Masterclass Technician / Voice Teacher
Kirsten Chambers made her Metropolitan Opera house debut on short notice in 2016 in the title role of SALOME. Her Carnegie Hall debut came on just two days’ notice when she sang the fiendishly difficult role of Maria in Richard Strauss’ FRIEDENSTAG with the American Symphony Orchestra. Her 2016-17 season started when she joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the first time this fall as a cover of Isolde in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE.
Upcoming highlights for 2018-19 include the title role in DIE ÄGYPTISCHE HELENA in a return to Odyssey Opera in Boston, a return the Metropolitan Opera roster to cover Helmwige in DIE WALKÜRE and creating an innovative new opera with White Snake Projects called I AM A DREAMER WHO NO LONGER DREAMS.
Engagements for 2017-18 include Infantin in DER ZWERG with Odyssey Opera in Boston, the Angel in ANGELS IN AMERICA for New York City Opera, ERWARTUNG with The Orchestra Now, and the title role of SALOME with Florida Grand Opera.
Masterclass Technician / Voice Teacher
Baritone Luis Ledesma has established a reputation as a "rich and well controlled baritone" (Opera News). He frequently portrays the heroes and villains of Puccini, Verdi and the bel canto masters as well as roles in recent new works in Spanish including Florencia en el Amazonas and El pasado nunca se termina.His operatic and concert career has advanced in Europe, the United States and South America and includes theaters such as Teatro alla Scala (Luisa Fernanda), the Liceu in Barcelona (Alphonse in La favorite, Riccardo in I puritani and Marcello in La bohème), Klangbogen Festival in Vienna (Leoncavallo's La bohème), Wexford Festival (Don Pasquale), Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Escamillo), Semperoper in Dresden (Marcello), several roles for Koeln Oper (including Don Carlo and Germont), Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia),
Bellas Artes in Mexico City (Marcello, Germont, and Escamillo ), Macau Festival (Sharpless), Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos (Marcello), Graz Oper (Escamillo), L’opera de Montreal (Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West), Manitoba Opera (Escamillo), Opera Lyra Ottawa (Tonio), the Philadelphia Orchestra (Marcello in a concert version of La boheme and Beethoven Nine) and the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Escamillo), Bucharest National Opera (Scarpia) and Hungarian State Opera (Alfio and Tonio).
In the United States, Mr. Ledesma has sung with many companies, including Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Atllanta Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Anchorage Opera, Santo Domingo, Madison Opera, Nashville Opera, Portland Opera, Indianapolis and Connecticut Opera, Opera Pacific, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Carolina, Memphis Opera, San Antonio Opera, New Jersey Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florentine Opera, and Hawaii Opera. He also sang two tours with Andrea Bocelli, performing in famous venues such as Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl, Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Florida, and the Auditorio Nacional Mexico City.
The 2017-2018 season begins with performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Astoria Music Festival. Mr. Ledesma will make two new role debuts in the fall, Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Toledo Opera followed by El Duende in Piazzola's Maria de Buenos Aires for Nashville Opera. Last season featured performances of Florencia en el Amazonas with NYCO and Sinfonica Nacional del Estado de Mexico, Madama Butterfly for Palm Beach Opera and Il barbiere di Siviglia in San Antonio.
Mr. Ledesma made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Faure Requiem and returned for Dvorak’s Te Deum. He has sung Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Mann Music Center with The Philadelphia Orchestra and with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He has performed a variety of orchestral repertoire including Mozart's Coronation Mass, Orff's Carmina Burana with the Louisville Orchestra, a series of Christmas concerts in Hannover with the NDR Radiophilharmonie and a Verdi concert presented in Die Alte Opera Frankfurt. He also performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the Filarmonica de Jalisco and Gala concerts with Tampa Opera and with Festival Cultural Zacatecas, and a solo recital with Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. His concert performances include La bohème (Marcello) at the Vail Festival and the Mann Music Center with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Handel’s Messiah in Spain with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias.
International Vocal Coach
Danielle Orlando is an accompanist to international opera singers and a vocal coach and artistic consultant to prestigious musical organizations throughout the world. She has appeared with esteemed singers in such venues as the Phillips Collection, Théatre du Châtelet, and Carnegie Hall; and for the United States Supreme Court, the Schubert Club, Vocal Arts D.C., Music at the Morgan Library, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and many more. She also appears in the documentary The Audition. Ms. Orlando has performed recitals for the Harriman-Jewell Series and has appeared at the Florida Opera and Astoria Music festivals, Festival Castell de Peralada (Spain), and Festival International Hautes-Laurentides (Canada).
Ms. Orlando served as accompanist, judge, and artistic coordinator for the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competitions and worked with Gian Carlo Menotti at the Festival dei Due Mondi for nine seasons. She was the artistic administrator and head of music staff for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and has served on the music staffs of the Metropolitan, Washington National, and San Francisco operas; Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; Dresden Semperoper; and Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Ms. Orlando is a guest judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a guest coach for the Domingo-Cafritz and Palm Beach young artist programs. Recent residencies include Curtis Summerfest, the University of Tennessee—Knoxville, and the Peking University Academy of Opera in Beijing. She will lead master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Summer 2018.
Ms. Orlando holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University, where she studied with Harvey Wedeen and Lambert Orkis. She also studied at the Eastman School of Music with David Burge. Ms. Orlando joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1986, and is also master coach at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Beginning in the 2019-20 season, Ms. Orlando will assume co-leadership of the Curtis Vocal Studies Department and Curtis Opera Theatre, working alongside Eric Owens.
