current young artists


Jeremy Boulton

Opernstudio at the Gärtnerplatz Theater, Munich

Australian baritone JEREMY BOULTON studied at the Opera School of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Maree Ryan AM. Masterclasses included those by Richard Bonynge AC, CBE; Jessica Pratt; Gerald Finley OC, CBE; Barbara Frittoli; Fabio Armiliato; Graham Pushee, and Graham Johnson OBE. In 2022, he was awarded the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the Nicole Car Prize at the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition, first prize at the Sydney International Song Prize, second prize in the Bel Canto Award from the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation and second prize in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship. He also has received support from the Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation's National Assistance Program and an Italian language merit scholarship to L'Università Per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy, through L'Istituto di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institute, Sydney). He joins the Opernstudio of the Gärtnerplatz Theatre in Munich for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons. His stage roles include Marcello in Puccini’s La bohéme, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Il Conte in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, among others.


Verena Kronbichler

Young Artist Programme, Deutsch Oper am Rhein

Born in Bruneck in South Tyrol, Mezzo-soprano VERENA KRONBICHLER achieved a bachelor’s degree in voice with Professors Karlheinz Hanser and KS Krassimira Stoyanova as well as in her studies in vocal pedagogy at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since October 2021, she has been studying in the master’s program in concert singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich in the class of KS Professor Christiane Iven. During her time in Vienna, Verena sang the Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Magic Flute,  Dorabellain in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel  and the role of Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn. In the 2022/23 season, she performed at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in the following roles:  Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti), Laudine’s Heart (Iwein Löwenritter by Eggert), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly by Puccini), and as A Young Babylonian (Hérodiade by Massenet).

South Korea

SangEup Son

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

South Korean tenor SANGEUP SON received his Bachelor’s degree from the Korea National University of Arts where he studied vocal performance. While a student, he sang roles in several opera productions including Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Verdi’s La Traviata. He is soon to begin the opera school programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and while there he will appear in opera productions and concert performances.


Karima El Demerdasch

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

After graduating with high honours with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the American University in Cairo, Egyptian-German mezzo soprano KARIMA EL DEMERDASCH began, in 2021, a Masters in Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. In her first year at Guildhall, she won the Susan Longfield Prize, an internal school competition for female singers. She has had several performances as a soloist in the Milton Court Concert Hall, including participation in a Russian song project led by Ian Burnside. She also has taken part in an opera workshop with composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad with whom she has worked and performed at St. Hilda’s College in Oxford. In April, she was a participant in the Georg Solti Accademia répétiteur course in Venice, and she will start, in September 2023, the Opera Course at Guildhall.


Joseph Parrish

Juilliard School

The American bass-baritone JOSEPH PARRISH, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from Baltimore School for the Arts in 2016 and subsequently obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati in 2020. He is a master’s student in Vocal Arts at The Juilliard School where he studies with Darrell Babidge. In addition, he is a Music Advancement Program Teaching Fellow and member of the inaugural cohort of Shared Voices with the Denyce Graves Foundation. He holds a master's degree from The Juilliard School. He has been seen as a soloist with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He currently is an artist diploma candidate in opera studies at The Juilliard School. Recent credits include winning first prize in the Gerda Lissner Art Song Vocal Competition and Young Concert Artists International Competition  and an encouragement award in the Duncan Williams Voice Competition, Sodbuster in Mazzoli's and Vavrek’s Proving Up, and a 2023 Schwab Vocal Rising Star residency at Caramoor.


Johannes Moore

Royal Academy of Music

British baritone JOHNANNES MOORE is a singer at the Royal Academy Opera Studio (RAM) in London. Supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, Countess of Munster and Elmely Foundation, he is the winner of the multiple competitions. His operatic roles include John Falstaff in Vaughan-Williams’ Sir John in Love, staged by the British Youth Orchestra, the title roles of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with the Edinburgh Studio Opera; and these roles with the Royal Academy Opera - Theseus in Britten’s Midsummer Nights Dream , Slook  in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio), Antonio and Il Conte (cover) in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Nick Shadow (cover) in Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress. As a soloist in oratorio, he has been involved in the Bach cantata series at RAM, conducted by Sir John Butt, Masaaki Suzuki, Iain Ledingham and Phillippe Herreweghe, He is a member of the Royal Academy’s Song Circle and was a young artist at Ludlow English Song Weekend. He recently performed with the “International Young Soloists’” on a concert tour across China and is part of the RAM’s Bicentenary project to record all of Wolf Goethe Lieder.


