Alumni News


Autumn 2021

Over the summer, our recent grads and current students were busy! Check out our blog post to hear what UW singers have been up to!


Two UW graduates and one current student had roles in Tacoma Opera’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.  Feature roles were performed by Ryan Bede (MM 2007, now current DMA student)/Pirate King, Brandon Higa (MM 2004)/Samuel, and Eric Neuville (DMA 2014 )/Frederic.

Julius Ahn (MM 2006) made his Metropolitan Opera debut in New York in 2013, covering roles in Shostakovich’s The Nose and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  In the 2012-13 season he performed the role of Pang in Puccini’s Turandot with Seattle Opera.  In spring 2014 Julius will perform the role of Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with San Francisco Opera.  This season he is covering roles at the MET in their production of Turandot. He has concertized across the United States, London, and Canada. Website here. 

Bryan Almond (MM 2009) has performed nationwide and throughout Europe, as part of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and Utah Opera.  Through his many affiliations, Mr. Almond has worked under the baton of some of today’s top conductors, such as Daniel Baremboim, Bobby McFerrin and Mstislav Rostopovich.

Tess Altiveros (MM 2010) has been featured as a soloist locally and during international tours to Europe and Southeast Asia.  Acclaimed for her operatic roles, she most recently sang Frasquita in Vashon Opera’s Carmen, Mimi in Bellevue Opera’s La Bohéme.  Other credits include the title role in Luisa Miller (Puget Sound Opera), Galatea in My Fair Galathea (Tacoma Opera), and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, of which critic Melinda Bargreen wrote “Tess in particular is just a star.  The voice is beautifully produced…and she is such an appealing actress.” Concert works include Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem (Tacoma Symphony Chorus, Cascadian Chorale, Anna’s Bay Chorale), the Haydn Paukenmesse and the Boulanger Soir sur la Pleine, among many others. Website here.

Sylvia Baba (MM 2011) After performing the mezzo soprano roles of Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), the Mother (The Consul), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), and the Witch (Hansel and Gretel), soprano Sylvia Baba underwent a fach transition and is excited to explore the roles of Liu (Turandot), Mimi (La Boheme), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Cathy (Wuthering Heights), and the title roles of Thais and Rusalka. She is a district winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award and has sung with the chorus of Seattle Opera. In the summer of 2013, Sylvia had the pleasure of attending the prestigious OperaWorks training program as an advanced artist. She appeared in  Vespertine Opera’s 2015 production of Faure’s Penelope. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Washington and studies with Dr. Kari Ragan.  Website here.

Margaret Boeckman (MM 2015) Mezzo soprano Margaret Boeckman originally hails from Saint Louis, Missouri. She has been heard in the role of Third Spirit at The Amalfi Coast Summer Opera Program and in Pacific Music Works and University of Washington’s joint production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She has also performed the role of Third Lady in the Portland Summer Opera Workshop same production. Chorus roles she also appeared in included Pacific Music Works and UW’s Semele by Handel, as well as Springfield, Missouri Lyric Opera Theatre’s production of Bizet’s Carmen and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial By Jury while a member of their Young Artist Program. Most recently she spent the summer at LA OperaWorks involved in the production of Improv Opera Singed. She earned an Encouragement Award at the fall 2015 Metropolitan Opera District auditions.  She appeared in Vespertine Opera’s 2015 production of Faure’s Penelope and was selected for OperaWorks’s cast last summer.

Amber Sudduth Bone (DMA 2011) is Assistant Professor of Voice at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She is also the stage director for the yearly WWU Opera, including productions of Così fan tutte (Mozart), Goyescas (Granados), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), and  Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which received first place in the National Opera Association Opera Production Competition (Division III). Recent conference presentations included a session at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Northwest Division Conference: “The Art and Science of Vocalise Design” and a research study for the national Voice Foundation Symposium: “The Development of Metacognition in Vocal Warm-Up Exercises (VWUE): a Comparison of Expert and Novice Strategy Use and Achievement.”  Website here.

Katrina Deininger (MM 2015), soprano, studies with Dr. Kari Ragan. Katrina has performed the roles of Lydie in Faure’s Penelope with Vespertine Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with UW Opera Theater and Pacific MusicWorks, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with UW Opera Theater, and covered the role of Gianetta in The Gondoliers with Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has also performed in the chorus for Semele with Pacific MusicWorks and The Gondoliers with Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has participated in summer programs such as Up North Vocal Institute and ViVace Vancouver. She also recently participated in the Washington District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 

Stephanie Dixon (MM 2013) is teaching Music Theory and Music Appreciation courses at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Recent performances include singing the Mozart Requiem for a 9/11 tribute concert.  She also recently opened a private voice studio.

