The Opera Memphis Handorf Company Artist Program has announced three new entrants for this upcoming season.
Performers include soprano Keely Futterer, tenor Sergio F. Mandujano and pianist/coach Arthur Bosarge. The three artists will join Opera Memphis for the remainder of the winter and spring season. Futterer and Mandujano will appear in “Pygmalion 2.0” and “Così fan tutte”.
Futterer has performed in Italy, China and the United States. She performed “The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing” at the American Lyric Theater and is set to make her Memphis operatic debut with “The Companion.” Mandujano will also make his operatic debut in Memphis with “The Companion” and has performed at the Seagle Festival. Bosarge has collaborated with organizations such as Opera Birmingham, Mountain Rep Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Kentucky Opera, Virginia Opera and Opera North.
“Opera is a collaborative art form,” Cris Frisco, director of the Handorf Society’s artist program, said in an official statement. “One of the things we can contribute to the industry is to develop the next generation of collaborative musicians. While there is a more easily identifiable career for vocalists, young musicians are often left to cobble together independent careers. I thinks it’s important to offer up-and-coming musicians the opportunity to come and work in a community and develop their skills within the organization.