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Opera Orlando's studio artist program provides a platform for emerging artists to cover mainstage roles and gain valuable performance experience. From concerts to opera previews, studio artists engage the Central Florida community with high-quality educational programming.

This year Opera Orlando studio artists return to the Mayflower, Westminster Orlando, and Westminster Winter Park and visit local high schools for special opera previews and to share the beauty and splendor of opera.

To book our studio artists at your school or community center, please contact our Studio Artist program coordinator, Sarah Purser, at spurser@operaorlando.org or call 407-512-1900.

2019-2020 STUDIO ARTISTS:

  • Brent Doucette, tenor

  • Anna Eschbach, soprano

  • Adriana Nieves, soprano

  • Gloria Palermo, mezzo soprano

  • Sean Stork, baritone

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Brent Doucette

A native of Orlando, Florida, Brent Doucette will be featured as a Studio Artist for Orlando Opera’s 2019-20 season. He will be seen as Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Opera Orlando’s mainstage production of The Marriage of Figaro, as well as Mike in Peter Rothstein’s All is Calm. This past season, Mr. Doucette performed in the University of Michigan’s productions of Alcina (Oronte) and Candide (Vanderdendur), as well as the roles of Hank and Lou in The Grapes of Wrath with Michigan Opera Theatre. He has also performed with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and was seen most recently in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Mr. Doucette is also a very passionate singer of German Lieder, and frequently presents song recitals. He was twice selected as a finalist in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, one of the only competitions in the country that is solely dedicated to the performance of Lieder. Mr. Doucette holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan.

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Anna Eschbach

Soprano, Anna Eschbach, is an active performer and private voice instructor in the Central Florida area. She received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Appalachian State University and her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Born and raised in Orlando, Ms. Eschbach has performed with numerous companies and orchestras throughout Florida including Opera Orlando, the Orlando Fringe Festival, the Villages Philharmonic, and the Orlando Philharmonic. In addition, she frequently travels abroad for singing engagements, including places such as the UK, Switzerland, and most recently Kenya. Known for her performance in oratorio, her latest guest solo appearances include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Saint- Saens’ Oratorio de Noel, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes, Rutter’s Gloria and Magnificat, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria, as well as Handel’s Messiah. Currently, Ms. Eschbach runs a thriving private voice studio in the Orlando area, teaching at Dr. Phillips High School, and serves on the voice faculty at Rollins College. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ms. Eschbach performs full time with the Basilica Choir of Mary, Queen of the Universe and the Festival Singers of Florida, in addition to her all-female professional ensemble, the Helena Collective.

 
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Adriana Nieves

Adriana Nieves is a soprano and writer from Orlando, Florida. She is back home after receiving her master of music degree from Boston University, where she studied voice performance with Dr. Lynn Eustis. While there, Adriana performed in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring as Mrs. Herring, and in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline as Harriet with the Boston University Opera Institute under the direction of William Lumpkin and Oshin Gregorian. She also performed in the one-act opera Sweets by Kate as a part of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts annual Fall Fringe Festival. At the University of Central Florida, she studied with Priscilla Bagley and Beverley Rinaldi, graduating with a bachelor of music in music performance. Adriana’s roles with the University of Central Florida’s Opera Workshop included Mrs. Ford in Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Leonora in John Duke’s Captain Lovelock. She performed as a Florida Opera Theatre and Opera Orlando chorus member with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the 2011-2016 seasons. Adriana is thrilled to be home and looks forward to making musical art and telling stories to her vibrant, Orlando community.

 
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Sean Stork

Sean Christopher Stork, lyric baritone, has been singing across the state of Florida since graduating from Florida State University in 2007, including regular engagements with Opera Tampa as well as First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, The Florida Lyric Opera in Tampa, and the Villages Philharmonic, Imperial Symphony, and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestras. He has made his unique mark on such roles as Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Escamillo (Carmen), Procolo (Le convenienze ed inconvenienze tetrali), Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Captain Corchoran (HMS Pinafore), and musical theater roles such as Hucklebee (The Fantasticks), Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods), and Harold Hill (The Music Man). 

Sean has also been a featured Master Work soloist for such works as Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Theodore Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Franz Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Requiem in Dm as well as Georg Frederic Handel’s Messiah, Giacomo Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, and Ralph Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs and Dona Nobis Pacem.

A strong supporter of modern music, he has collaborated with local composers in recordings of new works such as The Sculptor, War and Peace and Kevin Lay’s Starboy. He is also an active composer and arranger, having commissioned works for the Basilica Choir of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous choruses and ensembles.

Mr. Stork is currently performing across the country with such auspicious ensembles as Diversita Opera Arts Company, Opera Tampa, The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra; Orlando Philharmonic; The Hudson Valley Chorale; Orlando Harmony; Orlando Exchange; the Dickens Carolers; and the Basilica Choir of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. www.SeanStork.com

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Gloria Palermo

Florida native Gloria Palermo is excited to return home to join Opera Orlando, where she will cover the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and sing the role of Wowkle in Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West. Gloria is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California where she sang the roles of Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina and Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz. Other roles performed include Flora Bervoix in Verdi’s La traviata at the Aspen Music Festival and La badessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica at Rice University. Gloria has received additional training at the Arizona Opera/Arizona State University Winter Vocal Academy, OperaWorks, and the Bel Canto Institute. She is currently spending her summer as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.

 

 

2019-2020 STUDIO ARTISTS:

  • Courtney Ruckman, soprano

  • Kelly Kim, soprano

  • Emily Heumann, mezzo soprano

  • Jonathan Iverson, tenor

  • Benjamin Ludwig, baritone

2017-2018 STUDIO ARTISTS

  • Kenneithia Mitchell, soprano

  • Elizabeth Ingram, soprano

  • Arleen Ramirez, soprano

  • Samantha Barnes Daniel, soprano

  • Jillian Marini, soprano

  • Sarah Purser, mezzo soprano

  • John Murray, tenor

  • Colton Brooks, tenor

  • Justin Morrison, baritone

  • Harrison Bumgardner, baritone

2016-2017 STUDIO ARTISTS

  • Elizabeth Ingram, soprano

  • Sara Stead, soprano

  • Sarah Purser, mezzo soprano

  • Morgan Davis Peckles, mezzo soprano

  • Ralph Pugh, tenor

  • Justin Morrison, baritone

 
 

To book our studio artists at your school or community center, please contact our Studio Artist program coordinator, Sarah Purser, at spurser@operaorlando.org or call 407-512-1900.