Utah District Finals: Judges and Accompanist

Matthew Horner | Senior Vice President and Director of the vocal division of IMG Artists, New York

Matthew Horner is currently Senior Vice President and Director of the vocal division of IMG Artists, New York where he has worked since 2000. His roster includes such international singers as Eric Owens, Susan Graham, Lawrence Brownlee, Catherine Malfitano, Frederica von Stade, David Daniels, Alice Coote, Danielle de Niese, Angela Meade, Susanna Phillips, Albina Shagimuratova, Kyle Ketelsen, Amber Wagner, Brian Mulligan, Brandon Jovanovich, and James Valenti as well as many important emerging young American singers. He has served as a judge for numerous vocal competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council (both District and Regional levels), Palm Beach Opera Competition, the McCammon Competition in Ft. Worth, the Juilliard Honors Recital, the Alice Tully Hall Debut Recital Competition, the Joy in Singing Competition, and the Jenny Lind Competition. He presents regular classes and audition seminars at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, Mannes College of Music, Bard College, the Canadian Opera Company, the Santa Fe Opera, the Sarasota Opera, and others. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the George London Foundation for Singers and the advisory board of ASTRAL Artistic Services and served as Artistic Consultant to Palm Beach Opera. Matthew Horner was born in the Canal Zone, Panama, and resides in New York City.

Kevin Langan | American bass

Kevin Langan earned a sterling reputation as a leading bass performer in opera and concert with international audiences. Mr. Langan was the last protégé of Walter Legge, the legendary operatic record producer and promoter, and husband to Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. Under their sponsorship, he began his extensive career with a critically acclaimed recital at The Wigmore Hall in London. His “deep, toffee-smooth voice and convincing interpretive abilities” (New York Times) have made him a favorite in opera companies throughout the world. His career currently spans 36 years and over 1300 performances covering a vast repertoire of over 80 roles from early Baroque through 21st Century works, with the majority of his work in Händel, Mozart, and Verdi operas. This season, Mr. Langan performs the role of Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles in a return to Toledo Opera and returns to take part in a concert with The Florence Voice Program at Westminster Choir College in Italy. Future seasons see Mr. Langan in a return to Central City Opera.

Vera Lucia Calabria| Stage director, dramatic coach, and arts administrator

VERA LÚCIA CALÁBRIA is a stage director, dramatic coach, and arts administrator and has over 30 years of experience in opera and classical music. Born in Brazil, she began at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich in 1977, and at San Francisco Opera in 1979 as assistant to Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Productions staged for San Francisco Opera from 1983 to 2001 include Carmen, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, La forza del Destino, Der fliegende Holländer, and Falstaff. Other credits include Madama Butterfly in Strasbourg and Cologne, Manon in Vienna, Munich, and at the Metropolitan Opera, Parsifal in Barcelona, Falstaff in Chicago, Tosca in Montpellier, Tannhäuser in Honolulu, and Carmen in Zurich, Cologne, Chicago, and Tel Aviv. She now divides her time between stage productions and work with young singers as director and dramatic coach.

Dr. Carol Anderson | Principal Coach & Accompanist at Utah Opera

Carol Anderson is currently principal coach for the Utah Symphony and Opera, while spending her summers on the music staff of the Santa Fe Opera. Dr. Anderson has also worked on the coaching staffs of Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Sarasota Opera, Brevard Music Center, Nashville Opera, Baltimore Opera Company, Opera Festival of New Jersey, and Rice University's Shepherd School Opera.

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NewMexico District Finals: Judges and Accompanist

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Arizona District Finals: Judges and Accompanist

Melissa Wegner | Associate Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Melissa Wegner is the Associate Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She hears hundreds of young singers in audition every year and is passionate about assisting them with their career development. She is also the Artistic Coordinator of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute Program for Singers. As a soprano, she has performed opera, concerts and recitals in the United States and Europe. Ms. Wegner has been a guest at conservatories, universities and summer festivals speaking on the topics of auditioning, finance, and careers in the arts. Ms. Wegner joined New York City Opera as a Supertitles Associate and continues this work on a freelance basis with companies including BAM, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Opera Orchestra of New York. Ms. Wegner holds degrees from Bard College, The Manhattan School of Music and The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

Elizabeth Hynes | American Soprano

Elizabeth Hynes has been a faculty member at the USC Thornton School Of Music since 1995, and served as Chair of the Vocal Arts/Opera Department from 2005-2012. Ms. Hynes has taught at the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2003. Ms. Hynes has also taught at the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Italy. With a national reputation as a vocal teacher and mentor, Ms. Hynes adjudicates regularly for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and is in demand as a master class presenter around the country. Ms. Hynes has performed in major opera houses around the world, singing some of opera’s most demanding roles such as: Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Marguérite in Faust and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. Throughout Ms. Hynes’ career, she has been recognized for her interpretation of Mozart roles, appearing frequently as Susanna, and as Pamina. A sought-after concert artist, Ms. Hynes has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Georg Solti and the orchestras of Cleveland, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis and Los Angeles, among others.

Gerald Dolter | American Baritone

Gerald Dolter (with degrees from Indiana University) joined the voice faculty at the Texas Tech School of Music in the fall of 1995. He became the Director of TTU Opera Theatre in 1998. He has sought to program a wide variety of works to benefit students and the public interest. He has also built a reputation for staging works in unusual locations. His production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods, staged in a local Lubbock hotel atrium, represented a drastic departure for normal theatrical venues, in which he made use of the natural trees, brooks, pools, and shrubs to enhance the required stage settings. In 2013, he directed a new production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tuttefor Texas Tech Opera Theatre, which toured to the National Theatre of Honduras. Gerald Dolter began his professional singing career in the opera houses and concert halls of the United States and Europe. Opern Welt magazine has described his performances as “radiant,” by the Frankfurter Rundschauas “powerful baritonal presence,” and by England’s Opera magazine as “electrifying.” From 1985 to 1991, Dolter was the leading baritone with Germany’s Bremen Opera. His operatic repertoire includes more than 87 characterizations and 40 leading roles in musical theatre. He was a National Winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1984, and is now a frequent adjudicator for that competition at both the district and regional levels.

