Our February 13th romance-themed Bravo Nights was a huge success, with a full house of enthusiastic supporters for our singers from Roberts Wesleyan University and the husband and wife team of Josh and Léa Bouillon. A YouTube video of the performance will be available soon.
Next date : April 24th, 2023
Josh and Léa performed duets from Roméo et Juliette and West Side Story with Dr. Adam Potter accompanying.
A medley of love-themed songs was performed by the five students with Julie Runion, collaborative pianist.
Joshua Bouillon, Tenor
Franco-American tenor Joshua Bouillon has performed leading roles including Roméo in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Rodolfo in La bohème, Jenik in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride and most recently, the role of Riccardo in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera in December 2022 with Buffalo Opera Unlimited. In the US, he has performed with Opera Colorado, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Opera North, Maryland Lyric Opera, Rochester Lyric Opera; he made his
European debut in Hungary, singing Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in a production that was broadcast on national television. On the concert stage, Joshua has performed the tenor solos in the
Verdi Requiem with Finger Lakes Opera conductor Gerard Floriano, Handel’s Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; and he has appeared as soloist in performances with the Rochester
Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society, Saratoga Choral Festival, Voices of Cooperstown, and Octavo Singers. Joshua holds a B.M. from Liberty University and M.M. from the Eastman School of
Music. He has served on the administrative staff of Roberts Wesleyan University and is currently on the voice faculty at Nazareth College.
Léa Bouillon, Soprano
Born in Biarritz, France, soprano Léa Bouillon began her early music studies at the Conservatoire de Caen in Normandy and received the Bachelor of Science degree in vocal performance from Roberts Wesleyan University, where she was winner of the RWU Concerto/Aria Competition, performed the role of The Mother in the Roberts Opera Theatre production of Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, and appeared often as a soloist with the RWU Orchestra and Chorale. While at Roberts, Léa won first place in her division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Eastern Regional Competition, which qualified her to compete at the national level. As a participant for two summers in the Crescendo
Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary, Léa performed scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte as Despina and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette as Juliette, as well as in art song concerts featuring works of Rachmaninoff, Schubert, and Samuel Barber. She and her husband Joshua live in Rochester and perform together often in concerts and recitals, including a previous OGR Bravo Nights performance.
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Cecilia Guerra is a sophomore vocal Music Performance major at Roberts Wesleyan University and hails from from Portland, Maine.
John Mitchell is a sophomore vocal Music Education major at RWU and is from Greece, NY. He performed the role of Guglielmo in the RWU Opera Theatre production of an abridged version of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the
spring of 2022.
Amethyst Scherer is a junior Music Therapy major from Panama City, FL, with an emphasis on vocal performance. While at Roberts, she has performed as soloist with the RWU Chorale and Orchestra and will be a featured soloist in the RWU Opera Scenes production this April.
Emily Sylvester is a junior vocal Music Education major from Churchville, NY. Emily is the 2022/23 RWU Concerto/Aria winner and will perform as soloist with the Roberts Symphony Orchestra in March. Last spring, Emily performed the role of Fiordiligi in the RWU Opera Theatre production of Così fan tutte.
Jacob Mellott is a freshman vocal Music Education major from Spencerport, NY.
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