Metropolitan Opera National Council Utah District Auditions
2017-18 Utah District Judges
The auditions involve competitors singing for three judges who have been selected from an elite list of opera professionals (vocal coaches, career singers, opera composers, opera stage directors, heads of opera companies and artistic administrators) who are highly qualified to identify talent and to assist young singers with developing and refining their singing.
Matthew Horner is currently Senior Vice President and Director of the vocal division of IMG Artists, New York where he has worked since 2000. His roster includes such international singers as Eric Owens, Susan Graham, Lawrence Brownlee, Catherine Malfitano, Frederica von Stade, David Daniels, Alice Coote, Danielle de Niese, Angela Meade, Susanna Phillips, Albina Shagimuratova, Kyle Ketelsen, Amber Wagner, Brian Mulligan, Brandon Jovanovich, and James Valenti as well as many important emerging young American singers.
He has served as a judge for numerous vocal competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Palm Beach Opera Competition, the McCammon Competition in Ft. Worth, the Juilliard Honors Recital, the Alice Tully Hall Debut Recital Competition, the Joy in Singing Competition, and the Jenny Lind Competition. He presents regular classes and audition seminars at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, Mannes College of Music, Bard College, the Canadian Opera Company, the Santa Fe Opera, the Sarasota Opera, and others.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the George London Foundation for Singers and the advisory board of ASTRAL Artistic Services and served as Artistic Consultant to Palm Beach Opera. He is also a twenty-two year member of the choir at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City where he has sung on recordings, frequent national telecasts and for Popes John Paul II in 1995 and Benedict XVI in 2008, 2010, and 2011.
Matthew received his undergraduate education at Oberlin College, double majoring in art history and history. His graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University was also in art history, and he completed both the master of arts and doctoral course work there.
Kevin J. Langan, Bass. BM in Voice with High Distinction at Indiana University, MM in Voice with High Distinction at Indiana University. Major voice professor – Margaret Harshaw. Vocal Studies with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. Protégé of the legendary EMI record producer Walter Legge. Winner of The Metropolitan Opera Auditions (1980), The San Francisco Opera Auditions (1980), Opera America Auditions (1981), Richard Tucker Foundation Grant Award (1983). Has been singing professionally for 39 years leading roles in many of the world’s leading opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, The San Francisco Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Saito Kinen Festival (Japan), The Maggio Musicale (Florence), The Royal Flemish Opera (Antwerp), The Netherlands Opera, Geneva Opera, Opera de Lyon, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Vancouver Opera, San Diego Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Central City Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Colorado, Austin Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Omaha Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Co. of Philadelphia, Opera Carolina, Eugene Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Knoxville Opera, West Palm Beach Opera, Portland Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Greensboro Opera, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, and Hamilton Opera.
He recently became the first leading artist ever to achieve 300 performances with The San Francisco Opera in the company’s 88-year history. With almost 1400 career performances, he has performed over 80 different operatic roles. Those roles include Mephistopheles in Faust, Phillip II and Il Grand Inquisitore in Don Carlos, Sarastro and The Sprecher in Die Zauberflőte, Osmin in Entfűhrung aus dem Serail, Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Leporello and Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Timur in Turandot, Ramfis in Aida, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Padre Guardiano in Forza del Destino, Pimen in Boris Godunov, Rocco in Fidelio, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Alvise in La Gioconda, Daland in Der Flieghende Holländer, Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La Boheme, Wurm in Luisa Miller, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Henry VIII in Anna Bolena, and The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance.
Orchestral appearances include The Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Houston, Oakland, Richmond, Santa Fe, New Jersey, The National Symphony (Wash. DC), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Concert Opera, and The Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, and Cincinnati May Festivals. He has appeared with these orchestras as bass soloist in such works as The Verdi and Mozart Requiems, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Rossini Stabat Mater, The Messiah, and various concert versions of major operas.
