Gasparo: Efrain Solis
Maria Valdes Soprano Maria Valdes has been praised for her sophisticated musicianship and natural tonal beauty and ease of singing. While still at the beginning of her career, Valdes is already recognized in the industry as a promising young artist. Her most recent endeavor was singing the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. Last year, she placed third in the southeast region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She went on to win the top prize at the Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, which awarded her full tuition and a living stipend.
Maria Valdes is a Georgia native and attended Georgia State University where she studied with Richard Clement. For five years she was a staff soloist at All-Saints’ Episcopal Church, where she gave two recitals on their concert series. She has been heard in concert with ensembles including the Georgia State University Singers, the Atlanta Chamber Players, the Atlanta Sacred Chorale, the choirs of Emory University, Bent Frequency, and at the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington. Valdes is thrilled to be returning to San Francisco as an Adler Fellow in January 2014.
Efraín Solís First-Generation Mexican-American baritone Efraín Solís has performed a variety of roles including the title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin with Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music he performed the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. In the spring of 2013 he joined Opera Santa Barbara as a member of their Studio Artist Program where he sang the role of Il Notaio and covered Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale. As a participant of the 2013 Merola Opera Program he sang Junius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and covered the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro. Chosen as a finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2013 Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition, he holds a Bachelor of Music from Chapman University and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
A native of Kiamusze, China, Chuanyue Wangis a first-year Adler Fellow and graduate of the 2012 Merola Opera Program. The tenor’s awards include first prize in the Chinese Culture Ministry’s WenHua Competition, the Mandova Competition, the China International Vocal Competition, and the Chinese National Young TV Singers Competition. Wang is a graduate of China’s Central Music Conservatory; and roles in his repertory include Alfredo Germont (La Traviata), the Steersman (Der Fliegende Holländer), and Ernesto (Don Pasquale).