Bass-baritone Rahzé Cheatham, a third-year transfer, studies with William Sharp. He is a performer with a strong foundation in music, theatre art, and dance applications. Formerly a student at CCBC Essex, Rahzé studied with baritone Braxton Peters. There, he acted as a Section Leader and soloist for the school’s Chamber Singers. A graduate with high honors from Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied with soprano Lauretta Young, he has been involved in numerous projects, including opera scenes, performing as: Leporello, Don Giovanni; Frank, Die Fledermaus; Greek Chorus/Trio, Trouble in Tahiti; Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro; Monastatos, Die Zauberflöte; and Dr. Pangloss, Candide. Rahzé also attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Vocal Program, where he studied with Colin Levin. There, he was featured as Bernardo in Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story. Further, Rahzé had the opportunity to perform, as part of the Record shop Kid Ensemble, alongside John Waters in a concert adaptation of Hairspray! at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Principal Pops Conductor, Jack Everly. Currently, Rahzé serves as a Section Leader and soloist for the Sanctuary Choir of First and Franklin Presbyterian Church. In 2017, Rahzé will perform as a L’hotelier in Jules Massenet’s Chérubin.
Camille Crossot is a second year M.M. student, studying vocal performance with William Sharp. She is from Milwaukee, WI, and graduated in 2016 from Harvard University with a B.A. in English and a minor in music. During her undergraduate studies, she performed with Harvard College Opera Society, the Harvard Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Society, the Choral Fellows of Harvard University, and Music Academy International in Trentino, Italy. Performance highlights include Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, leading roles in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and The Gondoliers, Soprano I soloist in Bach’s Magnificat in D, and Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
Laura Doyon, soprano, is a first year Masters of Music student studying with William Sharp. She completed her Bachelors of Music in 2015 at Old Dominion University, where she previously studied with Agnes Fuller-Wynne. While attending Old Dominion, Laura performed the title role of Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne, and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutti. Laura attended Music Academy International as a Studio Artist and where she performed the role of Suor Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and participated in the chorus’ in Dido and Aeneas, and Die Zauberflöte. This year, Laura looks forward to performing in Peabody’s outreach program, ANON, a contemporary opera by Errollyn Wallen.
Robert Ellsworth Feng, Bass-Baritone, is a committed performer. Described as having a commanding darkness and thickness to his tone, Robert is a dynamic performer and his energy as he performs is infectious and full of life. Feng is always ready to take on the next challenge and is constantly seeking new styles of vocal repertoire.
Previously, Robert has sung the role of the 1st Spirit from Purcell’s The Tempest, the Israelitish Messenger from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Brendan from The Place Where You Started, and Antonio and Bartolo from Le Nozze di Figaro. Feng has also performed under award winning composer Tony Small with Smithsonian and Artiste in his operetta Qadar. Before attending the Peabody Institute, Robert had the privilege of singing with the Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus where he performed Turandot, I Pagliacci, and Carmina Burana. Robert is honored to be studying with esteemed baritone William Sharp at the Peabody Institute.
Later this year, Robert will be performing the world premiere of composer Nicholas Bentz’s Mikylvxka Hllupo for bass and pierrot ensemble as well as performing the roles of Le Philosophe from Massenet’s Chérubin, Edgar from Toch’s Edgar & Emily, and Capellio from Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
Ricardo Garcia is an aspiring light lyric tenor, originally from Brownsville, Texas. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory. Ricardo will make his Peabody Opera Theatre debut in the Opera Scenes program this October, as Tamino from Die Zauberflöte and Julian from Charpentier’s Louise. In March, he will perform the role of Captaine Ricardo for Peabody Opera’s mainstage production of Massenet’s Chérubin. Ricardo’s other notable operatic and musical theater roles consist of Ferrando from Cosi fan tutte; Frederic from The Pirates of Penzance; Nanki Poo from The Mikado; Don Curzio from Le Nozze di Figaro; First Armored Man from Die Zauberflöte; Henrik from A Little Night Music and Tony from West Side Story. This spring, Ricardo participated in the Cal-Western Regional NATS competition where he placed as a finalist under the Advanced Men category. As an undergraduate, he competed in the South Texas NATS competition, where he received 2nd place three times under the tutelage of his former voice instructor, Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly. Ricardo currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, cum laude, and is a former O.M.A. Opera Teaching Artist.
