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.
Spotlight on Megan Mikailovna Samarin, mezzo-soprano
Megan Samarin was an emerging artist at Seagle Music Colony during the summer of 2013 and was seen as Larina in Eugene Onegin and Cherubino in the children’s opera The Three Little Pigs. Since then her career has had a steady climb and she was recently featured in the “Sound Bites” section of Opera News magazine – a column that follows up and coming singers in the opera world. See the article HERE.
During the coming season, Megan will be singing Carla Mae in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House Without a Christmas Tree, as well as Sesto in Julius Caesar with Houston Grand Opera. She will also sing Clara Schumann in Loving Clara Schumann with the Mercury Symphony. She spent the summer of 2017 as a member of the Wolf Trap Opera, and the past two full seasons as a part of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. During her time in Houston, she sang and covered many roles including Siebel in Faust, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Julie Jordan in Carousel. She was a part of the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artist Program in 2015 and sang Marzia in Cato in Utica.
Also in 2017, Megan was Second Place winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the winners’ concert. She was a 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant award winner and a 2017 District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
When asked about how her summer Seagle Music Colony has impacted her career thus far, she answered: Seagle Music Colony is a very special place! While I was there I believe I did every show possible, even the children’s show. I learned how important performing is and how much I love it, even if your audience is still in kindergarten! Since then, I have loved to be on stage. I thrive in that kind of environment and Seagle Music Colony was a big part of that beginning for me. I am grateful for Seagle and for the great friends I have made along the way. I still love hearing Darren’s famous “woo!” in the audience when a Seagle pumpkin is on the stage!
Keep an eye on Megan – her star is on the rise! megansamarin.com
Here are some other former Seagle Music Colony aritsts to watch for:
Javier Abreu, tenor (2000, 01) – website
Michael Adams, baritone (2012-13) – website
Alissa Anderson, mezzo-soprano (2002-04) – website
David Blalock, tenor (2008, 2009) – website
Jonathan Blalock, tenor (2007, 2008) – website
Ryan Bowie, tenor (2004-2007) – website
Seth Mease Carico, bass-baritone (2002, 03, 04) – website
Andrea Carroll, soprano (2009, 10) – website
Hailey Clark, soprano (2009, 10) – website
Jamin Flabiano, tenor (2005, 2007) – website
Dan Kempson, baritone (2007-08) – website
Wes Mason, baritone (2005-2008) – website
Matt Morgan, tenor (1999) – website
Megan Samarin, mezzo-soprano (2013) – website
Sean Panikkar, tenor (2002) – website
Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone (2005, 06) – website
Reginald Smith, Jr. (2010) – website
Christopher Temporelli, bass-baritone (2001, 02) – website