Vanessa Becerra

Vanessa Becerra

Vanessa Becerra, soprano

Vanessa Becerra

Soprano Vanessa Becerra, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, is a recent graduate of the acclaimed Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera. LA Opera appearances include Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Annina in La traviata, Gossip 2 in The Ghosts of Versailles, and in concert with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott. The summer of 2016 brought her return to the Glimmerglass Festival as Musetta in La bohème where she was described as a “scene-stealing minx with a glorious soprano voice.” She will return to the festival next summer as Laurey Williams in Oklahoma! Other debuts in the 2016-2017 season include performances of Messiah with San Antonio Symphony, Hercules vs. Vampires with North Carolina Opera, and a reprise of Musetta with Opera San Jose.

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In 2014, she made her professional debut with the Fort Worth Opera in the world premiere of With Blood, With Ink where Becerra “brought a full, beautifully focused soprano and passionate theatrical intensity to Young Juana” (Wall Street Journal) and her “sunny, youthfully appealing soprano created an irresistible characterization” (Opera News). Shortly following her debut, Ms. Becerra received her master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory where she performed Musetta, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and the title character in The Cunning Little Vixen. The summer of 2015 found her at the Glimmerglass Festival covering the role of Pamina in a new production of The Magic Flute. In 2014 she joined the Apprentice Artist roster at Des Moines Metro Opera, and as a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera in 2013 she covered the role of Nannetta in Falstaff. At the Seagle Music Colony she portrayed Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Johanna in Sweeney Todd followed by her debut with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Becerra received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at Texas Christian University where she was the recipient of the distinguished Nordan Fine Arts Award and performed Adele in Die Fledermaus and Papagena in The Magic Flute.

Susanna's aria from "Le Nozze di Figaro"

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Pureum Jo

Pureum Jo

Pureum Jo, soprano

Pureum Jo

Her tone and presence described as “riveting,” “mesmerizing,” and “ravishing” by Opera News, the New York Times, and Time Out New York, soprano Pureum Jo is an alumna of Houston Grand Opera’s Studio Program, where she captivated audiences as Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflote, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. Equally at home in contemporary music, Ms. Jo appeared with the company as the Rose in Rachel Portman and Nicholas Wright’s The Little Prince, Becca in the world premiere of Gregory Spears and Royce Vavrek’s O Columbia, and as Miss Frayne in the latest world premiere by the legendary Carlisle Floyd, Prince of Players. In the 2016-2017 season, she makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the company’s latest commission as Dai Yu in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, which will also travel to the Hong Kong Music Festival in the Spring. Additional performances include her fourth appearance with New York City’s Voices of Ascension in performance of Mozart’s Esultate Jubilate and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, her debut with Sarasota Orchesta in performances of Mozart’s Requiem, and as Pamina with Opera Naples under the baton of Music Director Ramon Tebar.

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Ms. Jo appeared in the title role in Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze with the Lincoln Center Festival and the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., a performance for which Opera News wrote, “You could take neither your eyes nor your ears off her.” She recently sang with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and made her San Francisco Symphony debut in their 16th annual Chinese New Year Concert. She has performed regularly at the Aspen Music Festival as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Micaëla in Carmen, the High Priestess in Aida, and most recently as Musetta in La bohème. Other roles include Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, Fraarte in Radamisto, and Sandrina in La finta giardiniera.

An accomplished concert soloist and recitalist, Ms. Jo has appeared in recital with Houston Grand Opera, Alice Tully Hall, and the Aspen Music Festival. She sang in “A Concert of Comic Operas,” co-presented by The Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School and conducted by James Levine, and was the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem Mass and Coronation Mass, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, and in a concert of Mozart and Mendelssohn oratorio arias with New York City’s Voices of Ascension. Additionally, she has performed at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues. Originally from South Korea, Ms. Jo holds two degrees from the Juilliard School.

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Jacquelyn Stucker

Jacquelyn Stucker

Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano

Jacquelyn Stucker

Hailed by The Boston Globe as “glowing,” “incandescent,” and “a singing actress to be reckoned with,” American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker is being recognized internationally as a versatile singer of new and interesting repertoire ranging from concert works to opera to contemporary music.

Praised for her “dark-tinged soprano with a dusky lower register,” Jacquelyn will begin a two-year engagement this autumn with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as a Jette Parker Young Artist. Highlights of Jacquelyn’s 2016/2017 season include the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Maestro John Nelson and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Beethoven’s “Ah, perfido!” with Grand Harmonie, the soprano solos in works by Graupner and Bach with the Handel and Haydn Society and Maestro Ian Watson, the roles of Gabriel and Eve in Die Schöpfung with the Back Bay Chorale and Maestro Scott Allen Jarrett, the soprano solos in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Maestro Andrew Clark and Harvard Collegium, the role of Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County with The Company Theater, and her Santa Fe Opera principal artist debut as Oberto in Alcina with Maestro Harry Bicket. Also at the Santa Fe Opera in 2017, Jacquelyn will cover the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. In addition to singing in the premiere performance of James Kallembach’s sacred cantata The Most Sacred Body of Jesus, Jacquelyn will be the soprano soloist for a commercial recording of the work, scheduled for release in the autumn of 2017. In addition to frequently performing as a soloist throughout the season with the Handel and Haydn Society, Jacquelyn is featured as this season’s soprano in the Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Anna Case MacKay Career Advancement Grant from the Santa Fe Opera, and she was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

