Studio Artists

Now in its second 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 mainstage 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 2013/14 Studio Artists:


Gillian Hollis

Hometown: Miami, FL

M.M. – Northwestern University, Chicago
B.M. – University of Maryland, College Park

This season at Madison Opera: Ensemble and Marie (cover), The Daughter of the Regiment; Sister Lilliane, Dead Man Walking

Recently: Queen of the Night (cover), The Magic Flute; Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi, (Ash Lawn Opera); Adele, Die Fledermaus, Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute, (Northwestern Univ.)

Upcoming: “Music Festival Under the Stars” and “American Composers”, (Main Street Opera)


Scott J. Brunscheen

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

M.M. – Roosevelt University
B.M. – University of Utah

This season at Madison Opera: Spoletta, Tosca; Ensemble and Tonio (cover), The Daughter of the Regiment

Recently: Roderick (cover), The Fall of the House of Usher (Chicago Opera Theater), Toby (cover), Sweeney Todd (Opera Theatre of St. Louis); Belmonte, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Candid Concert Opera); Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (Lyric Opera of Chicago Outreach); Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (Opera New Jersey)

 Upcoming: Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola


Jessie Lyons

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

M.M.- Chicago College of Performing Arts
B.M. – Luther College

This season at Madison Opera: Ensemble and Tosca (cover), Tosca; Sister Catherine and Sister Rose (cover), Dead Man Walking

Recently: Bianca, La Rondine (Des Moines Metro Opera); Mimi, La bohème (American Chamber Opera); Musetta, La bohème (Manhattan School of Music Summer Vocal Festival)

Upcoming: First Lady, The Magic Flute and Micaela, Carmen (American Chamber Opera)



Nov. 21 & 23, 2014
Feb. 6, 7, & 8, 2015
April 24 & 26, 2015
Opera in the Park 2015
July 25, 2015