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.
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 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.
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.
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.