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IVAI-NYC 2016 Participants


Participants for the 2016 Summer Program in NYC are as follows:

PARTICIPANTS: Faculty | Pianists | Singers: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Soprano Shabnam Abedi Shabnam Abedi
Soprano Shabnam Abedi is a junior voice performance major at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. She sang the role of Marzia in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica in collaboration with Opera Lafayette. She is a North Indian classical performer and has released three albums. She is the soprano section leader at All Souls Unitarian Church and Musica Viva. She is also a member of the Princeton Singers.

Alexis Aimé, soprano Alexis Aimé
Alexis Aimé, soprano, is currently pursuing an M.M. in opera studies at the University of Maryland and was most recently seen in the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Academy of Vocal Arts with the Russian Opera Workshop. Upcoming roles include Fiordiligi, Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), and L’Opinion Publique in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers. She received her B.M. in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory in 2014. Notable roles include Gretel, Rosalinda, and Lady Macduff. Alexis began her professional career with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2013 performing the role of the Lover in Il Tabarro.

Baritone Lawson Anderson Lawson Anderson
Baritone Lawson Anderson graduated with majors in music and economics from the University of Virginia in 2009, where he was actively involved with numerous opera and oratorio ensembles and sang the roles of Don Giovanni, Dr. Falke, Morales, and Marco. After graduation, he worked in management consulting, but actively continued singing with musical theater, choral, and opera companies around the Southeast.  He spent the summer of 2013 in Tel Aviv singing various concerts, master classes, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with IVAI before moving to New York City to pursue his MBA at Columbia Business School.  Lawson has continued his vocal studies in New York while performing various roles, including Papageno, Figaro, and Belcore, with companies in the city.  Past IVAI performance highlights include the roles of Don Giovanni, Silvio, Billy Bigelow, and Dover Beach with string quartet at Domaine Forget and the Chalet du Mont-Royal.

Francisco Bedoy, tenor Francisco Bedoy
Francisco Bedoy is a Mexican lyric tenor from Jalisco. He earned his bachelor’s of music at the University of Kentucky and his master’s of music in vocal performance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has been heard in Le Nozze di Figaro as Bartolo, in La Bohème as Parpignol, in Dead Man Walking as a Cop, in La Traviata as Gaston, and as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He also has an extensive repertoire as a recitalist singing Spanish and Latin American music. He has earned multiple scholarships and fellowships in the past years.

Soprano Diana Benton Diana Benton
Soprano Diana Benton has performed a variety of operatic roles, including the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffman,n and Micaëla in Carmen with local companies in New York City. In 2011 she covered the role of Almera in Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters with Gotham Chamber Opera. Diana was a finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, the Career Bridges Grant Awards, and the NOA Voice Competition.

Camille Brault, mezzo-soprano Camille Brault
Camille Brault, mezzo-soprano, was born in Paris, France. After she received her cello, solfège, and chorus diplomas at the Nadia&Lili Boulanger Conservatory, she studied voice. Camille performed as both a chorister and a soloist with several professional ensembles in such Parisian venues as the Théâtre du Châtelet with the Boston Camerata, and Notre-Dame de Paris. In 2015, she was Marguerite in an adaptation of Goethe’s Faust, Marguerite d’après Faust at the Avignon Festival. This year, she performed with the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir at the Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. Camille just completed her freshman year at MSM.

Soprano Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh
Soprano Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh has a performance history in opera, oratorio, musical theater, and recital repertoire. In the 2015-16 season, she performed Frasquita in New Rochelle Opera’s production of Carmen and Giannetta in Atlanta-based Peach State Opera’s L’Elisir d’amore. She also covered Margot in Romberg’s The Desert Song with Birmingham Music Club, performed in two opera cabaret concerts with Opera Birmingham, and sang in a scenes program with Opera Breve at Opera America's National Opera Center. In April, she completed a two-week run as Rose Lennox (Lily Craven cover) in The Secret Garden with  Birmingham’s Red Mountain Theatre Company.

