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.

AllApprentice ArtistsStudio Artists

Aryssa Leigh Burrs

Dylan Davis

Madeline Ehlinger

Dylan Elza

Carla Vargas Fuster

Corey Gaudreau

Robert Hartfield

Kevin Thomas Harvey

Katherine Holobinko

Phillip Lopez

Ryan Lustgarten

Eric J. McConnell

Bernardo Medeiros

Michelle Monroe

Kaylee Nichols

Erik Nordstrom

Matthew Payne

James Resch

Madison Rice

Laura Corina Sanders

Andrew Simpson

Pascale Spinney

Sable Strout

Marin Tack

Aryssa Leigh Burrs

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Recently: Zerlina, Don Giovanni, Opera Columbus; Prince Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Captain, Dog Days, Northwestern University

2021:Studio Artist

Ensemble:Carousel (2021)

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Dylan Davis

Hometown: Marion, OH

Recently: Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro, Ohio State University; St. Brioche, The Merry Widow, Opera Project Columbus; Peter Quinn, The Turn of the Screw, Chicago Summer Opera

Past Studio Artist 

2021:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Tenor

Madeline Ehlinger

Hometown: Spring Green, WI

Recently: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, Pittsburgh Opera; Florencia, Florencia en el Amazonas, Yale Opera; Tatyana, Eugene Onegin, Yale Opera

Past Studio Artist

2021:Apprentice Artist

A Page of the Duchess:Rigoletto (2021)

First Witch:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Soprano

Dylan Elza

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Recently: Messenger, Aida, Virginia Opera; Mr. Xoloti/Eduardo Jr., Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, Florida Grand Opera; Thug #1, Il Postino, Virginia Opera

2021:Studio Artist

Policeman/Enoch Snow, Jr./Ensemble:Carousel (2021)

Voice type:Tenor

Carla Vargas Fuster

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Recently: Rosalinde, Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Anne Trulove, The Rake’s Progress, Northwestern University; Pamina, Die Zauberflöte, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music

2021:Apprentice Artist

Second Witch:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Soprano

Corey Gaudreau

Hometown: Bristol, CT

Recently: Masetto, Don Giovanni, Pensacola Opera; Commissioner/Yamadori, Madama Butterfly, Shreveport Opera; Álvaro, Florencia en el Amazonas, Pensacola Opera

Past Studio Artist

2021:Apprentice Artist

Aeneas:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Baritone

Robert Hartfield

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Recently: Nadir, Les pêcheurs de perles, University of Oklahoma; Belmonte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Opera in the Ozarks; Wilhelm, A Gift of Song, Cimarron Opera

2021:Studio Artist

Voice type:Tenor

Kevin Thomas Harvey

Hometown: Bethel Park, PA

Recently: Parpignol, La bohème, Sarasota Opera; Le Doyen/Le Prince Charmant (cover), Cendrillon, Opera Company of Middlebury; Lieutenant Cable, South Pacific, Jefferson Performing Arts Society

2021:Apprentice Artist

Sailor:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Tenor

Katherine Holobinko

Hometown: Avon, CT

Recently: Meg, Little Women, Indiana University; Annina, La traviata, Indiana University; Belinda, Dido and Aeneas, Peabody Opera Theatre

2021:Studio Artist

Young Miss Snow/Ensemble:Carousel (2021)

Voice type:Soprano

Phillip Lopez

Hometown: Avon, IL

Recently: Masetto, Don Giovanni, Wichita Grand Opera; Nick Shadow (scene), The Rake’s Progress, Yale Opera; Don Alfonso (cover), Così fan tutte, Opera NexGen

2021:Studio Artist

Count Monterone:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Ryan Lustgarten

Hometown: Kirkland, WA

Recently: Henry Crawford, Mansfield Park, Boston University; Alfred, Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Pat, Dog Days, Northwestern University

2021:Apprentice Artist

Borsa:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Tenor

Eric J. McConnell

Hometown: Thornton, CO

Recently: Sam, Trouble in Tahiti, Virginia Opera; Bartolo, Il barbiere di Siviglia (student matinee), Opera Colorado; The Sodbuster, Proving Up, Aspen Music Festival

Past Apprentice & Studio Artist

2021:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Bernardo Medeiros

Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Recently: Count Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro, Moores Opera Center; Baritone Soloist, Carmina Burana, University of Houston Symphony Orchestra; Dottore Malatesta, Don Pasquale, North Shore Music Festival

2021:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Baritone

Michelle Monroe

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Recently:   La madre, Madama Butterfly, Cedar Rapids Opera; A Narrator, The Blessed Damozel, Central City Opera; Witch, Hansel and Gretel, University of Northern Iowa

Past Apprentice Artist 

2021:Apprentice Artist

Maddalena:Rigoletto (2021)

Woman:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Kaylee Nichols

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Recently: Maddalena/Giovanna, Rigoletto, Nashville Opera; Mrs. Grose, The Turn of the Screw, Nashville Opera; Mother, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Nashville Opera

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Erik Nordstrom

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

Recently: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro, Lawrence University; Celebrant, Mass, Lawrence University; Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni, Oberlin in Italy

Past Studio Artist

2021:Apprentice Artist

Marullo:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Baritone

Matthew Payne

Hometown: Skaneateles, NY

Recently: Roberto (cover), La finta giardiniera, Maryland Opera Studio; Baritone Fellow, Tanglewood Music Center, 2019; Billy Bigelow, Carousel, Skaneateles Festival

2021:Studio Artist

Voice type:Baritone

James Resch

Hometown: Katy, TX

Recently: Dino di Vino, Strega Nona, Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go!; Marquis de la Force, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Loyola University; Patsy McCall, Roscoe, Seagle Music Colony

Past Studio Artist

2021:Studio Artist

Captain/Heavenly Friend/Ensemble:Carousel (2021)

An Official:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Madison Rice

Hometown: Houston, TX

Recently: Prince Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Dinah, Trouble in Tahiti, Northwestern University; Mother Goose, The Rake’s Progress, Northwestern University

2021:Studio Artist

Spirit:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Laura Corina Sanders

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Recently: Gilda, Rigoletto, Shreveport Opera; Camila, Pepito, Shreveport Opera; The Foreign Woman, The Consul, Baltimore Concert Opera

2021:Apprentice Artist

Belinda:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Soprano

Andrew Simpson

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Recently: Sam, Trouble in Tahiti, Florida Grand Opera; First Soldier, Salome, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Angelotti, Tosca, Virginia Opera

Past Studio Artist

2021:Apprentice Artist

Count Ceprano:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Pascale Spinney

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Recently: Léonore, La favorite, Academy of Vocal Arts; Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro, Academy of Vocal Arts; Mercédès, Carmen, Opéra de Montréal

2021:Apprentice Artist

Dido:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Sable Strout

Hometown: Richmond, ME

Recently: Zerlina, Don Giovanni, Wichita Grand Opera; Josephine, The Story of an Hour, Gramercy Opera; Ado Annie, Oklahoma!, Opera on the James

2021:Apprentice Artist

Giovanna:Rigoletto (2021)

Sorceress:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Marin Tack

Hometown: Traverse City, MI

Recently: Lisa, Dog Days, Northwestern University; Héro, Béatrice et Bénédict, Northwestern University; Miss Jessel, The Turn of the Screw, Northwestern University

2021:Studio Artist

Louise:Carousel (2021)

Voice type:Soprano

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

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