We are thrilled to introduce the SymphoNet Competition Finalists! One winner will be chosen in each voice part after a live audition to perform as a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the New West Symphony on May 10, 11th, and 12th, 2013 in Southern California. To meet the judges, click here.
Lindsay Feldmeth, Soprano
Lindsay Feldmeth has been a featured soloist with several orchestras and has given concert tours in Europe, Asia and North America. Her recent operatic credits include Leonora in Il Trovatore and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (abridged production). She studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and with Mirella Freni at CUBEC and with Ruth Falcon in New York. In 2009, she established the Kathmandu Music for Peace Festival to help underprivileged musicians in Nepal, and she is now organizing the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera Festival in Botswana.
Angela Cadelago, Soprano
Hailed “charming as all get-out” by Opera News Online and as a “virtuosic….strong and versatile soprano” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Angela Cadelago most recently made her debut as the doomed heroine of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Festival Opera, and “impressed from the opening scene… opera lovers will be talking about her Lucia for a long time to come” (San Jose Mercury News).Ms. Cadelago’s other appearances on the operatic stage have included Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Norina (Don Pasquale), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), and the role of Alba in the West Coast premiére of Robert X. Rodríguez’ La Curandera.
With a special affinity for music of the Baroque, Ms. Cadelago joined the Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow in 2007. Recent engagements include L’Amour in the 2012 José Maria Condemi production of Gluck’s Orphée at Opera Santa Barbara, Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of Queens, J.S. Bach’s The Passion According to St. Matthew with the La Jolla Symphony, and the role of Romilda to Paula Rasmussen’s Xerxes (Handel) with Berkeley West Edge Opera, conducted by Maestro Alan Curtis.
A native of California’s Napa Valley and highly regarded San Francisco Bay Area artist, San Francisco Classical Voice has exclaimed Ms. Cadelago’s performances to be “consistently wonderful… effortless, bright, spot-on singing….the soprano also has that ineffable quality that separates good from something better; she definitely has ‘it’…..”
A Metropolitan Opera Regional Audition finalist and 2010 Young Artist with Opera Santa Barbara, Ms. Cadelago has appeared in recital both in Italy, at the Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi; and in Denmark, as a featured student of Ileana Cotrubas. In the United States, Angela has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, in works such as Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.
Elizabeth Gentner, Soprano
Elizabeth F. Gentner, soprano is a professional performer appearing across the United States. Her roles include Alice Ford in Falstaff, Violetta in La Traviata, and the title role in Madama Butterfly. She currently studies with Jane Eaglan and Sheri Greenawald. She is also a guest blogger for iCadenza.com. To learn more about her, please visit http://www.TheRedDiva.com.
Emily Dyer, Soprano
Emily Dyer has been praised for the extension and rich fluidity with which she sings. Roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) Violetta (La Traviata, scenes), Susanah (Susannah, scenes), and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus, scenes). Ms. Dyer has been engaged with the California Philharmonic in several productions that included the roles of Gretel (Hansel und Gretel, scenes) and Christine (Phantom of the Opera, scenes). She has also performed the role of Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. She was pleased to be engaged as the Soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the California Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert hall. At the same venue, she sang the role of Micaëla (selections) with the CalPhil in its concert of Carmen and Broadway highlights in the Summer 2012 Season.
Ms. Dyer was named a Grand Prize Finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards and has received a Gold Medal for the Rotary Young Singer of the Year Competition. Additionally, she was an Honorable Mention Young Artist for Classical Voice from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. In 2008 she was named a Tomorrow’s Star at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
Emily has had the pleasure of participating in several renowned young artist programs, including OperaWorks and the Aspen Opera Theater Company, to which she received a full scholarship. She was also a full scholarship recipient to the Pacific Opera Institute.
Ms. Dyer was a featured soloist on KNBC as a performer for their broadcast benefiting the children of Darfur. She has also sung as the only vocal soloist at the International Youth Orchestra Festival in Walt Disney Concert Hall.
She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from Chapman University Conservatory of Music, where she will graduate with her Bachelor’s Degree in music in 2014.
Aumna Iqbal, Mezzo soprano
The colorful whirlwind that is mezzo-soprano Aumna Iqbal hails from Newport Coast, CA. Led by her sense of adventure, she has performed in operas and concerts in locations as diverse as Oxford, the Bay Area, Siena, Southern California, Florence, Edinburgh, and in Graz as part of the AIMS Lieder program. Her favorite roles include Mad Margaret from Ruddigore and The Duchess from The Gondoliers, and she is excited to perform in Center Stage Opera’s fall production of Suor Angelica.
