July 1-14, 2020

New York Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program

Monteverdi is delighted to welcome Jessica Faselt, Maciej Kwaśnikowski and Valentina Pluzhnikova of the New York Metropolitan Opera for two weeks of inspiration, masterclasses, and performances. In 2017, as winners of the Met Opera’s demanding international audition competition, Faselt, Kwaśnikowski and Pluzhnikova were admitted into the Met Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. The vocalists will be accompanied by a renowned pianist and instructor at the Met Opera. The first concert of this program – curated by the Met Opera – will be held on July 6th. The vocalists will then take masterclasses with Sir John Eliot Gardiner on July 7th, 8th and 9th, culminating in a special final all-Verdi concert on July 10th. All masterclasses will be open to Monteverdi guests. Monteverdi guests will be invited to a post-concert cocktail party and dinner with Maestro Gardiner and the Met Performers after the concert on July 10th.

Jessica Faselt (voice)
A winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, American soprano Jessica Faselt made her Met debut during the 2018–19 season as a Novice in Suor Angelica and went on to sing Helmwige in Die Walküre later in the season. She was a studio artist with Florida Grand Opera during the 2017–18 season, where she covered the title roles of Salome and Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. Previously, she was a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of St. Louis for two summers and an apprentice artist at the Des Moines Metro Opera. She has also sung with the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices for two summers. She has performed the roles of Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Hanna in The Merry Widow, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus.

Maciej Kwaśnikowski (voice)
Polish tenor Maciej Kwaśnikowski was recently a member of the Paris Opéra Academy and also participated in the opera academy at the Polish National Opera. During the 2018–19 season, he appeared at the Paris Opera as Alfred in Die Fledermaus. Previous performances include Franz Schubert’s Mass in E-flat major with the Vienna Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah with the Castilla y León Symphonic Orchestra and Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Florville in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino with the Orchestre National d’Île de France, and his debut at Paris’s Opéra Bastille as the Young Gentleman in Philippe Boesmans’s Reigen. He won first prize and the Alida Vane Special Prize at the Alida Vane Award Voice Competition in Latvia and first prize for opera in the Marseille International Singing Competition. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Poznań University of Technology.

Valentina Pluzhnikova (voice)
Ukrainian mezzo-soprano Valentina Pluzhnikova is in her first year of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She studied at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev and from 2017-2019 was a participant of the Opera Academy of the Polish National Theater. In 2019, she participated in the Bartok Plus Opera Festival Miskolc and the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, where she made her debut in the role Dangeville in Adriana Lecouvreur. This past May, she made her debut at the Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine singing Siebel in Faust. In 2018, she studied at the Corso d’Opera in Cortona, Italy and also sang a concert at the Teatro Verdi Firenze. From 2016 she was a member of the Opera studio in Kiev, where she sang Flora in La traviata, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Dunyasha in The Tsar`s Bride and Clarice in La Pietra del Paragone.

About This Event:

Date:   July 1-14, 2020

Time:   7:00 p.m.

Price:   Free