Announcing the Members of OTSL's 2020 Young Artists Program

Opera Theatre is pleased to announce the members of its 2020 Gerdine Young Artist and Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Programs. These 35 singers were selected from 1,091 applications and a rigorous national audition tour that heard 488 singers in 7 different cities. 

Sopranos

 
Angel Azzarra
Gerdine Young Artist


Avery Boettcher
Gerdine Young Artist


Katerina Burton
Gerdine Young Artist


Bianca Orsi
Gerdine Young Artist


Lindsey Reynolds
Gerdine Young Artist


Sydney Baedke
Gerdine Young Artist


Susanne Burgess
Gerdine Young Artist


Shelen Hughes
Gerdine Young Artist


Murrella Parton
Gerdine Young Artist


Angel Riley
Gerdine Young Artist

Mezzo-sopranos


Annie Chester
Gaddes Festival Artist


Sophia Maekawa
Gerdine Young Artist


Meridian Prall
Gerdine Young Artist


​Jasmin White
Gerdine Young Artist


Olivia Cosio
Gerdine Young Artist


Myka Murphy
Gerdine Young Artist


Zaray Rodriguez
Gerdine Young Artist

 

Tenors


Taylor Comstock
Gerdine Young Artist


Jordan Loyd
Gerdine Young Artist


Dylan Morrongiello
Gerdine Young Artist


Moises Salazar
Gerdine Young Artist


Boris Van Druff
Gerdine Young Artist


Ryan Johnson
Gerdine Young Artist


Joseph McBrayer
Gerdine Young Artist


Elliott Paige
Gerdine Young Artist


Ganson Salmon
Gerdine Young Artist

Baritones


Clement Baloyi
Gerdine Young Artist


Kyle Miller
Gerdine Young Artist


Luke Sutliff
Gerdine Young Artist


Gregory Feldmann
Gaddes Festival Artist


Hayden Smith
Gerdine Young Artist


Bass-baritones


Christopher Humbert
Gerdine Young Artist


William Socolof
Gerdine Young Artist


Evan Lazdowski
Gerdine Young Artist


Tyler Zimmerman
Gerdine Young Artist

About the Gerdine Young Artist and Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Programs

Since its founding in 1976, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has built a reputation for identifying and promoting the nation’s most promising early-career singers. Opera Theatre’s celebrated young artist programs offer two unique opportunities for singers: The Gerdine Young Artist Program and The Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Program, which nurture the next generation of rising opera talent through invaluable professional experience. Made possible in part by the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation, these two programs span nine weeks during the festival season. During this time, artists receive extensive vocal coaching, participate in master classes led by renowned opera artists, appear in community events and concerts, and — most importantly — sing in both the ensemble and featured supporting roles.

Each year, as many as 1,200 singers apply to Opera Theatre’s young artist programs. This year, only 33 were selected for the Gerdine Young Artist Program, and just 2 were offered a spot in our Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Program, an honor reserved for truly exceptional young singers. 

In 2015, Opera Theatre added to this legacy with the first Center Stage concert: a now-annual event that puts the company’s young artists in the spotlight, accompanied onstage by the renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. This one-night-only event features concert performances of duets, trios, and ensemble pieces from opera’s most beloved classics and cherished rarities, sung in the original language by some of opera’s next superstars.

Many OTSL alumni go on to perform on the world’s most renowned stages, from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden to the Metropolitan Opera, and include names such as Jamie Barton, Lawrence Brownlee, Christine Goerke, Evan Leroy Johnson, Erin Morley, Paula Murrihy, Matthew Polenzani, Morris Robinson, Michael Spyres, Russell Thomas, Corinne Winters, and many more. In 2019, 4 of 5 winners in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions were current or former Gerdine Young Artists.