Resident Artist Program

2016-2017 Artists in residence

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Resident Artist Justin Bays (Fiorello) appears with the Toledo Opera Chorus during The Barber of Seville (October 2016)

Justin Scott Bays, baritone (Papageno)

Justin Scott Bays, is a native of Ohio with recent roles: Marullo (Rigoletto) with West Bay Opera, Masetto (Don Giovanni), Sid (Albert Herring), Bill Sauer (Money Tree) (SFCM), Boy 2 (Trouble in Tahiti), and Schaunard (La Boheme) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Justin has toured nationally and internationally (New Zealand) as a featured soloist and performed with the Shanghai Symphony and Shanghai Philharmonic in China as part of the iSING International Young Artist Program. Mr. Bays received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Music and Post Graduate Diploma from SFCM. 

Paul Grosvenor, bass (Sarastro)

Paul Grosvenor, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, made his operatic debut as Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte) with the Opera Theatre of the Rockies. Most recently he performed the role of Frank (Die Fledermaus) with Prelude to Performance (PTP). He also performed Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia with PTP in 2014. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he performed the title role of Gianni Schicchi, Don Alfonso, Lakai (Ariadne auf Naxos), Masetto (Don Giovanni), and as the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. He was also invited and sang excerpts from Don Giovanni on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in February 2013.

Elizabeth Hood, soprano (Papagena)                                                                                     

Elizabeth is a Michigan native who has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. International roles include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro - Italy), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte - Germany), and most recently Zerlina (Don Giovanni - Italy). During her graduate study at Bowling Green State University, she performed the role of Sister Constance (The Dialogues of the Carmelites) and was a recognized award winner at the Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition in the graduate division. Elizabeth is not a stranger to the Toledo Opera stage and has been seen in the choruses of Aida, Faust, Madama Butterfly, Porgy and Bess, and Roméo et Juliette. 

Rebekah Kroesing, soprano (Pamina)

Rebekah Kroesing received a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in voice performance from Albion College. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Master of Music in voice performance. While there, She sang the roles of Ida (Die Fledermaus), Lucy (The Telephone), and Co-Host/Angel 1 (Krispy Kremes and Butter Queens). She also participated in Chicago Summer Opera as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte). Rebekah sings in the Toledo Opera Chorus as the soprano section leader and has appeared in Faust, Tosca, Susannah, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madame Butterfly, and Roméo et Juliette.

Mark Tenorio, tenor (Tamino)

Mark Tenorio is currently a graduate student at BGSU and is pursuing his masters in vocal performance. He did his undergraduate studies in music business at West Texas A&M University. Mark has performed with WTAMU Opera, Amarillo Opera, and BGSU Opera. Mr. Tenorio’s recent engagements include: The Pirates of Penzance, Amarillo Opera; Musica Variada, Amarillo Opera; The Gondoliers, BGSU Opera; Handel’s Messiah, St. John Lutheran Church; and Street Scene, BGSU Opera: He is originally from El Paso, Texas.

Anna Valcour, soprano (Queen of the Night)

Anna Valcour, soprano, will appear as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Toledo Opera in February. Recent opera credits include Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne) with The Dallas Opera Educational Young Artist Program, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe with UNT Opera. Ms. Valcour was a semi-finalist in the Orpheus Vocal Competition in 2014 and a national finalist in the Franco-American Vocal Academy Grand Concours de Chant Competition in 2012. Ms. Valcour holds degrees from Lawrence University and the University of North Texas. 

Josh Wang, pianist

Originally from southeast Wisconsin, Josh Wang recently completed a Master's Degree in Piano Performance at Bowling Green State University, where he was a graduate instructor of group piano. He holds a bachelor's degree in the same field from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where, in 2011, he was a concerto soloist with the university's symphony orchestra. Currently, Josh balances his time between private teaching, collaborating, and serving as director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, OH where he directs the choirs and handbell ensemble.

 

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