Opera Naples' 2017 - 2018 Resident Artists

Every season, Opera Naples selects the best from an international pool of applicants to participate in our artistically challenging residency program here in Naples. As Resident Artists, they receive training with Opera Naples’ vocal coaches and enjoy a variety of opportunities to perform on stage.

Naomi Brigell, mezzo-soprano, is thrilled to join Opera Naples as a Resident Artist for the 2018 season. Most recently, Naomi made her professional debut with Opera in the Heights in Houston, TX, singing Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte. Other recent operatic roles include Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with Chicago Summer Opera and Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri with Operativo Houston, with whom she also covered the role of Isabella. As a recent graduate of the University of Houston, Naomi performed many roles at the Moores Opera Center including Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Barbara Ansley in Robert Ward’s Roman Fever, Countess Lydia Ivanova in David Carlson’s Anna Karenina, Bobachino in John Musto’s The Inspector, and Suzy in La rondine. Naomi also sang the role of Nancy in Albert Herring with Opera Breve in 2015, the roles of Stepmother and Florinda in Into the Woods and Una Conversa in Suor Angelica with Opera in the Ozarks in 2014. Naomi looks forward to joining Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist this coming summer, singing the role of Third Wood Sprite in Rusalka.

In March 2017, Naomi was awarded the grand prize at the Kristin Lewis Foundation Vocal Scholarship Competition. The award from this national competition included a trip to Vienna to study with coaches and stage directors at the Wiener Staatsoper. Throughout her formal academic studies, Naomi was awarded titled scholarships. These include the Winifred and Maurice Hirsch Memorial Scholarship at the University of Houston and the prestigious Ellalou Dimmock Vocal Honors Award at Boston University, which recognizes outstanding achievement in vocal performance at the undergraduate level and includes a presentation of the winners in recital.

Naomi Brigell performs regularly with the Houston Saengerbund and at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church. She has also appeared in concert with Bach Society Houston, The Piping Rock Singers, and Houston Lutheran Chorale. Naomi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and a Master of Music degree from University of Houston. She is a student of Melanie Sonnenberg. www.naomibrigell.com

Jung-Yong Kim, Tenor, was born in Seoul, Korea.Even from the early stages of his life, Jung-Yong was recognized to have great potential, winning many awards from competitions within Korea before attending the renowned Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and graduating with high marks. He has since moved to the United States and earned an Artist Diploma at Montclair University.

Jung-Yong’s debut was ‘Orfeo’ in 2007 at the Mantova (bibiena) Theatre in Italia, and received praise and adoration from the locals as a rising star through performance in ‘L’elisir d’amore’. He solidified his position as a highly esteemed lyrico through his performances as Duca in Rigoletto and Alfredo in Traviata. Since moving to the United States, Jung-Yong has expanded upon his success in Italia, adding Il Giovedi Grasso (Ernesto), La Boheme (Rodolfo), Die Fledermaus (Alfred), Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton), Don Pasquale (Ernesto) to his repertoire.

Jung-Yong has received accolades from the following competitions: Finalist Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, Finalist New York Lyric Competition, 2nd Prize NATSARTIST AWARD Competition , 1st prize Riverside Opera Competition , 1st prize of UNESCO(orfeo) International Competition , ’34th 3rd of JOONG-ANG Competition,Finalist 47th Dong-A Competition, 1st prize and Prize of Best performance at Sungjung Competition, 2nd of Ehwa kyunghyang Competition, 2nd prize of Music journal Competition.

Jung-Yong has also been featured as the tenor soloist in a number of oratorio and concert performances, including Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem.

Tenor Jung-Yong Kim’s greatest appeal as a performer is the passion he has for his craft.The long years of training and honing his performance in the Italian opera scene has yielded a performer that emotes to make a cathartic connection with his audience. Jung-Yong’s ability to flexibly work with many vocal colorization is just the icing on the cake for this bonafide Tenor. www.miaartists.com/roster/jkim.html

Natalie Young Lyric coloratura soprano, Natalie Young, is an active singer and voice teacher based in Lawrence, Kansas. Natalie has performed in the United States and Germany, most recently participating in the Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich where she performed for German agencies and studied German opera. She plans to return to Germany in 2018 to sing Micaëla and Frasquita in Carmen. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Belmont University and earned her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory where she sang the roles of Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe), and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro). Additionally, Natalie performed as The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) with Lawrence Opera Theatre, Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) at Opera in the Ozarks, Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music) at Theatre in the Park, and participated in masterclasses and scenes programs at Lawrence Opera Theatre, Kansas City Opera Institute, and Westchester Summer Vocal Institute. Natalie enjoys singing oratorio repertoire of which she has sung as soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Rutter’s Magnificat, Bach’s St. John Passion, and several Bach cantatas. Ms. Young maintains an active voice studio and is passionate about helping young singers develop vocally while studying classical and musical theater repertoire. Natalie is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.www.natalieyoungsoprano.com

Luke Scott, Described by the New York Times as “the robust-voiced baritone,” Luke Scott has made recent appearances as Escamillo (Carmen) Maryland Symphony, the Caramoor Festival, Figaro in (Le Nozze di Figaro) Opera on the Avalon, El Sistema in Venezuel, and Emille de Becque* (South Pacific) at St. Petersburg Opera.

Concert and symphony appearances range from the Brahms Requiem with Newburyport Chorale Society, Mozart Requiem with Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, Caramoor Bel Canto festival, clinician with El Sistema orchestra in Venezuel, Handel Alexander’s Feast with New Haven Chorale, soloist with Cape Cod Symphony, and a winner of the New England Concerto competition.

This season after his role of Escamillo (Carmen) with Opera Western Reserve and a debut with Opera in Williamsburg he returned to New York’s Broadway district in the critically acclaimed revival of Figaro 90210 then continued to Boston’s Opera Brittenica for the the world premiere of Noli Me Tangere followed by performances at the Oregon Bach festival, Don Giovanni with Salt Marsh Opera, Trial at Rouen with Odyssey Opera, and later this season will debut with Opera Naples as Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro. Mr. Scott has received awards from the Martina Arroyo Foundation, the American Prize in opera, Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year, and Gerda Lissner Foundation. www.lukescottbassbaritone.com

You’re invited to our Resident Artists performances this season:
  • Naples Botanical Garden – concert February 7, and a sunset performance for Opera in the Garden, February 20, Opera Naples’ annual benefit dinner;
  • Wang Opera Center – February 23 & 24 in L’Elisir d’Amore and March 10 Celebration of Leonard Bernstein
  • Naples Yacht Club – March 9 Springfest Luncheon presented by the Friends of Opera Naples;
  • Artis-Naples – May 10, supporting roles in Opera Naples’ Le Nozze di Figaro;
  • and in various community outreach performances including the local elementary school tour.