THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

by Gaetano Donizetti

A charming bel canto romantic comedy 

Friday, February 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 pm
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

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Endearing characters, an exhilarating score, and a fizzy, vibrant production mark PBO’s second mainstage opera, The Elixir of Love. Donizetti’s light-hearted romantic comedy captivates audiences with its timeless story and universal appeal. True love triumphs in this beloved bel canto classic.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles projected. Palm Beach Opera will continue to monitor and comply with recommended COVID-19 safety measures in conjunction with the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Please read our FAQ page and Kravis Center’s Health and Safety Guide for more information. 

  • David Stern
    David Stern
    Conductor
  • Fenlon Lamb
    Fenlon Lamb
    Director
  • Andriana Chuchman*
    Andriana Chuchman*
    Adina
  • Mario Chang*
    Mario Chang*
    Nemorino
  • Alexey Lavrov*
    Alexey Lavrov*
    Belcore
  • Musa Ngqungwana
    Musa Ngqungwana
    Dulcamara
CAST
  • David Stern
    David Stern
    Conductor
  • Fenlon Lamb
    Fenlon Lamb
    Director
  • Andriana Chuchman*
    Andriana Chuchman*
    Adina
  • Mario Chang*
    Mario Chang*
    Nemorino
  • Alexey Lavrov*
    Alexey Lavrov*
    Belcore
  • Musa Ngqungwana
    Musa Ngqungwana
    Dulcamara
SYNOPSIS

*Palm Beach Opera debut

Fenlon Lamb
Director
Fenlon Lamb

Fenlon Lamb is continually praised for her dynamic and engaging productions in leading regional houses across the United States. She directed Arizona Opera’s world premiere and the subsequent remount of Riders of the Purple Sage which Broadway World called “epic” and “memorable…literally and figuratively blazing trails.”  She recently returned to the company to mount a new production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. In previous seasons, Fenlon staged a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto and a “classic and stylish” Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut with the company in 2012.

A house favorite at Palm Beach Opera, Fenlon led a “fizzing and delightful” Il Barbiere di Siviglia for their 2013 International Season and her debut with the company. She has since directed La Bohème which highlighted her “superb theatrical instincts” and “an attractive and well-timed staging” of Don Pasquale which was hailed as “one of the company’s best efforts” by Palm Beach News. Subsequent seasons included “a spiced up” Tosca and the Papermoon Opera Production of Hansel and Gretel for PBO’s family series at the Crest Theater.

Other notable productions include La traviata for her Madison and Toledo Opera debuts and a new production for Finger Lakes Opera. Fenlon directed a new production of Scalia/Ginsburg for Opera Delaware, Tosca with Jennifer Rowley in the title role, and The Pearlfishers for Dayton Opera. She has directed Carmen for North Carolina Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Dayton Opera, Bar Harbor Music Festival and Annapolis Opera. She directed Werther and Hänsel und Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theater, Le nozze di Figaro for Orlando Philharmonic and Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with Lexington Symphony. Fenlon led a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer with Greer Grimsley in the title role for Opera Carolina that “balanced operatic polish, romantic beauty and feminist critique” and a “sympathetic production” of Werther for Mobile Opera starring Gran Wilson.

Andriana Chuchman*
Adina
Andriana Chuchman*

This season, soprano Andriana Chuchman makes three important role debuts: Michal in Handel’s Saul at the Houston Grand Opera, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opera Omaha, and Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera San Antonio. She also returns to the Hamburg State Opera and makes her debut at the 2020 Salzburg Whitsun Festival in performances of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice. Her concert appearances include performances of Handel’s Messiah with both the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Ms. Chuchman’s recent opera engagements have included Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Miranda in The Enchanted Island, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Valencienne at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Mary in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life at the San Francisco Opera; her house and role debut as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera;  MicaëlainLa tragédie de Carmenat the San Diego Opera; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Los Angeles Opera, Boonyi/India in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at the Opera Theater of St. Louis,  Gretel on the Glyndebourne Festival Tour, Magnolia in Show Boat and Marie in Fille du Regimentat the Washington National Opera, Magnolia at the Dallas Opera,  John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at the Opera Omaha, Guinevere in Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival,  Yum-Yum, Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and staged performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Michigan Opera Theater;  Minka in Le Roi le Malgra at the Bard Music Festival, the title role in Flora, an Opera at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Alinda in Giasone and Dorinda in Orlando at the Chicago Opera Theater.

In concert, Ms. Chuchman has appeared in Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival in staged performances of the Pegolesi Stabat Mater, and has also appeared at the Cincinnati May Festival in a performance of the Bach B minor Mass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Brahms Requiem, the Rhode Island Philharmonic in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and the Ravinia Festival as a guest on the Prairie Home Companion radio show.

In her native Canada, Ms. Chuchman recently sang the premiere of Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest with the Winnipeg Symphony. She made her debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and most recently returned as Musetta in La bohème. She has also appeared at the Edmonton Opera as Yum-Yumand Marie in La Fille du Regiment; and at the Manitoba Opera as Susana in Le Nozze de Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Concert performances have included engagements with the Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Prince George Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Winnipeg, Ms. Chuchman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba. She is also an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.  Ms. Chuchman’s awards include the San Francisco Opera’s 2019 Emerging Star of the Year, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Award, and prizewinner at the Finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany.

Mario Chang*
Nemorino
Mario Chang*

Winner of the 2014 Operalia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. This season, he was scheduled to sing Alfredo in La traviata in house debuts at both Opera Hong Kong and Florida Grand Opera. Recently, he made house debuts at Norwegian National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto and at Arizona Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. On the concert stage, he sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and had been scheduled to perform Rossini’s Petite Misse Solennelle at the Washington National Cathedral.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Chang sang Alfredo in house debuts at both Washington National Opera and Atlanta Opera, as well as in a return to Oper Frankfurt. He also reprised Rodolfo in a return to Santa Fe Opera during the summer of 2019.

Operatic highlights from previous seasons include performances at the Metropoltian Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Edward Gardner, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Fourth Squire in Parsifal; his house debut at Los Angeles Opera as Rodolfo, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and subsequent return to the company as Ismaele in Nabucco, opposite Plácido Domingo; his house debut at Santa Fe Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; his house and role debut at North Carolina Opera as Alfredo; and performances at Opera Frankfurt as Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, the Duke in Rigoletto, the title roles in Werther and Roberto Devereux, and Rodolfo.

Concert highlights include his Hollywood Bowl debut as Cassio in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and performances with the National Symphony Orchestra as the Italian Tenor, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Additional engagments include Mozart’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Centroamericana in Nicaragua, a concert in Puerto Rico honoring Giuseppe Verdi with Teatro de la Opera, his participation in the Opera Studio at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma in Italy with Renata Scotto, his Carnegie Hall debut in a concert with the Musical Olympus Foundation, and his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in Rennes, France. Mr. Chang was also a guest soloist with the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra at Festival Musical Olympus in Russia, and later returned to Carnegie Hall to appear in recital as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Foundation.

Honors and awards include First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and audience favorite at the 2014 Opealia Competition, Top Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, a Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot career grant in 2013, a 2012 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award grant for promising Young Classical Artists, and the 2011 overall First Prize, Plácido Domingo Prize, and ‘Amigos de Sabadell’ Prize in the Francisco Viñas Competition at the Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. He has also received awards from the Concurso de Canto Lírico de Trujillo, Perú, and the Asociación Artista del Año and Asociación Dante Alighieri in Guatemala.

Mr. Chang was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. Mr. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala – a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera in Latin America and throughout the world. Since the company was established, Ópera de Guatemala has produced fully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La bohème, and L’elisir d’amore.

Alexey Lavrov*
Belcore
Alexey Lavrov*

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov made his Met company debut in the 12/13 season as the Herald in Otello and the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and has since appeared there as Silvio in Pagliacci, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La bohème, Ping in Turandot, Count Dominik in Arabella, the Huntsman in Rusalka, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.

Other recent career highlights have included the title roles in Aleko and Eugene Onegin at Opera Carolina, his role debut at Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Macau International Music Festival, his debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich as Silvio in Pagliacci and Teatro Real in Madrid in a new production of The Golden Cockerel, Albert in Werther and Silvio with CulturArte de Puerto Rico, Malatesta at the Cincinnati Opera and Atlanta Opera, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette at the Festival Internacional de Ópera Alejandro Granda in Peru, his debuts at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Silvio in Pagliacci and Robert in Iolanta, the title role of Eugene Onegin at Germany’s Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival and on tour with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Japan, Donald in Billy Budd at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and a recital with the Friends of Chamber Music Society of Miami with Ken Noda. Mr. Lavrov was also a member of the Young Artist Program at the Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre where he sang Moralès in Carmen, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, and Robert in Iolanta.

