LINDEMANN YOUNG ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Metropolitan Opera is one of the best known opera companies in the world, a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.  Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, the Met has been under the musical direction of James Levine since 1976.  Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb, the Met has launched a series of bold initiatives that are designed to broaden the company’s audience and revitalize its repertory.

The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program was created in 1980 by Maestro Levine to identify and develop extraordinarily talented young artists in the realm of opera.  The program has trained a new generation of celebrated American and international opera singers, as well as coaches and pianists, who perform at the highest standards in productions at the Met and opera houses around the world.

The Young Artist Development Program has been named after Mr. and Mrs. George Lindemann in recognition and gratitude for their leadership and generous support.

While many opera companies across the country conduct young artist training programs, the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program is unparalleled for the quality and scope of resources available to its participants.  Throughout their instruction, young artists draw upon the vast pool of world-renowned talent available at the Met, including current and former Met artists, internationally recognized coaches and master teachers, and staff from the Metropolitan Opera’s music and artistic departments.  Program participants have access to daily rehearsals and practice sessions, where they can observe opera’s great singers preparing their roles for the current Met repertory.  They are presented with the unparalleled opportunity to perform onstage in Met productions, as many are assigned supporting roles and serve as cover's for featured singers.

In a unique partnership between two prestigious musical institutions, the Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School joined forces with the beginning of the 2010-11 season.  The program’s participants now have access to both organizations’ considerable resources and personnel, in an effort to expand learning and performing opportunities for young artists.  This includes one fully staged or concert opera production per year at Juilliard, conducted by Maestro Levine, featuring members of the Young Artist Program and the Juilliard Orchestra.

The inaugural production was Smetana’s The Bartered Bride in February 2011, conducted by James Levine and directed by Stephen Wadsworth.  Gluck's Armide conducted by Jane Glover and directed by Fabrizio Melano followed in 2012.  The 2012-2013 season production was Mozart's Così fan tutte, conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

 

Faculty and Staff:

 

Artists:

 James Levine
-Music Director
Brian Zeger
-Executive Director
Ken Noda
-Musical Assistant to James Levine
Stephen Wadsworth
- Head of Dramatic Studies
Robert Cowart
- Head of Linguistic Studies
Vlad Iftinca
- Staff Music Coach
Nathaniel Murray
- Fitness Instructor
David Paul
- German Instructor
Renee Therriault
-English Instructor

Guest Master Teachers for the 2013-14 Season
John Fisher
Renata Scotto
Carol Vaness

-Clare Avery
-Administrative Director
Sean Guerrier
-Administrative Associate 

Benjamin Bliss
Brandon Cedel
Mario Chang
Ekaterina Deleu
Ying Fang
Lachlan Glen
Ryan Speedo Green
Cecelia Hall
Anthony Kalil
Alexey Lavrov
Mary-Jane Lee
Nimrod David Pfeffer
Andrew Stenson
Daniel Stewart
Bryan Wagorn
Yunpeng Wang



 

 

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biographies: 

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James Levine

MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR (Cincinnati, Ohio)
MET DEBUT:  Tosca 1971
MET HIGHLIGHTS:  Das Rheingold, Concerts, Simon Boccanegra, Don Pasquale, Wozzeck, Il Trovatore, Die Walküre, La Bohème, Don Carlo

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Brian Zeger

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Port Jervis, New York)
EDUCATION/TRAINING:  BA Harvard; MM The Juilliard School; DMA Manhattan School of Music 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Collaborations with many of the world's top artists including von Stade, Terfel, Voigt, and Graham.  Artistic Director of the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts Department at The Juilliard School; For 10 years, Mr. Zeger was the Program Director of the Program for Singers at the Steans Music Institute of the Ravinia Festival; recordings on EMI Classics, New World, Naxos, and Koch record labels.

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Ken Noda

MUSICAL ASSISTANT TO JAMES LEVINE (New York, New York)
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Studied piano with Daniel Barenboim
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Soloist with Berlin, Vienna, New York, Israel, and Los Angeles Philharmonics; London, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; Cleveland Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris under Abbado, Barenboim, Chailly, Levine, Mehta, Ozawa, and Previn.  Chamber music collaborations with Levine, Perlman, and Zukerman.  Vocal accompanist to Battle, Behrens, Ewing, Millo, Moll, Norman, and Upshaw; regular participant at Marlboro Music Festival.  

