In 1999, while still a student, Ms. Siurina made her professional role debut as Gilda in Rigoletto singing opposite renowned baritone, Dimitri Hvorostovsky. Since completing her studies, she has performed the title roles of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda and Rimski-Korsakov's Snowmaiden, and again appeared as Gilda in Rigoletto in a co-production at the Savonlinna Festival, Finland. Prominent solo debuts include appearances as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Opera de Montpellier, Royal Opera de Wallonie, and Brussels; I Puritani at the Opera de Monte-Carlo; and also Adina in L'elisir d'amore at the Staatsoper Berlin and Staatsoper Hamburg. Significant debuts have included Gilda at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Bordaux Opera; and Servilia in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito at the Paris Opera Garnier, also available on DVD. Ms. Siurina's Italian debut was as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Teatro alla Scala. Ms. Siurina made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2006 singing the role of Gilda with Juan Pons. She returned to the MET in 2007 to sing the role of Susanna, performing with Bryn Terfel, who sang his final Figaro during these performances. In recent seasons, Ms. Siurina has added role debuts as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mimì in La bohème and a much-anticipated house debut as Gilda at the Arena di Verona.
Acclaimed internationally as one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation, Castronovo has also sung at most of the world's leading opera houses such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels, and many others including at the Salzburg and Aix en Provence Festivals. His repertoire spans from the great Mozart tenor roles in Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, and Die Zauberflöte, to Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, and Alfredo in La traviata. In recent seasons Castronovo has also won wide acclaim for his performances as the title role in Faust, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, the Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Tom Rakewell in The Rakes Progress. He starred in the title role of Daniel Catan's Il Postino opposite Placido Domingo in the work's world premiere in Los Angeles, as well as Paris and Santiago. Other roles in Castronovo's repertoire include Massenet's Werther, Offenbach's Hoffmann, the title role in Donzietti's Roberto Devereux, and Oronte in Verdi's I Lombardi.
Michael Chioldi is one of the worlds most sought after Dramatic Baritones. His interpretations of the Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss repertoire has been praised by critics and audiences across the world. Recently, Michael made his Teatre Liceu (Spain) debut as Gérard in Andrea Chenier alongside Sondra Radvanovsky and Jonas Kaufmann. The following season he returned as Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller with Piotr Beczala. His portrayal of Henry VIII by Saint-Saens with Odyssey Opera in Boston was heralded by Ed Tapper of Edge Media as “…world class baritone singing…..Moments such as Henry's Act IV monologue and the final passages of the opera were nothing short of thrilling.” During the pandemic, Michael was fortunate to be able to perform Tonio in Pagliacci with Palm Beach Opera, where “Michael dominated the stage. His flawless diction, commanding acting skills and multi-colored instrument were a real showstopper.” (Palm Beach Daily News) He made his Seattle Opera debut as Scarpia in Tosca, now one of his signature roles, and curated a one man show of Dominick Argento’s The Andrée Expedition, a show that will utilize immersive 3D green-screen technology. With New York City Opera, he performed the title role in Rigoletto for more than four thousand people in Bryant Park. In 2022, Michael made his major role debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Rigoletto to critical acclaim in a new production by Bart Sherr. This past fall he gave two recitals with collaborative pianist Nikolay Verevkin for Austin Opera and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Upcoming, Michael will sing Holländer in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer with Utah Opera, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Atlanta Opera, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata with Seattle Opera, and a much-anticipated return to the Metropolitan Opera stage as Rigoletto.
Melanie Long’s unique vocal prowess has been described as “easily switch-hitting from high coloratura to Broadway belt” (New York Post).
In high demand as a soloist and for her and powerfully interpretive stagecraft, Ms. Long has been featured in several premieres including the East Coast premiere of Stewart Wallace’s Hopper’s Wife with New York City Opera. Ms. Long recently starred as Anna in Encompass New Opera Theatre’s world premiere of Anna Christie by Edward Thomas, and was featured on the cast album which was nominated for a Grammy in 2020. She recently made her Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre debut, creating several complex characters in the company’s commission of The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius, by Michael Ching and Jean-Francois Charles. Ms. Long performed in the ensemble cast of New York City Opera’s Stonewall by Iain Bell and is frequently featured in New York City’s annual PROTOTYPE Festival with Beth Morrison Projects. She will make her Arizona Opera debut this season as Petra in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. www.americandiva.com | @themelanielong
Tatev, native of Yerevan, Armenia, is making her mark in the US with her “warm and unique sound” and “soaring top notes.”
