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Praised by KC Metropolis for her “nuanced acting”, “fine dancing skills”, and "sublime singing", Ellen Hinkle is quickly establishing herself as a versatile artist and a young performer to watch. Ellen has performed with companies such as Winter Opera Saint Louis, Gateway Opera, Midwest Institute of Opera, and Opera Breve. In 2015 Ellen was featured in Marble City Opera’s rendition of La Femme Bohème where she fulfilled a life long dream of playing a man! Ellen is a self-proclaimed foodie and a lover of all beer, chocolate, and cheese. In her spare time she enjoys camping, cooking, DIY, and playing her N64! www.ellenhinklesoprano.com
With over 20 roles in her performance repertoire, Samantha, soprano, delivers a rich and powerful sound in the opera, concert, & musical theatre genres. Highlights include portrayals as Gilda (Rigoletto), Musetta (La bohème), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Liat (South Pacific), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Tuptim (The King and I), & Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). When Samantha is not performing, she maintains her “Fit4Life” lifestyle as a Certified Scuba Diver, Muay Thai fighter, active softball player & swimmer, a huge yoga enthusiast, & an Executive Area Manager with Arbonne International where she is helping many to get healthy and wealthy. www.samanthageraciyee.com. www.samanthageraciyee.arbonne.com
Soprano Heather McConnell is a dynamic young artist currently pursuing her Master of Music in Voice Performance at Temple University, having recently received her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Gettysburg College. Heather’s latest opera credits include Dido & Aeneas (Dido) & The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel). A versatile performer, Heather has also appeared in a wide variety of theatre, most recently How to Succeed… (Miss Jones), Into the Woods (Cinderella), a reading of In the Next Room… (Catherine Givings), & The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marguerite). In addition to performance, Heather’s strong background in academia has earned her the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award & a Mellon Summer Scholar Grant for her article, “And if any would meddle of my cause: Anne Boleyn, Music, & Sexism.”
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Arizona native Alyssa Click is pursuing her M.M. in Opera Performance at the Boston Conservatory ('18). She holds a B.M. in Voice Performance with an Opera focus from Northern Arizona University ('16). A few of her favorite roles have been Anna (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Lois Lane (Kiss Me, Kate!), and Roxie Hart (Chicago). She also enjoys having been music director and choreographer for multiple shows and events. Off stage, her aspirations include reading good books, exploring Boston, and becoming the best cat mom photographer for her two furbabies, Fortissimo and Smalls! Other life goals include throwing glitter for a living and learning how to get an even winged liner. www.alyssaclicksoprano.com
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Baritone Isaiah Feken, currently pursuing his DMA in voice performance at the University of Georgia, is in the beginning stages of establishing himself on both operatic and musical theater stages across the US. His repertoire includes the title roles in Gianni Schicchi and Don Giovanni, as well as Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Count Danilo in The Merry Widow, and an upcoming engagement as Ford in Falstaff. Isaiah made his professional debut with Pittsburgh Festival Opera in 2016 as Fred Graham in Kiss me Kate! to rave reviews. Isaiah is the proud owner of a Labrador-Doberman-Great Dane mix Korra who is both better at singing and better looking.
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Kirsten is an active performer who’s been hailed as having a “beautiful operatic voice” with “fiery dark tones,” as well as being “infectiously vivacious” onstage. She has an extremely supportive husband, as well as two wonderful dogs that model for her knitting projects. Her favorite roles include Mimì, Rosalinde, Lisa (Pique Dame), Donna Elvira, and the Witch (Hansel & Gretel). She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut, and has recordings collected at the Library of Congress, the Merkel Area Museum, and NMAI at the Smithsonian Institution, where she is on the list of Classical Native Artists and Musicians. She enjoys creating roles in new operas with The Philadelphia Opera Collective every year. www.kirstenckunkle.com
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Soprano Phoebe Gildea has been praised for her vibrant voice, honest acting, and engaging stage presence. She's performed with companies including Eugene Opera, Cascadia Concert Opera, and the Astoria Music Festival, among others. In addition to opera, she's recently branched out to create her own solo concerts on themes such as art song by American composers, walking the line between opera and musical theater, and Halloween music, her favorite holiday. Off stage, Phoebe is passionate about reading, fitness for health and happiness, crocheting, and craft beer. She's thrilled to share Modern Singer with the world because singers need more resources and information about the music career. www.phoebegildea.com
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Kathie Kane, #thehipstermezzo, recently graduated summa cum laude from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a B.M. in Music Performance. Her previous credits include Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Lazuli (L’Etoile), and Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte). She premiered the role of Nate in The Fox and the Pomegranate, and commissioned Wilde Songs by the composer, Matt Frey, for her senior recital. When she’s not singing, she enjoys reading (high fantasy, nonfiction, poetry), playing Skyrim, and finding good, cheap wine. She will attend the Eastman School of Music to obtain an M.M. in Voice Performance and Literature. www.kathiekane.com
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Malinda hails from Spokane, Washington. She is currently pursuing her B.M. in Vocal Performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Favorite roles include Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Malinda loves to cook, study foreign languages, and play with her dog.
