Meet our 2017-18 Studio Artists!
Michigan Opera Theatre is pleased to announce our 2017-18 Studio Artists! As part of our Michigan Opera Theatre Studio, these resident singers receive up to two years of advanced training and performance opportunities as they hone their skills through master classes and individual work with an array of world-class professionals, guest artists, and coaches. You’ll also find them out in the community, performing at events, meetings and their own full-length opera 27 next March! Make sure you experience these up-and-coming singers while they’re here in Detroit!
Meet the new class below!
Tenor Michael Day joins the MOT Studio from his hometown of Rockford, Ill. His performance credits include singing with Indiana University Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Indianapolis Pro Musica, the Bloomington Chamber Singers and Utah Festival Opera, where he worked as a young artist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and vocal performance from Indiana University and is currently completing a master’s degree from the university. He will return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis this summer as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist, singing the role of Al Joad in a new performing version of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Next season, he will perform Don Basilio in “The Marriage of Figaro,” Pablo Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald in “27” and Spoletta in “Tosca” at MOT.
Atlanta native Monica Dewey joins the MOT Studio as its resident soprano. Monica has been a young artist with Chautauqua Voice Institute, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and Harrower Opera Workshop as well as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In 2016, Monica was the second place winner in the Central Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received her Master of Music degree from Indiana University’s acclaimed Jacobs School of Music and a dual bachelor’s degree in Music and Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. This summer marks Monica’s second season with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where she will make her role debut as Servilia in “Titus (La Clemenza di Tito).” In October, she will make a debut with San Francisco Opera singing Poussette in “Manon.” She will perform the role of Alice Toklas in MOT’s “27” in March.
Baritone Harry Greenleaf is a native of Wixom, Mich. who made his debut with MOT in 2016 in the role of Top in “The Tender Land.” His credits with MOT also include Le Bret in “Cyrano,” Jack Wallace in “The Girl of the Golden West” and Morales in “Carmen.” He has been a Studio Artist with the Wolf Tap Opera Company and an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera and a Young Artist with the Glimmerglass Festival. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is an alumnus of the Michigan State University College of Music. Future performances include working as a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival this summer. Next season, Harry will perform with MOT as Marullo in “Rigoletto,” Sciarrone in “Tosca” and the roles of Leo Stein and Man Ray in “27.”
Erik Van Heyningen
A native of Poway, Cal., bass Erik Van Heyningen makes his debut at MOT as a Studio Artist. He has sung with opera companies across the country, including performing as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist and Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at Boston University and is completing a Certificate in Opera Performance from the university’s competitive Opera Institute. This summer, Erik will join the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist. Next season, Erik will perform Count Ceprano in “Rigoletto,” Figaro in “The Marriage of Figaro” (cover), Balthazaar in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Ernest Hemingway et. al in “27” and Angelotti and the Jailer in “Tosca” at MOT.
Briana Elyse Hunter
Originally from Malvern, Penn., Briana Elyse Hunter returns for her second year as MOT Studio’s resident mezzo-soprano. Her MOT credits include Wowkle in “The Girl of the Golden West,” Jo March in “Little Women,” Madeleine Audebert in “Silent Night” and Mercedes in “Carmen.” She has been on the rosters of Santa Fe Opera, Knoxville Opera, American Opera Projects, Opera in the Heights, I SING BEIJING, Sarasota Opera, El Paso Opera and Music Academy of the West. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in vocal performance and a bachelor’s degree in theater from Davidson College. This summer, Briana will perform the role of Annie in “Porgy and Bess,” and cover Arsamenes in “Xerxes” at The Glimmerglass Festival. She will perform the role of Giovanna and cover Maddalena in MOT’s October production of “Rigoletto” and star as Gertrude Stein in MOT’s March production of “27.”