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.

2024 Bonfils-Stanton Foundations Artist Training Program Members
AllApprentice ArtistsStudio Artists

Ariel Andrew

Allen Adair

Adriel Baralt Jimenez

Natacha Cóndor

Katelyn Cox

Sydney Dardis

David Drettwan

Melanie Dubil

Jamila Drecker-Waxman

Kayla Faccilongo

Steele Fitzwater

Xochitl S. Hernandez

Christian Holden

Nathan Holmes

Mezzo-Soprano

Emily Kondrat

Jonathan Lawlor

Ilhee Lee

Louis Lee

Lauren LeStage

Nicholas Lin

James Anthony Mancuso

Melaina Mills

Andrew Payne

Grant Peck

John Potvin

Oliver Poveda Zavala

Errol-Wesley Shaw

Uma Singh

Dajeong Song

Patrick Starke

Eric Luis Viñas

Brittany Rose Weinstock

Ariel Andrew

Recently: Magda, The Consul, Third Eye Theatre Ensemble (2023); Moira, The Handmaid’s Tale, Glow Lyric Theatre (2023); Blue Lady, Pinocchio, St. Petersburg Opera (2023)

Voice Type:Soprano

Hometown:Tampa, FL

Allen Adair

Recently: Ottone, Ottone in Villa, Carnegie Mellon University (2024); Elder Ott, Susannah, Opera Fort Collins (2023); Sarastro, Die Zauberflöte, University of New Mexico (2023)

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Hometown:Grand Junction, CO

Adriel Baralt Jimenez

Recently: Mafia Guy, The Shining, The Atlanta Opera, (2023); Tamino, Die Zauberflöte, Harrower Opera Festival (2023); Alfred, Die Federmaus, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (2022)

Voice Type:Tenor

Hometown:Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Natacha Cóndor

Recently: The Fox, The Little Prince, Lamont Opera Theatre (2023); Gato, El Gato con Botas, Boulder Opera Company (2022); Maman/La tasse chinoise/La libellule, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Lamont Opera Theatre (2022)

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown:Quito, Ecuador

Katelyn Cox

Recently: Soprano Soloist, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, American West Symphony (2023); Erste Dame, Die Zauberflöte, Berlin Opernfest (2023); Suor Angelica Cover, Suor Angelica, U Opera (2023)

Voice Type:Soprano

Hometown:Provo, UT

Sydney Dardis

Recently: Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi, The Juilliard School (2023); Nannetta (cover), Falstaff, Aspen Music Festival (2022); Frasquita (cover); Carmen, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (2022)

Voice Type:Soprano

Hometown:Laguna Niguel, CA

David Drettwan

Recently: Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin, IU Opera Theater (2024); Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni, IU Opera Theater, (2022); Figaro, Le Nozze di Figaro, Baldwin Wallace Opera (2022); Slaver, Omar, Spoleto Festival USA (2022)

Voice Type:Baritone

Hometown:Elkhorn, WI

Melanie Dubil

Recently: Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni, Opera Colorado (2023); La Cenerentola, Angelina, Opera Colorado (touring) (2023); Stéphano, Roméo et Juliette, Central City Opera (2023)

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown:Philadelphia, PA

Jamila Drecker-Waxman

Recently: The House, The Rocking Horse Winner, Opera Maine (2023); Elle, La voix humaine, Alliance Française (2023); Susannah, Susannah, Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2022)

Voice Type:Soprano

Hometown:New York, NY

Kayla Faccilongo

Recently: Hansel, Hansel & Gretel, Narnia Festival (2023); Chorus, New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall (2023); Mezzo-Soprano, The Bronx Banda with Arturo O’Farrill, Lincoln Center (2022)

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown:The Bronx, NY

Steele Fitzwater

Recently: Don Basilio, The Barber of Seville, Opera NEO (2023); Pirate King, The Pirates of Penzance, Cedar Rapids Opera (2022); Dulcamara, The Elixir of Love, Bloomington Chamber Opera (2022)

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Hometown:Dawson, WV

Xochitl S. Hernandez

Recently: 2nd Nursemaid, Street Scene, Frost Opera Theater at the University of Miami (2024); Carnegie Hall Debut, Vincerò Academy Gala (2024); Jenny, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Frost Opera Theater Opera Scenes: Night in the Next Whiskey Bar (2023)

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown:Los Angeles, CA

Christian Holden

Recently: Canio, Pagliacci, Lyrical Opera Theater (2023); Spalanzani, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Utah Valley University Opera (2022); Cavaradossi, Tosca, Lyrical Opera Theater (2022)

Voice Type:Tenor

Hometown:Springville, UT

Nathan Holmes

Recently: Ensemble/Chorus, Parsifal, Houston Grand Opera (2024); Sid, Albert Herring, Harrower Summer Opera Workshop (2023); Dr. Falke, Die Fledermaus, Moores Opera Center (2023); Ludovic, La Belle et La Bête, Moores Opera Center (2022)

Voice Type:Baritone

Hometown:Decatur, GA

Mezzo-Soprano

Emily Kondrat

Mère Gérald, Dialogues des Carmélites, Eastman Opera Theatre, 2024; Dido, Dido and Aeneas, Eastman Opera Theatre, 2024; Pythia, We’ve Got Our Eye On You, Eastman Opera Theatre, 2023

