Glyndebourne Opera Cup: meet the semi finalists

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Find out more about all of the Glyndebourne Opera Cup semi-finalists in these short biographies. You can also see which arias they’ll be singing in the semi-final, and what they’ll sing if they make it through to the final.

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Francesca Chiejina


Jorge Espino


Adriana Gonzalez


Samantha Hankey


Elbenita Kajtazi


Dmytro Kalmuchyn

Aurora Marthens

Mirjam Mesak

Jake Muffett

Gemma Ní Bhriain

Alexandra Nowakowski

Eléonore Pancrazi


Emily Pogorelc


Cody Quattlebaum

Anita Giovanna Rosati


Carl Rumstadt


Jacquelyn Stucker


Gemma Summerfield


Jack Swanson


Charles Sy


Hubert Zapiór


Tickets for the final have sold out, but tickets for the semi final are still available.


This exciting competition will be televised in a dedicated TV series on Sky Arts, Glyndebourne’s official UK broadcast partner for this competition. The series will be presented by Chris Addison and Danielle de Niese. International viewers will be able to watch the on Medici.tv

Watch on Sky Arts in the UK

Part 1 Thursday 22 March, 8.00pm-9.00pm

Part 2 – Semi-Final Friday 23 March, 9.00pm-11.00pm

Part 3 – Live Final Saturday 24 March, 5.30pm–9.00pm

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Watch on Medici.tv outside the UK

Semi-Final, Friday 23 March, ​9​.00pm GMT
Final, Saturday 24 March, ​5​.30pm GMT

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Francesca Chiejina

Soprano, 27, American

SEMI-FINAL
Zeffiretti lusinghieri Idomeneo
Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro Le nozze di Figaro

FINAL
Ah! fuggi il traditor Don Giovanni
Dove sono i bei momenti Le nozze di Figaro

American soprano Francesca Chiejina studied at the University of Michigan with Martha Sheil and James Paterson, and later at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Sue McCulloch. She has participated in masterclasses with Martin Katz, Kamal Khan, Gianna Rolandi, Joyce DiDonato, Brigitte Fassbaender, Edith Wiens and Felicity Lott.

Currently a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme at Covent Garden, Francesca’s roles at the Royal Opera House for 2017-18 include Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Melantho in Ulysses, and Lady-in-Waiting in Macbeth. She has also recently appeared at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. This season will see her make her debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal as Serena in Porgy and Bess.

Francesca’s competition successes include reaching the semi-finals in the National Mozart Competition, winning the English Song Prize and Aria Prize for Guildhall School of Music and Drama and taking second prize in the Classical Singer Competition. She was a finalist in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Francesca has received Loveday, Marianne Falke, Maurice H and Evangeline L Dumesnil, George Shirley Voice and Willis-Patterson Scholarships.


Jorge Espino

Baritone, 26, Mexican

SEMI-FINAL
Hai già vinta la causa Le nozze di Figaro
Ho capito Don Giovanni

FINAL
Fin ch’han dal vino Don Giovanni
Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo Così fan tutte

Born in Mexico City, Jorge studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Mexico and is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where his performances included Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Albert in Werther, Manfredo in L’amore dei tre re, and Schaunard in La bohème, among others. He is continuing his professional studies at the Curtis Institute of Music where he sang the title role in Eugene Onegin this season. The Mexican baritone recently performed Prince Afron in The Golden Cockerel with Santa Fe Opera, where he made his debut in the 2016 season as Sid in La fanciulla del West.

In Mexico he sang Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and Marcello in La bohème with the Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano. He also performed Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at Teatro Signorelli, Cortona.

Jorge has been awarded prizes from The Sullivan Foundation, Mario Lanza, Giulio Gari, Licia Albanese, Giargiari Bel Canto, Artescénica, Irma Gonzalez and Carlo Morelli competitions.

During his free time, Jorge likes to swim, continuing a sport he first enjoyed as a youngster when he was a member of the local swimming team in his home town.


