Here Are the New Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program Participants For 2017-18

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center Plaza, at dusk. Photo: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that its Lindemann Young Artist Program has added five new participants and returned seven.

The debutants to the program include his year’s participants starting the program include South Korean baritone Kidon Choi, Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo, American soprano Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, pianist and coach Nate Raskin, and Moldovian baritone Adrian Timpau.

Among those returning are American soprano Michelle Bradley, soprano, Tunisian mezzo Rihab Chaieb, New York coach and pianist Zalman Kelber, Illinois tenor Ian Koziara, New York bass David Leigh, Czech tenor Petr Nekoranec, Korean soprano Hyesang Park, soprano, Uzbekistani coach and pianist Valeriya Polunina, and Chinese tenor (and recent BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competitor) Kang Wang.

During this upcoming season, all the returning artists will get chances to appear in upcoming productions. Bradley will sing Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma” while Chaieb will sing Sandman in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” Lola in Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana,” and Laura in “Luisa Miller.”

Koziara will sing in Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel” and “Parsifal.” Leigh will appear in “Cendrillon” ad Nekoranec will get a shot in “Parsifal” and “Cendrillon.” Park will sing in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Hansel and Gretel” while Wang displays his talents in “Semiramide.” First-year artist Choi will perform in “Madama Butterfly.”

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