Conductor Jose Luis Gomez

 Violetta Valéry  Lyric soprano Jennifer Black is “gleaming and glorious, with wonderful nuances of light and shade and complete dynamic control.” (Santa Fe New Mexican) 

Recently, she made her Sarasota Opera debut as Lida in Verdi's rarely performed La battaglia di Legnano, returned to cover in the Met's production of La donna del lago, made her Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut as Donna Elvira and enjoyed much success performing Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra.

On the opera stage, she performed the role of Mimì in La bohème in her Seattle Opera début; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette in a return to Arizona Opera; Norina in Don Pasquale in a return to the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse in her role début; made a return to the Metropolitan Opera for its production of La rondine; performed Adina in L’elisir d’amore with the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile; and thrilled audiences as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and as Elle in the one woman production La voix humaine for the Castleton Festival with Maestro Lorin Maazel.  Ms. Black also debuted at the Munich Philharmonic performing Musetta in La bohème, made her Santa Barbara Symphony début performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; and a return to the Castleton Festival as the soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

In addition to traditional repertoire, she shined as Bea in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers for Atlanta Opera and enjoyed much success as Amanda in The New York Philharmonic's production of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre.

 Ms. Black completed the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and has performed in the esteemed theatre as Lisa in a new production of La sonnambula, Micaëla in Carmen, Javotte in Manon, and made appearances in La bohème, The Makropulos Case and on tour to Japan in La bohème.

 Giorgio Germont  Korean Baritone, Sol Jin, made his debut last spring at Carnegie Hall in New York City as Germont in Verdi's in La Traviata and participated in Merola Opera Program in summer 2015. He has been praised for his “incisive performance, evenly and beautifully sung” (Opera News) and “resonant, powerfully projected voices.” (SFCV) This year in October, Opera News choose him as one of 25 rising opera stars in America.

In 2014 he made his opera debut singing with the Long Island Opera Company in New York as Germont in La Traviata. He has appeared as Germont in La traviata, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Gianni Schicchi as Cover in Gianni Schicchi and Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame with Merola Opera Program, Macbeth in Macbeth with Manhattan School of Music. Other credits this season include Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro with Long Island Opera Company. Mr. Jin received his master’s degree from The Manhattan School of Music and his Bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University. He received first prize in The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and fourth prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation's Annual International Vocal Competition, Emerging Artist Awards for Opera Index Competition (2015), second Prize of XIV ALTAMURA/CARUSO International Voice Competition (2015), as well as receiving Annual Singer award from MSM. This fall he performed in The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation's Annual International Vocal Competition Winners Concert at Carnegie Zankel Hall, New York City. Sol was selected in the Metropolitan Opera Competition in the first round at Eastern Region and is admitted in the Regional Finale for the next round of auditions on the National level.

 Alfredo Germont  Yongzhao Yu earned degrees from the Shandong University of Arts and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and was a studio artist with the Zhou Xiaoyan Opera Center. He has performed Flavio in Norma with the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Naulz in Visitors on the Icy Mountain with the Shanghai Grand Theater, and Alfredo in La traviata in the concert hall of the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. He has performed in concert in the Grand Theatre of the Suzhou Culture and Arts Center and in an Eternal Verdi concert in Shanghai in honor of the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth. He has won awards in the Shanghai division of the 15th National Youth Singer TV Competition, the Beijing International Music Competition, and Opera Concorso (first prize).  In the summer of 2016, he sings Rodolfo in Wolf Trap Opera’s production of La bohème with the National Symphony Orchestra.

 Flora Bervoix Michelle Lajeunesse, mezzo-soprano, recently completed her Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Vinson Cole. This year, she will sing the role of Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto and the title role in Bizet's Carmen with Verismo Opera. In 2016, she was a fellow with the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College and a young artist with Chamber Music Silicon Valley. She has performed the roles of Fidalma in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen, Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Nina in Pergolesi’s Lo Frate’nammorato, the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Sister Mathilde in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and the China Tea Cup in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges. She has also studied abroad at the Sessione Senese per la Musica e l’Arte, Music Theatre International in Rome, the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium, and in Salzburg with the Frost School of Music. Ms. Lajeunesse is a student of Sheri Greenawald.

 Annina Regina Ceragioli, soprano, is a Chicago native and recent Northwestern graduate. This year, Ceragioli advanced to the upper-Midwest regional MONC auditions and was awarded a Fellowship through the Luminarts Foundation. Recent operatic roles include Elaine (Later the Same Evening) with Central City Opera, Susannah (Susannah), La Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Kitty Hart (Dead Man Walking) with Northwestern University. In concert, Ceragioli has appeared as the Soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 with the Northwestern University Choral and Orchestra, and has performed Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Butler University Orchestra. This summer, Ceragioli will be returning as a studio artist with Central City Opera.