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Arthur Bosarge Arthur Bosarge
Pianist

Arthur, a native of Fairhope, Alabama, is a pianist and coach whose experience spans a variety of styles, including opera, recital, sacred, ballet, and music theater. Recently he was the pianist/coach in the Studio Artist Program at Kentucky Opera for the 2017-2018 season (Ariadne auf Naxos, Dead Man Walking, The Barber of Seville) and 2016-2017 season (Madama Butterfly, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, The Mikado). In the 2015-2016 season he was a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist at Virginia Opera, serving as pianist for the fall and spring Education Tours. Other recent collaborations include Utah Festival Opera (Amazing Grace, A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein), Opera North (La fille du régiment, Evita, Street Scene, My Fair Lady, La traviata), 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Mississippi Opera (The Pirates of Penzance), American Ballet Theater Summer Workshop, Hubbard Hall Opera (L'elisir d'amore), The Prizery (Into the Woods, The Addams Family), Natchez Festival of Music (A Little Night Music, The Barber of Seville, Camelot, Carmen, Show Boat, Ruby Elzy: The Jewel of Mississippi), Mannes Opera, and the University of Alabama Opera Theatre. Mr. Bosarge holds degrees from Mannes School of Music and The University of Alabama.

Nicholas_HuffNicholas Huff
Tenor

Nicholas, has performed with the Carthage Student Opera, Eastman Opera Theater, La Coperacha Puppets, Toronto Summer Opera Workshop, Rochester Lyric Opera, Florentine Opera (MKE), and in summer 2019, the Merola Opera Program. He has performed as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Lucano in Il coronazione di Poppea, Joseph Treat in Mrs. President, Peter Quint in Turn of The Screw, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Tebaldo in a concert performance of I Capuleti e I Montecchi in May 2019, and create a role in Jake Heggie’s newest opera If I Were You at Merola. Mr. Huff has concertized widely, as soloist for Messiah with the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the New York State Ballet, Mozart’s Missa Solemnis, Rutter’s Psalmfest, and Britten’s Rejoice in The Lamb. Nicholas attended Carthage College (BA in Vocal Performance), and the Eastman School of music (MM in Vocal Performance and Literature). Mr. Huff makes his Florida Grand Opera debut this season as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Matteo Borsa in Rigoletto, and Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto. For more information about Nicholas, visit www.NicholasHuff.pw.

Shaina_Martinez Shaina Martinez
Soprano,

Shaina made her Bermuda Festival debut this year as Sophie in Terrence McNally’s Masterclass. Her repertoire includes Susannah (Susannah), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Saffi (Der Ziegeunerbaron), Salud (La Vida Breve), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Marie (La fille du regiment), and Prince Charmant (Cendrillon). She has collaborated with Craig Rutenberg in an Opera America Emerging Artist Recital, as well as with Perry So, performing Joaquin Turina’s Poema en forma de canciones. In 2018, Shaina was awarded 2nd place in the Rocky Mountain Regionals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Other awards include third prize in both the XXI Concurso Internacional de Canto Lirico and Alan M. & Joan Taub Ades Competition 2018, and First Prize in both the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition and Talents of the World International Competition. In the summer of 2019, she will join the Grant Park Music Festival Project Inclusion Fellowship. Martinez holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland and a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Martinez makes her Florida Grand Opera debut this season as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Elisetta in Il matrimonio segreto.

Nathan_Matticks Nathan Matticks
Baritone

Nathan is rapidly establishing himself as one of opera’s brightest hopefuls. A 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist and District Winner, last season was punctuated by a Carnegie Hall main stage debut in Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Rutter’s Mass of the Children . Acclaimed for his “suave baritone” (Broadway World) and the “sonorous, full-voiced” (Parterre) quality of his singing, the baritone recently made several role debuts including the title role in Rigoletto with Teatro Lirico d’Europa, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera New Hampshire and Palmetto Opera and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly on tour with Teatro Lirico d’Europa. During the 2017 season, Nathan also bowed with Opera North as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. Further career highlights include the principal roles in Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore , Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmen, Faust, Manon Lescaut, I Pagliacci , and The Merry Widow. In 2013 he made his professional operatic debut as Morales in Carmen opposite Denyce Graves with Opera Charleston. Mr. Matticks makes his Florida Grand Opera debut this season as The Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Count Monterone in Rigoletto, and Il Conte Robinson in Il matrimonio segreto.