Adriana Gonzalez

Soprano, 26, Guatemalan

SEMI-FINAL
Mi tradì quell’alma ingrata Don Giovanni
Ach, ich fühl’s Die Zauberflöte

FINAL
Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro Le nozze di Figaro
Temerari! … Come scoglio Così fan tutte

At 18, under the tutelage of Barbara Bickford, Adriana won the Hemeroteca Nacional New Upcoming Artist Award 2009 in her native Guatemala, where she also made her operatic debut. She graduated in 2012 from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, and in 2013 travelled to Herblay, France, for her first engagement outside her home country. In 2014 she began a 3-year term at Atelier Lyrique of the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris where her roles included Diane and Première Prêtresse in Iphigenie en Tauride, Despina in Così fan tutte and Paggio in Rigoletto. She also performed at Palais Garnier, Louvre Auditorium and Amphithéâtre de l’Opéra Bastille. She won the 2017 Prix Lyrique du Cercle Carpeaux for her outstanding development.

Her success in France was followed by performances as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Oper Burg Gars Summer Festival and as Corinna in Il viaggio a Reims for her Gran Teatro del Liceu debut. She joined the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich in September 2017. Her awards include first prize in the bel canto category at the 2012 Festival della Canzone Italiana del Istituto Italiano di Cultura; third prize at the 2016 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition; first prize at the 2016 Otto Edelmann Competition in Vienna; the 2016 Oper Burg Gars Prize; second prize and the Public Prize at the 2017 Francisco Viñas Singing Competition; the Teatro Real Madrid Extraordinary Prize; the Associació d’Amics de l’Òpera de Sabadell Extraordinary Prize; and the Internationale OpernWerkstatt Extraordinary Prize.

In 2018-2019 she will sing Liù in Turandot at Opéra de Toulon, and Isis in Hipermestra with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles before returning to Opéra national de Paris to sing Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore and Brigitta in Yolanta.


Samantha Hankey

Mezzo-Soprano, 25, American

SEMI-FINAL
Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio Le nozze di Figaro
Ah scostati! Smanie implacabili Così fan tutte

FINAL
Va pure ad altri in braccio La finta giardiniera
Parto, ma tu ben mio La clemenza di Tito

Grand Finals winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and first prize winner of the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, Samantha is quickly making a name for herself at home and abroad. A native of Massachusetts, she attended the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, where she sang the title role in La Cenerentola. In 2017/18 she makes her debuts as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Den Norske Opera, Siébel in Faust at Grand Théâtre de Genève, and her Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra.

Samantha recently graduated from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon receiving her Bachelor of Music degree, and went on to become a Kovner Fellow during her Master of Music studies. Highlights at Juilliard included title role in Agrippina, Varvara in Káťa Kabanová, Diana and Diana in Giove in La Calisto and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro.

The gifted recitalist has performed at Alice Tully Hall including a programme of Liszt, Schumann and Strauss songs that she presented as winner of the Vocal Arts Honors Recital. She appeared in a concert of Rossini’s Stabat Mater with The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in North Carolina and collaborated with Opera Philadelphia and David Hertzberg, in workshops for The Rose Elf and The Wake World.

She was awarded a 2017 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, a 2015 Sara Tucker Study Grant, and prizes from James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation Opera, Lieder and Song Competitions and Opera Index.


Elbenita Kajtazi

Soprano, 26, Kosovan

SEMI-FINAL
Zeffiretti lusinghieri Idomeneo
Ach, ich fühl’s Die Zauberflöte

FINAL
Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Deh vieni, non tardar Le nozze di Figaro

Elbenita is a graduate of the University of Prishtina. Since being awarded her first contract with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kosovo in 2009, at the age of just 15, she has performed in some of Europe’s most important opera houses.

She held a Young Artist Fellowship with Deutsche Oper Berlin, performing numerous roles for the house including Frasquita in Carmen, Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Annina in La traviata. She has performed in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic and Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester. In summer 2016, Elbenita made her Salzburger Festspiele debut as a member of the Young Singers Project, performing alongside Placido Domingo and the Munich Radio Orchestra as Crobyle in Massenet’s Thaïs. Recent highlights include her successful debut at Semperoper Dresden as Pamina and concerts at Philharmonia Essen and Grand Théâtre de Genève.

