Kevin Bylsma, Pianist
Kevin Bysma
Accomplished pianist and vocal coach; well known in the Midwest for his work in art song, opera and oratorio; as head of music preparation for Toledo Opera, he had coached productions ofTosca, The Tales of Hoffmann and The Magic Flute; served as music director of the Department of Community Programs for the Michigan Opera Theatre from 1993–97 and was vocal coach, accompanist and chorus master for OPERA!Lenawee from 1992–97; other music directing credits include the Lyric Chamber Ensemble of Detroit and the Papagena Opera Company of Ann Arbor; has appeared throughout the United States, Canada and Europe as an organist, pianist and accompanist; in summer 1996, he toured Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic with tenor Robert Mirshak; most recently he has appeared in master classes and recitals with soprano Diana Soviero and mezzo-soprano Irina Mishura; has served as principal keyboardist with the Adrian and Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestras; winner of a number of competitive awards, including the Robert Glasgow Organ Scholarship from the University of Michigan and the Lucille Mehaffie Young Artist Award; currently serves as assistant organist at the historic Mariners’s Church in Detroit.

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Jessica Dold, Soprano

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, soprano Jessica Dold continues to thrive as a promising full lyric soprano in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area. Her operatic credits include roles with Michigan Opera Theatre (5th Maidservant, Elektra; First Lady, The Magic Flute), Mercury Opera Rochester (Alice Ford, Falstaff ), Blue Lake Opera (Josie, The Last Leaf) and Arbor Opera Theater(Countess, Le nozze di Figaro; Mimi, La bohème).

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Kathryn Lewek, Soprano

Soprano Kathryn Lewek is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most promising coloratura sopranos of this generation. Ms. Lewek’s interpretation of her signature role, a quintessential Mozart villain, Queen of the Night, has garnered international critical acclaim: “Kathryn Lewek was sensational as The Queen of the Night. She produced all those acrobatic vocal runs effortlessly, without a single note out of place.” She performed the role in productions of Die Zauberflöte in débuts with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bregenzer Festspiele, the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opera Leipzig, Opera de Toulon, English National Opera, Nashville Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.  Last season alone, she reprised the Queen in débuts worldwide with The Royal Danish Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, Welsh National Opera, and in a return to The Metropolitan Opera. This season, she will appear in the role at Teatro Real in Madrid.

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Zach Borichevsky, Tenor
Zach Borichevsky
A series of significant debuts have established Zach Borichevsky as one of the most exciting new vocal talents to emerge on the international stage. This season Zach makes both his Glyndebourne Festival and Seattle Opera debuts as Alfredo (La traviata), as well as returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Edmondo (Manon Lescaut). 

An outstanding graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, subsequent debuts have included Rodolfo (La bohème) for English National Opera and Finnish National Opera and Alfredo (La traviata) with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Further debuts have included Lensky (Eugene Onegin) with Arizona Opera, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera, Romeo (Roméo et Juliette) for Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, Matteo (Arabella) and Anatol (Vanessa) for the Santa Fe Festival, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) for Cincinnati Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Boston Lyric Opera and Jonathan Dale in the East Coast premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night for Opera Philadelphia.

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Hyung Yun, Baritone
Hyung Yun
Baritone Hyung Yun has been acclaimed for his “subtle musicality and grand voice,” and regularly performs on some of the most esteemed opera stages in the United States. With The Metropolitan Opera, he has performed numerous roles including Valentin in Faust under Maestro James Levine, Ping in Turandot, Lescaut in Manon with Renee Fleming in the title role, and Silvio in Pagliacci. With Los Angeles Opera he made his début as Angelotti in Tosca and returned to sing Marcello in La bohème, Micheletto Cibo in Die Gezeichneten, and Lescaut in Manon with Rolando Villazón & Anna Netrebko under the baton of Plácido Domingo. He débuted as Ping in Turandot with the Santa Fe Opera and returned to sing in their 50th Anniversary Gala Concert. This season, Yun returns to The Metropolitan Opera for productions of TurandotLes pêcheurs de perles, and Roberto Devereux, and will perform the role of Germont in La traviata with Ash Lawn Opera.  He will also perform as the baritone soloist in Hayes’ Requiem with Mid-America Productions.  In future seasons, Yun will return to Toledo Opera and return to Opera Carolina.

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