soprano Betsy Diaz returns to the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist program for a second season after joining the company previously as Anna (Nabucco) and as the Lavinia study cover (Levys Mourning Becomes Electra) in 2014. Betsy has been a regional finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Marcello Giordani International Voice Competition, and a prize winner in the Palm Beach Opera and Florida Suncoast Opera Guild competitions. She has performed with the Symphony of the Americas, Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the Concert Association of Florida. Earlier this year, Betsy was a guest artist in the Mainly Mozart Festival XXI in Miami, where she performed art songs by Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, and Schubert.

Chance EakinChance Eakin
Bass-baritone
Bass-baritone Chance Eakins recent roles include numerous credits with the Butler Opera Center, including Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd) in 2014, as well as Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Harry Hopkins (Hagens A Woman in Morocco; world premiere) in 2013. With Austin Lyric Opera, he was seen in outreach performances as Dr. Dulcamara (The Elixir of Love) in 2014 and Tonio (I Pagliacci) in 2012. Other operatic engagements include Amantio (Gianni Schicchi) with Aspen Opera Theater Center in 2013 and Marullo (Rigoletto) with Opera Saratoga in 2012. In addition, he enjoys frequent concert and recital appearances, especially the works of American composers. Originally from Central Texas, Chance received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Baylor University before pursuing his masters degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Most recently, he completed doctoral coursework at the University of Texas at Austin.

Martin NusspaumerRebecca Henriques
Soprano

Cuban-American soprano Rebecca Henriques has recently performed the roles of Lucy (The Telephone) with Florida Grand Opera in 2014, Pamina (Die Zauberflte) with Frost Opera Theater in 2013, Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Frost Opera Theater in 2012, and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring at the University of Illinois in 2010. She received the first prize in lyric singing at the Concorso di Escuzione Musicale in Matera, Italy in 2013 and an encouragement award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008. During a 2012 residency with Aspen Opera Theater Center, she was seen in opera scenes as Despina (Cos Fan Tutte), Musetta (La Bohme) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola). Rebecca reprises the Contessa with the Miami Summer Music Festival this June before returning to Florida Grand Opera for her second season as a Young Artist.

Will HughesWill Hughes
Baritone

Baritone Will Hughes recently received his Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he studied under Dr. Christopher Arneson. With Westminster Opera, Wills roles included Marco (Gianni Schicchi) and Schlemi/Crespel (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) in 2013, and Demetrius (Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream) in 2012. Will was also seen annually in Westminster's Art Song Festival, where he sang a variety of German Lieder and American art songs. He was the baritone soloist (Faurs Requiem) at the 2013 American Choral Directors Association National Conference, as well as the baritone soloist (Brahms Requiem) for the 2013 Oritorium Project in Cluj, Romania. Will hails from Dallas, Texas and earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Wheaton College, where he was the recipient of the Ben Heppner Prize.

Vanessa IsiguenVanessa Isiguen
Soprano

Soprano Vanessa Isiguen recently performed the role of Beatrice Russo (Catns Il Postino; New York debut) with Mannes Opera in 2014, and joins the Glimmerglass Festival this coming summer to perform the role of Roberta Alden (Picker's An American Tragedy). Additional recent engagements include her participation as a soprano soloist (Wheeler, The Sorrows of Frederick) for a workshop performance with the Metropolitan Opera in 2013, High Priestess (Aida) in 2012 and Jou-Jou (Lehars The Merry Widow) in 2010 with Opera Tampa, Mimi (La Bohme) with Boston Opera Collaborative in 2010, and Adina (LElisir dAmore) in 2012 and Pamina (Die Zauberflte) in 2011 with New York Lyric Opera. Vanessa has also won prizes from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Connecticut Opera Guild, the Jenny Lind Competition, and the Bel Canto Competition. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory, and is currently completing her second year as an artist diploma candidate at Mannes College The New School for Music.

Carla JablonskiCarla Jablonski
Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Carla Jablonski has sung with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Opera Santa Barbara, Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera and Manhattan Opera Studio. As a former member of Florida Grand Operas Young Artist Program, Carla was seen as Annina (La Traviata) and Third Lady (Die Zauberflte) in 2013. Other roles performed include Vera Boronel (The Consul) with Opera Santa Barbara in 2014, La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) with Central City Opera in 2011, Mre Jeanne (Poulencs Dialogues des Carmlites) with Juilliard Opera in 2010, as well as Emma Jones (Weills Street Scene) and Thelma Yablonski (Mustos Later the Same Evening) with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater in 2008, among others. She made her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2009 (Ives Five Songs), returning in 2010 to sing Fileno (Handels Clori, Tirsi, e Fileno), appearing both times with Juilliard ensembles. In 2011, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as an alto soloist (Handels Messiah) with the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra. She has been a featured artist in the New York Festival of Song, and at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Next season, Carla joins the Metropolitan Opera as a chorus member (Die Meistersinger von Nrnberg), under the baton of James Levine. Carla received her masters degree from the Juilliard School.

Caitlin McKechneyCaitlin McKechney
Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Caitlin McKechney returns to Florida Grand Operas Young Artist Program for a second year after being seen as Myrtale (Thas) and Inez (Vores No Exit) in 2014. Recent engagements outside of South Florida include Flora (La Traviata) with Opera North in 2014, Third Lady (The Magic Flute) and Tisbe (La Cenerentola) with Nashville Opera in 2013, and Maddalena (Rigoletto) with Opera Memphis in 2013. Other stage credits include Carmen (Carmen) and Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) with New York Lyric Opera in 2012, Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) with Amore Opera in 2011, and Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) with Chicago Opera Vanguard in 2010, among others. Equally versed in musical theater and operetta, Caitlin has also been seen in such roles as Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls) with Center Stage Theater in 2010, Tessa (Gilbert and Sullivans The Gondoliers) with The Savoyaires in 2010, and Lilli Vanessi/Katherine (Kiss Me Kate) with Nightblue Theater in 2007. Additionally, she is a member of the New York-based new music ensemble Hotel Elefant, and is one of the founding members of The Opera Cowgirls, a touring group that brings opera to the masses in a really fun way.

 
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