She recently earned third place in The Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition after receiving an Encouragement Award from the Georgia District of The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. In 2021, Tatev returned to Teatro Nuovo as a Studio Artist where she covered the role of Berta in the first post-pandemic, full-cast, live concert production of Il barbiere di siviglia in NYC. As an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, Ms. Baroyan appeared as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Other operatic roles include: Alaide study-cover (La Straniera) with Teatro Nuovo, Nuri cover (Tiefland) with Sarasota Opera, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Komitas Conservatory, Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and others. Some partial roles she has sung during her studies in the Komitas Conservatory: Manon (Manon), Nanetta (Falstaff), and Musetta (La bohème). In 2019, she was the winner of the Florida District of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In concert, she has performed the B Minor Mass (Bach) at the Church of St. Hagob, Exultate Jubilate (Mozart), and has been featured in Stabat Mater (Rossini).
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Richmond, VA native Drew Seigla is a standout among theatre and opera audiences, recognized for his “stunning tenor voice” by BroadwayWorld.com.
He made his Off-Broadway debut as Matt; The Mute in The Fantasticks where he continued for a solid two-year stint. He gained his second NYC credit after joining the cast of Sweeney Todd as their Standby Anthony/Tobias/Beadle at Barrow St. Theatre. Regional Theatre highlights include Kiss Me Kate at Flat Rock Playhouse & Jack in Into the Woods at Barksdale Theatre. Seigla was last seen as Pertshik in the Off-Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish at NYTF & Stage 42, directed by theatre legend, Joel Grey. Seigla made his Opera debut with Lyric Opera Virginia, where he sang Gastone in La traviata. He finished their inaugural season singing Le Remendado in Carmen and returned the following year to cover Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. This past November, Seigla sang Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance as a guest artist for the University of Arkansas Monticello. Seigla has gone on to sing numerous tenor solos in classical oratorio masterpieces. His concert repertoire includes the Tenor Soloist in Messiah with the Arkansas Choral Society in Little Rock, Bob Chilcott’s Requiem, conducted by Maestro Chilcott himself, Beethoven’s C Major Mass, W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, as well as Mozart’s Missa in C with the Greenwich Choral Society in Connecticut. Drew holds a B.M. from The Juilliard School and attended Elon University two years preceding. Thanks to God, Mom & Dad, Steph, my agent, my friends, and my teachers. @drewseigla | drewseigla.com
Baritone Markos Simopoulos from Chapel Hill, North Carolina has been praised for his notable “dark chocolate” vocal tone.
His recent role as Parson Peele in Hunter College’s Patience and Sarah received a range of glowing reviews describing his performance as “comic and poignant” and having a “manly thrust with sparkle.” He has performed internationally since childhood from St. Lambertus Basilica in the Netherlands to The Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece, where he was honored with the Emerging Leading Artist Award. In 2017, he was a featured young artist for Woodstock’s Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. His favorite roles include Silvio (Pagliacci), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale).
Bass Walter DuMelle has been engaging audiences both here and abroad for over thirty years with his wide range of vocal styles and genres.
Representative of over fifty roles, his operatic repertoire has included Leporello, Osmin, Sarastro, Colline, Basilio, Alidoro and Rev. Hale with companies and festivals which include San Diego, Skylight, Des Moines Metro, Central City, Chautauqua, Natchez, Intermountain, Bronx, Connecticut Grand, Utah Festival, Ash Lawn and the Opera Theaters of Chicago, Rochester and Connecticut. Local engagements include performances with Lyric Opera SD (Sulpice, Dr. Bartolo, Basilio, Sergeant of Police, Prince Joachim) and in their premiere of the Reveles/Montgomery setting of Rumpelstiltskin as the King. With the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, he has sung the bass solos in their sing-along Messiah and Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. With Bach Collegium San Diego he was a soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.
He has performed frequently with Opera de Tijuana, singing such roles as Timur (Turandot), Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), Bartolo (Il barbiere de Seville), Sacristano (Tosca) and Bonze (Madama Butterfly). DuMelle has been a long time section leader with the St. James by-the-Sea Choir. In 2012 he co-founded, with his wife Diana DuMelle, Bodhi Tree Concerts, a performing arts non-profit presenting concerts and donating profits to charitable organizations, with whom he’s performed the G&S roles Pooh-Bah, Dick Deadeye, Arac, Usher, and Don Alhambra and presented Voices of the Spirit, Songs of Love, A Lenten Journey, Best of Bodhi Tree, and Jacques Brel Cabaret.
