Selected from a record-breaking 600 applications, ten new participants will enter LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in the coming season. Approximately 250 of the original applicants were selected to sing live semi-final auditions in Los Angeles and New York before a panel of LA Opera's music staff and artistic administration. From those auditions, 21 singers were invited to sing a final audition for General Director Plácido Domingo, who made the ultimate selection of the incoming participants.
Incoming Young Artists
Joining the program will be sopranos Vanessa Becerra, Summer Hassan and So Young Park; mezzo-soprano Lacey Jo Benter; tenors Frederick Ballentine, Rafael Moras and Brenton Ryan; bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee; as well as pianists Paul Jarski and Peter Walsh.
These incoming new artists have emerged from some of the finest training institutions in America and abroad, including Juilliard, the Music Academy of the West, the Wolf Trap Opera's Filene Young Artist program, the Manhattan School of Music, USC's Thornton School of Music, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Rice University, San Francisco Opera Center, Santa Fe Opera, and the New England Conservatory, among others.
They will join two returning members of the program: tenor Joshua Guerrero and baritone Kihun Yoon, making for the largest class of participants in the program since the 2008/09 season.