Clara Osowski, Mezzo soprano (Audience Favorite)
Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski has performed many concerts and oratorios throughout the Midwest, showcasing her rich vocal color and dynamic stage presence. Active as a recitalist and concert performer, she carries her musicianship to all genres of vocal music including opera, chamber, and choral settings. Her passion for contemporary music is exhibited in the song cycles she has premiered by numerous composers with the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa. Clara resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and teaches privately out of her home. She is also Adjunct Faculty of Voice at the University of Minnesota, Morris Campus. More information can be found at www.claraosowskimezzo.com
Sarah Reynolds, Mezzo soprano
Sarah Reynolds is a singer and voice teacher living in Los Angeles, recently relocated from Boston, MA. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music with a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance, Sarah currently sings with Westwood Voices, The Colburn Community Chorale, and serves as the Alto Soloist and Section Leader at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Monrovia, CA. Sarah’s recent LA credits include performing as the Alto Soloist in Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli with the Colburn Community Chorale and Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at the Los Angeles Theatre Center with the Metropolitan Master Chorale. She will be a featured soloist in the Repertory Opera Company’s upcoming “Serenades of Love” concert. For more information about Sarah’s singing, teaching, and projects please visit www.sarahreynolds.net
Grace Newberry, Mezzo soprano
I am a recent graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory. While at Oberlin I performed L’enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant est les sortileges, Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Hata in The Bartered Bride by Smetna and in the chorus of Bernstein’s Candide, as well as many concerts, Oratorio,and new works including “the little match girl” by David Lang. With the Janiec Opera Company, Summer 2011, I performed Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, and appeared in the chorus of La Traviata and L’Elisir d’Amore. I recently graduated from Oberlin and am now studying with Ms. Sheri Greenawald in San Francisco and coaching with Mr. Bill Vendice. I am taking time to solidify my technique and get my arias for auditions polished. I was accepted to Wolf Trap Opera Studio and will be preparing to cover a few roles in their season of Rossini’s Viaggio a Reims and Verdi’s Falstaff.
Ashley Faatoalia, Tenor (Audience Favorite)
Tenor Ashley Faatoalia is a native of Los Angeles. Noted for his soaring tenor and warm stage presence, his recent engagements include his debut as Jesse in Crescent City with The Industry, concerts with California Philharmonic, Porgy & Bess with Seattle Opera, Candide with Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Festival Play of Daniel with Los Angeles Opera, his debut performance with San Francisco Opera as The Crab Man in Porgy & Bess, and his debut performance with San Francisco Lyric Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.
Casey Candebat, Tenor
Casey Candebat, a native of New Orleans, made his professional operatic debut in 2007 with New Orleans Opera in their production of La Boheme, with Robert Lyall as conductor. Since then, he has performed supporting roles in Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut, Il Trittico and La Traviata.
This past summer, Mr. Candebat joined the roster of the illustrious Merola Opera Program, the training arm of San Francisco Opera. He performed the role of Il Podesta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, covered the role of Mr. Owen in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, and sang scenes from Werther and La Rondine in the Merola Grand Finale.
Recently Mr. Candebat has been heard as Pang in Turandot with New Orleans Opera, collaborating with international stars Lise Lindstrom, Roy Cornelius Smith, and Anthony Laciura. He was also featured in New Orleans Opera’s production of Salome as First Jew.
Last season, Mr. Candebat joined the roster of Wichita Grand Opera covering the role of Ruiz in Il Trovatore and performing the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale.
Future engagements include performing Bernard Rand’s piece for tenor and orchestra, Canti del Sole, with Northwestern University Contemporary Ensemble.
Mr. Candebat has been a young artist at Chautauqua Opera in their 2009 and 2010 seasons. There he covered the role of Beppe in I Pagliacci. He has also been a young artist at Opera North, where he performed the role of Dr. Cajus in the family performance of Verdi’s Falstaff.
