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Studio Artists

2019 Studio Artists

The 15 Studio Artists selected for the 2019 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. 

Bradley Bickhardt
BRADLEY BICKHARDT
Tenor
Justin Burgess
JUSTIN BURGESS
Baritone
Victor Cardamone
VICTOR CARDAMONE
Tenor

Blake Denson
BLAKE DENSON
Baritone

         
Ron Dukes
RON DUKES
Bass-Baritone
Jeremy Harr
JEREMY HARR
Bass
Wilford Kelly
WILFORD KELLY
Bass-Baritone
Theresa Kesser
THERESA KESSER
Mezzo-Soprano
         
Seiyoung Kim
SEIYOUNG KIM
Tenor
Michael Pandolfo
MICHAEL PANDOLFO
Baritone
Meagan Rao
MEAGAN RAO
Soprano
Ashley Robillard
ASHLEY ROBILLARD 
Soprano
         
Rachel Shaughnessy
RACHEL SHAUGHNESSY  
Soprano
Anastasiia Sidorova
ANASTASIIA SIDOROVA 
Mezzo-Soprano
Isabel Signoret
ISABEL SIGNORET
Mezzo-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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