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The Santa Fe Opera Announces 42 Members of the 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Singers

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42 Singers from Across the United States, Canada and South Korea 

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Santa Fe, NM —  The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to announce the members of its 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Singers. This season’s program is composed of singers from across the United States, Canada and South Korea. The 42 singers, selected by Gayletha Nichols, Director of the Program, and Robert Tweten, Head of Music Staff, rose to the top from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants through a competitive pre-screening and audition process.

Established upon the Santa Fe Opera’s founding in 1957, the company’s Apprentice Program for Singers has since provided training, performance opportunities and international exposure to young singers in transition from academic to professional life. The first of its kind in America, now more than 1,500 aspiring singers have participated in the internationally recognized program. Former singing apprentices have gone on to careers as professional performers and include Joyce DiDonatoMichael FabianoBrandon Jovanovich and Susanna Phillips; others are now teachers, coaches and administrators at major opera companies and universities.

In addition to mainstage opera performances, this year’s participants will appear in fully-staged Apprentice Showcase Scenes on August 11 and 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM. Each singer will also have the opportunity to work with renowned voice faculty and audition for opera executives from major companies including the Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and Washington National Opera.

Gayletha Nichols has served as Director of the Apprentice Program for Singers since May 2018. Ms. Nichols auditions hundreds of singers across North America every year and in her travels addresses universities, conservatories and festivals on developing the next generation of opera singers. Formerly the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and Director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she is a frequent adjudicator in national and international competitions and consults for other young artist programs across the country. Kathleen Clawson is the program’s Associate Director, and in addition, serves as Director of the Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera. Ms. Clawson is on the faculty of the University of New Mexico’s Department of Theatre and Dance and continues to work as a stage director with opera companies across the United States.


Danielle Beckvermit

Danielle Beckvermit
Kingston, New York


Regina Ceragioli

Regina Ceragioli*
Chicago, Illinois

Cheyanne Coss

Cheyanne Coss
Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Sylvia D'eramo

Sylvia D’eramo*
Tyler, Texas

Mary Hollis Hundley

Mary-Hollis Hundley*
Louisville, Kentucky

Grace Kahl

Grace Kahl
Queens, New York

Hayan Kim

Hayan Kim
Seoul, South Korea

Jana McIntyre

Jana Mcintyre*
Santa Barbara, California

Sunwoo Park

Sunwoo Park
Seoul, South Korea

Ann Toomey

Ann Toomey
Shelby Township, Michigan


Katherine Beck

Katherine Beck
Bennington, Vermont

Gillian Lynn Cotter

Gillian Lynn Cotter*
Buffalo, New York

Katherine DeYoung

Katherine DeYoung*
Traverse City, Michigan

Ruby Dribble

Ruby Dribble
Kansas City, Missouri

Kate Farrar

Kate Farrar
Lexington Park, Maryland

Leia Lensing

Leia Lensing*
Solon, Iowa

Kaitlyn McMonigle

Kaitlyn McMonigle*
Ocala, Florida

Gina Perregrino

Gina Perregrino*
Wilmington, Delaware

Kathleen Reveille

Kathleen Reveille*
Highland Mills, New York

Elizabeth Sarian

Elizabeth Sarian*
Plainview, New York