In 2016, Elbenita became a member of the ensemble of the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, with whom she has made numerous role debuts including Barbarina, Adina, Violetta, Liù, Musetta and Gretel. She continues to enjoy an ongoing relationship with Deutsche Oper Berlin which will see her return for various guest engagements. In 2018/19 Elbenita will join the ensemble of Hamburgische Staatsoper.

Her awards include first prize in the Riccardo Zandonai Competition, which led to a contract with Daegu Opera in South Korea, and first prize in the 2014 Spiros Argiris Sarzana Festival competition.

Elbenita learned how to cook as a child and now enjoys cooking for friends and family when she is not away on tour.


Dmytro Kalmuchyn

Baritone, 24, Ukrainian

SEMI-FINAL
Hai già vinta la causa Le nozze di Figaro
Papagena! Papagena! Papagena! Die Zauberflöte

FINAL
Donne mie, la fate a tanti Così fan tutte
Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo Così fan tutte

Dmytro began studying in the vocal and choral department of Khmelnytskyi Children’s Music School in his native Ukraine at the age of seven, culminating in a solo concert ten years later in the Organ Hall of Khmelnytskyi Regional Philharmonic Society. In the same year, he began his studies in the vocal faculty of M. V. Lysenko National Music Academy of Lviv under People’s Artist of Ukraine Professor Volodymyr Ignatenko.

He has performed Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Uberto in La serva padrona, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in Don Giovanni on the stage of the Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since the 2016/17 season, he has been a member of the International Opera Studio of Opernhaus Zürich with whom he has performed in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Don Carlo, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Lohengrin. This season he has performed in Salome, La fanciulla del West, Le comte Ory and L’enfant et les sortileges, and will perform in Luisa Miller and Carmen on the Zürich stage.

Dmytro is a prize winner of the 2010 Third Open All-Ukrainian Competition of Young Singers named after Teodor TerenYuskiv in Lviv, Ukraine; the Grand Prix winner of the 2014 XXI Century Art International Competition in Vorzel, Ukraine; and a laureate of the 2014 Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki.


Aurora Marthens

Soprano, 26, Finnish

SEMI-FINAL
Geme la tortorella La finta giardiniera
Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben Zaide

FINAL
Nel grave tormento Mitridate, re di Ponto
Ach ich liebte Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Following a theatre degree at Västra Nylands folkhögskola, the Finnish soprano studied music at Turku Conservatory and will graduate this spring from the Sibelius Academy where she studies with Sirkka Parviainen. She is currently working with conductor and pianist Kamal Khan who has been one of her main coaches since spring 2017. She is also studying baroque singing with Tuuli Lindeberg as part of her extensive studies in classical voice. Aurora has taken part in masterclasses with Edith Mathis, Elisabeth Werres, Jorma Hynninen, Soile Isokoski, Riikka Hakola and Konrad Jarnot, among others.

Alongside her love of opera, Aurora has a passion for musical theatre and enjoys discovering new musicals across various genres. She is also fascinated by languages and dialects.

Already an experienced performer both in Finland and abroad, she has entertained audiences at Turku Cathedral, Finland, Mariinski Theatre, St Petersburg and at Carnegie Hall, New York. In April 2018, Aurora will sing the title role in Donizetti’s Rita in Helsinki and she will be one of the soloists in Rossini’s Stabat Mater for the opening concert of Organ Night and Aria Festival Espoo, Finland. She will also give a recital in the Savonlinna Opera Festival in July 2018.

Previous awards include first prize in the 2017 Savonlinna Opera Festival Timo Mustakallio Singing Competition and first prize at the 2015 Helsinki Lied Competition, together with pianist Elias Miettinen.


