Studio Artists

Now in its fifth 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 2016/17 Studio Artists:

James Held

M.M - University of Colorado at Boulder
B.M. - University of Wisconsin - Madison

This season at Madison Opera: Paris, Romeo & Juliet; 2nd Priest/2nd Armored Man, The Magic Flute

Recently: Oliver Hix, The Music Man; Sacristan, Tosca (Colorado Symphony); Sheiff Wells, A Song for Susan Smith; Hammon/Hendrik Christian Anderson, The Master (CU NOW); Guglielmo, Così fan tutte; Pirate King, The Pirates of Penzance (CU Eklund Opera); Sid, Albert Herring; Dick McGann, Street Scene (Seagle Music Colony)

Anna Parks

M.M - Roosevelt University
B.F.A. Music - Viterbo University

This season at Madison Opera: Stephano (cover), Romeo & Juliet; Baroness Nica (cover), Charlie Parker’s Yardbird; Third Lady, The Magic Flute

Recently: Nerone, L’incoronazione di Poppea; Connla, Connla and the Fairy Maiden (Roosevelt University); Lola, Gallantry; Mother, Amahl and the Night Visitors; Belinda, Dido and Aeneas (Viterbo University)

Anna Polum

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

This season at Madison Opera: Juliet (cover), Romeo & Juliet; Chan Parker (cover), Charlie Parker’s Yardbird; Papagena, Pamina (cover), The Magic Flute

Recently: 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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