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Arizona Opera Studio

In residence all season, Studio Artists can be seen performing on both our main stage and throughout Arizona. The Studio also provides well-rounded, personalized instruction that propels each artist to the next level. These opportunities help bridge the gap between academic studies and a professional career. Over 650 applications were received for these six coveted positions.

2015-2016 Studio Artists

Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker, Soprano

Hometown: Houston, TX

Described by Opera Today as “the star of the show,” young soprano Sarah Tucker is demanding attention for her sensitive musicality and voice with high notes exhibiting “a radiant bloom.” Ms. Tucker is a 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Semifinalist and a member of the Arizona Opera Studio. For her recent debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Arizona Opera, Ms. Tucker was praised for “purity and vivacious charm” in a “simply irresistible” performance (The Republic).  Also with Arizona Opera, Ms. Tucker appeared as Countess Ceprano and Paggio in Rigoletto. Last season, Ms. Tucker made her debut with Gotham Chamber Opera in the role of Memory I in the well-received world premiere of Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You. This summer, she appears as Norina in Don Pasquale with the Crested Butte Music Festival. Other future appearances include several role debuts with Arizona Opera, including Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas, Michaëla in Carmen and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.

Alyssa Martin

 Alyssa Martin, Mezzo-Soprano

 Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Mezzo-Soprano, Alyssa Martin, is a first year Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist at Arizona Opera where she will appear in productions of Arizona Lady, Carmen, Don Giovanni and Falstaff. She has participated in the young artist programs of companies such as the Santa Fe Opera, Virginia Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Utah Festival Opera. She has been the recipient of awards from the Seattle Opera Guild, Career Bridges Foundation, Young Patronesses of the Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Martin completed her studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Andrew Penning

 Andrew Penning, Tenor

 Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Andrew Penning, originally from St. Paul, MN, is a tenor in the Arizona Opera Studio. During the 2015-16 season he will return to the Arizona Opera Studio to make leading role debuts as Arcadio (Florencia en el Amazonas) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). He will also sing the supporting roles of Remendado (Carmen), Chester Kingsbury (Arizona Lady), and Bardolfo (Falstaff). Assignments from the 2014-15 season with Arizona Opera included Triquet (Eugene Onegin), Borsa (Rigoletto), and 1st Armored Man/Second Priest (Die Zauberflöte). In opera and in concert, Mr. Penning has appeared with some of the most prestigious companies and festivals in the United States including: Glimmerglass Festival, Utah Opera, Utah Symphony, Tanglewood Music Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tucson Symphony, and Seagle Music Colony. Mr. Penning completed his Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati and his Bachelor of Music at Lawrence University..

Joseph Lattanzi

 joseph lattanzi, Baritone

Hometown: Mableton, GA

Baritone Joseph Lattanzi is gaining notice for his “robust vocalism,” “unmistakable charisma,” and “undeniable star potential.”  Recent seasons included performances with Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, and an international debut in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the Orchestra e Coro Sinfonica di Milano "Giuseppe Verdi". Lattanzi garnered much acclaim for his performances of Il Conte in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program. As a member of Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program, Opera News Magazine recognized his "fresh, bright baritone voice" as Moralès in Bizet’s Carmen. The Mableton, GA native has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with additional training at the Merola Opera Program, Chautauqua Institute, and Brevard Music Center. 

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Calvin Griffin, Bass-Baritone

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Calvin Griffin, bass-baritone, is a third year Studio Artist with Arizona Opera.  This season, he will perform Captain in Florencia en el Amazones, Zuniga and cover Escamillo in Carmen, and Pistola in Falstaff.  Mr. Griffin will also be making his Opera Columbus debut singing Colline in La bohème.  Past roles with Arizona Opera include Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Speaker/2nd Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, Colline in La bohème and Dr. Grenville in La traviata.  On the concert stage, he was the bass soloist in Handel's Messiah with Richmond Symphony, and also sang the 1st Apprentice in Wozzeck with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Previous engagements include apprenticeships with Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera Studio.  Mr. Griffin was the winner of The Igor Gorin Memorial Award in 2015.


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Cody Martin, Pianist/Coach

Hometown: Mascoutah, IL

Cody Martin joins Arizona Opera in the 2015-16 Season as a Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist, where he will work on the music staff for productions of Arizona Lady, Florencia en el Amazonas, Carmen, Don Giovanni, and Falstaff. Last season, he worked with Virginia Opera as Emerging Artist Apprentice Coach, where he was the music director for the touring educational outreach shows. Cody has been on the music staff of the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center since 2013, working as an assistant conductor, coach, and pianist.  He holds degrees from Florida State University and Murray State University.



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Special Thanks

Arizona Opera extends its gratitude to Marion Roose Pullin, whose continued and sustaining support reflects an unwavering dedication to the emerging talent of today and the stars of tomorrow.

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