Lisa Marie Rogali, River Guard, & Rolfe Dauz Named Detroit Opera 2023-24 Resident Artists

By Afton Wooten

Detroit Opera has announced the newly selected singers to train in the company’s Resident Artist Program during the 2023–24 season.

Those chosen are mezzo-soprano Lisa Marie Rogali, tenor River Guard, and baritone Rolfe Dauz. These three were selected from more than 850 international artists who applied to the program. The Resident Artists have committed to an intensive program while living in Detroit from September 2023 through June 2024. They will receive specially crafted and individualized curricula in addition to various performance opportunities. All Resident Artists will begin on a one-year contract and those selected will be invited to participate for another year.

Soprano Melanie Spector and baritone Ben Reisinger who participated in the 2022–23 Resident Artist Program will continue their residency through this season.

The company’s founder Dr. David DiChiera created the program in 2015. This is the second season of Detroit Opera’s recently reworked residency program under the leadership of Yuval Sharon, Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director, and President and CEO Wayne S. Brown. The new design focuses on individualized training in the following areas, voice, movement, language, and career guidance.

In an official press statement, Associate Artistic Director Christine Goerke who along with Detroit Opera’s Head of Music, Nathalie Doucet spearheads the Resident Artist Program remarked that “Having had the good fortune to have a career spanning the better part of three decades and counting, I know without a doubt that I would not be where I am today without having benefited from various training programs. Having a space to grow, explore, learn, test boundaries, and even fail in a safe place allows us to craft the artist that we will become. I am so proud to oversee the Detroit Opera Resident Artist Program and to support the creation of the next generation’s stars.”