Check out Opera Colorado’s 2012-2013 Young Artists!
Morgan Harmison, Soprano
Morgan graduated with a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in June 2010 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. In the Spring of 2010 at CCM, she played the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus. While at Carnegie Mellon, she played Anna Gomez in The Consul and Fredrika in A Little Night Music. Previous summer programs include Opera Theater and Music Festival of Spoleto 2010, Songfest, Aspen, and Emerald City Opera Institute, where she performed Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. In the 2012-2013 Opera Colorado Young Artist Residency program, she will perform the roles of Berta in The Barber of Seville, Micaëla in Carmen, and Juliette in the student matinee production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.
If you could have dinner with 3 famous people, who would they be, and why?
“I love laughing so I would have dinner with some of the funniest ladies throughout the years: Carol Burnett, Tina Fey, and my all-time favorite, Lucille Ball. Is it ok that I raised one from the dead?”
Cassidy Smith, Mezzo-Soprano
Cassidy is a Colorado native, and recently received a Performance Certificate from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where she also earned a Bachelor of Music in 2010. Cassidy has performed Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, Giannetta in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, and The Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Cassidy has also performed Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy. She then reprised the role of Cherubino at Lamont in April of 2012. As an Opera Colorado Young Artist, Ms. Smith will sing the roles of Carmen (Carmen) and Rosina (Barber of Seville) in English, and tour these abridged versions to schools around Colorado and beyond. She is also excited to have the privilege to sing a student matinee performance as Stephano in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.
What is something people don’t know about you or would be surprised by?
“People might be surprised to find out that I was a ski racer for 9 years, and that I Nordic Jumped for a couple of years as well. And if they already knew that, they’d probably be surprised that I was also a Girl Scout for 13 years.”
Joshua Bouillon, Tenor
Joshua grew up in Upstate New York and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Liberty University. He is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music Masters of Music program where he performed the roles of Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Paolino in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto and Jeník in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. Mr. Bouillon has performed as a concert soloist with orchestras and ensembles throughout New York, including the Saratoga Choral Festival, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Rochester Oratorio Society. Prior to coming to Opera Colorado, Joshua sang the title role in Mozart’s Impresario with Opera North in New Hampshire and covered Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème with the Green Mountain Opera Festival in Vermont. This season Joshua will be performing the roles of Don José and Count Almaviva in Opera Colorado’s outreach program. Joshua will also be covering the role of Romeo for Opera Colorado’s mainstage production of Romeo and Juliet.
If you could be a superhero, who would you be, and why?
“If I could be a super hero I would be Batman because he is basically just a regular guy who defends those that can’t defend themselves.”
Alex DeSocio, Baritone
Alex DeSocio, from Wichita, Kansas, received his BM in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University in 2010 and just completed his MM at the University of Maryland with the Maryland Opera Studio under the tutelage of Leon Major. Alex was a former division 1 college football prospect until a severe injury ruined any chances of a college career. During his college career, Alex performed the roles of Antonio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Figaro in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, il marito in Menotti’s Amelia al Ballo, Michele in Puccini’s Il tabarro, the man with the shoe sample kit in Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, and Pip in Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Fire. Other recent performances include Silvio in I Pagliacci with the In Series, L’horloge comtoise in L’enfant et les sortilèges and Ben Budge in The Beggar’s Opera with the Castleton Festival under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel. This past summer, Alex was a resident artist with Pine Mountain Music Festival and performed the roles of Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and Carl-Magnus Malcolm A Little Night Music. Alex is excited to be joining Opera Colorado as a Young Artist. During the 2012-2013 season, he will perform the roles of Escamillo (Carmen), Figaro (Barber of Seville) in the company’s abridged touring productions as well as Mercutio in the student matinee production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.
Who are you “In a Nutshell?”
“A former football player and engineer that somehow found his way into singing for a living.”
Jared A. Guest, Baritone
Jared grew up in the suburbs of Orlando where he learned to love and appreciate classical music and opera. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee. After moving to Texas, Jared earned his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Opera from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. He has performed in a wide range of operas such as Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Der Rosenkavalier, Falstaff, Amelia, Il Postino, Der Zauberflöte, La Vie Parisienne, Don Giovanni, Tosca, and more. Jared is extremely excited to be a Young Artist with Opera Colorado for the 2012-2013 season and is looking forward to working with the great staff in Denver. He will be singing the roles of Zuniga/Narrator (Carmen) and Bartolo (Barber of Seville) in the company’s abridged touring productions as well as the role of Frère Laurent in the student matinee production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.
What are you the most excited about as an Opera Colorado Young Artist?
“After living in Florida for most of my life, I’m excited to see snow.”