STUDIO ARTISTS

Opera Maine Studio Artist Program

Opera Maine’s prestigious Studio Artist program (formerly known as Young Artist Program) was inaugurated in 1996 and has run continuously except for a brief hiatus during the great recession. It has evolved from being an “educational” activity for local music students, giving them an opportunity to sing in concert settings, to offering full fledged programs for young professionals who produce and perform complete operas at various locations around the state. Many of our alumni have gone on to have successful careers in major theaters around the country. Participants also have roles in Opera Maine’s mainstage production, working with Opera Maine’s Artistic Director, Dona D. Vaughn and our Principal Conductor Stephen Lord. For more information contact Opera Maine at (207) 879-7678

2017 Studio Artist Production of
An American Dream by Jack Perla

If you had to leave your home today and couldn’t return, what would you take with you? Why is that object – that connection to your past – so important? Hear this story of Patriots and Immigrants as WWII is coming to a close.

Timothy Steele, Musical Director
Richard Gammon, Director
John Sundling, Scenic Designer

An American Dream will be performed at three locations:

St. Lawrence Arts, Portland, Wednesday, July 12 and Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm, $22/$12, stlawrencearts.org TICKETS

Deertrees Theater, Harrison, Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 pm, $22/$16, www.deertrees-theatre.org TICKETS

The Temple, Ocean Park, Sunday, July 16 at 7:30pm, $15, oceanpark.org, Tickets available at the door.

Studio Artists will also have roles as understudies and ensemble members in Opera Maine’s mainstage production of Verdi’s La traviata at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, July 26 and 28.

Opera Maine is grateful to The Portland Ballet for the use of their space as the Studio Artists prepare for performance.

2017 Artist Biographies

Timothy Steele, Musical Director, celebrates his fourteenth season with Opera Maine. Since 1991 he has been on the opera faculty of New England Conservatory, and he has served as conductor/pianist for over 120 productions with numerous companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. He has conducted eight outreach tours with Boston Lyric Opera and was music director of Opera Providence.

Richard Gammon, Director, is the director of Opera Maine’s Young Artist Program (Gianni Schicchi, Trouble In Tahiti) and has also worked with the Young Artist Programs of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera North, and Virginia Opera. Other directing credits include: Ash Lawn Opera, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Kentucky Lexington. He made his BAM Next Wave debut last year as the Creative Associate with the Seán Curran Company (Dream’d in a dream), was a former Directing Fellow at Wolf Trap Opera, and has been on the staging staff of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera North, and Opera Maine.

Sponsored by the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation

and through generous donation from:
Elizabeth Astor
Connie & Peter Bingham
Kenneth Blaschke
Jonathan Carr & Todd Greenquist
Craig & Jennifer Cooper
Daniel Crew
Jerry & Margaret Dalton
Ann L. Elderkin and James Bucknam
Marvin Ellison
Leslie Hart & Kevin Schochat
John Hatcher & Dan Kennedy
William & Mary Jean Holt
Phillip & Jane Johnston
Andrew & Jessica Kalloch
Ned Kane
Richard & Edna Krull
Arthur & Angela LeBlanc
Candice Lee
Mike & Nancy Marino
Elizabeth McLellan
Vincent & Anne Oliviero
Peter & Pam Plumb
Warren & Melody Schubert
Arlene & Wilmont Schwind
John & Elizabeth Serrage
Ruth Story
Caroline Teschke
Elena Vandervoort
Jane Wellehan
Margaret & Skip Wilkis

Young Artist Productions over the years
2016–The Medium (Menotti)
2015–Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
2014–Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
2011–Cafe Vienna (Thomasworld premiere)
2010–The Impresario (Mozart) and The Night Bell (Donizetti)
2009–The Secret Marriage (Cimarosa)
2008–Too Many Sopranos (Penhorwood)
2007–La Canterina and Lo Speziale (Haydn)
2006–L’Oca del Cairo (Mozart)

2005–Dr.Miracle (Bizet)
2004–Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
2003–Rita (Donizetti) and The Telephone (Menotti)
2002–Dr.Miracle (Bizet)
2001–The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
2000–The Impresario (Mozart)
1996-1999–Concerts of arias and ensembles

Support Opera Maine’s Studio Artist Program

Many foundations, companies and individuals have provided generous support for our Studio Artist Programs. If you have an interest in doing so, please contact Caroline Koelker, Opera Maine’s Managing Director at (207) 879-7678