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.
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
2021-22 SEASON AUDITION INFORMATION
Due to the global pandemic, Utah Opera will be screening and auditioning Resident Artists Candidates via a virtual audition process. We are proud to join partner companies nationwide in a first-time coordinated effort to streamline the audition process.
Click here for detailed audition information or to apply.
2020-21 SEASON RESIDENT ARTISTS
East Greenwich, RI
Tinley Park, IL
The Michael & Vickie Callen Resident Tenor
Jefferson City, MO
Julia Gershkoff, a soprano from Rhode Island, is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, where she received her Master of Music in Vocal Arts and Opera. In the summer of 2020, Julia attended a shortened version of Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist. Roles Julia has recently performed include Susanna in Le nozzle di Figaro at USC, Joan of Arc in the Maid of Orleans at the Russian Opera Workshop, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Mark Oswald’s Summer Program, and Servilia in La clemenza di Tito at Ithaca College, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Julia is thrilled to join Utah Opera as a Resident Artist for the 2020-21 season, where she sings Tina in Flight by Jonathan Dove, covers Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and performs as Soprano Soloist with Utah Symphony’s Messiah.
Possessing “a voluminous instrument…with eloquence and force,” Italian-trained American mezzo-soprano Edith Grossman is a versatile performer with a career spanning opera and musical theatre. A graduate of the Crane School of Music in New York and double-alumna of the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, Edith has established an enviable reputation as an interpreter of new works, having most recently created the role of Rachel in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s If I Were You. She is managed by Encompass Arts LLC. For Utah Opera this season, she performs the Stewardess in Jonathan Dove’s Flight and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, as well as Alto Soloist with Utah Symphony’s Messiah.
Daniel O’Hearn is an emerging tenor from Tinley Park, Illinois. In June 2020, he graduated with a Master of Music Performance from DePaul University’s School of Music in Chicago. He most recently appeared in the University’s productions of Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera and Cavalli’s L’Egisto. In 2019 he won the American Prize form the American Prize Oratorio Society of Chicago, placed first in DePaul University’s School of Music Kleinman Competition, and earned an encouragement award from the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in the Central Region finals. With Utah Opera in its 2020-21 season, Daniel appears as Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight and Spoletta in Puccini’s Tosca, and performs as Tenor Soloist in Utah Symphony’s Messiah.
Brandon Bell is a baritone hailing from Suffolk, Virginia. Brandon returns to Utah Opera in 2020-21 for a second year as a Resident Artist. He has appeared on numerous stages across the country, including Chautauqua Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, West Edge Opera, Opera Saratoga, the California Symphony, and the Oakland Symphony. With Utah Opera this season, he appears as the Steward in Flight, Sciarrone in Tosca, and Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance. He also joins the Utah Symphony as the baritone soloist for performances of Handel’s Messiah and Fauré’s Requiem.
Taylor Burkhardt, pianist and coach, returns for a second season at Utah Opera. She has previously been on the music staff for productions at Kentucky Opera, Virginia Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Mill City Summer Opera. A passionate educator, she has also been a faculty member at Spotlight on Opera and Utah Vocal Arts Academy Summer Opera. Taylor is a graduate of the doctoral program at the University of Minnesota as well as an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, where she studied with Warren Jones.