Founder & Executive Director
American mezzo soprano Elizabeth Bishop enjoys a long career on the opera stages and concert halls of the world, including the San Francisco Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pittsburgh Opera, Dallas Opera, Atlanta Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa Italy. Among the orchestras she has performed with are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Netherlands. She recorded with San Francisco Opera and Atlanta Symphony, and won a Grammy for her work in the Ring Cycle with the Metropolitan Opera in 2012. A graduate of The Juilliard School (MM in Vocal Performance), and Furman University (double major in Music and Political Science), Elizabeth won the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and joined the San Francisco Opera as an Adler Fellow following year.
Widely sought as a teacher and masterclass clinician, she taught at Palm Beach Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Furman University, Virginia Opera, Duke University, George Mason University, Bel Canto in Tuscany, NATS, and the Washington National Opera Institute for Young Singers. During her career, Elizabeth recognized a need for advanced training that caters to emerging singers outside the traditional pathway to a career. This discovery helped propel her to create and direct the Potomac Vocal Institute (PVI) to train young singers in an innovative and practical setting. Her personal motto, “Singing is simple, discipline is hard,” sets the tone for both her flourishing private studio and PVI. Her students have sung at Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Annapolis Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Delaware, Virginia Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Painted Sky Opera, Opera San Jose, Opera Memphis, Santa Fe Opera and Theater Aachen.
Renowned for her pure, luminous, rich soprano, persuasive performances and dramatic ability, Arianna Zukerman is an artist in demand internationally for concert and opera performances. The Washington Post says “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make any soprano jealous.”
The 2018- 2019 season includes singing with Opera Lafayette at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Times Center in New York City in the role of Gran Sacerdote in Cerere Placata by Niccolo Jommelli; at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall with the Defiant Requiem Foundation in the concert, Hours of Freedom; and with the Richmond Symphony in their Holiday Festival of Music conducted by Erin Freeman.
Ms. Zukerman is the featured soloist on the critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated 2013 Naxos recording of James Whitbourn’s oratorio, Annelies: the first major choral setting the Diary of Anne Frank. The Guardian (UK) praised her performance on the CD ̧ stating, “Arianna Zukerman sings with subdued beauty.” She sings the work often including notably, the New York City premiere of the work at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in the Spring of 2014.
Ms. Zukerman has extensive experience as a pedagogue. Her students have been hired by the Palm Beach Opera (Young Artist Program), Roanoke Opera (Apprentice Artist Program), Painted Sky Opera (OK), Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware. Some of the programs her students have been accepted to include the following graduate and summer music programs: Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, UCLA, Oberlin in Italy, the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program, the Miami Music Festival, Castleton Young Artist Training Program, Teatro Nuovo, Opera Studio Weimar, Music Academy International, OperaWorks, Opera Singing and New York, and Prague Summer Nights.
Jennifer Casey Cabot
In a stellar career which includes many of the heroines of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini as well as concert and recital performances all over the world, soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot continues to perform closer to home to rave reviews. Her recent success include singing Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades with The Russian Chamber Arts Society and also the title role in Cerere Placata with Opera Lafayette. Other highlights include the role of Giulietta in Casanova’s Homecoming by Dominick Argento, with Minnesota Opera; appearing as soloist in Messiah with the Nashville Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Oberlin Conservatory of Music, returning to the Metropolitan Opera roster, and to San Diego Opera as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, her debut with Minnesota Opera as Konstanze in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, and singing soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2011-12 Season she sang as a soloist in Messiah with the National Philharmonic, Stan Engebretson conducting, and has appeared regularly with the Russian Chamber Art Society of Washington, DC, from 2011-2017. She also performed as Rosina with Opera Lafayette, in a production of Paisiello’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and has enjoyed stellar concerts with the Post Classical Ensemble and the Capital City Symphony. Ms. Cabot performs steadily with the Bay Atlantic Symphony and the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jed Gaylin. In Europe, Ms. Cabot was a resident soloist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Staatstheater Braunschweig. She returned to Germany for a concert of arias and duets with Placido Domingo, the success of which led to a gala concert with Mr. Domingo in Japan.
A New York native, Jennifer Casey Cabot holds both Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Oberlin College, as well as a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. She studied voice with Richard Miller and Doris Yarick-Cross. Ms. Cabot is currently Associate Director of the Potomac Vocal Institute, teaches voice and advanced diction at the University of Maryland at College Park as well as maintaining a highly sought after private studio.
Rolando Sanz's work bridging teaching, performance, production, and arts education has made him a performing arts visionary with rare perspective and a reputation as an unflappable leader. He is currently the Head of the Young Artists Program of Bel Canto in Tuscany in Greve in Chianti, Italy, as well as currently serving as voice faculty and chorus master for Teatro Nuovo Students from Rolando’s private voice studio have gone on to study in leading conservatories and young artist programs, as well as perform with major opera and musical theatre companies.
Praised by Opera News for his “warm, strong, highly promising tenor," Rolando Sanz is thrilling audiences with his impeccable technique and musical depth, as well as his vocal “color and heartfelt interpretations” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). In the 2016/17 season, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Mozart's Idomeneo under the baton of Maestro James Levine, in a production that was simulcast in cinemas worldwide via Met Live in HD. He returned to the Met roster for productions of La traviata, Otello, Salome, and Fidelio, and made his Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Ragueneau in Cyrano. Additional appearances include Alfredo with Virginia Opera, Florentine Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, and Pacific Symphony, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Florentine Opera and Finger Lakes Opera, Boris in Kát’a Kabanová with Spoleto Festival USA, Rodolfo in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera and Opera Idaho, Paolo in Rachmaninov’s Francesca da Rimini with the Princeton Festival, and Duca di Mantua in Rigoletto with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Opera.
Rolando is also proud to have represented his hometown while performing the National Anthem for the nationally televised opening series of the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and as featured soloist in the Maryland State Art Council’s Star-Spangled Spectacular to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
Rolando is a proud graduate of the Yale University School of Music.