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Meet the 2014 Young Artists

Colleen Jackson

Colleen Jackson (Soprano) is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Florida State University. A recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado’s Master of Music program, Colleen performed the roles of Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. During the summer of 2011, she sang the Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Classica Europa in Germany. In the Spring of 2013, she sang her debut of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata as an alumna guest artist with UNC. Most recently, Ms. Jackson made her professional operatic debut with Opera Fort Collins in the title role of Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe.

As the soprano in the 2014 Opera Colorado Young Artists Residency Program, Colleen will sing the roles of Juliet and Berta in the company’s touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Barber of Seville, respectively. In the student matinee of Carmen, she will sing the role of Michaela. Colleen is thrilled to join the Opera Colorado family and is eager to take the stage with her fellow young artists.

 

 

Louise RoganLouise Rogan (Mezzo-soprano) hails from Manchester, UK. She received her Diploma in Vocal and Opera Studies from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2009 and a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2010. In 2012, she graduated from the Professional Diploma in Opera program at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Her performance highlights at Chicago College of Performing Arts included Pamela (New York Stories), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and the title role in the Chicago premiere of Amelia by Daron Hagen. As a member of the Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist Program, Louise performed the roles of Second Lady (cover) in Die Zauberflöte and Masha (cover) in Moscow Cheryomushki. Other performance highlights include the title role in Cendrillon with Petite Opera Productions and First Lady/Second Witch in Dido and Aneas with the Manchester Camerata. Louise was the winner of the Sixth Annual Elgin Opera Vocal Competition in 2012.

Louise is delighted to be joining Opera Colorado as a Young Artist for their 2014 season. She will perform the title role in the student matinee production of Carmen, Stephano/Gertrude in the touring production of Romeo and Juliet and Rosina in the touring production of The Barber of Seville.

Brett SpragueBrett Sprague (Tenor) is originally from Lakewood, WA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Chapman University and received his Master’s degree in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music in 2012.

He has performed extensively in the United States and Europe. Brett’s past credits include Peter Grimes (Chautauqua Opera), Don Pasquale, (Amore Opera), The Most Happy Fella (Dicapo Opera), Die Zauberflöte (New York Lyric Opera Theatre), The Ghosts of Versailles, Così fan tutte, Thaїs, and La Vida Breve (Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Theatre), Lucia di Lammermoor and Falstaff (MSM’s Opera Repertory Ensemble), L’elisir d’amore (Tuscia Opera festival), and Signor Deluso, Gianni Schicchi and Die Fledermaus (Opera Chapman). Brett has also performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the Verdi Square Festival for the Arts.

As a member of the 2014 Opera Colorado Young Artists, Brett will sing the roles of Almaviva (The Barber of Seville) and Romeo (Romeo and Juliet) in the company’s touring productions. In the student matinee of Carmen, he will sing the role of Don José. Brett is looking forward to the many opportunities and experiences that will come his way as a Young Artist with Opera Colorado.

Jared GuestJared Guest (Baritone) 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 in 2012. Jared 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 Carmen.  In summer 2012, he made his first professional opera recording with Lone Star Lyric Opera in the charming one-act Hans in Luck by Omari Tau.  In this unique opera on a Grimm fairy-tale, Jared sang the title role of Hans.

In his first year as an Opera Colorado Young Artist, Jared performed the role of Grégorio in the company’s production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet with the main stage cast and the role of Frère Laurant for the student matinee. In the touring productions of The Barber of Seville and Carmen, Jared performed the roles of Bartolo and Zuniga/Narrator, respectively. Jared is extremely excited to return for a second year in the residency. As a 2014 Opera Colorado Young Artist, Jared will sing the role of Escamillo in the student matinee of Carmen and in the company’s touring productions; he will perform Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Figaro in The Barber of Seville. Jared is looking forward to working with Opera Colorado for another season of world class opera.

Ben SieverdingBenjamin Sieverding (Bass) is originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He recently completed his post-graduate studies in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan, where he also received his Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Stephen West. In 2012, he was a winner of the Nebraska District and an Upper Midwest Region finalist of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. Since moving to Ann Arbor in the fall of 2009, Benjamin has performed in productions at both the university and regional level. His most recent operatic credits with University of Michigan Opera Theater include The Rape of Lucretia, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, The Rake’s Progress, and Falstaff. In the summer of 2011, he was seen as Zuniga in Carmen with Arbor Opera Theater and Otto in the new world premiere of Jukka Linkola’s Rockland with Pine Mountain Music Festival.

Benjamin has spent summer seasons as a young artist with the Franco-American Vocal Academy and Pine Mountain Music Festival. In summer 2013, he joined The Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice artist, singing and covering small roles in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar. As the bass in the 2014 Opera Colorado Young Artists, Benjamin will sing the roles of Capulet/Tybalt in the touring production of Romeo and Juliet and Bartolo in the touring production of The Barber of Seville. In the student matinee of Carmen, performed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, he will sing the role of Zuniga.

 

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Taylor Baldwin, Resident Coach Accompanist

 

 

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