Meet the 2019 Filene Artists

After rigorous auditions in 6 cities, Wolf Trap Opera selected 20 Filene Artists for the 2019 season. This summer's roster includes 3 sopranos, 4 mezzo-sopranos, 5 tenors, 4 baritones, 1 bass-baritone, and 3 basses. They were born in 11 different states and 5 foreign countries (Austria, Canada, China, England, Mexico).

Because WTO selects the artists before determining the repertoire each season, the 2019 repertoire plays to the specific strengths of this year’s company.

Some have already begun their freelance careers, and others come directly from young artist training programs, including those at Washington National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.


Joshua Blue
JOSHUA BLUE
Tenor
Christopher Bozeka
CHRISTOPHER BOZEKA
Tenor
Lindsay Kate Brown
LINDSAY KATE BROWN
Mezzo-soprano
Joshua Conyers
JOSHUA CONYERS
Baritone
Ben Edquist
BEN EDQUIST
Baritone
         
Megan Grey
MEGAN GREY
Mezzo-Soprano
Calvin Griffin
CALVIN GRIFFIN
Bass
Patrick Guetti
PATRICK GUETTI
Bass
Shannon Jennings
SHANNON JENNINGS  
Soprano
Ian Koziara
  IAN KOZIARA
Tenor
         
Niru Liu
 NIRU LIU
Mezzo-Soprano
Josh Lovell
  JOSH LOVELL
Tenor
Johnathan McCullough
JOHNATHAN McCULLOUGH
Baritone
Conor McDonald
CONOR McDONALD
Baritone
Ian McEuen
IAN McEUEN
Tenor
         
Alexandra Nowakowski
ALEXANDRA NOWAKOWSKI  
Soprano
Daniel Noyola
DANIEL NOYOLA
Bass
Taylor Raven
TAYLOR RAVEN
Mezzo-Soprano
Anthony Schneider
ANTHONY SCHNEIDER  
Bass
Alexandria Shiner
ALEXANDRIA SHINER
Soprano

Named for Wolf Trap’s founder, Filene Artists are already on their way toward significant careers. Many alumni credit Wolf Trap Opera with preparing and propelling them down the path to success.

Unlike most residency programs, Wolf Trap Opera casts all featured and leading roles with emerging artists. Filene Artists get to experience the rigorous demands, and of course the thrill, of performing center stage in expertly produced operas.

The most dramatic evidence of WTO’s artist-driven philosophy is its audition and casting process. WTO is one of the only companies in the world to select each season’s operas after choosing singers and determining their strengths. That is to say, when 2 countertenors, a contralto, and a mezzo-soprano walk into a bar, Wolf Trap goes for Baroque! Handel’sGiulio Cesarewas just right for 2014’s mix of artists. 

All principal roles in Wolf Trap Opera productions are performed by the singers selected as Filene  Artists (FAs). FAs are at an interim point between academic training and full-time professional careers. They have recently finished graduate or professional degree programs from the top music schools in the country and have often participated in year-long young artist companies or summer apprenticeships. Many of them have already won prestigious awards and are on their way to significant careers. Approximately 15-20 singers are chosen annually from an initial pool of approximately 800 applicants. If you are just beginning graduate study or haven’t done any of the paid young artist residency programs, it’s probably too early to be competitive. Conversely, if it has been more than 2 years since you were last involved in an academic or full time young artist program, you have already moved beyond the reach of our program. 

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