Evan LeRoy Johnson, tenor
Evan LeRoy Johnson, from Pine Island, Minn., entered Curtis in 2014 and is a student of Marlena Kleinman Malas. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Johnson is the Joseph Cairns Jr. and Ernestine Bacon Cairns Memorial Fellow.
A tenor in the opera program, Mr. Johnson has appeared as Vaudemont in Iolanta and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi for the Curtis Opera Theatre. For the University of Kentucky Opera Theater he has performed Enjolras in Les Misérables, Dr. Cajus in Falstaff, Ubaldo Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, a role he has also performed with Opera Orvieto.
He received an Encouragement Award from the Kentucky district's Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2012. He has been a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and a young artist with Central City Opera; and has performed with the Chautauqua Institution, Opera Orvieto, and Houston Grand Opera's Young Artist Vocal Academy.
Mikael Eliasen, piano
Danish-born coach and accompanist Mikael Eliasen received his early training in Copenhagen, Montreal, and Vienna. He has collaborated with numerous singers in recital worldwide, including Robert Merrill, Tom Krause, John Shirley-Quirk, Elly Ameling, Edith Mathis, Florence Quivar, Mira Zakai, Sarah Walker, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, and Curtis alumni Theodor Uppman, Michael Schade, and Rinat Shaham.
Mr. Eliasen has given master classes at Aix-en-Provence, the Shanghai Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Jerusalem Music Center, and National Opera of Prague. He has a long association with the young-artist programs at the Royal Danish Opera and the Opera Studio of Amsterdam. In the United States, he works regularly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera; and is artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia. He has recorded for Albany Records, CBC, Hilversum Radio, Polish State Radio, Kol Israel, Irish Radio and Television, London Records, MHS, and Supraphon.
Mr. Eliasen was music director of the San Francisco Opera Center from 1994 to 1996 and artistic director of the European Center for Opera and Vocal Art in Belgium from 1984 to 1994. For twenty years he has taught at Chautauqua's Voice Program during the summers. In 2013 he was appointed artistic adviser to Opera Philadelphia. Mr. Eliasen leads the Young Artist Voice Program as part of Curtis Summerfest 2016.
Mr. Eliasen joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1986 and became the head of the department in 1988.