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The third Lenten Recital of the 2017 series features Houston Grand Opera Studio Artists Mane Galoyan (soprano), Sol Jin (baritone), and Kirill Kuzmin (pianist).

Founded in 1977, the mission of the HGO Studio is to provide comprehensive career development to young artists who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera. The Studio's goal is to develop well-rounded professionals by providing the highest quality training combined with a wide range of performance opportunities.

In summer 2015, Mane Galoyan won third place in the women’s voice division of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition. Other prestigious awards include a 2014 prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and first prize in the 7th Bibigul Tulegenova International Singing Competition in Kazakhstan. She participated in HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy in 2013. This past summer, she sang Smorfiosa in Gassmann’s L’opera seria with Wolf Trap Opera.

Sol Jin was a Grand Prize winner in the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Named as one of 25 rising opera stars by Opera News last October, he most recently performed at Carnegie Hall and with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program as Germont in scenes from La traviata, the role with which he made his opera debut at Long Island Opera Company. He has also appeared in concert as Rodrigo in Don Carlo and Prince Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades and covered the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the Merola Program; he covered the title role in Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth with the Manhattan School of Music. Other credits include the Count in The Marriage of Figaro with Long Island Opera Company. He will perform the role of Germont in La traviata this summer with the Aspen Music Festival.

Moscow native Kirill Kuzmin began his piano training at the age of four. After graduation from the Moscow State Conservatory, he entered the Young Artists Program of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, and then worked for that company as a pianist and coach on numerous productions. In 2014–15, he served as an apprentice coach with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. He studied collaborative piano at the University of Michigan under Martin Katz. He has appeared in recital in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre Beethoven Hall and Carnegie Hall, where he collaborated on Marilyn Horne’s art song initiative, The Song Continues. In the summer of 2016, he joined Wolf Trap Opera as a coaching fellow, working on the company’s production of La bohème.

For the complete 2017 Lenten Recital Series Schedule, please see www.stpaulshouston.org/chambermusicsociety

The annual Lenten Recital Series is presented by the  St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society, whose generous donors have supported music at St. Paul’s for more than 30 years. We remain profoundly grateful to so many, including those around the country, who stay close to St. Paul’s with their support from afar. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation or if you would like to receive notices about upcoming performances, please contact Dawn Uebelhart at 713-528-0527 or dawn@stpaulshouston.org.