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2015/2016 performances included solo cantata BWV 199 at Boston’s King’s Chapel, the soprano solos in the Poulenc Stabat Mater and St. Matthew Passion with Mo. Scott Allen Jarrett, Schubert’s “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” in Jordan Hall with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, a role debut as Bystrouška in Příhody Ilšky Bystroušky, and a gala performance with North Carolina Opera as Ada in selections from Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. Jacquelyn was also recently named the 2015 Ruth Freehof Award winner, as well as a finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s New England Region auditions, and she originated the role of Meridian in the premiere of Joe Illick and Andrea Fellows Walter’s UnShakeable with the Santa Fe Opera. In the summer of 2015 at the Santa Fe Opera, Jacquelyn covered American soprano Ailyn Pérez as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, as well as the Italian Singer in Strauss’s Capriccio.

Highlights from her 2014/2015 season include performances of Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte with Mo. Stephen Lord, the eponymous role in Handel’s Theodora, and Elle in La Voix Humaine in conjunction with The Knight Foundation. Under the baton of Mo. Jarrett, Jacquelyn performed as the Soprano II soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Boston’s Back Bay Chorale and made her solo debut with the Handel and Haydn Society as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium IV. Jacquelyn spent the summer of 2015 as a member of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program, where she covered Isabel Leonard as Ada in the world premiere of Cold Mountain. An enthusiastic performer of oratorio, chamber, and concert repertoire, Jacquelyn is the Docia Goodwin Franklin Third Place Award winner of the 2015 Lyndon Woodside New York Oratorio Society Competition, and she performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Ligeti’s Aventures in Boston’s Jordan Hall with John Heiss conducting.

Noted as a “potentially major talent,” other representative operatic credits include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Marie in selected scenes from Wozzeck. The 2013/2014 season saw Jacquelyn in role debuts as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Mo. Lord, and Merab in Handel’s Saul with Mo. Jarrett. In the 2012/2013 season, Jacquelyn created the role of Irina in the world premiere of Elena Langer’s comic opera Four Sisters and participated in I SING BEIJING as a young artist, performing selections from “白毛女,” an opera by Chinese composer 严金萱. Jacquelyn also performed the soprano solos in Elias with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mo. Leon Botstein.

O thou bright sun..With Darkness deep as is my woe - Handel's THEODORA

But why are thou disquieted, my soul..Oh, that I on wings could rise - Handel's THEODORA

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Elizabeth Sutphen

Elizabeth Sutphen

Elizabeth Sutphen, soprano

Elizabeth Sutphen

“Impressive coloratura soprano” (The New York Times) Elizabeth Sutphen has garnered praise for her sparkling voice and her ability to “soar deftly through stratospheric trills and arpeggios” (Financial Times). A recent graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Sutphen has already made professional debuts on the concert and opera stage. In the summer of 2015, she joined Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist where she made her debut as Bianca in Puccini’s La rondine under the baton of Music Director Stephen Lord. This summer, she returns to the company as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist where she will be heard as Najade and cover Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. Further performance in the 2015-2016 season include Handel’s Messiah in her debut with Milwaukee Symphony and her first performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana with Allentown Symphony. In the fall of 2016, Ms. Sutphen will join the Opera Studio at Oper Frankfurt where she will be heard as Tiny in a new production of Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan, directed by Brigitte Fassbaender, as Musetta in La bohéme and as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte.

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During her time at Juilliard, Ms. Sutphen earned critical acclaim for her performances as La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon under the leadership of Emmanuel Villaume and as Tigrane in Handel’s Radamisto led by Julian Wachner with Juilliard415, the school’s principal period-instrument ensemble. In the fall of 2015, she joined Juilliard415 in performances with Maestro Nicholas McGegan in Telemann’s Die Tageszeiten at Alice Tully Hall before touring with the ensemble to Vancouver and Berkeley, CA, where they performed with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Additional performances at Juilliard include her Alice Tully Hall debut in Juilliard’s Wednesday at One series and covering Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in the Met+Juilliard production of Concert of Comic Operas under Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine. Further performances include a concert as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at Aspen Music Festival’s Harris Hall; Suor Genevieve in Suor Angelica and Frasquita in Carmen with Aspen Opera Theater Center; and Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Albany Symphony and New York City’s Little Orchestra Society.

A frequent grant recipient and competition winner, Ms. Sutphen has been recognized by The Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition (2nd prize 2014), The George London Foundation (Encouragement Award 2014), The Dallas Opera Guild National Vocal Competition (Finalist 2015), The Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Singers at OTSL (2015), The Novick Career Grant at The Juilliard School (2014-15), The National Society of Arts and Letters (1st Prize) and The Gerda Lissner Song Competition (2015). She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Juilliard School and received additional training as a resident artist at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany in 2015. In the summer of 2016, she will be a participant in the Sir George Solti Accademia for Bel Canto performance.

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