Opera Colorado’s Young Artists are post-graduate emerging professional opera singers in an eight-month residency with Opera Colorado. Young Artists play a vital role as the voice and face of Opera Colorado in the community. They perform throughout the season in school and community centers across the State.
Emily Louise Robinson, soprano
Originally from Windsor, CT, Emily completed her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago and received her Master’s Degree from New England Conservatory. Emily completed a Performer’s Certificate from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, where she was most recently seen in the title role of Thomas Pasatieri’s Frau Margot and Beatriz in Daniel Catán’s Rapaccinni’s Daughter. Other past roles include; Love Simpson Cold Sassy Tree, Magda The Consul, Mimi La Boheme and Silverpeal The Impresario. While at New England Conservatory she debuted the role of June Jenkins in Dan Shore’s NOA prize winning opera An Embarrassing Position. She will be seen this season at Opera Colorado as Gretel and Micaëla in the company’s touring productions of Hansel and Gretel and Carmen respectively. On the main stage she will sing the role of the High Priestess in Aida and she will sing the role of Hester Prynne in the Student Matinee performance of The Scarlett Letter. Emily is delighted to be joining Opera Colorado as a Young Artist this season.
Emily Robinson is sponsored by Shirley and Marlis Smith, and Joyce and Dirk deRoos.
Danielle Lombardi, mezzo-soprano
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Danielle received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and is a recent graduate of Rice University’s The Shepherd School of Music. Her operatic roles include Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, 1st Trio Member in Trouble in Tahiti, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, Ericlea in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel. In addition, during the summer of 2012 Danielle was a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theater of St. Louis. While there, she covered the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte and sang in the chorus of Carmen, Così fan tutte and Alice in Wonderland. As an Opera Colorado Young Artist, Danielle will sing Carmen in the touring production of Carmen and Hansel in the touring production of Hansel and Gretel. She will sing in the chorus of Aida and for the Student Matinee production of The Scarlet Letter, she will sing the role of Mistress Hibbons. Danielle is excited about this opportunity with Opera Colorado and can’t wait to delve into these complex characters and beautiful music.
Danielle Lombardi is sponsored by Carol McMurry and Patrick Spieles.
Benjamin Werley, tenor
Benjamin Werley is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was first bitten by the opera bug while attending a performance of Puccini’s Tosca, and has been pursuing an operatic career ever since. Benjamin completed his Master’s in Vocal Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Previously, he had finished his BM in Vocal Performance at Indiana. In March 2013, Ben sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in the semi-finals of the 2012-2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ben then joined the Opera Theater of St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist. In 2014, Ben was a participant in the Merola Opera Program. While at Merola, he sang the role of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He also sang the role of Steve Hubbell and covered the role of Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Ben also worked with Virginia opera as an Emerging Artist for their 2014-2015 season, where he covered the role of the Beadle in Sweeney Todd and sang the role of Giuseppe and covered Alfredo in La Traviata. In 2015, Ben was an Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera where he performed in La Fille du Regiment, Rigoletto, and the world premiere of Cold Mountain. Ben’s other roles include Rodolfo La Bohème, Camille The Merry Widow, Der Wird Der Rosenkavalier, Monostatos Die Zauberflöte. He is excited to be a member of the 2015-2016 Opera Colorado Young Aritsts where he will sing the roles of The Messenger in Aida and A Farmer in the World Premiere of The Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter. In the company’s touring productions, he will sing the roles of The Witch in Hansel and Gretel and Don Jose in Carmen. Ben will also cover the role of Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter which he will perform for the Student Matinee.
Charles Eaton, baritone
Originally from Connecticut, Charles recently received his Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. In 2013, Charles received his Bachelors of Music at the University of Connecticut, where operatic credits included Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Thomas Putnam The Crucible and Willis Parkham An Embarrassing Position. In the summer of 2013, he performed the role of John Brooke Little Women with the Hartford Opera Theater. Operatic credits with the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre included Micha The Bartered Bride, Masetto Don Giovanni, the Forrester The Cunning Little Vixen and Il Conte Le Nozze di Figaro. In the summer of 2014, Charles sang Belcore L’elisir d’amore with La Musica Lirica, a program based in Novafeltria, Italy – he returned for a second season in 2015 to perform the role of Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri. He is extraordinarily excited to have the opportunity to sing with Opera Colorado as a 2015-2016 Young Artist, where he will sing the Father in Hansel and Gretel and Zuniga in Carmen (touring productions). He will also sing in the chorus of Aida, and sing the role of Governor Bellingham for the Student Matinee performance of the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter.
William Lee Bryan, baritone
William Lee Bryan is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He completed his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Florida State University in 2015, where he performed the title role in Don Giovanni, Apollo in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and Rappaccini in Daniel Catán’s La Hija de Rappaccini. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, where he sang the title role in Elmer Gantry, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Ford in Falstaff and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also appeared as Curly in Bloomington Civic Theater’s production of Oklahoma! Additional credits include Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater, Quad City Symphony, Mill City Summer Opera and Skylark Opera. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to sing with Opera Colorado this season and is looking forward to being a Young Artist. In the 2015-2016 season, William will sing the roles of Escamillo in Carmen, Sandman in Hansel and Gretel in the company’s touring productions. In mainstage productions, he will sing in the chorus in Aïda, and the role of A Shipmaster in the World Premiere of The Scarlet Letter, in which he will also cover and sing the role of Roger Chillingworth in the Student Matinee production.