SonJin “John” Kim

SonJin “John” Kim, a South Korean bass, is pursuing a Performer Diploma in Solo Performance at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Carol Vaness. He is a winner of the Joshi Fellowship, one of the school’s most prestigious awards. He is a graduate of Seoul National University, where he was granted full scholarship under the tutelage of Yonghoon Lee. There, Kim was highly celebrated for his roles as Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, having performed them at both Seoul National University and the Seoul Metropolitan Opera House. This fall, he performed the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro with IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater and has performed as bass soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Louisville Orchestra. Kim’s choral experience includes works such as Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Britten’s War Requiem, and Bernstein’s Mass.

Spencer Lawrence Boyd

During the last year, Spencer Lawrence Boyd, a 25-year-old tenor from Canal Fulton, Ohio, has sung Henrik Egerman (A Little Night Music) with Aspen Opera Center, Nemorino (The Elixir of Love) at IU, the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Louisville Orchestra, and the tenor soloist in Haydn’s The Creation with Winona State University Orchestra (Minnesota). He has also sung several excerpts from leading roles such as Il duca di Mantua (Rigoletto), Faust (Faust), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), and more. Other operatic performances include Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), and Arlecchino (Pagliacci) with Kent State Opera (Ohio), Vincent in Gounod’s Mireille in Périgeuex, France, Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) with Cleveland Opera Theater, and Nika Magadoff (The Consul) with Nightingale Opera Theater (Ohio). Boyd earned a Master of Music degree from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Chapman University (California). He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at the Jacobs School of Music, studying with Carol Vaness. He is an associate instructor of voice at Jacobs and has taught voice and music at two public school districts in addition to a number of private music organizations across the country. Boyd will also be seen in IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater’s production of Gianni Schicchi, as Gherardo, in February.

Steele Fitzwater

Bass-baritone Steele Fitzwater is a second-year master’s degree student studying with Peter Volpe. From Dawson, West Virginia, Fitzwater completed his undergraduate studies in vocal performance, and fashion and design at Miami University (Ohio). In the 2018-19 season, he made his Indiana University debut as Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Javelinot in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and joined Central City Opera as a studio artist in its summer festival. A prominently featured performer during his undergraduate studies, Fitzwater was seen as Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Death (Savitri), Carl-Magnus Malcolm (A Little Night Music), Frank Maurrant (Street Scene), and Capt. Jonathan Williams in the world premiere of Daniel Levy’s The Martian Chronicles, with Miami University Opera. During two summers with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, he performed Doctor Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Carl Olsen (Street Scene), Snug (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Louis Cyphre in the world premiere of J. Mark Scearce’s Falling Angel. As a concert soloist, he has performed the bass solos in Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass No. 2, and DuBois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ. Later this season, Fitzwater will make his role debut as the title character in the IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

Kayla Eldridge

Soprano Kayla Eldridge is a native of Bentonville, Arkansas, pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Carol Vaness. With IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater, Eldridge has performed as an opera chorus member in La Bohème, Peter Grimes, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Elixir of Love. Last year, she won the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Arkansas district. Eldridge performed the role of Sœur Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites with IU Jacobs Opera Theater, and, most recently, performed the role of Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Chicago Summer Opera. This spring, she will perform the role of Flora Bervoix in La Traviata with IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater.

Jing Zhang

Mezzo-soprano Jing Zhang, from Beijing, China, is pursuing a Performance Diploma in Voice Performance with Carlos Montané. Zhang earned an M.M. in Voice Performance from Peking University. With IU Opera Workshop, she has appeared in scenes as Maddalena (Rigoletto). Her previous credits include Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte.

Carl Rosenthal

Tenor Carl Rosenthal is pursuing a Master of Music in Voice Performance with Carol Vaness and Gary Arvin. He was last seen on the IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater stage as the Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, a performance for which he was praised as “compelling” and “splendid” by The Herald-Times. Other appearances include Le Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Bernardo in West Side Story, and Mr. Martini in It’s a Wonderful Life. He will return in February as Gastone in La Traviata. A recipient of the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship, he debuted in 2018 at Prague’s historic Estates Theater as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the Prague Summer Nights Festival. Other performances include Gonzalve in L’heure Espagnole (Carol Vaness Opera Workshop), Mr. Erlanson/Henrik cover in A Little Night Music (Aspen Music Festival), and tenor soloist in Erik Ransom’s Man and the Sea cantata (Jacobs School Recital Series). Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Rosenthal earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and worked as a mathematics teacher in New York City before coming to Jacobs. In addition to his musical studies, he currently works as an associate instructor in math at the IU School of Education.

