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Get to know more about those in the most coveted operatic training program in the U.S.
It is September in New York City—time for the beginning of the 39th year of the Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. There are many roads that can lead here, into one of the world’s most premier opera training programs. CS asked some of the 2019–20 Lindemann Young Artists about their backgrounds, training, and career highlights to help you learn what kind of steps you can take to make it to the Met.
Name: Leah Hawkins, soprano
Age: 28
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Training: Degrees include a BA in music from Morgan State University and an MM
in voice from Yale University. Additional training with Washington National Opera’s Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist
Program, the Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera Company, Central City Opera, Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy, and Prelude to Performance.
Big Break: Entering the YAP at Washington National Opera.
Career Highlights: Met appearances include roles as an alms-collector in S uor Angelica and the High Priestess in Aida as well as performing in the 2019 Summer Recital Series. Other highlights include appearing in Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Apollo Orchestra, “A Space Odyssey” with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bernstein’s Songfest with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National
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Opera’s “Justice at the Opera” with Ruth Bader Ginsburg— and singing at the White House and meeting the President of France Emmanuel Macron.
Dream Roles: Mimì in La bohème, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Leonora in La forza del destino, Carmen, and Turandot.
Most Played Song on Your Playlist: “Zombie” recorded by Fela Kuti
Name: Katelan Terrell, pianist
Age: 25
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Training: Degrees include a BM in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music and an MM
in collaborative piano from the Juilliard School.
Big Break: “I can’t say I’ve had a de nitive big break,
though I de nitely remember the  rst time I played for a singer and how that felt. It was during my sophomore year at the Eastman School of Music in a studio class for the wonderful professor Robert Swensen. I jumped in for a busy colleague to play ‘Urlicht’ . . . quite the introduction to vocal music! I got bitten by the bug and never looked back.”
Career Highlights: Participating in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program’s workshops and lessons with artists including Maestro Yannick Nézet- Séguin, Elīna Garanča, Neil Shico , Sondra Radvanovsky, Matthew Polenzani, Renée Fleming, and Stephanie Blythe, among others. Performing selections from Winterreise and
Leah Hawkins
Katelan Terrell

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