Alison King

Years Auditioned: 2016

  • Soprano
  • Age: 28

Alison King, 26 is a recent graduate of the Yale Opera Studio and a student of Marilyn Horne. She has frequently performed at Carnegie Hall in The Song Continues, a Neighborhood Recital, The Song Continues Paris Residency, Marilyn Horne's Song Celebration with Susan Graham and in Joyce DiDonato's master classes broadcasted live on MediciTV. Ms. King has received awards from The Gerda Lissner Foundation, The Licia Albanese Puccini Competition, Opera Birmingham Competition, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions New England Region. She have been a young artist at Music Academy of the West as well as Chautauqua Opera. She will…

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Alissa Andraski

Years Auditioned: 2016

  • Mezzo-Soprano
  • Age: 31

Andrew Lipian

Years Auditioned: 2016

  • Countertenor
  • Age: 30

Arelle Oberlander

Years Auditioned: 2016

  • Soprano
  • Age: 31

Arelle Oberlander is a lyric soprano based in New York City, where she studies privately with Nikki Li Hartliep. In December of 2014, she presented her NYC Recital Debut: An Evening of German Lieder & Cabaret at the DiMenna Center. Earlier that year, Arelle took part in the Sankt Goar International Music Festival & Academy in Germany, where she was granted a partial scholarship by co-founder Dr. Emilio Pons, awarded in recognition of her innovative fundraising efforts via the small business she helped launch - Kimono Couture. She has spent many summers continuing her education abroad in programs in Austria…

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Austin Sanders

Years Auditioned: 2016, 2017

  • Baritone
  • Age: 25

Austin Sanders, a native from Onalaska, Wisconsin, is a Baritone in his final semester at Viterbo University as a student of Daniel Johnson-Wilmot. Austin just finished performing Acis and Galatea this October and he starred as the role of Polypheme. He’s also been Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, and Don Annibale in Il campenello di note throughout his time at Viterbo. He placed second at the NATS competition last year, a finalist and an honorable mention at the Schubert Club Audition, and received an encouragement award at the MONC Auditions as well.

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Avery Boettcher

Years Auditioned: 2016

  • Soprano
  • Age: 25

Soprano Avery Boettcher has begun what most assuredly will be a very promising career. A recent graduate of Viterbo University, Avery has already performed several roles both here in the US and abroad to wide acclaim such as Yum-Yum in "The Mikado", Clorinda in "La Cenerentola", Sieglinde Lessing in Jerome Kern's "Music in the Air" and, in her European debut, Susanna in "Le Nozze di Figaro" with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy. Avery is also a three-time 1st place winner in the Wisconsin NATS competition, a finalist in the 2013 Schubert Club competition in St. Paul Minnesota, and a…

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Beibei Guan

Years Auditioned: 2016

  • Soprano
  • Age: 29

Benjamin Sieverding

Years Auditioned: 2016, 2017

  • Bass
  • Age: 30

Bass Benjamin Sieverding, from Sioux Falls, SD, is a four-time district winner and regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This season he returns to Minnesota Opera as a Resident Artist, performing the roles of Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, Max Kane in the premiere of Dinner at Eight, and Colline in La Bohème. The previous season included: Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sarastro and Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, and Sacristan in Tosca. Sieverding makes his Madison Opera debut this season, singing Le duc in Roméo et Juliette. He recently appeared as Peter Quince in A Midsummer…

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Bethany Brautigam

Years Auditioned: 2016

  • Soprano
  • Age: 30

Bethany Brautigam, Soprano, is quickly gaining acclaim throughout the Midwest for her warm, rich voice and powerful stage presence. In 2015, she was awarded the Turano Family Scholarship at Casa Italia Chicago's annual vocal scholarship competition, performed Pamina/The Magic Flute, Mimi/La Boheme, as as a young artist with Cedar Rapids Opera performed Fermina/Dancing Gypsy Girl/Man of La Mancha and covered Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni. She is a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Award and the North Park University Performance Award and Opera scholarship. Previous opera roles include Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Cinderella/Into the Woods, Suor Angelica/Suor Angelica (Italian debut), Donna…

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Brandon Coleman

Years Auditioned: 2016

  • Bass-Baritone
  • Age: 28

Brandon Coleman has been praised for his “exotic vocal coloring” by Opera News and “wonderful resonance” by Classical Singer. He commands the stage with his confidence and lures the audience with his voice. Mr. Coleman has been most recognized for role appearances as Jesus in The Seven Last Words, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Fred in Smokey Joe's Cafe, Sarastro in Die Zauberflote, Angelotti in Tosca, Ibn Hakia in Iolanta, and Parsons in The Cunning Little Vixen. In 2011, he made his international debut as a guest artist singing the role of Sarastro in Die Zauberflote with the Tuscia Opera…

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