Santa Fe Opera Announces Apprentice Singers for 2022 Season, Confirms Return of Visitor Activities


The Santa Fe Opera has unveiled its 47 apprentice singers for the 2022 season and will be restarting popular visitor activities.

With more than 800 applicants, Santa Fe Opera’s apprentice singer program set a new record by selecting 47 participants. Current participants come from the United States, Canada, China, Haiti, Japan, Korea and Venezuela.

The sopranos include Caitlin Aloia, Avery Boettcher, Caroline Corrales, Vanessa Croome Nanaimo, Magdalena Kuźma, Amanda Olea, Murrella Parton, Teresa Perrotta, Ardeen Pierre, Emily Richter and Emilie Kealani Suarez. The mezzo-sopranos are Amanda Lynn Bottoms, Ashlyn Brown, Maire Therese Carmack, Lucy Evans, Kathleen Felty, Gretchen Krupp, Sophia Maekawa, Gloria Palermo and Sarah Saturnino. The two counter altos are Lauren Decker and Megan Esther Grey.

Among the tenors chosen were Thomas Cilluffo, Dylan M. Davis, Jonah Hoskins, Anthony León, Philippe L’Esperance, Kameron Lopreore, Jordan Loyd, Daniel O’Hearn, Kevin Punnackal, Eric Taylor, Andrew Turner and Tianchi Zhang. Baritones and basses include Peter Barber, Ben Brady, Justin Burgess, Darren Lekeith Drone, Erik Grendahl, Jongwon Han, Allen Michael Jones, Kyle Miller, Nicholas Newton, Sejin Park, Joseph Parrish, Luke Sutliff and Griffen Hogan Tracy.

The Santa Fe Opera Singers Apprentice Program has been credited with the careers of Joyce DiDonato, Micheal Fabiano, John Holiday and many other successful performers, teachers, coaches and arts administrators.

Apprentices will perform in masterclasses, as well as in ensembles and some leading roles on stage. Apprentice Scenes performances will take place on August 14 and 21, each at 8 p.m.

In an official press release, Program Director Gayletha Nichols said, “An exciting big season awaits! Due to its extensive lineup, we have more performance opportunities for young singers than ever before. Our goal remains to balance these opportunities with individualized training, which has long been a core value of the program. I can’t wait to hear how wonderfully the class of 2022 appropriates the vocal riches of Bizet, Wagner, Verdi and many others.

The opera company also announced the return of its visitor activities such as Prelude Talks, Opera House Tours, Opera Ranch Tours, Family Night and Opening Night Dinning. All guests must follow company COVID-19 guidelines to participate.

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