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.

MEET THE 2018-19 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Rebekah Howell

soprano | Bio

Kira Dills-Desurra

mezzo-soprano | Bio

Aaren Rivard

tenor | Bio

Nicholas Kreider

baritone | Bio

Edward Laurenson

baritone | Bio

Eric McConnell

bass-baritone | Bio

Tyler Tucker

coach accompanist | Bio

*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

PARISA ZAERI

Manager of the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program
Manager of Education & Community Engagement
Production Assistant for Hansel and Gretel
Conductor
Coach
Assistant Director for Romeo & Juliet, An Afternoon of American Song, and Storytime Sessions

BRETT SPRAGUE

Assistant Director

DANIEL BELCHER

Voice Teacher

GREG CARPENTER

Opera Colorado General & Artistic Director

ARI PELTO

Opera Colorado Music Director