Inaugurated in 2006, LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program helps highly gifted young musicians become the stars of tomorrow.

The program is a two- to three-year paid residency for singers and pianists who are transitioning from academic training to a professional career in opera. The artists work closely with superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, who serves as Artistic Advisor for the program, as well as Music Director James Conlon, renowned voice teacher Stephen King, members of the LA Opera music staff, and the company's prominent guest artists throughout each season.

To date, 19 former members of the program have made debuts at the Metropolitan Opera. Alumni have also made important debuts at La Scala, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and English National Opera, to name just a few. Many have also returned to LA Opera to sing leading roles.

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Front row: Nathan Bowles, Sujin Choi, Vinícius Costa, Julian Garvue
Top row: Yuntong Han, Kathleen O'Mara, Hyungjin Son, Gabrielle Turgeon

2024/25 Young Artists

Nathan Bowlestenor
Sujin Choipianist/coach
Vinícius Costa, bass-baritone
Julian Garvue, pianist/coach
Yuntong Han, tenor
Kathleen O'Mara, soprano
Hyungjin Son, baritone
Gabrielle Turgeon, soprano

Click here for a list of the program's alumni.

The Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program is generously underwritten by the Colburn Foundation, Eugene and Marilyn Stein, and Richard and Lenore Wayne. Special support for young artist stipends is graciously provided by The Lenore and Richard Wayne Young Artist Fellowship. Additional gifts from donors to the Young Artist Circle. The program was created with funding from the Flora L. Thornton Foundation. Additional support from Jerry and Terri Kohl.