MMF Opera Institute Alumni

Over the last 5 years, MMF has trained over 1000 Young Artists who have attended our summer festival. Here is a small sample of some of our alumni and the achievements they have made since attending our Opera Institute.

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Joanna Latini

Apprentice Program- 2014 and 2015

Opera News hailed Ms. Latini “a generous performer [with] winning personality and a sound both luscious and supple, exuding charm.” 

The 2018-2019 season and beyond includes her Canadian debut with Calgary Opera, appearances with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Atlanta Opera as Teresita in Francesca Zambello’s production of West Side Story. She will then join the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera where she will cover Violetta in La Traviata and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and sing Sally in Die Fledermaus. Also in 2018, Ms Latini was named a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In the summer of 2019, Ms. Latini will return to the Glimmerglass Festival where she will sing the role of Rosina in The Ghosts of Versailles as well as cover the roles of Magnolia in Show Boat and Violetta in La Traviata.


Brea Marshall

Studio Program- 2018

Soprano Brea Marshall was recently accepted into the 2019 Glimmerglass Young Artist Program. Brea was a member of the MMF Studio Program last year summer where she performed the role of Fraarte in Radamisto.


Patrick Cook

Apprentice program - 2018

Tenor Patrick Cook makes his European debut in 2019 – he sings François in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at Theater Aachen in Aachen, Germany.  In 2018, he debuted with Washington National Opera, performing the Kronprinz in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night.  With MMF, Patrick sang the role of Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) and covered the roles of Siegmund (Die Walküre) and Lohengrin (Lohengrin) for the 2018 Festival.


Betsy Diaz

Apprentice Program - 2015, 2016

Soprano Betsy Diaz has recently been heard as an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, covering the roles of Micaëla in Carmen and Leonora in Il Trovatore.  In 2018, Betsy was a Finalist in the Deborah Voight International Vocal Competition, hosted by Vero Beach Opera.  With MMF, Betsy performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (2015) and Mimì in La bohème (2016).

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Kathryn Grumley

Apprentice Program - 2018

Soprano Kathryn Grumley won First Place in the 2019 National Opera Association Vocal Competition, Artist Division.  Most recently at MMF, Kathryn performed as Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine. 


Roy Hage

Apprentice Program - 2017

Tenor Roy Hage is currently in residence at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he has performed as Alfredo in La Traviata and the Duke in Rigoletto, among other iconic roles.  In 2018, Roy sang the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann at the Aspen Music Festival; Roy brought his portrayal of Hoffmann to MMF in 2017.

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Jeremy Harr

Apprentice program - 2017

Bass Jeremy Harr has been selected for the Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist Program, where he will perform the role of the Lackey in Ariadne auf Naxos, and cover Basilio in The Barber of Seville.  In 2017, Jeremy performed the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with MMF.


Solomon Howard

Wagner Institute - 2017

Bass Soloman Howard has upcoming performances on some of opera’s great stages, including The Metropolitan Opera (Aida) and Santa Fe Opera (La bohème).  A graduate of the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Soloman has been seen in myriad roles at the Kennedy Center, including Frederick Douglass/Martin Luther King Jr. in the world premiere of the revised edition of Philip Glass’ Appomattox.  In 2017, Soloman performed as Hunding in excerpts from Die Walküre with the MMF Wagner Institute.

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Theresa Kesser

Apprentice Program - 2017

Mezzo-soprano Theresa Kesser has been selected for the Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist Program, where she will cover the roles of the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Berta in The Barber of Seville.  In 2017, Theresa performed the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with MMF.

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Seunghee Lee

Apprentice Program - 2017

Bass Seunghee Lee has been selected for the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Program this summer, where he will perform in all three of their festival productions.  In 2017, Seunghee performed the role of Dr. Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with MMF.


Kaitlyn McMonigle

Apprentice Program - 2017

Mezzo-soprano Kaitlyn McMonigle is currently in residence with Shreveport Opera, where she performs the roles of Anita in West Side Story and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly during the 2018-2019 season.  Kaitlyn spent the summer of 2018 as a Santa Fe Young Artist, where she was seen as La Madre in Madama Butterfly.  In 2017, Kaitlyn performed the role of Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking with MMF.

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Wan Zhao

Apprentice Program - 2018

Mezzo-soprano Wan Zhao is headed to the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Program this summer, where she will perform in ¡Figaro! (90210) and The Ghosts of Versailles.  In 2018, Wan performed the role of Cherubino in The Ghosts of Versailles with MMF.