Mirjam Mesak

Soprano, 27, Estonian

SEMI-FINAL
Deh vieni, non tardar Le nozze di Figaro
Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben Zaide

FINAL
Padre, germani, addio Idomeneo
L’amerò sarò costante Il re pastore

The Estonian soprano was born in Tallinn and graduated in 2006 from The Music School of Tallinn, where she studied piano with Heli Taar. She graduated in 2016 with first class honours in voice from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is continuing her studies on the Guildhall Artist Masters Programme, under the tutelage of Professor Rudolf Piernay. At Guildhall, Mirjam has worked with the finest singers and coaches including Graham Johnson, Sarah Walker, Eugene Asti, Julius Drake, Stephan Loges and Amanda Roocroft. She also recently sang in a masterclass with Joyce DiDonato as part of the Wigmore Hall Masterclass Series.

Mirjam has performed as a soloist in several of London’s renowned concert halls including the Barbican and Wigmore Hall where she premiered new work by Guildhall composers and writers. She has also sung in Milton Court Concert Hall, including taking part in the LSO’s This is Rattle festival. Mirjam is supported by the Help Musicians Fund, Estonian Students Fund in the USA and the Guildhall School Trust.


Jake Muffett

Baritone, 25, British

SEMI-FINAL
Deh, vieni alla finestra Don Giovanni
Papagena! Papagena! Papagena! Die Zauberflöte

FINAL
Con un vezzo all’Italiana La finta giardiniera
Hai già vinta la causa Le nozze di Figaro

Jake attended The King’s School, Grantham and graduated in music from the University of York before completing a Masters in vocal performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is currently on the second year of the opera course at the Guildhall School where he receives vocal tuition from John Evans. Alongside his postgraduate studies, Jake was one of the eight Monteverdi Choir apprentices for the academic year 2014/15. During this time he worked closely with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and performed with the choir in concerts across Europe and the US. Since completing the apprenticeship he has continued to sing with the group on a regular basis including various step-out solos in works by Monteverdi, Bach and Mendelssohn. Jake made his major London solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall in Orff’s Carmina Burana with The Really Big Chorus conducted by Bob Chilcott and recently joined The Really Big Chorus once again for the 2017 annual performances of Messiah conducted by Ben Parry and Brian Kay.

Jake was a member of the 2016 Glyndebourne Chorus, covered Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and performed a principle role in Glyndebourne Youth Opera’s production of A Garden Dream. Jake returns to Glyndebourne for the 2018 season as a Jerwood Young Artist. His most recent operatic engagements include the title role in Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera and John Sorrell in The Consul and Le Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites for the Guildhall School.

A keen semi-professional clarinettist, Jake still plays with orchestras and chamber groups. He has occasionally been known to appear in musical pit bands playing clarinets, saxophones and even flutes and oboes.


Gemma Ní Bhriain

Mezzo-Soprano, 26, Irish

SEMI-FINAL
Tu fosti tradito La clemenza di Tito
Ah scostati! Smanie implacabili Così fan tutte

FINAL
Voi che sapete Le nozze di Figaro
Va pure ad altri in braccio La finta giardiniera

Born in Dublin, Gemma graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music with a BA in Music Performance where she studied with Dr Veronica Dunne and performed Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen, Florence Pike in Albert Herring and Sally in A Hand of Bridge. Gemma is currently a member of the International Opera Studio of Opernhaus Zürich. During her first season she performed in Médée, Orest and L’enfant et les sortilèges, and in the 2017/18 season she will make several role debuts at Opernhaus Zürich including Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Ho-Gu in Häuptling Abendwind, Ramiro in La finta giardiniera and Valletto in L’incoronazione di Poppea.

From 2014 to 2016, Gemma was a member of Opéra national de Paris’ Atelier Lyrique Opera Studio. During her two seasons in Paris she debuted in five roles, including two world premieres. She also made her mainstage solo debut at Opéra Bastille singing the role of Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. She sang Mércèdes in Bizet’s Carmen at the National Concert Hall with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by John Wilson alongside world-renowned mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon in the the lead role. She has also performed Jenny’s Girl in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny with Opera Theatre Company and Rough Magic. Gemma has sung with various orchestras in her native Ireland and abroad including L’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris, Le Cercle d’Harmonie, Philharmonie Zürich, Orchestra La Scintilla, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn and Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté.Next season Gemma makes her role debut as Niklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Irish National Opera, as well as her recital debut at Opéra national de Paris.


