Jane & Steven Akin Emerging Artists 2017-10-14T14:16:26+00:00

BOSTON LYRIC OPERA
JANE AND STEVEN AKIN
EMERGING ARTISTS

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 needs 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 résumés
  • Perform principal and comprimario roles in BLO productions
  • Additional paid performance opportunities at BLO events
  • Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director, Esther Nelson, and other leaders in the field provide career guidance and support
  • Feedback auditions with Director of Artistic Operations Nicholas Russell provide invaluable advice on repertoire choices
  • Introduction of Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artists to key artists’ manager

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.

THE 2017 STEPHEN SHRESTINIAN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Jon Jurgens and Chelsea Basler in The Love Potion, photo by Eric Antonou for Boston Lyric Opera
Jon Jurgens

Jon Jurgens

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.

About Jon Jurgens
“ BEING AN EMERGING ARTIST AND BEING AT BLO IS LIKE BEING IN A BIG POND WITHOUT BEING THROWN INTO THE DEEP END.”

– SIMON DYER, EMERGING ARTIST ALUMNUS

2017/18 EMERGING ARTISTS

Antonia Tamer - Soprano, Boston Lyric Opera 2017/18 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Antonia Tamer
Soprano

Sara Womble - Soprano, Boston Lyric Opera 2017/18 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Sara Womble
Soprano

Emma Sorenson - Mezzo-Soprano, Boston Lyric Opera 2017/18 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Emma Sorenson
Mezzo-Soprano

Jesse Darden - Tenor, Boston Lyric Opera 2017/18 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Jesse Darden
Tenor

Vincent Turregano - Baritone, Boston Lyric Opera 2017/18 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Vincent Turregano
Baritone

Anderson Nunnelley - Director, Boston Lyric Opera 2017/18 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist

Anderson Nunnelley
Director

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.