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Rising Stars

If you had any doubts about opera’s status as a global art form, check out these twenty-five brilliant YOUNG SINGERS. They hail from all over the world, with hometowns ranging from Ningbo, China, to Appleton, Wisconsin. Their work in top conservatories and young-artist programs — as well as their victories in the most prestigious competitions — has already won them attention. They now stand ready to do exciting work on the world’s great stages. F. Paul Driscoll and Brian Kellow report on opera’s next generation of headliners.

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Photographed by James Salzano in New York
© James Salzano
BRUGGERDress by LIANCARLO COUTURE FROM NEIMAN MARCUS, Earrings, ring and necklace by DE GRISOGONO
VERREZDress by RENE RUIZ FROM NEIMAN MARCUS, Earrings and rings by BULGARI
WANGWatch by ROLEX
FONSDress by MARK ROSCOE, Shoes by JIMMY CHOO, Necklace and bracelet by BULGARI, Earrings by DE GRISOGONO
STENSONTuxedo by J. CREW, shirt by HUGO BOSS
WANGTuxedo by HUGO BOSS
MCKINNEYTuxedo and shirt by MICHAEL KORS from BALDWIN FORMALS
Makeup & hair by AFFAN MALIK • Hair by JEN DE BARRA
Clothes styled by BRANDY KRAFT

WHO ARE THE TOP YOUNG TALENTS ON THE OPERA SCENE?

This month, we’ve picked twenty-five of our favorites. Read on and learn more about Andrew Stenson, Janai Brugger, Virginie Verrez, Yunpeng Wang, Emily Fons, Ryan McKinny and nineteen others coming soon to a theater near you — if you’re lucky.

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SOL JIN
{Baritone}
 
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J'NAI BRIDGES
{Mezzo-Soprano}
 
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YUNPENG WANG
{Baritone}
 
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MICHAEL ADAMS
{Baritone}
 
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ANDREW STENSON
{Tenor}
 
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VIRGINIE VERREZ
{Mezzo-Soprano}
 
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EMILY FONS
{Mezzo-Soprano}
 
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DAVID PERSHALL
{Baritone}
 
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ANDREW BIDLACK
{Tenor}
 
   

 



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