Alexandra Nowakowski

Soprano, 25, Polish-American

SEMI-FINAL

O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn Die Zauberflöte
In un istante… Parto m’affretto Lucio Silla

FINAL

Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben Zaide
Martern aller arten Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Alexandra holds a bachelor degree in vocal performance from the University of Illinois where she studied with Cynthia Haymon. Currently a fourth year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, she studies with Bill Schuman and is singing Zerbinetta and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos in the 2017/18 season. Previously she has sung Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Werther, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Musetta in La bohème for the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Alexandra deeply honours her European roots and seeks out opportunities to perform abroad. In 2017 she travelled to Moscow to compete in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and participated in the Academy of French Song and Opera. In 2016 she was a Zinka Milanov Competition finalist and participated in masterclasses in Poland with Metropolitan Opera’s Teresa Żylis-Gara. A lover of the concert stage as well as operatic roles, Alexandra has been a soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Magnificat and BWV 199 and in Carmina Burana. She also performs yearly in Russian art song concerts and the Jubilate Sacred Music Concert at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Alexandra received second prize in the Gerda Lissner Lieder Song Competition, first prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, first prize in the Violetta DuPont Opera at Florham Competition and fourth prize in the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition. She is a District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Philadelphia; a second place winner in Franco-American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours de Chant; and first place winner in the American Council for Polish Culture’s Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition.


Eléonore Pancrazi

Mezzo-Soprano, 27, French

SEMI-FINAL
Dunque sperar poss’io… Il tenero momento Lucio Silla
Va pure ad altri in braccio La finta giardiniera

FINAL
Voi che sapete Le nozze di Figaro
Parto, ma tu ben mio La clemenza di Tito

Eléonore first studied violin and piano, and later classical singing. The Corsican entered the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot studying voice with Isabel Garcisanz and stagecraft under Mireille Larroche, graduating with honours in 2013. She joined the French Mélodie Residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix and sang with Péniche Opéra Company and Opéra de Massy Orchestra. 2013 took her to the Folles Journées French Music Festival and she joined the Opéra de Lyon studio. She sang at the Salle Cortot, the Musicades and Olivades Festival in St Remy de Provence, the Festival of Marmande, Théâtre d’Herblay and the Abbaye de Royaumont. In 2014, she joined the Opéra Comique de Paris Youth Academy. A turning point came in 2016 after Eléonore took part in the prestigious Werther concert at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Since then she has performed in some of France’s most important classical music venues including Opéra national de Lorraine, Opéra de Toulon, Opéra de Clermont-Ferrand and Théâtre de l’Athénée. She enjoys collaborations with musical ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, and with Opéra de Tours and has participated in a masterclass on French baroque repertoire with Christophe Rousset at the Abbaye de Royaumont.

Her awards include second prize at the International Baroque Singing Cesti Competition, the 2017 Nimes International Singing Competition and the French melody category at the Marmande International Singing Competition; third prize at the 2013 Musiques au Coeur du Médoc Singing Competition; first prize in the 2014 Béziers Singing Competition operetta category, and the ADAMI and CFPL prizes at Arles Singing Competition, and the New Talent prize at UPMCF Competition in Paris. When she is not rehearsing Eléonore indulges her love of rock music with her guitar-playing sister Constance.


Emily Pogorelc

Soprano, 21, American

SEMI-FINAL
Deh vieni, non tardar Le nozze di Figaro
In faccia all’oggetto Mitridate, re di Ponto

FINAL
Padre, germani, addio Idomeneo
Ach, ich fühl’s Die Zauberflöte

Emily is currently entering her final year at the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Julia Faulkner, after which she will join the 2018-19 ensemble of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In her 2017-18 season, she debuts as soloist with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Madison Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She also sings Frasquita in Carmen at Opera Philadelphia, and in June will attend the Mozart Academy at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. In her recently completed second season as young artist at Glimmerglass Festival, Emily starred as Romilda in Xerxes. She has also performed with Opera Philadelphia, where she sang in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, and performed the title role in The Rose Elf and participated in a live-streamed masterclass with Dawn Upshaw, singing an aria from Breaking The Waves. At the Curtis Institute of Music, Pogorelc performed as Lisette in La Rondine, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Le Feu in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and Musetta in La bohème, as well as appearing in numerous recitals and concerts, including a performance at Carnegie Hall and with Landsdowne Symphony Orchestra, as 2015 Irving Ludwig Prize Winner.

