FACULTY 2020

KIRSTEN CHAMBERS

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.

Luis Ledesma

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.

Danielle Orlando

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.

Jessica Sandidge

Voice Teacher

Jessica Sandidge’s soprano voice has been described as “plush” by The New York Times. She joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in their 2016/17 season as Jano(c) in Janácek's Jenufa. In 2018 she returned as Sylvainne(c) in The Merry Widow, and again last season as Dawn(c) in the premiere of Nico Muhly's Marnie. Of her New York City Opera debut in Donizetti's Il Pigmalione, The New York Times wrote: "Jessica Sandidge's belated entrance as Galatea came as something of a relief, all the more so for the loveliness of her singing." Other performances in 2018 include her company debut with St Petersburg Opera as Violetta (La Traviata), a role she had previously covered in 2015 with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, and performed with New Jersey Festival Orchestra in 2017. In 2018 she also conquered her first Norma with New Jersey Verismo Opera, and she debuted Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Shelter Rock Orchestra. Jessica also reprised Mimì (Bohème) with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, a role she had previously sung with Prelude to Performance in 2016 and Long Island Lyric Opera in 2017. This season she debuted the role of Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) with Long Island Lyric Opera, and will be making two company debuts with Musica Viva Hong Kong as Hannah Glawari (The Merry Widow) and, with Sarasota Opera as Musetta (La Bohème) and Walter (La Wally) in 2020

 

Jessica has given several concert performances such as, Soprano in A Prayer for Mother Earth, by Ivo Antogninni in a world premiere performance at Carnegie Hall. This concert also included solos in Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. Her Carnegie Hall debut was Soprano in Fauré's Requiem in 2015. Her Lincoln Center debut was in 2016 when she performed Violetta's aria, Ah, forse è lui...Sempre libera in Rose Hall. She then performed as Soprano in the National Chorale's Messiah (Händel) in David Geffen Hall later that year. Ms. Sandidge resides and teaches private lessons at Avenues World School in New York and has taught Master Classes at WTAMU in Amarillo, TX and Wellesley High School in Massachusetts.

ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abdiel Vazquez

Music Director 

 

 

 

JULIA LAMON

Administrative Director

 

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.

ANTONIO SANTOYO

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. 

ABDIEL VÁZQUEZ is a pianist and conductor born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1984.

 

He has performed more than a 100 concerts as soloist with orchestra in all of Mexico and in the U.S., Europe, and South America, and has appeared as a soloist, conductor, or recitalist in mayor cultural capitals such as New York (Carnegie Hall), Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Piano Series), Paris, Madrid, London (Guildhall), Tokyo, Shanghai, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Lima (Gran Teatro Nacional), Bogotá, Caracas (Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra), Mexico City (Palacio de Bellas Artes), and Guanajuato (International Cervantino Festival).

 

His first solo album, “Love & Death: Piano transcriptions of Wagner and Verdi Operas”, was released by the British label Piano Classics in 2015 and received rave reviews internationally; and his most recent album as a soloist with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, “Mariachitlán”, received a Latin GRAMMY® nomination in the category of Best Arrangement in 2019.

 

As a collaborator, Vázquez has shared the stage with Ailyn Pérez, David Lomelí, Javier Camarena, Joshua Guerrero, Kristine Opolais, among many other renowned singers. With María Katzarava he has toured all over Mexico as music director and pianist of La Voix Humaine.

 

As a guest conductor for Manhattan Opera Studio, he has led productions of The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel, and The Marriage of Figaro. He has also been assistant conductor and repetiteur in companies in Mexico, USA, and Europe for productions of Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola, Romeo et Juliette, Carmen, Simon Boccanegra, La Traviata, La Bohéme, Tosca, Suor Angelica, and Dialogues of the Carmelites.

 

His repertoire as soloist includes the concertos of Beethoven, Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Ravel, Ricardo Castro, Manuel Ponce (New York premiere), Samuel Barber (Mexican premiere), Leonard Bernstein, and Juan Pablo Contreras (World premiere performance and recording).

 

He is the winner of the First Prize at The World Competition, New York's Shining Stars Debut Series, and WPTA Argentina International Piano Competition. In Mexico, he received the President’s National Youth Award and won the most important piano competitions.

 

He currently resides in New York City where he is the president of the World Piano Teachers Association chapter Mexico, a Steinway & Sons teaching partner, and founder and director of the music school Little Chopins. He has also been a vocal coach at Manhattan School of Music for more than a decade.

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