Former Seagle Music Colony Artists are now performing in opera houses throughout the United States and across the world including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and many others. Other former artists have had leading Broadway roles and many are teaching vocal arts and theatre related subjects at the college level.
Spotlight on Dan Kempson, baritone
Baritone Dan Kempson will be particularly remembered by Seagle Music Colony artists for his portrayals of Papageno in The Magic Flute (2008), Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (2008), and El Gallo in The Fantasticks (2007). During the coming 2013-2014 season, Dan joins the Metropolitan Opera to cover Jake in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, sings in Carmina Burana with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, portrays Lieutenant Gordon in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night and will return to Santa Fe Opera for a second season to sing Dancairo in Carmen and cover the title role in The Impresario and The Emperor in Le Rossignol.
Dan completed his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2009 and spent summer 2009 at the Caramoor Festival, and summer 2010 as part of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Program. From 2009-2011, he was a member of Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Program singing and covering a multitude of roles including Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, the Count in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Figaro in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
Recent production highlights include Belcore in The Elixir of Love with Mississippi Opera, Figaro in The Barber of Seville with the Shreveport Opera and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, the baritone role in Phillip Glass’ Kepler in his debut with the Spoleto Festival USA, selections from Haydn’s The Creation with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Carmina Burana with the Yale Symphony, New Choral Society and Connecticut Master Choral. In 2013 he portrayed Alwan in the world premiere production of Mohammed Fairouz’ Sumeida’s Song at the Prototype Festival in NYC, presented by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. Dan made his Fort Worth Opera debut in the highly acclaimed 2011 production of Phillip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox, along with fellow SMC alums Jonathan Blalock, Corrie Donovan and Amanda Robie.
Dan has been winner or finalist in numerous competitions over the past number of years including winner of the Donald Gramm Memorial Award from Santa Fe Opera in 2013, Third Place in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition in both 2011 and 2012, finalist for the Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013, as well as the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition in 2012 and the Marguerite McCammon Competition in 2010.
Needless to say, Dan has begun an excellent singing career since his two years at Seagle Music Colony. You can keep up with this busy baritone via his website: www.dankempson.com.
Here are some other former Seagle Music Colony aritsts to watch for:
Sean Panikkar, tenor (2002) - website
Ava Pine, soprano (2005, 06) - website
Javier Abreu, tenor (2000, 01) - website
Matt Morgan, tenor (1999) - website
Christopher Temporelli, bass-baritone (2001, 02) - website
Seth Mease Carico, bass-baritone (2002, 03, 04) - website
Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone (2005, 06) - website
Wes Mason, baritone (2005-2008) - website
Andrea Carroll, soprano (2009, 10) - website
Ryan Bowie, tenor (2004-2007) - website
Jonathan Blalock, tenor (2007, 2008) - website
Jamin Flabiano, tenor (2005, 2007) - website
Hailey Clark, soprano (2009, 10) - website
Alissa Anderson, mezzo-soprano (2002-04) - website