The Flying Dutchman
The Miami Wagner Institute
Conductor- Michael Rossi
MMF Symphony Orchestra
Wagner Institute Participants
Voted in the top ten performances of 2018 by the South Florida Classical Review, Music Music Festival’s Wagner Institute makes its debut at the Adrienne Arsht Ziff Ballet Opera House in a full performance of Wagner’s, The Flying Dutchman.
Inspired by a troubled sea voyage, The Flying Dutchman is the first of Wagner’s “Romantic Operas”. Set off the shores of Norway, Captain Daland and his crew come across a ghost ship that is captained by The Dutchman— condemned for all eternity for blasphemy. If The Dutchman can find a faithful wife, he will be saved. Daland’s daughter Senta agrees to the arrangement, but will a past suitor threaten The Dutchman’s salvation?
The 2019 MMF Wagner Fellows
Soprano Elizabeth Baldwin has been praised as “ferociously talented” by the San Francisco Examiner. Upcoming engagements include Ms. Baldwin's house and role debut at Municipal de Santiago - Opera Nacional de Chile in the title role of Norma, Eva Crowley in Jack Perla’s new opera An American Dream with Anchorage Opera, a return to the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute to perform Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, and Handel's Messiah with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent engagements include: Sieglinde in Die Walküre with the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute, Verdi's Macbeth in the role of Lady Macbeth with both the Opera Company of Middlebury and NYC's Loft Opera as well as her debut with Dallas Opera in their concert entitled Verdi & Co, featuring scenes from Rigoletto, La Traviata and Aïda. Other recent highlights include her return to Chautauqua Opera as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, the title role of Puccini’s Tosca with Opera San Jose, Kentucky Opera, Fort Myers Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Youth Symphony, the title role in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera with the Boston Youth Symphony, and she joined the roster of the San Francisco Symphony to cover the role of Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes, a role which she had sung previously at Chautauqua Opera.
As a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program she performed excerpts from Boito’s Mefistofele and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Schwabacher Summer Concert and excerps from Verdi’s Il Corsaro and Puccini’s La Rondine on the Merola Grand Finale Concert.
On the concert stage, Ms. Baldwin has been heard recently in Verdi's Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Akron Symphony, and Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also honored to return to her home state as special guest artist with Toledo Opera on their annual gala concert. An active recitalist with a deep passion for lieder, Ms. Baldwin's most recent collaborations include recitals with the Ravinia Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Ms. Baldwin was a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Grand Prize winner in the Sullivan Foundation Competition and the Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition; First Prize winner in the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, The National Opera Association Competition, The Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition and the Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition. She has also been awarded numerous grants from operatic organizations including the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation and the Schulyer Foundation for Career Bridges.
Patrick Cook began the 2018-19 season with his Washington National Opera debut as the Kronprinz in Puts’ Silent Night followed by his European debut at Theater Aachen as François in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place. Other recent performances for the tenor include Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Miami Music Festival, where he covered Siegmund in Die Walküre, and the title role in Lohengrin as a member of the Wagner Institute, the creation of the role of Dr. Osborn in the world premiere of Musto’s Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt with On Site Opera, the title role in excerpts of La clemenza di Tito in the operatic pastiche On Behalf of a Madman with Grand Harmonie, as well as the title role of Sadko with Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington, DC.
Past operatic performances include the Governor and Vanderdendur in Candide with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the title role of Idomeneo, as well as Florestan in Fidelio, Don Jose in Carmen, and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw. His concert performances include the tenor solos in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Dvořák’s Requiem, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht.