Ukrainian-born soprano Antonina Chehovska Antonina Chekhovskaya
Ukrainian-born soprano Antonina Chehovska won first prize in the Gerda Lissner International Competition and Grand Prize from the George London Foundation and the Cooper-Bing Competition. She received a Schuyler Foundation Career Bridges Grant, a Bel Canto vocal scholarship, and won the Czech and Slovak International Voice Competition and the Michigan District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Antonina performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Dexter Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Resurrection with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Verdi’s Manzoni Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Dvoràk’s Stabat Mater, and Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder. She will debut with the New York Festival of Song and sing Micaela with Opera Columbus. She holds master’s degrees in performance and conducting from the University of Michigan.

Tenor Yang Chen Yang Chen
Tenor Yang Chen is a second-year master's degree candidate at the Manhattan School of Music. At MSM he has appeared in Macbeth and Die Zauberflöte. His roles include Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando) and scenes from La Traviata (Alfredo), Carmen (Don Jose), and La Bohème (Rodolfo). He is a graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

Nenad Čiča, tenor Nenad Cica
Nenad Čiča, tenor, was born in Split, Serbia. He graduated from the  Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade. He has been a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation, the Serbian Military Symphony Orchestra, and the Choir of the Faculty of Music Arts, among others. Nenad won the Lazar Jovanovic and Petar Konjovic competitions. In 2011 he debuted as Leandro in Salieri's Angiolina at Festival OperOderspreein Germany and at the National Theatre of Belgrade in Aida.  Other roles include: Licinius (In Hoc Signo - world premiere), Steersman, Ismaele, Lensky, Tesla, and Emperor (Melancholic Dreams of Count Sava Vladislavic - world premiere), Narraboth, Alfredo, the Duke of Mantua, and Luigi.

Evanivaldo Correa Serrano, tenor Evanivaldo Correa Serrano
Evanivaldo Correa Serrano, tenor, began his voice studies in Mexico City at the Escuela Superior de Musica del INBA, in SIVAM, the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and the Scuola dell`Opera Italiana in Bologna, Italy. In 2010 he won first prize in Las Mejores Voces del Bel Canto. He participated in Palm Beach Opera’s young artists program in 2010-12.

Brazilian soprano Carla Cottini Carla Cottini
Brazilian soprano Carla Cottini received her master’s degree from the Joaquin Rodrigo Conservatory of Music in Valencia, Spain, where she sang the roles of Gretel, Armida, and Susanna. Winner of the New Talent Award from the Maria Callas singing competition in Brazil, she debuted in Sāo Paulo as Ida in Die Fledermaus. Other roles include Norina, Crobyle in Thais, and Musetta. Carla also performs in jazz dance, classical ballet, and musical comedy.

Matheus Coura, tenor Matheus Coura
Brazilian-American tenor Matheus Coura is a graduate of the University of North Florida School of Music. His recent performance highlights include Raoul de Gardefeu in Offenbach’s La Vie parisienne and cabaret performances with First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, Florida. He has appeared as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah,  Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, and many of J. S. Bach’s cantatas with the UNF chorale and orchestra. In chamber music, Matheus performed Fauré’s La bonne chanson with string quintet and in Messiaen’s La Mort du nombre. This fall, he will begin his graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Fanyong Du, lyric tenor Fanyong Du
Fanyong Du, lyric tenor, is currently in the Professional Studies Program at the Mannes College of Music. He lived in Ukraine from 2003 to 2013 and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Odessa State Academy. Fanyong’s operatic roles include Gaspar in La Favorita and Lensky in Eugene Onegin, and he was a soloist in Rossini's Stabat mater. Recently he covered Malcolm in Macbeth (Bloch) at the Manhattan School of Music. His last opera role was Nemorino in a 2015 Mannes production. He has also performed in recitals, concerts, and galas in Italy, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, and China.


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