American Voices Festival

November 22-24, 2013, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming curates an unprecedented three-day festival exploring the past, present, and future of American singing. In engaging master sessions, illuminating panel discussions, and thrilling performances, American Voices brings together some of the nation's top vocalists and industry professionals in popular, jazz, country, Broadway, gospel, and classical music to celebrate the very best of American vocalism.


On November 24, Miles will appear in the Musical Theater Master Session led by Sutton Foster.  The session conlcudes with a panel discussion led by Renée Fleming that includes David Caddick, musical director, music producer, and conductor; Sutton Foster; Joan Lader, vocal coach and pedagogue; David Lai, Senior Vice President, Artist Manager at IM); and Tara Rubin, Casting Director, Tara Rubin Casting.

Juilliard Songfest

December 3, 2013, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Songfest, curated by Marcus Institute Artistic Director, pianist Brian Zeger, features Juilliard singers and instrumentalists in the music of Benjamin Britten on the occasion of the composer’s centenary.

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 19 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

Juilliard New Dances

December 11-15, 2013, Juilliard's Peter J. Sharp Theater

Featuring Juilliard dancers and singers, Pina Bausch’s Wind von West (Wind from the West) is set to Stravinsky’s Cantata. It was created and performed in 1975 on a groundbreaking program that included Bausch’s masterpiece, Das Frühlingsopfer (The Rite of Spring). Lost to time, this haunting and poetic work will be revived by two schools where Ms. Bausch developed as an artist – The Juilliard School and the Folkwang University of the Arts' Institute of Contemporary Dance in Essen, Germany.  Additionally, the performances at Juilliard will mark the first time Bausch's Wind von West is performed with live musicians.

Live-Streaming Master Class with Renée Fleming

February 13, 2013, Juilliard's Paul Recital Hall

Renée Fleming will lead a master class working with singers from The Juilliard School, to be streamed online live to audiences around the world.  The streamed class takes place between 4 – 6pm, and will be hosted on the Juilliard website’s streaming channel at


One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. At a White House ceremony this July, the President awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she performs on the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls, while adventurously embracing other musical forms and media.  Renée Fleming has sung at momentous, distinguished occasions--from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, to a historic first in 2012, when she sang on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II.

Eugene Onegin

February 19-23, 2014, Juilliard's Meredith Willson Theater


Matthew Aucoin, conductor
Mary Birnbaum, director
Juilliard Orchestra


Juilliard composer and the youngest assistant conductor in the history of the Metropolitan Opera Matthew Aucoin leads Juilliard Opera's staging of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece Eugene Onegin (1879). Set in 1820s St. Petersburg and the Russian countryside, the three-act opera's libretto is the collaborative work of the composer and Konstantin Shilovsky after Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse, and explores the themes of love, devotion, and betrayal.

Featuring Takaoki Onishi (Onegin), Raquel Gonzalez (Tatiana), Miles Mykkanen (Lensky), and Avery Amero (Olga).

FREE tickets available 2/12

Juilliard Opera is supported by the vision and generous lead funding of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and its Chairman, Dr. Haruhisa Handa

NYFOS Ports of Call: an itinerary of song

March 16-19, 2014, Caramoor Center and National Opera Center

NYFOS has held an annual residency since 2009 at the Caramoor Center for the Arts as part of their Terrance W. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars program. At this intensive week-long training program, a quartet of young talents work and live together while studying a particular body of song repertoire with the NYFOS Artistic Directors, as well as additional guest coaches and language experts. This residency culminates in a performace at Caramoor and performances in New York City each March.

Juilliard Cabaret

March 22, 2014, The Juilliard School Room 305

Jeanne Slater, director

Daniel K. Kurland, music director


Students from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts step away from the opera stage to let loose with some lighter repertoire.  This year's cabaret centers around relationships in New York and features an array of music from Bernstein and Sondheim to Lippa and Tesori.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Miles will be a Gerdine Young Artist this summer at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.  He will cover The Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites and Picasso/Fitzgerald in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's Twenty-Seven.


July 20, 2014, Ironwood, MI; July 27, 2014, Houghton, MI

In a return engagement with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Miles will be featured in a solo recital accompanied by Joseph Mechavich.  Repertoire to include Grieg, Kohn, Sibelius, Sondheim, and Strauss.



This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Portage Health.

Handel and Hoiby Opera Concert

July 29, 2014, Crystal Falls, MI; July 30, 2014, Marquette, MI; August 1, 2014, Calumet, MI

An evening of excerpts from Handel's greatest operas and Lee Hoiby’s The Italian Lesson. This will be an unique and exciting evening featuring Luretta Bybee, Miles Mykkanen, and Joseph Mechavich.



This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Portage Health.

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