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WITH A VOCAL QUALITY DESCRIBED AS "STUNNING . . . with a striking brightness that thrills" (Opera Today), American baritone Shea Owens is quickly gaining a reputation as a confident and charismatic performer. In the 2017-2018 season Mr. Owens will perform Marcello in La Bohème at Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland, Charlie in Three Decembers opposite Frederica von Stade with Livermore Valley Opera, and Carmina Burana with the Altoona Symphony in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Owens’ 2016-2017 season saw a return to Europe, performing Marcello in La bohème with the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Switzerland, the role of Egisto in Vittorio Gnecchi’s rarely heard opera Cassandra with Teatro Gratticielo in New York City, and the role of Kynaston in Carlisle Floyd’s The Prince of Players with the Little Opera Theatre of New York. In the summer of 2017, Shea Owens returned to Wolf Trap Opera as the title role in John Musto’s Bastianello and Pacuvio in Rossini’s La pietra del paragone.
His 2015-16 season included his European debut as Colonel Ricci in Sondheim’s Passion with Natalie Dessay at Théâtre du Châtelet, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia with Wolf Trap Opera, a return to Utah Opera for his role debut as Cascada in The Merry Widow, as well as a duo recital with Dina Kuznetsova entitled “From Russia to Riverside Drive: Rachmaninoff and Friends” under the auspices of the New York Festival of Song and New York Philharmonic.
In addition to operatic and concert work, Mr. Owens also enjoys doing community outreach. He performed hundreds of shows for school children as a young artist with Utah Opera from 2012-2014. One of his most memorable outreach concerts was in 2016 in collaboration with Wolf Trap Opera and Taffity Punk Theater Company in order to raise awareness about violence against women.Learn more at Sheaowens.com
Amy Owens began the summer 2017 season creating the title role in David Hanlon's Listen, Wilhelmina! with Wolf Trap Opera, after which she was called on two weeks' notice to step into the belated U.S. premiere of Milhaud's La mère coupable with On Site Opera in New York City. She received great acclaim for her interpretation of the role of Florestine, noted for her "impressive accuracy and thrilling high notes" (B. Hodges, Musical America) and "gleaming coloratura" (R. Sasanow, Broadway World), rendering her "the cast standout" (S. Evans, Bachtrack). In July 2017, Ms. Owens joined the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana: "with spot-on intonation and a pretty, virginal tone she was a sensation" (C. Downey, Washington Classical Review).Learn more at Amyowenssoprano.com
Soprano Maite Alberola was born in 1982 in Valencia, and studied singing at the Conservatory of Valencia. She has participated in several competitions, winning the 2nd prize in the National Competition for Young Performers "Dolores Sendra" Pego, 1st prize and the voice of the future in the Competition "Ciudad de Logroño" special prize "Ana Maria Sanchez," along with other prizes in "Callosa d'en Sarria", 3rd prize at the International Singing Competition "Pedro Lavirgen" Priego de Córdoba, 1st prize in the "Mirna Lacambra" "La Escola d" Opera "of Sabadell, 2nd prize in the "Manuel Ausensi" of Barcelona, held at the "Gran Teatre del Liceu" and 3rd prize, prize zarzuela and Audience Award in the "Placido Domingo Operalia" Competition. She has also been awarded the "Teatro Campoamor" as singer revelation of the season 2008/09. Recently she was awarded the "Opera Actual" 2012.
Opera debut with Le nozze di Figaro (Sabadell). She has played roles as Le nozze di Figaro (Comtessa) Mozart, Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi), Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (Adina), La Sonnambula by Bellini (Lisa), and Mozart Bastiana Batian (Bastiana) Mozart, Il re pastore (Aminta)Mozart, Il tutore burlato Martin y Soler (Violante), I Pagliacci (Nedda), The Magic Flute (Pamina), Falstaff (Alice Ford) Verdi, The Tales of Hoffmann (Antonia), Iphigénie en Tauride ( Diana), and Orpheo ed Euricide (Eurydice), Romeo et Juliette (Juliette) Gounod, Don Giovanni (Dna Elvira) among others. She has also performed oratorio and cantata Carmina Burana by Carl Off, Fauré Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Britten's War Requiem.
She has performed in places such as the Palau de la Música in Valencia, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro de La Coruña, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo, Priego de Cordoba, Teatro la Farandula in Sabadell, Teatro Real in Madrid, Auditorio Padre Soler in Leganes, Theatre Les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Zagreb Theatre, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, among others. She recently worked with the following conductors: Lorin Mazzel, Placido Domingo, Fabio Luisi,
In season 2011/12, made her debut at the National Auditorium in Madrid with the ONE, debuted at the Berlin Stattsoper in "The Magic Flute" by Mozart (Pamina), repeated in the Gran Teatre del Liceu production "Le nozze di Figaro" Mozart (Comtessa), and debuted on the character of Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" in "Carlo Felice" Genoa which repeat during the same season " Catalunya Opera "also sings for the first time the opera" Don Giovanni "by Mozart (Dna Elvira) in the" Teatro Principal of Maho "in Menorca.
Her discography includes the DVD "Katiuska", under the direction of E. Sagi, "Orfeo ed Euridice" production Fura Festival "Festival Castell de Peralada" and, most recently, a recording for Decca of "Romeo and Juliet" with Andrea Bocelli in a production of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, under the musical direction of Fabio Luisi. Also noteworthy is its participation in the "Placido Domingo Gala Anniversary" broadcast on TVE in 2011.