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Stephen Wadsworth

HEAD OF DRAMATIC STUDIES (Mt. Kisco, New York)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Director for the Met's Boris Godunov and Iphigénie en Tauride; director for The Juilliard School and The Metropolitan Opera's joint production of The Bartered Bride and Così fan tutte. Met debut Rodelinda 2004; has been a teacher in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program since the early 1980s; has directed at La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera, the Edinburgh Festival, and Seattle Opera, where he directed the world premiere of Daron Hagen's Amelia, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his debut, and received the Artist of the Year Award; wrote the opera A Quiet Place with Leonard Bernstein which played at New York City Opera.

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Robert Cowart

HEAD OF LINGUISTIC STUDIES (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Studied music and languages at University of Pennsylvania and Queens College; extensive private research studies in linguistics. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  Vocal language coach at Manhattan School of Music; The Juilliard School; Mannes School of Music; Curtis Institute of Music; Aspen Music Festival and School; International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel, Montreal and Japan; and "Si parla si canta" Vocal Program in Urbania, Italy, where he concentrates on the profound connection between language and the voice.

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Vlad Iftinca

STAFF MUSIC COACH (Iasi, Romania)
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Studied at Southern Methodist University, Dallas; Mannes School of Music and The Juilliard School. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: New York conducting debut with The Juilliard School in Rossini's La cambiale di matrimonio and La scala di seta; Assistant Conductor at the Met since 2008; Vocal accompanist to Te Kanawa, Hampson, Voigt, Hong, Leonard; recitals with the Met's 2012 Summer Recital Series, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Hong Kong Performing Arts Festival, Beijing Music Festival, Seoul Performing Arts Center, Samling UK Masterclasses 2011 and 2013.

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Nathaniel Murray

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR (Buffalo, New York)
EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, New York; Alexander and Feldenkrais; Integral Yoga; Yoga Certification; Kokushi Budo Institute, New York; Shodan-First Degree Black Belt-Aikido; trained with Babatunde Olatunji as Master Drummer. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  Performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Fitness Coach for the David Letterman Band, Saturday Night Live Band, James Taylor Band and Stevie Wonder Band; Guest Artist with Kirtanist Krishna Das.

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David Paul

GERMAN INSTRUCTOR (Hamburg, Germany)
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Studied acting and directing at Columbia University; Graduate of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  Has worked extensively on operatic and theatrical stages throughout the United States and abroad, including Washington National Opera, the Tel Aviv Summer Opera Festival, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC;  Dramatic Advisor for the Juilliard School's master's program in Voice; served on the faculties of the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel, "Viva Virginia" at Virginia Tech, and the Columbia University Summer High School Program.

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John Fisher

GUEST MASTER TEACHER (Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom)
EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Studies at Glasgow University, the Royal Academy of Music, and the London Opera Centre. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  Music Director of the Opera Studio at Théâtre à la Monnaie, Brussels; Music Staff at De Nederlandse Operastichting, Amsterdam; Head of Music Staff/Artistic Administrator at Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Artistic Director of Teatro alla Fenice, Venice; Director of Opera and Vocal Productions/Executive Producer at Deutsche Grammophone; Director of Music Administration at the Met; General Director of Welsh National Opera.

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Renata Scotto

GUEST MASTER TEACHER (Savona, Italy)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  Made her Met debut as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly in 1965 and since became a legendary opera star; made her Met directing debut in 1986 with Madama Butterfly, and has directed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arena di Verona, and Florida Grand Opera among many others; master classes at Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Yale University, the Russian Opera Center in Moscow, Tokyo University; Director of the Young Artists Program at the Verdi Institute in Parma; founded the Renata Scotto Vocal Academy in Albisola, Italy and at Westchester Music Conservatory, New York; received an Honorary Doctorate from The Juilliard School.

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Carol Vaness

GUEST MASTER TEACHER (San Diego, California)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  Launched her career in 1979 with Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito at New York City Opera; made her Met debut in 1984 as Armida in Rinaldo; has performed almost all of Mozart's operas at the Met; has sung at Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper and Paris Opera; Professor of Voice and Opera Workshop at Indiana University; numerous recordings on various record labels; four Grammy Award nominations.

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Benjamin Bliss

TENOR (Prairie Village, Kansas)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-First Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chapman University; Los Angeles Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2012-2013 season; Alfredo in La Traviata with Wolf Trap Opera Company, Tomas in LA Opera's Wold Premiere of Dulce Rosa, Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia with James Conlon and LA Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artists, Barbarigo in LA Opera's production of Verdi's I due Foscari. 2012-2011 season: Daniel in LA Opera's cathedral production of The Festival Play of Daniel, Harlekin in Ullman's Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Der Revolutionär in Krenek's Das geheime Königsreich with James Conlon and LA Opera, LA Opera debut as Benvolio in Romeo et Juliette under the baton of Placido Domingo; 2013 Operalia Don Plácido Domingo Sr. Zarzuela Prize recipient, two-time Finalist in the Western Region Met Auditions.

