Studio Artists Program

The Sarasota Opera Studio Artists are members of the more advanced level of Sarasota Opera’s two training programs. The Studio Artists receive the same intense training as the Apprentices, but they participate in main stage productions by performing supporting roles and covering principal roles. With many roles needing covers each season and our extended performance schedule, Studio Artists are often called on to substitute for an indisposed principal artist, sometimes with little notice. The Studio Artists occasionally augment the Apprentice Artists in choruses for larger productions.

The Studio Artists are often Sarasota Opera's musical representatives outside the Opera House. Serving Sarasota and Manatee counties, they perform in various locations. These outreach initiatives take place in schools, retirement homes, community centers, and at guild meetings as well as other locations.

Studio Artists Program participants have often returned to Sarasota Opera as principal artists, and many have gone on to perform with major companies in the United States and internationally.

Fall 2019 Studio Artists

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Michelle Blauman

Mezzo-soprano
Wenatchee, Washington
Studio Artist
Giovanna Rigoletto
Sarasota Opera Debut

Alexander Charles Boyd

Alexander Charles Boyd

baritone
Purcellville, Virginia
Studio Artist
The Count of Monterone Rigoletto

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Caitlin Crabill
soprano
Kettering, Ohio
Studio Artist
The Countess Rigoletto

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Joshua Devane

Baritone
Waycross, Georgia
Studio Artist
Marullo Rigoletto

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Kathryn Domyan

Soprano
Allentown, Pennslvania
Studio Artist
Page to the Duchess Rigoletto

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Christopher Nazarian

Bass
Sydney, Australia 
Studio Artist
The Count Ceprano Rigoletto

Ganson Salmon

GANSON SALMON

tenor
Indianapolis, Indiana
Studio Artist

Samuel Schlievert

SAMUEL SCHLIEVERT

tenor
Genoa, Ohio
Studio Artist
Matteo Borsa Rigoletto