Inna Kalugina

Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot

Born in Ivano-Frankivsk in the Ukraine, Soprano INNA KALUGINA has, from a very young age, had an innate predisposition for singing and the stage. In 2011, she was admitted to the National Ukrainian Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kiev, and in 2017 she graduated with a Masters Degree in Opera Singing under the guidance of Irina Semenenko. Between 2017 and 2019 she also studied in Los Angeles at the University of California UCLA and in Austria with baritone Vladimir Chernov, subsequently joining his class at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. She pursued further vocal studies with Matthias Rexroth and Olga Pasichnyk at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and with Annick Massis at the Académie de la voix n Treilles in France. While in Kiev, Inna took an active part in the cultural life of the Music Academy by participating in numerous productions of the Opera Studio. Her debut role at the Lviv Opera was as La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.  In 2019, she performed the title-role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music. She has been the winner of the New Names of Ukraine competition and was granted a scholarship by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation for her charitable work and development of national culture. In 2022, she was awarded First Grand Prix Opera at the Concours International Georges Enesco in Paris.


Ihor Mostovoi

After his early musical studies in Ukraine, bass-baritone IHOR MOSTOVOI continued his education at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and at École Normale de Musique «Alfred Cortot» in Paris. He has appeared on the stages of Théâtre du Châtelet de Paris, Opéra National du Rhin, Opera de Lyon, Opéra Grand Avignon, as well as, other venues in Europe, Canada and Asia, including the World Premiere of Tang Poems with the iSing Festival (China, 2020). Recently, he incarnated the role of Tarquinius in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia with The Opera People Company in Singapore and made his United States debut with Philadelphia Orchestra and the iSing Festival at Alice Tully Hall in New York and in Philadelphia's Kimmel Hall. (December 2022 - January 2023). This spring and summer he will be a participant of the Opera for Peace Academy in Paris. In the 2023-2024 season, Ihor will be joining the Académie of Opera National de Paris, appearing in a recital of Ukrainian music at the Salle Bourgie in Montréal, as well as in a concert dedicated to Ukraine with the Orchestre Classique de Montréal.  He also currently does fundraising recitals for Ukraine.


Sandra Sarikovaite

Dramatic soprano SANDRA SARIKOVAITE was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. In 2017, she began studying at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, under Dr. Michele Crider. Additionally, she has been improving her skills through collaborative work with well-known musicians - pianist Motiejus Bazaras, vocal coach Gaiva Bandzinaite, pianists Katrin Lehismets and Vyara Shuperlieva, as well as Professor Andreas Macco.  Along with her participation in many concerts organized by the Mozarteum University, she was also part of the opera production of Offenbach’s Les contes d‘Hoffmann, conducted by Gernot Sahler under the stage direction of Alexander von Pfeil.,and the production of the tragedy Lear  by William Shakespeare, conducted by Franz Welser. Since the beginning of her carrier, Sandra has been supported by the opera singer, Egle Sidlauskaite - Wyss, who is, as well, her current vocal tutor, and in the last few years she has been mentored by the famous korrepetitor and vocal coach Alessandro Misciasi.


Ryan Capozzo

Young Artist, Ryan Opera Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago

American tenor RYAN CAPOZZO graduated from the Yale School of Music with a Master of Musical Arts degree, where he was awarded the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize. He also holds a B.M. and an M.M. from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. During his time at Yale, Mr. Capozzo had an opportunity to work with esteemed professionals and performing artists including Richard Cross, Gerald Martin Moore, J.J. Penna, and Howard Watkins. He made his role debut as Arcadio in Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas with Yale Opera.  During the 2022-2023 season, he appeared in the role of Remendado in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Carmen and participated in the Ryan Opera Center’s Rising Stars program. In addition, he took part in the Berkshire Opera Festival for its Spring Concert To Paris with Love in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In the 2023-2024 season, he will sing the role of Steuermann in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and cover the roles of Števa in Janáček's Jenůfa and Howie Albert in Terence Blanchard’s Champion.

South Korea

Chea Kang

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Chea Kang is a Korean soprano, who has recently graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Master’s degree. Ms. Kang has been studying voice since she was 12 years old, and is currently continuing her studies with César Ulloa. She graduated from The Juilliard School in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree, and she was a recipient of the John Erskin Prize. While she was studying at The Juilliard School, she performed as a soloist in the 2020 production of New York Festival of Songs “Cubans in Paris,” led by Steven Blier at the Peter J. Sharp theater in New York City. At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ms. Kang has performed leading roles in operas, including Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare by Händel, Emilia in Flavio by Händel, and La Princesse in L'enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel. She has also appeared in Dialogues of the Carmelites by Poulenc at the San Francisco Opera as Sister Catherine in October 2022.


