EarRelevant Staff | 16 JUL 2019
ATLANTA, GA– Today, the Atlanta Opera announced the six members of its 2019-20 Atlanta Opera Studio, the fourth year of this growing and successful program. The Studio has two returning artists and four new artists, selected from more than 400 applicants and nearly 150 live auditions.
The four first-year Atlanta Opera Studio artists: are soprano Jouelle Roberson from Washington, DC; bass Isaac Kim, Seoul, South Korea; pianist and vocal voach Álvaro Corral Matute from Jerez de la Fontera, Spain; and stage director Ellen Jackson from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The two returning artists are mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Sarian, from Long Island, New York, and baritone Jonathan Bryan from Dallas, Texas.
The Atlanta Opera Studio provides talented emerging artists with valuable performance experience working alongside internationally acclaimed operatic professionals. As in previous years, the artists will participate in masterclasses and specialized instruction, enhancing and deepening their professional education through coaching in language, stage skills, and career development.
This season, artists in the Studio will appear in featured and supporting roles in the four mainstage series productions, La Cenerentola, Porgy and Bess, Madama Butterfly, and Salome. They will also appear in Frida, the season opening opera of the Discoveries series and the Atlanta Opera’s first full production at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. The Studio artists will also perform in various community events and concerts throughout the season.
Since its inception, the Atlanta Opera Studio has helped launch the careers of multiple young artists.
“We are so pleased with the growth of this program and the quality of young singers we are attracting to The Atlanta Opera,” Tomer Zvulun, the company’s general and artistic director, was quoted saying in the press release. “It is important to us to give these artists experience on our main stage, provide them with the best coaching, and send them out into the industry as the best singers they can be. I think the success of our alumni speaks to the success of our Studio artist program.” ■