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former young artists

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.

Many former artists keep in touch via subscription to our online newsletter, the Seagle Colony Chronicle.

Dan KempsonSpotlight on Juan José de León, tenor

Juan José de León will be remembered by Seagle Music Colony audiences for his portrayal of Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola) in the summer of 2009.  Since his summer at the Colony, Juan’s rise to the heights of the opera world has been swift.  During the 2014-15 season, Juan’s engagements include the Italian Singer in Capriccio at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville at The Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Teatre Principal de Palma in Mallorca, and Madison Opera, and a return to Prince Ramiro at the Staatstheater in Stuttgart.

During the 2013-14 season, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the company's debut production of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, followed by an appearance as Dr. Caius in Falstaff at Opera Santa Barbara.  In the summer of 2014, Juan made his international operatic debut as Count Almaviva with Opera di Roma (Rome) at the historic Baths of Caracalla.

Since being a part of the Seagle Music Colony program, Juan went on to be part of the young artist programs at Glimmerglass Opera (2010, 2011), Pittsburgh Opera (2011-12 and 2012-13), and Wolf Trap Opera (2013) where he sang roles including Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, El Remendado in Carmen, Spoletta in Tosca, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, Gastone in La Traviata, Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto, Prince Ramiro, Dr. Caius, and Count Libenskof in Il Viaggo a Reims to name a few.  During this same period, he made debuts with Dallas Opera as Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, and appeared a number of orchestras including the Erie Philharmonic, The National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), as well as the New York City Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall and the China Broadcasting and Film Symphony as part of the I Sing Beijing program.

Juan has also been a two-time National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a prize winner in multiple vocal competitions including the Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition, the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, the Opera Birmingham Competition and the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.

His future engagements include additional prestigious debuts at Teatre alla Scala in Milan, Opéra National de Paris, Austin Lyric Opera and the Theater and Philarmonie in Essen, Germany as well as being cast in an upcoming world premiere at the Dallas Opera.

Already being compared to another famous tenor named Juan – Juan Diego Flórez – Juan José de León is on a fast track to super-stardom in the operatic world and one to watch!

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) -
Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone (2005, 06) - website
Wes Mason, baritone (2005-2008) -
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 

Dan Kempson, baritone (2007-08) - website

2014 Artist Cristina Maria Castro in WEST SIDE STORYWest Side Story, 2014



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