Nine Lindemann Young Artists return to the program to continue their training

New York, NY (July 12, 2017) – Beginning in the 2017-18 season, the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program welcomes five new young artists into the acclaimed program established by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine in 1980. Along with the returning nine participants, the program will train a new generation of artists, including opera singers, coaches, and pianists. The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, named after Mr. and Mrs. George Lindemann in recognition for their generous support, was founded to help young artists transition to careers in opera. Since then, 173 artists have graduated the program with notable alumni including Stephanie Blythe, Christine Goerke, Nathan Gunn, Mariusz Kwiecien, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Dawn Upshaw. The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program is considered one of the most prestigious programs for artists because of the quality and scope of resources available to its participants.

This year’s participants starting the program include Kidon Choi, baritone, (Seoul, South Korea); Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano, (Ajax, Canada); Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, soprano, (Meriden, CT); Nate Raskin, pianist/coach, (Boston, MA); and Adrian Timpau, baritone, (Chisinau, Moldova). The roster of young artists returning to the program are Michelle Bradley, soprano, (Versailles, KY); Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano, (Sousse, Tunisia), Zalman Kelber, coach/pianist, (New York, NY); Ian Koziara, tenor, (Chicago, IL); David Leigh, bass, (New York, NY); Petr Nekoranec, tenor, (Nové Dvory, Czech Republic); Hyesang Park, soprano, (Seoul, South Korea); Valeriya Polunina, coach/pianist, (Tashkent, Uzbekistan); and Kang Wang, tenor, (Harbin, China).

Along with access to daily rehearsals and advanced studies, singers are presented with the unique opportunity to perform on the Met’s stage and serve as covers for featured artists. Pianists are considered for assistant conductor duties on the company’s music staff. During the 2017-18 season, all returning young artists will be featured in the following productions: Bradley will sing Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma; Chaieb will sing Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Lola in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and Laura in Verdi’s Luisa Miller; Koziara will sing Enrique in Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel and the Fourth Esquire in Wagner’s Parsifal; Leigh will sing le Surintendant in Massenet’s Cendrillon; Nekoranec will sing the Third Esquire in Parsifal and le Doyen in Cendrillon; Park will sing Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel; Wang will sing Mitrane in Rossini’s Semiramide; Polunina will be on the music staff of Puccini’s La Bohème; and Kelber will be on the music staff of The Exterminating Angel. First year artist Choi will also sing Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly during the upcoming season.


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