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Jonathan Abernethy
, tenor
Bettie Port Memorial Fellowship from the Port, Washlow,
and Errant families
New Zealand tenor Jonathan Abernethy earned critical
acclaim for his 2014 role debut as Fenton in
, a per-
formance which earned him a Green Room Award nomina-
tion. He was also named the winner of the Australian Opera
Awards. In 2012 he was invited to join Opera Australia’s
Young Artist Program and made his professional debut at
the Sydney Opera House, performing the role of Normanno
Lucia di Lammermoor
. Within the Young Artist Program, Jonathan gave
his first performances as Tamino in
Die Zauberflöte
, Don Ottavio in
, and Ruiz in
Il trovatore
—also covering Lensky in
Yevgeny Onegin
and Remendado in
—and working with such artists as Christian
Badea and Guillaume Tourniaire. Other highlights include performances of
Die Schöne Müllerin
and on Great Opera Hits, a concert series of
opera highlights at the Sydney Opera House. In 2015 Abernethy will make his
role debut as Count Lerma in
Don Carlos
while covering Don Ottavio in David
McVicar’s new
Don Giovanni
production for Opera Australia. Since complet-
ing the Young Artist Program in Australia, he has pursued further artistic and
technical training in Europe and the United States, including participating in
the Aix-en-Provence Mozart Residency and the Solti Accademia in Tuscany. In
December 2015 Jonathan will perform as tenor soloist in Handel’s
the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
He has received mentoring and support from Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te
Kanawa Foundation.
Andrew Craig Brown
, bass-baritone
The Celia K. and Sol J. Hammerman Memorial
Andrew Craig Brown made his English National Opera
debut as Achilla in
Giulio Cesare
in 2012 and returned
as Colline in
La bohéme
in 2013. He performed with the
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi as Chick
Wonderful Town
and at the Ludwig van Beethoven
Easter Festival of Warsaw as Il Duca Ramiro in
, a role which he also recorded with the Polish
Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2011. A recent graduate of Yale Opera,
Andrew appeared in the Yale School of Music productions of
Don Giovanni
as Leporello,
Le Rossignol
as L’Empreur,
Le nozze di Figaro
as Bartolo, and
Cosí fan tutte
as Don Alfonso. Equally at home on the concert stage, Andrew
has sung in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New
Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Yale Philharmonia, Bach’s
and Handel’s
Alexander’s Feast
with the Baroque Artists of Champaign, and
with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared
in concert with the Orchestra New England, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra,
the Baroque Artists of Champaign, and the Millikin-Decatur Symphony
Orchestra. Andrew is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned both a mas-
ter’s degree in music and an artist diploma while studying with Richard Cross.
Marina Costa-Jackson
, soprano
Ravinia Women’s Board Program for Singers
Marina Costa-Jackson is a 2015 winner of the Metropolitan
National Council Audition, first-prize winner with the
Giulio Gari Foundation, second-place winner with the
Marcello Giordani Foundation, special prize winner in
the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition,
and a major award winner with the Opera Index,
the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Mario Lanza
Institute, the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation, and the George London
Foundation. Recently a special guest artist with Dmitri Hvorostovsky in
Minsk and with Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden, Marina is a resi-
dent artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She has sung Mimì
in Puccini’s 
La bohème
, Liza in Tchaikovsky’s
Pique Dame
, and Amelia in
Un ballo in maschera
. She sang Violetta in Verdi’s 
La traviata 
at the
University of Utah. Her upcoming roles include Musetta in 
La bohème
Michigan Opera Theatre and Mimì with the Welsh National Opera. Born in Las
Vegas, Nevada, Marina is Italian-American. She was raised in Sandy, Utah, and
Palermo, Italy. She currently resides in Philadelphia with her Sicilian husband,
Davide Biondo, and their Pomeranian, Sisi. 
Tracy Cox
, soprano
Arthur J. and Glenna B. Collins Memorial Fellowship*
An alumna of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-
Stein Young Artist Program, Tracy Cox made her profes-
sional debut with the company in the role of Marcellina in
Le nozze di Figaro
, under the baton of Plácido Domingo.
She recently made her debut in the title role of Verdi’s
with Opera San Luis Obispo and as the soprano soloist
in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia
Orchestra. She was the soprano II soloist in Mahler’s
“Symphony of a Thousand” with the Cincinnati Symphony and sang Sa
Femme in Milhaud’s
Le pauvre matelot
with Wolf Trap Opera. She made her
international concert debut at the Vishnevskaya Opera Center in Moscow and
has performed throughout Hungary with both the Philharmonic Orchestra of
Györ and Budapest’s MÁV Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded the George
London-Kirsten Flagstad Prize in 2014 and the Birgit Nilsson Prize at the 2013
Operalia Competition in Verona. She placed second in Fort Worth Opera’s
McCammon Competition and was a national finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan
Opera National Council Auditions. Tracy received a Sara Tucker Study Grant
from the Richard Tucker Foundation and an Emerging Artist Award from
the 2013 Opera Index Competition. She won the 2012 Marilyn Horne Song
Competition and subsequently performed at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica
and the National Opera Center in New York. Tracy completed a master’s
degree at the University of California–Los Angeles and studies with Stephen
King at Rice University.
Emily D’Angelo
, mezzo-soprano
Fanny R. Simmonds Memorial Fellowship* from Mr. and
Mrs. Murray J. Vale and from Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E.
Hokin, Dan Saslow Fellowship* from Fay Saslow Stern,
James Sassower Memorial Fellowship* from Mr. and Mrs.
Joram Sassower
Italian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo is an
undergraduate at the University of Toronto, studying under
soprano Elizabeth McDonald. She has studied at the Centre
for Opera Studies in Italy, the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and the Boston
University Tanglewood Institute. Her operatic credits include Sesto in
, Nerone in
L’incoronazione di Poppea
, Annio in
La clemenza di Tito
and Berta in
Il barbiere di Siviglia
. In September 2014 she was the young-
est singer invited to take part in the 50th International Vocal Competition
in Hertogenbosch, where she was selected to sing in master classes for both
Kiri Te Kanawa and Siegfried Jerusalem. Her honors include top prizes
at the Toronto Kiwanis Festival, the Ontario Kiwanis Provincials, and the
NATS Voice Auditions Finals. Emily made her solo debuts with the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra
in 2014. She has performed in recital at the Toronto Arts & Letters Club
and as a part of the Recitals at Rosedale series under the direction of pianist
Rachel Andrist. In addition to attending Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute this
summer, Emily will attend the SongFest Institute in Los Angeles and travel to
Nuremberg, Germany, to further her studies with Jerusalem.
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