Every year, Opera Colorado auditions over 400 emerging artists from the nation’s top graduate schools for its Artist in Residence Program. During their eight-month residency, the selected artists bring opera to schools across the Rocky Mountain region, giving Colorado students a chance to meet opera’s future stars! The 2021-22 Season’s talented troupe will perform The Barber of Seville and The Pirates of Penzance and be featured in the student matinee of Carmen at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

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 Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program is sponsored by Ken & Donna Barrow, with additional support from Patrick Spieles, and Dr. Stephen L. Dilts.

AUDITIONS FOR THE 2022-23 SEASON

Application Deadline: November 5, 2021

Opera Colorado is accepting applications now for the 2022-23 Artist in Residence Program. We are looking for one soprano, one mezzo-soprano, one tenor, two baritones, one bass-baritone and one collaborative pianist. The program dates are September 6, 2022 –through May 31, 2023.

The 2022-23 season will include roles in our mainstage season and touring productions. Among the other performance opportunities, Artists in Residence will perform the principal roles in a fully produced student matinee production of Rigoletto that takes place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Sates prior to applying. Applicants are required to hold a master’s degree (or performance certificate) in the area of vocal performance/collaborative piano. Applicants should have considerable experience in opera on the graduate and/or professional level. Applicants must be available to be in Colorado from September 6, 2022 –through May 31, 2023.

The stipend rate is $1,800 per month. Housing is provided in Denver. All artists are responsible for their own transportation while in Denver.

Artists are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

APPLY NOW

THE 2021-22 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Catherine Swindle

soprano | Bio

Kendra Broom

mezzo-soprano | Bio

Spencer Lawrence Boyd

tenor | Bio

Joseph Goodale

baritone | Bio

Thomas Lynch

baritone | Bio

Phillip Lopez

bass-baritone | Bio

Oleg Bellini

Coach Accompanist | Bio

2020-2021

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

2019-2020

*Recipient of the Norblom Award

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

NATHAN SALAZAR

Principal Repertoire Coach

DANIEL BELCHER

Voice Teacher

GREG CARPENTER

Opera Colorado General & Artistic Director

ARI PELTO

Opera Colorado Music Director