The Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program* is vital to the company’s mission of bringing opera to thousands of people across the Rocky Mountain region. Each season’s Artists in Residence perform in schools, community centers, and other venues across the state; take on select mainstage roles for Opera Colorado; and are the featured performers in the annual Student Matinee. Their eight-month residency in Denver also includes training and coaching from artistic staff and guest artists.

For more information, please contact Cherity Koepke, Director of the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program, at ckoepke@operacolorado.org or 303.778.0371.

The Artist in Residence Program is sponsored by Ken and Donna Barrow, with additional support from Patrick Spieles and Carol McMurry.

The Artist in Residence Showcase and Celebration Concerts are sponsored by Pam Beardsley, Penelope Lewis, and Carol Whitley.

Now accepting applications!

Learn more here.

MEET THE 2019-20 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Laura Soto-Bayomi

soprano | Bio

Kira Dills-Desurra

mezzo-soprano | Bio

Thomas Cilluffo

tenor | Bio

Isaiah Feken

baritone | Bio

Eric McConnell

bass-baritone | Bio

Joshua South

bass | Bio

Tyler Tucker

coach accompanist | Bio

2018-2019

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2017-2018

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2016-2017

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2015-2016

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2014-2015

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2014

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2012-2013

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2011-2012

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2010-2011

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2009-2010

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2008-2009

*Joint recipients of the Norblom Award

2007-2008

*Joint recipients of the Norblom Award

2007

  • Lianne Coble, Soprano
  • Sangeetha Appavoo, Soprano
  • Christina Rosas, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Chester Pidduck, Tenor
  • Gregory Bruce, Baritone
  • Christopher Job, Bass
  • Christopher Thompson, Pianist

2006

  • Mary Ellen Assue, Soprano
  • Heather Hill, Soprano
  • Leslie Remmert Soich, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Andy Truex, Tenor
  • Adam Sattley, Tenor
  • Jonathan Morales, Baritone
  • Michael Tilley, Pianist

2005

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2004

2003

  • Stacey Canterbury, Soprano
  • Emily Sinclair, Soprano
  • Jennifer Herzig*, Mezzo-Soprano
  • John Tiranno, Tenor
  • Bradley Thompson, Baritone
  • Glen Denis, Pianist

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

*Prior to the 2018-19 season, the Artist in Residence Program was known as the Young Artist Program.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

CHERITY KOEPKE

Director of the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program
Director of Education & Community Engagement
Lead Acting Coach
Stage Director

JARED GUEST

Manager of Education & Community Engagement
Manager of the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program
Production Assistant for:
Hansel and Gretel, Carmen,
Storytime Sessions,
and An Afternoon of American Song

DANIEL BELCHER

Voice Teacher

GREG CARPENTER

Opera Colorado General & Artistic Director

ARI PELTO

Opera Colorado Music Director