Since its founding in 1971, Wolf Trap Opera has trained nearly 700 young singers from across the country.

Wolf Trap Opera alumni can be found working in every top opera house in the US, Europe, and beyond.

Alumna Christine Goerke, Musical America 2015 Vocalist of the Year, says: “A Wolf Trap Opera residency is an essential experience in the formative years of any young singer, and it is a gift to this next generation of leaders in the field.”

WTO has also provided 300+ fellows and interns with the skills needed to achieve significant careers in production, design, and administration.

View a full list of alumni

Filene Young Artists: Featured alumni

Eric Owens (WTO 1994, 1995); Artist in Residence 2014


From the Met to Carnegie Hall to the Grammys, bass-baritone Eric Owens has wowed critics.

Owen’s ebullient personality comes through in this 2012 interview with Naomi Lewin on WQXR, New York’s classical station.

Soon after his young artist residency with Wolf Trap Opera, Owens had, in quick succession, successful European debuts at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, and the Salzburg Festival. After that, he achieved a steady rise to prominence, performing in top opera houses across the US and Europe.

Mr. Owens made his Metropolitan Opera debut in John Adams’ Doctor Atomic in 2008 and was featured in a Grammy-winning recording of the production in 2012.

In addition to appearing in contemporary works, Owens has established a reputation for versatility through his success in traditional operas, including a “show-stealing turn” in Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Met in 2012 (The Washington Post).

Full bio from his management, IMG Artists. 

Dawn Upshaw (WTO 1985)

Listen to Upshaw on NPR  
In 2013, jazz composer Maria Schneider took poems from former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser and set them to music for Upshaw to interpret and sing.
Soprano Dawn Upshaw is a 5-time Grammy award winner and worldwide celebrity in the field of opera. Her body of work includes an astounding list of accomplishments as an opera singer, concert soloist, recording artist, and champion of new works.

Most recently, Ms. Upshaw received the 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy for Maria Schneider's Winter Morning Walks on the ArtistShare label (see NPR sidebar).

Ms. Upshaw is featured on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorecki for Nonesuch.

In 2007 Upshaw was named a MacArthur Fellow, an award commonly referred to as the “genius grant.” She received $500,000 over a 5-year period to advance excellence in the arts.

Full bio from management company, Colbert Artists Management.

Studio Artists: Featured alumna

Catherine Martin (Studio Artist 2007, Filene Young Artist 2010, 2011)

In 2007, Wolf Trap Opera launched its Studio Artists program to offer young singers who were still finishing degrees the opportunity to train alongside Filene Young Artists.

Catherine Martin became one of the program's first members, after wowing WTO judges with “Va! Laisser couler mes larmes” at Nola Studios, NYC.
Ms. Martin went on to become the first Studio Artist invited back as a Filene Young Artist in both 2010 and 2011. She sang Zaida in Turco in Italia, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

In 2014-2015, Ms. Martin is singing Amneris in Aida with Opera Colorado, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking with Dayton Opera, and Waltraute in Die Walküre with Houston Grand Opera.

Ms. Martin completed her undergraduate studies at University of North Texas and her master’s degree at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

See her full bio at ADA Artist Management.

Fellows: Featured alumni

Former coaching fellow Eric Melear (photo at left) recently served as Assistant Musical Director, Houston Grand Opera. He returns to Wolf Trap in 2015 to conduct his third production.

Another former coaching fellow, Thomas Lausmann, is now Director of the Young Artist Studio, Vienna State Opera. He spends his summers as principal coach at the Bayreuth Festival.

Former directing fellow Louisa Muller has directed at the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She returns to Wolf Trap in 2015 for her first production at The Barns.

Interns: Featured alumni

Former intern Kathryn Smith (photo at left) has assumed the role of General Director, Madison Opera. 

Former interns Sarah Randel Generes and Katy Hall are now at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Generes is Executive Assistant to the Deputy General Director. Hall is Director of Individual, Foundation, and Government Giving.

And the Metropolitan Opera directing staff includes former directing intern Sarah Ina Meyers.

Other former administrative interns have gone on to careers at Walt Disney Imagineering, Broadway touring companies and theaters, as well as performing arts organizations like Houston Grand Opera and the Alexandria Symphony.

Former stage management and technical interns have served on staff at over a dozen American opera companies, including Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, Arizona Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera.