Matthew DiBattista • Tenor
Described as “brilliant” by Opera News, tenor Matthew DiBattista is continually in demand on some of the world’s most prestigious stages having performed opera and concert works throughout the United States and Europe. He has sung with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis and Robert Shaw. Known for an exceptionally varied repertoire, Mr. DiBattista has performed over 60 different roles to date spanning the entire operatic repertoire. He has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera and performed several seasons with Lyric Opera of Chicago (Parsifal, Capriccio, Der Rosenkavalier, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly). Recent performances included Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte and Beppe in I Pagliacci with Palm Beach Opera, Monsieur Taupe in Eugene Onegin with Santa Fe Opera and The Madwoman in Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River with Enigma Chamber Opera. 2022/23 performances include the title role in Britten’s The Prodigal Son with Enigma Chamber Opera, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society and The Captain in The Lord of Cries with Odyssey Opera. Other successes include work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (“The promising young tenor Matthew DiBattista sang well as Flavio.” – New York Times), Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera (“Matthew DiBattista was splendid in the multiple character-tenor turns, with a beautifully produced voice at his command.” – Opera News), Cincinnati May Festival, Boston Pops, New Orleans Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Omaha, Tulsa Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Colorado, Lyric Opera, Wichita Symphony, Fresno Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Long Beach Opera (“Matthew DiBattista portrayed the title character with a Chaplin-esque blend of whimsy and pathos. The luminous quality of DiBattista's tenor was suited to both the mischievous, animated scenes as well as the poignant, affecting arias.” – Culture Spot LA) and appeared almost nine straight seasons as principal artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (“As the villain Bégearss, the mega-talented Matthew DiBattista was appropriately showy…” – Opera News).
Yulia Yun • Piano
Uzbekistanian-born Yulia Yun is a graduate of the Uspensky Special Music School for Gifted Children in Tashkent where she majored in music theory, composition and piano performance. She has given numerous solo and chamber music concerts in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Korea and has made appearances as a guest soloist with Uzbekistan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tashkent Symphony Orchestra, Tashkent Chamber Orchestra and Uzbekistan Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Yun’s concert repertoire includes Rachmaninoff Concerti No. 2 and No. 4, Shostakovich Concerto No. 1, Grieg Concerto in A, Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 in G, Chopin Concerto No. 2, Shumann Concerto in A minor, Beethoven Concerto No. 4, and Mozart Concerti No. 20 and No. 23.
A third prize winner at the Youth International Piano Competition in Turkmenistan, and first prize winner at the Uzbekistan National Piano Competition, Ms. Yun was awarded a full scholarship at Northern Kentucky University in January 2005, where she studied with Professor Sergei Polusmiak and was granted degrees in Piano Performance and French. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Longy Conservatory of Bard College, where she studied with Mrs. Eda Mazo-Shlyam and Mrs. Ludmilla Lifson. She has been a piano accompanist for Boston Ballet school and company since 2012. In August of 2015, she was granted an Artist visa to continue her career as a professional musician in the United States.