YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM

2021-2022 Season Benenson Young Artist Program

The Benenson Young Artist Program is a stepping stone to a successful career as an opera singer for emerging professional artists. During their five-month residency in Palm Beach, The Benenson Young Artists develop and polish essential stagecraft and performance skills, aided by musical and career guidance from Palm Beach Opera’s experienced artistic and administrative staff, as well as distinguished guest faculty. The Benenson Young Artists appear on the mainstage in supporting roles, cover leading roles, and perform in concerts and special events throughout our community.

The Benenson Young Artist Program is part of a unique three-tiered training system at Palm Beach Opera that includes the Studio Program and the Apprentice Artist program.

The Benenson Young Artist Program is funded by The Edward H. Benenson Foundation, Inc.

Guest Faculty

Voice Teachers
Stephen King
Michael Paul
Nova Thomas

Vocal Coach
Danielle Orlando

Diction Coaches
Corradina Caporello, Italian
Bénédicte Jourdois, French
Marianne Barrett, German
Ksenia Leletkina, Russian

Acting Coach
Drew Minter

Would you like more information about auditions?

For more information about our Benenson Young Artist Program and auditioning, click here.

2020-2021 Season Benenson Young Artists

Shannon Jennings, Soprano
Patricia Westley, Soprano
Jenny Anne Flory, Mezzo-Soprano
Moisés Salazar, Tenor
Heeseung Chae, Tenor
Christopher Humbert Jr., Bass-Baritone

2019-2020 Season Benenson Young Artists

Emily Blair, Soprano
Patricia Westley, Soprano
Cara Collins, Mezzo-Soprano
Maria Vasilevskaya, Mezzo-Soprano
Duke Kim, Tenor
John Tibbetts, Baritone
Ted Allen Pickell, Bass-Baritone

2018-2019 Season Benenson Young Artists

Joanna Latini, Soprano
Emily Blair, Soprano
Sylvia D’Eramo, Soprano
Natalie Rose Havens, Mezzo-Soprano
Brian Wallin, Tenor
Robert Stahley, Tenor
Ben Schaefer, Baritone
Ted Allen Pickell, Bass-Baritone

2017-2018 Season Benenson Young Artists

Chelsea Bonagura, Soprano
Kasia Borowiec, Soprano
Francesca Aguado, Mezzo-Soprano
Derrek Stark, Tenor
Brian Wallin, Tenor
Joshua Conyers, Baritone
Andrew Richardson, Bass-Baritone
Andrew Simpson, Bass-Baritone