Opera Philadelphia

The Emerging Artists Program

Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artists Program returns for a third season

The Opera Philadelphia stage has a history as a welcoming environment where rising vocal talents are nurtured. Eric Owens, Ailyn Pérez, and Nathan Gunn are just some of the young singers who went on to great operatic careers following early exposure to the professional stage in Philadelphia. Last season, rising baritone Jarrett Ott received critical acclaim for both his supporting role as Marchese D’Obigny in Verdi’s La traviata and his star turn as W.P. Inman in the East Coast Premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain.

Jarrett’s superb performances came as part of his second season in Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artists Program, which returns in 2016-2017 with a crop of four burgeoning talents who will engage with Opera Philadelphia onstage, appearing in at least one production, while also singing in community recitals and special events throughout the 2016-2017 Season.

Johnathan McCullough
Johnathan McCulloughThe Mandarin in Turandot
Ashley Milanese*
Ashley Milanese*Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro
Thomas Shivone
Thomas ShivoneAntonio in The Marriage of Figaro
Anastasiia Sidorova*
Anastasiia Sidorova*Roggiero in Tancredi

Baritone Johnathan McCullough (underwritten by Judith Durkin Freyer and Charles C. Freyer) is a Los Angeles native who recently completed his graduate studies in the opera program at the Curtis Institute of Music. He’ll sing the role of The Mandarin in Turandot and will cover the role of Jan Nyman in Breaking the Waves.

Soprano Ashley Milanese (underwritten by Ms. Constance C. Moore) is a New Orleans native studying in the opera program at the Curtis Institute of Music, and has previously studied at The Juilliard School. She will sing Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro and will cover the role of Bess McNeil in Breaking the Waves.

Bass-baritone Thomas Shivone, (underwritten by Dr. Renée Rollin) a Fort Worth native, is familiar to Opera Philadelphia audiences from roles in the East Coast premieres of Silent Night and Oscar, and recent Curtis Opera Theatre co-presentations like Ariadne auf Naxos and Capriccio. Thomas will sing Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro.

Mezzo-soprano Anastasiia Sidorova (underwritten by Myron and Sheila S. Bassman) is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. She will sing Roggiero in Tancredi and will cover the role of Dodo McNeil in Breaking the Waves.

For information on underwriting one of these talented young singers, please contact Jennifer Dubin, Director of Individual Giving, at dubin@operaphila.org or 215.893.5944.

* Opera Philadelphia debut

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