 

Brandon Cedel

Mr. Cedel’s participation in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program is sponsored by Annette Merle-Smith

BASS BARITONE (Hershey, Pennslyvania)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-First Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: The Curtis Institute of Music 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013-2014 season; Watchman in Die Frah ohne Schatten at the Met, Met’s 2013 Summer Recital Series, Kennedy Center debut Recital with Vocal Arts Society, Masetto in Don Giovanni with the Glyndebourne Festival.
2012-2013 season; Colline in the Royal Opera House of Oman’s production of La Boheme,William Dale in Opera Philadelphia’s production of Silent Night, Nerbulone in Eliogabalo with Gotham Chamber Opera, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Pirro in I Lombardi with the Opera Orchestra of New York; Lord Sidney in Il Viaggio a Reims with Wolf Trap Opera Company; Leporello in Don Giovanni with Chautauqua Institute, Bass soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.  Grand FinalsWinner of  2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council, 2012 Sullivan Foundation Award, George London Award, Sara Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, 2011 Grand Prize in the Gerda Lissner Competition, First prize in the Giulio Gari Competition, First prize in the Palm Beach Opera Competition Junior Division. 




 

Mario Chang

TENOR (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-Third Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Private Coaching

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013-2014 Season; Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavlier at the Met, Met’s 2013 Summer Recital Series. Recent career highlights include a concert in Puerto Rico honoring Giuseppi Verdi with the Teatro de La Opera. 2012-2013 season; Met debut Fourth Esquire in Parsifal.  In the 2011-2012 season; Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carm
élites IVAI program in Israel, Carnegie Hall debut in concert with the Musical Olympus Foundation, debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in Rennes, France. Gaston in La Traviata at The National Theater in Guatemala 2006, Mozart Requiem with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Guatemala 2006, 2007; Beethoven’s 9th. Symphony in Ruben Dario Theater in Nicaragua with the Orchestra Centroamericana 2009, Don Ottavio of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in South Carolina and West Virginia 2009, Fritz Kobus of Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz at Miami Beach 2011. Galas with Orchestra in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and in San Petersburg, Russia for the Musical Olympus Festival, 2011. 2013 grant from the Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot, Member of the 2013 L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma Opera Studio, recepient of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation Young Artist Humanitarian Award 2013. Winner of the First Prize at the 48 Edition of the International Francisco Viñas Competition at El Liceu Theater in Barcelona, Spain 2011; also winner of the “Placido Domingo Prize” for Best Tenor and the “Amics de l’Opera de Sabadell” Prize.

Ekaterina Deleu

PIANIST (Chisinau, Moldova)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-First Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2011-2012 season; staff pianist in the Young Artists Programme of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, staff pianist at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition; 2010-2011 staff pianist at Centre d'Art Lirique de la Méditeranée and Nice Conservatoire (France), rehearsal pianist of C.A.L.M. production L'enfant et les sortilèges; 2006-2009 accompanist at the Vocal Faculty and Opera Studio of the St.Petersburg State Conservatory; "Best accompanist" prize at the International Opera Singers Contest "St.Petersburg", winner of the International Festival-Competition "Three centuries of classic romance (Lied)".

Ying Fang

SOPRANO (Ningbo, China)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-First Year EDUCATION/TRAINING Master of Music The Juilliard School, Bachelor of Music The Shanghai Conservatory

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013-2014 season; Mme Podtochina’s Daughter in The Nose at the Met, Met’s 2013 Summer Recital Series; Contessa di Folleville in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims with the Wolf Trap Opera. 2012-2013 season;  Zaide in Mozart's Zaide in concert with the New World Symphony, Bellezza in Handel's Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with the Juilliard 415 under the baton of William Christie; Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute with The Aspen Opera Theater Center, Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Fanny in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio with The Juilliard School. First Prize Award 2013 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. Winner of the 2009 7th Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music.

