Apprentice Artists 

The Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists Program was started in 1982. Like similar programs throughout the country, it is meant to help trained singers in the important transition from student to professional life.

The program functions within the aesthetic of Sarasota Opera by focusing on the standard operatic repertoire from Mozart to Puccini.

The company provides many performing opportunities throughout its fall and winter seasons. The training aspect of the program focuses on encouraging singers to give impassioned performances through vocal expression with an understanding of the meaning of the text, the poetry, and the music. In private coaching’s and classes, acting is approached through an efficiency of movement that brings out the meaning of the work rather than obscuring it.

The company aims for a consistent teaching approach that is supported by the artistic staff and the productions we produce on our stage.

Applications for the Winter 2022 Apprentice Program are being accepted now through August 24th. The program runs January 5 through March 22, 2022 and includes participating in the chorus of the four MainStage productions of Puccini's Tosca, Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment, Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, and Verdi's Attila. In addition Apprentice Artists will:

  • Participate in classes given by Victor DeRenzi (Artistic Director of Sarasota Opera), Lindsay Woodward (Chorus Master/Program and Music Director of the Apprentice Artists), Martha Collins (Apprentice Artists Program stage director), Stephanie Sundine (Apprentice Artists Program stage director), Marco Nisticò (artistic administrator), and other members of the Sarasota Opera staff.
  • Coach music with members of the music staff
  • Coach foreign languages with native-born speakers
  • Participate in master classes
  • Network with experienced colleagues
  • Perform at concerts during the season
  • Perform and cover main stage roles.

For more information or to apply, please visit Yaptracker.

 

2022 Apprentice Artists

Ariel Andrew Headshot
ARIEL ANDREW, soprano
Tampa, Florida
Sponsored by Ms. Peggy Allen and Mr. Steven C. Dixon

Ashlyn Brown Headshot
ASHLYN BROWN, mezzo-soprano
Palm Springs, CA
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Essner

DANIEL CHIU Headshot
DANIEL CHIU, baritone
East Setauket, NY
Sponsored by Janet Stern Solomon and Lewis D. Solomon

JOSE CUARTAS Headshot
JOSE CUARTAS, baritone
Queens, NY
Sponsored by David E. Derr, in loving memory of Louise Derr

SARAHANN DUFFY Headshot
SARAHANN DUFFY, mezzo-soprano
Cortlandt Manor, New York
Sponsored by Ruth B. Kreindler, in loving memory of Lee S. Kreindler

PEDRO VALDEZ ESPINOZA Headshot
PEDRO VALDEZ ESPINOZA, tenor
Weslaco, Texas
Sponsored by Eleanor Faber

TORI FRANKLIN Headshot
TORI FRANKLIN, soprano
Knoxville, Tennessee
Sponsored by Forrest S. Crawford, in loving memory of Sally H. Foote

JARDENA GERTLER-JAFFE Headshot
JARDENA GERTLER-JAFFE, soprano
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sponsored by Joey Frye

JOHAN HARTMAN Headshot
JOHAN HARTMAN, bass
Miami, FL
Sponsored by Anonymous

NICHOLAS HUDAK Headshot
NICHOLAS HUDAK, tenor
Clymer, Pennsylvania
The Joey Frye Endowed Artist

SARA KENNEDY Headshot
SARA KENNEDY, soprano
Austin, TX
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William Lloyd

ASHLEE LAMAR Headshot
ASHLEE LAMAR, soprano
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Sponsored by Mr. Alan Kesten and Melba Jimenez

JAMES MANCUSO Headshot
JAMES MANCUSO, tenor
Shoreham, New York
Sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Renner, in memory of Ernst Renner

KAYLEE NICHOLS Headshot
KAYLEE NICHOLS, mezzo-soprano
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sponsored by Anonymous

SAMUEL RACHMUTH Headshot
SAMUEL RACHMUTH, bass
Rockville Centre, New York
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Alain Lebleu

ABIGAIL RAIFORD Headshot
ABIGAIL RAIFORD, soprano
Queens, New York
Sponsored by Martin Martel and Bonny F. Heet

JUSTIN RAMM-DAMRON Headshot
JUSTIN RAMM-DAMRON, bass
Sacramento, California
Sponsored by William C. and Joyce K. Fletcher

SAMUEL ROSNER Headshot
SAMUEL ROSNER, tenor
Scarsdale, New York
Sponsored by Joan Matthews

Joseph Sacchi Headshot
JOSEPH SACCHI, tenor
New York, New York
Sponsored by Felicia and Andrew Hall

JOHN SIARRIS Headshot
JOHN SIARRIS, baritone
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Kaufman

GREGORY SLISKOV Headshot
GREGORY SLISKOVICH, tenor
Los Angeles, Clifornia
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mallof

VICTORIA THOMASCH Headshot
VICTORIA THOMASCH, mezzo-soprano
Santa Fe, Texas
Sponsored by Ms. Katherine Benoit and Mr. John Brooks

JULIA WOLCOTT Headshot
JULIA WOLCOTT, soprano
State College, Pennsylvania
Sponsored by Helen Panoyan

ZARA ZEMMELS Headshot
ZARA ZEMMELS, mezzo-soprano
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sponsored by Flora Garsten, in loving memory of her husband, Irwin Garsten