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Edgar Miguel AbruEdgar Miguel Abru
Tenor

Tenor Edgar Miguel Abru debuts at Florida Grand Opera this season. Previously, he has appeared as the tenor soloist in performances of Handels Messiah at both FIU and Florida Atlantic University, as Don Ottavio in Mozarts Don Giovanni with Florida Atlantic University, and as Lippo Fiorentino in Weills Street Scene with FIU Opera Theater, where he also recently sang the role of Le Roi Ouf Premier in Emmanuel Chabriers Ltoile. Edgar also serves as music director and pianist at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in North Lauderdale, FL, and as director of the Teaching Outstanding Performers camp at Florida Atlantic University. He earned his Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Florida International University and his bachelors degree from Florida Atlantic University. This season at FGO, Edgar will perform the roles of Ambrogio in Rossinis The Barber of Seville and Flavio in Bellinis Norma, and will study-cover the roles of Pollione in Norma and Walter in Weinbergs The Passenger.

Mario Arvalo

Mario Arvalo
Tenor

El Salvadorian tenor Mario Arvalo debuts with Florida Grand Opera this season. Past roles include Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Hofstra University Opera, Kazimierz in Stanislaw Moniuszkos Hrabina with Opera OggiNY, Monsieur Grivet in Tobias Pickers Thrse Raquin with the Boston University Opera, Le petit vieillard in Ravels Lenfant et les sortilges with the Boston University Symphony, and international debuts in Canada and Italy as Hassan/Guardiano in the world premiere of Carlo Pedinis Jago with International Opera Theater. Before arriving at FGO in 2015 he joins the young artist programs of Virginia Opera and the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts. Mario received his masters degree from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University and his bachelors degree from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. This season at FGO he study-covers Count Almaviva in Rossinis The Barber of Seville and Ernesto in Donizettis Don Pasquale, in addition to making numerous regional outreach appearances.

Daniel BatesDaniel Bates
Tenor

Tenor Daniel Bates debuts at Florida Grand Opera this season. Previously he has been a member of young artist programs at Santa Fe Opera, Shreveport Opera (Pong in Turandot, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado), Opera Saratoga, and Utah Festival Opera. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College, he has also appeared as Laurie in Little Women, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Orfeo in Monteverdis Lorfeo. He is a 2014 Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and will sing the roles of Goro in Madama Butterfly, Ferrando in Cos fan tutte, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, and will study Nika Magadoff in The Consul this season at FGO.

Eliza BonetEliza Bonet
Mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Eliza Bonet, of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, makes her FGO debut this season. She has been a member of numerous young artist programs including the Merola Opera Program, Pensacola Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Recent roles include Eunice in Andr Previns A Streetcar Named Desire with the Merola Opera Program, Angelina in Rossinis La Cenerentola, Carmen in Bizets La tragdie de Carmen, Olga in Lehrs Die lustige Witwe, and Maddalena in Verdis Rigoletto with Shreveport Opera; and Dorabella in Mozarts Cos fan tutte with Pensacola Opera. She is also the recipient of an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Eliza earned her bachelors degree from Shorter College and her masters degree from Florida State University. This season at FGO, she sings Berta in Rossinis The Barber of Seville and Krystina in Weinbergs The Passenger, and study-covers Rosina in Barber and Lisa in The Passenger.

Chance EakinElena Galvn
Soprano
Soprano Elena Galvn debuts with Florida Grand Opera this season. Recent roles include Mabel in Sullivans The Pirates of Penzance with Lamplighters Music Theatre, Countess Ceprano in Verdis Rigoletto and Frasquita in Bizets Carmen with Livermore Valley Opera, Musetta in La bohme and Rosina in Rossinis Il barbiere di Siviglia with the San Francisco Opera Guilds Opera la Carte series, and Norina in Donizettis Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara. Elena has sung in the young artist programs of Virginia Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Opera Saratoga. She also received encouragement awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011 and 2014. Elena earned her bachelors degree from Ithaca College and her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This season at FGO, she sings Yvette in Weinbergs The Passenger and select performances of Norina in Donizettis Don Pasquale, while study-covering Katja in The Passenger.

Martin NusspaumerHilary Ginther
Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther makes her Florida Grand Opera debut this season. Recent roles include Sesto in Handels Giulio Cesare with CCM Opera, Hnsel in Humperdincks Hnsel und Gretel with Opera in the Heights, Jo in Adamos Little Women and the Stewardess in Jonathan Doves Flight with Opera Fayetteville, numerous Mozart roles including Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Virginia Opera, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with the dellArte Opera Ensemble, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Natchez Festival of Music; and as Bobachino in the world premiere of John Mustos The Inspector with Wolf Trap Opera. Hilary has sung in the young artist programs of the Crested Butte Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Virginia Opera, and Opera Saratoga, and received her masters degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. This season at FGO she sings Rosina in Rossinis The Barber of Seville and Vlasta in Weinbergs The Passenger, while study-covering Lisa in The Passenger.