In the season 2012/2013 he made his debut as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata in "Catalunya Opera" and the Theatre "Carlo Felice" in Genoa, under the musical direction of Fabio Luisi and the stage director of Jean-Louis Grinda. During the same year he debuted singing Wagner in the Campoamor theater playing the goddess Freia in Das Rheingold opera.
In the season 2013/2014 highlight their debuts in Bilbao Spain in the role of Micaela in Bizet opera Carmen, sings two different productions of Puccini's opera La Boheme (Mimi) in Barcelona and Genoa and its debut in opera Home theater in Palma de Mallorca with Otello Verdi opera in the role of Desdemona. In August 2014 Alice plays the role of Verdi's opera Falstaff in the "Saito Kinen Festival".
In the following season 2014/2015 will sing for the first time in the theater "La Maestranza" in Seville the role of Dna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in "Cosi fan tutte" at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and debuted the role of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Teatro Real in Madrid under the stage direction of Woody Allen.
Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen is quickly gaining international recognition as one of the most outstanding voices of her generation. A winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the New York Times hailed her “gleaming voice, capped with big top notes”. She was also the first prize winner of the 2011 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, earning the top honors in both the opera and operetta categories. This season Ms. Willis-Sørensen returns to the Semperoper Dresden Ensemble to sing the roles of Mimi (La bohème), Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe), Fiordiligi (in a new production of Così fan tutte), and Diemut (Feuersnot). Additionally, she performs five Wagner concerts in Scandinavia with Bryn Terfel, appears as the soprano soloist in Mahler 2 with Chung and the Dresden Statskapelle, and in Beethoven 9 with Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale della Santa Cecilia.
Rebecca Pedersen is an up-and-coming opera singer, having become the second-youngest person to win the Metropolitan Opera competition in March 2013 while a sophomore at Brigham Young University. She stood out amidst a pool of 1,800 contestants. The New York Times wrote that she was "a precociously polished 21-year-old soprano who sounded particularly alluring." The Associated Press also praised her "polished technique and potent sound." She entered the competition for the learning experience of competing and the opportunity to sing on the Met stage.
At the time, Pedersen had been singing for only three years. She sang in her Utah high school choir her senior year but couldn’t sing alto because she is deaf in one ear. Her teacher put her in the soprano section, where he voice was too powerful for blending in a choir. Her teacher encouraged her to take voice lessons. Later, her mother took her to an opera performance at BYU featuring Fredrika Von Stade; her first exposure to opera. It changed her life and she started taking voice lessons.
Pedersen received numerous offers from agents and opera companies but she turned them down to continue studying at BYU under the tutelage of Darrell Babidge and Jennifer Welch-Babidge. She is also mentored by world-renowned mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, She has gone on to win the Licia-Albanese Puccini Vocal Competition in New York City, which included a cash prize and the opportunity to perform in the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
Tenor Christopher Oglesby makes his debut with the Utah Opera this season as the Michael and Vickie Callen Resident Artist where he will sing Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Blind in Die Fledermaus, and Parpignol in La bohème, while covering Greenhorn in Moby-Dick, Alfredo in Die Fledermaus, and studying Rodolfo in La bohème. He will also perform in Utah Opera’s educational touring productions and is eager to share a love of opera with students throughout Utah. He also makes his debut with the Utah Symphony as Alfredo from La traviata with Renée Fleming and is the tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah.
Previously, as an education artist at The Dallas Opera, he appeared in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne as Bastien, in addition to Don Giovanni in Davies’ The Three Little Pigs. An active soloist and recitalist, Mr. Oglesby recently performed with the Abilene Philharmonic, the Dallas Puccini Society, and Opera Diversitá. Other recent credits include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Box in Cox and Box with the Amalfi Coast Festival, University of North Texas, and Opera in Concert. He holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance, Choral Education, and Band Education from Lee University and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas.Learn more at Christopheroglesby.com/
Sarah Coit is a native of Spring Hill, FL. Her repertoire includes such roles as Nancy in Albert Herring, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, the title role in Giulio Cesare, and the Waitress in the World Premiere of Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight. In the summer of 2015, Sarah was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis where she covered Richard in the American Premiere of Handel’s Richard the Lionheart. She spent two years as a Resident Artist at Utah Opera where she sang the Shepherd, White Cat, and Squirrel in L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the Utah Symphony and performed the roles of Mercédès in Carmen and Zerlina in Don Giovanni on the mainstage.
As a member of the 2016 Apprentice Singer Program at the Santa Fe Opera, she covered the role of Erika in Barber's Vanessa. She was a 2017 National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and got a chance to compete on the Metropolitan Opera stage. In the summer of 2017, she returned to the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Singer, singing the role of Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor and covering the role of Laurene Powell Jobs in the World Premiere of Mason Bates' The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. She recently made her house and mainstage role debut as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro with Michigan Opera Theatre and was a George London Competition Finalist. In April, she will perform the role of Addison Moore in a workshop performance of John de los Santos and Clint Borzoni's The Copper Queen with Arizona Opera at Opera America in NYC. In the fall of 2018, she will be performing the role of Adonis in the World Premiere of Dan Visconti and Cerise Jacobs' "Interactive video game opera" PermaDeath in Boston. She will make her Seattle Opera debut in 2019 as Mercédès in Carmen. Sarah holds degrees in Music Studies and Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida and a Masters degree from the University of Michigan.Learn more at Sarahcoit.com