Singers from The Juilliard School’s Marcus Institute of Vocal Arts
About the Artists
One of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers, Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. From bachelor and master of music degrees to an advanced Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities, featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center’s stages, and around New York City. Juilliard Opera has presented numerous premieres of new operas as well as works from the standard repertoire.
Juilliard graduates may be heard in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Simon Estes, Renée Fleming, Leontyne Price, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, and Shirley Verrett. Recent alumni include Paul Appleby, Sasha Cooke, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley, and Susanna Phillips.
Recognized as one of today’s leading collaborative pianists, Brian Zeger has performed with many of the world’s greatest singers in an extensive concert career that has taken him to the premiere concert halls throughout the United States and abroad. Recent recordings include Preludios – Spanish songs with Isabel Leonard, a recording of Strauss and Wagner lieder with Adrianne Pieczonka, Dear Theo: 3 Song Cycles by Ben Moore (Delos) with Paul Appleby, Susanna Phillips, and Brett Polegato, and All Who Wander, a recital disc with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. For more information about Mr. Zeger’s activities, please visit his website, www.brianzeger.com.
Mezzo-soprano Olivia Cosio, originally from San Francisco, is a Master of Music student at Juilliard, where she studied with Sanford Sylvan. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed Susie in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and sang in the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s In America. The previous season, she performed the American premiere of Michael Gordon’s No Anthem at the Bang on a Can 30th anniversary concert at the Brooklyn Museum. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, where she portrayed Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, toured with the Oberlin Sinfonietta, and sang in master classes by artists such as Marilyn Horne.
This season, Canadian mezzo-soprano Kady Evanyshyn performs as Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas) and Mrs. Grose cover (The Turn of the Screw) with Juilliard Opera, Claire (Cold Mountain) with Music Academy of the West, and premieres Stephano Gervasoni’s Drei Grabschriften with Juilliard’s Focus Festival. Recent engagements include: Frau Reich (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) with Juilliard Opera, La Tasse Chinoise (L’enfant et les sortilèges) with Juilliard Orchestra, Annio (La clemenza di Tito) with Aspen Opera Center, and Berio’s Folk Songs with Jeffrey Milarsky and AXIOM in Alice Tully Hall. She is currently in the second year of her master's degree, studying with Edith Wiens. Ms. Evanyshyn earned her bachelor’s degree from Juilliard, where she was granted the John Erskine prize. She is supported by the Manitoba Arts Council.
Soprano Shereen Pimentel from Teaneck, New Jersey, is a third-year undergraduate at Juilliard, studying with Edith Wiens, where she is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. She started performing professionally at the age of nine when she debuted on Broadway as Young Nala in The Lion King. This season at Juilliard, she has performed in the undergraduate opera production of Orpheus in the Underworld and the Drama Division’s production of Into the Woods directed by Sarna Lapine. Other school performances include Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor. This past summer she was a Voice Fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where she performed as Barbarina in the production of Le nozze di Figaroconducted by James Conlon. She won first prize in the 2018 New York Lyric Opera Competition.
Cameron Richardson-Eames was born in the U.K. in 1992 and is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Juilliard School in New York, where he studies with Dr Brian Zeger and holds the Irene Diamond Fellowship, and the Samuel Sanders Award for Collaborative Pianists. Training as a joint first-study singer, Cameron held a choral scholarship at Cambridge University, and graduated with high First Class Honours, before being immediately appointed to the university’s music faculty. At the Royal Academy of Music, he was awarded the Major Von Someron Godfrey Award for accompanists, Dame Ruth Railton Prize for chamber music, Katie Thomas Memorial Award for outstanding achievement, and the coveted Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music for outstanding postgraduate performance. Recent engagements include broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Südwestrundfunk Deutschland and WQXR, and performances in the UK at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Ryedale Festival, as well as in Germany, France, Italy, Estonia, Malta, Denmark, and Carnegie Hall. Forthcoming engagements include recitals in the UK, Paris, and a Carnegie Hall Citywide Recital. He has served on the piano staff of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago and runs a busy private vocal coaching studio in New York. As a singer he appears on fifteen recordings on the Hyperion label, about one of which the Los Angeles Times wrote ‘if you’re not touched by tenor Cameron Richardson-Eames you have Grinch in your soul’. He plays for the Brit Award-winning band, BLAKE, and sings with the Grammy-nominated group, Polyphony (Stephen Layton).
A native of White Plains, New York, bass-baritone William Socolof started his vocal and musical training at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. As a vocal fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival (2017–18), he appeared in Sondheim on Sondheim with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart, concerts of Bach Cantatas conducted by John Harbison, and premieres of new works by Michael Gandolfi and Nico Muhly. Socolof made his operatic debut at Juilliard in the 2016 production of Haydn’s La fedeltà premiata as Melibeo and is an active participant in school showcases and recitals. Other operatic performances include Die Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte) at the Chautauqua Institution and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at Oberlin in Italy. Socolof is pursuing his master of music degree at Juilliard, where he studied with Sanford Sylvan.