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Sarasota Opera House & Box Office

61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Box Office:  (941) 328-1300
E-mail:        boxoffice@sarasotaopera.org

Sarasota Opera Administrative Office

1345 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-8450

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Our Theater

Sarasota Opera owns and performs in the historic Sarasota Opera House. The building has recently undergone a $20-million rehabilitation to restore the beauty of the 1920's theater, while creating an up-to-date opera house for the 21st century.

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The Apprentice Artists Program is a season-long intensive training program for aspiring young opera singers, with an emphasis on performance. The company firmly believes that singing is a form of emotional communication and not just a technical function undertaken for the sake of itself.

The company attempts to teach this philosophy to the apprentice participants by giving them numerous and varied performance opportunities that are backed by rehearsals that stress content of language, refinement of interpretation, musicality, polishing of ensemble and by providing extended contact with seasoned professionals who share this view of singing.

For the 2016 Winter Opera Festival, Sarasota Opera's Apprentice Artists Program consists of 37 professional singers who are graduates of university music schools and conservatories. Some have completed their doctoral studies, choosing this path towards breaking into the highly competitive world of professional opera.

During their stay in Sarasota, the apprentice artists work with the music staff and stage directors in one-on-one coaching: musical, dramatic and language. The language program uses volunteers who are native-born speakers of the language concerned, an invaluable benefit derived from Sarasota's international community.

Master classes with the resident staff, guest conductors and guest directors provide essential guidance and training. The apprentices perform in all the main stage productions and at numerous outreach events in Bradenton and Sarasota.

If you have any questions about the Program, please contact Greg Trupiano, Director of Artistic Administration at gtrupiano@sarasotaopera.org




Winter 2016 Apprentice Artists

NATHALIE AVILA, soprano
Miami, Florida
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Syble Di Girolamo

ANDREA BAKER, soprano
Olean, New York
Sarasota Opera debut

MEGAN BARRERA, soprano
Miami, Florida
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Henry Foster
in loving memory of Suzanne Foster

ALEXANDER CHARLES BOYD, baritone
Purcellville, Virginia
2015 Winter & Fall Apprentice Artist
2012 Fall Apprentice Artist (debut)
Sponsored by John F. Suhre and Carla L. Koeffler

PHILLIP BULLOCK, baritone
Washington, District of Columbia
Sarasota Opera debut

MOLLY BURKE, mezzo-soprano
Atlanta, Georgia
Sarasota Opera debut

JOHN CALLISON, baritone
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sarasota Opera debut

ROBERT CARDWELL, baritone
Laredo, Texas
Sarasota Opera debut

SEAN CHRISTENSEN, tenor
Fribourg, Switzerland
Sarasota Opera debut

MORGAN EARLE, mezzo-soprano
Carrollton, Georgia
2015 Winter Apprentice Artist
2014 Fall Apprentice Artist
2014 Winter Apprentice Artist (debut)
The Joey Frye Endowed Artist

AMAL EL-SHRAFI, soprano
Randolph, Massachusetts
Sarasota Opera debut

KATE FARRAR, mezzo-soprano
Laurel, Maryland
Sarasota Opera debut

CHRISTOPHER GEORGETTI, tenor
Nutley, New Jersey
Sarasota Opera debut

VINCENT GRANA, bass-baritone
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Sarasota Opera debut
The Joel D. and Ellen S. Fedder Endowed Artist

SAMUEL HALL, tenor
Columbus, Ohio
Sarasota Opera debut

WALKER J. JACKSON, tenor
Atlanta, Georgia
Sarasota Opera debut

JESUS ALFREDO JIMENEZ JIMENEZ, tenor
La Paz, Bolivia
Sarasota Opera debut

KENTON JORDAN, tenor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sarasota Opera debut

SERGEY KHALIKULOV, bass-baritone
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Sarasota Opera debut

REBECCA KIDNIE, soprano
St. Paul, Minnesota
2015 Fall Apprentice Artist (debut)
Sponsored by Dr. Clarence and Kimberly Griffin

ERIK E. LARSON, baritone
Madison, Wisconsin
Sarasota Opera debut

LUCAS LEVY, tenor
Lexington, Massachusetts
2015 Winter & Fall Apprentice Artist
2014 Fall Apprentice Artist (debut)
The Lynn and Steve Blackledge
Endowed Artist

JUSTIN MANALAD, tenor
New York, New York
Sarasota Opera debut

KATE McNAMARA, soprano
Dallas, Texas
2015 Winter & Fall Apprentice Artist
2014 Fall Apprentice Artist
2014 Winter Apprentice Artist (debut)
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arthur

RACHELLE MOSS, contralto
Lansing, Kansas
Sarasota Opera debut

JAVIER ORTIZ, bass-baritone
Pojoaque, New Mexico
Sarasota Opera debut

JOHN OVERHOLT, tenor
Newport, Tennessee
Sarasota Opera debut

MICHELLE SIEMENS, mezzo-soprano
Victoria, Canada
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Mark and Gail Appel

JOSHUA SOUTH, bass
Huntsville, Alabama
Sarasota Opera debut

MICHAEL SPAZIANI, bass-baritone
West Chester, Pennsylvania
2015 Fall Apprentice Artist
2015 Winter Apprentice Artist (debut)
Sponsored by Bill and Karen Watt

ANDREW SURRENA, tenor
Pleasanton, California
2015 Fall Apprentice Artist
2014 Fall Apprentice Artist
2014 Winter Apprentice Artist (debut)
Sponsored by Paul and Sharon Steinwachs

HANS TASHJIAN, bass
East Concord, New York
2015 Fall Apprentice Artist
2015 Winter Apprentice Artist (debut)

MADELYN WANNER, mezzo-soprano
New Holland, Pennsylvania
Sarasota Opera debut

KAYLA NICOLE WHITE, soprano
Chicago, Illinois
Sarasota Opera debut

JACOB RYAN WRIGHT, tenor
Asheville, North Carolina
Sarasota Opera debut

JAMES WRIGHT, baritone
Buffalo, New York
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Nanci Talpas in memory
of Joseph and Marian Newbauer

TOBIAS WRIGHT, tenor
Arkansas City, Kansas
2015 Fall Apprentice Artist (debut)
Sponsored by A. Scott Bushey