A native of the Komi Republic, Russia, Mr. Lavrov studied voice at the Republican Art College, Syktyvkar and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He was recently a semi-finalist at the 2014 Operalia International Voice Competition, and his many other awards and distinctions include 1st Prize at the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, second prize at the 2014 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, third prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the 2014 Musique et Vin Festival Prize, the 2014 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, winner of the 2010 Hariclea Darclée International Voice Competition, second prize from the Byulbyul International Vocal Competition, fourth-prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto competition in Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón, and a diploma from the International Rachmaninoff Competition.

Mr. Lavrov made his debut at the Arena di Verona in Turandot in the summer of 2021, and this season makes his debuts at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Napoleon in War and Peace and the Palm Beach Opera in L’Elisir d’Amore. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Turandot.

Musa Ngqungwana
Dulcamara
Musa Ngqungwana

Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato,” and by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful bass-baritone.”

This season, Musa appears as Lord Krishna in Satyagraha at the English National Opera, as Pizarro in Fidelio and in Sanctuary Road at North Carolina Opera, and as the role of Rocco in Fidelio: A Celebratory Gala Production at Austin Opera. He will also appear as Vodnik in Rusalka at Garsington Opera.

Highlights of recent engagements include singing the title role of Porgy and Bess at The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Grange Park Opera, and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; appearing as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera; the King in Aida with Houston Grand Opera; the Wanderer in Wagner’s Siegfried with North Carolina Opera; Paolo Albiani in Washington Concert Opera’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra; Queequeg in Moby Dick at Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Utah Opera; Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Dallas Opera; Zuniga in Carmen at Philadelphia Opera, Norwegian National Opera, and Palm Beach Opera; and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera.

Musa’s recent debuts have included Amonasro in Aida at English National Opera, Angelotti in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company, Gottardo in La gazza ladra at The Glimmerglass Festival, and at Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème, where he also sang the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.

His concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra; with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest on its Opening Night concert; and as Pythéas in Sapho with the Washington Concert Opera, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, U.S. Naval Academy, and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Musa’s vocal promise continues to be recognized nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He was also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo / Dr. Campbell Award from Opera Index in New York City, and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions.

In 2013, Musa was the Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a recipient of the Lissner Charitable Award from the Licia Albanese / Puccini International Vocal Competition, and the recipient of the Apollo Music Trust. Further recognitions include the 2011 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust award and the 2010 winner of the WBHO / Jan Kaminski Award. Musa is also the 2015 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist through the National Arts Festival of South Africa.

Musa graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He is the author of Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, which was published in South Africa by Penguin Random House.

Fenlon Lamb
Director
Fenlon Lamb

Fenlon Lamb is continually praised for her dynamic and engaging productions in leading regional houses across the United States. She directed Arizona Opera’s world premiere and the subsequent remount of Riders of the Purple Sage which Broadway World called “epic” and “memorable…literally and figuratively blazing trails.”  She recently returned to the company to mount a new production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. In previous seasons, Fenlon staged a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto and a “classic and stylish” Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut with the company in 2012.

A house favorite at Palm Beach Opera, Fenlon led a “fizzing and delightful” Il Barbiere di Siviglia for their 2013 International Season and her debut with the company. She has since directed La Bohème which highlighted her “superb theatrical instincts” and “an attractive and well-timed staging” of Don Pasquale which was hailed as “one of the company’s best efforts” by Palm Beach News. Subsequent seasons included “a spiced up” Tosca and the Papermoon Opera Production of Hansel and Gretel for PBO’s family series at the Crest Theater.

Other notable productions include La traviata for her Madison and Toledo Opera debuts and a new production for Finger Lakes Opera. Fenlon directed a new production of Scalia/Ginsburg for Opera Delaware, Tosca with Jennifer Rowley in the title role, and The Pearlfishers for Dayton Opera. She has directed Carmen for North Carolina Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Dayton Opera, Bar Harbor Music Festival and Annapolis Opera. She directed Werther and Hänsel und Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theater, Le nozze di Figaro for Orlando Philharmonic and Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with Lexington Symphony. Fenlon led a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer with Greer Grimsley in the title role for Opera Carolina that “balanced operatic polish, romantic beauty and feminist critique” and a “sympathetic production” of Werther for Mobile Opera starring Gran Wilson.

Andriana Chuchman*
Adina
Andriana Chuchman*

This season, soprano Andriana Chuchman makes three important role debuts: Michal in Handel’s Saul at the Houston Grand Opera, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opera Omaha, and Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera San Antonio. She also returns to the Hamburg State Opera and makes her debut at the 2020 Salzburg Whitsun Festival in performances of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice. Her concert appearances include performances of Handel’s Messiah with both the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Ms. Chuchman’s recent opera engagements have included Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Miranda in The Enchanted Island, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Valencienne at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Mary in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life at the San Francisco Opera; her house and role debut as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera;  MicaëlainLa tragédie de Carmenat the San Diego Opera; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Los Angeles Opera, Boonyi/India in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at the Opera Theater of St. Louis,  Gretel on the Glyndebourne Festival Tour, Magnolia in Show Boat and Marie in Fille du Regimentat the Washington National Opera, Magnolia at the Dallas Opera,  John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at the Opera Omaha, Guinevere in Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival,  Yum-Yum, Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and staged performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Michigan Opera Theater;  Minka in Le Roi le Malgra at the Bard Music Festival, the title role in Flora, an Opera at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Alinda in Giasone and Dorinda in Orlando at the Chicago Opera Theater.

In concert, Ms. Chuchman has appeared in Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival in staged performances of the Pegolesi Stabat Mater, and has also appeared at the Cincinnati May Festival in a performance of the Bach B minor Mass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Brahms Requiem, the Rhode Island Philharmonic in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and the Ravinia Festival as a guest on the Prairie Home Companion radio show.

In her native Canada, Ms. Chuchman recently sang the premiere of Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest with the Winnipeg Symphony. She made her debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and most recently returned as Musetta in La bohème. She has also appeared at the Edmonton Opera as Yum-Yumand Marie in La Fille du Regiment; and at the Manitoba Opera as Susana in Le Nozze de Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Concert performances have included engagements with the Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Prince George Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Winnipeg, Ms. Chuchman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba. She is also an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.  Ms. Chuchman’s awards include the San Francisco Opera’s 2019 Emerging Star of the Year, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Award, and prizewinner at the Finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany.

Mario Chang*
Nemorino
Mario Chang*

Winner of the 2014 Operalia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. This season, he was scheduled to sing Alfredo in La traviata in house debuts at both Opera Hong Kong and Florida Grand Opera. Recently, he made house debuts at Norwegian National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto and at Arizona Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. On the concert stage, he sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and had been scheduled to perform Rossini’s Petite Misse Solennelle at the Washington National Cathedral.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Chang sang Alfredo in house debuts at both Washington National Opera and Atlanta Opera, as well as in a return to Oper Frankfurt. He also reprised Rodolfo in a return to Santa Fe Opera during the summer of 2019.

Operatic highlights from previous seasons include performances at the Metropoltian Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Edward Gardner, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Fourth Squire in Parsifal; his house debut at Los Angeles Opera as Rodolfo, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and subsequent return to the company as Ismaele in Nabucco, opposite Plácido Domingo; his house debut at Santa Fe Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; his house and role debut at North Carolina Opera as Alfredo; and performances at Opera Frankfurt as Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, the Duke in Rigoletto, the title roles in Werther and Roberto Devereux, and Rodolfo.

Concert highlights include his Hollywood Bowl debut as Cassio in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and performances with the National Symphony Orchestra as the Italian Tenor, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Additional engagments include Mozart’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Centroamericana in Nicaragua, a concert in Puerto Rico honoring Giuseppe Verdi with Teatro de la Opera, his participation in the Opera Studio at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma in Italy with Renata Scotto, his Carnegie Hall debut in a concert with the Musical Olympus Foundation, and his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in Rennes, France. Mr. Chang was also a guest soloist with the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra at Festival Musical Olympus in Russia, and later returned to Carnegie Hall to appear in recital as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Foundation.

Honors and awards include First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and audience favorite at the 2014 Opealia Competition, Top Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, a Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot career grant in 2013, a 2012 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award grant for promising Young Classical Artists, and the 2011 overall First Prize, Plácido Domingo Prize, and ‘Amigos de Sabadell’ Prize in the Francisco Viñas Competition at the Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. He has also received awards from the Concurso de Canto Lírico de Trujillo, Perú, and the Asociación Artista del Año and Asociación Dante Alighieri in Guatemala.

Mr. Chang was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. Mr. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala – a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera in Latin America and throughout the world. Since the company was established, Ópera de Guatemala has produced fully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La bohème, and L’elisir d’amore.

