Arlyn M. Brewster OperaTunity Program
Experience an opera performance at your school, community center, or library through a fully staged, 40-minute adaptation of a classic, or an original story! Performances are presented in English and designed for K-8 audiences.
2022/23 Arlyn M. Brewster Education Teaching Artists
Dr. Miriam Schildkret, PN1, mezzo-soprano, Cinderella
2022/23 Ted Stephan Teaching Artist
This is Dr. Schildkret's fifth season as a Teaching Artist; She has performed Third Lady/Queen of the Night/Papagena (The Mini-Magic Flute), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), and The Sea Witch (Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid). Most recently, Dr. Schildkret covered the role of Cherubino in Arizona Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro. Other favorite roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), and Kate (Owen Wingrave). Dr. Schildkret was featured in the Arizona PBS series Desert Canvas, a collection of stories about local artists and their impact on the community, and was also a speaker with TEDx Scottsdale Women.
Diana Peralta, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano from Mexico City. Graduated from the National Conservatory of Music with Degree in Opera and Concert Singing. Obtained her Masters Degree in Voice Performance in the University of Arizona and currently studying her Doctoral Degree.
In July 2019 she sang the role Cherubino from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart with the Jerusalem Opera Studio in Israel. She made her debut in Carmen in a production with the San Luis Opera Festival in July 2018 with the conduction of Dr. Linus Lerner and sang it again in a new production for “Opera de Mexico” Company. Her roles also include Donna Elvira, Cherubino, Zita, Zia Principessa, Ma Moss, Mercedes, Mme de la Haltiére, Hansel, Charlotte, Lady Rhondda, 2nd and 3rd lady of The Magic Flute among others. She has been the mezzo-soprano soloist at The Messiah, 9th Symphony, Requiem of Mozart and Petite Messe Solennelle in New York City. Winner of the 2nd place in the Amelia Rieman Opera Competition and 1st place in “Opera Guild Quest for the Best”, both in the University of Arizona in their 2019 Edition.
Winner of the "Gertrude Brownlee Bitner Memorial Award” in Guanajuato and "Opera of Panama" Award in “Linus Lerner Competition” San Luis Potosi in 2018. In December 2019, she won the 1st Place of the Vienna Summer Festival Vocal Competition and she got the role of Carmen for Vienna, Austria for July 2020, but because of the pandemic it was postponed. In the summer of 2022, she sang the leading role of Carmen in Bodrum, Turkey with the VAO Vocal Academy of Opera with a full orchestra production and later, she offered in Jerusalem concerts of French and Mexican music. Future projects include and adaptation of Cinderella and the role of Cherubino.
Chunghee Lee, soprano, Fairy Godmother and Stepmother
Soprano Chunghee Lee is a DMA candidate at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of professor Yunah Lee. She received her Bachelor of Music at Korea National University of Arts and Master’s and Professional studies degree in Music at Manhattan School of Music. She recently had a successful debut in Italy as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni by Mozart. She also participate in video recording as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel during the pandemic. Her previous roles with the UA Opera Theatre include Cendrillon in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Diana in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the underworld and she covered Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia by Britten. Her other operatic roles include Romilda in Xerxes, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Mimi in La Bohème, Anna in Anna Bolena, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and Papagena and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Her upcoming role is the main role in Suor Angelica by Puccini. Lee recently won the 2nd place in San Francisco International Innovative Music Competition and Special Jury Award of the 2nd KAMA Competition. Also, she won 1st place in the Quest for the Best competition and 3rd place in the Marguerite Ough Competition.
Suyoung Lee, Baritone, Prince
Suyoung Lee, a lyric baritone, has appeared in various styles of operas from Baroque to Contemporary. He recently appeared as the role of Gianni Schicchi, Top from Tender Land by Copland, and Don Giovanni in the film version at the University of Arizona. His other notable appearances include Count Almaviva from Le nozze di Figaro at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Germont from La Traviata at the Spotlight on Opera, Marcello from La Bohème at da Corneto Opera, Ottone from L'incoronazione di Poppea, Father from Hansel and Gretel, Mr. Gedge from Albert Herring, and The Man from The Women by Pasatieri. Lee will be performing Count Almaviva this fall at the University of Arizona Opera Theater. As a soloist, Lee has performed Missa in Angustiis at the Arizona State University, and Elijah, Messiah, and Die Schöpfung with the Chicago Oratorio Society.
