Meet the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program is a national model for the professional development of young singers. Created by Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty in 1978, the rigorous 10-week program integrates daily opera training in diction, movement, stage combat, acting, stage technique, individual coaching and role study; and sessions in career management with rehearsals and opera performance opportunities in the summer’s main stage and additional festival productions.

The Apprentice Artist Program is a career-entry program with positions available for approximately 15 singers who have obtained or are pursuing graduate degrees, have some performing experience in school or professional productions, and are ready for secondary roles and to understudy featured and principal roles in main stage productions.

The Studio Artist Program is intended for singers who demonstrate outstanding potential and who are seeking pre-apprentice experience. Positions are available for approximately 15 singers who are pursuing their education, have some performing experience in school productions, are ready for ensemble and chorus work and, in some instances, to understudy secondary and featured roles in professional productions and scene study culminating in public performances.

2022 Apprentice and Studio Artists

AllApprentice ArtistsStudio Artists

Matteo Adams

Kameron Alston

Sarah Rachel Bacani

Gabrielle Barkidjija

Emily Blair

Zachary Bryant

Hannah Gisela Carroll

Nathaniel Catasca

Regina Ceragioli

Jenna Clark

Sarah Kathryn Curtis

Melanie Dubil

Jacob De Sett

Isaiah Feken

Catherine Goode

Alexander Kapp

JW Keckley

Justin Kroll

Timothy Lupia

Samson McCrady

Tessa McQueen

Francesca Mehrotra

Sarah Neal

Jacob O’Shea

Andrew Payne

Samuel Rachmuth

Abigail Raiford

Stephanie Shelden

Nathan Schafer

Sean Stanton

Matteo Adams

Hometown: Beaumont, Texas

Recently: Orpheus, Orpheus in the Underworld, NYU Steinhardt; Spalenzani, Les contes d’Hoffman, Hudson River Opera; Giussepe, La Traviata, Lighthouse Opera

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Tenor

Kameron Alston

Hometown: Arlington, TX

Recently: Carlo, Linda di Chamounix, AJ Fletcher Opera Institute; Count Barigoule, Cinderella, Piedmont Opera; Torquemada, L’heure espagnole, AJ Fletcher Opera Institute

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Tenor

Sarah Rachel Bacani

Hometown: Toms River, NJ

Recently: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, Jacobs School of Music; Adina, L’elisir d’amore, Jacobs School of Music; Pamina, Die Zauberflöte, Indiana University Opera Theater

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Mariola:Two Remain (2022)

Gabrielle Barkidjija

Hometown: River Forest, IL

Recently: Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte, Boston University Opera Institute; Brittomara, If I were you, Boston University Opera Institute; Ada Lovelace, The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace, Boston University Opera Institute

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Zosia, Wala:Two Remain (2022)

Emily Blair

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL

Recently: Tatiana (Cover), Eugene Onegin, Palm Beach Opera; Liù (Cover), Turandot, Palm Beach Opera; Sandman, Hansel and Gretel, Palm Beach Opera

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Zachary Bryant

Hometown: Houston, TX

Recently: Fiorello, The Barber of Seville, OperaDelaware & Baltimore Concert Opera; Mr. Gobineau (cover), The Medium, Baltimore Concert Opera; Manfred Lewin, For a Look or a Touch, University of Maryland

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Baritone

Hannah Gisela Carroll

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Recently: Hansel, Hansel and Gretel, Opera for the Young; Prince Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, Janiec Opera Company; Margaret Johnson, The Light in the Piazza, Eastman Opera Theatre

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Nathaniel Catasca

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Recently: Javier Moreno, Luisa Fernanda, Florentine Opera Company; Matteo Borsa, Rigoletto, Florentine Opera Company; Charlie, Little Mahagonny, Florentine Opera Company

Dr. Blind:Die Fledermaus (2022)

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Tenor

Regina Ceragioli

Hometown: Flossmoor, IL

Recently: Leila (cover), Les pêcheurs de Perles, Santa Fe Opera; Rusalka (scene), Rusalka, Santa Fe Opera; Offstage Voice, Jenufa, Santa Fe Opera

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Maid:The Light in the Piazza (2022)

Jenna Clark

Hometown: Denver, CO

Recently: L’enfant, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Boulder Opera Company; Armelinde, Cendrillon (Viardot), Loveland Opera Theater; Annio, La Clemenza di Tito, Opera Steamboat Artist Institute

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Maid:The Light in the Piazza (2022)

Sarah Kathryn Curtis

Hometown: Lawrence, KS

Recently: Little Buttercup, H.M.S. Pinafore, University of Kansas Theatre; Zita, Gianni Schicchi, University of Kansas Opera; Soloist, Snow Angel (world premiere), University of Kansas Opera