Alexey Lavrov*
Belcore
Alexey Lavrov*

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov made his Met company debut in the 12/13 season as the Herald in Otello and the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and has since appeared there as Silvio in Pagliacci, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La bohème, Ping in Turandot, Count Dominik in Arabella, the Huntsman in Rusalka, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.

Other recent career highlights have included the title roles in Aleko and Eugene Onegin at Opera Carolina, his role debut at Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Macau International Music Festival, his debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich as Silvio in Pagliacci and Teatro Real in Madrid in a new production of The Golden Cockerel, Albert in Werther and Silvio with CulturArte de Puerto Rico, Malatesta at the Cincinnati Opera and Atlanta Opera, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette at the Festival Internacional de Ópera Alejandro Granda in Peru, his debuts at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Silvio in Pagliacci and Robert in Iolanta, the title role of Eugene Onegin at Germany’s Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival and on tour with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Japan, Donald in Billy Budd at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and a recital with the Friends of Chamber Music Society of Miami with Ken Noda. Mr. Lavrov was also a member of the Young Artist Program at the Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre where he sang Moralès in Carmen, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, and Robert in Iolanta.

A native of the Komi Republic, Russia, Mr. Lavrov studied voice at the Republican Art College, Syktyvkar and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He was recently a semi-finalist at the 2014 Operalia International Voice Competition, and his many other awards and distinctions include 1st Prize at the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, second prize at the 2014 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, third prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the 2014 Musique et Vin Festival Prize, the 2014 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, winner of the 2010 Hariclea Darclée International Voice Competition, second prize from the Byulbyul International Vocal Competition, fourth-prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto competition in Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón, and a diploma from the International Rachmaninoff Competition.

Mr. Lavrov made his debut at the Arena di Verona in Turandot in the summer of 2021, and this season makes his debuts at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Napoleon in War and Peace and the Palm Beach Opera in L’Elisir d’Amore. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Turandot.

Musa Ngqungwana
Dulcamara
Musa Ngqungwana

Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato,” and by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful bass-baritone.”

This season, Musa appears as Lord Krishna in Satyagraha at the English National Opera, as Pizarro in Fidelio and in Sanctuary Road at North Carolina Opera, and as the role of Rocco in Fidelio: A Celebratory Gala Production at Austin Opera. He will also appear as Vodnik in Rusalka at Garsington Opera.

Highlights of recent engagements include singing the title role of Porgy and Bess at The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Grange Park Opera, and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; appearing as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera; the King in Aida with Houston Grand Opera; the Wanderer in Wagner’s Siegfried with North Carolina Opera; Paolo Albiani in Washington Concert Opera’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra; Queequeg in Moby Dick at Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Utah Opera; Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Dallas Opera; Zuniga in Carmen at Philadelphia Opera, Norwegian National Opera, and Palm Beach Opera; and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera.

Musa’s recent debuts have included Amonasro in Aida at English National Opera, Angelotti in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company, Gottardo in La gazza ladra at The Glimmerglass Festival, and at Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème, where he also sang the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.

His concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra; with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest on its Opening Night concert; and as Pythéas in Sapho with the Washington Concert Opera, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, U.S. Naval Academy, and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Musa’s vocal promise continues to be recognized nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He was also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo / Dr. Campbell Award from Opera Index in New York City, and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions.

In 2013, Musa was the Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a recipient of the Lissner Charitable Award from the Licia Albanese / Puccini International Vocal Competition, and the recipient of the Apollo Music Trust. Further recognitions include the 2011 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust award and the 2010 winner of the WBHO / Jan Kaminski Award. Musa is also the 2015 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist through the National Arts Festival of South Africa.

Musa graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He is the author of Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, which was published in South Africa by Penguin Random House.

Fenlon Lamb
Director
Fenlon Lamb

Fenlon Lamb is continually praised for her dynamic and engaging productions in leading regional houses across the United States. She directed Arizona Opera’s world premiere and the subsequent remount of Riders of the Purple Sage which Broadway World called “epic” and “memorable…literally and figuratively blazing trails.”  She recently returned to the company to mount a new production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. In previous seasons, Fenlon staged a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto and a “classic and stylish” Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut with the company in 2012.

A house favorite at Palm Beach Opera, Fenlon led a “fizzing and delightful” Il Barbiere di Siviglia for their 2013 International Season and her debut with the company. She has since directed La Bohème which highlighted her “superb theatrical instincts” and “an attractive and well-timed staging” of Don Pasquale which was hailed as “one of the company’s best efforts” by Palm Beach News. Subsequent seasons included “a spiced up” Tosca and the Papermoon Opera Production of Hansel and Gretel for PBO’s family series at the Crest Theater.

Other notable productions include La traviata for her Madison and Toledo Opera debuts and a new production for Finger Lakes Opera. Fenlon directed a new production of Scalia/Ginsburg for Opera Delaware, Tosca with Jennifer Rowley in the title role, and The Pearlfishers for Dayton Opera. She has directed Carmen for North Carolina Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Dayton Opera, Bar Harbor Music Festival and Annapolis Opera. She directed Werther and Hänsel und Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theater, Le nozze di Figaro for Orlando Philharmonic and Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with Lexington Symphony. Fenlon led a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer with Greer Grimsley in the title role for Opera Carolina that “balanced operatic polish, romantic beauty and feminist critique” and a “sympathetic production” of Werther for Mobile Opera starring Gran Wilson.

Andriana Chuchman*
Adina
Andriana Chuchman*

This season, soprano Andriana Chuchman makes three important role debuts: Michal in Handel’s Saul at the Houston Grand Opera, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opera Omaha, and Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera San Antonio. She also returns to the Hamburg State Opera and makes her debut at the 2020 Salzburg Whitsun Festival in performances of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice. Her concert appearances include performances of Handel’s Messiah with both the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Ms. Chuchman’s recent opera engagements have included Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Miranda in The Enchanted Island, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Valencienne at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Mary in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life at the San Francisco Opera; her house and role debut as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera;  MicaëlainLa tragédie de Carmenat the San Diego Opera; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Los Angeles Opera, Boonyi/India in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at the Opera Theater of St. Louis,  Gretel on the Glyndebourne Festival Tour, Magnolia in Show Boat and Marie in Fille du Regimentat the Washington National Opera, Magnolia at the Dallas Opera,  John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at the Opera Omaha, Guinevere in Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival,  Yum-Yum, Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and staged performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Michigan Opera Theater;  Minka in Le Roi le Malgra at the Bard Music Festival, the title role in Flora, an Opera at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Alinda in Giasone and Dorinda in Orlando at the Chicago Opera Theater.

In concert, Ms. Chuchman has appeared in Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival in staged performances of the Pegolesi Stabat Mater, and has also appeared at the Cincinnati May Festival in a performance of the Bach B minor Mass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Brahms Requiem, the Rhode Island Philharmonic in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and the Ravinia Festival as a guest on the Prairie Home Companion radio show.

In her native Canada, Ms. Chuchman recently sang the premiere of Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest with the Winnipeg Symphony. She made her debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and most recently returned as Musetta in La bohème. She has also appeared at the Edmonton Opera as Yum-Yumand Marie in La Fille du Regiment; and at the Manitoba Opera as Susana in Le Nozze de Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Concert performances have included engagements with the Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Prince George Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Winnipeg, Ms. Chuchman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba. She is also an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.  Ms. Chuchman’s awards include the San Francisco Opera’s 2019 Emerging Star of the Year, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Award, and prizewinner at the Finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany.

Mario Chang*
Nemorino
Mario Chang*

Winner of the 2014 Operalia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. This season, he was scheduled to sing Alfredo in La traviata in house debuts at both Opera Hong Kong and Florida Grand Opera. Recently, he made house debuts at Norwegian National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto and at Arizona Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. On the concert stage, he sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and had been scheduled to perform Rossini’s Petite Misse Solennelle at the Washington National Cathedral.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Chang sang Alfredo in house debuts at both Washington National Opera and Atlanta Opera, as well as in a return to Oper Frankfurt. He also reprised Rodolfo in a return to Santa Fe Opera during the summer of 2019.

Operatic highlights from previous seasons include performances at the Metropoltian Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Edward Gardner, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Fourth Squire in Parsifal; his house debut at Los Angeles Opera as Rodolfo, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and subsequent return to the company as Ismaele in Nabucco, opposite Plácido Domingo; his house debut at Santa Fe Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; his house and role debut at North Carolina Opera as Alfredo; and performances at Opera Frankfurt as Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, the Duke in Rigoletto, the title roles in Werther and Roberto Devereux, and Rodolfo.

Concert highlights include his Hollywood Bowl debut as Cassio in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and performances with the National Symphony Orchestra as the Italian Tenor, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Additional engagments include Mozart’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Centroamericana in Nicaragua, a concert in Puerto Rico honoring Giuseppe Verdi with Teatro de la Opera, his participation in the Opera Studio at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma in Italy with Renata Scotto, his Carnegie Hall debut in a concert with the Musical Olympus Foundation, and his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in Rennes, France. Mr. Chang was also a guest soloist with the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra at Festival Musical Olympus in Russia, and later returned to Carnegie Hall to appear in recital as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Foundation.