Robert Mills | Official MONC Audition Accompanist

Dr. Robert Mills is an assistant clinical professor of Music and the vocal coach/accompanist for Arizona State University's Lyric Opera. Dr. Mills holds a BA in music from the University of Maryland as well as a MM and a DMA in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University. Additionally, Dr. Mills holds both a Juris Doctor and a MLIS from Brigham Young University. For nearly three years, Dr. Mills served as an assistant vocal coach and accompanist for the Opera Institute at Boston University. Currently, he is on faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) summer program in Graz, Austria as a repetitor/coach. Dr. Mills concertizes regularly throughout the United States promoting American art song and has just completed a recording on the Summit label of the song cycles of Judith Cloud. He has collaborated with vocal artists and technicians such as Ingo Titze, Phyllis Curtain, Andrea Lechner and Ariel Bybee in concert, workshop and master class settings. Dr. Mills has taught throughout the world including invitations to the Conservatorio Nacional de M𢃼ica de M憖ico as well as the Big Bear Lake Song Festival. Dr. Mills has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Johns Hopkins Symphony, and the Mesa Symphony as well as with the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale and the Three Tenors of Mexico. Dr. Mills can be heard on the Canyon Record label.

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Colorado-Wyoming District Finals: Judges and Accompanist

Elizabeth Hynes | American Soprano

Elizabeth Hynes has been a faculty member at the USC Thornton School Of Music since 1995, and served as Chair of the Vocal Arts/Opera Department from 2005-2012. Ms. Hynes has taught at the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2003. Ms. Hynes has also taught at the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Italy. With a national reputation as a vocal teacher and mentor, Ms. Hynes adjudicates regularly for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and is in demand as a master class presenter around the country. Ms. Hynes has performed in major opera houses around the world, singing some of opera’s most demanding roles such as: Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Marguérite in Faust and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. Throughout Ms. Hynes’ career, she has been recognized for her interpretation of Mozart roles, appearing frequently as Susanna, and as Pamina. A sought-after concert artist, Ms. Hynes has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Georg Solti and the orchestras of Cleveland, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis and Los Angeles, among others.

Erie Mills | American Coloratura Soprano

Erie Mills--Devoted to training young classical singers and emerging artists, She teaches privately in the East Bay area of San Francisco. In October, 2016, she became the Artistic Director of Livermore Valley Opera. She also gives Master Classesthroughout the country and works with major opera companies (at Opera Theatre of St. Louis since 2004 , at the Metropolitan Opera from 2008 to the present and at Santa Fe Opera in 2009, 2010 and 2011) as an English diction coach/specialist. A past Professor of Music at San José State University where she taught for ten years, she serves on the boards of various music organizations, including the Board of Directors of Opera America. For over twenty-five years, Erie Mills performed to critical and popular acclaim throughout the world, dazzling audiences with her sparkling coloratura voice, captivating personality and vivid portrayal of roles.

Mark Morash | Director of musical studies for San Francisco Opera Center

Mark Morash is a conductor and pianist originally from Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Canada. He currently serves as the director of musical studies for San Francisco Opera Center. He has also led productions and concerts with the Merola Opera Program and Western Opera Theater. As a collaborative pianist, Morash’s performances have taken him throughout North America, Japan and Russia. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Michael Schade, Tracy Dahl and Sheri Greenawald and has also been involved with the Opera Center of Pittsburgh Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, the Banff Centre, and Hawaii Opera Theater and is a former faculty member of the University of Toronto.

Allan Armstrong | Pianist and Vocal Coach

Pianist and vocal coach Allan Armstrong is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Previously he was a member of the applied piano faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he co-directed the nationally award-winning UTRGV Bravo Opera Company. Allan has been a principal production coach at Eugene Opera, Opera Colorado, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera on the Avalon, and Opera Tampa.

Rocky Mountain Regional Finals: Metropolitan Opera Judge

Michael Heaston | DExecutive Director of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera

Michael Heaston is the Executive Director of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. He is a respected artistic administrator, collaborative pianist, and vocal coach. He has been both the Director of the prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and Advisor to the Artistic Director at Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center as well as the Associate Artistic Director of The Glimmerglass Festival, where he had been integrally involved with all matters of season planning and casting. He was recently named one of Musical America’s 30 Professionals of the Year. He spent six seasons at The Dallas Opera, where he was Head of Music Staff and Assistant Conductor for over 25 productions, some of which included: Salome, Porgy & Bess, Tristan und Isolde, Così fan tutte, The Lighthouse, Anna Bolena, Madama Butterfly, and the critically-acclaimed world premiere of Moby-Dick. He also served as Score Consultant for the Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD movie theater transmission series for seven seasons. On the concert stage, Mr. Heaston is in high demand as a collaborator with many of today's most important artists, including Christine Goerke, Dolora Zajick, and Eric Owens. He has also partnered Ailyn Pérez, Stephen Costello, Noah Stewart, Rod Gilfry, and Laura Claycomb, among others. A sought-after adjudicator, he has been a frequent judge for The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He has presented master classes at numerous conservatories and universities and serves on the Singer Training and New Works Forums for Opera America.

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