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"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)