Honors and awards include First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and audience favorite at the 2014 Opealia Competition, Top Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, a Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot career grant in 2013, a 2012 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award grant for promising Young Classical Artists, and the 2011 overall First Prize, Plácido Domingo Prize, and ‘Amigos de Sabadell’ Prize in the Francisco Viñas Competition at the Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. He has also received awards from the Concurso de Canto Lírico de Trujillo, Perú, and the Asociación Artista del Año and Asociación Dante Alighieri in Guatemala.

Mr. Chang was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. Mr. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala – a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera in Latin America and throughout the world. Since the company was established, Ópera de Guatemala has produced fully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La bohème, and L’elisir d’amore.

Alexey Lavrov*
Belcore
Alexey Lavrov*

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov made his Met company debut in the 12/13 season as the Herald in Otello and the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and has since appeared there as Silvio in Pagliacci, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La bohème, Ping in Turandot, Count Dominik in Arabella, the Huntsman in Rusalka, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.

Other recent career highlights have included the title roles in Aleko and Eugene Onegin at Opera Carolina, his role debut at Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Macau International Music Festival, his debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich as Silvio in Pagliacci and Teatro Real in Madrid in a new production of The Golden Cockerel, Albert in Werther and Silvio with CulturArte de Puerto Rico, Malatesta at the Cincinnati Opera and Atlanta Opera, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette at the Festival Internacional de Ópera Alejandro Granda in Peru, his debuts at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Silvio in Pagliacci and Robert in Iolanta, the title role of Eugene Onegin at Germany’s Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival and on tour with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Japan, Donald in Billy Budd at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and a recital with the Friends of Chamber Music Society of Miami with Ken Noda. Mr. Lavrov was also a member of the Young Artist Program at the Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre where he sang Moralès in Carmen, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, and Robert in Iolanta.

A native of the Komi Republic, Russia, Mr. Lavrov studied voice at the Republican Art College, Syktyvkar and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He was recently a semi-finalist at the 2014 Operalia International Voice Competition, and his many other awards and distinctions include 1st Prize at the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, second prize at the 2014 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, third prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the 2014 Musique et Vin Festival Prize, the 2014 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, winner of the 2010 Hariclea Darclée International Voice Competition, second prize from the Byulbyul International Vocal Competition, fourth-prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto competition in Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón, and a diploma from the International Rachmaninoff Competition.

Mr. Lavrov made his debut at the Arena di Verona in Turandot in the summer of 2021, and this season makes his debuts at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Napoleon in War and Peace and the Palm Beach Opera in L’Elisir d’Amore. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Turandot.

Musa Ngqungwana
Dulcamara
Musa Ngqungwana

Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato,” and by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful bass-baritone.”

This season, Musa appears as Lord Krishna in Satyagraha at the English National Opera, as Pizarro in Fidelio and in Sanctuary Road at North Carolina Opera, and as the role of Rocco in Fidelio: A Celebratory Gala Production at Austin Opera. He will also appear as Vodnik in Rusalka at Garsington Opera.

Highlights of recent engagements include singing the title role of Porgy and Bess at The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Grange Park Opera, and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; appearing as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera; the King in Aida with Houston Grand Opera; the Wanderer in Wagner’s Siegfried with North Carolina Opera; Paolo Albiani in Washington Concert Opera’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra; Queequeg in Moby Dick at Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Utah Opera; Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Dallas Opera; Zuniga in Carmen at Philadelphia Opera, Norwegian National Opera, and Palm Beach Opera; and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera.

Musa’s recent debuts have included Amonasro in Aida at English National Opera, Angelotti in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company, Gottardo in La gazza ladra at The Glimmerglass Festival, and at Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème, where he also sang the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.

His concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra; with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest on its Opening Night concert; and as Pythéas in Sapho with the Washington Concert Opera, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, U.S. Naval Academy, and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Musa’s vocal promise continues to be recognized nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He was also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo / Dr. Campbell Award from Opera Index in New York City, and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions.

In 2013, Musa was the Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a recipient of the Lissner Charitable Award from the Licia Albanese / Puccini International Vocal Competition, and the recipient of the Apollo Music Trust. Further recognitions include the 2011 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust award and the 2010 winner of the WBHO / Jan Kaminski Award. Musa is also the 2015 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist through the National Arts Festival of South Africa.

Musa graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He is the author of Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, which was published in South Africa by Penguin Random House.

Fenlon Lamb
Director
Fenlon Lamb

Fenlon Lamb is continually praised for her dynamic and engaging productions in leading regional houses across the United States. She directed Arizona Opera’s world premiere and the subsequent remount of Riders of the Purple Sage which Broadway World called “epic” and “memorable…literally and figuratively blazing trails.”  She recently returned to the company to mount a new production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. In previous seasons, Fenlon staged a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto and a “classic and stylish” Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut with the company in 2012.

A house favorite at Palm Beach Opera, Fenlon led a “fizzing and delightful” Il Barbiere di Siviglia for their 2013 International Season and her debut with the company. She has since directed La Bohème which highlighted her “superb theatrical instincts” and “an attractive and well-timed staging” of Don Pasquale which was hailed as “one of the company’s best efforts” by Palm Beach News. Subsequent seasons included “a spiced up” Tosca and the Papermoon Opera Production of Hansel and Gretel for PBO’s family series at the Crest Theater.

Other notable productions include La traviata for her Madison and Toledo Opera debuts and a new production for Finger Lakes Opera. Fenlon directed a new production of Scalia/Ginsburg for Opera Delaware, Tosca with Jennifer Rowley in the title role, and The Pearlfishers for Dayton Opera. She has directed Carmen for North Carolina Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Dayton Opera, Bar Harbor Music Festival and Annapolis Opera. She directed Werther and Hänsel und Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theater, Le nozze di Figaro for Orlando Philharmonic and Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with Lexington Symphony. Fenlon led a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer with Greer Grimsley in the title role for Opera Carolina that “balanced operatic polish, romantic beauty and feminist critique” and a “sympathetic production” of Werther for Mobile Opera starring Gran Wilson.

Andriana Chuchman*
Adina
Andriana Chuchman*

This season, soprano Andriana Chuchman makes three important role debuts: Michal in Handel’s Saul at the Houston Grand Opera, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opera Omaha, and Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera San Antonio. She also returns to the Hamburg State Opera and makes her debut at the 2020 Salzburg Whitsun Festival in performances of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice. Her concert appearances include performances of Handel’s Messiah with both the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Ms. Chuchman’s recent opera engagements have included Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Miranda in The Enchanted Island, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Valencienne at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Mary in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life at the San Francisco Opera; her house and role debut as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera;  MicaëlainLa tragédie de Carmenat the San Diego Opera; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Los Angeles Opera, Boonyi/India in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at the Opera Theater of St. Louis,  Gretel on the Glyndebourne Festival Tour, Magnolia in Show Boat and Marie in Fille du Regimentat the Washington National Opera, Magnolia at the Dallas Opera,  John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at the Opera Omaha, Guinevere in Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival,  Yum-Yum, Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and staged performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Michigan Opera Theater;  Minka in Le Roi le Malgra at the Bard Music Festival, the title role in Flora, an Opera at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Alinda in Giasone and Dorinda in Orlando at the Chicago Opera Theater.

In concert, Ms. Chuchman has appeared in Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival in staged performances of the Pegolesi Stabat Mater, and has also appeared at the Cincinnati May Festival in a performance of the Bach B minor Mass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Brahms Requiem, the Rhode Island Philharmonic in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and the Ravinia Festival as a guest on the Prairie Home Companion radio show.

In her native Canada, Ms. Chuchman recently sang the premiere of Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest with the Winnipeg Symphony. She made her debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and most recently returned as Musetta in La bohème. She has also appeared at the Edmonton Opera as Yum-Yumand Marie in La Fille du Regiment; and at the Manitoba Opera as Susana in Le Nozze de Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Concert performances have included engagements with the Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Prince George Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Winnipeg, Ms. Chuchman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba. She is also an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.  Ms. Chuchman’s awards include the San Francisco Opera’s 2019 Emerging Star of the Year, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Award, and prizewinner at the Finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany.

Mario Chang*
Nemorino
Mario Chang*

Winner of the 2014 Operalia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. This season, he was scheduled to sing Alfredo in La traviata in house debuts at both Opera Hong Kong and Florida Grand Opera. Recently, he made house debuts at Norwegian National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto and at Arizona Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. On the concert stage, he sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and had been scheduled to perform Rossini’s Petite Misse Solennelle at the Washington National Cathedral.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Chang sang Alfredo in house debuts at both Washington National Opera and Atlanta Opera, as well as in a return to Oper Frankfurt. He also reprised Rodolfo in a return to Santa Fe Opera during the summer of 2019.