Aleksandra Dunaeva

Royal College of Music

Aleksandra Dunaeva is a lyric soprano currently studying at the Royal College of Music on the Master of Vocal in the Performing Arts course with Nick Sears, where she is the recipient of the Leonard Marks Memorial Award supported by the Alice Templeton Scholarship. Alexandra studied in Italy at the Concervatorio Monopoli Nino Rota under Maria Piscitelli and graduated with distinction from the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire in Russia.

Alexandra made her debut in Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas at the Mariinsky Theatre with the Prantum Integrum orchestra in 2017. From 2018 to 2022 she performed as a soloist at the St Petersburg State Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theatre. In the same year she toured with the Vasilievsky Island Orchestra to European countries (Germany, Holland, France, Belgium). Alexandra won first prize at the Neapolitan Masters competition in Italy and a special award at the International Opera Bella Vocal Competition in Russia. Her operatic roles include Musetta from La Boheme, Adina from L’elisir d’amore, Despina from Così fan tutte, Belinda from Dido and Aeneas and others.


Marco Rizzello

Coaching Staff, NYU Steinhardt & Manhattan School of Music

Marco Rizzello is an Italian pianist and opera coach who most recently made his New York debut at the Jerome L. Greene Space at WQXR. Currently serving the staff at NYU Steinhardt and coaching at Manhattan School of Music, his upcoming engagements include the 2023 Georg Solti Accademia and a Coaching Fellowship at the Wolf Trap Opera Festival. 

Marco approached music from a very young age, under the guidance of his mother, and made his debut at the age of thirteen, being selected by RAI - Radio Televisione Italiana to perform at the Arturo Toscanini Auditorium in Turin as a guest of the TV program "ll gran concerto". He performed in many prestigious festivals in Italy and abroad, including the Cleveland Art Song Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza and the Piano Echos Festival. In addition, Mr. Rizzello has worked alongside some of today’s finest conductors, directors, performers, and voice pedagogues, including Patrick Summers, Bruno Praticò, Paula Suozzi, Silvio Castiglioni, Chìa Patiño, Scott Parry, Stephen King, Gabriella Morigi, Luca Grassi, Anna Vandi, Manlio Benzi, Massimo Merone and Paolo Manetti. He played for Masterclasses of Renée Fleming, Matthew Rose and Stephanie Blythe.

Marco studied at the "G. Rossini" Conservatory in Pesaro, at the International Piano Academy in Imola and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He studied solo piano with Giorgio Farina, Giovanni Valentini, Marlies Van Gent and Boris Petrushansky, and opera coaching with Ubaldo Fabbri, Warren Jones and Thomas Lausmann.


Vinicius Costa

DEPA Candidate in Piano Accompaniment, University of Montreal

Brazilian pianist Vinícius Costa has gained recognition winning several prizes in piano competitions throughout Brazil. As a pianist of the Young Orchestra of Sao Paulo State, Vinicius had the privilege to perform internationally in concert halls such as The John F. Kennedy Center (Washington, USA), Alice Tully Hall (NYC, USA), Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), Sala São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil), and Konzerthaus (Berlin, Germany).

As a collaborative pianist and vocal coach, Mr. Costa has worked at the Singing Academy in Trancoso in Bahia, Brazil, and has worked on numerous Brazilian musical productions. More recently, Vinícius was a repetiteur on the production of “The Magic Flute” by W.A.Mozart at the University of Michigan-SMTD. Vinicius Costa holds a Bachelor 's in Piano Performance from “Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita-Filho” (Brazil) and a Master's degree in Piano Performance from Central Michigan University. Vinícius Costa is currently pursuing a D.E.P.A in piano accompaniment under the guidance of Francis Perron at the University of Montreal.