Laura Martinez LenLaura Martinez Len
Soprano

Cuban soprano Laura Martinez Len makes her Florida Grand Opera debut this season. Recent roles include La Princesse Laoula in Emmanuel Chabriers Ltoile and Marguerita Fiorentino in Weills Street Scene with FIU Opera Theater, Knigin der Nacht in Mozarts Die Zauberflte with the Miami Summer Music Festival, and Musetta in La bohme and Pamina in Die Zauberflte with Nyack College Opera. She has also appeared with new company Opera Fusion in performances of The Sopranos and Dueling Divas, and as the soprano soloist in Handels Messiah with FIU. Also a performer of zarzuela repertoire, Laura sang Charito in Reveriano Soutullo/Juan Verts La leyenda del beso with the Sociedad Pro-Arte Grateli, and performed as a soloist in a tribute concert at FIU featuring rarely heard works of Ernesto Lecuona. She is currently completing coursework for a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance at FIU. This season at FGO Laura study-covers Yvette in Weinbergs The Passenger and Norina in Donizettis Don Pasquale, and can be seen in numerous regional outreach performances.

Vanessa IsiguenBrian James Myer
Baritone

Baritone Brian James Myer makes his debut with Florida Grand Opera this season. Recent engagements include Papageno in Mozarts Die Zauberflte with Sin City Opera and Opera San Jose, Gino Carella in Weisers Where Angels Fear to Tread with Opera San Jose, Silvio in Leoncavallos Pagliacci with Sarasota Opera, Masetto in Mozarts Don Giovanni with Opera San Jose and Opera Las Vegas, Yakuside in Puccinis Madama Butterfly, Albert in Douglas Moores The Ballad of Baby Doe with Chautauqua Opera, and Le Dancare in Bizets Carmen with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada. Brian holds bachelors degrees in music education and romance languages from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a masters degree in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. An active composer, Brian also has a published choral octavo by Santa Barbara Music. This season at FGO, he will be seen as Figaro in select performances of Rossinis The Barber of Seville while study-covering Tadeusz in Weinbergs The Passenger and Dr. Malatesta in Donizettis Don Pasquale.

Carla JablonskiSarah Payne
Soprano

Soprano Sarah Payne, a native of South Florida, makes her Florida Grand Opera debut this season. Recent roles include Anna Maurrant in Weills Street Scene, Poppea in Handels Agrippina, and The Governess in Brittens The Turn of the Screw with FIU Opera; Contessa Almaviva in Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro with the Miami Summer Music Festival, and First Lady in Mozarts Die Zauberflte with the Siena Music Festival in Italy. In 2014 she spent two weeks in Salzburg, Austria, studying with American soprano Helen Donath at the Mozarteum University, where she was named a finalist in the annual International Richard Strauss Competition. Sarah has also been named a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She holds a bachelors degree in vocal performance from Florida International University. This season at FGO, she sings Clotilda in Bellinis Norma and study-covers Marta in Weinbergs The Passenger.

Caitlin McKechneyAustin Siebert
Bass-baritone

Bass-baritone Austin Siebert debuts with Florida Grand Opera this season. Prior to FGO he joins Merola Opera Program to perform the roles of Mr. Gobineau in Menottis The Medium and Marco in Puccinis Gianni Schicchi, and to cover Dr. Malatesta in Donizettis Don Pasquale. Additional recent engagements include outreach with the Dallas Opera as Belcore in Donizettis Lelisir damore, Mustaf in Rossinis with Seagle Music Colony, and the German General in Kevin Puts Silent Night with Fort Worth Opera Festival. Austin recently earned a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of North Texas, where he was seen as Dappertutto/Copplius in Offenbachs Les contes dHoffmann, Pritschitsch in Lehrs Die lustige Witwe, and the title role in Sondheims Sweeney Todd. This season at FGO, Austin sings the roles of An Officer in Rossinis The Barber of Seville, SS Man #2 in Weinbergs The Passenger, and A Notary in Donizettis Don Pasquale.

Raehann Alex Soare
Bass-baritone

Romanian-American bass-baritone Alex Soare makes his Florida Grand Opera debut this season. He was recently seen as Dulcamara in Donizettis L'elisir d'amore with Opera Iowa, Don Alfonso in Mozarts Cos fan tutte with Candid Concert Opera, Gremin in Tchaikovskys Eugene Onegin and Escamillo in Bizets Carmen with the Aspen Music Festival, and Sprecher in Die Zauberflte and Elisha Fitzgibbon/Legs Diamond in a world premiere workshop of Evan Macks Roscoe with Opera Saratoga. Alex has also been a member of the young artist programs of Des Moines Metro Opera and Nashville Opera. He began his undergraduate studies in Brasov, Romania, and continued at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, later earning a masters degree in operatic literature and vocal performance from Northwestern University, where he was a recipient of the Joyce Reed Cope Scholarship. This season at FGO, Alex will sing Don Basilio in Rossinis The Barber of Seville and SS Man #1 in Weinbergs The Passenger, and will study-cover the title role in Donizettis Don Pasquale.

Raehann Nicholas Ward
Baritone

Baritone Nicholas Ward makes his Florida Grand Opera debut this season. Prior to joining FGO, he returns to Central City Opera where he sings The Elder Son in Brittens The Prodigal Son. Previously with Central City, he covered Owen Hart in Heggies Dead Man Walking and Frank in Rorems Our Town. Other operatic highlights include Il Conte in Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro with CCM Opera, Don Alfonso in Mozarts Cos fan tutte with University of Louisville Opera, Papageno in Mozarts Die Zauberflte with UMich Opera Studio, and Friedrich Bhaer in Adamos Little Women with UMich Opera Theater. He has also participated in the young artist programs of Toledo Opera, Opera Saratoga, and the Seagle Music Colony. Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. This season at FGO, he appears as Fiorello in Rossinis The Barber of Seville and study-covers Figaro in Barber and Tadeusz in Weinbergs The Passenger.

 
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