Hannah Ludwig, Conservatory Graduate (2014)
Hannah Ludwig, mezzo-soprano, is currently a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific and was a student of Burr Cochran Phillips. She is the Puerto Rico District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for this season and was a Finalist in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition in 2012 and 2013. Past credits include Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri, (AVA) The Witch in Hansel and Gretel (Philadelphia Sinfonia), and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Stockton Opera). At Pacific, Ms. Ludwig was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota and worked as a Resident Assistant and Assistant Residence Director for Residential Life and Housing. She is grateful to all the faculty members of the Voice Department at the Conservatory for their constant support and guidance.
Ted Pickell, Conservatory Graduate (2014)
Bass-baritone Ted Pickell has been enjoying many successes since graduating from the vocal performance program at University of the Pacific in 2014. Immediately after graduating, he spent the summer as a voice fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he covered the role of Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen. He was then a grand finalist for the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, before starting his first year as a Master of Music in Voice student at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. In the 2014-15 year at Northwestern, he sang the title role in Mozart's comedy The Impresario, the Warden in the Chicago premiere of the fully-staged prodtucion of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, and Sir Roderic Murgatroyd in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore. In the summer of 2015, he returned to the Music Academy of the West, and sang Leporello in Don Giovanni with Point Loma Opera Theatre. In 2015, Ted was the bass soloist in Mozart's Requiem with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and sang the role of Sam in Northwestern's production of Trouble in Tahiti. He was a winner in the Illinois Central Region 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was advanced to the regional finals in Chicago, where he was awarded the only encouragement award of the day. His upcoming engagements include the title role in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. Ted is a student of W. Stephen Smith.
"In my time at the University of the Pacific I gained a vast amount of dedicated time and instruction that was deeply valuable to me in my development as a singer. In such a nurturing environment as Pacific, I was able to focus on my craft and receive the guidance and attention I needed to keep growing and advancing. My experiences at Pacific prompted me to be not only ready for graduate studies but to be able to excel. I strongly feel University of the Pacific is such a wonderful place for an undergraduate singer because of the opportunity for roles with no competing graduate students, and an incredibly wise and committed voice faculty and Opera director."
Andrew Dwan, Conservatory Graduate (2013)
Bass-baritone Andrew Dwan recently finished his graduate studies at the University of Southern California, where he studied with Elizabeth Hynes. Previous roles include Figaro from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with San Jose Opera, Silenus from Theofanidis' The Cows of Apollo with the Aspen Music Festival, and Seneca from Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with the University of Southern California. He also has a passion for contemporary vocal works, with recent performances of Aldous Huxley in Anne LeBaron's LSD: The Opera, premiered at the Disney Redcat hall, along with Oulomenos in Jason Thorpe Buchanan's Hunger, performed in conjunction with The Industry's First Take. Andrew was one of the three winners of the Metropolitan Opera Council competition in the San Francisco district, and received a special encouragement award at the Western Region finals.
Yelena Dyachek, Conservatory graduate (2013)
Yelena Dyachek, Ukrainian-American soprano, is currently a student at the USC Thornton School of Music, where she completed her MM in Vocal Arts, and is continuing in pursuit of a Graduate Certificate under the tutelage of Elizabeth Hynes. Commended by the Opera News for her "impeccably focused singing", last spring Dyachek performed the title role in USC's production of Iphigénie en Tauride, where she was noted by the LA Times for her commanding portrayal of the title character. Her other recent engagements included the roles of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, both with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center, as well as Madama Cortese in USC's Il Viaggio a Reims. While completing her BM in Vocal Performance at University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Dyachek appeared in a National Opera Association winning production of The Merry Wives of Windsor as Mrs. Ford, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera. Dyachek's most notable prizes include those received from the National Mondavi Young Artist's Competition and the Pacific Musical Society Competition. In November 2015, Dyachek also triumphed, placing 1st at the Metropolitan National Council Regional Auditions in Los Angeles. She will be one of twenty semifinalists contending for the main prize in New York this coming March. Furthermore, on December 6th Dyachek can be seen performing as a finalist in the Palm Springs Opera Guild 32nd Annual Vocal Competition. Dyachek's forthcoming operatic engagements include Vitellia in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, Frau Von Daubek in Thomas Morse's concert premiere of Frau Schindler, and Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos- all with the USC Thornton Opera. As a testament to her academic achievements, Dyachek is a member of the prestigious music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Irene Roberts, Conservatory Graduate (2006)
American mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts brings her "plush, opulent voice" (San Jose Mercury News) to top opera houses across the globe in a busy 2015-16 season that includes five role debuts and her first performances in Europe. Roberts joins the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin this season, where her performances will include Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Carmen. Roberts also brings her signature portrayal of Bizet's tragic gypsy, which the Fresno Bee called "first rate... an intriguing blend of sex and steely determination," to San Francisco Opera in the Northern California native's return to her hometown company. She also returns to Palm Beach Opera for her role debut as the Composer in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. On the concert stage this season Roberts makes her debut at London's Wigmore Hall in recital with tenor Bryan Hymel and performs Wagner's Parsifal in concert with the Deutsche Oper under their music director, Donald Runnicles.
