Stratton Mountain Vocal Workshop
July 18-28, 2019
MANCHESTER MUSIC FESTIVAL announces an exclusive ten day full scholarship workshop with WARREN JONES for four singers and one pianist, July 18-28, 2019. Participants (age 20-30 as of July 1, 2019) will receive coaching and mentoring in opera and art song from Mr. Jones and Mathilda Edge and will perform in a concert at the end of their 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 27, 2019 performed by Warren Jones and the Opera singer coaching the workshop.
Warren Jones, piano
Mathilda Edge, soprano
Kathleen Felty, mezzo-soprano
2019 Vocal Workshop Students
Rashaan Allwood, composer, pianist, and organist was listed as one of CBC’s 30 Canadian classical musicians under 30 in 2017. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree for Piano Performance from the University of Toronto in 2016 and a Master’s Degree in Organ and Church Music at McGill University in 2018. In April 2019, he premiered the first tableau of his Opera, Bright Bottles (2019) at the Edythe Bates Old Organ and Recital Hall at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. Highlights of his 2018 season include the premiere of his Baroque period orchestration and choral-arrangement of the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, BWV 769 by Johann Sebastian Bach and recitals in Leipzig, Germany. Allwood has performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Kent Nagano, the Houston Civic Symphony and the University of Toronto’s Collegium Musicum
Mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan has been praised by The New York Times for her “vocal warmth and rich character.” Her 2018/19 season included her Los Angeles Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall debuts with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. Ms. Dugan also sang the role of Mrs. Van Buren in a workshop performance of Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera, Intimate Apparel, by composer Ricky Ian Gordon, with a libretto by Lynn Nottage. The piece was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works Program. Additional highlights include performances with the Mistral ensemble singing Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder and and recital work with her husband, pianist Peter Dugan. Ms. Dugan has spent her summers with the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Boston Early Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, and Aspen Music Festival and School. She has recently sung with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. Learn more at KaraDugan.com
Soprano Brittany Nickell is thrilled to be in Manchester, Vermont to work with her fellow colleagues along with the fabulous members of the MMF faculty. Brittany was last seen in San Francisco as an artist with the prestigious Merola Opera Program. While at Merola Brittany sang Vanessa and Donna Anna in the Schwabacher Summer Concert and Magda in La Rondine and Countess Madeleine in Capriccio during the Grand Finale held on stage at The War Memorial Opera House. Prior to being at Merola Miss Nickell had a very successful competition circuit winning the Top Prize at the Opera Index Competition and the Female Encouragement prize at The McCammon Competition in Fort Worth Texas. Previous credits include Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Lady Macduff in Bloch’s Macbeth, Emmy Perth in Marschners Der Vampyr and Madame de Volange in Susa’s Dangerous Liaisons
Praised as a soprano who "exudes power in every detail of her body language and voice," Elissa Pfaender was most recently seen performing as an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera for their 2019 Winter Festival season. For her performances, she received an "Outstanding Apprentice Award" from the Sarasota Opera Guild. Ms. Pfaender has performed a variety of operatic roles such as First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), and Arminda (La Finta Giardiniera). With a strong passion for art song repertoire, she has performed recitals with the works John Cage, Franz Liszt, Erik Satie, Alban Berg, and more. For her engaging performances, Ms. Pfaender was awarded the esteemed Dalton Baldwin Art Song Prize from Westminster Choir College. She has also received awards and honors from The National Opera Association's Carolyn Bailey and Dominic Argento Voice Competition, The NEA YoungArts Foundation, Chicago Classical NATS, New Jersey NATS and Tuesday Musical Association. Ms. Pfaender recently won the Riverside Opera NYC Company Vocal Competition, making her solo debut with the Richmond County Orchestra this past November and December for a variety of concerts. Ms. Pfaender received her vocal performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Westminster Choir College.
Mats is a 21-year-old Dutch-American voice student at Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He recently won 3rd Prize at the Neapolitan Masters International Singing Competition Young Singer Category in Naples Italy. This summer he will be taking on his first opera role as Figaro in Lyric Opera Studio Weimar’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro in Germany. Mats is known for his musicality, and a mature, darkly-colored sound. "The voice has sweetness and power, very beautiful, very rare." - Barbara Bonney. Besides studying with Professor Barbara Bonney, another benefit of being in Salzburg is that Mats gets to share the stage with some of opera's greatest luminaries including Ricardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Anna Netrebko, Anja Hateros, and Rene Pape as a member of Salzburger BachChor. Mats grew up singing in the local school choirs in Singapore. He spent the last two years of high school at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston. Learn more at matsroolvink.com