THE FLORENTINE NAMES FOUR 2013-2014 STUDIO ARTISTS
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin—June 11, 2013—The Florentine Opera Company has selected Julie Tabash (soprano) of St. Louis, MO; Erin Gonzalez (mezzo-soprano) of Danville, CA; Aaron Short (tenor) of Kansas City, MO; and Pablo Siquieros (baritone) of San Diego, CA, as Studio Artists for the Florentine Opera Company’s 2013-2014 season.
Approximately 200 aspiring opera singers audition for the Florentine Opera Company’s four Studio positions. From September through May or each year, the Florentine Opera Studio Program offers a residency for four singers beginning their professional careers, providing stage experience and training essential to their career development.
“I am delighted that this sixth class of exceptional artists will join the Florentine for the 80th Anniversary 2013-2014 season as Studio Artists as we continue this important professional development initiative,” notes General Director William Florescu. “We are happy to welcome soprano Julie Tabash, mezzo-soprano Erin Gonzalez, tenor Aaron Short, and baritone Pablo Siqueiros, all of whom bring a wealth of career potential to the Florentine. These young artists are representative of the exciting talent that is in the field today. The Florentine’s artistic team looks forward to helping these artists achieve their career goals during the coming season.”
The 2013-2014 Studio Artists will sing supporting and comprimario roles during each of the Florentine Opera’s mainstage performances; Verdi’s La Traviata, Handel’s Julius Caesar, and Puccini’s La Bohème. They will also serenade audiences with classic Italian songs in their own concert, Festa Fiorentina, on February 14, 15, and 16, 2014 (Valentine’s Day Weekend).
A major focus of the Studio Artist Program will be to bring the Florentine’s 2013-2014 season children’s touring opera program, Pinocchio, to over 50 schools and community venues throughout southeastern Wisconsin. In addition to educational programs for younger students, the Studio Artists will also be featured in programs targeting older students.
Through the generous support of the Getty Foundation’s Building Opera Audiences grant program, the Studio Artists will also appear in the brand new @ the Center concert series. The Studio Artists will participate in four (4) in-studio concerts (with Friday and Saturday evening performances) featuring a variety of repertoire, including selections from the 80th Anniversary Season, as well as opera classics, cabaret hits, and holiday songs. For more information on the @ the Center series, see www.florentineopera.org.
ABOUT THE 2013-2014 STUDIO ARTISTS:
Julie Tabash ~ Soprano
Having recently received her Master of
Music degree from Northwestern University, Julie Tabash is thrilled to now be
joining the Florentine Opera Studio for its 2013-2014 season. Recent performances
include Così fan tutte (Despina), A Little Night Music (Anne Egerman), and
solo performances for both musical theater reviews and concerts featuring the
music of Giusseppe Verdi with the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan’s
Upper Peninsula. Other performances include the Chicago premiere of Ricky Ian
Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath (Rosasharn),
the world stage premiere of the opera-oratorio Reagan’s Children (Maureen Reagan), as well as Albert Herring (Miss Wordsworth) and The Magic Flute (Papagena). Recent non-operatic performances
include J.S. Bach’s Magnificat
(soprano soloist), and a series of concerts with the Chicago-based recital
group (no tiny birds) led by Mr. Alan
Darling. She is happy to have been a two-time finalist and one-time winner of
Northwestern University’s Concerto and Aria Competition, as well as the
recipient of three alumni scholarships from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’
Erin Gonzalez ~ Mezzo-Soprano
California native, Erin Gonzalez has performed with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera Las Vegas, Nevada Opera Theatre, Eastman Opera Theatre, and Opera Chapman. Role highlights include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), La Infermiera (Suor Angelica), Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Nancy (Albert Herring) and Third Spirit (Die Zauberflöte). Erin has been featured with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival as the mezzo soloist for Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and covered the role of Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the American Landmark Festivals. She received a Bachelor of Music from Chapman University Conservatory of Music and Master of Music from Eastman School of Music, both in Vocal Performance and Literature. She is a winner of the Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition, Opera 100 Scholarship Competition, Chapman Concerto Competition, and recipient of the Bramledge Opera Award and Robert Kuntz Scholarship for outstanding opera achievement. Ms. Gonzalez will spend the summer of 2013 with the Los Angeles-based OperaWorks as an Advanced Artist.
Aaron Short ~ Tenor
Tenor Aaron Short, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is a graduate of Wichita State University, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance, and of Manhattan School of Music, where he recently received his Masters of Music degree in Voice Performance. Mr. Short recently portrayed the role of Jimmy Mahoney in Manhattan School of Music’s production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, for which he received praise from the New York Times for the “lightness of color but confidant solidity” in his singing as well as his “simultaneously subtle and shattering” performance. Other credits in opera include The Ghosts of Versailles (Bégearss), Thaïs (Nicias), Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo), and the title role in Faust with the Manhattan School of Music, as well as Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), Così fan tutte (Ferrando) and the title role in Albert Herring with Wichita State University. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Short was a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, and he attended both Opera in the Ozarks, performing in Manon (Des Grieux), as well as Lyric Opera Studio Weimar performing in Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio). Mr. Short was the recipient of the Singer of the Year award at the NATS Regional Competition in 2010, and was a two-time finalist at the Naftzger Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2013, Aaron will be an Apprentice Artist with Chautauqua Opera, where he will cover the title role in Peter Grimes and sing Bardolf in Falstaff.
Pablo Siquieros ~ Baritone
Baritone Pablo Siqueiros joins the Florentine Opera as a Studio Artist for the 2013-2014 season. As a Studio Artist, he will perform the roles of Barone Douphol in La Traviata, Curio in Giulio Cesare in Egitto, and Customs Sergeant in La Bohème. Prior to his residence with Florentine Opera, the San Diego native attained his Bachelor of Music Degree from San Diego State University, where his passion for opera began. While at SDSU, he performed the roles of Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief and Ko-Ko in The Mikado. Additionally, he participated as a Young Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, where he performed the roles of Hermann in The Tales of Hoffman, and Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Siqueiros sang the title role in Don Giovanni with Bay View Music Festival. In 2011 he participated in the Los Angeles-based OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program under the direction of Ann Baltz. Mr. Siqueiros has received awards from the Virginia Hawk Vocal Scholarship Competition, NATS San Diego Chapter Auditions, and SDSU Symphony Orchestra Soloist Competition. He is a recent graduate with his Master of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he performed the roles of Interpreter/2nd Doctor in Daron Hagen’s Amelia, Silvester in Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, Sprecher in Die Zauberﬂöte.
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ABOUT THE FLORENTINE OPERA COMPANY
The Florentine Opera Company’s productions reflect the highest musical and theatrical standards, while supporting community and educational programs. As a leader in Wisconsin's art community and the nation’s sixth-oldest opera company, the Florentine Opera seeks to establish a significant presence in the cultural, educational and civic life of the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Audiences enjoy beautiful main stage productions that include first-rate vocal artistry brought to life by established and emerging international, national and local opera stars. With a foundation of fiscal responsibility, the company continues to grow its artistic and educational programs. Through its outreach and in-school educational programming, the Florentine provides vital arts education experiences for children, nurtures new audiences, and expands cultural horizons for the next generation. The Florentine Opera is a cornerstone member organization of the United Performing Arts Fund and receives funds from Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin, as well as support from corporations, foundations and individuals. The Florentine Opera Company is a member of Opera America.