Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artists, 2017-18
The five resident artists of Michigan Opera Theatre Studio – soprano, Monica Dewey; mezzo-soprano, Briana Elyse Hunter; tenor, Michael Day; baritone, Harry Greenleaf; and bass-baritone, Erik Van Heyningen represent some of the most exciting emerging talent in opera today. Coming to Detroit from all different areas of the country, from September to June these young opera professionals gain valuable experience through myriad performance opportunities in main stage and community productions, and regional outreach presentations. Throughout their residency, studio artists benefit from advanced individual training and guidance from MOT’s Director of Resident Artist Programs, American tenor, Richard Leech, and Studio Coach/Accompanist, Tessa Hartle, and hone their skills through master classes and instruction from an array of world class professionals, guest artists, and coaches.
Supported by a major grant from the William Davidson Foundation, the program serves as a central component of MOT’s enhanced presence in the community through our productions in the Detroit Opera House, community venues, and through recitals and special events. An important and unique element of the program is that MOT’s community initiative productions are now selected and mounted specifically for the Studio Program. The artists will fill the leading roles in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 (MOT’s fourth consecutive season of producing an opera in a community venue). Marc Scorca, President and CEO of Opera America said the program “adds an important dimension to the American training infrastructure, and another element to MOT’s broad community service.”
Throughout the 2017-18 Season, the studio artists will also fill essential roles in all main stage productions.