Opera Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artists Program

The Opera Philadelphia stage has a history as a welcoming environment where rising vocal talents are nurtured. Eric Owens, Stephanie Blythe, and Denyce Graves are just some of the young singers who went on to great operatic careers following early exposure to the professional stage in Philadelphia. 

For information on how to support the Emerging Artist Program, contact Rebecca Ackerman, Senior Director of Development, at ackerman@operaphila.org or 215.893.5904.

If you are an artist and interested in the Emerging Artist Program, please contact Michael EberhardDirector of Casting and Artistic Administration, at eberhard@operaphila.org


2022 - 2023 Emerging Artists


Second-year emerging artists Kara Goodrich (La bohème) and Ethan Vincent (Carmina Burana & Credo) join first-year emerging artists Melissa Joseph (La bohème), Sun-Ly Pierce (Otello), and Christian Pursell (Otelloto form the class of 2022 - 2023.

Kara Goodrich, soprano
Kara Goodrich, sopranoUnderwritten by Charlotte Watts
Sun-Ly Pierce, mezzo-soprano
Sun-Ly Pierce, mezzo-sopranoUnderwritten, in part, by Kathleen and Nicholas Weir
Christian Pursell, bass-baritone
Christian Pursell, bass-baritoneUnderwritten by Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Wechsler
Ethan Vincent, baritone
Ethan Vincent, baritoneUnderwritten, in part, by Karen A. Zurlo, Ph.D. and Philip Levin, Esq.

Emerging Artist Program Alumni