Studio Artists

Now in its sixth season, Madison Opera’s Studio Artist Program is an important part of the company’s artistic and educational mission. The Studio Artists are three young singers based in the Madison area, all in the transitional period between graduate school and their professional careers. Over the course of a season, Studio Artists perform small roles and understudy major roles in Madison Opera’s main stage productions, gaining significant professional experience. Equally important, the Studio Artists are Madison Opera’s ambassadors, performing in a variety of outreach and preview events throughout the city, prior to performances and throughout the year.

Meet the 2017/18 Studio Artists:

Benjamin Liupaogo

Graduate Performance Diploma – DePaul University
M.M. – Roosevelt University
B.M. – San Francisco State Univeristy

This season at Madison Opera: Remendado, Don José (cover), Carmen; Arcadio (cover), Florencia en el Amazonas

Recently: Sam Kaplan, Street Scene; Pastore I, L’Orfeo (DePaul Opera Theatre); Tamino, Die Zauberflöte (German for Singers Middlebury); Candide, Candide (Opera Notre Dame); Yakuside, Madama Butterfly (Opera in the Ozarks); Herr Vogelsan, Impresario (Chicago College of Performing Arts); Ferrando, Cosi fan tutte (San Francisco State University)

Megan Ott Romero

M.M. – North Park University
B.M. – Otterbein University

This season at Madison Opera: Mercedes, Carmen (cover), Carmen; Paula (cover), Florencia en el Amazonas

Recently: Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte (Victoria/Vancouver Opera Workshop); L’enfant, L’enfant et les Sortilèges; Lisa, The Passenger; Third Lady, Die Zauberflöte; Fairy, La bella dormente nel bosco (North Park Opera Theater); Nireno, Guilio Cesare (Chicago Handel Week Festival); Clara, Signor Deluso (Otterbein Opera Theater)

Anna Polum

M.M.- University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.M. Music education & Vocal Performance - University of Alaska Fairbanks

This season at Madison Opera: Frasquita, Micaëla (cover), Carmen; Konstanze (cover), The Abduction from the Seraglio; Florencia Grimaldi (cover), Florencia en el Amazonas

Recently: Papagena, The Magic Flute (Madison Opera); Miss Jessel, The Turn of the Screw; Countess Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro (UW-Madison); Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel, Lady of Charity, Rumpelstiltskin; Voluptua, La Pizza con Funghi; Meg, The Color of Gold (Opera Fairbanks); Fantine, Les Misérables (Fairbanks Light Opera Theater)




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