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Melanie Dubil

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Recently: Lapák/Mrs. Paskova, The Cunning Little Vixen, Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program; Anna I, Seven Deadly Sins, Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program; Mrs. Nolan, The Medium, Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Edka:Two Remain (2022)

Jacob De Sett

Hometown: Leawood, Kansas

Recently: Figaro (cover)/Antonio, Le nozze di Figaro, William Jewell College; Mercutio, Roméo et Juliette, Lawrence Opera Theatre; Hannah before, As One, The University of Kansas, Lied Center

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Baritone

Isaiah Feken

Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Recently: Papageno (Cover), Die Zauberflote, Des Moines Metropolitan Opera; First Sargent, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Colorado; Il Conte, Le nozze di Figaro, Voci nel Montfeltro Festival

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Baritone

Giuseppe Naccarelli:The Light in the Piazza (2022)

Catherine Goode

Hometown: Friendswood, TX

Recently: Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro, Virginia Opera; Amore, Orfeo ed Euridice, Kentucky Opera; Woglinde, Das Rheingold, Virginia Opera

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Krysia:Two Remain (2022)

Alexander Kapp

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Recently: Ottone, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Indiana University Opera Theater; Ford, Falstaff, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Opera Workshop

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Baritone

JW Keckley

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Recently: Ferrando, Così fan tutte, UMKC Opera Theater; Acis, Acis and Galatea, UMKC Opera Theater; Tamino, Die Zauberflöte, CIM Opera Theater

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Tenor

Justin Kroll

Hometown: Waco, TX

Recently: Beadle Bamford, Sweeney Todd, University of Wisconsin-Madison Opera; Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madison Opera; Marc Blitzstein, I Wish It So: A Marc Blitzstein Pastiche Opera, University of Wisconsin-Madison Opera

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Tenor

Priest:The Light in the Piazza (2022)

Timothy Lupia

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA

Recently: Mark Twain, Harmony, Seagle Festival; Dallas, Service Provider, Westminster Opera Theatre; Tamino, Die Zauberflöte, Westminster Opera Theatre

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Tenor

Samson McCrady

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Recently: Giorgio Germont, La traviata, South Bend Lyric Opera; Papageno, Die Zauberflöte, Washington National Opera; Pa Zegner, Proving Up, Aspen Music Festival

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Baritone

Tessa McQueen

Hometown: Loveland, CO

Recently: Sharon Graham, Masterclass, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma; Jack’s Mother/Giant’s Wife, Jack and The Beanstalk, Opera Saratoga; Cendrillon, Cendrillon, Oklahoma City University

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Kystyna Zywulska:Two Remain (2022)

Francesca Mehrotra

Hometown: Ashburn, VA

Recently: Atalanta, Serse, Opera NEO; Mukhtar Mai, Thumbprint, Boston Conservatory; Norina, Don Pasquale, Boston Conservatory

Ida:Die Fledermaus (2022)

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Sarah Neal

Hometown: Sound Bend, IN

Recently: Mezzo-Soprano Soloist, Ich habe genug (BWV 82), Ars Lyrica Houston; Nancy, Albert Herring, University of Houston; Angelina, La Cenerentola, University of Houston

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Jacob O’Shea

Hometown: Clifton Park, New York

Recently: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, Boston University Opera Institute; Paul, If I Were You, Boston University Opera Institute; Sodbuster, Proving Up, Boston University Opera Institute

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Andrew Payne

Hometown: Waynesboro, PA

Recently: Marchese d’Obigny, La traviata, Toledo Opera; Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, Toledo Opera Resident Artist Ensemble; Frank, Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University Opera Theater

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Baritone

Tour Guide:The Light in the Piazza (2022)

Samuel Rachmuth

Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY

Recently: Jailer, Tosca, Sarasota Opera; Figaro, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mannes Opera Theater; Simone, Gianni Schicchi, Brevard Music Center

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Abigail Raiford

Hometown: Queens, NY

Recently: Olympia, Pinocchio, St. Petersburg Opera; Despina (Cover), Cosi fan tutte, St. Petersburg Opera; Belinda (Cover)/Second Witch, Dido and Aeneas, Sarasota Opera

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Stephanie Shelden

Hometown: Wichita, KS

Recently: Alto soloist, Stabat Mater - Pergolesi, WFSU TV; Third Lady, Die Zauberflöte, FSU Opera; Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro, WSU Opera Theater

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Nathan Schafer

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Recently: Hooker (cover), Emmeline, Tulsa Opera; Pirelli, Sweeney Todd, Theatre Denton; Pinkerton, Madama Butterfly, University of North Texas

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Tenor

Sean Stanton

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Recently: Germano, La scala di seta, Opera Southwest; Count Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro, Opera Steamboat; Papageno, The Magic Flute, Opera North

Manfred:Two Remain (2022)

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Baritone

View all of the past members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program here.

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