Ricardo Garcia, Tenor
I am a sophomore at University of the Pacific and I am a Vocal Performance Major. I have sung the Normanno in “Lucia di Lamermoor” and Toby in “The Medium” with California Opera Association. Most recently I was the title role of “Tamino” in our conservatory’s production of “The Magic Flute”, I also am playing the role of Fenton in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. In 2011 I placed in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition and was the youngest person to place in competition history at the age of 19. My next projects will include recitals in the East Bay area and also I am planning on entering a young artist program and further advance my career in opera and hopefully have an international career. I sing in italian, German, French, Russian, and Spanish. Spanish and English are two languages I am fluent in.
Wesley Morgan, Tenor
American tenor Wesley Morgan has been praised by conductors, stage directors and audiences for his “ringing tenor” and “gift for suave phrasing”(Greenville News), and “leaving the audience swooning” with his “flawless performance” as described by The Atlanta Journal Constitution.Mr. Morgan will make his international debut this December as the tenor soloist in Messiah for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario. This spring the rising tenor will return to Atlanta Opera as Gastone in La Traviata, where as a Studio Artist he starred in the company’s touring shows as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and appeared on the mainstage as Mayor in Cold Sassy Tree, and 1st Priest in Die Zauberflöte. For St. Petersburg Opera’s Emerging Artist program, Wesley has sung the roles of Count Almaviva in Il Babriere di Siviglia, and Nemorino in l’Elisir d’Amore. Other roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Jubal’s Lyre Opera), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Capitol City Opera), Nanki Poo in The Mikado (Atlanta Lyric Theatre & Greenville Light Opera Works), the title role in Candide (Georgia State University Opera), and Rodolfo in La Bohéme for El Paso Opera, where he returned this fall to sing Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Last summer Wesley sang the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte as a young artist with Ash Lawn Opera, and this spring will make his West Coast debut as Cassio in Otello with the Puget Sound Concert Opera. wesleybmorgan.com
Bernardo Bermudez, Baritone (Audience Favorite)
Latin American baritone Bernardo Bermudez, raised in Venezuela, started his musical education at the age of seven at The Conservatory of Music Juan Manuel Olivares, in Caracas Venezuela. After relocating to the United States at the age of twelve, he has participated in many Musical Theatre, and Opera productions throughout the U. S. For more information visit www.bernardobermudez.com
Eric Carampatan, Baritone
An experienced international performer, Eric Carampatan made his Australian debut as baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem under the baton of Eric Whitacre at the Sydney Opera House and was a guest recitalist for China’s Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Grand Theater, and Central Conservatory of Music Beijing. Operatic portrayals range from both Mozart’s and Rossini’s Figaro to the more contemporary roles of Maximillian in Bernstein’s Candide, Arete in the premiere of Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Opera Electronica, and Chou-En Lai in Act 1 of Adams’ Nixon in China with the Antelope Valley Symphony. Carampatan was a guest artist in the Hoku Concert Series in Kona, Hawaii, was a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Tehacthapi Symphonic and Ojai Chorales, was a performer in Opera Santa Barbara’s Opera in the Schools, sang Reporter #4 and Bill Foster (cover) in the world premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s (Wicked) Séance on a Wet Afternoon also with Opera Santa Barbara, created the role of FDR in the premiere of Kenneth Well’s The First Lady at UCLA, and sang Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the Antelope Valley Symphony. Recently, Carampatan appeared as baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Glendale Concert Singers, performed in a sixth season of Santa Barbara’s Opera Under the Stars, Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone with Lyric Opera Los Angeles, M. Baryton in Poulenc’s Les elles de Tiresias with Long Beach Opera, and sang Copland’s Old American Songs with the Ojai Chorus and Orchestra. Upcoming: Baritone solos in Finzi’s In Terra Pax and baritone solos in Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Mountainside Master Chorale. Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Guild Opera, inaugural concert with the Los Angeles Angels of Music, and Christ in Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ with the Mountainside Master Chorale.
Simon Barrad, Baritone
Years studying voice: 7
Student at CSU Long Beach studying Vocal Performance and French
Upcoming projects and goals: Playing Leporello in the CSULB spring opera production of Don Giovanni, upcoming auditions for graduate school
Steve Pence, Bass-Baritone
I’ve been studying voice for about 15 years. I am not currently a student. Apart from various Messiah solo gigs in SoCal, I will be the bass soloist with the L.A. Master Chorale in Bach’s Magnificat this December. I sing regularly with the LA Master Chorale and LA Opera Chorus. My goal is to support my family without having to leave the music field.