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 six coveted positions.
2015-2016 Studio Artists
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, Mezzo-Soprano
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
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, 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.
Calvin Griffin, Bass-Baritone
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Calvin Griffin, bass-baritone, is a second year Studio Artist with Arizona Opera. This season, he will perform Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Speaker/2nd Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, and Hortensius in La fille du régiment. In December, Mr. Griffin will perform in Santa Fe Opera’s Holiday Concert Series and make his Richmond Symphony debut as the bass soloist in Handel's Messiah. Mr. Griffin made his Santa Fe Opera debut this past summer singing the Notary in Don Pasquale as an Apprentice Artist. Last season at Arizona Opera, his roles included Colline in La bohème and Dr. Grenville in La traviata. The Columbus, Ohio native earned his BM Voice from The Ohio State University and his MM Voice from Rice University.
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.
Applications for the 2016/17 Season will be available this Fall.
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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.