Elizabeth Peterson (MM 2012)  (mezzo-soprano/contralto) earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Washington in 2012, where she sang roles including Florence Pike from Albert Herring, Maman from L’enfant et les sortileges, La Zia Principessa from Suor Angelica, and the Witch from Hansel and Gretel. In 2010 she received her Bachelor of Music from Washington State University, as a student of Dr. Sheila Converse. She performed roles including Mrs. Reed and Grace Poole from Jane Eyre, Dame Doleful from Too Many Sopranos, and Adah le Clerq from Naughty Marietta. Elizabeth was a section leader in the Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale, and regularly sings Messiah with the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra. She currently studies with Janeanne Houston, and is a regular chorister at Seattle Opera. Elizabeth first sang with the chorus in their 2012 production of Turandot, and most recently performed in Tosca and Semele. She made her Vashon Opera debut in 2014 in their production of Albert Herring.

Jared Ice (MM 2011) is currently living in Oldenburg Germany. Shortly after moving to Germany, he won the International Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg competition in Berlin. He has sung many dramatic works including the main role of Holofernes with the Staatstheater Braunschweig in Siegfried Matthus’ opera Judith. He also debuted the role of Luzifer in Matthus’ Die Macht des gesanges in Frankfurt (Oder) and the role of Prometheus in Matthus’ Epimetheus in Bochum.  He has performed widely across the western United States, including with the Nevada Opera, Tacoma Opera Bellevue Opera, and Vespertine Opera Theater. Website here.

Jeremy Irland ((MM 2008),  whose voice has been praised as having “a beautifully rich consistency and clarity,” is rapidly establishing his career as a young Dramatic Bass-Baritone.  An avid performer and recitalist, Mr. Irland recently performed Liederkreis and Wagner excerpts in recital in the Walla Walla Valley. This past summer he participated in the Wagner Intensive in Cleveland, Ohio, where he performed excerpts from the role of Wotan in Die Walküre. In his NYC debut this past Fall, he performed Wagner excerpts as Wotan from Die Walküre and as Friedrich Telramund from Lohengrin in concert. Mr. Irland has appeared with the Seattle Symphony as Bobby in Weill’s Mohagonny Songspiel, Nardo in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, the Mother in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins.  He also appeared as Sir Giorgio Valton in Bellini’s I Puritani with Seattle Opera outreach, as well as the Doctor in Verdi’sLa Traviata with Washington East Opera.  Other roles include the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Zacharias in Nativity According to St. Luke, and dual world premières of Michael Valenti’s one act operas Beau Nash and Story of an Hour with both the Portland Chamber Symphony and the Walla Walla Symphony.  Website here.

Maria Mannisto (MM 2009) performs regularly as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, including a performance of Schoenberg’s challenging work Pierrot Lunaire in 2012.  Paul de Barros of the Seattle Times writes, “Mannisto has one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices I have heard in years.”  Mannisto also concertizes with Seattle Modern Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Tacoma Symphony, Solaris Vocal Ensemble and Tudor Choir, and performed Smokestack Arias by Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb at Seattle’s ACT Theater in 2011. She currently lives in Belgium and returns to the states yearly for professional engagements, most recently singing the soprano solos in Carmina Burana with Pacific Northwest Ballet.  She will again join the Seattle Symphony for Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel, during their 2016 season. Website here.

Eric Neuville (DMA 2014) Since graduating from the UW Voice program in 2014, Neuville has become a frequent cast member with Seattle Opera and a number of other national and regional companies. He held the lead role of Ulysses in Vespertine Opera’s 2015 production of Penelope. His 2015-16 season includes performances of Don Jose in La tragédie de Carmen with The Washington Idaho Symphony, The Prince in Rumpelstiltskin (Baber) with Opera Fairbanks, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos and Abdullo in Nabucco with Seattle Opera, Ulysses in Fauré’s Pénélope with Vespertine Opera, and his debut with Madison Opera as Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women.  Mr. Neuville has performed with Seattle Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Tacoma Opera, Vashon Opera, Austin Chamber Opera and Northwest Opera (NOISE). Eric is a regular on concert stages throughout the country, most recently heard as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th with the Seattle Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Tacoma Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Conspirare and the Victoria Bach Festival, Haydn’s Creation with the Bainbridge Chorale, and Cary Ratcliff’s Ode to Common Things with Conspirare.  Upcoming performances include Carmina Burana with the Austin Symphony & Tucson Sympony, Beethoven’s 9th & Excerpts of Haydn’s Creation with Conspirare, and in recital with Sonja Tenblad and Michelle Schumann to launch the new Conspirare recital series. Website here.