Alumni News



 WHAT: The First Annual OIO organized Alumni Gathering.

  • A mini summer vacation to connect with your passion and see how you can stay involved with your musical past. OIO is still a vibrant institution with new and high aspirations for a strong national summer festival profile showcasing a new generation of opera singers.
  • A chance to connect with friends, relieve some wonderful memories without the butterflies of performing and contribute to the legacy that helped who you are today.
  • A chance to meet and mingle with the future of opera: our 66th

WHERE: OIO at Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs, AR.

WHEN: Friday, July 1st to Monday, July 4th, 2016

Planned events

Friday     7/1    Reception and Opera at Inspiration Point:  Il tabarro / Pagliacci

Saturday  7/2  Alumni artist masterclass then lunch in the dining hall at the Point.  Short rehearsal to follow to work alumni into the evening’s performance of the Opera Sampler Show: selected scenes from all three productions

Sunday    7/3   Visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR and the 3:00 performance of Don Giovanni at the Arend Arts Center.  Dinner afterward at a Bentonville restaurant.

Monday   7/4  Company day off but stay to hang with us at Beaver Lake or play in Eureka Springs.

HOUSING: Lots of motel, hotel and B&B options in Eureka Springs:

COST:   Tickets to the shows ($25 or $30) and food/drinks while off campus.  Lunch in the dining hall is complimentary.

We will  be happy and honored to have you involved in numerous ways, supporting the education, performances and the high musical dreams of our young artists selected for this summer. Even if you are not able to attend, all gifts are welcomed.

Alumni Jared Guest – Opera Colorado Young Artist

Jared-Guest-alumniJared Guest (Baritone) grew up in the suburbs of Orlando where he learned to love and appreciate classical music and opera.  He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee.  After moving to Texas, Jared earned his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Opera from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music in 2012. Jared has performed in a wide range of operas such as Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Der Rosenkavalier, Falstaff, Amelia, Il Postino, Der Zauberflöte, La Vie Parisienne, Don Giovanni, Tosca and Carmen.  In summer 2012, he made his first professional opera recording with Lone Star Lyric Opera in the charming one-act Hans in Luck by Omari Tau.  In this unique opera on a Grimm fairy-tale, Jared sang the title role of Hans.

In his first year as an Opera Colorado Young Artist, Jared performed the role of Grégorio in the company’s production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet with the main stage cast and the role of Frère Laurant for the student matinee. In the touring productions of The Barber of Seville and Carmen, Jared performed the roles of Bartolo and Zuniga/Narrator, respectively. Jared is extremely excited to return for a second year in the residency.

As a 2014 Opera Colorado Young Artist, Jared will sing the role of Escamillo in the student matinee of Carmen and in the company’s touring productions; he will perform Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Figaro in The Barber of Seville. Jared is looking forward to working with Opera Colorado for another season of world class opera.

Latonia Moore

CINCINNATI – On Thursday, July 18, Cincinnati Opera begins a series of four performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s grand Aida. The powerhouse cast is led by soprano Latonia Moore in the title role. After her surprise Metropolitan Opera debut as Aida last season, the New York Times raved that “the audience loved her.”

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Latonia Moore calls herself “the jump-in soprano.”

She jumped in recently to sing performances “Porgy and Bess” with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, learning the role of Bess on the plane to Berlin.

She stepped into sing Verdi’s “I Due Foscari” (“The Two Foscaris”) and also learned “Ernani” in days for an indisposed soprano. This season, she jumped in to sing “Aida” in Sydney and Tokyo.

Short video interview with Latonia… from Cincinnati media:

Mark Delavan at The Met

In April 2013, Director Robert Lepage’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle continued with at The Metropolitan Opera with the tetralogy’s installments of Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Siegfried. The cycle’s installments featured Mark Delavan as Wotan, Lord of the Gods. Delavan also performed ‘Gianciotto’ at The Met in March in Riccardo Zandonai’s production of Francesca da Rimini.

Delavan-OiOalumniDelavan has also sung roles with other leading American companies like the Houston Grand Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York City Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Washington National Opera. Outside of the United States, he has made appearances at the Bavarian State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Liceu, the Prague National Theatre, and the Royal Opera House in London among others.

Anthony Clark Evans

anthony-clark-evans-alumniBaritone Anthony Clark Evans, a native of Owensboro, Kentucky, was thrust onto the operatic scene while working as a car salesman in Elizabethtown, KY.

