An opportunity for recent conservatory graduates to gain valuable experiences at the professional level.

During their five-month residency in Palm Beach they are Palm Beach Opera’s community ambassadors,
performing throughout the region in education and outreach concerts.

The Apprentice Artists further their artistic development through regular coaching
 as well as adding strength and consistency to all of the mainstage production choruses.

2017 Season

The Apprentice Artist Program is generously sponsored anonymously, and in part by Mr. and Mrs. Allan Greenblatt.

Sponsored by Mrs. Karen Tell

Soprano Brooklyn Snow is an emerging international artist who already in her young career has gained performance credits in the United States, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. During the summer of 2016, Ms. Snow made her debut with Opera Saratoga as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and performed the role of the Fairy in Philip Glass’s opera-ballet for children The Witches of Venice. As a concert soloist, Ms. Snow has appeared with the Indiana Opera Chorus and the University of Oregon Chamber Choir. Ms. Snow has fulfilled young artist residencies with Salzburg’s historic Mozarteum Akademie, the Castleton Festival, and SongFest. She has placed as a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Midwest Region) and a top honors prizewinner in the Mozarteum’s concluding Preisträgerkonzert. Ms. Snow recently earned her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (IU) as a scholarship recipient from the National Society of Arts and Letters. As a member of the IU Opera Theater, she performed the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel, Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lisette in La rondine. Further performances include Despina in Così fan tutte with Blooming Voce and the role of Rainbow Crow in the premiere of Chappell Kingsland’s The Firebringers for the opera outreach program Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK). Ms. Snow received her Bachelors of Music from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, receiving several scholarships and an Award in Excellence in Undergraduate Voice. As an undergraduate, she performed as a soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater under the direction of Matthew Halls and performed at the Oregon Bach Festival. A native of Portland OR, Ms. Snow is presently based in Chicago IL and currently studies with the famed baritone, Kammersänger Wolfgang Brendel.


Mezzo-soprano Kelsey Robertson recently completed a second season as an Apprentice Artist at the 2016 Caramoor International Music Festival. At Caramoor, she appeared in recitals and in the choruses of Fidelio and Aureliano in Palmira. This year Kelsey sang as a Season Artist for Opera Saratoga’s Outreach program singing the role of Composer in Operation Superpower. Kelsey received her B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory and her M.M. from Eastman School of Music. During her time at Eastman she performed the roles of Mrs. Jones in Street Scene and the title role in Xerxes.  At Oberlin she sang the role of Antonia in A Wedding and was an active participant in opera choruses and opera scenes.


Matthew graduated this past spring with his Masters from Mannes, The New School for Music where he studied with Arthur Levy. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan where he studied with Carmen Pelton. Matthew has focused heavily on Italian art song and bel canto repertoire. This past summer, Matthew was an apprentice artist at the Caramoor Music Festival. He was also an apprentice at Caramoor in 2013. In the summer of 2015, Matthew participated in Classic Lyric Arts: La lingua Della lirica headed by Mannes professor, Glenn Morton.


Elliott Paige, tenor, is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music where he received his Master of Music in opera performance, and is an alumnus of James Madison University where he received a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance.  Mr. Paige recently made his European debut singing Robbins and Crab Man in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Prior to going on tour in Germany, he was a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theater of St. Louis where he premiered the role of Bombur Yarmbazal in Perla’s new work Shalimar the Clown. While in St. Louis he also coverd the role of Malcolm in Verdi’s Macbeth. Other recent credits include Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (scenes), ensamble and peasant leader in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and chorus in Verdi’s Macbeth with the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Program. His other roles include Second Priest and First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, Duncan in Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth, the title role in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, at The Manhattan School of Music Opera Studio. Elliott will also be singing in the Metropolitan Opera chorus for their production of Der Flingende Holländer in April of 2017.


Samuel Hinkle, praised for his “strong baritone voice” and “solid projection”  (La Presse, Montreal), is an emerging artist from Fort Worth, Texas.  He holds both a Master of Music and a Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of renowned bass-baritone Richard Cross.  He completed his Bachelor of Music degree at Mannes College the New School for Music in New York City. In the summer of 2016, Samuel was an apprentice artist at Central City Opera where he performed the role of Jacob. Other credits include Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro with Yale Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the Siena Music Festival, and the part of The Traveller in Britten’s seldom performed Curlew River with Ballet Opera Pantomime Montreal.


Bass-baritone Joshua Arky recently performed the roles of Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance (Opéra Louisiane); Il Conte di Walter in Luisa Miller, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Colline in La bohème, and Un vieillard in Bloch’s Macbeth (all with the Manhattan School of Music); Dottore Grenvil and Il Commissario in La traviata, Merlin in Boismortier’s Don Quixote and the Duchess, and the Captain of the Inquisition in Man of La Mancha (all with Central City Opera). Other roles include Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia (Green Mountain Opera Festival) and Zuniga in Carmen (Aspen Opera Theater Center). Mr. Arky has performed as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Binghamton Philharmonic), Händel’s Messiah (Columbia University), and Mozart’s Requiem (Hunter College). For the summer of 2016, Mr. Arky was engaged as an Apprentice Artist with the Caramoor Bel Canto Opera Program. Mr. Arky was a 2015 Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions (Eastern Region), as well as the recipient of the Rohatyn Great Promise Award at the Regional Finals. Previous honors include being a 2014 Regional Finalist in the MONC Auditions (Eastern Region), receiving an Encouragement Award from the MONC Auditions (2013), and receiving a Silver Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (2009). Mr. Arky holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a recipient of the President’s Award and the Alexandra Hunt Endowed Vocal Scholarship. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, where he graduated cum laude.


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Cory Battey, Coach and Pianist
Alexandra Naumenko, Coach and Pianist

Guest Voice Teacher
Betsy Bishop, mezzo soprano

Guest Vocal Coaches
Rachelle Jonck, Head Coach and Assistant Conductor at Caramoor and Westminster Choir College
Danielle Orlando, Principal Opera Coach, Curtis Institute and Academy of Vocal Arts

Stuart Skelton, Tenor
Dona D. Vaughn, Artistic Director- Manhattan School of Music and PORT Opera
Ron Raines, Baritone
Jay Lesenger, Former General Director of Chautauqua Opera; Stage Director of Rigoletto

David Stern, PBO Chief Conductor (Madama Butterfly and The Pirates of Penzance)
Antonello Allemandi (Rigoletto)

Stage Directors
Sam Helfrich (Madama Butterfly)
Jay Lesenger (Rigoletto)
Bill Fabris (The Pirates of Penzance)

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For more information about our 2017 Apprentice Artist Program and auditioning, click here.

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