JUNE 25, 2014
Arizona Opera Announces Roster for 2014-15 Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio
7 Artists Selected From Nearly 700 Applicants
PHOENIX – Arizona Opera General Director Ryan Taylor has announced the Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artists for the 2014-15 season. Studio Artists are in residence all season to perform and cover roles in Arizona Opera's mainstage productions, receive regular coaching and training, and appear in concert throughout the state. Under the direction of Allen Perriello, this residency program serves to bridge the gap between the artists' academic studies and a professional career.
2014-15 Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio Artists
Andrea Shokery, soprano - 2nd Year Studio Artist
From Gahanna, OH
Andrea Shokery returns to sing the Saturday night Phoenix performances of Gilda in Rigoletto and Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment, as well as all performances of First Lady in The Magic Flute.
Sarah Tucker, soprano - 1st Year Studio Artist
From Houston, TX
Sarah Tucker was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is currently a Young Artist at the Crested Butte Summer Music Festival performing in Rigoletto and Suor Angelica. Sarah will sing the role of Pamina in The Magic Flute and Countess Ceprano and the Page in Rigoletto.
Beth Lytwynec, mezzo-soprano - 2nd Year Studio Artist
From Ilion, NY
Beth Lytwynec is currently a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, performing in Ariadne auf Naxos and Carousel. She returns to sing Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga in Eugene Onegin, and Second Lady in The Magic Flute
Andrew Penning, tenor - 1st Year Studio Artist
From St. Paul, MN
Andrew Penning is currently a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival performing in Ariadne auf Naxos and Carousel. He will sing the roles of Matteo Borsa in Rigoletto, Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin, and First Armored Man/Second Priest in The Magic Flute. Andrew will be the tenor soloist for the Tucson Symphony's performances of Handel's Messiah in December.
Chris Carr, baritone - 2nd Year Studio Artist
From Quasqueton, IA
Chris Carr is currently a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival performing in Carousel and Madama Butterfly. This February, Mr. Carr was announced as the recipient of the 2014 Igor Gorin Memorial Award. He returns to sing the Saturday night Phoenix performance of Eugene Onegin, as well as Marullo in Rigoletto, Second Priest in The Magic Flute, and Corporal in The Daughter of the Regiment.
Calvin Griffin, bass-baritone - 2nd Year Studio Artist
From Columbus, OH
Calvin Griffin is currently an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera performing in Don Pasquale. He returns to sing Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Speaker and Second Armored Man in The Magic Flute, and Hortensius in The Daughter of the Regiment. Calvin will be the bass soloist for the Tucson Symphony's performances of Handel's Messiah in December.
Sara Chiesa, pianist/coach - 1st Year Studio Artist
From Clinton Twp, MI
Sara Chiesa is currently an Apprentice Artist at Opera Saratoga
Sara will work on the music staff for productions of Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, The Magic Flute, and The Daughter of the Regiment.
For more information on the Arizona Opera Studio Artist program, please visit. www.azopera.org/about/studio-artists
Season ticket packages for the Arizona Opera 2014-15 Season are currently on sale at www.azopera.org.
About Arizona Opera
Arizona Opera, now in its 44th season, is our state's only professional opera company that produces fully-staged opera performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, educational and outreach programs that reach over 70,000 school-children and adults annually. Since its inception, Arizona Opera has produced over 180 fully-staged operas and concerts. The company's artistic history is rich with a blend of opera's traditional repertoire featuring baroque, bel canto, and verismo works, turn-of-the-century masterpieces, operettas, and American operas. Arizona Opera has also presented Wagner's complete Ring Cycle twice, a feat that has been accomplished in North America by only five other companies. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city.