Operatic highlights from previous seasons include performances at the Metropoltian Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Edward Gardner, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Fourth Squire in Parsifal; his house debut at Los Angeles Opera as Rodolfo, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and subsequent return to the company as Ismaele in Nabucco, opposite Plácido Domingo; his house debut at Santa Fe Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; his house and role debut at North Carolina Opera as Alfredo; and performances at Opera Frankfurt as Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, the Duke in Rigoletto, the title roles in Werther and Roberto Devereux, and Rodolfo.

Concert highlights include his Hollywood Bowl debut as Cassio in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and performances with the National Symphony Orchestra as the Italian Tenor, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Additional engagments include Mozart’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Centroamericana in Nicaragua, a concert in Puerto Rico honoring Giuseppe Verdi with Teatro de la Opera, his participation in the Opera Studio at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma in Italy with Renata Scotto, his Carnegie Hall debut in a concert with the Musical Olympus Foundation, and his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in Rennes, France. Mr. Chang was also a guest soloist with the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra at Festival Musical Olympus in Russia, and later returned to Carnegie Hall to appear in recital as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Foundation.

Honors and awards include First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and audience favorite at the 2014 Opealia Competition, Top Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, a Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot career grant in 2013, a 2012 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award grant for promising Young Classical Artists, and the 2011 overall First Prize, Plácido Domingo Prize, and ‘Amigos de Sabadell’ Prize in the Francisco Viñas Competition at the Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. He has also received awards from the Concurso de Canto Lírico de Trujillo, Perú, and the Asociación Artista del Año and Asociación Dante Alighieri in Guatemala.

Mr. Chang was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. Mr. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala – a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera in Latin America and throughout the world. Since the company was established, Ópera de Guatemala has produced fully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La bohème, and L’elisir d’amore.

Alexey Lavrov*
Belcore
Alexey Lavrov*

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov made his Met company debut in the 12/13 season as the Herald in Otello and the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and has since appeared there as Silvio in Pagliacci, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La bohème, Ping in Turandot, Count Dominik in Arabella, the Huntsman in Rusalka, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.

Other recent career highlights have included the title roles in Aleko and Eugene Onegin at Opera Carolina, his role debut at Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Macau International Music Festival, his debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich as Silvio in Pagliacci and Teatro Real in Madrid in a new production of The Golden Cockerel, Albert in Werther and Silvio with CulturArte de Puerto Rico, Malatesta at the Cincinnati Opera and Atlanta Opera, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette at the Festival Internacional de Ópera Alejandro Granda in Peru, his debuts at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Silvio in Pagliacci and Robert in Iolanta, the title role of Eugene Onegin at Germany’s Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival and on tour with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Japan, Donald in Billy Budd at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and a recital with the Friends of Chamber Music Society of Miami with Ken Noda. Mr. Lavrov was also a member of the Young Artist Program at the Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre where he sang Moralès in Carmen, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, and Robert in Iolanta.

A native of the Komi Republic, Russia, Mr. Lavrov studied voice at the Republican Art College, Syktyvkar and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He was recently a semi-finalist at the 2014 Operalia International Voice Competition, and his many other awards and distinctions include 1st Prize at the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, second prize at the 2014 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, third prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the 2014 Musique et Vin Festival Prize, the 2014 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, winner of the 2010 Hariclea Darclée International Voice Competition, second prize from the Byulbyul International Vocal Competition, fourth-prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto competition in Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón, and a diploma from the International Rachmaninoff Competition.

Mr. Lavrov made his debut at the Arena di Verona in Turandot in the summer of 2021, and this season makes his debuts at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Napoleon in War and Peace and the Palm Beach Opera in L’Elisir d’Amore. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Turandot.

Musa Ngqungwana
Dulcamara
Musa Ngqungwana

Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato,” and by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful bass-baritone.”

This season, Musa appears as Lord Krishna in Satyagraha at the English National Opera, as Pizarro in Fidelio and in Sanctuary Road at North Carolina Opera, and as the role of Rocco in Fidelio: A Celebratory Gala Production at Austin Opera. He will also appear as Vodnik in Rusalka at Garsington Opera.

Highlights of recent engagements include singing the title role of Porgy and Bess at The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Grange Park Opera, and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; appearing as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera; the King in Aida with Houston Grand Opera; the Wanderer in Wagner’s Siegfried with North Carolina Opera; Paolo Albiani in Washington Concert Opera’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra; Queequeg in Moby Dick at Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Utah Opera; Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Dallas Opera; Zuniga in Carmen at Philadelphia Opera, Norwegian National Opera, and Palm Beach Opera; and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera.

Musa’s recent debuts have included Amonasro in Aida at English National Opera, Angelotti in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company, Gottardo in La gazza ladra at The Glimmerglass Festival, and at Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème, where he also sang the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.

His concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra; with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest on its Opening Night concert; and as Pythéas in Sapho with the Washington Concert Opera, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, U.S. Naval Academy, and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Musa’s vocal promise continues to be recognized nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He was also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo / Dr. Campbell Award from Opera Index in New York City, and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions.

In 2013, Musa was the Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a recipient of the Lissner Charitable Award from the Licia Albanese / Puccini International Vocal Competition, and the recipient of the Apollo Music Trust. Further recognitions include the 2011 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust award and the 2010 winner of the WBHO / Jan Kaminski Award. Musa is also the 2015 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist through the National Arts Festival of South Africa.

Musa graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He is the author of Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, which was published in South Africa by Penguin Random House.

Fenlon Lamb
Director
Fenlon Lamb

Fenlon Lamb is continually praised for her dynamic and engaging productions in leading regional houses across the United States. She directed Arizona Opera’s world premiere and the subsequent remount of Riders of the Purple Sage which Broadway World called “epic” and “memorable…literally and figuratively blazing trails.”  She recently returned to the company to mount a new production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. In previous seasons, Fenlon staged a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto and a “classic and stylish” Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut with the company in 2012.

A house favorite at Palm Beach Opera, Fenlon led a “fizzing and delightful” Il Barbiere di Siviglia for their 2013 International Season and her debut with the company. She has since directed La Bohème which highlighted her “superb theatrical instincts” and “an attractive and well-timed staging” of Don Pasquale which was hailed as “one of the company’s best efforts” by Palm Beach News. Subsequent seasons included “a spiced up” Tosca and the Papermoon Opera Production of Hansel and Gretel for PBO’s family series at the Crest Theater.

Other notable productions include La traviata for her Madison and Toledo Opera debuts and a new production for Finger Lakes Opera. Fenlon directed a new production of Scalia/Ginsburg for Opera Delaware, Tosca with Jennifer Rowley in the title role, and The Pearlfishers for Dayton Opera. She has directed Carmen for North Carolina Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Dayton Opera, Bar Harbor Music Festival and Annapolis Opera. She directed Werther and Hänsel und Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theater, Le nozze di Figaro for Orlando Philharmonic and Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with Lexington Symphony. Fenlon led a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer with Greer Grimsley in the title role for Opera Carolina that “balanced operatic polish, romantic beauty and feminist critique” and a “sympathetic production” of Werther for Mobile Opera starring Gran Wilson.

Andriana Chuchman*
Adina
Andriana Chuchman*

This season, soprano Andriana Chuchman makes three important role debuts: Michal in Handel’s Saul at the Houston Grand Opera, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opera Omaha, and Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera San Antonio. She also returns to the Hamburg State Opera and makes her debut at the 2020 Salzburg Whitsun Festival in performances of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice. Her concert appearances include performances of Handel’s Messiah with both the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Ms. Chuchman’s recent opera engagements have included Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Miranda in The Enchanted Island, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Valencienne at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Mary in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life at the San Francisco Opera; her house and role debut as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera;  MicaëlainLa tragédie de Carmenat the San Diego Opera; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Los Angeles Opera, Boonyi/India in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at the Opera Theater of St. Louis,  Gretel on the Glyndebourne Festival Tour, Magnolia in Show Boat and Marie in Fille du Regimentat the Washington National Opera, Magnolia at the Dallas Opera,  John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at the Opera Omaha, Guinevere in Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival,  Yum-Yum, Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and staged performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Michigan Opera Theater;  Minka in Le Roi le Malgra at the Bard Music Festival, the title role in Flora, an Opera at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Alinda in Giasone and Dorinda in Orlando at the Chicago Opera Theater.

In concert, Ms. Chuchman has appeared in Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival in staged performances of the Pegolesi Stabat Mater, and has also appeared at the Cincinnati May Festival in a performance of the Bach B minor Mass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Brahms Requiem, the Rhode Island Philharmonic in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and the Ravinia Festival as a guest on the Prairie Home Companion radio show.

