2018 Gate City Bank Young Artists

 Soprano -  Kelly Glyptis

Soprano - Kelly Glyptis

Kelly Glyptis, a lyric soprano based in the Washington, D.C. area, performs both opera and musical theater regularly.  Her most recent engagements include Fiordiligi in Shreveport Opera’s Cosi fan tutte and performances with the Prizery Theater as The Witch in Into the Woods, Morticia in The Addams Family, Anita in West Side Story, and Nettie in Carousel.  Miss Glyptis has also appeared in concert with Opera Delaware and the Baltimore Concert Opera and was a member of the Virginia Opera's Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program where she performed Little Red Riding Hood, Mimi in La bohéme, and Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld. She made her professional debut as Berta in the Atlanta Opera’s Barbiere di Siviglia and performed the soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Beatrice in A View from the Bridge at Indiana University where she performed numerous other leading roles. Miss Glyptis has also been seen in productions with Cardinal Stage, Gray Ghost Theater, Pied Piper Theatre and Dominion Stage and has been nominated and won several outstanding actress awards as well as acclaim in Opera News for her performances as Donna Elvira and Orlofsky. S

Kelly was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Indiana District and has won encouragement awards at the D.C. and N.C. Districts and the Chicago Region. She was a semi finalist for the Paris Opera Competition, Nicholas Loren and Mary Smith Singer of the Year Competitions, and is a winner of the Hellenic American Women's Council award. Miss Glyptis has trained with the Potomac Vocal Institute, Bel Canto in Tuscany, Operafestival di Roma, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, and IU Opera Workshops. Upcoming engagements include performing Sir Elton John’s Trainer in Vikensport, or the Finch Opera and covering Magda Sorel in The Consul at Saratoga Opera, covering Alcina in Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s Alcina, and a concert with George Mason University at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

 Mezzo-soprano -  Anna Hashizume

Mezzo-soprano - Anna Hashizume

Mezzo-soprano Anna Hashizume is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota where she received her Masters degree in vocal performance. In 2015, she graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Science in vocal performance with an outside field of theatre. This past summer Ms. Hashizume performed with Lyric Opera of the North and Mixed Precipitation’s Picnic Operetta. Most recently she was a member of the performing company for CLIMB Theatre – an educational children’s theatre in Minnesota.

Previous credits include: Baucis (Philemon and Baucis: Planet in Peril), Maddalena (Rigoletto) Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Mrs. McLean (Susannah), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zulma (L’Italiana in Algeri), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and Meg Page (Falstaff). This spring, Ms. Hashizume will be in the ensemble of Minnesota Opera’s production of Thaïs.

 Tenor -  Jianghai Ho

Tenor - Jianghai Ho

Tenor Jianghai Ho has appeared most recently as tenor soloist in the DePaul Symphonic Choir’s presentation of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Nerone in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea, Orfeo in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Abraham Kaplan in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, and Dr. Blind in Johann Strauss Jr’s Die Fledermaus with DePaul Opera Theater. He has also performed with the Duke Vespers Ensemble in Dietrich Buxtehude’s rarely-performed Membra Jesu Nostri at the Boston Early Music Festival, as well as the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

Born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Jianghai first discovered his passion for opera under the tutelage of Professor Susan Dunn at Duke University, where he graduated with a B.S. in music and biology. He graduated in vocal performance from DePaul University, where he studied with David Alt and Michael Sylvester.

 Baritone - Mark Billy

Baritone - Mark Billy

Mark Billy is a lyric baritone and Native American (Choctaw tribe) from Finley, Oklahoma. Mark’s undergraduate studies in voice at the University of Oklahoma were under the mentorship of baritone Richard Anderson. Mark has also had additional study with the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.

Mark made his operatic debut as Il Commendatore in 2012 with OU Opera Theatre's production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. The following season he appeared as Thoas in Gluck's “Iphigénie en Tauride”.  In 2014 Mark appeared as Simon in OU’s choreographed production of Haydn’s oratorio “Die Jahreszeiten” and in 2016 Mark was featured as Moralès in “Carmen” with Indiana University. His graduate studies at Indiana were with soprano Carol Vaness. 

Mark most recently concluded a traveling production at OU opera theatre of John Davies mash-up children’s opera: “The Billy Goats Gruff” where he played the role of Osmin, the bully billy goat; this brought opera to Norman, OK area schools and carried the important message against bullying.  In the Spring of 2017 Mark placed first in the Oklahoma NATS competition graduate level division. This past summer Mark sang Melisso in Handel’s “Alcina” as well as covering the role of Marcello in “La bohème” for the Red River Lyric Opera Festival. As a 2018 Gate City Bank Young Artist with the Fargo Moorhead Opera Mark will be reprising the role of Melisso in Handel’s “Alcina” as well as the role of the bartender in Michael Ching’s comic one act opera “Speed Dating Tonight!”