Houston picks 4 studio singers, 2 repetiteurs

press release:

After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen four new singers and two new pianist/coaches for the 2017–18 HGO Studio. The artists are Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor (pictured), the first-place prize winner at Concert of Arias 2017; Thomas Glass, baritone, third-place prize winner at Concert of Arias 2017; Jonathan Gmeinder, pianist/coach; Blair Salter, pianist/coach; Anthony Robin Schneider, bass; and Richard Smagur, tenor.

Cohen and Smagur are also competing today in the Met national opera auditions.

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  • Nussbaum Cohen and Smagur did very well indeed at the Met. Nussbaum Cohen has a very big and pure voice, really gorgeous to hear – and being tall and handsome won’t hurt his career one bit.

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