In her native Canada, Ms. Chuchman recently sang the premiere of Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest with the Winnipeg Symphony. She made her debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and most recently returned as Musetta in La bohème. She has also appeared at the Edmonton Opera as Yum-Yumand Marie in La Fille du Regiment; and at the Manitoba Opera as Susana in Le Nozze de Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Concert performances have included engagements with the Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Prince George Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Winnipeg, Ms. Chuchman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba. She is also an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.  Ms. Chuchman’s awards include the San Francisco Opera’s 2019 Emerging Star of the Year, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Award, and prizewinner at the Finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany.

Mario Chang*
Nemorino
Mario Chang*

Winner of the 2014 Operalia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. This season, he was scheduled to sing Alfredo in La traviata in house debuts at both Opera Hong Kong and Florida Grand Opera. Recently, he made house debuts at Norwegian National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto and at Arizona Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. On the concert stage, he sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and had been scheduled to perform Rossini’s Petite Misse Solennelle at the Washington National Cathedral.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Chang sang Alfredo in house debuts at both Washington National Opera and Atlanta Opera, as well as in a return to Oper Frankfurt. He also reprised Rodolfo in a return to Santa Fe Opera during the summer of 2019.

Operatic highlights from previous seasons include performances at the Metropoltian Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Edward Gardner, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Fourth Squire in Parsifal; his house debut at Los Angeles Opera as Rodolfo, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and subsequent return to the company as Ismaele in Nabucco, opposite Plácido Domingo; his house debut at Santa Fe Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; his house and role debut at North Carolina Opera as Alfredo; and performances at Opera Frankfurt as Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, the Duke in Rigoletto, the title roles in Werther and Roberto Devereux, and Rodolfo.

Concert highlights include his Hollywood Bowl debut as Cassio in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and performances with the National Symphony Orchestra as the Italian Tenor, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Additional engagments include Mozart’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Centroamericana in Nicaragua, a concert in Puerto Rico honoring Giuseppe Verdi with Teatro de la Opera, his participation in the Opera Studio at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma in Italy with Renata Scotto, his Carnegie Hall debut in a concert with the Musical Olympus Foundation, and his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in Rennes, France. Mr. Chang was also a guest soloist with the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra at Festival Musical Olympus in Russia, and later returned to Carnegie Hall to appear in recital as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Foundation.

Honors and awards include First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and audience favorite at the 2014 Opealia Competition, Top Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, a Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot career grant in 2013, a 2012 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award grant for promising Young Classical Artists, and the 2011 overall First Prize, Plácido Domingo Prize, and ‘Amigos de Sabadell’ Prize in the Francisco Viñas Competition at the Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. He has also received awards from the Concurso de Canto Lírico de Trujillo, Perú, and the Asociación Artista del Año and Asociación Dante Alighieri in Guatemala.

Mr. Chang was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. Mr. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala – a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera in Latin America and throughout the world. Since the company was established, Ópera de Guatemala has produced fully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La bohème, and L’elisir d’amore.

Alexey Lavrov*
Belcore
Alexey Lavrov*

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov made his Met company debut in the 12/13 season as the Herald in Otello and the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and has since appeared there as Silvio in Pagliacci, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La bohème, Ping in Turandot, Count Dominik in Arabella, the Huntsman in Rusalka, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.

Other recent career highlights have included the title roles in Aleko and Eugene Onegin at Opera Carolina, his role debut at Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Macau International Music Festival, his debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich as Silvio in Pagliacci and Teatro Real in Madrid in a new production of The Golden Cockerel, Albert in Werther and Silvio with CulturArte de Puerto Rico, Malatesta at the Cincinnati Opera and Atlanta Opera, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette at the Festival Internacional de Ópera Alejandro Granda in Peru, his debuts at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Silvio in Pagliacci and Robert in Iolanta, the title role of Eugene Onegin at Germany’s Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival and on tour with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Japan, Donald in Billy Budd at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and a recital with the Friends of Chamber Music Society of Miami with Ken Noda. Mr. Lavrov was also a member of the Young Artist Program at the Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre where he sang Moralès in Carmen, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, and Robert in Iolanta.

A native of the Komi Republic, Russia, Mr. Lavrov studied voice at the Republican Art College, Syktyvkar and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He was recently a semi-finalist at the 2014 Operalia International Voice Competition, and his many other awards and distinctions include 1st Prize at the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, second prize at the 2014 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, third prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the 2014 Musique et Vin Festival Prize, the 2014 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, winner of the 2010 Hariclea Darclée International Voice Competition, second prize from the Byulbyul International Vocal Competition, fourth-prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto competition in Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón, and a diploma from the International Rachmaninoff Competition.

Mr. Lavrov made his debut at the Arena di Verona in Turandot in the summer of 2021, and this season makes his debuts at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Napoleon in War and Peace and the Palm Beach Opera in L’Elisir d’Amore. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Turandot.

Musa Ngqungwana
Dulcamara
Musa Ngqungwana

Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato,” and by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful bass-baritone.”

This season, Musa appears as Lord Krishna in Satyagraha at the English National Opera, as Pizarro in Fidelio and in Sanctuary Road at North Carolina Opera, and as the role of Rocco in Fidelio: A Celebratory Gala Production at Austin Opera. He will also appear as Vodnik in Rusalka at Garsington Opera.

Highlights of recent engagements include singing the title role of Porgy and Bess at The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Grange Park Opera, and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; appearing as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera; the King in Aida with Houston Grand Opera; the Wanderer in Wagner’s Siegfried with North Carolina Opera; Paolo Albiani in Washington Concert Opera’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra; Queequeg in Moby Dick at Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Utah Opera; Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Dallas Opera; Zuniga in Carmen at Philadelphia Opera, Norwegian National Opera, and Palm Beach Opera; and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera.

Musa’s recent debuts have included Amonasro in Aida at English National Opera, Angelotti in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company, Gottardo in La gazza ladra at The Glimmerglass Festival, and at Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème, where he also sang the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.

His concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra; with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest on its Opening Night concert; and as Pythéas in Sapho with the Washington Concert Opera, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, U.S. Naval Academy, and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Musa’s vocal promise continues to be recognized nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He was also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo / Dr. Campbell Award from Opera Index in New York City, and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions.

In 2013, Musa was the Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a recipient of the Lissner Charitable Award from the Licia Albanese / Puccini International Vocal Competition, and the recipient of the Apollo Music Trust. Further recognitions include the 2011 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust award and the 2010 winner of the WBHO / Jan Kaminski Award. Musa is also the 2015 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist through the National Arts Festival of South Africa.

Musa graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He is the author of Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, which was published in South Africa by Penguin Random House.

Fenlon Lamb
Director
Fenlon Lamb

Fenlon Lamb is continually praised for her dynamic and engaging productions in leading regional houses across the United States. She directed Arizona Opera’s world premiere and the subsequent remount of Riders of the Purple Sage which Broadway World called “epic” and “memorable…literally and figuratively blazing trails.”  She recently returned to the company to mount a new production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. In previous seasons, Fenlon staged a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto and a “classic and stylish” Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut with the company in 2012.

A house favorite at Palm Beach Opera, Fenlon led a “fizzing and delightful” Il Barbiere di Siviglia for their 2013 International Season and her debut with the company. She has since directed La Bohème which highlighted her “superb theatrical instincts” and “an attractive and well-timed staging” of Don Pasquale which was hailed as “one of the company’s best efforts” by Palm Beach News. Subsequent seasons included “a spiced up” Tosca and the Papermoon Opera Production of Hansel and Gretel for PBO’s family series at the Crest Theater.

Other notable productions include La traviata for her Madison and Toledo Opera debuts and a new production for Finger Lakes Opera. Fenlon directed a new production of Scalia/Ginsburg for Opera Delaware, Tosca with Jennifer Rowley in the title role, and The Pearlfishers for Dayton Opera. She has directed Carmen for North Carolina Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Dayton Opera, Bar Harbor Music Festival and Annapolis Opera. She directed Werther and Hänsel und Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theater, Le nozze di Figaro for Orlando Philharmonic and Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with Lexington Symphony. Fenlon led a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer with Greer Grimsley in the title role for Opera Carolina that “balanced operatic polish, romantic beauty and feminist critique” and a “sympathetic production” of Werther for Mobile Opera starring Gran Wilson.

