2018 Studio Artists

The 18 Studio Artists selected for the 2018 season come from a broad range of the best conservatories and universities in the U.S., including Rice University Shepherd School of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and Curtis Institute of Music. 


KEVIN BRYANT
Tenor
 

TAYLOR COMSTOCK
Tenor

MATTHEW ADAM FLEISHER
Bass


RICARDO GARCIA
Tenor

         

ANDREW GILSTRAP
Bass-Baritone
 

KATHRYN HENRY
Soprano

MELINA JAHARIS
Mezzo-Soprano

THERESA KESSER
Mezzo-Soprano
         

DUKE KIM
Tenor
 

SENHICA KLEE
Tenor

DE'RON McDANIEL
Baritone

CORY McGEE
Bass-Baritone
         

NICHOLAS NEWTON
Bass-Baritone
 

LAURA CORINA SANDERS
Soprano

RACHEL SHAUGHNESSY
Soprano

ANASTASIIA SIDOROVA
Mezzo-Soprano
         
   

NICOLE THOMAS
Mezzo-Soprano

ESTHER TONEA
Soprano
 
         

Wolf Trap Opera selects a group of 16-20 Studio Artists each year—singers of significant potential who are current undergraduate juniors or seniors, or who are currently enrolled in a Master’s program. During this important transition period in their professional lives, WTO provides young singers the professional and academic opportunities to take their talents to a higher level and to cultivate and polish the skills needed to present themselves with confidence and authority in a very competitive field.

Offstage, Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artists participate in a skill-enhancing and career-building curriculum designed especially for them. Studio Artists work with opera professionals to advance their audition and performance techniques and personal artistry, covering subjects such as diction, recitative, acting and improvisation, movement and dance, and the business aspects of being a singer.

Onstage, Studio Artists gain invaluable professional experience by performing in small roles and choruses, perform their own scenes program, as well as covering larger roles in Wolf Trap Opera’s main-stage operas and recitals which are professionally conducted, directed, coached, and designed. All casting assignments for Studio Artists will take into account the singer’s current readiness and will be made with an eye toward principles of healthy vocalism, education, and advancement.

Successful Studio Artist candidates will be at least who are current undergraduates, or have not yet finished a Master’s program at the time of their audition. Studio Artists must have technical foundations secure enough to allow them to spend the duration of the program away from their regular voice teachers. If you have already finished graduate work and/or done several young artist programs, you may qualify for the Filene Young Artist program.

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