JUAN DEL BOSCO
General Executive Director & Founder
Internationally acclaimed tenor, Juan Del Bosco made his debut at Carnegie Hall and Apollo Theater in 2016 and has performed at Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City) and Lincoln Center in years past. Mr. Del Bosco frequently performed for European media outlets and royalty. He also performed the Mexican National Anthem at Tennis’ Davis Cup. He won the José Mojica Prize for the best tenor at Concurso San Miguel, one of the most prestigious competitions in Latin America.
The Mexican tenor Juan Del Bosco has sung, the title role in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, Riunuccio (Gianni Schicchi), King Artabano (La Doriclea), The Duke (Rigoletto), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Faust (Faust), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Canio (I Pagliacci), and Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus).
Juan Del Bosco is the Founder and President of International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia, which in its first year became the 3rd largest Festival in Mexico. Mr. Del Bosco is also the Founder of Passion for the Opera, which will aims to support operatic vocal careers.
Music Director & Conductor / Founding Member
Felipe Tristán is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after conductors from Mexico. He has conducted performances in China, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and in cities across the US, including Chicago, Houston, Washington DC, San Diego, New Orleans, Minneapolis, and in some of the foremost stages in New York including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, DiMenna Center, and the Brooklyn Museum. In 2018, he was honored for his conducting by being awarded 1st Prize at the International Conductors Workshop & Competition in Atlanta.
Starting with the 2018-2019 season, Felipe has been Associate Conductor of theBrooklyn Symphony Orchestra (BSO), where he previously served as Assistant Conductor from 2015-2018. He is the host and producer of the BSO Podcast, a program of interviews & music talks featuring the BSO musicians and guest artists. Felipe also serves as Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, a semi-professional ensemble founded in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate in New York and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, which promotes concert music from the Americas as well as intercontinental dialogue. In the summer season, Felipe serves as Music Director of the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia, where he has collaborated with artists from The Metropolitan Opera who teach and perform in Mexico.
An energetic music educator and arts administrator, Felipe received thorough training in the fields of aesthetic education, creativity, imagination, and arts in the classroom as a Kenan Fellow at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Shortly thereafter, he taught at the El Sistema-inspired organization Corona Youth Music Project, now a robust music program in Queens, New York. Currently, he continues his music education work as Assistant Director of Education of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance - a six-time Grammy Award®-winning orchestra and educational organization - which now engages over 2,200 NYC public school students in free after-school music programs. He is also the Conductor of the Repertory Symphony Orchestra at the precollege division of the Manhattan School of Music.
Guest conducting appearances include the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro, Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Baja California, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Chihuahua, Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL (Monterrey Symphony), Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán, Orquesta Sinfónica de la ESMDM, Filarmónica Juvenil de Nuevo León, among others. In 2017 Felipe toured China, where he conducted and presented a TEDx talk about the benefits of music education.
Felipe holds degrees from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, Universidad Regiomontana, University of Houston, and North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2017, he attended the prestigious Gstaad Music Festival with Jaap van Zweden, music director of the New York Philharmonic. He recently participated in advanced studies in orchestral conducting with Dr. Mark Shapiro at the evening division of The Juilliard School. Visit: felipetristan.com
New York-based soprano, Julia Lamon, a “consummate artist…with vocal excellence and dramatic efficiency” (El Nuevo Herald, Miami), recently made a role debut as the title character in The Ballad of Baby Doe in Atlanta, Georgia. This year she garnered international demand through repeat concert engagements with the State Orchestra of Michoacán and the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia. Lamon recently returned to the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, in the role of Adele (Die Fledermaus). Active in the local NYC music-scene, Lamon premiered Modern Muse by Kevin Wilt at Opera America and frequently performs at Lauren Flanigan’s Music and Mentoring House.
Previous credits include finalist at the Piccola Opera competition, soprano soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Guilietta), Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Madama Butterfly (Kate Pinkerton), and performing with the Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance Program.
Scenes work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) with the Manhattan School of Music and Manon (Manon) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Fortuna) with Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute. She was previously a semi-finalist in the Czech and Slovak Voice International Music Competition. Lamon holds an MM in Classical Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music and graduated cum laude with a BM in Voice Performance from Concordia College.
Accompanist / Vocal Coach
Mexican Pianist, vocal coach and Orchestra conductor. Born in 1970, he graduated from the National School of Music of the National University of México; studied also under American pianist Elizabeth Howard and the renowned German teacher Edith Picht-Axenfeld (hence his proficiency in both German and English). His qualities as a performer lent him part in every domain of mexican artistic life, exploring, since his professional debut at age 14, a vast repertoire for solo piano; of Lied and vocal music in all its forms as well as the works for piano and orchestra.
He toured extensively and successfully in all México, Europe, Cuba and the USA, and his 7 album recordings for the major label Urtext Digital Classics cover an extended style range, going from the Mexican baroque to the Bolero-Jazz.
His life in the chamber music world has been both intense and prolific; having performed with legends such as Luciano Pavarotti and the Vienna Boys Choir, but also with many virtuosi of younger generations: Irasema Terrazas, Juan del Bosco, Javier Bonet Giuliano Sommerhalder and fellow Oaxaca-born Faustino Díaz. With an average of 50 yearly public appearances is one of the most active artist of his generation.