Andriana Chuchman*
Adina
Andriana Chuchman*

This season, soprano Andriana Chuchman makes three important role debuts: Michal in Handel’s Saul at the Houston Grand Opera, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opera Omaha, and Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera San Antonio. She also returns to the Hamburg State Opera and makes her debut at the 2020 Salzburg Whitsun Festival in performances of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice. Her concert appearances include performances of Handel’s Messiah with both the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Ms. Chuchman’s recent opera engagements have included Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Miranda in The Enchanted Island, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Valencienne at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Mary in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life at the San Francisco Opera; her house and role debut as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera;  MicaëlainLa tragédie de Carmenat the San Diego Opera; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Los Angeles Opera, Boonyi/India in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at the Opera Theater of St. Louis,  Gretel on the Glyndebourne Festival Tour, Magnolia in Show Boat and Marie in Fille du Regimentat the Washington National Opera, Magnolia at the Dallas Opera,  John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at the Opera Omaha, Guinevere in Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival,  Yum-Yum, Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and staged performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Michigan Opera Theater;  Minka in Le Roi le Malgra at the Bard Music Festival, the title role in Flora, an Opera at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Alinda in Giasone and Dorinda in Orlando at the Chicago Opera Theater.

In concert, Ms. Chuchman has appeared in Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival in staged performances of the Pegolesi Stabat Mater, and has also appeared at the Cincinnati May Festival in a performance of the Bach B minor Mass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Brahms Requiem, the Rhode Island Philharmonic in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and the Ravinia Festival as a guest on the Prairie Home Companion radio show.

In her native Canada, Ms. Chuchman recently sang the premiere of Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest with the Winnipeg Symphony. She made her debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and most recently returned as Musetta in La bohème. She has also appeared at the Edmonton Opera as Yum-Yumand Marie in La Fille du Regiment; and at the Manitoba Opera as Susana in Le Nozze de Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Concert performances have included engagements with the Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Prince George Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Winnipeg, Ms. Chuchman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba. She is also an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.  Ms. Chuchman’s awards include the San Francisco Opera’s 2019 Emerging Star of the Year, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Award, and prizewinner at the Finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany.

Mario Chang*
Nemorino
Mario Chang*

Winner of the 2014 Operalia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. This season, he was scheduled to sing Alfredo in La traviata in house debuts at both Opera Hong Kong and Florida Grand Opera. Recently, he made house debuts at Norwegian National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto and at Arizona Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. On the concert stage, he sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and had been scheduled to perform Rossini’s Petite Misse Solennelle at the Washington National Cathedral.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Chang sang Alfredo in house debuts at both Washington National Opera and Atlanta Opera, as well as in a return to Oper Frankfurt. He also reprised Rodolfo in a return to Santa Fe Opera during the summer of 2019.

Operatic highlights from previous seasons include performances at the Metropoltian Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Edward Gardner, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Fourth Squire in Parsifal; his house debut at Los Angeles Opera as Rodolfo, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and subsequent return to the company as Ismaele in Nabucco, opposite Plácido Domingo; his house debut at Santa Fe Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; his house and role debut at North Carolina Opera as Alfredo; and performances at Opera Frankfurt as Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, the Duke in Rigoletto, the title roles in Werther and Roberto Devereux, and Rodolfo.

Concert highlights include his Hollywood Bowl debut as Cassio in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and performances with the National Symphony Orchestra as the Italian Tenor, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Additional engagments include Mozart’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Centroamericana in Nicaragua, a concert in Puerto Rico honoring Giuseppe Verdi with Teatro de la Opera, his participation in the Opera Studio at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma in Italy with Renata Scotto, his Carnegie Hall debut in a concert with the Musical Olympus Foundation, and his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in Rennes, France. Mr. Chang was also a guest soloist with the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra at Festival Musical Olympus in Russia, and later returned to Carnegie Hall to appear in recital as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Foundation.

Honors and awards include First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and audience favorite at the 2014 Opealia Competition, Top Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, a Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot career grant in 2013, a 2012 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award grant for promising Young Classical Artists, and the 2011 overall First Prize, Plácido Domingo Prize, and ‘Amigos de Sabadell’ Prize in the Francisco Viñas Competition at the Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. He has also received awards from the Concurso de Canto Lírico de Trujillo, Perú, and the Asociación Artista del Año and Asociación Dante Alighieri in Guatemala.

Mr. Chang was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. Mr. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala – a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera in Latin America and throughout the world. Since the company was established, Ópera de Guatemala has produced fully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La bohème, and L’elisir d’amore.

Alexey Lavrov*
Belcore
Alexey Lavrov*

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov made his Met company debut in the 12/13 season as the Herald in Otello and the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and has since appeared there as Silvio in Pagliacci, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La bohème, Ping in Turandot, Count Dominik in Arabella, the Huntsman in Rusalka, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.

Other recent career highlights have included the title roles in Aleko and Eugene Onegin at Opera Carolina, his role debut at Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Macau International Music Festival, his debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich as Silvio in Pagliacci and Teatro Real in Madrid in a new production of The Golden Cockerel, Albert in Werther and Silvio with CulturArte de Puerto Rico, Malatesta at the Cincinnati Opera and Atlanta Opera, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette at the Festival Internacional de Ópera Alejandro Granda in Peru, his debuts at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Silvio in Pagliacci and Robert in Iolanta, the title role of Eugene Onegin at Germany’s Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival and on tour with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Japan, Donald in Billy Budd at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and a recital with the Friends of Chamber Music Society of Miami with Ken Noda. Mr. Lavrov was also a member of the Young Artist Program at the Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre where he sang Moralès in Carmen, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, and Robert in Iolanta.

A native of the Komi Republic, Russia, Mr. Lavrov studied voice at the Republican Art College, Syktyvkar and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He was recently a semi-finalist at the 2014 Operalia International Voice Competition, and his many other awards and distinctions include 1st Prize at the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, second prize at the 2014 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, third prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the 2014 Musique et Vin Festival Prize, the 2014 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, winner of the 2010 Hariclea Darclée International Voice Competition, second prize from the Byulbyul International Vocal Competition, fourth-prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto competition in Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón, and a diploma from the International Rachmaninoff Competition.

Mr. Lavrov made his debut at the Arena di Verona in Turandot in the summer of 2021, and this season makes his debuts at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Napoleon in War and Peace and the Palm Beach Opera in L’Elisir d’Amore. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Turandot.

Musa Ngqungwana
Dulcamara
Musa Ngqungwana

Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato,” and by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful bass-baritone.”

This season, Musa appears as Lord Krishna in Satyagraha at the English National Opera, as Pizarro in Fidelio and in Sanctuary Road at North Carolina Opera, and as the role of Rocco in Fidelio: A Celebratory Gala Production at Austin Opera. He will also appear as Vodnik in Rusalka at Garsington Opera.

Highlights of recent engagements include singing the title role of Porgy and Bess at The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Grange Park Opera, and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; appearing as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera; the King in Aida with Houston Grand Opera; the Wanderer in Wagner’s Siegfried with North Carolina Opera; Paolo Albiani in Washington Concert Opera’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra; Queequeg in Moby Dick at Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Utah Opera; Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Dallas Opera; Zuniga in Carmen at Philadelphia Opera, Norwegian National Opera, and Palm Beach Opera; and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera.

Musa’s recent debuts have included Amonasro in Aida at English National Opera, Angelotti in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company, Gottardo in La gazza ladra at The Glimmerglass Festival, and at Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème, where he also sang the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.

His concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra; with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest on its Opening Night concert; and as Pythéas in Sapho with the Washington Concert Opera, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, U.S. Naval Academy, and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Musa’s vocal promise continues to be recognized nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He was also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo / Dr. Campbell Award from Opera Index in New York City, and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions.

In 2013, Musa was the Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a recipient of the Lissner Charitable Award from the Licia Albanese / Puccini International Vocal Competition, and the recipient of the Apollo Music Trust. Further recognitions include the 2011 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust award and the 2010 winner of the WBHO / Jan Kaminski Award. Musa is also the 2015 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist through the National Arts Festival of South Africa.

Musa graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He is the author of Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, which was published in South Africa by Penguin Random House.

Fenlon Lamb
Director
Fenlon Lamb

Fenlon Lamb is continually praised for her dynamic and engaging productions in leading regional houses across the United States. She directed Arizona Opera’s world premiere and the subsequent remount of Riders of the Purple Sage which Broadway World called “epic” and “memorable…literally and figuratively blazing trails.”  She recently returned to the company to mount a new production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. In previous seasons, Fenlon staged a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto and a “classic and stylish” Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut with the company in 2012.

A house favorite at Palm Beach Opera, Fenlon led a “fizzing and delightful” Il Barbiere di Siviglia for their 2013 International Season and her debut with the company. She has since directed La Bohème which highlighted her “superb theatrical instincts” and “an attractive and well-timed staging” of Don Pasquale which was hailed as “one of the company’s best efforts” by Palm Beach News. Subsequent seasons included “a spiced up” Tosca and the Papermoon Opera Production of Hansel and Gretel for PBO’s family series at the Crest Theater.