Other recent engagements include the roles of the Boatman/Charles Redmond in ion theatre company’s production of the San Diego premiere of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, as well as his debut with CabaretCaccia singing the protest songs of Hans Eisler & Bertolt Brecht. DuMelle returned to the San Diego Opera stage performing the role of Baron Douphol in Verdi’s La traviata, Male Ensemble in Maria de Buenos Aires and All Is Calm. In 2017 he performed the title role in Bodhi Tree Concerts’ production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ 8 Songs for a Mad King, winning “Best in Fest” and “Best Actor in a Musical/Opera” at the San Diego International Fringe Festival. In 2018 he was seen as Benjamin Stone in Coronado Playhouse’s production of Follies.
Upcoming engagements include the role of the Colonel in The Falling and the Rising with San Diego Opera. He received his Masters in Music from the Eastman School of Music.
This season, Christopher Nazarian will be returning to St Petersburg Opera, to perform Cadmus/ Somnus/ Priest (Semele), Archbishop (Juana) with dell’Arte Opera, and Angelotti (Tosca) with New Rochelle Opera.
In recent seasons, he performed Leporello (Don Giovanni), Maestro Spinelloccio and covered Simone (Gianni Schicchi) with St. Petersburg Opera Florida, Zaccaria (Nabucco), Le Duc (Roméo et Juliette), Count Ceprano and covered Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Timur (Turandot), Benoit (La bohème) with Sarasota Opera, Colline (La bohème), Dr Grenvil (La traviata) with New Rochelle Opera, Pistola (Falstaff) with Martina Arroyo Foundation-Prelude to Performance, and The King (Aida) with Gateway to Classical Music NYC. Career highlights include bass solos in Bernstein’s Mass at the Sydney Opera House and Handel’s Messiah with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra. Awards include Outstanding Lead Actor by Theatre Tampa Bay 2019 in the role of Leporello (Don Giovanni) with St. Petersburg Opera, winner of Russian Song (Sydney Eisteddfod 2014), Finalist in Opera Awards and Male Operatic Voice (Sydney Eisteddfod 2015), and Finalist with the Opera Foundation for Young Australians (Lady Fairfax NYC Scholarship 2015). Christopher attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he received a master’s in Piano and a master‘s in Opera Performance. He will be making his Carnegie Hall Debut this year as a featured artist of the Armenian General Benevolent Union.
Bill Van Horn
Bill Van Horn is an actor, writer, and director who works at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Artist Collective, The Theater at Monmouth in Maine, and many other theatres around the country. He recently directed the national tour of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Ken Ludwig starring Ian Peakes. His next project will be a production of An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Dennis O’Hare at The Theater at Monmouth. This spring, his original adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Speckled Band will premiere at The Walnut Street Theatre. He has provided voiceovers for many documentaries including Wagner’s Jews, God’s Fiddler, and Workshop for Peace. He is the co-writer of the documentaries Khachaturian and Caruso, the latter written with Michael Capasso. He has written several musicals with librettist Gene Scheer, including Jane Hawkins, an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” Favorite roles include King Lear, Shylock, Walt Whitman, and Bottom the Weaver.
Fiorela Miria, 17 years old, is a Vocal Music student at LaGuardia High School and at Juilliard Pre-College. Operatic roles include Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Chorus in Cavalleria Rusticana, Annina/Gypsy in La Traviata and 1st Lady in The Magic Flute with Hudson Lyric Opera, Children’s Chorus in Carmen with New Rochelle Opera, Cherubino arias with the Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with New York Lyric Opera Theater Summer Program, and a concert appearance with New York City Opera. Fiorela won 2nd place in the 2019 Junior High New York Lyric Opera Competition, 1st place in Voice for the Little Mozarts Crescendo Competition, with a solo performance of “O mio babbino caro” at Carnegie Hall, 1st place in the NATS competitions in both Classical and Musical Theatre, 2nd prize in the 2020 and 1st prize in the 2022 eVoco Young Artist Award, 1st place in the 2020 and 2022 Talent Hunt Competition with the Omega Fraternity-The Rockland Ques, 1st place in the 2021 International Grande Music Competition, 1st place in the NATS NYC Lower High School Classical division, 1st place in the NATS Eastern Region Lower High School Treble Voice Classical division, a scholarship prize from The George London Foundation, and 1st place in the 2022 New York Laureate International Music Competition.
Dylan DuMelle is thrilled to be making his New York City Opera debut as Fabrizio in La traviata. Dylan is a sophomore at Mission Bay High School where he plays on the football team as well as electric bass in their award-winning Mambo Orchestra. Dylan's past performances include Brundibar (Krása), The Little Sweep (Britten), and The Tears of the Knife (Martinů), all with Bodhi Tree Concerts in San Diego.