Kristina Yorgova

Emerging Artist Repetiteur, Scottish Opera

Bulgarian pianist Kristina Yorgova is the 2022/2023 Emerging Artist Repetiteur at Scottish Opera. Previously, she was a Studio Artist répétiteur for 2020-2022 at the Mascarade Opera Studio in Florence, Italy, where her work was guided by Head of Music Julia Lynch and conductors Sándor Karolyi and Jonathan Santagada. Most recently she was music director and pianist for the Scottish Opera Highlights autumn 2022 tour, music director for the production of Walton’s The Bear at Mascarade Opera Studio, directed by Marie Lambert-Le Bihan, as well as a repetiteur for the April 2022 showcase at Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

Kristina graduated with a MMus from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied with Professors Petras Geniusas and Fali Pavri. She was a finalist at the 8th Stasys Vainiunas International Piano Competition in Lithuania. Kristina has performed as a soloist with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra and the Stara Zagora and Vidin orchestras in Bulgaria. She has played recitals in venues across Europe including Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Norway and Russia.

Kristina worked for the Vocal Studies department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2020, coaching singers at Bachelor and Master’s level. Kristina has worked as an orchestral pianist/celeste, freelancing with the BBC SSO since March 2019. Projects included the 10 pieces project (Reich), Stravinsky’s Firebird and Petrushka, as well as Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre.


Matilde Bianchi

Opera School, Municipal Theater of Bologna, Italy

Matilde was born in Bologna, Italy in 2002. At fifteen years old, she won the scholarship for musical excellence at the "Giovani in Crescendo" competition in Pesaro. This afforded her the opportunity to debut as a soloist with the Orchestra del Teatro Rossini and “Ferruccio Busoni” in various Italian cities such as Pesaro, Bologna (Auditorium Manzoni and Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Vinci, and the Vatican Museums.

She currently is pursuing her Master’s degree at the G. B. Martini Conservatory in Bologna where she studies piano with M° Matteo Fossi. She is also a part of the opera school of the Municipal Theater of Bologna in the advanced specialization course for Repetiteur Pianists. Additionally, she regularly takes part in the masterclasses at Accademia Teatro La Scala and “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola.


Nicole Cloutier

Cafritz Young Artist Programme, Washington National Opera

American pianist and coach Nicole Cloutier joined The Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera for the 2022-2023 season, and will join the Merola Opera Center at San Francisco Opera for the 2023 summer season. She makes her Washington National Opera debut as an assistant conductor for Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s Blue, and later works there as an assistant conductor for Puccini’s, La Bohème. Ms. Cloutier has performed on stages throughout New York City and the Washington DC area such as The Library of Congress, The Kreeger Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Lincoln Center’s Paul Hall, and Alice Tully Hall for their “Through the Looking Glass” recital series. She recently workshopped and premiered three new operas for The Kennedy Center’s American Opera Initiative. Ms. Cloutier held the position of 2021-2022 Vocal Arts Fellow for The Juilliard School, where she served as rehearsal pianist for The Rake’s Progress and Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor. Past engagements include rehearsal pianist for Le Nozze di Figaro at Chautauqua Voice Institute, Music Director for Michigan Opera Theater’s Operetta Workshops, and a conductor/coach role for Juilliard’s Opera Lab. She graduated in 2021 with a M.M. in Collaborative Piano from The Juilliard School. Her primary teachers there include Lydia Brown, Jonathan Feldman, and JJ Penna. She holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from Michigan State University’s College of Music, where she graduated with highest honors, and was granted the prestigious Trustee Board Award for outstanding academic achievement.

South Korea

Juya Shin

Juya Jooyeon Shin is a Korean conductor and répétiteur. She is studying Orchestral conducting at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim under the guidance of Stefan Blunier. Currently, she is part of the renowned class of Johannes Schlaefli and Christoph-Mathias Müller where she is receiving more education at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste on an exchange scholarship (SEMP).

During her studies Juya has had various opportunities to work with large orchestras and important musical groups, such as the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Ensemble Modern, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Hochschulorchester Mannheim, and Ensemble Incontro. She has worked with many established conductors such as Johannes Schlaefli, Andreas Spering, Cosima Sophia Osthoff and Georg Christoph Sandmann in various different masterclasses. 

Her passion for Opera is immense. From the age 19 she has been invited on several occasions as répétiteur and assistant conductor at the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar under the baton of Olaf Storbeck. As part of her work at the LOSW, she has played productions of Die Fledermaus, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte. In 2022 she conducted Die Fledermaus with the LOSW. Over the course of her studies, she has conducted Ariadne auf Naxos and Carmen, and played for a scenic rehearsal of Die lustige Witwe at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern.

Juya Jooyeon Shin was born in 2000 in Ulsan, Korea. Before her move to Germany, Juya studied conducting at the Korea National University of Arts and graduated from the Gyeonggi Arts Highschool where she studied composition and piano.