Young Artists

Véronique Filloux

Véronique Filloux

Praised for her “warmth” and “radiant vocal ease,” French-American soprano Véronique Filloux began her 2018/19 season with the success of winning First Prize in the Saltworks Opera Competition. Her season marks soloist debuts with several prestigious organizations, including Opera Lafayette, with whom she will make both her Kennedy Center debut and New York City debut as Tigrane in Handel’s Radamisto. She also sings excerpts from Jommelli's Cerere Placata in the roles of Proserpina and Cerere with Opera Lafayette's outreach initiative. After covering Brigitta (Iolanta) with Chicago Opera Theater, she returns to the Maryland Opera Studio as an alumna to sing and dance the role of Mae Jones (Street Scene). She goes on to sing the music of Handel (Dixit Dominus) and Purcell (The Fairy Queen) as a soloist with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in May. She is thrilled to finish her season with a return to Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist, singing the title role in Debussy's La damoiselle élue.

Ms. Filloux spent her most recent summer with Central City Opera, making her mainstage debut as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and winning the Central City Opera Young Artist Award at the end of the season. While there, she performed scenes as Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and Carrie (Carousel) as a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist and was a soloist in ENCORE: A Musical Revue. A recent alumna (MM '18) of the Maryland Opera Studio, she was proud to appear as Servilia in La clemenza di Tito and Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites in the 2017/18 season. Upon her graduation, she was awarded the prestigious Daniel L. Pomeroy Prize for excellence in scholarship and performance of 17th and 18th century music. Previously that year, Ms. Filloux joined the Apollo Chorus of Chicago as the soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana and appeared as a soloist in BWV 77: Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben with the UMD Bach Cantata Series.

In the 2016/17 season, Ms. Filloux sang the role of Isifile in Cavalli’s Il Giasone with Opera NEO, with whom she also covered Despina (Così fan tutte). As a member of the Maryland Opera Studio, she made her company debut in February 2017, creating the role of Lily in the world premiere of Martin Hennessy’s The Young King and covering Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia). Scenes performances with the studio included Norina (Don Pasquale), Mrs. Fiorentino (Street Scene), and Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail). Throughout this season, she appeared as a soloist throughout the DC Metro Area, most notably in performances of Handel’s Messiah and BWV 172: Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget ihr Saiten.

Nola Richardson

Nola Richardson

Soprano Nola Richardson is rapidly making her mark as an "especially impressive" (The New York Times) young soloist and has been praised by the Washington Post for her "astonishing balance and accuracy,” “crystalline diction” and “natural-sounding ease.” Her wide repertoire spans from music of the medieval period to several world premieres, and she performs frequently throughout the United States. Some highlights of her current and past seasons include her major symphony debut as the featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing BWV 51 and Scarlatti's Su le Sponde del Tebro in the program "All Baroque”; an appearance as a soloist with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart in "Simply Sondheim"; Handel's Messiah with the Colorado Symphony; a tour to Russia, Estonia, and Latvia performing the soprano solos in Arvo Pärt's Passio with the Yale Schola Cantorumunder conductor David Hill; the premiere of Michael Gandolfi’sCarroll in Numberland (alongside soprano Dawn Upshaw) atTanglewood; and the First Lady in Clarion Music Society’s production of Die Zauberflöte.

Nola’s 2018-2019 season will feature her debuts with Opera Lafayette, The English Concert, The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and Musica Sacra. She will return to perform with Clarion, The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Seraphic Fire, and The American Bach Soloists. 

Nola's 2017-2018 season included her debuts with Seraphic Fire (St. Matthew Passion), the Bethlehem Bach Choir (BWV 68), American Classical Orchestra (C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat), the Madison Bach Musicians (Dido and Aeneas), and theNational Cathedral (in concert with trumpeter Josh Cohen). She will made returning appearances with the Baltimore Choral Arts SocietyTrinity Wall StreetColorado Bach Ensemble, and Clarion among others.

