2019 Gate City Bank Young Artists
Soprano Rachael Marino is making her mark across international stages, being noted for her dramatic versatility as well as her lustrous voice. She has been hailed as “hilarious” and “expressive” while also praised for “beautifully soaring up to the top notes…in the show’s loveliest moment.”
Rachael recently made her Wagnerian debut in the role of Adriano (Rienzi) with New Century Opera and covered two pinnacle roles of the French repertoire: Marguerite (Faust) with St. Petersburg Opera and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) with Opera Tampa. She made her international debut in China with the ISING! International Young Artists Festival, where she was the first Westerner to portray Huniu in excerpts from Guo Wenjing’s Rickshaw Boy in such prestigious venues as the Suzhou Grand Theatre and the Tianqiao Theatre Beijing. Upcoming performances include a return to St. Pete Opera this fall, appearing as one of her signature roles, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni).
Other recent appearances include Mimí (La bohéme), Musetta (La bohème), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Prima Cercatrice (Suor Angelica), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Magda (La rondine), Nedda (I Pagliacci), and Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti). Additionally, she has sung with Miami Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Orlando Philharmonic, Savannah Philharmonic, and Opera Orlando. Rachael has won First Place in the South Florida Lyric Opera Competition, First Place in the St. Petersburg Opera Idol Competition, and Honorable Mention in the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the Mary Jacobs Smith Singers of the Year Competition, the Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Competition, and the Cooper-Bing Vocal Competition. She received her Master of Music from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University.
Kara Morgan is a mezzo soprano born and raised in Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she enjoyed singing the roles of Hansel (Hansel und Gretel), Mrs. Soames (Our Town), and Katisha (The Mikado). Kara pursued her Master of Music degree in Boston at the New England Conservatory. While there, she was seen as Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), the Old Prioress (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Xiao Qing (in a workshop of Naga, a new opera by Scott Wheeler), Frantik, Cryek, and Kohout (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Ottone (Agrippina).
In Fall 2015, Kara joined NEC’s Opera Outreach program to bring an abridged version of Rossini’s La Cenerentola to elementary schools in the Boston metro area, singing as Angelina. Her performance as the Old Prioress earned her praise in the Boston Music Intelligencer for “bringing down the house in the first act.” A year later, the same journal commented on her portrayal of Ottone, writing that her voice “seemed ideal for the role. With strong low notes and clear, straight tone, she voiced her misery and despair.”
In the summer of 2017, Kara was an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera, where she sang in the choruses of Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Fledermaus, and The Golden Cockerel. She was seen as Fidalma in Il matrimonio segreto as part of Santa Fe’s Apprentice Singer Showcase. Most recently, Kara was seen as Melissa in the Minneapolis-based Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company’s production of Princess Ida.
Tenor Miles Herr, from Lenox, Massachusetts, is a recent graduate of the Master of Music program at the University of Maryland and was a member of the Maryland Opera Studio. During the 2017-18 season, he appeared as Bardolfo in Crested Butte Music Festival’s production of Falstaff, Stevie & Professor Scoot in Opera Saratoga’s production of Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, and as Pluton and Orphée in the Marlyand Opera Studio’s production of Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers. In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Herr appeared as Male Chorus in the Maryland Opera Studio’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Gastone in Verdi’s La traviata with Ash Lawn Opera. Mr. Herr is an alumnus of young artist programs such as the Crested Butte Opera Studio, Opera Saratoga, and Chautauqua Music Festival. He has performed on master classes with many accomplished artists and teachers including Marlena Malas, David Daniels, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Angela Brown. Mr. Herr currently studies with Gran Wilson.
Recipient of the NEA Encouragement Award at the Southeastern District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2012, Bass-Baritone Lloyd Reshard, made his debut with Orchestra Miami in 2015 performing the title role of Noye in Benjamin Britten’s one act opera Noye’s Fludde. Most recently, Lloyd made his solo debut in Master Chorale of South Florida's Broadway Legends concert singing “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific in 2016 and has since performed as the Bass Soloist for the Messiah, and was guest soloist for Master Chorale's Gilbert and Sullivan Concert in April of 2017, performing solos and scenes from HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado. Mr. Reshard also has appeared as Balthazar in First Coast Opera’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. He recently completed a fall and winter season with Sarasota Opera, where he covered the roles of Marquis in La Traviata, Sergeant of the Archers in Manon Lescaut, as well as the principal role of Tommaso in Tiefland. In May 2018 Mr. Reshard performed both Sarastro and The Speaker in Orchestra Miami’s production of The Magic Flute. A passionate concert artist, Mr. Reshard has also self-produced a concert entitled "Over Jordan: Freedom of American Negros in Song."