2011 Fellows Profiles

Christopher Bolduc, baritone
The reviews are in for operatic baritone Christopher Bolduc – each one fortifying the bright and successful future that Christopher’s vocals will bring him. While attending the Master of Music program at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he excelled in numerous productions, earning top prizes including the Sullivan Foundation Awards for Voice, the Opera Index Competition, the Julian Gayarre Competition, and the Florida Grand Opera Voice Competition.  He was also a two-time national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. With several professional debuts in leading roles across America, Christopher used the fellowship to assist him in securing vocal coaching for role preparation, as well as the necessary headshots and professional websites required of professional opera singers. He has performed in leading roles at Oper Köln, Glyndebourne, Theater Basel, Fort Worth Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Central City Opera.  He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2013-14 season as Jake in the new opera Two Boys by contemporary classical music composer Nico Muhly.  In March 2017, he made his title role debut in Eugen Onegin at the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden.   Click here for more information on Christopher Bolduc.
Hannah Cabell, actor
Born to a family of stage performers, Hannah Cabell fell into her role as an actor at an early age – five years old to be exact. She walked onstage and threw her arms around an actor playing her grandfather in the play They Knew What They Wanted. She’s been enthralled by the stage life ever since. Hannah attended Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) and majored in Russian Literature and Theater, spent time in Moscow studying at the Moscow Art Theater, and pursued her dream of becoming a working actor by attending graduate school at New York University. In 2010 she co-starred with Mandy Patinkin in Rinne Groff’s Compulsion at The Public Theater. With the fellowship, Hannah workshopped new plays at Williamstown, Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theater, and the O’Neill; studied on-camera acting; took a character and clown class with one of the top British physical theater actors in London; performed in Boston and New Haven in a new David Adjmi play, Marie Antoinette, co-produced by American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre; joined a fledgling theater company called Dream Lab headed by Niegel Smith; completed the screenplay for a work of her own; and continued to secure support for a full staging in the West End of another play which she co-wrote. For her work in George Brant’s Grounded, she was nominated for a 2014 Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Solo Performance) and the United Solo Festival Special Award. In 2016, she performed as Laura, opposite Frank Langella, in the Broadway production of The Father.
Steve Daly, photographer
Photographer Steve Daly walked away from nearly 15 years as an investigative reporter and media producer, having risked his life in conflict and disaster zones such as Iraq, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Indonesia, to take on a different kind of risk: traveling, exploring exhibition opportunities in Düsseldorf, Colögne, Berlin and Scandinavia, and seeking gallery representation. “The more I make, the more I broaden my visual territory, the more all the pieces converse with each other…I’ve begun to successfully transfer some of my personal melancholy, layers of experience, and obtuse sense of humor into my work in the form of a larger, more complex sense about the time we live in through the process of photography,” Steve says. A resident of Los Angeles, Steve earned a Bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Exhibitions of his work include Reaction:1019 (2013, Inglewood, CA), The Empty Box (2012, Houston), and Second City Psychasthenia (2012, New York City).  In 2012 he was a Visiting Artist at Washington University in St. Louis.
Demetia Hopkins, dancer
It started with a dream, a whisper in her ear of a notion that, while seemingly improbable, lit a fire inside of her. Demetia Hopkins began dancing when she was four in a studio not far from her hometown in Orange County, Virginia. Utilizing her fellowship, she has brought more arts education into rural Virginia.  Demetia made this possible by arranging performances by professional dance companies for the community and master classes for the local dance studio. She was featured in Dance Magazine as one of “25 to Watch” (January 2014). Demetia performed with the acclaimed New York dance theater company, Alvin Aily American Dance Theater from 2010 to 2016.
Nadine Sierra, soprano
Opera News called her the next ‘singer to watch’; The New York Times praised her ‘commanding stage presence’; The Palm Beach Arts Paper predicts a sizable career for her in the world’s opera houses. Clearly, Nadine Sierra has made an impression in the arts and theater scene. The young soprano won the 2007 Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition, the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and, in 2010, she won first prizes at the George London Competition, Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, and Loren Zachary Competition. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the Mannes College for Music in May 2010, and shortly thereafter was accepted into a two-year residency as an Adler Fellow (young artist) with the San Francisco Opera. The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship allowed Nadine the opportunity to participate as an Adler Fellow comfortably, to continue her training and coaching, and to prepare for her débuts at the Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Italy’s Teatro di San Carlo.  In 2013, she placed first at the Neue Stimmen, Montserrat Caballé, and Veronica Dunne International Singing Competitions.  In March 2017, she made her role debute at The Metropolitan Opera in Idemeneo, a performance dubbed by the New York Times as “a high point of the season.” She will appear in late spring as Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor at Teatro La Fenice in Vence, Italy, and as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto at Opéra National de Paris. Click here for more information on Nadine Sierra.
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Nadine Sierra backstage with Florida Grand Opera on March 21, 2012