Jane & Steven Akin Emerging Artists 2017-05-30T09:39:28+00:00

BOSTON LYRIC OPERA WELCOMES OUR
2016/17 SEASON JANE AND STEVEN AKIN
EMERGING ARTISTS

Antonia Tamer, soprano, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Antonia Tamer
soprano

Sara Womble, soprano, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Sara Womble
soprano

Felicia Gavilanes, mezzo-soprano, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Felicia Gavilanes
mezzo-soprano

Emma Sorenson, mezzo-soprano, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Emma Sorenson
mezzo-soprano

Jon Jurgens, tenor, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Jon Jurgens
tenor

Jesse Darden, tenor, BLO 2016/17, Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Jesse Darden
tenor

Vincent Turregano, baritone, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Vincent Turregano
baritone

Simon Dyer, bass, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Simon Dyer
bass

Maja Tremiszewska, pianist/accompanist, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Maja Tremiszewska
pianist/accompanist

Anderson Nunnelley, director, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Anderson Nunnelley
director

Nathan Troup, director, BLO 20126/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Nathan Troup
director

Rachel Arditi, stage manager, BLO 2016/17 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Rachel Arditi
stage manager

THE 2016 STEPHEN SHRESTINIAN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE VERA SAVAGE

Vera Savage, mezzo-soprano, THE 2016 STEPHEN SHRESTINIAN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Vera Savage
mezzo-soprano

 This cash award was created to help an exceptional young artist in the BLO chorus further his or her career by supporting advancement activities such as coaching a new role; taking a movement, dance or acting class; or paying a portion of graduate school tuition or travel expenses. It is awarded annually in memory of one of BLO’s beloved chorus members who passed away suddenly at the age of 29. Returning as a Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist for the 2016/17 Season, Vera Savage sings in the Carmen chorus while covering Mercédès, having previously sung in the chorus for BLO’s productions of La Traviata and Don Giovanni and, most recently, as Praskovia in The Merry Widow, for which she also covered the title role. Ms. Savage’s other recent performances include appearances with Florentine Opera, Opera in the Heights, and Opera Saratoga. Concert and oratorio highlights include singing Verdi’s Requiem with MIT, the Mozart Requiem at the Tanglewood Institute, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Commonwealth Chorale (formerly Newton Chorale).

Emerging Artist Chelsea Basler sings at the 2015 Opera Gala.The pursuit of a successful career in opera is a challenging—and expensive—undertaking. Singers must continually hone their talent with regular coaching, expand their repertoire by learning new roles, and find opportunities to make themselves heard. BLO recognizes that the next generation of opera stars need to be nurtured in order to flourish, and that the future of the art form depends on their success. To that end, BLO has proudly expanded the opportunities we provide to Emerging Artists:

  • Public auditions allow hundreds of singers to be heard
  • Role and audition preparation in one-on-one sessions with both BLO’s Music Director, David Angus, and BLO coaches
  • Understudy key leading roles, serve on stage management staff and directing staff to broaden their resumes
  • Perform principal and comprimario roles in BLO productions
  • Additional paid performance opportunities at BLO events
  • Professional mentorship from Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director
  • Esther Nelson and other leaders in the field provides career guidance and support
  • Feedback auditions with Director of Artistic Operations Nicholas Russell provide invaluable advice on repertoire choices
  • Introduction of BLO Emerging Artists to key artists’ managers

Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artists are identified during the casting process of each Season’s repertoire. The Artists have, in most cases, already established themselves professionally and are drawn primarily from the post-graduate and post-young artist fields. In certain exceptional cases, younger candidates who are appropriate for specific repertoire with the Company are considered.

PAST CLASSES

2016/17

Rachel Arditi, stage manager
Jesse Darden, tenor
Simon Dyer, bass
Felicia Gavilanes, mezzo-soprano
Jon Jurgens, tenor
Anderson Nunnelley, director
Vera Savage, mezzo-soprano*
Emma Sorenson, mezzo-soprano
Antonia Tamer, soprano
Maja Tremiszewska, piano
Nathan Troup, director
Vincent Turregano, baritone
Sara Womble, soprano

2015/16

Heather Gallagher, mezzo-soprano*
Omar Najmi, tenor
Brad Raymond, tenor
Vera Savage, mezzo-soprano
Emma Sorenson, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Stasyna, conductor
Nathan Troup, director
Vincent Turregano, baritone

2014/15

Chelsea Basler, soprano*
Heather Gallagher, mezzo-soprano
Rachel Hauge, mezzo-soprano
Jon Jurgens, tenor
Omar Najmi, tenor
Brad Raymond, tenor
R . B. Schlather, director
David Wadden, bass-baritone

2013/14

Chelsea Basler, soprano
David McFerrin, baritone
Liam Moran, bass
Omar Najmi, tenor*
So Young Park, soprano
Nicole Rodin, mezzo-soprano
Michelle Trainor, soprano

2012/13

David McFerrin, baritone
Nicole Rodin, mezzo-soprano
Alan Schneider, tenor
Michelle Trainor, soprano

2011/12

Julius Ahn, tenor
David Cushing, bass-baritone
Neal Ferreira, tenor
Meredith Hansen, soprano
John Irvin, tenor
Brett Hodgdon, pianist
Allen Perriello, pianist
Nicole Rodin, mezzo-soprano
Michelle Trainor, soprano*

*Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence

Past recipients of the Shrestinian Award include Molly Paige Crookedacre, Neil Nelson, Alan Schneider, Heidi Stober, Stephanie Chigas, Laura Choi Stuart, Andrea Coleman, Erica Brookhyser, Joseph Valone, Neal Ferreira, and Meredith Hansen.