LA Opera Announces 2019-20 Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program

By Francisco Salazar

Plácido Domingo, General Director of LA Opera, has chosen six singers to join LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program for the 2019-20 season.

The six artists chosen for the program are tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro, soprano Sylvia D’Eramo, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Flores, soprano Alaysha Fox, tenor Robert Stahley, and soprano Tiffany Townsend.

“For many years, I have been passionate about discovering and supporting future generations of singers. I am always looking, of course, for beautiful, well-trained voices, but voice alone is not enough to build a career,” said Domingo in a press release. “The singers who stand out for me are those who can truly communicate with audiences, who have the personality, individuality and interpretative ability to develop into complete artists.

“I am eager to welcome these six new singers to the company, and I can’t wait to show them what intensive training in the environment of a world-class opera company can do for them.”

The LA Opera went through nationwide auditions that were eventually narrowed down to 25 candidates. Those were invited to Los Angeles and New York City to perform for Domingo and an audition panel that included President and CEO Christopher Koelsch, the program’s Artistic Advisor, Susan Graham, and the company’s Senior Director of Artistic programs, Joshua Winograde, along with Nino Sanikidze, the head coach for the program.