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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, Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, LA Opera

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 main-stage 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, 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, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Australian Opera.

(LEFT TO RIGHT: Baritone Museop Kim as Marullo in Rigoletto; soprano Janai Brugger as Barbarina and soprano Tracy Cox as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro; Valentina Fleer as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto. (Photos by Robert Millard))