This year, Emily won first prize at the National Opera Association competition, a grant from the Gerda Lissner Lieder in Song Competition, and an Emerging Artist award from Opera Index Competition. In 2017, she took second place in the Upper-Midwest Region of the Metropolitan National Opera Council Auditions. She is the 2014 Gold Award winner in the Classical Voice division at NFAA YoungArts. Emily loves to read and listen to records — preferably with her family’s five cats.


Cody Quattlebaum

Bass-Baritone, 24, American

SEMI-FINAL
Bravo, signor padrone … Se vuol ballare Le nozze di Figaro
Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo Così fan tutte

FINAL
Deh, vieni alla finestra Don Giovanni
Eh! Consolatevi…Madamina, il catalogo è questo Don Giovanni

Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist and recipient of a Sara Tucker Grant, Cody is quickly earning a reputation as an esteemed interpreter of opera ranging from baroque and classical to contemporary style. This month, he makes his UK professional debut with the Academy of Ancient Music as the Bass Soloist in Bach’s Johannespassion at Barbican Hall and returns in April to perform Händel’s Brockespassion. In July, he will appear as Zuniga in Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, where he recently made his debut as Schriftsteller in the world premiere of Xavier Dayer’s Der Traum von Dir and sang Larkens in La fanciulla del West. Other recent successes include the lead role in Walton’s The Bear in San Francisco at the Merola Opera Program, and Claudio in Agrippina at The Juilliard School. He also sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with the Merola Program, Colonel in a premier workshop of Daniel Catán’s Meet John Doe with Cincinnati Opera Fusion, and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at College Conservatory of Music. A devoted recitalist and refined concert soloist, Cody has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Alhambra in Granada, Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, Opernhaus Zürich and the Taube Atrium at the Wilsey Center for Opera in San Francisco.

He received his Master of Music at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Marlena Malas. He also studied voice with Kenneth Shaw at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music. Cody is a native of Ellicott City, Maryland, where he was offered boundless encouragement to pursue the arts by a dedicated team of public educators in the Howard County school system. Cody loves hiking and camping in the great outdoors. He has played chess from a very young age and his goal is to become a Grand Master!


Anita Giovanna Rosati

Soprano, 24, Austrian

SEMI-FINAL
Chi vuol godere il mondo La finta giardiniera
Bester Jüngling Die Schauspieldirektor

FINAL
In uomini, in soldati Così fan tutte
Ach, ich fühl’s Die Zauberflöte

The Austrian-born soprano was awarded a BA with Honours by Vienna’s University of Music and the Performing Arts, where she studied under Kammersängerin Edith Lienbacher. Since 2016, Anita has been studying for a master’s degree in Lied and Oratorio with Kammersängerin Gabriele Fontana in Vienna, where she sang Sophie in Werther in the annual university production.

Anita made her debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre in Vienna in 2013, gleaning early experience of the stage. She has appeared in the chorus of the Vienna Volksoper in performances of Millöcker’s Der Bettelstudent at the Mörbisch Lake Festival and also as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at the Schönbrunn Palace Marionette Theatre.

During the 2015/16 season, she was a member of the Thuringian Opera Studio and in the course of the season appeared at the Weimar National Theatre as Papagena and as Findus in Niclas Ramdohr’s children’s opera Pettersson und Findus und der Hahn im Korb. Guest appearances also took her to the Erfurt Theatre as Minerva in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and as the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel. As a participant in the 2017 Salzburger Festspiele Young Singers Project, Anita played the role of Madame Herz in The Impresario.


