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April 9, 2013

Faculty News: Fernando Meza and Alexander Fiterstein judge Chicago Symphony Youth Competition, Adriana Zabala featured in "Minnesota Original"

MezaFiterstein.jpgFernando Meza (percussion) and Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) were recently judges for the Chicago Symphony Youth Competition. Meza judged the final round and Fiterstein judged the preliminary round.

Zabala_AdrianaSquare.jpgAdriana Zabala (voice) is featured in an episode of Minnesota Original focusing on Minnesota Opera's New Works. The episode highlights her role in John Patrick Shanley and Douglas J. Cuomo's opera Doubt, which made its world premiere in January 2013. Watch the video.

Alumni News: Alex Adams-Leytes and Allison (Buivid) Schardin opera performances

Alex Adams-Leytes (M.M., 2012, voice, student of Philip Zawisza) completed a production of The Barber of Seville with Los Angeles's Pacific Opera Project, in which he sang the role of Dr. Bartolo. This summer he will return to Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Germany to sing Leporello and Masetto in Don Giovanni. Last summer at Lyric Opera Studio he performed Bartolo, the Count, and Antonio in alternating casts in Le Nozze di Figaro.

AllisonBuividSchardin2.jpgAllison (Buivid) Schardin (M.M., 2009, voice, student of John De Haan) will perform in the Minnesota Opera's upcoming production of Turandot. She was featured in Elyse Kaner's ABCNewspapers article, "Two local singers win roles in Minnesota Opera's 'Turandot'." Read the article.

PSEO student Megan Ruan in MPR's 2013 Minnesota Varsity Competition

megan_ruan.jpgMegan Ruan (PSEO, student of Lydia Artymiw) has advanced to the Showcase round of the 2013 Minnesota Varsity Competition sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio. Ruan is one of five finalists selected from fifteen semi-finalists and will perform in the Showcase Concert at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Sunday, April 28. The program will be broadcast live on MPR.