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Dear Friends,
Summer is almost over, but there are still many opportunities to see some of our past auditioners in a performance!

A reminder that this year's Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions will be on November 4th at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.  For a sneak peek at our 2017 singers go to!

Kathy Pyeatt 

Justin Berkowitz (Encouragement  Winner 2013)
Justin is excited to make his Haymarket Opera debut this fall as Phantasie in Ariane et Bachus by Marin Marais.  Performances are September 30 and October 1 and 3 at the Studebaker Theater. For tickets and more information, visit

Additionally, he will sing the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with the Chicago Philharmonic on October 15.  For tickets and more information visit  
Emily Birsan (District Winner 2010)   
Emily will sing a concert on September 16th with the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis. She will sing an aria from Dvorak's Rusalka and songs of Gershwin and Weil.

For more information visit
Steven Ebel (District Winner 2008)       
Jonathan in Handel's SAUL in Staatstheater Mainz
9, 14, 25 & 30 
Composer & Singer (Odysseus) - ODYSEE II - Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
A children's music theater creation in collaboration with elementary school children (ca. 120 children), Sophie Ebel song writing & violin,  theater pedagog Nelly Noak and a string quartet.  
Emily Fons (2010 National Semi-Finalist) 
Emily is happy to be recreating the role of Ruby Thewes in Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer's Cold Mountain with North Carolina Opera.  Emily sang the role of a Ruby for the world premiere in Santa Fe, a performance which went on to receive two Grammy Nominations. Performances will be September 28th and October 1st.   
Alisa Jordheim (District Winner 2011 and 2012)

Alisa will portray the role of Ruth Maier (considered "Norway's Anne Frank") in the premiere performance of "Letters from Ruth," a new musical by Norwegian composer-librettist team Gisle Kverndokk and Aksel-Otto Bull. The performance is presented by the New York Opera Society and will be at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC on September 24 at 3:30 PM.

For more information, please visit
Katherine Pracht (District Winner 2001 & 2005)

Katy debuts the role of Lady Wang in Bright Sheng's DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER on tour in China with dates in Beijing (9/8, 9/9), Changsha (9/15, 9/16), and Wuhan (9/22, 9/23).

More information about Katy's schedule can be found here:   
Tim Rebers (2011 Encouragement Award Winner and now a tenor!)
Tim, along with Saira Frank and Allison Hull, will be performing a concert of Opera arias and ensembles, and Italian songs, at the Italian Community Center in the Third Ward on Wednesday September 6th, from 7:00-8:30pm.
Tim will also be performing a concert of songs and arias entitled "Heroes, Myths, and Legends" at the Steinway Gallery of Milwaukee on September 20th at Noon as part of their "Steinway and Sandwich" series.
Joshua Sanders (Encouragement Winner 2016)
Joshua joins the Teatro Regio di Torino as a resident artist for the 2017/18 season after winning the Opera Foundation's Amber Capital Scholarship.

He begins the season singing the role of Der Hirte in Tristan und Isolde.
Christiaan Smith (Participant 2009)
Christiaan sings a classical recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall this Nov. 18th. The recital features his own art song arrangements of selections from American top 40 radio and is entitled SONGS WE KNOW: when hits become art.

Tickets and information here: 



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