Carl Rumstadt

Baritone, 25, German

SEMI-FINAL
Con un vezzo all’Italiana La finta giardiniera
Fin ch’han dal vino Don Giovanni

FINAL
Papagena! Papagena! Papagena! Die Zauberflöte
Hai già vinta la causa Le nozze di Figaro

Carl is the son of musicians and has been experiencing the world of theatre and opera since his early childhood days. After playing the cello for years and appearing in numerous stage productions as a child actor, he took up singing lessons at the age of 14. A year later he was accepted as Jungstudent at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, where he studied voice with Professor Siegfried Jerusalem. In 2011 he took up his studies as Diplomstudent at Die Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in Theaterakademie August Everding with Professor Fenna Kügel Seifried, graduating with a double diploma in concert and opera in summer 2016.

He has appeared as a guest soloist with numerous international opera and concert companies including Staatstheater Kassel, Cairo Opera House, Royal Opera House Muscat, Oper Graz, Kurt Weill Fest Dessau, Carl Orff Festspiele Andechs, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, Philharmonie Bad Reichenhall, Kammeroper München, Theater Aschaffenburg and Cuvillies Theater Munich. In concert he sang solo parts in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Paulus and Elias, Bach’s Johannespassion and Weihnachtsoratorium, Mozart’s Requiem and Grieg’s Peer Gynt, among other works. His operatic roles include the title characters in Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro and Bluebeard’s Castle, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Herr Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Don Cassandro in La finta semplice.

When he is not performing, Carl enjoys reading, writing and working out (to stay credible in the role of Don Giovanni). He is also currently working on his doctoral thesis in musical history.


Jacquelyn Stucker

Soprano, 28, American

SEMI-FINAL
Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben Zaide
Padre, germani, addio Idomeneo

FINAL
Al destin, che la minaccia Mitridate, re di Ponto
Deh vieni, non tardar Le nozze di Figaro

Jacquelyn graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from New England Conservatory, and she is currently a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House. She will make both her Covent Garden and her Bayerische Staatsoper debuts as Azema in Semiramide, and she sang Frasquita in Barrie Kosky’s Carmen. She will be featured in a solo recital of world and European premieres of music by John Harbison, Federico Favali and Mark Kilstofte, and a staged recital of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, both through Covent Garden. 2016/17 highlights included performances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Grand Harmonie, Harvard Choruses, Handel and Haydn Society, Back Bay Chorale and her Santa Fe Opera principal artist debut as Oberto in Alcina with Harry Bicket. She sang in the premiere of James Kallembach’s The Most Sacred Body of Jesus and is the soprano soloist for a commercial recording of the work, released in February.

She received the 2016 Anna Case MacKay Career Advancement Grant from Santa Fe Opera, and was a 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions semi-finalist, and a national semi- finalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Jacquelyn is also the Docia Goodwin Franklin third place winner of the 2015 Lyndon Woodside New York Oratorio Society Competition.

Jacquelyn enjoys an active academic career, and translates art song texts and opera libretti from German into English including a translation and phonetic transcription of Wozzeck, which will be available later this year. She is involved in philanthropic work with the British Lung Foundation and will run the Parks Half Marathon in 2018 to raise funds for the Foundation.


Gemma Summerfield

Soprano, 27, British

SEMI-FINAL
Ach, ich fühl’s Die Zauberflöte
Temerari! … Come scoglio Così fan tutte

FINAL
Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro Le nozze di Figaro
Crudele! Ah no, mio bene! Non mi dir Don Giovanni

Gemma is a graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera School, The Georg Solti Accademia and The Verbier Festival Academy.
Her operatic roles include the title role in Rodelinda which she covered for English National Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte for Bury Court Opera, Barmherzigkeit in Die schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots and Hyacinthus in Apollo et Hyacinthus for Classical Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Verbier Festival Academy, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Ginevra in Ariodante, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, all for the Royal College of Music International Opera School.

In 2015 she won both first prize and the Loveday Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and in 2017, along with regular accompanist Sebastian Wybrew, was awarded the Duo Prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Working under the tutelage of Rosa Mannion, she is also a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, having been awarded The Silver Medal; a Classical Opera Associate artist; a Carne Scholar; and a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist.

This season she has worked with English National Opera and travelled to Beirut for the Al Bustan Festival. She looks forward to an oratorio tour of Switzerland, concert dates throughout the UK and playing Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story.


