STUDIO ARTISTS 2018-05-07T16:48:55+00:00


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

Performances at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11 at St. Lawrence Arts, Portland

Friday, July 13 at Deertrees Theatre, Harrison
Special thanks to Stephen Lord for sponsoring the Deertrees Theatre performance.

Sunday, July 15 at The Temple, Ocean Park
no advance sales.   TICKETS available at the door

Monday, July 16 at Camden Opera House

This 90-minute, one-act opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, is based on Terrence McNally’s play, Some Christmas Letters.

The opera tells the story of a famous stage actress, Madeline Mitchell, and her two adult children, Beatrice and Charlie. Set in the Decembers of 1986, 1996, and 2006, Jake Heggie’s opera explores the relationship between mother, son, and daughter and asks the question: “What, and more important who is family?”

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

2018 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 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
2017–An American Dream (Perla)
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