LA Opera Announces Members of Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program for 2022/23 Season

LA Opera has announced the seven performers who will join the company this fall as new members of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program for the 2022/23 season.

Five of them are singers: mezzo-soprano Deepa Johnny, mezzo-soprano Madeleine Lyon, mezzo-soprano Sarah Saturnino, bass-baritone Alan Williams and baritone Ryan Wolfe. These artists were chosen from nearly 700 applicants, 300 live auditions and ultimately 25 final applicants. Finalists auditioned in April in Los Angeles for a panel that included Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco President and CEO Christopher Koelsch; Susan Graham, program artistic advisor; Joshua Winograde, Senior Director of Arts Programs; Stephen King, program vocal instruction manager; Nino Sanikidze, program head coach; and Russell Thomas, the company’s artist in residence.

Also joining the program will be two pianists/coaches, Manuel Arellano and Lucas Nogara, chosen by special auditions for James Conlon, the company’s musical director Richard Seaver.

Three current members of the program will return for the 2022/23 season: soprano Alaysha Fox, soprano Tiffany Townsend and pianist/coach Nicholas Roehler.

“Our young artists represent the future of opera, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome these extraordinarily talented young performers into our family,” said Christopher Koelsch. “The Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program has earned a reputation as one of opera’s premier training grounds and I look forward to introducing it to our audiences in the coming season.”

Members of the program will be featured in LA Opera’s main stage productions and other performances throughout the season.

Meet the young artists 2022/23

Pianist/coach Manuel Arellano has worked across the United States as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach and musical director and has performed in concert throughout Europe, Cuba, New Zealand and Australia. He earned a master’s degree in collaborative piano with Martin Katz and a doctorate in opera coaching from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a full-time vocal coach at El Camino College and has coached at the Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Opera Theater.

Soprano Alaysha Fox joined the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in 2019. She made her stage debut in May as High Priestess of Aida, following previous appearances in The Death of Orpheus, The Lover anonymous and The Three Women of Jerusalem. She recently interpreted Giorgetta in Il Tabarro with Opera Santa Barbara, a bridesmaid in The Marriage of Figaro with Santa Fe Opera and Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen with the LA Philharmonic.

Canadian mezzo-soprano Deepa Johnny, born in Muscat, Oman, is a recent graduate of Indiana University. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at Renée Fleming’s SongStudio in January, then performed Suzuki in Act III of Madama Butterfly with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. This summer, she will play Meg Page in Falstaff with the Aspen Music Festival, opposite Bryn Terfel in the title role.

Mezzo-soprano Madeleine Lyon earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where her roles included Zerlina in Don Giovanni, the title role in a film production of The Child and the spells by Ravel and Taller Zegner in Proving by Missy Mazzoli. At the top. His solo work in oratorio and in concert includes interpretations of Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and excerpts from Verdi’s Requiem.

Pianist/coach Lucas Nogar, originally from São Paulo, Brazil, is a recent graduate of Indiana University, with a Masters in Music and a Diploma in Collaborative Piano Performance. He has collaborated with IU Opera Theatre, Carol Vaness’s Opera Workshop, the São Paulo Opera Company, the Tel Aviv Summer Opera Festival and the Montreal International Musical Competition, and he was a member of the prestigious Ravinia Steans Music Institute.

Pianist/coach Nicholas Roehler joined the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in 2020. He helped prepare for the Oedipus Rex concert in 2021 and all major productions for the 2021/22 season. He was pianist and coach for the world premiere of If I Were You by Jake Heggie with Merola Opera Program, The Marriage of Figaro with Opera in the Ozarks and University of Michigan Opera, Candide with University of Michigan, Rigoletto with Berkshire Opera Festival, and Il Tabarro with Bronx Opera.

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Saturnino recently performed Maddalena in Rigoletto with Opera San Antonio, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro and Carmen in The Tragedy of Carmen with Shreveport Opera, and Vera Boronel in The Consul with Baltimore Concert Opera. She received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her master’s degree from Yale University School of Music. She was an apprentice artist at Santa Fe Opera, resident artist at Shreveport Opera and young artist at Chautauqua Opera.

Soprano Tiffany Townsend joined the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in 2019. She made her stage debut this season as Ines in Il Trovatore, after performing the lead role of Léontine in an online production of The Anonymous Lover. This year she was the guest soloist in George Walker’s Lilacs with Opera Philadelphia, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the National Orchestral Institute + Festival. This summer, she will be Filene Artist with Wolf Trap Opera.

Bass-baritone Alan Williams recently earned his specialist and master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Michigan. He has given concerts with the Detroit Opera and performed works by Harry T. Burleigh at the Oxford Lieder Festival in England. This summer, he will join Des Moines Metro Opera’s apprenticeship program, appearing as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and covering the role of the lawyer in Porgy and Bess.

Baritone Ryan Wolfe recently performed the Count in The Marriage of Figaro and three roles in Galileo Galilei by Phillip Glass at the University of Cincinnati – CCM, where he received his master’s degree and is preparing for his artist degree. He performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in L’enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel. This year he reprized Papageno in The Magic Flute at Des Moines Metro Opera, where he was an apprentice artist, and was a soloist in Carmina Burana with the Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra.

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