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.

For the 2019 Fall Opera Season, Sarasota Opera's Apprentice Program consists of 11 professional singers.

Fall 2019 Apprentice Artists

Andrew Boisvert Headshot

Andrew Boisvert

Needham, Massachusetts
Sarasota Opera Debut

Jose Cuartas Headshot

Jose Cuartas

Queens, New York
Sarasota Opera Debut

Robert Gerold Headshot

Robert Gerold

Queens, New York
Sarasota Opera Debut

Levi Hamlin Headshot

Battle Creek, Michigan
2019 Winter Apprentice
2018 Fall Apprentice
Recipient of The Stuart and Patricia Silver Scholarship for a Returning Artist, in Loving memory of their Family

Spencer Hamlin Headshot

Spencer Hamlin

Mansfield, Connecticut
2019 Winter Apprentice Artist 

Kevin Harvey Headshot


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2019 Winter Apprentice Artist
Recipient of The Sarasota Opera Guild Leo M. Rogers Award For an Outstanding Apprentice Artist

Brent Hetherington Headshot

Brent Hetherington

Tyler, Texas
2018 Fall Studio Artist 


William Huyler Headshot
William HuYLer

Florham Park, New Jersey
Sarasota Opera Debut

Alexander Mason Headshot

Alexander Mason

Trenton, New Jersey
Sarasota Opera debut

Adrian Sanchez Headshot

Adrian Sanchez

Lansing, Michigan
2018 Winter Apprentice Artist 

John Tibbetts Headshot

John Tibbetts

Tifton, Georgia
Sarasota Opera debut