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Colorfully diverse and Twin Cities-based soprano, Tara Priolo, is currently collaborating on and creating a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire. Most recently Tara collaborated with many Twin Cities-area community performers on “My Refuge is Humanity,” a benefit concert for refugees. She participated in the inaugural tour of drip project, and performs with Vox Nova Chorale and Exultate Chamber Choir. A native of Omaha, NE, Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Luther College and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from UMD. www.dripproject.weebly.com
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Buga Marija Šimić is a Croatian soprano who recently graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, and is currently obtaining her MA in opera performance at the Bern Univeristy of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland. She's performed in student productions of Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna) and Il matrimonio segreto (Elisetta) and will be making her professional debut as Arbate in Theater Orchester Biel-Solothurn's production of Mitridate, re di Ponto. Besides opera, Buga is obsessed with musicals and secretly gives performances of Legally Blonde in her car. She also loves food, books, Netflix and, as of recently, running. www.bugamarija.wixsite.com
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Named Fine Arts Scholar by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Victoria Lawal has been seen across the United States and abroad as a soprano soloist and educator. Under the tutelage of Ms. Penelope Bitzas at Boston University, The young soprano, has made appearances as Marzelline (Fidelio), Emily (Our Town) and La Princesse in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges. After a summer at Songfest as a Young Artist, Ms. Lawal looks forward to presenting a new song cycle this spring featuring her original poetry. Victoria's favorite off-stage activities include yoga, vegetarian cooking, searching for vintage clothes and aggressively affirming her friends.
Sydney Roslin, a self-proclaimed music geek, joined the Modern Singer team in April of 2017. She is currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University where she is pursuing a dual degree in Vocal Performance and Creative Writing. You can usually find her with a song stuck in her head and a story half-finished on her laptop. She is excited to write for and connect with the opera community!
Laura, soprano, has been a writer for Modern Singer since 2016. She originally hails from outside Albany, NY. Laura holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She is currently pursuing her Master's of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where she studies with Eric Rieger. She has most recently been seen as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Theatre of Montclair in Montclair, NJ and Gerhilde in scenes from Wagner's Die Walküre with Westminster Choir College's Opera Workshop. When Laura’s not on stage, enjoys traveling, reading, pizza, baking, checking out new memes, and laughing until her sides hurt.
Candice is a dramatic soprano and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native. She recently moved to New York City where she is adjusting to big city life. Candice has been following Modern Singer for some time and is excited to contribute to the opera community. She is a fan of theology books, long walks in nature, coffee, cats, and Anthony Bourdain. Her favorite flavor of seltzer water is orange, and her favorite band is, and will always be, Bon Jovi.
Texas based singer, Cassie Kutev, has delved into the roles of Carmen, Cherubino, Third Lady, and Third Spirit. When she is not splitting hairs over every vowel sound in the practice room and performing, she is the referee of twin daughters. Cassie spends her free time being a fake chef on instagram, making memes, and writing for Modern Singer Magazine.
Atlanta soprano, Michelle Jarrell, lauded as having “the voice of a ballerina,” is an active concert and oratorio soloist recently engaged with orchestras from North Carolina to Florida. This fall of 2017, she looks forward to her Tennessee debut with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. Michelle earned her BA in Communications from the University of South Carolina, her BA and MM in Voice Performance from Converse College, and is a former Resident Artist of Opera Carolina. She is on the faculty of South Georgia State College and Savannah Technical Colleges. In her spare time enjoys running, sunning, and planning her next Island getaway. www.MichelleJarrell.com
Katherine Sullivan, Soprano, is a Boston based Soprano, and has been writing for Modern Singer since the summer of 2016. She has most recently been seen singing the Queen of the Night, Gretel, and covering the roles of Marzelline and Clorinda. She studied voice at Ithaca College and Westminster Choir College. When not on stage, Katherine enjoys reading classic literature, watching movies and baking.www.katherinesullivan.net
Soprano Casey Corvino grew up surrounded by the green mountains of Vermont. Having obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Manhattanville College, she is now pursuing her Master of Music in Opera Performance at Rutgers University. Casey has been hailed as a “German voice with Italian color” and was recipient of the Brian Lethbridge Vocal Award for Outstanding Achievement and co-winner of the Arlene Kaplan Competition. She is a lover of style, organization, and tea! Other hobbies include obsessing over her Kate Spade day planner, talking to her cat, and living in fear of augmented sixth chords. www.caseymcorvino.com
Alberto Bonifazio is an Italian pianist and baritone. He has completed his Master’s degree in Piano Performance from Genoa Conservatory, summa cum laude, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Opera at Genoa Conservatory. He has won several international piano and opera competitions. Apart from music, Alberto always shifts towards trying and learning new things: he enjoys writing, reading, cooking, drawing and learning languages, while also passionate about science, astronomy, technology, and motoring.
