Amber Alarcòn in “Tsar’s Bride”

Alumna Amber Alarcòn performed in the Independent Opera Company’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Tsar’s Bride” at West LA’s Lutheran Church of the Master. She received an great review in Singerpreneur: “Amber Alarcon was delightful as Dunyasha, the darling confidante of the soprano lead, Marfa, singing with a warm, clean mezzo and a captivating stage presence.”

Ryan Ross Featured in Hometown Paper

Alumnus Ryan Ross’s hometown paper, the Lyon Country Reporter, published a retrospective of his career to date. The article notes his study at the Bob Cole Conservatory and his successes, such as singing “Fiddler on the Roof” with Bryn Terfel at the Royal Albert Hall in London for an audience of 6,000. After graduating from the Wales International Academy of Voice, Ryan has gone on to an international career in opera.

Alumni at Tanglewood

Alumni Alyssa Wills and Simon Barrad shared the stage in a production of Britten’s “Albert Herring” in Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. They also participated in the world premiere of David Lang’s Where you go for 12 solo voices.

Tyler Alessi to pursue Artist Diploma at CCM

Tyler AlessiAlumnus Tyler Alessi (BM, Vocal Performance) has completed the coursework for his DMA at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He’s singing with Wichita Opera this summer and will be returning to Cincinnati to pursue an Artist Diploma in Opera.


Photo courtesy of Dallas Padoven

Marina Harris “Steals” the Show in Ariadne of Naxos

Alumna Marina Harris started as Ariadne in Pacific Opera Project’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Lauri D. Goldenhersh of Singerpreneur reviewed the production and wrote of Marina, “As good as the cast was overall, however, it was Marina Harris that stole the show, with a vocal and dramatic performance that was superb throughout. Ariadne is a difficult role, requiring stamina, depth and strong comic timing in addition to an exceptional, powerful voice, and Harris’ lyricism was as haunting as her deadpan humor was funny.  Her voice has grown even more sure and lovely than when we saw her in POP’s “Turn of the Screw” last year, with the same tragic urgency. She takes the stage as if she were born to it, and perhaps she was.”

Nathan Stark to sing with Forth Worth Opera

Alumnus Nathan Stark has been signed to sing Forth Worth Opera next season as Montresor in Embedded & The Gravedigger in Buried Alive (The Poe Project), roles he premiered last year at Fargo-Moorhead Opera. He’ll also be covering the role of LBJ in the premiere of David T. Little’s “JFK.”

Nate has also been invited to be on the faculty for the Metropolitan International Music Festival in Taiwan this summer.

Ryan Ross to Perform Fiddler with Bryn Terfel

Alumnus Ryan Ross will perform with Grange Park Opera in London in two roles this season. He will sing Captain Petrovich and cover Onegin in GPOs production of “Eugene Onegin” and also be playing the part of Avram and sing along side his operatic hero Bryn Terfel for GPOs production of Fiddler on the Roof. They will cap off the 10-show run of Fiddler with a performance at the BBC proms in Albert Hall in July.

Maayan Voss de Bettancourt Cast in Three Roles

Alumna Maayan Voss de Bettancourt has been case in three roles this summer: Nancy Lowe in Baby Shower (a new opera by Bruce Trinkley & Jason Charnesky) with The Fresh Squeezed Opera Company; The Child in The Bewitched Child (Ravel) with the Midwest Institute of Opera, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) with OperaRox Presents.

Nicola Said Appointed Ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation

Alumna Nicolo Said has been appointed ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation. She “will be singing Malta’s praises and raising awareness about the island’s tourism,” according to an article in The Times of Malta. Nicola is currently studying at one of the world’s top conservatories, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

“The Malta Airport Foundation is part of the company’s strategic decision to use its corporate responsibility funds to implement projects that contribute more directly to the tourism industry by investing in Malta’s heritage and environment.”