Friday, August 16, 2013

33 Double Diva's Who Need to Serenade You Right Now!

33 Double Diva's Who Need To Serenade You Right Now!

In response to a recent article posted on Buzzfeed entitled: 

'33 Opera Hunks Who Need To Serenade You Now'

We here at Double D-vas would like respond with our list of 33!

1. Anna Netrebko

Anna is from Krasnodar, Russia and originally worked as a janitor at the Saint Petersburg Mariinsky Theater while attending the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. She later made her operatic stage debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro
And the rest, as they say, is history...

2. Joyce El-Khoury

Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia and the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Training Program.  She is an international success and recently recorded Donezetti's rarely performed opera Belisario with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and is scheduled for release by Opera RARA soon!

3.  Elina Garanca

Elina was born in the Latvian city of Riga to a musical family; her father a choral director and her mother is a singer and music teacher at the Latvian National Opera. In recent news, she has recently pulled out of performances of Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera because she is pregnant with her second child with husband, conductor Karel Mark Chichon.

4.  Kate Lindsay

Kate is a native of Richmond, Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University.  Additionally, she is also a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Training Program.  Many of her signature roles are 'pants roles' (playing the part of a young boy) but there's no disputing the fact that she is a beautiful woman!  

5.  Alissa Anderson

Alissa hails from San Antonio, Texas and is a graduate of such prestigious young artist programs as Santa Fe Opera as well as Fort Worth Opera.  She continues to be a favorite at Fort Worth Opera as well as Sarasota Opera and recently returned from a European Tour as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem.  

In other news: she will be getting married later this year and rumor has it the guest list in extensive, including MANY Double Diva's!  It is sure to be the wedding of the year!

6.  Isabel Leonard

Already featured as a Double Diva, Isabel got her start singing with the Manhattan School of Music Children's Chorus and also attended the Joffrey Ballet School.  She then attended the Juilliard School and earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees.  She has earned critical acclaim on many of the worlds most prestigious and important stages, but by far her crowning achievement was appearing on Sesame Street as the 'Opera Singer' with Murray Monster and Ovejita!

7.  Lisette Oropesa

Lisette is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Training Program.  Hailed by the New York Times as an artist with a "magnetic" stage presence, and an "attractively silky, and flexible timbre." She has already appeared on concert and opera stages throughout Europe and North America, and has been identified as an artist on the rise!  

8.  Susanne Phillips

Susanna grew up in Huntsville, Alabama where she began her musical studies at Ars Nova School of the Arts.  She earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Juilliard school before becoming a young artist with such companies as the Santa Fe Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.  She is an international success; 'Susanna Phillips. Remember the name." -Financial Times

9. Nicole Cabell

Nicole is from Panorama City, California and as a child enjoyed playing basketball and 'imitating opera sings' (obviously never thinking she would eventually become one herself).  She was accepted and entered the Juilliard School but was only there for a brief time before leaving Juilliard to join the Lyric Opera of Chicago young artist training program.  She eventually went on to be crowned 'Cardiff, Singer of the Year' in 2005!

10. Danielle De Niese

Danielle was born in Melbourne, Australia, and actually began her career as a young child, becoming the youngest winner of the Australian TV talent competition 'Young Talent Time' singing a Whitney Houston medley.  The family then moved to LA where she became a regular guest host of the TV program 'L.A. Kids', winning an Emmy Award at the tender age of 16.  Continuing her status quo, she became the youngest singer ever to participate in the Young Artist Studio at the Metropolitan Opera and made her MET debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro at the age of 19.  

11.  Corinne Winters

Corinne is a rising star in the opera world.  She actually has a Bachelors of Science degree magna cum laude from Towson University and a Masters of Music degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory.  She is a recent graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and is starting to enjoy international success with such roles as Violetta (La Traviata) and Mimi (La Boheme).

12. Anita Rachvelishvili 

Born in Tbilisi, Georgie, Anita first studied piano at the M. Machavariani School, then voice at the V. Sarajshvili Conservatory and eventually went on to join the Young Artist Training Program of Teatro alla Scala in Milan.  It was there that she got her 'big break'; stepping in as the title character in Bizet's Carmen at the tender age of 26.  She has since become an international superstar!

13. Audrey Luna 

Audrey was recently seen soaring over the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as Ariel in Thomas Ades's new opera 'The Tempest".  The performance was recorded and is said to be released on DVD soon with Deutsche Grammophon!

14.  Ailyn Perez

Born in Chicago to first generation Mexican immigrants, she grew up in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.  She attended Indiana University School of Music as well as the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia before eventually winning the Richard Tucker Foundation Award in 2012.  A sweetheart on the stage and off, she is charming audiences around the world as a "beautiful woman who commands the stage" - New York Times. 

 15. Layla Claire

Born in British Columbia, Layla studied at the Universite de Montreal and the Curtis Institute of Music before joining the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist training program.  Mozart being the centerpiece of Layla's repertoire, she continues to enjoy international acclaim; "Perky and with big, expressive eyes, her long red hair commanding attention, she displayed an exciting, bright tone and shimmering piano notes..." - The Associated Press

16.   Jennifer Holloway

After studying at the University of Georgia and the Manhattan School of Music, Jennifer took part in the prestigious young artist programs at the Opera Theatre of St Louis, the Santa Fe Opera and Pittsburgh Opera.  She has gone on to sing in some of the worlds most famous and important houses, including: English National Opera, Washington National Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival. 