Brennan Martinez is a mezzo-soprano originally from Austin, TX. She received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Recent credits include: Dark Sisters, The Magic Flute, Nine, The Coronation of Poppea, Suor Angelica, Street Scene (OK Opera Music Theatre Co), Carmen, Evita (Bay View Music Festival), and Into the Woods (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival). She was also a part of the closing night ensemble of "Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway" in November 2016. Off stage, Brennan enjoys cooking, baking, making dubsmashes, practicing yoga, and traveling.
Andrea Hansen, Soprano, is a direct descendant of Brünnhilde and proudly wears the stereotypical opera horns. When she is not slicing through villains with her bat'leth, she is slicing through the orchestra with her mighty squillo. Andrea laughs in the face of danger and intimidating madness arias, and defeats tenors and baritones alike with her battle stance and breath support. In her free time, Andrea enjoys climbing mountains in the company of bears and cougars, scaring small children with her Cruella deVil cosplay, and snuggling with her kitty.
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Belinda received her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University and both her Master's degree in Opera Performance and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University. She has performed with the Arizona Opera, Repertory Opera Company, Celestial Opera Company, Lyric Opera Theatre at ASU, and Boston University Opera Institute. In addition to writing and editing for Modern Singer, she also has a handful of published writings focused on vocal technique. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs. www.belindapaige.com
Rachel Daly, soprano, frequently appears in fully staged and concert versions of operas throughout the Philadelphia, PA area. Her diverse resume also includes roles in theatre and film as well as directing, publicity, and costume department credits. She holds a B.A. in history from Penn State. When not on stage, Rachel enjoys taking road trips to cities and states she has never seen before. www.racheldalysoprano.com
Romanian-American soprano Esther Tonea has performed various concerts and recitals across the United States, Canada, and Europe, namely with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Opera Theatre, University of Georgia Opera Theatre, American Institute of Musical Studies, and the International Vocal Arts Institute. Esther combines her passions for travel, language learning, and music by participating in competitions and programs across the globe. In her spare time, Esther explores new baking recipes and obsesses over puppy pictures. She holds two undergraduate degrees in Cello and Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia and is currently working on her Masters in Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. www.esthertonea.com
Camilla completed her undergraduate degree in Sacred Music with vocal emphasis at Florida State University. She currently works in IT and finds herself repeatedly asking "have you tried turning it off and on again?" and cracking Java installation jokes when her coworkers refill their coffee mugs. By night she channels her love of music, travelling, and writing into proofreading and editing for Modern Singer and writing a personal blog, FibroSpinnung. Camilla also has insatiable wanderlust, loves to laugh, never says no to chocolate, has a passion for languages, and is convinced that a cup of tea can improve just about any situation.
Bryan's approach to videography comes from a lifelong love affair with storytelling. His professional experience grew out of his own performance career playing piano and singing in pop and rock bands as well as opera companies. He has produced and filmed award winning short films, documentaries, music videos, artist bios, orchestra concerts, dance recitals, political protests, lectures, and taught student film production classes. www.bryandahl.wix.com/portfolio
Rachael is a mezzo-soprano and graphic designer based out of Kansas City. She loves to help her fellow singers improve their audition portfolios, offering services from resume editing to headshot retouching to website design. She is currently on roster with several professional choral groups across the country, and maintains an active opera presence, most recently performing as Nancy in ALBERT HERRING with Opera Breve in Wichita Falls, TX, and as the title role in LA CENERENTOLA with the Midwest Institute of Opera in Bloomington, IL. For more information, please visit www.rachaelcolmandesigns.com and www.rachaelcolman.com.
Jenny is known as "a singer with something to say". As an active performer, budding entrepreneur, and Beachbody Coach, she has found balance with her love for performing, her zest for health and fitness, and her drive to help others. Sexi Soprano was born out of her passion for guiding young singers and to give them the support they need to feel confident and successful. Jenny is also the founder and CEO of Beauregard Arts Media, a company geared towards public relations and career consultation. Jenny loves to meet new people, read, work out, watch her favorite tv show "Friends" and hang out with her dog Chandler. She is inspired every day by the creative team and is continually looking forward to the future of the magazine.