Michael Capasso ( Director )
Michael Capasso is the General Director of the New York City Opera. He has produced, directed, and toured opera and musical theater productions in the U.S. and abroad for over 30 years. In June of 2014, he led the successful effort to bring the New York City Opera out of bankruptcy. The revitalized New York City Opera returned to the stage in January 2016 with a celebratory production of Tosca. In 1981, he, along with Diane Martindale, founded New York’s Dicapo Opera Theatre. Over the 30 years of his leadership, Dicapo Opera Theater presented a diverse programming to the New York public. In addition to his work with the Dicapo Opera Theatre, Mr. Capasso has directed operas at l’Opéra de Montréal; Mallorca Opera; Toledo Opera; Connecticut Opera; New Jersey State Opera; Opera Carolina; and Orlando Opera among others. Mr. Capasso founded the National Lyric Opera in 1991, a touring company that has brought fully staged operas to communities in the American Northeast.
Constantine Orbelian ( Conductor and Music Director )
Born in San Francisco to Russian and Armenian émigrés parents, Constantine Oberlian made his debut as a piano prodigy with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 11. After graduating from The Juilliard School, he embarked on a career as a piano virtuoso that included appearances with major symphony orchestras throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Russia. Mr. Oberlian has been a central figure in Russian and Eastern European musical life - as Music
Director of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia of Russia, as well as founder of the annual Palaces of St. Petersburg International Music Festival, as Chief Conductor of the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra in Lithuania, and as Artistic Director of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Yerevan, Armenia. He is the first American to become music director of an ensemble in Russia and, in recognition of his efforts championing Russian-American cultural exchange, was awarded the coveted title “Honored Artist of Russia” in 2004. In 2012 the Russian Consulate in San Francisco awarded the maestro the Russian Order of Friendship Medal, honoring his efforts to the betterment of international relations between the U.S and the Russian Federation, joining the likes of Van Cliburn and Riccardo Muti in being so honored. The California-based conductor tours and records with American stars such as Sondra Radvanovsky and Lawrence Brownlee. Among his concert and televised appearances are collaborations with Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anna Netrebko and Mr. Cliburn, including the legendary pianist’s farewell performance in a sentimental return to Moscow. Mr. Oberlian’s recordings include a series of celebrated releases on the Delos label with Mr. Hvorostovsky, before the great singer’s untimely death. In 2001, Constantine Oberlian was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an award given to immigrants, or children of immigrants, who have made an outstanding contribution to the United States.
Carmine Aufiero ( Assistant Conductor )
Mr. Aufiero made his New York conducting debut with Chelsea Opera’s Suor Angelica, and has since led performances with the company of Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, William Walton’s The Bear and the 50th anniversary production of Lee Hoiby’s The Scarf, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, Glory Denied, Madama Butterfly, and The Ballad of Baby Doe. He was engaged as pianist and assistant conductor for the American Symphony Orchestra’s production of Janacek’s Osud under Leon Botstein after completing his studies in orchestral conducting with Harold Farberman, and in composition, theory, and improvisation with Robert Abramson. From 2005-2008 Mr. Aufiero served as coach and conductor for Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. Mr. Aufiero has been a guest conductor for the Marcello Giordani Foundation Gala Concert, La Musica Lirica’s summer festival in Novafeltria, Italy, the Viennese OperaBall Gala at the Waldorf Astoria, Opera on the James, and Opera Carolina, as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania with the International Opera Theater and Pi-Philly, as part of their panel, “The Power of Italian Language in the Arts.” An active vocal coach and accompanist, since 2008 Mr. Aufiero has been pianist and studio coach to renowned vocal pedagogue and Metropolitan Opera soprano Diana Soviero, collaborating on master classes for vocal technique, style and repertoire study.
Kathryn Olander ( Assistant Music Director and pianist )
Recently hailed by Opera News for her “impressive playing,” Kathryn Olander is a frequent assistant conductor/pianist with New York City Opera as well as many regional opera houses. In addition to coaching privately she has held coaching positions with the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Chautauqua Institute. An avid recitalist, highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and Zankel Hall, The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bryant Park's concert series, the Hungarian Consulate of New York and the Polish Consulate of New York, and Bechstein Hall. Ms. Olander is a regular pianist with Reaching for the Arts and Opportunity Music Project, specializing in bringing music to underserved communities and Creative Stage. Ms. Olander began teaching piano at Northeastern University while earning her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at New England Conservatory and has since maintained a studio of private piano students.