EarRelevant Staff | 17 sEP 2020
On Tuesday morning The Atlanta Opera announced the addition of six new Studio Players to its roster of singers for this season. The half dozen young professional singers will apprentice and perform in the company’s 2020-21 Molly Blank Big Tent Series of operas.
Each of the Studio Players is an early career professional with significant stage experience, some with lead performances and major concert appearances on their resume. This ensemble builds on The Atlanta Opera’s commitment to provide opportunities for performers at all stages in their careers. The COVID crisis necessitated a modification of the company’s Studio Artists Program to one that is much more about learning through participation and apprenticeship, much in the model of the Santa Fe Opera.
“For opera singers to grow and reach their greatest potential, they must work and they must perform. The Studio Players creates those opportunities,” says Tomer Zvulun, general & artistic director of The Atlanta Opera. “At the same time, these singers give us greater flexibility to properly cast and perform our 2020-21 season.”
Sponsored in name this season by a gift from Beth and Gary Glynn, the Glynn Studio Players also receive significant support from the Donald and Marilyn Keough Foundation.
Like The Atlanta Opera’s dozen Company Players, the Glynn Studio Players have the status of employees and will receive salary and benefits from the company. They will also have the opportunity to work closely with and receive mentoring and coaching from the singers on the Company Players roster.