Finger Lakes Opera Announces 2021 Tomita Young Artists Roster

By Logan Martell

Finger Lakes Opera in upstate New York has announced its 2021 Tomita Young Artists roster, comprised of applicants from all over the world who will have the opportunity to work and learn with the company over the summer.

Among the artists making their return to the program are tenors David Soto Zambrana and Nathaniel Catasca, baritone Robert Riordan, soprano Robin Steitz, and bass Jongwon Choi. First-time artists include soprano Danielle Beckvermit, mezzos Veena Akama-Makia and Imara Miles, baritone John Allen Nelson, and collaborative pianists Natasha Talukdar Elam and Edward Forstman.

The Tomita Young Artists will be featured in upcoming FLO productions such as “Summer Scenes,” “Opera HITS!” and the children’s opera “Three Little Pigs,” which will be held through July in various locations throughout the Finger Lakes region. Select members of the roster will also work side-by-side with mainstage artists for the August production of “The Barber of Seville.”

Further programing information will be announced at the end of May.

“This year’s audition process was completely virtual due to the pandemic, and we received a record number of applications to our program,” writes FLO Artistic Director and founder Gerard Floriano in a press release. “The level of singing and artistry was extraordinary, and I am confident that the FLO Tomita Artists for 2021 will be among the best group of young artists anywhere.”