Glimpse Into the Future

Tenor David Rivera Bozón is candidate for Master of Music in Vocal Performance - Opera candidate at the New England Conservatory, as part of Professor Bradley Williams' Studio.He has performed as part of New England Conservatory Opera Workshop on the 2016 – 2018 season, Falla’s La vida breve as Paco, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera as Belfiore, Debussy’s L’e enfant prodigue as Azaël,  Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges as the Teapot and Tamino on Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. He performed Los Cantos del Tucumán with Unitas Ensemble in Boston at the Old South Church.He participate of the 2017 International Vocal Arts Academy in Mannes, New York and sang the cycle of concerts “De mi corazón” in Bogotá, Colombia on last summer. 

 

Grant Braider is currently pursuing his MM in vocal performance at New England Conservatory in the studio of Carole Haber. A special interest in new music, Grant recently performed in the workshop premiere of Madame Whitesnake’s Permadeath as Apollo and looks forward to singing Joe in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening at NEC. Other recent roles include Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) at Music Academy International in Italy as well as Le podestat in NEC’s outreach production of Le docteur miracle by Bizet. Grant received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Jennifer Aylmer and is the recipient of the Charlotte Black Award and the Gladys Miller Vocal Scholarship.

Christon Carney, a native of Nashville, TN, received his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Lipscomb University. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory. Christon has also gone on to be a finalist in the Harlem Opera Theater Competition and the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition and remains an active part in the creation of new works being written globally, including the premier of Before the Throne, a semi-staged opera. He has participated in vocal ensembles such as New England Conservatory’s very own Opera Department, the Nashville Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus, Nashville Opera Chorus, Nashville's Heimermann Chorale and many others.

 

Soprano Rush Dorsett is a versatile singer who enjoys performing opera and new music. Since beginning her master’s degree at NEC, she has held several roles with the NEC Opera, and also participated in the NEC Chamber series. Recent performances include “Lady 2” in NEC’s production of Die Zauberflöte, and Cathleen in Vaughan Williams' one-act opera, Riders to the Sea. She is thrilled to sing the role of Elaine in NEC’s upcoming production of Later the Same Evening by John Musto. Additionally, Rush has enjoyed performing in the Opera Scenes program at NEC, where she performed as Natalia in A Month in the Country by Lee Hoiby, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Rush is currently studying with Karen Holvik, and is looking forward to continuing her career upon her graduation from NEC this May. Previously, Rush received her B.A. in Psychology and Music from Washington University in St. Louis.

Saori Erickson (age 23) was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where she received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at Portland State University. Miss Erickson is currently a first year masters student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and she studies voice under the direction of MaryAnn McCormick. Miss Erickson has appeared in several fully staged opera productions. Her roles include: Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (2015), Rosalinda in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (2016) the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (2017) and this spring, she will make her NEC opera debut as Elaine in John Musto’s Later The Same Evening. She has received praises from Oregon Live as having “a big, shining voice” and as being “a full lyric of beautiful tone!” Miss Erickson has won numerous awards/competitions including the encouragement award and audience favorite award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2016.

 

Kristen Murdaugh, mezzo-soprano, is a performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. With a passion for contemporary repertoire, she will sing the role of Estelle in NEC’s graduate opera production of John Musto’s Later the Same Evening this spring under the direction of Robert Tweten and Joshua Major. Her opera credits include Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium as well as roles in works by Britten, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, and Gilbert & Sullivan. An avid performer of sacred repertoire, she has been a featured soloist with the South Carolina Bach Choir, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Furman Symphony Orchestra, and Furman Chamber Choir on works such as Bach’s Die Elenden sollen essen, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Honegger’s King David. She is currently the alto section leader at the United Parish of Brookline. She has participated in masterclasses led by Betsy Bishop, Kathryn Cowdrick, and Martin Katz while in the United States, and in masterclasses led by Angelika Kirchschlager and Luigi Marzola while studying and performing in Europe. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and German studies from Furman University where she graduated summa cum laude. She is currently working on her Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Lisa Saffer, Lisa Barksdale, Jill Feldman, and Trudy Fuller.  

 

Ana Mora was born in Venezuela. Her voice has impressed audiences by performing opera, operetta, oratorio, recitals and concert works. Most recently, Ana has performed the roles of Giovanna in Rigoletto, Page of Herodias in Salome, Emilia in Otello (Willy Decker’s production), Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, and Melpómene in Melpómene: drama lírico en un acto (New opera by Felipe Hoyos). She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Xaverian University in Bogota, Colombia, where she studied with Carolina Plata. Ana is currently enrolled in the Master of Music in Vocal Performance at The New England Conservatory, studying with Karen Holvik, where she was awarded the Sr. Francis W. Hatch Presidential Scholarship.
 

Jordan Oram is a Texas Born Soprano. She attended Louisiana State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. She currently is in her second year of her Master’s program at the New England Conservatory where she studies with the Grammy Award winning Soprano, Jane Eaglen.

 

Chicago native Emily Uddenberg is pursuing her Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory and studies with Karen Holvik. Uddenberg received her Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music. Uddenberg is under the artistic guidance of Renée Fleming, who aids her in her developing career. Recently Ms. Uddenberg was seen in the Perkin Opera Scenes at NEC as Fiordiligi. Last year, Uddenberg placed third in the semi-final auditions at the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Toronto, ON. 

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