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Artists-in-Residence Program

Auditions for 2018–2019 Program Announced
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Opera Pop-Ups are happening now in celebration of the upcoming Dayton Opera presentation of Rossini's The Barber of Seville! Alexander Harper, one of this season's Artists-in-Residence, will appear at the following restaurants at 8:00 p.m. each evening: 
Thursday, Feb. 15: Carvers Steaks and Chops, (937) 433-7099 
Saturday, Feb. 17: Wheat Penny Oven and Bar, (937) 496-5268 
Saturday, Feb. 24: Brio Tuscan Grille, (937) 429-7792 
The Dayton Opera Artists-in-Residence Program
was established in 1987 to serve as a professional training program for young singers as a bridge to move from the university/conservatory education experience into the arena of a professional opera company. The four artists in the program are selected from national auditions and reside in Dayton for 3 months.

The young professional artists in Dayton Opera’s 20172018 Artists-in-Residence Program are soprano Olivia Yokers, mezzo-soprano Noragh Devlin, tenor Michael Anderson, and baritone Alexander Harper. The four Artists-in-Residence will be appearing at numerous schools and presenting musical programs throughout the community, as well as performing in main stage productions for the company.

Olivia Yokers was most recently seen performing the role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with The Utah Festival Opera. Her other recent credits include Berta in The Barber of Seville with the Virginia Opera and Laurey in Oklahoma! with Indiana University Opera Theatre. This past year, Ms. Yokers was a Herndon Emerging Young Artist with the Virginia Opera. She earned both her Master of Music degree and her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and is a native of Hamilton, OH. She will be a member of the Dayton Opera Artist-in-Residence Program this season. 

Noragh Devlin is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Mae Zenke Orvis Opera Scholarship and the Hugo Ross Award “for a singer of unusual promise.” Ms. Devlin been featured as an Apprentice Artist at Caramoor, a Vocal Fellow at Music Academy of the West, a full Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School, an Advanced Artist at the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program, and an Emerging Artist with Operaworks. Previous operatic credits include Sir John in Love (Mistress Quickly) with Bronx Opera; Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature (Elder Constance) and The Bartered Bride (Hata cover) with Music Academy of the West, and Roméo et Juliette (Gertrude) with the Aspen Music Festival and School. Ms. Devlin has also had the great pleasure of recording three commercial CDs. She was featured as Susan B. Anthony, the lead role, in the Manhattan School of Music’s recording of Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, produced by Albany Records. Also with Albany Records, she sang the role of Madame de Rosemonde in Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons. In 2016, she was featured on the CD Music From a Higher Sphere as a mezzo soloist in the recording of David Brigg’s organ transcription of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. 

Michael Anderson received his BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music. He has performed with Opera Saratoga, Central City Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. Previous operatic roles include Bardolfo (Falstaff); Jimmy (Later the Same Evening); Mayor Upfold (Albert Herring); Le Journaliste (Les mamelles de Tirésais); Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); and Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi). Oratorio works include Bach’s St. John Passion; Gounod’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Honegger’s King David, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Michael was honored to receive the Christopher Kiryluk Memorial Award from Central City Opera. He was a finalist in the New Jersey State Opera Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition and the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition. Michael is originally from Little Silver, New Jersey, and resides in Manhattan. He will be an Artist-in-Residence with Dayton Opera this season. 

Alexander Harper is a native of Richmond, VA. After discovering his love of opera and vocal music early in high school, he went on to college at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he sang such roles as Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Danilo in The Merry Widow, and Giuseppe in The Gondoliers. After moving to Cincinnati to receive his Masters degree at CCM (where he sang such roles as the Innkeeper in The Cunning Little Vixen and Germont in La Traviata), he began working with Dayton Opera. There, he has sung the roles of Morales (Carmen) and Assan (The Consul), in addition to covering the role of John Sorel in the latter. Alex is excited to begin the Artist-in-Residence Program with Dayton Opera and to continue working with such an incredible arts community.     

In addition to performing in both major and supporting roles with the Dayton Opera, these four talented young artists will work together over the next few months to perform education and outreach programs in our community, helping contribute to the future health of this wonderful art form in our area. We congratulate our new Artists-In-Residence, and we wish them the very best of luck in their stay here in the Dayton area. Bravo!

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