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Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program

Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program

Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program

"LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program will help ensure the highest standards of performance not only at LA Opera, but at opera companies around the world." (Plácido Domingo)

Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program Personnel
Plácido Domingo
, Eli and Edythe Broad General Director
Christopher Koelsch
, President and CEO
Joshua Winograde, Senior Director, Artistic Planning
Stephen King, Head of Vocal Instruction
Nino Sanikidze, Head Coach
Jacob Shideler, Manager, Artistic Operations

Created and overseen by Plácido Domingo, the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program is a two- to three-year paid residency for singers and pianists of exceptional talent who are currently in transition from academic training to a professional career in opera. Inaugurated during the 2006/07 season, the program is designed to support the future of opera by discovering and developing the talents of exceptionally gifted young artists to become performers of potentially international stature. LA Opera uses its resources to provide extensive training for the young artists and also gives them the opportunity to further develop their skills in mainstage roles, as principal artists' covers, and in young artist concerts and productions.

The Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program's training component comprises individualized courses for each artist in the areas of musical coaching, voice lessons, language studies, acting and dance. The artists work with Mr. Domingo, James Conlon, renowned voice teacher Stephen King, members of the LA Opera music staff, and with guest coaches.

In addition to singing leading roles with LA Opera, alumni of the program have made important debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera, Frankfurt, Zurich, Theater an der Wien, and many other of the world’s important opera houses.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Tenor Joshua Guerrero as Count Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles; soprano Vanessa Becerra as Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro; baritone Kihun Yoon covering the role of Athanael in Thais; soprano Summer Hassan as the Second Lady in Dido and Aeneas; tenor Frederick Ballentine as the Sergeant in The Barber of Seville. (Photos by Craig T. Mathew and Robert Millard)

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Frederick Ballentine Tenor
Vanessa Becerra Soprano
Lacey Jo Benter Mezzo-Soprano
Nicholas Brownlee Bass-Baritone
Abigail Levis  Mezzo-Soprano 
Summer Hassan Soprano
Paul Jarski Assistant Conductor
Rafael Moras Tenor
So Young Park Soprano
Brenton Ryan Tenor
Peter Walsh Assistant Conductor
Kihun Yoon Baritone

LEFT TO RIGHT: Tenor Joshua Guerrero as Count Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles; soprano Vanessa Becerra as Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro; baritone Kihun Yoon covering the role of Athanael in Thais; soprano Summer Hassan as the Second Lady in Dido and Aeneas; tenor Frederick Ballentine as the Sergeant in The Barber of Seville. (Photos by Craig T. Mathew and Robert Millard)

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Past participants in LA Opera's Young Artist Program

2014/15 Season
Frederick Ballentine, tenor
Vanessa Becerra, soprano
Lacey Jo Benter, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Summer Hassan, soprano
Paul Jarski, assistant conductor
Rafael Moras, tenor
So Young Park, soprano
Brenton Ryan, tenor
Peter Walsh, assistant conductor
Kihun Yoon, baritone

2013/14 Season
Christopher Allen, assistant conductor
Valentin Anikin, bass
Hae Ji Chang, soprano
Vladimir Dmitruk, tenor
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
D'Ana Lombard, soprano
Rebecca Nathanson, soprano
Cassandra Zoé Velasco, mezzo-soprano
Amanda Woodbury, soprano
Kihun Yoon, baritone

2012/13 Season
Christopher Allen, assistant conductor
Ben Bliss, tenor
Hae Ji Chang, soprano
Tracy Cox, soprano
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
D'Ana Lombard, soprano
Rebecca Nathanson, soprano
Hunter Phillips, baritone
Amanda Woodbury, soprano

2011/12 Season
Erik Anstine, bass
Ben Bliss, tenor
Janai Brugger, soprano
Tracy Cox, soprano
Valentina Fleer, soprano
Museop Kim, baritone
Benedetta Mazzucatto, mezzo-soprano
Renee Rapier, mezzo-soprano
Alexey Sayapin, tenor

2010/11 Season

Matthew Anchel, bass
Janai Brugger, soprano
Tracy Cox, soprano
Valentina Fleer, soprano
Carin Gilfry, mezzo-soprano
Museop Kim, baritone
Alexey Sayapin, tenor
Douglas Sumi, coach/accompanist
Yohan Yi, bass-baritone

2009/10 Season
Angel Blue, soprano
Erica Brookhyser, mezzo-soprano
Hak Soo Kim, tenor
Matthew Lobaugh, coach/accompanist
Ronnita Nicole Miller, mezzo-soprano
José Adán Pérez, baritone
Douglas Sumi, coach/accompanist
Valerie Vinzant, soprano
Danielle Walker, soprano
Erika Wueschner, soprano
Yohan Yi, bass-baritone

2008/09 Season
Maria Alejandres, soprano
Daniel Armstrong, baritone
Angel Blue, soprano
Erica Brookhyser, mezzo-soprano
Hak Soo Kim, tenor
Matthew Lobaugh, coach/accompanist
Ronnita Nicole Miller, mezzo-soprano
José Adán Pérez, baritone
Douglas Sumi, coach/accompanist
Diego Torre, tenor
Valerie Vinzant, soprano
Danielle Walker, soprano

2007/08 Season
Anna Alkhimova, soprano
Daniel Armstrong, baritone
Angel Blue, soprano
Natasha Flores, mezzo-soprano
Rena Harms, soprano
Yulia Levin, coach/accompanist
David Lomelì, tenor
José Adán Pérez, baritone
Diego Torre, tenor
Karen Vuong, soprano

2006/07 Season
Kazem Abdullah, conductor
Anna Alkhimova, soprano
Daniel Armstrong, baritone
Angel Blue, soprano
Brian Calì, baritone
Natasha Flores, mezzo-soprano
Rena Harms, soprano
Jesus Leon, tenor
Yulia Levin, coach/accompanist
David Lomelì, tenor
Benjamin von Atrops, bass
Karen Vuong, soprano

LEFT TO RIGHT: Tenor Joshua Guerrero as Count Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles; soprano Vanessa Becerra as Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro; baritone Kihun Yoon covering the role of Athanael in Thais; soprano Summer Hassan as the Second Lady in Dido and Aeneas; tenor Frederick Ballentine as the Sergeant in The Barber of Seville. (Photos by Craig T. Mathew and Robert Millard)

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