Utah Opera’s Resident Artists Program for singers and pianists provides an integral step between graduate studies and a career. Participants spend nine months with Utah Opera developing professional skills through mainstage performances with Utah Opera and Utah Symphony, coachings, workshops, and masterclass sessions. Resident Artists also travel throughout the state to perform in-school presentations and teach students about the art of opera.
2019-20 Season Resident Artists
The Michael & Vickie Callen Resident Tenor
Praised for her “crystalline voice and flawless intonation,” soprano Grace Kahl is returning for her second season at Utah Opera. Grace was a member of the Santa Fe Apprentice program in 2019 where she was featured in the world premiere of The Thirteenth Child and in scenes from Orfeo ed Eurydice and Gianni Schicchi. Most notable roles have included Nannetta (Falstaff; Intermountain Opera Bozeman), Laurie Moss (The Tender Land; Des Moines Metro Opera), and Kitchen Boy (Rusalka; Des Moines Metro Opera). Grace was a 2019 regional finalist for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, and she earned 2nd place in the 2018 Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition. She will be featured this season in Utah Opera’s La traviata, The Barber of Seville, and Thaïs.
Praised for her “fine, warm mezzo-soprano voice,” Quinn Middleman joins Utah Opera as a Resident Artist in 2019-2020. During the season, she appears as Flora in La traviata, Madeleine in Silent Night, Myrtale in Thaïs, and will cover Rosina in The Barber of Seville. She will also appear with the Utah Symphony in Handel’s Messiah. Other upcoming engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Columbus Symphony, and Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles with Chautauqua Opera. A graduate of Chicago Opera Theater’s young artist program, Quinn returned to COT as a professional artist in 2018-2019, singing Mother in Weisman’s/Cote’s The Scarlet Ibis. She also lately debuted with St. Petersburg Opera, performing as Alms Sister in Suor Angelica. Quinn recently won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-Wisconsin District, received third place in the Ziering-Conlon “Recovered Voices” competition, and won scholarships from the Musicians Club of Women and Evanston Music Club.
Addison Marlor, dubbed a “sweet-toned tenor” by SF Gate, heralds from Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a two-time participant in the Merola Opera Program, and was praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice as having a “wonderfully warm and engaging voice and presence.” Addison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Utah Valley University and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah, where he represented the School of Music in the Graduate Vocal Quartet. Roles he has performed include Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, the title role in Bernstein’s Candide, Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, and Parîs in Saint-Saëns’ Hélène. In fall 2018, Addison debuted with the Utah Symphony in the roles of the Archbishop and Slave Driver in Bernstein’s Candide and also with Washington Concert Opera, singing Phaon in Gounod’s Sapho. With Utah Opera during the 2018-19 season, Addison was also featured in The Little Prince, The Magic Flute, and Norma. During 2019-20, he will be onstage with Utah Opera in La traviata and Silent Night.
Brandon Bell is a bass-baritone hailing from Suffolk, Virginia. Brandon has most recently appeared as Colline in West Bay Opera’s production of La bohème. Engagements in the 2018-19 season included a debut with West Edge Opera as Terry in Breaking the Waves, and his debut as the Corporal in La fille du régiment, as a Festival Artist with Opera Saratoga. Mr. Bell is a proud alumnus of the Wolf Trap Opera and Chautauqua Opera studio artist programs. In prior years, Brandon covered the roles of Masetto and Il Commendatore in Chautauqua Opera’s summer production of Don Giovanni. Additional performance highlights include Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia) and Garibaldo (Rodelinda) with the SF Conservatory of Music; L’imperial Commisario (Madama Butterfly) and English Ambassador (Ghosts of Versailles) with Wolf Trap Opera; and Nick Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with the Janiec Opera Company. During Utah Opera’s 2019-2020 season, Brandon performs featured roles in La traviata, Silent Night, The Barber of Seville, and Thaïs.
Pianist Taylor Burkhardt collaborates with a number of musicians as a duo partner, chamber musician, répétiteur, and coach. In the 2018-2019 season, she was involved with productions at Kentucky Opera, Virginia Opera, and Atlanta Opera, and also did song recital work in Louisville, KY and Minneapolis, MN. During summer 2019, she was a faculty member at the Utah Vocal Arts Academy Summer Opera Festival, where she coached privately and accompanied the masterclasses of Darrell Babidge and Peter Randsman. She is a graduate of the doctoral program at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Timothy Lovelace, and is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, where she primarily studied with Warren Jones.
UTAH OPERA RESIDENT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Join us to take advantage of our outstanding performance and training opportunities in one of the most spectacular settings in North America!
- Nine-month paid residency, SEPTEMBER–MAY
- Comprimario roles in mainstage operas
- In-school presentations
- Coaching & masterclasses with music staff & guest artists
- Concert with the Utah Symphony
- Principal artist covers
- Outreach concerts
PIANIST / COACH
- Nine-month paid residency, SEPTEMBER–MAY
- Accompanies Ensemble Artists’ performances
- Covers mainstage opera rehearsals
- Coaching with music staff & guest artists
2020-21 SEASON AUDITION DATES AND LOCATIONS
Salt Lake City Auditions: November 15, 2019
New York City Auditions: December 6-8, 2019
Chicago Auditions: December 10, 2019
Application requires $25 processing fee
All applications must be received no later than Oct 25, 2019.
You will be notified when your application is received and whether or not you have been accepted for an audition.
For the audition, prepare four (4) contrasting arias (one in English). A pianist will be provided.