Amelia Gil-Figueroa, soprano, is a second-year Master’s student in the studio of William Sharp. Originally from Vienna, Virginia, Amelia received her Bachelor of Music from George Mason University in 2015 where she studied with Samuel L.E. Bonds. While at GMU she performed the role of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and was an active participant in the opera and choral departments. Through Mason Opera and summer opera scenes workshops she has appeared in scenes from La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, L’Italiana in Algeri, The Inquisitive Women, and Don Giovanni. Last year, Amelia covered the role of Mutter (Mother) in Hänsel und Gretel and performed in scenes from Menotti’s The Consul both with the Peabody Opera Workshop. Most recently, she covered the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with La Musica Lirica, Inc. This season at Peabody, Amelia will be singing Rosalinde in scenes from Die Fledermaus and will appear as Le Comtesse in the spring mainstage production of Massenet’s Cherubin. AMDG.
Jared Hancock, baritone, has been studying voice since he was sixteen years of age. In 2016, he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Mercyhurst University. During his time there, he sang the roles of Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He had the opportunity to reprise the role of Sharpless in 2015 as part of La Musica Lirica, a young artists’ program located in Novafeltria, Italy. He also sang Betto di Signa in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi during the program. Jared has enjoyed success at the Erie Music Teachers’ Association Scholarship Competition, where he placed in 2015 and won in 2016. He is looking forward to covering the role of Belcore in Peabody Opera’s fall production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. He will also sing the role of Le Compte in the conservatory’s spring production of Massenet’s Cherubin.
Hailing from Avon, CT, soprano Carly M. Henderson is in her fourth year of study with William Sharp at the Peabody Conservatory. With Peabody opera Theater, she has sung a Sprite in Massenet’s Cendrillon, premiered the role of Louisa in Posner’s Now We are Met, scenes from Tosca as the title character, and covered the role of Rose Maurrant in Street Scene. Prior to attending Peabody, Carly has sung the roles of Mère Marie, in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone. Carly is a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Chancel Choir, in Baltimore. Carly is excited to see where the next step in her journey will take her, as she embarks on the process of graduate school applications.
Soprano Veronica Miyoung Joo is studying at Peabody Institute as a GPD candidate under the tutelage of William Sharp. After she had got B.A. in history and law at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, she got her M.M. in voice at Sookmyung Women’s University. She continued her academic voyage from Hamburg to Milan in Europe. She has learned four Western German, Italian, English and French and their culture where the languages are spoken. She graduated Conservatorio di musica “G. Verdi” di Milano, Italy with diploma in opera performance and doctorate in early music voice with full marks. She made her debut as “queen of the night” for Opera Die Zauberflöte in Seoul, Hamburg, Rome. She also performed a variety of roles like “Susanna”, “Violetta”, “Gilda”, “Serpina”, “Adina” , and main role of “The Fairy Queen” with a baroque opera production of teatro del maggio musicale fiorentino in Florence. Moreover, she has placed in many competitions and international music festivals in Europe. She performed one of the roles of “Diana” and “Giove in Diana” in Cavalli’s La Calisto in Peabody production at her first semester at Peabody. She performed the role “Olga” from A. Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka in August 2017 in Philadelphia. She will perform “Serpina” from la Serva Padrona in this December at Teatro Macedonio Alcalá in Mexico.
Garrett J. Sanderson, baritone, is a first year MM student studying with William Sharp. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of California at Irvine in 2017. Through UCI’s opera program Garrett has performed the roles of Editor Webb in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, and the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido And Aeneas. He has performed in many of UCI’s Art Song concerts and was a featured soloist in the UCI Chamber Singer’s performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Messe as well. Outside of school Garrett has performed the roles of Prince Yeletsky and Tomsky in Tchaikovsky’s Queen Of Spades with the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia.
Countertenor Min Sang Kim is originally from South Korea and moved to the United States in order to attend the Juilliard School’s pre-college and received his Bachelor of Music at New England Conservatory with an academic honor.
