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 Winter Opera Festival, Sarasota Opera's Apprentice Program consists of 30 professional singers.

Winter 2019 Apprentice Artists

Christina G. Adams

CHRISTINA G. ADAMS 

mezzo-soprano
Marietta, Georgia
Sarasota Opera debut

Sebastian Armendariz

SEBASTIAN ARMENDARIZ

tenor
El Paso, Texas
2018 Fall Apprentice
Sponsored by Margaret Renner

Elizebeth Barnes

ELIZEBETH BARNES

mezzo-soprano
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sarasota Opera debut

Tatev Baroyan

TATEV BAROYAN

soprano
Yerevan, Armenia
2018 Winter Apprentice
The Joey Frye Endowed Artist

Melvin D. Bozeman, Jr.

MELVIN D. BOZEMAN, JR.

baritone
St. Louis, Missouri
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Anonymous

Linda Collazo

LINDA COLLAZO

mezzo-soprano
The Bronx, New York
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Paul and Sharon Steinwachs

Cara Collins

CARA COLLINS

mezzo-soprano
Lincoln, Nebraska
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by John Suhre and Carla Koeffler

Kathryn Domyan

KATHRYN DOMYAN

soprano
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. G. Richard Baise

Dylan Evans

DYLAN EVANS

baritone
Coral Springs, Florida
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Appel

Katherine Frazier

KATHERINE FRAZIER

soprano
Mobile, Alabama
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Robert and Mary McGrath

JP Gorski

JP GORSKI

baritone
Richmond, Virginia
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mallof

Vincent Gover

VINCENT GOVER

bass-baritone
Silver Spring, Maryland
Sarasota Opera debut

Paul G.L. Grosvenor

PAUL G.L. GROSVENOR

baritone
Brooklyn, New York
2018 Winter & Fall Apprentice
Sponsored by Peter and Louise Shimkin

Levi Hamlin

LEVI HAMLIN

tenor
Battle Creek, Michigan
2018 Fall Apprentice
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arthur

Spencer Hamlin

SPENCER HAMLIN

tenor
Mansfield, Connecticut
Sarasota Opera debut

 

 

 

Kevin Thomas Harvey

KEVIN THOMAS HARVEY

tenor
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sarasota Opera debut
The Lynn and Steve Blackledge Endowed Artist

Glenn Healy

GLENN HEALY

bass
Los Altos, California
Sarasota Opera debut

Alexander Henderson

ALEXANDER HENDERSON

baritone
Evansville, Indiana
2017 Fall Apprentice
The Joel D. and Ellen S. Fedder Endowed Artist

Christopher Hochstuhl

CHRISTOPHER HOCHSTUHL

tenor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Pat Starke in memory of John Starke

Sydney Kucine

SYDNEY KUCINE

soprano
Portland, Maine
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arthur

Travis Lucas

TRAVIS LUCAS

baritone
Tampa, Florida
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Dean Scarborough and Janice Bini

Alexandra Martinez-Turano
ALEXANDRA MARTINEZ-TURANO

Soprano
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Mr. Alan Kesten and Ms. Melba Jimenez

Charlotte Merz

CHARLOTTE MERZ

mezzo-soprano
Sydney, Australia
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William Lloyd

Emily Misch

EMILY MISCH

soprano
New York, New York
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Hank and Melinda Foster

Louis Riva

LOUIS RIVA

tenor
The Bronx, New York
2018 Fall Apprentice
Sponsored by Beverly Fisher

David Morgans Sanchez

DAVID MORGANS SANCHEZ

tenor
Kansas City, Missouri
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Eleanor and Barry Faber

Rohan Smith

ROHAN SMITH

bass
Miami, Florida
Sarasota Opera debut

Boris Van Druff

BORIS VAN DRUFF

tenor
Syracuse, New York
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Joan Mathews

Elizabeth Wasson

ELIZABETH WASSON

mezzo-soprano
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by A. Scott Bushey

Benjamin Worley

BENJAMIN WORLEY

bass-baritone
St. Louis, Missouri
Sarasota Opera debut
Sponsored by Sally H. Foote and Forrest S. Crawford