Studio Artists

Now in its fourth season, Madison Opera’s Studio Artist Program is an important part of the company’s artistic and educational mission. The Studio Artists are four 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 2015/16 Studio Artists:

Nathaniel Hill

Hometown: Defiance, OH

M.M - Northwestern University
B.M. - Indiana University

This season at Madison Opera: Officer, La Bohème; Mr. Dashwood, Friedrich Bhaer (cover), Little Women; Hermann, The Tales of Hoffmann

Recently: Gregorio, Roméo et Juliette; Butler, Henry Wotton (cover), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Aspen Music Festival); Owen Hart, Dead Man Walking; Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte; John Brooke, Little Women (Northwestern Univ.); Elviro, Serse; Bogdanowitsch, The Merry Widow; Ochs’s Servant, Der Rosenkavalier (Indiana Univ.); Masetto, Don Giovanni (Bay View Festival)

Upcoming: Papgeno, The Magic Flute (Opera for the Young)

Marie McManama

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

B.M. & M.M - Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

This season at Madison Opera: Musetta (cover), La Bohème; Quartet Soloist, Beth (Cover), Little Women; Antonia/Stella (cover), The Tales of Hoffmann

Recently: Julie, Carousel; Kristine, A Chorus Line (Middleton Players Theatre); Chorus, Fidelio (Madison Opera); Chorus, Cincinnati Opera; Juno, Orpheus in the Underworld (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)

Upcoming: Franca, The Light in the Piazza (Four Seasons Theatre); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Opera for the Young)

William Ottow

Hometown: LaCrosse, WI

B.M. - University of Wisconsin-Madison

This season at Madison Opera: Parpignol, La Bohème; Laurie (cover), Little Women; Nathanael, The Tales of Hoffmann

Recently: Tamino, Die Zauberflöte; Albert, Albert Herring (UW-Madison); Dandini, Billy Goats Gruff (Cedar Rapids Opera Theater); Hilarion, Princess Ida (Madison Savoyards)

Upcoming: Soloist, Bach Cantata Holiday Concert (Madison Bach Musicians)

Kelsey Park

Hometown: Hickman, NE

M.M.- Northwestern University
B.M.- Moody Bible Institute

This season at Madison Opera: Jo (cover), Little Women; Antonia’s Mother, Nicklausse (cover), The Tales of Hoffmann

Recently: Sister Helen, Dead Man Walking; Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte; Jo, Little Women (Northwestern University); Studio Artist, Central City Opera

Upcoming: Soloist, Mozart Madness (Elmhurst Symphony)



Opera in the Park 2016
July 23, 2016
Romeo & Juliet
Nov. 4 & 6, 2016
Charlie Parker's

Feb. 10 & 12, 2017
The Magic Flute
April 21 & 23, 2017