Most recently, Min Sang has performed Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with New York Lyric Opera Theater; Endimione in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Peabody Opera; Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; Secrecy, Mopsa in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival; Ixion in Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Peabody Opera; Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina with Opera NEO; Ottone, Valetto in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Aspen Opera Center. He has also performed with Washington Bach Consort; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Alto solo in Handel’s Messiahwith Washington National Methodist Church; Alto solo in Bach’s Magnificat with Peabody-Hopkins Chorus; Alto solo in Bach’s Mass in B minor with American Bach Soloists. He is a recent winner of George Woodhead Prize, Baltimore Music Club Competition, Osaka International Music Competition and finalist of Vocal Arts DC Competition.
Min Sang is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a Graduate Assistant and a recipient of George Woodhead Quasi-Endowed Scholarship and the G. Raymond Ziegler Endowed Scholarship where he also earned his Master of Music.
Baritone, William Marshall is currently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in the Historical Performance department. William has placed first at the New Jersey division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition and was a winner of the Rowan University Soloist Competition. He has portrayed numerous operatic roles from Mozart to Rossini, and musical theatre characters from Bernstein to Lloyd Webber. Additionally, William played the role of Bacchus in the United States premiere of the German Baroque opera, Pomona at the 2016 Amherst Early Music Festival. He will be making his debut with the Peabody Opera Theatre this November as Belcore in E’lisir d’amore. William is a recent graduate from Rowan University having earned a degree and State of New Jersey certification in Music Education. With the Rowan choral department he has been featured as baritone soloist for performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, and Carissimi’s Jephte. William currently studies with Professor William Sharp.
Praised by Opera News for his “evenly produced, promising bass,” William Meinert continues to be a proud participant of the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. William joins American Bach Soloists in Spring 2018 as bass soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and during the 2017-18 year performs Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Le philosophe in Massenet’s Chérubin at Peabody Institute. In Summer 2017, William joined Des Moines Metro Opera, covering Timur and the Mandarin in Puccini’s Turandot. Highlights of recent seasons include Varlaam (Boris Godunov) with Commonwealth Lyric Theatre, Carceriere (Tosca) and Hortensius (La fille du régiment) with Opera North, Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Loudoun Lyric Opera, Aeolus and Cold Genius (King Arthur) with American Bach Soloists Academy, Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with Old Towne Opera, and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) with Metro Opera Workshop of Detroit. Additional operatic performances include Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Colline (La bohéme), Father Peter (Hansel and Gretel) and both Sarastro and Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte).
Singaporean Lyric Baritone, Ong Wei Shen Keane is a graduate student majoring in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of American Baritone William Sharp. He recently graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music where he studied under Lyric Tenor, Alan Bennett. Keane has attended masterclasses conducted by artists and groups such as Sumi Jo, Roger Vignoles, Bill Sharp, Phyllis Bryn-Julsen, Karen Vourc’h, Yun Hyunjoo, the Philippine Madrigal Singers and The King’s Singers. Keane has sung the bass solo in the Orchestra of the Music Maker’s and The Vocal Associate’s production of Mahler’s 8th Symphony for the celebration of Singapore’s 50th Birthday. Keane has also sung the Bass Solo for Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Keane recently lived the role of John Styx in New Opera Singapore’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld in July 2016, performed in EVOKX’s annual evocation outreach series, and presented lieder in a Schubertiade in Cambodia. He is currently singing and is the assistant conductor of EVOKX, a Singaporean non-profit organisation under the baton of Terrence Toh. Keane is also the conductor of The Pioneer Voices.
Lauren Redditt graduated as a vocal music major from the Baltimore School for the Arts. Lauren has been a featured soloist in several of BSA’s concerts including Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, and Heiligmesse Mass No. 10 in Bb major by Joseph Haydn. She has attended the Lyric Summer Opera Camp and the Washington National Opera Institute. While attending the Washington National Opera Institute, Redditt performed at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage. She has performed in a masterclass with Eric Greene, and she studied with Robert Cantrell. Lauren is continuing her her vocal studies at Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University with William Sharp.