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Marion Roose Pullin 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 seven coveted positions.

2014-2015 Studio Artists

andrea shokeryAndrea Shokery, Soprano 
sponsored by: norman c. & donna l. harbert

Hometown: Gahanna, OH

Andrea Shokery returns for her second season to sing the Saturday night Phoenix performances of Gilda in Rigoletto and Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment, as well as all performances of First Lady in The Magic Flute.



Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker, Soprano
sponsored by: david e. dodge

Hometown: Houston, TX

Sarah Tucker was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is currently a Young Artist at the Crested Butte Summer Music Festival performing in Rigoletto and Suor Angelica. Sarah will sing the role of Pamina in The Magic Flute and Countess Ceprano and the Page in Rigoletto.



Beth Lytwynec

Beth Lytwynec, Mezzo-Soprano
sponsored by: Dr. Judith G.  & edwin wolf

Hometown: Ilion, NY

Beth Lytwynec is currently a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, performing in Ariadne auf Naxos and Carousel. She returns for her second season to sing Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga in Eugene Onegin, and Second Lady in The Magic Flute.




Andrew Penning

Andrew Penning, Tenor
sponsored by: Anonymous

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Andrew Penning is currently a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival performing in Ariadne auf Naxos and Carousel. He will sing the roles of Mateo Borsa in Rigoletto, Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin, and First Armored Man/First Priest in The Magic Flute. Andrew will also be the tenor soloist with the Tucson Symphony’s performances of Handel’s Messiah in December 2014.

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Chris Carr, Baritone
Sponsored by: Dan A. Klingenberg

Hometown: Quasqueton, IA

Chris Carr is currently a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival performing in Carousel and Madama Butterfly. This past February, Chris was announced as the recipient of the 2014 Igor Gorin Memorial Award. He returns for his second season to sing the title role in the Saturday night Phoenix performance of Eugene Onegin,as well as Marullo in Rigoletto, Second Priest in The Magic Flute, and Corporal in The Daughter of the Regiment.




calvin griffin

Calvin Griffin, Bass-Baritone
Sponsored by: Karen Fruen

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Calvin Griffin  earned his BM Voice from The Ohio State University and his MM Voice from Rice University. He was in the Arizona Opera Studio for the 2013/14 season where his roles included Colline in La bohème and Dr. Grenville in La traviata. He sang the 1st Apprentice in Wozzeck with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and has been a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera and Wolf Trap Opera Studio. At Rice he was Polinesso in Ariodante, Volpone in Volpone, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. Mr. Griffin made his Santa Fe Opera debut this past summer singing The Notary in Don Pasquale and participating in their apprentice artist program.  In December, Mr. Griffin will be returning to Santa Fe to sing in their Holiday Concert Series and is then making his Richmond Symphony debut as the Bass Soloist in Handel's Messiah. At Arizona Opera this season he will be performing Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Speaker/2nd Armored Man in Die Zauberflötte, and Hortensius in La fille du régiment.  



sara chiesa

Sara Chiesa, Pianist/Coach
Sponsored by: Sandra Werner & anonymous

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Sara Chiesa is currently an Apprentice Artist at Opera Saratoga. In the 2013-14 season she worked as a pianist and coach for Virginia Opera where she music directed the outreach education productions of Jack and the Beanstalk and Pinocchio’s Sister as well as played in the orchestra for Ariadne auf Naxos.  Ms. Chiesa has worked with the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Prague International Piano Masterclasses, the CoOPERAtive Program, V.O.I.C.Experience, CCM Spoleto Summer Festival, Virginia Opera, and Opera Saratoga. This season, she will work on the Arizona Opera music staff for productions of Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, The Magic Flute and The Daughter of the Regiment.



Applications for the 2015/16 Season are now available. Visit the following links to apply. Applications are due on October 14, 2014

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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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