Lee won 2nd place in the Dr. Larry Day Memorial Competition in 2019, 2020, and 2021 and the University of Arizona President Competition in 2019 and 2020. In 2018, Lee won a special talent scholarship from Arizona State University. In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship from The Bruce Foote Memorial Scholarship Foundation. He has won several competitions in Seoul, South Korea, including the 21st Music Journal Competition and the 38th Music Education Newspaper Company Competition.
Lee earned a Master of Music from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and holds a Performer’s Diploma from Southern Methodist University where he was also a Meadows Artist Scholarship Award winner. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Lee’s distinguished teachers include baritone Richard Stilwell, baritone Gordon Hawkins, and tenor Allan Glassman. Lee is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew Stuckey.
Lee is also pursuing a minor in Music Education at the University of Arizona. He is passionate about bringing classical music education to children from underserved communities and preparing the next generation of classical musicians is equal to his passion for performing.
Yukyung Hwang (Rachael), pianist
Yukyung Hwang is a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She has performed solo and collaborative piano recitals throughout her career across the United States, China, and South Korea. As an enthusiastic pianist, she has performed for the Arizona Symphonic Choir and the South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition. Recent performances encompass a selection of songs by Emile Naoumoff at Music+Festival: Nadia Boulanger and Her Students in 2021.
Moreover, Yukyung also accompanied faculty members, voice studio classes, instrumental and voice degree recitals, and various voice competitions including Larry Day Competition, Marguerite Ough Competition, Amelia Rieman Competition, and President competition at the University of Arizona and Concerto Aria Competition at the University of South Dakota. Also, she worked as a pianist and vocal coach for opera singers at two opera productions: Cendrillon by Jules Massenet and L’isola Disabitata by Joseph Haydn as a graduate assistant at the University of South Dakota. In addition to collegiate experiences, she worked for Tucson Girls Choir, Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson Youth Music Center, and West High School (Sioux City, IA), as an accompanist and class piano teacher.
Yukyung is currently pursuing her D.M.A. in keyboard performance with ensemble emphasis at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music. Before moving to Tucson, AZ, she earned a M.M in collaborative piano from the University of South Dakota, and a B.M. in piano performance from China Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Dr. Fanya Lin, Dr. Susan Keith Gray, Professor Min Li, and Professor Minsook Kim.
Joshua Borths, Writer (operaclassroom.com)
Joshua Borths is a stage director, writer, educator, and administrator with over a decade of experience in the opera industry.
Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Borths currently works with Des Moines Metro Opera and Virginia opera after having served as the Director of Opera & Musical Theater and Professor of Music History at Capital University in Columbus, OH and as Director of Education at Arizona Opera. His children's opera adaptations have been seen by hundreds of thousands of students across the country, and he is a frequent guest lecturer.
At Capital University, Borths produced and managed all of the opera and musical theatre programming while also serving as the Professor of Music History. Additionally, he created a joint Resident Artist Program with Opera Columbus creating innovative programming for both institutions. With Arizona Opera, Borths more than doubled the reach and scope of the department through innovative programming and cultural engagement.
As an educator, Borths has taught at Shenandoah University, been a Visiting Professor at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), directed Maryland Opera Studio, and been guest panelist at the Opera America Conference. He collaborated with TED Ed on their first opera resources and was featured in Opera News for his innovative approach to opera education.
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The 2021/22 Season of the Arlyn M. Brewster OperaTunity program is sponsored, in part, by: Dr. Rex Brewster, Invest in Kids Charitable Fund, The City of Peoria, and the Fillman Gorin Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
Arizona Opera’s Education and Community Engagement programs are made possible, in part, thanks to the support of: The Molly Blank Fund, Dr. Rex Brewster, Invest in Kids Charitable Gift Fund, The Moreno Family Foundation, The Ted Stephan Teaching Artist Endowed Fund, The Arizona Republic, Cardinals Charities, The City of Peoria, and a consortium of individual donors.
If you are passionate about continuing the traditions of opera for the next generation, this is your opportunity! For more information about supporting this program, or to inquire about sponsoring an apprentice, contact Ashley Parks at 602.218.7337 or email@example.com.