VAN-ANTHONEY HALL, Tenor
Van-Anthoney Hall is a native of North Carolina
and a graduate of North Carolina State University in Greensboro. He has extensive experience in Music
Theater and commercial music and received numerous state grants for his work with children in the arts in North
Carolina. He gave concerts in Jazz in Europe through his first year of study at SMU. He performed the roles of
the Magician in SMU’s production of The Consul, Kaspar in Deep Ellum Opera Theater’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors,
Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess and Viper in Ain’t Misbehavin’.
Upon receiving the MM in Voice from SMU, Mr. Hall moved to Louisiana where he served as Assistant professor
of Voice at Southern University of Baton Rouge, LA and presented numerous recitals in collaboration
with other artists from around the world. He is now in graduate study for the doctorate degree in music education
(PhD in Curriculum and Aesthetic Instruction) at the University of Illinois in Urbana where he resides with his wife
and two daughters.
1989 JIN YOUNG JANG, Bass
Jin Young Jang received his undergraduate degree in voice
from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. He completed the Artist Certificate in 1990 from SMU.
During his time in Dallas, he performed roles in Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with Deep
Ellum Opera Theater and The Consul with SMU. He also sang the role of Bartolo in The Magic Flute
and in a number of recitals, concerts and oratorio performances throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
began work on the DMA in Voice at UCLA, but interrupted it to sing in the Young Artist Program at
the Los Angeles Opera this season. He is married and living in the Los Angeles area with his wife,
son and daughter.
1999-2001 RASHARD ALLEN, Tenor
Rashard Allen is a native of Philadelphia,
PA and a graduate in voice from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He entered the MM and MSM programs in Voice
and Sacred Music in 1998. During his tenure at SMU Rashard was a very successful performer and teacher.
Rashard taught privately and tutored students in music theory at SMU. He sang oratorio performances throughout the
Dallas Fort Worth area and he sang many solo recitals of sacred music. Rashard was appointed Director of the
Music Ministry at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg in the summer of 2001.
He returned to the Dallas
area in November of 2002 to sing in the premiere performance of a newly
commissioned opera, David’s Atonement
by Timothy Cutler and Hugh Weldon Moody at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Rashard remains active in his singing.
He is Minister of Music in a large Presbyterian church in Pittsburg,
PA where he lives with his wife and two sons.
2001-2003 PAUL ANDRÈ DOUCET, Baritone
Paul André Doucet is a native of Lake Charles,
Louisiana and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge.
He studied with Foote Scholar, Van-Anthoney Hall who persuaded him to continue his graduate studies with Professor Hill Moore at SMU.
Paul distinguished himself immediately in the voice program at SMU, singing roles in opera workshop scenes. At the end of his first year,
Paul sang the role of the Duke in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers with SMU Opera, the role of the Uncle Samuel in
Abyssinia and the role of Lamar in Godspell. In February 2004, Paul sang Count Almaviva in Mozart’s
Marriage of Figaro with the SMU Opera program and in March 2004 he repeated the role of Jake in Porgy and Bess in the South
African tour. Paul taught in the Arlington Independent School District in 2003 and presently teaches in DISD.
Paul plans to pursue doctoral studies at the Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music in September 2005.
2003-2004 PATRICK TIKOLO, Bass-Baritone
Patrick Tikolo is a native of King Williams Town, South Africa
and graduated from the University of Cape Town.
He earned his Artist Certificate from SMU in December 2002 and the MM in December 2004, pending completion of the oral exit exams.
