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.
2018-19 Season Resident Artists
Praised for her “crystalline voice and flawless intonation,” soprano Grace Kahl recently completed her Artist’s Diploma at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. During her participation in the Apprentice Artist Program with Des Moines Metro Opera she was featured in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music as Mrs. Anderssen. Most recently she performed the role of Nannetta in Falstaff with Intermountain Opera Bozeman. Dedicated to performing new music, Grace debuted the role of Lucy in the world premiere of Austin Jaquith’s Dracula: Bloodlines. Grace was the first prize winner of the 2017 American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition. Grace returned to Des Moines Metro Opera in summer 2018 to portray the roles of Laurie in The Tender Land and the Kitchen Boy in Rusalka. Grace will be featured in Utah Opera’s productions of The Little Prince, Candide, and The Magic Flute this season.
Lebanese-American mezzo-soprano Melanie Ashkar is known for the “rich texture” of her voice and her “delightfully expressive” stage presence. Last season at Utah Opera, she portrayed Ida in Die Fledermaus and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi. This past summer she made her Central City Opera debut as Third Lady in The Magic Flute. Melanie has appeared across New York City as Earth (Los Elementos) with New York City Opera, Olga (Eugene Onegin) and Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) with Utopia Opera, Bradamante (Alcina) with OperaRox Productions, and as Jo (Little Women), Older Woman (Flight) and La Zia Principessa/Zita (Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi) with Mannes Opera. A Washington, DC native, Melanie holds a BA in Music and Linguistics from the University of Virginia, an MS in Linguistics from Georgetown University, and an MM in Voice from Mannes College. For Utah Opera’s 2018-19 season, she will be featured as The Fox in The Little Prince, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Clotilde in Norma, and will also join the Utah Symphony as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.
Tenor Christopher Oglesby returns to Utah Opera as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, where later this season he will be featured in The Magic Flute, The Little Prince, and Norma. This past summer he played Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress with Merola Opera. As an education artist with The Dallas Opera, he performed the role of Bastien in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne and Don Giovanni in Davies’ The Three Little Pigs. Other recent credits include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) with the Amalfi Coast Festival, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with the University of North Texas Opera Theater, and Box (Sullivan’s Cox and Box) with Opera in Concert in Dallas. He holds Bachelor degrees in both Vocal Performance and Music Education from Lee University and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas.
Detroit native bass-baritone Jesús Vicente Murillo made his professional debut at the age of eighteen with Michigan Opera Theater as The Android in The Very Last Green Thing. In Utah Opera’s 2017-18 season, he appeared as Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick, and Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, and also performed the bass solos in Messiah with the Utah Symphony. In Utah Opera’s 2018-19 season he will perform in Romeo and Juliet, Candide, and The Little Prince. Other recent credits include the roles of Jose Castro (La Fanciulla del West) and L’Inconnu (Cyrano) with Michigan Opera Theater. Jesús received his Master of Music degree in Opera and Voice from McGill University in Montreal and his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan.
Pianist Robert Bosworth is thrilled to be returning for a second season with Utah Opera. Mr. Bosworth has participated in the Merola Opera Program, Music Academy of the West, and Opera Saratoga. He has also been on staff with Chicago Summer Opera and the Utah Vocal Arts Academy’s Summer Opera Festival. Most recently, he served as the chorus master for Disney in Concert: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl with the Utah Symphony. In addition to his love for opera, Mr. Bosworth exhibits a strong passion for art song repertoire, and was a pianist for Carnegie Hall Presents: The Song Continues. He holds a Master of Music in Vocal Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky.
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
2019-20 SEASON AUDITION DATES AND LOCATIONS
Salt Lake City Auditions: Nov 16
New York City Auditions: Nov 30-Dec 2
Chicago Auditions: Dec 4
Application requires $25 processing fee
All applications must be received no later than Oct 26
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.