Nola frequently appears as a soloist with many orchestras, early and new music ensembles, and choral societies around the country. Her recent performances of Handel's La Resurrezione and a program of French Baroque music by Corrette and Mondonville with the American Bach Soloistsdrew praise for her "lusciously polished... exemplary impassioned singing" (San Francisco Classical Voice). Other recent appearances include Handel's Messiah with theColorado Bach Ensemble; the St. Matthew Passion with theMessiah Festival of the Arts; works of Charpentier and Couperin with Les Délices of Cleveland,OH; Mendelssohn'sElijah with the Oratorio Chorale of Portland, ME; Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Master Chorale of South Florida and theBaltimore Choral Arts Society; the St. John Passion with Bach in Baltimore; Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Chorus Pro Musica of Boston, MA; Bach's Coffee Cantata withMountainside Baroque; Bach's Magnificat with the New Dominion Chorale; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with The Clarion Music Society; and the world premiere of Ezra Laderman'sVoices with New Music New Haven and the Argus Quartet.

Particularly noted for her interpretive skills in the Baroque repertoire, Nola was a 2016 First Prize winner in theBethlehem Bach Competition and took home the Third Prize and Audience Favorite award in the 2016 Handel Aria Competition in Madison, WI. She was accepted into the prestigious Yale Institute of Sacred Music program in 2014, where she had the opportunity to solo under the batons of renowned conductors Masaaki Suzuki, Simon Carrington, Matthew Halls, Nicholas McGegan, and David Hill. While a student at Yale, she performed as a soloist in Monteverdi'sVespers of 1610; Haydn's Creation; Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915; Mozart's Requiem; Bach's Lutheran Masses and BWV 10; Handel's Dixit Dominus; Charpentier's Te Deum; the world premiere of Roderick William's O Brother Man; Stravinsky's Les Noces; Zelenka's Missa dei Patris; and numerous recitals and chamber music performances ranging from Gregorian chant and lute song to the music of Libby Larsen and Judith Weir.

A dedicated ensemble and chamber singer, Nola has enjoyed joining the rosters of GRAMMY® nominated Seraphic Fire of Miami, GRAMMY® nominated Clarion Music Society in NYC, and the GRAMMY® nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street in Manhattan. She also appears regularly with Yale Choral Artists, and Musica Sacra. 

Nola was a vocal fellow at Tanglewood in 2015, and a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at Songfest in 2017. She has been a recurrent soloist at the Blue Hill Bach Festival and a guest soloist in the 2016 Norfolk Chamber Music and the 2017 Bay Chamber Concerts' Summer Screen Door Festival where she performed Handel's Apollo e Dafne and Conrad Cummings' Where I Live. In the summer of 2013, she was selected to be a young artist with the Boston Early Music Festival where she appeared in the North American stage premiere of Handel’s first opera, Almira, and also covered the title role. Other operatic roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Madame Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor withBel Cantanti Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte withMaryland Concert Opera, Gianetta in L'elisir D'amore withEmerald City Opera, Calisto in La Calisto with Peabody Opera Theater, and the Dew Fairy and Gretel (cover) in Hansel and Gretel with Chesapeake Chamber Opera and Maryland Concert Opera.

An Australian by birth, Nola has spent most of her life in the USA. She holds a BM from Illinois Wesleyan University and dual MM degrees in Vocal Performance and Early Music from the Peabody Conservatory. Nola is currently pursuing a DMA at Yale on full scholarship.

Opera Lafayette's Young Artists Program, established in 2007, affords advanced students and young professional singers from across the United States opportunities to work with leading artists in the field, to cover lead roles, and to perform small roles in mainstage performances. Young Artists also work with Opera Lafayette's in-school education program, performing in DC public school classrooms. The Young Artists Program may engage up to four core singers each year. Young Artists applicants must show demonstrated interest and ability in the general period of repertoire Opera Lafayette performs. 

Opera Lafayette does not hold annual auditions. If you are interested in Opera Lafayette's Young Artist program, please email a cover letter, resume and sound file to operalafayette@operalafayette.org