The opera world is small to begin with, but lately it seems like Madison Opera artists are in the news every day. Here’s an update on some recent Madison Opera singers (and conductors, and composers) making headlines:
- Bradley Garvin (The Flying Dutchman, 2010) will sing the role of the Animal Trainer in Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera, opening this weekend.
- Mr. Garvin replaced David Pittsinger (Faust, 2009) in the role, who has also had an exciting season at the Met. He was most recently seen as the ghost of Hamlet’s father in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet, broadcast nationally as part of the Met Live in HD Series. Mr. Pittsinger continues his run in South Pacific on Broadway as well.
- Susanna Phillips (La boheme, 2007) was just named the Beverly Sills Award Winner by the Metropolitan Opera.
- Katharine Goeldner (Carmen, 2009) will reprise her seductive performance in the title role of Carmen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in October 2010.
- Jill Gardner (Faust, 2009) will perform the title role in Tosca with the Boston Lyric Opera in November 2010.
- Caroline Worra (The Turn of the Screw, 2010) will perform the title role in Agrippina with the Boston Lyric Opera in 2011.
- Tenor David Lomeli (Faust, 2009) makes his New York City Opera debut as Nemorino in The Elixir of Love in the spring of 2011.
- Tenor Stephen Costello (Rigoletto, 2006) is currently receiving rave reviews for his performance as Greenhorn in the world premiere of Moby Dick at Dallas Opera.
- Soprano Nicole Cabell (The Magic Flute, 2006) recently performed the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Musetta in La boheme at the Metropolitan Opera.
- Conductor Leonardo Vordoni, who made his U.S. debut conducting Madama Butterfly in 2008 with Madison Opera, recently made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut with The Marriage of Figaro, followed by performances of Moses in Egypt with Chicago Opera Theater.
- Shining Brow (1993) composer Daron Aric Hagen will have his opera Amelia premiered at Seattle Opera this month.
Of course, the list could easily go on. So many wonderful singers who have worked with Madison Opera continue to do exciting, exceptional work around the world. Do you have a favorite Madison Opera artist you’d like us to check in on?