Recent successes on the opera stage for Roberts have included Le Nozze di Figaro and Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera, Les Contes d'Hoffmann at San Francisco Opera and Palm Beach Opera, L'Italiana in Algeri with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Marschner's Der Vampyr at New Orleans Opera, Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly at Palm Beach Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia with Atlanta Opera, and Gounod's Faust with Lyric Opera Baltimore. Roberts has also been seen in concert with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with Miami's New World Symphony, led by Joshua Gersen, and at the US Naval Academy for its annual holiday presentation of Handel's Messiah.
Roberts studied at the University of the Pacific and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is a graduate of the young artist program at Palm Beach Opera. She won 2nd prize in the Advanced Division at the 41st Annual Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and was a finalist for the 2014 Richard Tucker Career Grant. "During my four years at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, my studies as a vocal performance major brought me from dreaming about a career as an opera singer to realizing the steps I need to take in order to achieve that dream. Being immersed in such a supportive community at the Conservatory of Music gave me wonderful performance opportunities in which I was able to grow and learn more about myself as a performer. The level of instruction I have received here in private lessons, ensemble work and on the stage have opened up endless possibilities to what I can achieve as a performing musician."
Laura Lendman, Conservatory Graduate (2002)
Mezzo Soprano Laura Lendman, praised for her "elegant and majestic voice," made her Tanglewood Music Festival debut singing two roles in the world premiere opera Rage d'Amours . While at Tanglewood, she also performed as a soloist in collaboration with the renowned Mark Morris Dance Company, singing the Brahms Neues Liebeslieder Walzer. She made her European debut in Aveiro, Portugal as alto soloist in Bach's B Minor Mass. Her other roles include her debut with the Dayton Opera company, singing Edith in Pirates of Penzance, a debut with the Canterbury Choral Society in Oklahoma as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and the role of Hannah in a production of Lortzing's Die Opernprobe. Laura sang the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in the prize winning production of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Additional roles include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, performed at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Lucy Lockit in The Beggar's Opera, Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice, Osric Dane in the west-coast premiere of The Power of Xingu, and Effie Belle Tate in the world premiere reading of Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree. Laura's solo concert work includes professional performances of the Bach Magnificat, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Respighi's Lauda per la Nativitata, the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Handel's Messiah. In the summer of 2005 she participated in the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria, and moved to Augsburg, Germany. Her German debut came as Cherubino in a production of Le Nozze di Figaro.
"Whenever I am asked where I did my undergraduate work, I always reply that I went to a fantastic, small Conservatory in California where I was challenged musically, intellectually and dramatically. I could not have gone to a Conservatory with more opportunities and support. I am grateful for every day I spent there and for me, those four years were the best education I could have receivedas a young singer."
David J. Giuliano, Conservatory Graduate (1998)
David J. Giuliano has worked as a Young Artist with some of the most reputable opera companies in the nation including Opera Santa Fe, the San Francisco Opera Merola Program, Glimmerglass Opera, Berkshire Opera, Central City Opera. He was also a member of the Young Artists' Studio at the Florida Grand Opera. He has sung roles with Boston Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and Opera Aperta. David was a scholarship student at the New England Conservatory of Music where he received his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance and he was an Opera Fellow at the Boston University Opera Institute.
"The close-knit, nurturing environment of the Conservatory gave me the security and personal attention I needed to explore and grow as a young artist. And the amount of stage experience and the quality of stage-craft training that I received at the Conservatory helped lay a solid foundation of performance technique that remained a valuable tool for me throughout my graduate studies and professional career."