Michael_MillerMichael Miller
Baritone

Michael was seen most recently in residence at Palm Beach Opera as an Apprentice Artist. Last season included his return to the Glimmerglass Festival, where he sang the role of Lt. Audebert (Campbell/Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night) in a critically acclaimed performance, hailed by the New York Times as “spellbinding.” Previous summer seasons have held roles in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath as a 2017 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Young Artist, a Glimmerglass Festival debut as Thomas Putnam in Francesca Zambello’s 2016 production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible, as well as three seasons of study at Seagle Music Colony, where he sang the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia in 2015. While earning his Master of Music from Boston Conservatory, Michael appeared as Eugene Onegin, Joseph DeRocher (Dead Man Walking), and Herr Fluth (Die Lustigen Weiber von Winsdor). Michael also holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan. Originally from Meadville, PA, he now calls Boston home. Mr. Miller makes his Florida Grand Opera debut this season as Masetto in Don Giovanni, The Official Registrar and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Marullo in Rigoletto. For more information about Michael, visit www.michaelmillerbaritone.com.

Kylena ParksKylena Parks
Soprano
Kylena has been praised for her voice’s “rare beauty, growing more beautiful in the upper register” as well as her “commanding stage presence” (The Baltimore Sun). Kylena will join Pittsburgh Opera in their 2019 season after winning 2nd place and Audience choice award at the Mildred Miller International Competition last fall. Kylena recently debuted with Annapolis Opera as Berta in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and with Baltimore Concert Opera as Caterina in Mascagni’s L’amico Frtiz. Previously, Kylena was awarded 1st Prize in the Annapolis Opera Competition, as well as Grand Prize at the Musical Merit Competition of Greater San Diego. She holds a Masters of Music degree in Opera Performance from University of Maryland College Park where she had the privilege of studying under Delores Ziegler. A San Diego native, Kylena frequents Reno, NV to continue her studies with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick. Ms. Parks makes her Florida Grand Opera debut this season as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, A Page in Rigoletto, and Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto. For more information about Kylena, visit www.kylenaparks.com.

Stephany PenaStephany Peña
Mezzo-soprano
Stephany has quickly expanded her career in Europe. In the summer of 2019, Ms. Peña will be performing the role of Mercedes from Bizet’s Opera, Carmen at the Kittsee Summer Music Festival in Austria. In the Summer of 2018, she performed the role of Miss Quickly from Verdi's Falsaff at the Crested Butte Opera Studio in Colorado as well as the role of Annina from Verdi's La Traviata at the Operavia Summer Music Festival in Carinthia, Austria. She has made her mark on Operetta repertoire performing the roles of Zenobia from Millöcker's Gasparone as well as Czipra from Johann Strauss' Gypsy Baron in Vienna, Austria. She made her professional debut in 2012 interpreting the role of La Vendedora from Manuel de Falla's La Vida Breve at the Marburg Festspiel in Germany. Stephany is a native of Miami. Ms. Peña was recently seen in Florida Grand Opera’s production of Frida as a Calavera and ensemble member. She joins the Studio this season as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Giovanna and Maddalena in Rigoletto, and Fidalma in Il matrimonio segreto. For more information about Stephany, visit www.stephanypena.com.


Rafael PortoRafael Porto
Bass-baritone

Rafael most recently created the role of Putnam in Jake Heggie’s world premiere of If I Were You at the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. In the 2018-2019 season Porto performed the roles of Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Johann (Werther) with Florida Grand Opera, performed as Luther and Crespel (Les contes d’Hoffmann) at Nashville Opera, and made his debut at the Northern Lights Music Festival as Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia). Previously at Florida Grand Opera, he performed Capitán in Florencia en el Amazonas with internationally acclaimed soprano Ana María Martínez and 1st Nazarene in Salome in the 2017-18 season. He has been a regional encouragement award winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, grand prizewinner of the Orpheus National Music Competition for Vocalists, and a finalist at the Eleanor McCollum Competition with Houston Grand Opera. Porto earned a master of music degree from Indiana University, a bachelor of music degree from Butler University, and trained as a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival. Mr. Porto returns to Florida Grand Opera this season as Leporello in Don Giovanni (Broward performances), The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Geronimo in Il matrimonio segreto. For more information about Rafael, please visit www.rafaelwporto.com.


 
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