Lachlan Glen

PIANIST (Camden, NSW, Australia)
EDUCATION/TRAINING Master of Music The Juilliard School, Bachelor of Music Rutgers University, Undergraduate Studies at The University of Southern Queensland

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Albumn "stopping by" with tenor Kyle Bielfield released on Delos label. Founder and Artistic Director of "Schubert & Co.". Solo performances and concerto appearances throughout Australia, Europe and the U.S., including Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Recent recitals with singers and instrumentalists include performances in Dresden, Berlin, Basel, London, Sydney and New York. Staff and faculties of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, Castleton Festival and Chautauqua Institution.

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Ryan Speedo Green

BASS-BARITONE (Suffolk, Virginia)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-Third Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Master of Music Florida State University, Bachelor of Music Hartt School of Music 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013-2014 season; The Jailor in Tosca and Bonze in Madama Butterfly at the Met. Bass soloist in Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall with Cecilia Chorus; Mozart's Requiem with the Santa Cruz County and Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with Florida Orchestra Symphony. Second Soldier in Salome with Boston Symphony 2012-2013 season; Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Utah Opera, Don Profondo in Il Viaggio a Reims with Wolftrap Opera,  Met stage debut singing the Mandarin in Turandot and The Second Knight in Parsifal; In the 2011-2012 season, he reprised the role of Colline in La Bohème with Central City Opera; The Commendatore in The Juilliard School's production of Don Giovanni; Colline in La Bohème with Central City Opera; Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola and Colline in La Bohème with Opera Colorado; Bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with Hartford Chorale and the Mozart Coronation Mass with Virginia Symphony. Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.  2014 George London Award Winner; 2012-2013 Career Development Award with the Sullivan Foundation Competition; Grand Finals Winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; 2011 Sara Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation.



Cecelia Hall

MEZZO SOPRANO (Durham, North Carolina)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-First Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies and Master of Music The Juilliard School, Bachelor of Music at DePaul University, Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013-14 season: Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at NC Opera; Annio in La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Opera Philadelphia, Spotlight Recital with Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall. 2012-13 season; Wellgunde/Rossweisse in Der Ring des Nibelungen at Seattle Opera, Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos at Ft. Worth Opera, Third Maid in Elektra at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Octavian in scenes from Der Rosenkavalier with the Grant Park Music Festival. Other highlights include the title role in Handel’s Teseo at Chicago Opera Theater, Cherubino in scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro at Chicago’s Symphony Hall; Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in L’enfant et les sortilèges at The Castleton Festival, recitals with Carnegie’s Ensemble ACJW, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte at Lyric Opera of Chicago, European debut as Composer in Valencia’s Palau de les Arts, recital at Wigmore Hall with Samling Showcase, Met debut in 2011 as Second Priestess in Iphigénie en Tauride, several leading roles at The Juilliard School; Third Prize from the 2013 Gerda Lissner Competition, The 2013 Lynne Harvey Foundation Scholarship from the Musician’s Club of Women, the 2012 Brian Dickie Outstanding Young Singer Award, a 2011 Sarah Tucker Study Grant, and Juilliard’s 2011 DeRosa Memorial Prize.

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Anthony Kalil

TENOR (Goshen, Indiana)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-Second Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Musical studies at Wartburg College

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013-2014 season; Metropolitan Opera debut as The Young Man in Die Frau Ohne Schatten; 2012-2013 season, Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera on the Avalon; Tenor soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Norwalk Symphony OrchestraLensky in Eugene Onegin with Vashon Opera, participant in the I Sing Beijing program in Beijing, China.  He has performed such roles as Rodolfo in La Bohème, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, The Count of Lerma in Don Carlo, Gabriel Von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Canio in Pagliacci, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, and the Duke of Matua in Rigoletto. 2013 Sara Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation; Second Prize 2013 Gerda Lissner Competition.



 

Alexey Lavrov

BARITONE (Komi Republic, Russia)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-Second Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Syktyvkar Music College and St. Petersburg State Conservatory

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013-2014 Season; Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Dominik in Arabella, Huntsman in Rusalka at the Met. 2012-2013 Season; Flemish Deputy Don Carlo Theatre du Capitole, Donald Billy Budd at Santiago di Chile, Met Debut as Herald in Otello and The Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre in Moscow; Title Role in Eugene Onegin with the Rheinsberg Festival in Germany and on tour with Mikhailovsky Theatre in Japan, Silvio in Pagliacci, Robert in Iolanta, and Baron Douphol in La Traviata with the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Morales in Carmen, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, Robert in Iolanthe with the Bolshoi Theater Young Artist Programme; Fourth Prize winner Concurso Internacional de Canto Teatro Colón competition. Winner of the 2010 Hariclea Darclee International Voice Competition and the ‘Three Centuries of Classical Romance’ Singing Competition, Second Prize at the Byulbyul International Vocal Competition, Third Prize at the Elena Obraztsova International Competition, and was awarded a Diploma at the International Rachmaninov Contest.


