Russian-American Soprano Erika Baikoff is a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. This season she returns to the MET as Tebaldo (Don Carlo), Nanetta (cover, Falstaff) and Zerlina (cover, Don Giovanni). In 2018-2020, Erika was a member of the Opéra National de Lyon Studio. In 2022 she made her debut at the Schubertíada and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Erika is the first prize recipient at the 2019 Helmut Deutsch International Lied Competition and the 10th Concours Nadia et Lili Boulanger. She is an alumni of the Atelier Lyrique at the Verbier Festival, where she sang Musetta (La Bohème), and the Académie Vocal Residency of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from Princeton University and a Master of Music from The Guildhall School of Music.
Indian-American pianist Kunal Lahiry is a 2021-2023 BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of the 2021 Carl Bechstein Foundation scholarship. He has commissioned and premiered works by Nico Muhly, Molly Joyce, Heloise Werner, Viktor Orri Árnason or Guðmundur Emilsson. Kunal has been invited to several young artist programs for pianists specializing in art song. In 2018, he was selected for the inaugural Royaumont-Orsay Academy. He also joined the first Song Studio, mentored by Renee Fleming, at Carnegie Hall, was invited by Thomas Hampson to participate in the Heidelberg Lied Academy. Originally from Gainesville, Georgia, Kunal was a Schulich Scholar at McGill University, and graduated with distinction in Song Interpretation, under the tutelage of Wolfram Rieger, from the Hochschule for Müsik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.