Deemed “the man who came from nowhere,” he is a National Winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Shortly after this, he was awarded a career grant from the Licia Albanese–Puccini Foundation, won First Prize at the Giulio Gari Competition, First Prize at the Mario Lanza Institute, and second prize in the Opera Index Competition. In the midst of these successes he gave his first professional recital in Lexington, KY.

During his time at Murray State University, he studied voice with Dr. Randall Black and was involved in various ensembles, including concert choir, sax quartet, and drum line.

He was an apprentice artist with Arkansas’ Opera in the Ozarks in 2008. Mr. Evans is married to his college sweetheart, Kim, a middle school music teacher. He will join the Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Center young artist program in the summer of 2013.

Benjamin Bunsold

BenjaminBunsold_2002-2002Benjamin Bunsold (2000 and 2002 alumni) has sung principal roles and concerts throughout the US and abroad with various opera companies and orchestras.

Most recently, he made his Los Angeles, CA debut singing the lead male role of Emil Bergson in the World Premiere of Philip Westin’s Marie’s Orchard with Center Stage Opera and as a guest soloist in Center Stage Opera’s Operatic Masterpieces Concert. He returned to LA last summer to perform Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in his 3rd appearance with Center Stage Opera.

Other upcoming engagements for 2013 include Don Jose in a new adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen at Ohio State’s Opera Theater, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore for Center Stage Opera, and a return to Ashlawn Opera to sing King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors.

In recent seasons, he has performed Fenton in Falstaff for Opera Idaho, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors for Ashlawn Opera, Alfred in Die Fledermaus at Opera Delaware, St Petersburg Opera, and Arbor Opera, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at Shreveport Opera and St Petersburg Opera, and Beppe in I Pagliacci at Opera Columbus, He was also a featured soloist in Opera Columbus’ Summer Concert Series for the past two summers and sang for former President George W. Bush and his family at Van Cliburn’s Christmas Party honoring the former President. (more…)

Gayle Grace

Current: Full time Instructor of Music at Pikes Peak Community College, Minister of Music at Village Christian Church; Music Director & singer at Sotto Voce; and Adjunct Instructor of Music at University of Colorado (UCCS)

gayle grace alumniI have enjoyed singing professionally most of my life and I have also delighted in teaching music in between singing engagements. I have taught music in both public school and college. Right now, I am especially thrilled to see my college students progress and have success in their careers. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, in December of 2012 was a highlight in my career. I received a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy and I wrote a textbook on singing. I have also completed a short book on auditioning techniques that I hope to use in the classes I teach.

In December, 2012, Gayle Grace was Director of Opera Scenes Class Performance of SUSANNAH by Carlisle Floyd & DIE FLEDERMAUS by Johann Strauss II held at Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus Theatre, Colorado Springs, Colorado

About Gayle Grace: Alumni 1971. Her home town was Wichita, Kansas.
Productions / Roles: Carmen/Micaela Acis and Galatea The Merry Widow

Gayle’s quote about her time at IPFAC:

The experience and information I gained at IPFAC has served me through my entire professional and teaching career. I was there with Dr. Van Grove and learned from his experience. I have used Micaela’s aria for countless auditions and recitals since then. My name at that time was Gayle Millspaugh I teach Music at Pikes Peak Community College and I still sing and conduct professionally. I’ve recorded an album and traveled the world singing.

Lindsay Amman

Lindsay Ammann, 2005’s Little Red Riding Hood in “Into the Woods” is a frequent artist at Oper Stuttgart and reprised her Met role in Die Walkuere May 2013. Upcoming this fall: Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) and Tiger Lily (Peter Pan).

Here she is, stage right, at Wolf Trap in 2011.

Lindsay Ammann, 2008 Alumni

Lindsay Ammann (on left), 2005 Alumni

Catherine Cook

Critically Praised Mezzo Soprano, CATHERINE COOK joins OAC Master Class Series
from Opera Acadmy of California
Performing in some of the greatest opera houses in the country, mezzo soprano Catherine Cook is not only delighting audiences on some of the world’s greatest stages, but she is also a highly coveted teacher and leader of workshops. This summer, Ms. Cook will work one-on-one with the Emerging Artists from the Opera Academy of California as part of the program’s brilliant Master Class Series.

October 2008 marked the World Premiere of THE BONESETTER’S DAUGHTER at San Francisco Opera with Catherine in the role Arlene Kamen. Catherine continues her performances at San Francisco Opera as well the Houston Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, and in April 2013 performed the role of Marthe Schwerlein in Faust at The Metropolitan Opera.