Jack Swanson

Tenor, 25, American

SEMI-FINAL
Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Un’aura amorosa Così fan tutte

FINAL
Se di lauri il crine adorno Mitridate, re di Ponto
Il mio Tesoro Don Giovanni

Jack graduated in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma and has a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Rice University. He served two years as an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera and spent two summers as a young artist with The Seagle Music Colony. He recently made debuts with Glyndebourne and with Los Angeles Opera as Candide. Future plans include his debut this year with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, his mainstage debut with Santa Fe Opera as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri and with Norwegian Opera, Portland Opera, Orchestre Nationale de Lille and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. Jack has made numerous appearances in the US including Kennedy Centre, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Memphis, Opera Delaware, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, Houston Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He also sang in Washington Concert Opera’s 2017 gala, the Rising Stars of Opera concert series with the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and on a recital programme at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. His concert credits include Handel’s Messiah, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. He performed at Houston Grand Opera’s 60th anniversary gala alongside studio artists and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

Jack won a 2017 Sarah Tucker Award, first place in Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patroness Competition, San Antonio Music Club Competition, National Opera Association Competition and Hal Leonard Art Song Competition. He twice received the Santa Fe Opera Richard Tucker Memorial award and was a finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition and Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Competition.


Charles Sy

Tenor, 26, Canadian

SEMI-FINAL
Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön Die Zauberflöte
Il mio tesoro Don Giovanni

FINAL
In qual fiero contrasto… Tradito, schernito Così fan tutte
Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Toronto native Charles Sy completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the University of Toronto and is an alumnus of several prestigious opera training programmes including Music Academy of the West, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program, and the Opera as Theatre program at the Banff Centre. He is a recent graduate of Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio after receiving both first prize and Audience Choice in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2014 Centre Stage Competition. He is currently completing an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at The Juilliard School.

This season, he makes his Juilliard Opera debut as Belfiore in La finta giardiniera and will be making his Carnegie Hall debut as the Evangelist and Tenor Soloist in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium under the baton of Maestro Mark Shapiro. Previous opera roles include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Grimoaldo in Rodelinda, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Mr Owen in Postcard from Morocco and Il Duca in Rigoletto. Charles was selected for an Art of Song Fellowship at the Toronto Summer Music Festival in 2012 and was also awarded the 2014 Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize in Song at the University of Toronto. Charles received first place in the Ottawa Choral Society’s 2014 New Discoveries Competition and is the recipient of the 2013 Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant for Classical Voice after being nominated to represent the University of Toronto and competing at national level.

In his spare time, Charles enjoys cooking, knitting, hiking and exploring. He also has an extensive phone case collection, his favourite being a magical rainbow unicorn.


Hubert Zapiór

Baritone, 24, Polish

SEMI-FINAL

Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo Così fan tutte
Con un vezzo all’Italiana La finta giardiniera

FINAL

Hai già vinta la causa Le nozze di Figaro
Papagena! Papagena! Papagena! Die Zauberflöte

The Polish baritone is currently a student on the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies course at The Juilliard School, New York, where he studies with Edith Wiens. He graduated from Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, Poland. He has also participated in The Opera Academy Young Talent Development Program at Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera.

Hubert is a recipient of several international competition awards including second prize and special prize for the best young talent at the 2013 International Giulio Perotti Vocal Competition in Ueckermuende, Germany; second prize at the 2015 Halina Halska-Fijałkowska International Vocal Competition in Poland; third prize and Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists Programme Special Award at the 2015 Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Turkey; and special distinction and prize for the youngest finalist at the 2015 Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition in Nowy Sącz, Poland.

Since his operatic debut in the title role of Rousseau’s Der Dorfwahrsager at the Rheinsberger Schlosstheater in 2013, he has appeared in the Polish premiere of Handel’s Agrippina as Lesbo and as Servo in Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici. He performed the title role in Don Giovanni, Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Prosdocimo in Il turco in Italia at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. This season Hubert made his debut as Papageno in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte at Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera in Warsaw, and as Herr Fluth in Otto Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor at Juilliard Opera in New York.