Meet the 2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artists

Sopranos: Leah Brzyski, Madeline Ehlinger, Christine Oh
Mezzo-Sopranos: Gabrielle Barkidjija, Jesse Mashburn, Virginia Reed
Tenors: Benjamin DaCosta-Kaufman, Dylan Davis, Zachary Goldman, George Milosh,  Aaren Rivard
Baritones: Corey Gaudreau, Joseph Mazzara, Erik Nordstrom, Garrett Obrycki, Christopher Stanfill
Bass-Baritones: Steele Fitzwater, Blake Jennings, James Resch, Andrew Simpson

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Gabrielle Barkidjija

Gabrielle Barkidjija

  • Mezzo-Soprano

    River Forest, IL

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Beatrice, Béatrice et Bénédict, Northwestern University; Mrs. Grose, The Turn of the Screw, Northwestern University; Zerlina, Don Giovanni, Northwestern University

Leah Brzyski

Leah Brzyski

  • Soprano

    Rochester Hills, MI

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Rossignol, Le Rossignol, Yale Opera; Dew Fairy, Hänsel und Gretel, Yale Opera; Königin der Nacht, Die Zauberflöte, Yale Opera

     

Benjamin DaCosta-Kaufman

Benjamin DaCosta-Kaufman

  • Tenor

    Richmond, VA

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist, 2018 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Bénedict, Béatrice et Bénédict, Northwestern University; Tom Rakewell, The Rake’s Progress, Northwestern University; Corydon, Acis and Galatea, Central City Opera

Dylan Davis

Dylan Davis

  • Tenor

    Marion, OH

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro, Ohio State University; Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw, Chicago Summer Opera; Governor/Vanderdendur, Candide, Ohio State University

Madeline Ehlinger

Madeline Ehlinger

  • Soprano

    Spring Green, WI

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Tatiana, Eugene Onegin, Yale Opera; Antonia, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Yale Opera; Poppea, L’incoronazione di Poppea, DePaul Opera

Steele Fitzwater

Steele Fitzwater

  • Bass-baritone

    Dawson, WV

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Achilla, Giulio Cesare, Indiana University Opera; Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, A Little Night Music, Miami University Opera; Bartolo, Le nozze di Figaro, Janiec Opera Company

Corey Gaudreau

Corey Gaudreau

  • Baritone

    Bristol, CT

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Prince Yamadori, Madama Butterfly, Shreveport Opera; Alvaro, Florencia en el Amazonas, Pensacola Opera; Grégorio, Roméo et Juliette, Pensacola Opera

Zach M. Goldman

Zach M. Goldman

  • Tenor

    Great Neck, NY

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Tom Rakewell, The Rake’s Progress, Mannes Opera; Roderick Usher, The Fall of the House of Usher, Mannes Opera; Rodolfo, La bohème, Mannes Opera

  • Contact:
  • Website
Blake Jennings

Blake Jennings

  • Bass-Baritone

    Longview, TX

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Pastor/Badger, The Cunning Little Vixen, Boston University; Crespel (cover); Luther, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Opera North; Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte, Boston Conservatory

     

  • Contact:
  • Website
Jesse Mashburn

Jesse Mashburn

  • Mezzo-Soprano

    Hartselle, AL

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Bradamante, Alcina, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival; Baba, The Medium, Oberlin Chamber Opera; Nicklausse, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Miami Summer Music Festival

Joseph Mazzara

Joseph Mazzara

  • Baritone

    Alexandria, VA

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Harry Easter/George Jones (cover), Street Scene, Virginia Opera;, Masetto (cover), Don Giovanni, Virginia Opera

George Milosh

George Milosh

  • Tenor

    Aliquippa, PA

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

    2018 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Tamino, The Magic Flute, West Virginia University; Acis, Acis and Galatea, Central City Opera; Nantucket Sailor, Moby Dick, Pittsburgh Opera

  • Contact:
  • Website
Erik Nordstrom

Erik Nordstrom

  • Baritone

    Saint Paul, MN

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Mass Celebrant, Lawrence University, 2019; Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni, Oberlin in Italy; Baritone, Hydrogen Jukebox, Lawrence University

Garrett Obrycki

Garrett Obrycki

  • Baritone

    Ham Lake, MN

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Sprecher, Die Zauberflöte, Sarasota Opera; Hamlet, Hamlet, Opera Ithaca; Atticus Finch’s Trainer, The Finch Opera, Opera Saratoga

  • Contact:
  • Website
Christine Oh

Christine Oh

  • Soprano

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro, New England Conservatory; Pamina, Die Zauberflöte, New England Conservatory; La bergère, L’enfant et les sortilèges, New England Conservatory

Virginia Reed

Virginia Reed

  • Mezzo-Soprano

    Albany, NY

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Tamerlano, Tamerlano, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Paquette, Candide, Brevard Music Center

James Resch

James Resch

  • Bass-Baritone

    Katy, TX

    Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

    Recently:

    Marquis de la Force, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Loyola Opera Theatre; Patsy McCall, Roscoe, Seagle Music Colony; Speaker, The Magic Flute, Meadows Opera Theatre

Aaren Rivard

Aaren Rivard

  • Tenor

    Portland, ME

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Basilio/Don Curzio, Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Colorado; Gastone, La traviata, Opera Colorado; Nemorino, L’elisir d’amore, Wichita State University

     

Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson

  • Bass-baritone

    Dallas, TX

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

    2014 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Zuniga, Carmen, Annapolis Opera; Colline,  La bohème, Fairfax Symphony; Antonio, Le nozze di Figaro, Palm Beach Opera

Christopher Stanfill

Christopher Stanfill

  • Baritone

    Festus, MO

  • Central City Opera:

    2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist

  • Recently:

    Solomon, Solomon and Balkis, Missouri Baptist University; Pirate King, Pirates of Penzance, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas, University of Missouri-St. Louis

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