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

Dylan Davis

Madeline Ehlinger

Corey Gaudreau

Zach M. Goldman

Kevin Thomas Harvey

Rebekah Howell

Eric J. McConnell

Bernardo Medeiros

Michelle Monroe

Erik Nordstrom

Laura Corina Sanders

Andrew Simpson

Pascale Spinney

Sable Strout

Polixeni (Xeni) Tziouvaras

Carla Vargas Fuster

Aryssa Leigh Burrs

Han-Wei Chen

Dylan Elza

Robert Hartfield

Katherine Holobinko

Phillip Lopez

Ryan Lustgarten

Kaylee Nichols

Matthew Payne

James Resch

Madison Rice

Marin Tack

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 

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Tenor

Madeline Ehlinger

Hometown: Spring Green, WI

Recently: Florencia, Florencia en el Amazonas, Yale Opera; Tatyana, Eugene Onegin, Yale Opera; Antonia, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Yale Opera.

Past Studio Artist

2020:Apprentice Artist

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

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Baritone

Zach M. Goldman

Hometown: Great Neck, NY

Recently: Maintop (cover), Billy Budd, Central City Opera; Daniel Buchanan, Street Scene, Mannes School of Music; Tom Rakewell, The Rake’s Progress, Mannes School of Music.

Past Studio Artist

2020:Apprentice 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; Lt. Cable, South Pacific, Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Tenor

Rebekah Howell

Hometown: Gallatin, TN

Recently: Barbarina (Susanna, student matinee), Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Colorado; Girl, After Life, Opera Colorado; Cunegonde, Candide, Chautauqua Opera.

 

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Soprano

Eric J. McConnell

Hometown: Thornton, CO

Recently: Angelotti, Tosca, Opera Colorado; Bartolo, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Colorado; Sodbuster, Proving Up, Aspen Music Festival.

Past Apprentice & Studio Artist

2020:Apprentice Artist

2020: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, The North Shore Music Festival.

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Baritone

Michelle Monroe

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Recently: A Narrator The Blessed Damozel, Central City Opera; Witch, Hansel and Gretel, University of Northern Iowa; Mother, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Nebraska Opera Project.

Past Apprentice Artist 

2020:Apprentice 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

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Baritone

Laura Corina Sanders

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Recently: The Foreign Woman, The Consul, Baltimore Concert Opera; Adele, Die Fledermaus, Oswego Opera Theatre; Wilhelmina, Listen Wilhelmina!, Wolf Trap Opera.

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Soprano

Andrew Simpson

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Recently: First Soldier, Salome, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Angelotti, Tosca, Virginia Opera; Zuniga, Carmen, Annapolis Opera.

Past Studio Artist

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Pascale Spinney

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Recently: Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro, Academy of Vocal Arts; Mercédès, Carmen, Opéra de Montréal; Dorabella, Così fan tutte, Academy of Vocal Arts.

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Sable Strout

Hometown: Richmond, ME

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

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Polixeni (Xeni) Tziouvaras

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

Recently: Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chautauqua Institution; Tisbe, La Cenerentola, Manhattan School of Music; Dorabella & Despina, Così fan tutte, Manhattan School of Music.

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

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.

2020:Apprentice Artist

Voice type:Soprano

Aryssa Leigh Burrs

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Recently: Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Captain, Dog Days, Northwestern University; Woman in Sleeves, Juliet Letters, UrbanArias.

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Han-Wei Chen

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Recently: Giove, La Calisto, New England Conservatory; Rodolfo, La sonnambula, Kuandu ARTS Festival, Taipei; Morales, Carmen, Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival.

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Baritone

Dylan Elza

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Recently: Messenger, Aida, Virginia Opera; Don Ramiro (cover), La Cenerentola, Virginia Opera; Don José (cover), La Tragédie de Carmen, Charlottesville Opera.

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Tenor

Robert Hartfield

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Recently: Belmonte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Opera in the Ozarks; Laurie, Little Women, Opera in the Ozarks; Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas, University of Oklahoma.

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Tenor

Katherine Holobinko

Hometown: Avon, CT

Recently: Annina, La traviata, Indiana University; The Prince, The Little Prince, Red River Lyric Opera; Belinda, Dido and Aeneas, Peabody Opera Theatre.

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Soprano

Phillip Lopez

Hometown: Avon, IL

Recently: Betto, Gianni Schicchi, Yale Opera; Riolobo, Florencia en el Amazonas, Yale Opera; Antonio, The Marriage of Figaro, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Ryan Lustgarten

Hometown: Kirkland, WA

Recently: Tenor Soloist, Mozart Requiem, North Shore Choral Society; Alfred, Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Pat, Dog Days, Northwestern University.

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Tenor

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

Matthew Payne

Hometown: Skaneateles, NY

Recently: Baritone Fellow, Tanglewood Music Center, 2019; Billy Bigelow, Carousel, Skaneateles Festival; Mr. Gobineau, The Medium, Oberlin Opera Theater.

2020: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

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Madison Rice

Hometown: Houston, TX

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

2020:Studio Artist

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.

2020:Studio Artist

Voice type:Soprano

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Michael Baitzer
MICHAEL BAITZER
Director of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.

Michael Baitzer was named the Director of the Bonfils-Stanton Artist Training in the fall of 2018. He has been a fixture of the Central City Opera (CCO) music staff since 1999. In addition to his work with CCO, Baitzer is the Head of Music Staff at Washington National Opera. An active coach and collaborative pianist, Baitzer has served on the faculties of premier programs, most recently Wolf Trap Opera Company, The Juilliard School, Spoleto Festival USA and Aspen Music Festival and School.