Sarasota Opera Announces 2022 Apprentice Artists


Sarasota Opera has announced the young artists who will be part of its 2022 Saratoga Opera Apprentice Artists program.

2022 entrants include sopranos Ariel Andrew, Tori Franklin, Jardena Gertler-Jaffe, Sara Kennedy, Ashlee Lamar, Abigail Raiford and Julia Wolcott; mezzo-sopranos Ashlyn Brown, SarahAnn Duffy, Kaylee Nichols, Victoria Thomasch and Zara Zemmels; tenors Pedro Valdez Espinoza, Nicholas Hudak, James Mancuso, Samuel Rosner, Joseph Sacchi and Gregory Sliskovich; Baritones and bass Jose Cuartas, Daniel Chiu, Johan Hartman, Samuel Rachmuth, Justin Ramm-Damron and John Siarris.

In addition to participating in the chorus of productions of “Tosca”, “La Fille du Régiment” and “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” throughout 2022, the apprentices will take part in masterclasses, language coaching, and will even take up leading roles on scene. They will also perform in concert.

Young artists will receive instruction from artists such as Lindsay Woodward, Chorus Leader and Apprentice Artist Program and Music Director, Martha Collins, Apprentice Program Director Stephanie Sundine, Apprentice Program Director artists, Marco Nisticò, baritone and artistic administrator, among others.

“We are all looking forward to working with our apprentices and introducing new artists to our community. Over the past few years, opera companies have had to fill the technical gaps left by academic training, and we are pleased to offer a program that can help do that,” said Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi. , who also founded the Apprentice program.


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