17.  Ana Maria Martinez

Ana Maria is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. A Grammy winner, she has distinguished herself as one of todays most sophisticated lyric sopranos. Truly an international superstar, she continues to offer candid encouragement to young singers as a contributing editor to Classical Singer Magazine.  

18. Kate Aldrich 

Born in Damariscotta, Maine, Kate is a winner of the Richard Tucker Award grant and now performs in leading theaters throughout the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opera Bastille, San Francisco Opera and the Salzburg Festival.  

19.  Othalie Graham 

Canadian-American soprano Othalie Graham is critically acclaimed throughout North America and beyond.  She is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and has gone onto win numerous competitions including: the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, the Sullivan Foundation Grant and Liederkranz Competition.  A powerhouse of a voice, Othalie conquers the stage in such roles as Turandot, Tosca and Aida!

20. Joyce DiDonato 

We love Joyce!  One of the most charming women to grace any stage, Joyce wins over audiences world-wide; "...the perfect 21st-century diva - an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent." - The New York Times.
A recent Grammy Award winner, she spent this summer with the Santa Fe Opera company as Elena in La donna del lago, with such success that the company actually had to add a performance of the opera due to such high demands in tickets sales!

21.  Laquita Mitchell

Laquita attended the Westminster Choir College as well as Manhattan School of Music before joining the San Francisco Opera's Merola Program and Houston Grand Opera Studio.  She is a 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Prize Winner and a recipient of the 2004 Sara Tucker Award.  Earning acclaim in eminent opera companies throughout North America and Europe, already in her young career she has lead performances with the LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand, Lyric Opera of Chicago and New York City Opera. 

22.  Danielle Pastin

Danielle grew up 'on the road' as her father's career in the US Navy Band kept the family on the move!  She has a Bachelors of Music degree from the University of Maryland and continued her training in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program as well as the Pittsburgh Opera Young Artist Program.  Her career took off after stepping in last-minute as Mimi in Santa Fe Opera's 2010 production of Puccini's La Boheme She is beginning what is sure to be a successful and exciting career!

23.  Sasha Cooke

A graduate of Rice University and the Juilliard School, Sasha Cooke also attended the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, the Wolf Trap Foundation the Marlboro Music Festival and Central City Opera's Young Artist Training Program.   She is a radiant mezzo-soprano who recently caused a sensation as Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adam's Doctor Atomic, the DVD release of which won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording!

24.  Annette Dasch

Annette studied voice at the Hochschule fur Musik as well as Theater Munchen, making her debut at the Bavarian State Opera as Gansemagd in Humperdinck's Konigskinder.  Her debut with the Metropolitan Opera was as Countessa in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.  She is on the jury of the International Song Competition 'Das Lied' and composer Richard Beaudoin has dedicated two works to her.  

25.  Andriana Chuchman

Born in Winnipeg, Ms. Chuchman received her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba.  She was a prizewinner at the Finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany and received the Sullivan Foundation Encouragement Award in 2007.  She has been a guest star on the Prairie Home Companion radio show and is continuing to gain international acclaim for such roles as Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffman) and Pamina (Die Zauberflote). 

26.  Magdalena Kožená

Magdalena was born in Brno, South Moravia and her original goal was to become a pianist.  After breaking her hand at the age of twelve she switched to singing.  She studied at the Brno Conservatory and at the College of Performing Arts in Bratislava.  An exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon, she can be heard in numerous recordings, her latest entitled: "Love and Longing".  

27.  Patricia Racette

American soprano Patricia Racette is a recipient of the Richard Tucker Award and is a regular presence at major opera houses around the world.  Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, she began playing guitar at the age of 8.  She attended the University of North Texas with the intent of studying vocal jazz.  When she was told that her voice was more suited to opera performance than jazz, she was initially upset.  She eventually grew to love singing opera, and, well, the rest know....history!

28.  Ellie Dehn 

This rising star hails from Minnesota and is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia! Her resume includes such renowned houses as the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala. She has won grants from the Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation and was also National Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition.

29. Diana Damrau

Diana was born in Gunzburg, Bavaria, Germany and began her operatic studies at the Hochschule for Music Wurzburg.  A regular at the Metropolitan Opera, she is perhaps best known as one of the world's leading Queen of the Night's from Mozart's Die Zauberflote

31.   Sandra Piques Eddy

Sandra graduated from Boston University's School for the Arts with a Masters of Music degree before becoming an apprentice artist at the Boston Opera Institute.  She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2002 and has since then returned to the big house in such roles as Cherubino (Le nozze fi Figaro), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) and Zulma (L'italiana in Algeri).  With a voice possessing 'extraordinary richness of timbre and expressiveness" she is proving herself to be "a charismatic mezzo with future star written all over her."

 32.  Kirstin Chavez 

Kirstin is considered one of the most riveting and significang young singer performing today.  Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she actually spent most of her formative years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  She received a Bachelor of Music degree from New Mexico State University and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.  She is at the beginning of a major international career, she is perhaps best known for the Carmen!  

33.  Rinat Shaham

Born in Haifa, Israel, she received her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  She truly possesses "the whole package: She has all the dramatic vocal timbre, temperamental spark and the tightly coiled energy anyone could wish for." -The Toronto Star  

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