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FAU Opera in Italy 2024: An Education Abroad Program with Esteemed Guest Artists

Florida Atlantic University Opera Theatre is proud to announce its exceptional lineup of guest artists for the 2024 study abroad program, each bringing a unique blend of talent and expertise to our classrooms. This summer promises to deliver an inspiring series of concerts and masterclasses orchestrated under the seasoned guidance of our esteemed guests.

Celebrating Our Esteemed Guest Artists

Pedro A. Arroyo Ojeda - Tenor

Dr. Pedro A. Arroyo Ojeda, an accomplished tenor from Puerto Rico, currently holds the position of first tenor at Staatstheater Nürnberg in Germany. His journey in music education began with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Puerto Rico, transitioning to a robust career in music with advanced degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Arroyo Ojeda is also noted for his significant contributions as an online vocal coach, where he mentors aspiring singers globally, and his impactful presence in international opera circles makes him a valuable addition to our masterclass series.

Saundra DeAthos - Soprano

Dr. Saundra DeAthos is distinguished for her expressive soprano voice and captivating stage presence. Having begun her career in prestigious apprentice programs like the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, she has since flourished across a broad repertoire on national stages. Her directorial prowess at the College of Charleston, where she currently serves as Director of Opera, complements her performance career. Dr. DeAthos’ ability to convey deep emotional narratives through her vocal performance makes her masterclasses a profound learning experience.

Kim Josephson - Baritone

Kim Josephson, a distinguished baritone with a prosperous career in opera, brings his vast experience from performances at major venues like the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera. His roles span from the title role in Rigoletto to Marcello in La bohème, showcasing his versatility. Josephson’s accolades, including numerous vocal competition awards, reflect his artistic excellence. His involvement in our masterclass series will provide students with critical insights into the techniques and demands of professional opera performance.

Harold Meers - Tenor

Harold Meers, known for his powerful tenor roles across North America’s most prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, brings a wealth of experience to FAU. His career highlights include leading roles in productions of Verdi’s Otello and Puccini’s La bohème. Meers’ extensive performance history and his nuanced understanding of the operatic tenor repertoire offer invaluable insights to aspiring performers in his masterclasses.

Fabio Menchetti - Pianist & Vocal Coach

Dr. Fabio Menchetti, originating from Lucca, Italy, excels as a pianist and vocal coach, blending his European training with a vibrant international career. Currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Washington State University, Menchetti has performed across major European and American venues, contributing significantly to contemporary piano and chamber music literature through both performance and recordings. His contributions are expected to enrich participants with deep musical understanding and refined performance techniques.

Stephannie Moore - Mezzo-Soprano

Dr. Stephannie Moore is a celebrated mezzo-soprano known for her eclectic and dynamic approach to musical theatre and classical voice. Her two-decade teaching career spans significant institutions, including Florida International University, where she has been instrumental in launching new programs in musical theatre. Dr. Moore’s vibrant characters and extensive stage experience across the operatic, concert, and theatre stages make her an exemplary mentor for our students.

Dilan Şaka - Mezzo-Soprano
Dilan Şaka - Mezzo-Soprano

Dilan Şaka - Mezzo-Soprano

Istanbul-born Dilan Şaka, a dynamic mezzo-soprano, showcases her rich musical education and performance prowess across Europe. Her roles in operas by Mozart and Vivaldi highlight her versatility and command over a diverse operatic repertoire. Şaka continues to evolve artistically, participating in high-level training and performances, including recent engagements at Teatro alla Scala. Her participation in our program brings a new perspective to the traditional operatic canon.

Ana Seixas - Soprano

Portuguese soprano Ana Seixas, with advanced degrees in Lyrical Singing and Vocal Chamber Music from Italy, has graced numerous international stages, enhancing her reputation as a versatile and powerful performer. Her frequent appearances in prestigious European opera festivals and her expansive vocal range across diverse musical genres exemplify her broad artistic capabilities. Seixas’ masterclass is anticipated to offer rich educational experiences, blending technique with expressive artistry.

Mitchell Hutchings - Baritone
Mitchell Hutchings - Baritone

Mitchell Hutchings - Baritone & Program Faculty Leader

At the helm of this program is Dr. Mitchell Hutchings, Artistic Director of FAU Opera Theatre. Dr. Hutchings, a baritone renowned for his performances at both national and international venues, combines his extensive performing experience with a profound commitment to music education. His leadership not only enhances the artistic direction of the program but also ensures a nurturing environment for faculty and students to thrive.

As the 2024 study abroad program at Florida Atlantic University Opera Theatre unfolds, we look forward to each guest artist’s exceptional offerings. This summer’s program promises to be a pivotal experience for participants. With a lineup of esteemed clinicians who bring both global acclaim and deep pedagogical expertise, students are poised for a season of intensive learning and artistic growth. This program represents a unique convergence of talent and mentorship, perfectly aligned to refine the skills and broaden the perspectives of all involved.

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