Stratton Mountain Vocal Workshop
July 22-29, 2018
MANCHESTER MUSIC FESTIVAL announces an exclusive one-week full scholarship workshop with WARREN JONES for four singers and one pianist, July 22-29, 2018. Participatns (age 20-30 as of July 1, 2018) will receive coaching and mentoring in opera and art song from Mr. Jones and Metropolitan Opera artists Elaine Alvarez, Renee Tatum, and Sidney Outlaw, and will perform in a concert at the end of their weeklong residency on beautiful Stratton Mountain in Vermont. Housing with breakfast, as well as clean air and gorgeous scenery will all be provided; transportation will be the responsibility of the participants. We hope to see you in Vermont!
Program includes a ticket to Manchester Music Festival’s “Night at The Opera” concert on July 28, 2018 performed by Warren Jones and the Metropolitan Opera singers coaching the workshop.
2018 Vocal Workshop Students
Bass-baritone Michael Colman has performed all over the country in roles ranging from the comedy of Mozart’s Figaro and Leporello to the drama of the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Michael made his professional debut singing the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly as an Apprentice Artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and went on to sing Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and cover the Mother in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins as an Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera. He has performed with the Toledo Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Janiec Opera Company, Fayetteville Opera, Savannah Voice Festival, and as a Young Artist with Ash Lawn Opera (now Charlottesville Opera). He earned degrees from Baylor University and the University of Kansas studying under Dr. John Stephens. Awards include the Grand Prize at the Kristin Lewis Foundation Competition, First Prize at the Kansas City Music Clubs Competition, the Patroness Award at the SAI Regional Music Competition, Finalist at the Concorso Lirico Opera Competition, Finalist at the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and multiple First Place awards in the Texoma NATS Regional Competition. Upcoming engagements include a Resident Artist position with Toledo Opera, performing Ceprano in their production of Rigoletto, and performing for thousands of Ohio and Michigan children as The Wolf in Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, an operatic adaptation combining Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.
Praised for her engaging stage presence and “full...nuanced” voice, soprano Lauren Cook was most recently seen performing in Opera Philadelphia’s production of Bizet’s Carmen. Ms. Cook has performed many principal roles in opera and musical theater. She has also premiered several works including Roscoe, Gin and Ginger, The Desert, War is a Racket, and Malice in the Palace. During the 2017 season, she made her debuts with Guerilla Opera and in Boston’s Symphony Hall. She also participated in a workshop for Permadeath, a new work in association with Friends of Madame White Snake. Ms. Cook has performed with Odyssey Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera Louisiane, Seagle Music Colony, The Boston Conservatory Opera, Louisiana State University Opera, the Louisiana Opera Outreach Program, and La Musica Lirica. She has also performed as a soloist in concerts with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
A 22 year old native to California, Hannah Rose Kidwell just finished her final year at Chapman University where she studied vocal performance with Carol Neblett. In Chapman’s opera program, Ms. Kidwell performed Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and portrayed the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. In 2016, she made her debut with The Pacific Symphony as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Kidwell was a semi-finalist and scholarship winner at the national 2013 Classical Singer Competition, the winner of the 2014 New Century Singer’s Competition, and the winner of the 2016 Vocal and Concerto Competition at Chapman University. Last summer, she attended Music Academy of the West where she was selected to play Gianetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore and was the vocal winner of the 2017 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. As the winner, she completed a recital tour in which she sang the world premiere of These Strangers by Jake Heggie, a piece commissioned by the Music Academy and written for her voice.
A native of Cincinnati, soprano Hannah Meloy recently obtained her Master of Music degree from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. Her most recent roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Miss Paige in Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position, Despina in Così fan tutte, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Foreign Woman in The Consul, and Yum Yum in The Mikado. She has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra in Portugal as well as with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. With a strong passion for art song, she was selected to participate in the 2016 Cleveland Art Song Festival, where she worked with masters such as Susan Graham and Bradley Moore. This spring, she won 3rd Prize in the Philharmonic Society of Arlington Young Artist Competition with her performance of Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber. She was also a winner of the Longy School of Music Honors Competition during her tenure there.
Curtis Serafin began piano lessons at age six in his hometown of New Windsor, MD. During high school, he studied under Marian Hahn through the Peabody Precollege program in Baltimore. While studying there, Curtis received the Live from Lincoln Center Outstanding Student Performance Award alongside his chamber music ensemble and the Dean’s Recognition Award for his independent studies as a solo pianist. In 2013, Curtis earned scholarships to study piano performance with Karen Ann Krieger at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. While living in Nashville, Curtis was a finalist in the university’s concerto competition, a winner of the school’s student showcase, and rehearsal pianist for the opera department’s production of Mark Adamo’s Little Women. The summer before his senior year, Curtis was given a scholarship to attend SongFest where he began pursuing further experience in the world of art song. Jake Heggie, Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Libby Larsen, and Alan Smith were all inspirational and encouraging figures at the program. As a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, Curtis is currently a first-year graduate student of Warren Jones at the Manhattan School of Music. In his spare time, Curtis is completing the composition of a new song set for baritone and piano which draws from the published poems of Frank O’Hara. He is also finishing a self-published book of his own poetry, Songs Without Music. Curtis is honored to have accepted a fellowship to continue his study of contemporary American art song at Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. He is excited to join Manchester Music Festival directly after attending the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a professional fellow and principal pianist for Handel’s Alcina.