Other notable productions include La traviata for her Madison and Toledo Opera debuts and a new production for Finger Lakes Opera. Fenlon directed a new production of Scalia/Ginsburg for Opera Delaware, Tosca with Jennifer Rowley in the title role, and The Pearlfishers for Dayton Opera. She has directed Carmen for North Carolina Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Dayton Opera, Bar Harbor Music Festival and Annapolis Opera. She directed Werther and Hänsel und Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theater, Le nozze di Figaro for Orlando Philharmonic and Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with Lexington Symphony. Fenlon led a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer with Greer Grimsley in the title role for Opera Carolina that “balanced operatic polish, romantic beauty and feminist critique” and a “sympathetic production” of Werther for Mobile Opera starring Gran Wilson.

Andriana Chuchman*
Adina
Andriana Chuchman*

This season, soprano Andriana Chuchman makes three important role debuts: Michal in Handel’s Saul at the Houston Grand Opera, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opera Omaha, and Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera San Antonio. She also returns to the Hamburg State Opera and makes her debut at the 2020 Salzburg Whitsun Festival in performances of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice. Her concert appearances include performances of Handel’s Messiah with both the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Ms. Chuchman’s recent opera engagements have included Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Miranda in The Enchanted Island, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Valencienne at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Mary in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life at the San Francisco Opera; her house and role debut as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera;  MicaëlainLa tragédie de Carmenat the San Diego Opera; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Los Angeles Opera, Boonyi/India in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at the Opera Theater of St. Louis,  Gretel on the Glyndebourne Festival Tour, Magnolia in Show Boat and Marie in Fille du Regimentat the Washington National Opera, Magnolia at the Dallas Opera,  John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at the Opera Omaha, Guinevere in Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival,  Yum-Yum, Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and staged performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Michigan Opera Theater;  Minka in Le Roi le Malgra at the Bard Music Festival, the title role in Flora, an Opera at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Alinda in Giasone and Dorinda in Orlando at the Chicago Opera Theater.

In concert, Ms. Chuchman has appeared in Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival in staged performances of the Pegolesi Stabat Mater, and has also appeared at the Cincinnati May Festival in a performance of the Bach B minor Mass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Brahms Requiem, the Rhode Island Philharmonic in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and the Ravinia Festival as a guest on the Prairie Home Companion radio show.

In her native Canada, Ms. Chuchman recently sang the premiere of Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest with the Winnipeg Symphony. She made her debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and most recently returned as Musetta in La bohème. She has also appeared at the Edmonton Opera as Yum-Yumand Marie in La Fille du Regiment; and at the Manitoba Opera as Susana in Le Nozze de Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Concert performances have included engagements with the Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Prince George Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Winnipeg, Ms. Chuchman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba. She is also an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.  Ms. Chuchman’s awards include the San Francisco Opera’s 2019 Emerging Star of the Year, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Award, and prizewinner at the Finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany.

Mario Chang*
Nemorino
Mario Chang*

Winner of the 2014 Operalia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. This season, he was scheduled to sing Alfredo in La traviata in house debuts at both Opera Hong Kong and Florida Grand Opera. Recently, he made house debuts at Norwegian National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto and at Arizona Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. On the concert stage, he sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and had been scheduled to perform Rossini’s Petite Misse Solennelle at the Washington National Cathedral.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Chang sang Alfredo in house debuts at both Washington National Opera and Atlanta Opera, as well as in a return to Oper Frankfurt. He also reprised Rodolfo in a return to Santa Fe Opera during the summer of 2019.

Operatic highlights from previous seasons include performances at the Metropoltian Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Edward Gardner, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Fourth Squire in Parsifal; his house debut at Los Angeles Opera as Rodolfo, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and subsequent return to the company as Ismaele in Nabucco, opposite Plácido Domingo; his house debut at Santa Fe Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; his house and role debut at North Carolina Opera as Alfredo; and performances at Opera Frankfurt as Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, the Duke in Rigoletto, the title roles in Werther and Roberto Devereux, and Rodolfo.

Concert highlights include his Hollywood Bowl debut as Cassio in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and performances with the National Symphony Orchestra as the Italian Tenor, opposite Renée Fleming and under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Additional engagments include Mozart’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Centroamericana in Nicaragua, a concert in Puerto Rico honoring Giuseppe Verdi with Teatro de la Opera, his participation in the Opera Studio at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma in Italy with Renata Scotto, his Carnegie Hall debut in a concert with the Musical Olympus Foundation, and his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in Rennes, France. Mr. Chang was also a guest soloist with the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra at Festival Musical Olympus in Russia, and later returned to Carnegie Hall to appear in recital as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Foundation.

Honors and awards include First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and audience favorite at the 2014 Opealia Competition, Top Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, a Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot career grant in 2013, a 2012 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award grant for promising Young Classical Artists, and the 2011 overall First Prize, Plácido Domingo Prize, and ‘Amigos de Sabadell’ Prize in the Francisco Viñas Competition at the Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. He has also received awards from the Concurso de Canto Lírico de Trujillo, Perú, and the Asociación Artista del Año and Asociación Dante Alighieri in Guatemala.

Mr. Chang was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. Mr. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala – a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera in Latin America and throughout the world. Since the company was established, Ópera de Guatemala has produced fully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La bohème, and L’elisir d’amore.

Alexey Lavrov*
Belcore
Alexey Lavrov*

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov made his Met company debut in the 12/13 season as the Herald in Otello and the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and has since appeared there as Silvio in Pagliacci, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La bohème, Ping in Turandot, Count Dominik in Arabella, the Huntsman in Rusalka, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.

Other recent career highlights have included the title roles in Aleko and Eugene Onegin at Opera Carolina, his role debut at Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Macau International Music Festival, his debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich as Silvio in Pagliacci and Teatro Real in Madrid in a new production of The Golden Cockerel, Albert in Werther and Silvio with CulturArte de Puerto Rico, Malatesta at the Cincinnati Opera and Atlanta Opera, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette at the Festival Internacional de Ópera Alejandro Granda in Peru, his debuts at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Silvio in Pagliacci and Robert in Iolanta, the title role of Eugene Onegin at Germany’s Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival and on tour with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Japan, Donald in Billy Budd at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and a recital with the Friends of Chamber Music Society of Miami with Ken Noda. Mr. Lavrov was also a member of the Young Artist Program at the Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre where he sang Moralès in Carmen, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, and Robert in Iolanta.

A native of the Komi Republic, Russia, Mr. Lavrov studied voice at the Republican Art College, Syktyvkar and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He was recently a semi-finalist at the 2014 Operalia International Voice Competition, and his many other awards and distinctions include 1st Prize at the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, second prize at the 2014 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, third prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the 2014 Musique et Vin Festival Prize, the 2014 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, winner of the 2010 Hariclea Darclée International Voice Competition, second prize from the Byulbyul International Vocal Competition, fourth-prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto competition in Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón, and a diploma from the International Rachmaninoff Competition.

Mr. Lavrov made his debut at the Arena di Verona in Turandot in the summer of 2021, and this season makes his debuts at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Napoleon in War and Peace and the Palm Beach Opera in L’Elisir d’Amore. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Turandot.

Musa Ngqungwana
Dulcamara
Musa Ngqungwana

Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato,” and by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful bass-baritone.”

This season, Musa appears as Lord Krishna in Satyagraha at the English National Opera, as Pizarro in Fidelio and in Sanctuary Road at North Carolina Opera, and as the role of Rocco in Fidelio: A Celebratory Gala Production at Austin Opera. He will also appear as Vodnik in Rusalka at Garsington Opera.

Highlights of recent engagements include singing the title role of Porgy and Bess at The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Grange Park Opera, and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; appearing as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera; the King in Aida with Houston Grand Opera; the Wanderer in Wagner’s Siegfried with North Carolina Opera; Paolo Albiani in Washington Concert Opera’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra; Queequeg in Moby Dick at Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Utah Opera; Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Dallas Opera; Zuniga in Carmen at Philadelphia Opera, Norwegian National Opera, and Palm Beach Opera; and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera.

Musa’s recent debuts have included Amonasro in Aida at English National Opera, Angelotti in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company, Gottardo in La gazza ladra at The Glimmerglass Festival, and at Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème, where he also sang the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.

His concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra; with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest on its Opening Night concert; and as Pythéas in Sapho with the Washington Concert Opera, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, U.S. Naval Academy, and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Musa’s vocal promise continues to be recognized nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He was also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo / Dr. Campbell Award from Opera Index in New York City, and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions.

In 2013, Musa was the Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a recipient of the Lissner Charitable Award from the Licia Albanese / Puccini International Vocal Competition, and the recipient of the Apollo Music Trust. Further recognitions include the 2011 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust award and the 2010 winner of the WBHO / Jan Kaminski Award. Musa is also the 2015 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist through the National Arts Festival of South Africa.

Musa graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He is the author of Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, which was published in South Africa by Penguin Random House.