Patrick has sung numerous concerts with orchestra in South Africa and he has also been active as a concert artist throughout the
southwest since he arrived in 2001. In 2002, he sang the roles of Inquisitor in The Gondoliers and Figaro in
The Marriage of Figaro with the SMU Opera Theater. He sang the roles of Crown and Porgy in the Artist
Certificate productions of Porgy in Bess in Dallas and on the 2004 tour in South Africa. Patrick has been
an apprentice artist in the U.S. in El Paso, Texas
Opera (2001) and Houston Ebony Opera (2002), and also in Europe in Orvieto Opera Lirica, Italy
(2001) and the Benjamin Britten-Peter
for Advanced Singers in England
2004-2005 LIONEL MKHWANAZI, Tenor
Lionel Mkhwanazi is a native of Soweto, South Africa. He completed his undergraduate studies in opera at
the University of Cape Town and the Artist Certificate at SMU in 2003. He won Second Place in the National Opera Association
Competition in Philadelphia in January 2002, Second Place in the Shreveport Opera Competition February 2002 and the
Encouragement Award in the Dallas Opera Competition in March 2002. Lionel was an Affiliate Artist with the El Paso Opera
Young Artist Program in September 2002 and sang the role of Tamino in their production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The
following spring, he sang the principal tenor role in a new opera production about the Underground Railroad, “She Never Lost a Passenger”
presented by the Shreveport Opera. He sang a principal role in The Gondoliers and the role of Sportin’ Life in the May
2003 Artist Certificate students’ production of Porgy and Bess. Lionel will sing the Nemorino in SMU’s production of Donizetti’s
Elixir of Love February 10-13, 2005.
2005-2006 CONROY CUPIDO, Tenor
Conroy CUPIDO received his BM from the
University of Cape Town in 2002 and
completed the Artist Certificate at SMU in 2004. He is currently studying in the graduate program in voice.
Conroy was a Finalist in the Santa Fe Opera Young Artist Competition in 2002. In 2003, he sang the role of Don Basilio in the
SMU production of The Marriage of Figaro. In 2003, he sang in concert with the Fort Worth Symphony. He sang as an
Apprentice Artist in the Utah Opera Summer Opera Program June through August 2003. In March
2004, he sang the role of Sportin’ Life in all four performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on tour in
South Africa. Conroy will sing the role of Nemorino in the SMU Opera production of Donizetti’s Elixir of Love
in February 2005 and he will complete the MM in 2006.
2006-2007 PHANDULWAZI MASETI, Tenor
Phandulwazi graduated with a Performer’s Diploma in Opera from the University of Cape Town College of Music where he studied voice with Dr. Brad Liebl and opera with Professor Angelo Gobatto.
During his study at UCT Phandulwazi was featured as Conte Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Vasek in The Bartered Bride, Arturo in Lucia di Lammemoor, Pang in Turandot and Jaquino in Fidelio.
He was a semi-finalist in the Neue-Stimmen International Competition in Germany and in 2004/2006 was
invited to the Neue-Stimmen International master-class series with Francisco Araiza, Katia Ricciarreli,
Siegfried Jerusalem and Gustav Kuhn. In 2004 Phandulwazi performed the role of Oronte in Alcina with Cape Town Opera.
After coming to Dallas in August 2004 Phandulwazi sang the roles of Nemorino
in the SMU Opera production of Donizetti‘s L’elisir D’amore and Peter Quint in
the production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.
In 2005, he was Second Place winner of the Dallas Opera Guild 2005 Competition and in 2007
he was also a Finalist in the Houston Opera Young Artist Program.
Phandulwazi was named as one of the four Young Artists in the Dallas Opera/SMU Emerging Artists Program
in 2005-2006 and was name again in 2006-2007.
He was recently named Young Artist in the summer 2007season of the Houston Ebony Opera Young Artist Program.
Phandulwazi graduated with the Artistic Certificate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas,
where he studied with Professor Barbara Hill Moore from 2004-2007.
MHLABA BUTHELEZI, Tenor
MHLABA is a native of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
and is currently in the Master of Music program in the Meadows School
at Southern Methodist University, where he studies with Professor Barbara
Hill Moore. Buthelezi received his Bachelor of Music degree
from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2006.
Among his operatic roles are Ferrando in Così fan tutte,
Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the Witch in Hansel
and Gretel, numerous leading roles in the Meadows Opera Gala and
the First Sailor in the recent Meadows production of Dido and Aeneas.
In concert he has sung Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem,
and Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis. In August 2007 he played Tony in Terrence
McNally’s Master Class at the Playhouse in Durban.
Mhlaba is a member of the Emerging Artists Program,
a joint venture between the Dallas Opera and SMU.