Michigan Opera Theatre Studio
Meet the artists of Michigan Opera Theatre Studio
Above, pictured left to right: Soprano Angela Theis, Bass Brent Michael Smith, Baritone Jeff Byrnes, Tenor Joseph Michael Brent, and Mezzo Soprano Briana Elyse Hunter.
The five resident artists of Michigan Opera Theatre Studio 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 hone their skills through master classes and training with an array of world class professionals, guest artists, and coaches. Throughout their residency, studio artists benefit from the advice and guidance of Dr. David DiChiera, coaching from accompanist Tessa Hartle, and advanced individual training from MOT’s newly named Director of Resident Artist Programs, celebrated American tenor, Richard Leech.
Supported by a major grant from the William Davidson Foundation, the program will serve 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 take the leading roles in Marc Adamo’s Little Women (MOT’s third consecutive season of producing an opera in a community venue). Marc Scorca, President and CEO of Opera America said the program “will add an important dimension to the American training infrastructure and another element to MOT’s broad community service.”
Throughout the 2016-17 Season, the studio artists will fill essential roles in all main stage productions, too. They include Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Kevin Puts’s Silent Night, Giacomo Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West,” and David DiChiera’s Cyrano.
Learn more about the individual artists.