David J. Giuliano, Conservatory 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."
Laura Lendman, Conservatory 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."
Irene Roberts, Conservatory 2006
Irene Roberts appeared on the Pacific Opera Theatre stage as Pitti-Sing in The Mikado as well as the title role in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Her opera studio work at Pacific included such roles as Addie in Blitzstein’s Rain Quartet (Regina), and Muarya in Riders to the Sea by Vaughan-Williams. Irene placed in the regional NATS competitions in 2004 and 2005. She was also chosen to perform at the 2006 commencement ceremony with the University Symphony Orchestra. Irene continued her studies as a graduate student in Vocal Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
"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."