Press Release

21 May 2019

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 comprised 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 DiDonato, Michael Fabiano, Brandon 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.


Soprano Daniella Beckvermit

Danielle Beckvermit
Kingston, New York

Soprano Regina Ceragioli

Regina Ceragioli*
Chicago, Illinois

Soprano Cheyanne Coss

Cheyanne Coss
Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Soprano Sylvia D'Eramo

Sylvia D'Eramo*
Tyler, Texas

Soprano Mary-Hollis Hundley

Mary-Hollis Hundley*
Louisville, Kentucky

Soprano Grace Kahl

Grace Kahl
Queens, New York

Soprano Hayan Kim

Hayan Kim
Seoul, South Korea

Soprano Jana McIntyre

Jana McIntyre*
Santa Barbara, California

Soprano Sunwoo Park

Sunwoo Park
Seoul, South Korea

Soprano Ann Toomey

Ann Toomey
Shelby Township, Michigan


Mezzo Katherine Beck

Katherine Beck
Bennington, Vermont

Mezzo Gillian Lynn Cotter

Gillian Lynn Cotter*
Buffalo, New York

Mezzo Katherine DeYoung

Katherine DeYoung*
Traverse City, Michigan

Mezzo Ruby Dibble

Ruby Dibble
Kansas City, Missouri

Mezzo Kate Farrar

Kate Farrar
Lexington Park, Maryland

Contralto Leia Lensing

Leia Lensing*
Solon, Iowa

Mezzo Kaitlyn McMonigle

Kaitlyn McMonigle*
Ocala, Florida

Mezzo Gina Perregrino

Gina Perregrino*
Wilmington, Delaware

Mezzo Kathleen Reveille

Kathleen Reveille*
Highland Mills, New York

Mezzo Elizabeth Sarian

Elizabeth Sarian*
Plainview, New York


Tenor Bille Bruley

Bille Bruley*
Montgomery, Texas

Tenor Alec Carlson

Alec Carlson*
Red Oak, Iowa

Tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro

Anthony Ciaramitaro*
Coral Springs, Florida

Tenor Ricardo Garcia

Ricardo Garcia
Castro Valley, California

Tenor Duke Kim

Duke Kim
Seoul, South Korea

Tenor Elliott Paige

Elliott Paige*
Hampton, Virginia

Tenor Angel Romero

Angel Romero
Houston, Texas

Tenor Robert Stahley

Robert Stahley
Groveland, Massachusetts

Tenor Justin Stolz

Justin Stolz*
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Tenor Joseph Tancredi

Joseph Tancredi
Bayville, New York

Tenor Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor
St. George, Utah


Baritone Ian Burns

Ian Burns
Tampa, Florida

Baritone Will Hughes

Will Hughes*
Dallas, Texas

Baritone Jarrett Logan Porter

Jarrett Logan Porter*
San Francisco, California

Baritone Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin Taylor*
Waldorf, Maryland


Bass-Baritone Alan Higgs

Alan Higgs*
Melbourne Beach, Florida

Bass-Baritone Seunyung Kim

Seunyung Kim
Cheyong-ju, South Korea

Bass-Baritone Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore
Point Pleasant, New Jersey

Bass-Baritone Tyler Zimmerman

Tyler Zimmerman*
Abington, Pennsylvania


Bass Corey McGee

Cory McGee
Stafford, Virginia

Bass William Meinert

William Meinert
Herndon, Virginia

Bass Brent Michael Smith

Brent Michael Smith*
Owosso, Michigan

*Second-year Apprentice Singer

The mission of the Santa Fe Opera is to advance the operatic art form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality in a unique setting with a varied repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works; to ensure the excellence of opera’s future through apprentice programs for singers, technicians, and arts administrators; and to foster an understanding and appreciation of opera among a diverse public.

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