Mr. Cook is a previous winner of the Washington DC district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is an alumnus of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Potomac Vocal Institute, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Maryland College Park, Master of Music degree from the Bard College Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School. For more information and upcoming performances please visit www.patrickcooktenor.com
German bass Roman Ialcic covered the roles of Fafner and Hunding for Seattle Opera’s 2013 Der Ring des Nibelungen. His roles include Konchak in Prince Igor, Boris in Boris Godunov, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra. He also performed Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at the Open Air Opera Festival in Isny. In 2006, he reached the final round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, and since September 2007 has been engaged as a soloist at the St. Gallen Theater, Switzerland, where his roles have included Escamillo in Carmen, Cascada in The Merry Widow, Lamoral in Arabella, Tomski in The Queen of Spades, Talbot in Giovanna d’Arco, Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata, and Kaspar in Der Freischütz. This March he performed Abimélech in Samson et Dalila at Oper Köln. Upcoming engagements include Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia in Wuppertal, Germany.
Jon Janacek (Lyric -Dramatic Tenor ) has a Bachelor’s degree of Music in Vocal Performance from Baylor University where he performed as one of the Armed Guards in The Magic Flute, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, and Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah as a bass baritone. Other roles include Peter in Hansel and Gretel with the Waco Lyric Opera and the Temple College Opera, Alfio in Cavallaria Rusticana, Canio in I Pagliacci, Rodolfo in La Boheme, and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos all with Kingwood Summer Opera. Jon sang the role of the Official Registrar in Houston Grand Opera's 2015 production of Madame Butterfly and Giuseppe in La Traviata (2017). He has been a regional winner of the graduate men's division of the Texoma NATS Vocal Competition, a regional finalist and Encouragement Award Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Audience Choice Award Winner of the Lois Alba SOMA International Vocal Competition (2016). Mr. Janacek took part in the Vocal program of the Music Academy of the West under the direction of renowned singer Marilyn Horne where he covered the role of Jenik in Smetana's Bartered Bride in Summer of 2016. He also participated in the Berlin Opera Academy in 2017 singing Bacchus again for their production of Ariadne auf Naxos and in the Wagner Institute of the Miami Music Festival in July of 2018 for Act II of Lohengrin in the title role. Future engagements include Second Tenor Jew in Salome.
Mezzo-soprano and Pacific Northwest native, Anne Maguire, is distinguishing herself on stages across the country. Her voice easily recognizable for its “dark” and “opulent” timbre, she has been awarded several competition prizes from Opera Birmingham, Jensen Foundation, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, and others. Ms. Maguire was a 2018 Merola Artist where she sang the role of Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress. In May of 2018 she sang Die Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel as a guest artist at Yale University. In 2016 as a Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist she covered the role of Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. Ms. Maguire will return to Yale University again in 2019 for Eugene Onegin.
Originally from Princeton Junction, New Jersey, bass Samuel Weiser returns to the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program for the 2019–2020 season to perform Second Armed Guard in The Magic Flute, Sprecher in the Young Artist production of The Magic Flute, and Second Philistine in Samson and Delilah. During WNO’s 2018–2019 season he performed the Marquis d’Obigny in Verdi’s La traviata, Innkeeper/Ox/Shepherd in Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, Captain in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Jailer in Puccini’s Tosca. He was also a soloist for WNO’s “A Concert of Comic Masterpieces.” As a participant in the American Opera Initiative 20-minute program, Weiser performed the title role in Pepito. During the summer of 2018 he was an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, covering Ferrando in Verdi’s Il trovatore, and Der Sprecher in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He was seen as Daland in Miami Music Festival’s Der fliegender Holländer in the summer of 2019. During the 2017–2018 season with Chicago Opera Theater (COT), Weiser appeared as George Gissing and Solomon Weil in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Mark Campbell’s and Kevin Puts’ Elizabeth Cree. During the 2016–2017 season, Weiser was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and was a recipient of a Richard Gaddes Career Grant during his second season with OTSL. Weiser was chosen as a first place winner of the Saint Louis District in the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2016 Monastero’s Bel Canto Contest. A graduate of Roosevelt University (M.M. Voice Performance ‘16), Weiser currently studies with Laura Brooks Rice, Neil Shicoff, and baritone Bruce Hall.