apprentice artist program

2017 Apprentice Artist Program

Lisa Hasson, Director

Celebrating its 43rd year during the 2017 season, Des Moines Metro Opera's Apprentice Artist Program is a comprehensive career training program that bridges the gap between academic studies and a professional career in opera for some of the brightest and best talents in America. It is one of the oldest, largest and most respected programs of its kind in the United States. Auditions are heard annually in the fall of each year. Des Moines Metro Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program is a proud participant in Opera America’s Singer Training Forum.

Members of the Apprentice Artist Program are a diverse group of singers representing many ages and educational backgrounds.
  • The average age of participants in 2014 was 26 and ranged from 22-31, though there is no age restriction.
  • 75% of participants have earned two degrees.
  • 50% of participants have previously completed young artist programs such as those in Santa Fe, Utah, Central City, Chautauqua, Seattle, Glimmerglass and St. Louis.

Members of the Apprentice Artist Program receive:
  • Coaching in standard and contemporary operatic scenes.
  • Career training seminars in acting, body movement, diction and languages, audition techniques, stage combat, vocal wellness and life in the business and various topics.
  • Consideration for comprimario roles or covers of leading roles in mainstage productions. The 2017 season will feature Puccini's Turandot, Sondheims’s A Little Night Music and Britten's Billy Budd.
  • Chorus participation in the 2017 mainstage productions.
  • Opportunities to be heard by artist representatives and other companies that include: The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Omaha, The Minnesota Opera, Sarasota Opera and Kentucky Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and several artists representatives.
  • Participation in the “Stars of Tomorrow” concert with the Festival Orchestra.
  • Housing is provided to all participants. Additional stipends are available to artists who are assigned cover and comprimario roles.

2017 Apprentice Artists

Andrea Baker
Susanne Burgess
Rebecca Claborn
Jocelyn Hansen
Bryn Holdsworth
Alicia Jayourba
Cadie Jordan
Grace Kahl
Rebecca Kidnie
Jennifer McKay
Chelsea Miller
Gabrielle Reed

Antonia Botti-Lodovico
Nadia Fayad
Leia Lensing
Talin Nalbandian
Christina Pezzarossi
Stephanie Schoenhofer
Olivia Thompson
Emily Triebold

Joshua Baum
Quinn Bernegger
Thomas Capobianco
Dustin Damonte
Isaac Frishman
Jubal Joslyn
David Sanchez
Christian Sanders
Mark Thomas

Darren Drone
Charles H. Eaton
Sean Galligan
Alexander Henderson
Will Hughes
Brian Hupp
Erik Larson
Kyle Roeder

Andy Eaton
Nathaniel Mattingly
William Meinert
Cody Müller
Ted Pickell
Jóhann Schram Reed
Ryan Stoll

2017 Apprentice Artist Program Staff
Program Director

Lisa Hasson

Stage Directors
Joshua Borths
Octavio Cardenas
Tara Faircloth
Rebecca Herman
Nathan Troup

Conductors and Coaches
John Cockerill
Elden Little
Geoffrey Loff
Cody Martin
Yasuko Oura
Kimberly Roberts
Stefano Sarzani
John Spencer IV

DEATH BY ARIA Apprentice Artist Season Kickoff
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 6:30pm
Blank Performing Arts Center, Simpson College
The 40 aspiring singers selected as 2017 Apprentice Artists open the season in the theatre lobby with their signature aria. Come early, leave if you must, but enjoy all (or a portion of) the evening's music!

STARS OF TOMORROW Apprentice Artist and Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 7:00pm
Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University
Adults $25, Students $10
Join our apprentice artists and resident opera orchestra in a concert of your most beloved opera duets and ensembles.

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