Gregory McClelland

American tenor Gregory McClelland is a Performer Diploma candidate at the Jacobs School of Music studying with Jane Dutton and Gary Arvin. This past summer, McClelland traveled to Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy, to participate in the International Opera Performance Experience program, performing Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff under the baton of James Caraher. McClelland was last seen on the Musical Arts Center stage in the collegiate premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Steve Wozniak) under the baton of Michael Christi. Other IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater performances include Dead Man Walking (Howard Boucher) and the ensembles of Oklahoma! and Bernstein’s Mass. He has performed opera scenes from La Bohème (Rodolfo), Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein), Werther (Werther), Rigoletto (Duke), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), and Norma (Pollione). McClelland has sung with NOTUS under the direction of Dominick DiOrio as well as with the University Singers and University Chorale, both led by Betsy Burleigh. This past January, the Oratorio Chorus performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. McClelland earned his Master of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music. He is originally from northwest Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

Ahyoung Jeong

Ahyoung Jeong is a soprano from Seoul, Korea, pursuing a Doctor of Music degree with Brian Horne. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University in 2013 and a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory in 2015. Her competition awards include second place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Indiana Regional, first place in the NATS New England Regional, and third place in the NATS National Round. Jeong has performed roles including Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria, Morgana in the Emerald City Opera production of Handel’s Alcina, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Prague Estates Theater, and Papagena in the New England Conservatory production of Puccini’s La Bohème. As a concert singer, Jeong has sung soprano solos of sacred music including Mozart’s Requiem and three Bach cantata concerts with Bloomington Chamber Singers.

Virginia Mims

Virginia Mims is a first-year master’s student studying with Alice Hopper. A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Mims earned her bachelor’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music last May. She was seen as Cleopatra in IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater’s Giulio Cesare in February. She has sung the roles of Mary Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life) and Marian Paroo (The Music Man) as well as being in the choruses of Mass, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, and Oklahoma! during her undergraduate studies. Last summer, Mims sang scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor, Così fan tutte, and Falstaff in Lucca, Italy, with the Opera Lucca Program. Attending Brevard’s Janiec Opera Program in 2017, she sang the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and in the program’s “Opera’s Greatest Hits” and “Gilbert and Sullivan Showcase” concerts. She was soprano soloist for Bloomington’s Early Music Bach Cantata Project in October and will create a recital showcasing the joy of singing in spring 2020.

Lauriane Tregan-Marcuz

Mezzo-soprano/contralto Lauriane Tregan-Marcuz, a native of France, is in the second year of her Performer Diploma studies at the Jacobs School of Music, studying with Carlos Montané. She studied violin and music theory for 10 years in the Conservatoire of Bordeaux. At the age of 21, she studied singing with Lionel Sarrazin in Bordeaux and Marie-Ange Todorovitch in Switzerland. In summer 2017 in Weimar, Germany, she met Montané and decided to join his studio at Jacobs in fall 2018. She performed Madame de Croissy in The Dialogue of Carmelites with IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater in October 2018 and the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in summer 2017. During her musical training with Sarrazin, Todorovitch, and Salvatore Caputo in France, Tregan-Marcuz performed as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at Opera of Bordeaux. She was also in the ensemble of Candide with the Glimmerglass Festival and has sung in several opera houses in Europe.

Mary Catherine Wright-Beath

Mary Catherine Wright-Beath is a first-year M.M. student studying with Heidi Grant Murphy and is also pursuing a master’s certificate in vocology. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Voice Performance and a certificate in musical theater. She is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Mid-South Region finalist and was the first-place winner of the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. Most recently, Wright-Beath performed the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Savannah Voice Festival and covered the role of Sister Catherine in Kentucky Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking.

Hayley Abramowitz

Hayley Abramowitz, soprano, is dually based in the DC-metro area and Bloomington, Indiana. She is pursuing her M.M. in voice, studying with Carol Vaness. Most recently at Jacobs, Abramowitz appeared as Clio in the second American performance of Handel’s little-known serenata, Parnasso in festa. She also gave her first master’s recital, featuring selections from Strauss’s Brentano Lieder and a world premiere for composer and friend William Kenlon. She is a passionate advocate of new music and has given numerous premieres in the last several years. This season, she will also appear as Nella in Gianni Schicchi with IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater and will make her professional debut, singing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This past summer, Abramowitz appeared as Erato in Handel’s Terpsicore with the American Bach Soloists Academy. Before coming to Jacobs, she studied with Delores Ziegler at the University of Maryland, where she earned a B.M. cum laude. While there, she enjoyed four seasons with OperaTerps, singing roles including The Defendant (Trial by Jury), Quiteria (Don Quichotte), Lucy (The Telephone), and Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor). She was also an active member of the University of Maryland choirs, both as a chorister and a featured soloist. Concert engagements include Mozart’s Krönugsmesse and the world premiere of the treble revoicing of Ešenvalds’s Only in Sleep.

Tal Heller

Mezzo-soprano Tal Heller, from Boston, Massachusetts, is pursuing a Performer Diploma under the tutelage of Heidi Grant Murphy. Heller earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Mannes College of Music in New York City.

Alison Calhoun

Alison Calhoun is associate professor of French/francophone studies and theater at Indiana University. Her research and teaching focus on early modern drama, Renaissance philosophy, Montaigne studies, and the history of emotions, with a particular interest in the history of French opera.

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