Four future stars of the opera world come to The Grand when The Rising Stars of The Metropolitan Opera take the stage. These four amazing singers—Soprano, Amanda Woodbury, Mezzo, Cecilia Hall, Bass-Baritone, Kevin Short, and Baritone, David Won have combined for over a dozen appearances at The Met, including roles in such classics as Carmen, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Don Carlo. Friday, September 25 is your chance to see the opera stars of tomorrow right here at The Grand!
Soprano Amanda Woodbury is quickly making her mark on the opera scene. Ms. Woodbury was most recently honored with the second place award and an Audience Choice award in Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition. Earlier this year, she also won the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and this spring, Amanda made her Met debut as Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlo.
Cecelia Hall is one of a handful of spectacular young American mezzos arriving on the scene. The past two seasons has seen her perform with a number of the world’s greatest opera companies. Recent roles have included Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, a Spotlight Recital with The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, and a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She also has returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Javotte in Manon, and debuted with the Canadian Opera Company, the Seattle Opera and the Santa Fe Opera.
Korean-American Baritone David Won made his Seattle Opera debut in the spring 2010 in two roles: Ford in Falstaff and the Doctor in Daron Hagen’s world premiere of Amelia, as well as his Opera Carolina debut as Marcello in La Bohème. Mr. Won recently returned to The Metropolitan Opera to perform Gregorio in Romeo et Juliette and cover Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore. He also marked his debuts with the Nashville Opera in Carmen, and his Lyric Opera of Kansas City in Così Fan Tutte. He is a multiple-time performer at The Met, and has shined in roles with the Connecticut Opera, the Utah Festival Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s production of Don Carlo.
Versatile bass-baritone Kevin Short is thrilling audiences around the globe in a wide range of repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, to Verdi’s Attila and Don Carlos, and Bizet’s Carmen. Kevin has performed multiple roles with the over 25 companies in North America,, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Santa Fe Opera. He has also performed with over 20 companies throughout Europe.