Jonathan Lawlor

Recently: Pizarro, Fidelio, Concerts in the Village (2023); Lord Chancellor, Iolanthe, Bard Conservatory (2023); Forester, The Cunning Little Vixen, Bard Conservatory and The Orchestra Now (2022)

Voice Type:Baritone

Hometown:State College, PA

Ilhee Lee

Recently: Nemorino, L’elisir d’amore, Opera in the Ozarks (2023); Le Prince Charmant, Cendrillion, Boston University Opera Institute (2024); Tito, La clemenza di Tito, Boston University Opera Institute (2024)

Voice Type:Tenor

Hometown:Seoul, South Korea

Louis Lee

Recently: Ferrando, Cosi fan tutte, Korea National University (2021); Il Conte, Il Barbiere di siviglia, Korea National University (2020); Don Basilio, Le Nozze di Figaro, Sookmyung Woman University (2016)

Voice Type:Tenor

Hometown:Chungju, South Korea / New York

Lauren LeStage

Recently: Mariana, Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, Central City Opera (2024); The Rose, A Little Prince, Lamont Opera Theatre (2023); Edith, The Pirates of Penzance, Empire Lyric Players (2022)

Voice Type:Soprano

Hometown:Spring, TX

Nicholas Lin

Recently: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville, Opera for the Young (2022-23);
Orfeo, L’Orfeo, Northwestern University (2020); Frank, Die Fledermaus (2020)

Voice Type:Tenor

Hometown:Chicago, IL

James Anthony Mancuso

Recently: Rinuccio, Gianni Schicchi, Bronx Opera (2024); Bruschino Jr., Il Senor Bruschino, Bronx Opera (2024); Yamadori (Cover), Madama Butterfly, Sarasota Opera (2023)

Voice Type:Tenor

Hometown:Shoreham, NY

Melaina Mills

Recently: Gretel, Hansel and Gretel., Boulder Opera Company (2022); Mariana, Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, Central City Opera (2022); The Governess, The Turn of the Screw, Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2021)

Voice Type:Soprano

Mariana:Frida Khalo and the Bravest Girl in the World (2022)

Hometown:Littleton, CO

Andrew Payne

Recently: Speaker of the Temple/2nd Armored Man, Die Zauberflöte, Nashville Opera (2024); Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas, Savannah Voice Festival (2023); Angelotti, Tosca, Charlottesville Opera (2023)

Voice Type:Baritone

Hometown:Waynesboro, PA

Grant Peck

Recently: Chorus, Parsifal, Houston Grand Opera (2024); Papageno/Sprecher, Die Zauberflöte, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (2023); Eisenstein, Die Fledermaus, University of Houston (2023)

Voice Type:Baritone

Hometown:Lexington, KY

John Potvin

Recently: Il Conte, Le nozze di Figaro, CCM Opera d’Arte (2024); Junius, The Rape of Lucretia, CCM Opera (2023); Pallante, Agrippina, CCM Opera (2023)

Voice Type:Baritone

Hometown:Aiken, SC

Oliver Poveda Zavala

Recently: Masetto, Don Giovanni, Opera Colorado Student Matinee (2023); Dr. Falke, Die Fledermaus, Opera in Williamsburg (2023); Frère Laurent, Roméo et Juliette, Central City Opera Young Artists Matinee (2023)

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Hometown:Quito, Ecuador

Errol-Wesley Shaw

Recently: King Balthazar, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Central City Opera (2023); First Stagehand/Nathaniel, Kiss Me, Kate, Central City Opera (2023); Le Duc, Roméo et Juliette, Central City Opera (2023)

Role:King Balthazar (Amahl and the Night Visitors 2023)

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Uma Singh

Recently: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, Northwestern Opera Theatre (2024); Johanna (cover), Sweeney Todd, Chautauqua Opera Company (2023); Alcina, Alcina, Northwestern Opera Theatre (2023)

Voice Type:Soprano

Hometown:Cleveland, OH

Dajeong Song

Recently: Ramiro, La finta giardiniera, IU Musical Arts Center (2023); Lazuli, L’etoile, IU Musical Arts Center (2022); Aunt Lou, Highway 1 USA, IU Musical Arts Center (2022)

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Hometown:Goyang, South Korea

Patrick Starke

Le Prince Charmant, Cendrillon, Knoxville Opera (2024); Don José, La Tragédie de Carmen, Boston Opera Collaborative (2024); Count Almaviva, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Idaho (2022)

Voice Type:Tenor

Hometown:Pine Bush, NY

Eric Luis Viñas

Recently: Sharpless, Madama Butterfly, Sarasota Opera (2023); Taddeo, L’italiana in Algeri, St. Petersburg Opera (2023); Giorgia Germont, La traviata, Quisisana (2023)

Voice Type:Baritone

Hometown:Palm Beach, FL

Brittany Rose Weinstock

Recently: Josephine, H.M.S. Pinafore, Pepperdine University (2023); Jack’s Mother, Into the Woods, Pepperdine University (2022); Countess Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro, Pepperdine University (2022)

Voice Type:Soprano

Hometown:Newport Beach, CA

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