Artists to Watch in 2024

January 6, 2024, 4:00 pm

Share this Post

Portrait of Jack Swanson in black t-shirt, smiling and looking towards the upper right corner; white background.
Jack Swanson (Photo: Lily Lancaster)

Meet the rising stars of opera who will perform in Chicago in the coming months. Lyric Opera of Chicago will introduce audiences to Justin Austin who sings alongside Whitney Morrison in Terence Blanchard’s Champion; and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Jack Swanson who co-star as Cinderella and Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s Cinderella. In the spring, Chicago Opera Theater welcomes mezzo-soprano Megan Marino for her company debut in a world premiere by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. The program also spotlight artists making their Metropolitan Opera Saturday radio broadcast debuts like soprano Emily Pogorelc, countertenor Key’mon W. Murrah, and tenor Jonathan Tetelman.

Countertenor Key’mon W. Murrah gives a stunning performance of Arsace’s cabaletta from Semiramide by Rossini.


Traditional, arranged Courtney Carey: Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?
Justin Austin, baritone
Joseph Joubert, piano

Anthony Davis: Betty’s Aria from X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X
Whitney Morrison, soprano
Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Odyssey Opera
Gil Rose, conductor

Evan Mack: “Have I Not Wept” from 3 Reflections of Sister Dorothy
Megan Marino, mezzo-soprano
John Arida, piano

Vincenzo Bellini: “A te, o cara” from I puritani
Jack Swanson, tenor
Mario Marra, piano
Private recording used with permission of artists

Gioachino Rossini: “Cruda sorte” from L’Italiana in Algeri
Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, mezzo-soprano
Orchestra of the 18th Century
La Cetra Vokalensemble Basel
Giancarlo Andretta, conductor

Giacomo Puccini: “Addio, fiorito asil” from Madama Butterfly
Jonathan Tetelman, tenor
Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
Karel Mark Chichon, conductor

Puccini: “Parigi! È la città dei desideri” from La rondine
Jonathan Tetelman, tenor
PKF – Prague Philharmonia
Carlo Rizzi, conductor

Paul Moravec: “The Same Train” from Sanctuary Road
Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano
Oratorio Society of New York Orchestra
Kent Tritle, conductor

George Frideric Handel: “Se bramate d’amar” from Serse
Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor

Antonio Vivaldi: “Agitata da due venti” from Griselda
Key’mon Murrah, countertenor
Bourbon Baroque
Giuliermo Salas- Suárez, violin
Jimmy Drancsak, violin
Michael Hill, viola
Lara Turner, cello
Dave Neil, bass
Danur Kvilhaug, theorbo
John Austin Clark, harpsichord and direction
Private recording used with permission of artist

Anton Schweiter: “Zwischen Angst und zwischen Hoffen” from Alceste
Emily Pogorelc, soprano
The Mozartists
Ian Page, conductor