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FLETCHER FELLOW NEWS
It has been a busy season for the Fletcher Fellows this fall. In addition to performing The Town Musicians of Bremen to over 2000 students, they presented an opera scenes program celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Verdi and finally as soloists for Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.
Jaclyn Surso, soprano
Jaclyn is a first year fellow in the studio of Marilyn Taylor. She covered the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and was the soprano soloist for the 81st Annual Performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Mozart Club of Winston Salem. She will sing the role of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann and Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera.
Megan Cleaveland, soprano
Megan is a first year fellow in the studio of Glenn Siebert. She will be the soprano soloist for Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Salisbury Symphony in March. She will sing Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann and Serpetta in La finta giardiniera for the Fletcher Institute.
Kate Farrar, mezzo-soprano
Kate is in her third year with the Fletcher Institute where she has performed the role of Frau Mary in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman with Piedmont Opera as well as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. This summer Kate will return as apprentice artist to Chautauqua where she will sing the role of Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and one of Augusta’s friends in The Ballade of Baby Doe. She is a student of Marion Pratnicki. She will sing the role of Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann and Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. In January Kate competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Charlotte. She will represent the North Carolina District in the Southeast Regional in Atlanta on February 16.
Jennifer Lazarz, mezzo-soprano
Jennifer is in her second year and was the mezzo-soprano soloist in the 81st Annual Mozart Club Messiah. In addition to this performance, she als0 presented her master’s recital. She sing the roles of The Muse/Niklaus in The Tales of Hoffmann and Ramiro in La finta giardiniera. She is a student of Marilyn Taylor.
Jesse Darden, tenor
Jesse is in his second year with the Fletcher Institute and was the tenor soloist in the 81st Annual Mozart Club Messiah. Jesse will return for a third year to Chautauqua Opera where he will sing the role of Goro in Madame Butterfly as well as one of Tabor’s cronies in The Ballade of Baby Doe. He will sing the role of Joe Cable in Piedmont Opera’s South Pacific the title role in the Tales of Hoffmann and Count Belfiore in La finta giardiniera. He has studied with Dr. Marilyn Taylor and currently studies with James Allbritten.
Jonathan Johnson, tenor
Jonathan is in his third year of study in the studio of Dr. Marilyn Taylor. He was most recently chosen to be a part of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago starting in April 2014. He also appeared as the Steuermann in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman with Piedmont Opera and was the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. Next term he will sing the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann and the Podesta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. This past summer he sang the title role of Candide and as Reverand Adams in Peter Grimes with Anthony Dean Griffey in the title role. Griffey who is our Distinguised Artist-in-Residence for the 2013-14 Year is also a student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor. In January Jonathan competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Charlotte. He will represent the North Carolina District in the Southeast Regional in Atlanta on February 16.
René Barbera, tenor
Tenor René Barbera has had a very busy fall. After successful performances in Rossini’s La donna del lago with Santa Fe Opera, he travelled to Australia for the Verdi Requiem under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. Next stop Paris where he made his debut as Arturo in Bellini’s I puritani then to Naples for The Barber of Seville the Duke in Rigoletto with Opera Colorado and a return as Nemorino in The Elixir of Love with St. Louis Opera. A 2011 winner of the Placido Domingo Operalia Competition and a former member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, René continues to study with Dr. Marilyn Taylor.
Joshua Conyers, baritone
Baritone Joshua Conyers spent the summer at Santa Fe Opera where he covered the role of Walt Whitman in the world premiere of Oscar starring David Daniels. He will return to Santa Fe this summer as an apprentice artist. Joshua continues to study with Dr. Marilyn Taylor.
Stephanie Davis, mezzo-soprano
Stephanie has appeared with Nightingale Opera Theatre as Charlotte in Werther and Berta in The Barber of Seville with Orlando Opera. She will sing the role of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Carolina in February 2014. She was a student of Marion Pratnicki.
Ted Federle, baritone
Ted, who still resides in Winston Salem has been working steadily since he graduated from the Institute. Appearances with Nashville Opera as Papageno, Chautauqua Opera as Ned Keene in Peter Grimes, Mobile Opera as Pish-Tush in The Mikado and Pensacola Opera as Dandini in La Cenerentola and Dancaïro in Carmen. Ted is a student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor.
Marvin Kehler, tenor
Marvin Kehler returns to Sarasota Opera this winter as a resident artist where he will cover the roles of Erik in The Flying Dutchaman and Manrico in Il trovatore. This is his second season with Sarasota. Marvin was a student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor.
Emily Newton, soprano
After her electrifying performance as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole the Opera at Opera Dortmund, soprano Emily Amber Newton went on to a series of concerts in Germany and most recently sang Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Aachen. She has covered roles in the new MET production of Wagner’s Ring. While at the Fletcher Institute, she studied with Dr. Marilyn Taylor.
Richard Ollarsaba, bass-baritone
Richard has had a busy season since leaving Minnesota Opera where he was a resident artist. He currently is a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago were he is singing The Herald in Otello, Grenvile in La traviata, the 2nd Grail Knight in Parsifal, the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. He was also a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor.
Kristin Schwecke, soprano
A recent graduate of the Fletcher Institute, Kristin was a studio artist this summer at Chautauqua Opera where she sang the role of Second Niece in Peter Grimes. This fall she was a member of the Open Dream Ensemble where she performed throughout the southwest and presented workshops about music an theatre. This fall she was the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. She is a student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor.
Michael Shell, stage director
Stage Director Michael Shell has had a very busy year. After directing Apprentice Scenes for Santa Fe Opera, where baritone Joshua Conyers and tenor René Barbera were also working, he travelled to Minot, ND for Le nozze di Figaro, featuring Fletcher Alumni Catherine Park as Susanna and baritione Michael Redding as the Count. Next stop, Raleigh, NC for a very spirited Così fan tutte and finally Norfolk, VA for The Magic Flute. Upcoming include Pinafore for Indiana University and Barber of Seville for Pittsburgh Opera and St. Louis Opera and a return to Santa Fe. Michael was a student of Marilyn Taylor and James Allbritten.
Logan Webber, tenor
Logan Webber will be a studio artist at Chautauqua Opera this summer. This past summer he was a young artist with the Princeton Festival. He was a student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor.