Nine Young Artists Join the Program This Season

Six Lindemann Young Artists Return to the Program to Continue Their Training

New York – Matthew Rose has been appointed as the Artistic Consultant to the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the company’s elite program for artists on the cusp of international opera careers. An acclaimed bass, Matthew Rose has sung at leading opera houses around the world, including the Met, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and English National Opera. He is an advisory member of the Mahler Foundation and has coached young singers at the National Opera Studio and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program. In his new role, he will work closely with the new director of the program, Sophie Joyce, to implement a series of one-on-one and group coaching sessions, as well as master classes.

Yannick Nézet‐Séguin, the Met’s incoming Jeannette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, said, “One of the things I’m most looking forward to at the Met is the opportunity to nurture exceptional new talents in the opera world. The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program is central to that, and I’m excited to work with Sophie Joyce and Matthew Rose in shaping the future of the great singers of tomorrow.”

Ms. Joyce said, “As I take up my new role at the Met, I’m so pleased Matthew Rose will be joining our team. His insights and experience working at the highest level of the profession will be invaluable to the Lindemann artists as we help them navigate the early stages of their careers. I am excited to start work with these inspirational young artists.”

Matthew Rose said, “As a student studying singing in Philadelphia, I was able to attend opera performances at the Met, introducing me to great opera, great singing, and great orchestral playing. So it is with much joy that I take on this position with the Lindemann Young Artist Development program. Enabling the next generation of singers is very important to me and to do it at the world’s leading opera house is an honor beyond measure.”

Beginning in the 2018‐19 season, the Met welcomes nine new young artists into the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. They join six returning participants receiving specialized training in music, language, dramatic coaching, and movement from the Met’s own artistic staff and invited master teachers. The Met recently announced that Sophie Joyce has been appointed the new Director of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. For ten years until 2016 she worked at English National Opera (ENO), where she was Head of Casting, and Director of the ENO Harewood Artist Program. She had earlier been Administrator of the company’s Young Singers Program and Assistant Company Manager. In her new position, Ms. Joyce will report to the Met’s Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and to Diane Zola, the incoming Assistant General Manager who will be heading the Met’s artistic administration.

The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, named after Mr. and Mrs. George Lindemann in recognition of their generous support, was founded in 1980 to help young artists transition to careers in opera. Since then, 181 artists have graduated from the program, with notable alumni including Stephanie Blythe, Christine Goerke, Nathan Gunn, Mariusz Kwiecien, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Dawn Upshaw. The program is considered one of the most prestigious of its kind because of the quality and scope of resources it makes available to the young singers, coaches, and pianists.

This year’s participants starting the program are Mario Bahg, tenor, (Busan, South Korea); Jessica Faselt, soprano, (Iowa City, Iowa); Derrick Goff, coach/pianist, (Charlotte, North Carolina); Megan Grey, mezzo-soprano, (Cedar Falls, Iowa); Leah Hawkins, soprano, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Brian Michael Moore, tenor, (Cincinnati, Ohio); Katelan Terrell, coach/pianist, (Fort Worth, Texas); Arseny Yakovlev, tenor, (Moscow, Russia); and Meigui Zhang, soprano, (Chengdu, China).

The roster of young artists returning to the program are Kidon Choi, Baritone, (Seoul, South Korea); Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano, (Toronto, Canada), Ian Koziara, tenor, (Chicago, Illinois); Nate Raskin, coach/pianist, (Boston, Massachusetts); Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, soprano, (Meriden, Connecticut); and Adrian Timpau, baritone, (Chisinau, Moldova).

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 2018‐19 season, all returning young artists and several incoming artists will be featured in the following productions: Choi will sing José Castro in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and the Herald in Verdi’s Otello; D’Angelo will sing the Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Suor Mathilde in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites; Faselt will sing the Novice in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Helmwige in Wagner’s Die Walküre; Hawkins will sing the Alms Collector in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and the High Priestess in Verdi’s Aida; Koziara will sing the roles of Postiglione in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, Derek in Muhly’s Marnie, and the First Armed Man in Mozart’s The Magic Flute; Moore will sing the Song Seller in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and the Second Priest in Mozart’s The Magic Flute; Raskin will be on the music staff for Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Siegfried; Reyes de Ramírez will sing the High Priestess in Verdi’s Aida, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and the First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute; Timpau will sing Larkens in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and Moralès in Bizet’s Carmen; Yakovlev will sing the Messenger in Verdi’s Aida.

 

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