Discography includes the Grammy nominated Le Nozze di Figaro (Teldec) under Niklaus Harnoncourt, and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline (Albany) recorded live at its world premiere with Santa Fe Opera. DVD credits include the David Hockney production of Turandot with Eva Marton, Aida with Luciano Pavarotti, Samson et Dalilah with Placido Domingo, Orlando Furioso with Marilyn Horne, and Cunning Little Vixen at The Saito Kinen Festival, Japan, and Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, conducted by Seiji Ozawa.
He has given solo recitals at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, as well as Kurt Weill at Carnegie Hall in New York, and The Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco.
His academic teaching experience includes being a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Guest Visiting Voice Instructor at Westminster Choir College/Rider University, The University of Minnesota, as well as an Associate Instructorship in Voice at Indiana University. He has presented Master Classes in Vocal Performance at Lamont School of Music/University of Denver, Southern Methodist University, The University of Oklahoma/Norman, Metropolitan State University, Denver, The Austin Lyric Opera Apprentice Program, The San Diego Opera Apprentice Program, Opera New Jersey Apprentice Program, and The Festival Lyrique at Belle-Ille (France) Young Artists Program. He has also given Individual Clinical Vocal Instruction at the prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago Apprentice Program, The Portland Opera Apprentice Program, and is currently a guest vocal instructor annually at Westminster Choir College/Rider University’s prestigious Florence Voice Program in Florence, Italy.
He has also developed a Seminar on “Financial and Professional Implications For The Professional Self-Employed Opera Singer” which he has given at The Central City Opera Apprentice Program and at The CoOPERative Program at Westminster Choir College/Rider University in Princeton, NJ.
Stage director, dramatic coach, and arts administrator Vera Lúcia Calábria has over 30 years of experience in opera and classical music. Born in Brazil, she began at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich in 1977, and at San Francisco Opera in 1979 as assistant to Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Productions staged for San Francisco Opera from 1983 to 2001 include Carmen, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, La forza del Destino, Der fliegende Holländer, and Falstaff. Other credits include Madama Butterfly in Strasbourg and Cologne, Manon in Vienna, Munich, and at the Metropolitan Opera, Parsifal in Barcelona, Falstaff in Chicago, Tosca in Montpellier, Tannhäuser in Honolulu, and Carmen in Zurich, Cologne, Chicago, and Tel Aviv.
She now divides her time between stage productions and work with young singers as director and dramatic coach. Productions include La Finta Giardinera and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges/L’Heure Espagnole at UCLA, Der fliegende Holländer, Idomeneo and Aida at Los Angeles Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at San Francisco Opera Center, and Cavalleria/Pagliacci at San Francisco Opera, The Queen of Spades at the Teatro Real, Madrid (Spain), Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Indianapolis, La Canterina, Gigantes y Cabezudos, The Pirates of Penzance, The Magic Flute, and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at CSULA, Der Rosenkavalier at Israeli Opera, Bluebeard’s Castle / L’Heure Espagnole, The Bear / La Navarraise, and The Rape of Lucretia at Yale University, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, and all three of Mozart's da Ponte operas at Rice University.
Besides her work as stage director, she has conducted master classes and workshops on Commedia dell’Arte in opera at CSULA, UC Santa Barbara, and UCLA among others. Her work as dramatic coach on role interpretation took her Israeli Opera and the Staatsoper Berlin’s Young Artist Program, to Pepperdine University’s Songfest, the Wagner Theatre Program in New York, to LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindeman Young Artist Development Program. In 2014 she started working with a private studio, students of which have now for the second year in a row won the top places at the prestigious Spotlight Award Competition in Los Angeles and at other competitions. She is also a member of the CSU Fullerton faculty, teaching Performance Technique / Dramatic Interpretation and directing.
Vera Lúcia Calábria has collaborated on several video productions with Brian Large (II Trittico, Andrea Chenier and Nabucco from Milan's La Scala; Der fliegende Holländer from Bayreuth, Lear from Munich), and Derek Bailey (Aida and Madama Butterfly from La Scala).
She speaks Portuguese, German, Spanish, Italian, French, and English.