About to enter its 14th season, LA Opera's young artist program helps highly gifted young musicians to 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 guest artists.
Alumni of the program have made important debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, 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.
2019/20 Young Artists
Anthony Ciaramitaro, tenor
Sylvia D'Eramo, soprano
Gabriela Flores, mezzo-soprano
Alaysha Fox, soprano
Michael J. Hawk, baritone
Louis Lohraseb, conductor/pianist
Erica Petrocelli, soprano
Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano
Brendon Shapiro, pianist
Robert Stahley, tenor
Tiffany Townsend, soprano
Sarah Vautour, soprano
Click here for a list of the program's alumni.
LA Opera's young artist program is generously underwritten by the Colburn Foundation, Eugene and Marilyn Stein, and Richard and Lenore Wayne. The program was created with funding from the Flora L. Thornton Foundation.