 

Mary-Jane Lee

SOPRANO (Lethbridge, Alberta Canada)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-First Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Bachelor of Music degree at Utah State University. Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2012-2013 season; Musetta in La Bohème with Northern Lights Music Festival, Vier Letzte Lieder with the Missouri River Festival, Arabella (cover) in Arabella with the Santa Fe Opera, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Wichita Grand Opera. Other highlights: La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with Aspen Opera Theater Center, and Micaëla in Carmen with Chautauqua Institution. 2013 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Grant Winner.



 

Nimrod David Pfeffer

PIANIST (Migdal-Ha'emek, Israel)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-Second Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Professional Studies Diploma in Orchestral Conducting Mannes College of Music, Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Perfromance, Bachelor of Music Tel-Aviv University.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Recital appearances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Russian Kremlin, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Ravinia Festival; American Ballet Theatre debut at The Metropolitan Opera in the production of Lady of the Camellias; Soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, New York conducting debut with the Mannes Orchestra at Symphony Space in New York City, Served as cover conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant conductor to Joseph Colaneri at the Mannes Opera, Assistant conductor at Glimmerglass Festival in 2014, in Madama Butterfly and An American Tragedy. 2011-2012 fellow at Steans Music Institute at Ravinia Festival, 2012 Grantee of the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts, First prizes: International Columbia Chopin Competition, Katcz Competition, and Tel-Aviv Chopin Competition.

 

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Andrew Stenson

Mr. Stenson’s participation in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program is sponsored by the Kern Family, in memory of Ralph W. Kern.

TENOR (Rochester, Minnesota)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-Second Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Master of Music at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Arts Luther College

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013-2014 season; Role debut Tonio in Seattle Opera's production of La Fille du Régiment, Demetrius in The Enchanted Island at the Met, Messiah tenor soloist with Seattle Symphony, Tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Hartford Symphony.  2012-2013 season; Third Esquire in Parsifal at the Met, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival, Tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with San Francisco Symphony, 2011-2012 season; Orphée in Orphée et Euridice with Seattle Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Seattle Opera Young Artists Program, 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

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Daniel Stewart

CONDUCTOR (San Francisco, California)
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Graduate Diploma Curtis Institute of Music Fellow, New World Symphony; Bachelor of Music and Performer Diploma Indiana University School of Music;  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013-2014 season Music Director of Santa Cruz Symphony, 2013 debuts with the Saint Louis Symphony and New World Symphony, Has conducted ensembles including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Curtis Opera Theater, Cover conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Company of Philadelphia; Winner of the 2010 James Conlon Conducting Prize at the Aspen Music Festival, Principal Violist of ensembles including the Aspen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Verbier festival orchestras, and the New World Symphony; Compositions performed at venues including the Aspen, Verbier, and Tribeca New Music festivals.

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Bryan Wagorn

PIANIST (Ottawa, Canada)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program-Third Year EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Doctor of Musical Arts candidate, The Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music The Mannes College of Music; Bachelor of Music The University of Ottawa;

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: In the 2013-2014 season; Assistant Conductor of Falstaff at the Met, Participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, Staff Pianist Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute; Pianist and coach, Pinchas Zukerman Summer Music Institute, Canada; Recital appearances include Carnegie Hall, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Jeunesses Musicales de Canada, Rehearsal pianist and harpsichordist in the 2012-2013 season Met + Juilliard production of Cosi fan Tutte.


Yunpeng Wang

BARITONE (Shenzhen, China)
Lindemann Young Artist Development Program- First Year
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Master of Music The Manhattan School of  Music, Bachelor of Music Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing China. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2012-2013 Season: Carnegie Hall debut with The Musical Olympus Festival; Alice Tully Hall debut singing with I Sing Beijing Program and The New York City Opera Orchestra, Performed with The Hartford Symphony as a soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and The Yellow River Cantata, Appeared with The Voices of 2012 concert with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV in Pécs, Hungary; Athanaël in Thaïs with The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater. 2011-2012 season; Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Eisenstein (Cover) in Die Fledermaus at The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China; Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte with The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater; Participated in the Zürich Stiftung Opera Bel Canto Night in Switzerland. Recipient of  2nd Place Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and Audience Award of Placido Domingo’s International Operalia Competition in 2012; 1st Place Winner of The 2013 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition.