Los Angeles Opera Unveils Members of 2024-25 Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program

By David Salazar

The Los Angeles Opera has announced the 2024-25 members of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.

The new members include soprano Gabrielle Turgeon; tenors Nathan Bowles and Yuntong Han; baritone Hyungjin Son; and bass-baritone Vinícius Costa. Soprano Kathleen O’Mara will be a returning artist for her second year with the program.

Bowles is set to appear with LA Opera in the role of Benvolio in “Romeo and Juliet” next season. He will also perform at Tulsa Opera and recently performed with The Dallas Opera.

Costa is the winner of the Vaughan Williams Society Song Prize and is set to appear at the Aspen Music Festival. He will perform in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Ainadamar,” and “Rigoletto” with LA Opera.

Han was a young artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Ravinia Steans Music Institute. He will debut with LA Opera as Tybalt in “Romeo and Juliet” and will cover the role of Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly.”

Son has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera and will take on the title role in “Don Giovanni” with the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. He will debut with LA Opera in “Madama Butterfly,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Rigoletto.”

Finally, Turgeon will appear in “Madama Butterfly,” “Ainadamar,” and “Rigoletto” with LA Opera. She was a young artist at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and Aspen Music Festival.

Of the vocal young artists, Bowles, Han, and Son were all Grand Finalists in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition.

They are joined by pianists/coaches Sujin Choi and Julian Garvue.

The artists were chosen by a panel that included Los Angeles Opera President and CEO Christopher Koelsch; Music Director James Conlon; Susan Graham, the program’s Artistic Advisor; Paul Hopper, Senior Director of Artistic Planning; Stephen King, head of vocal instruction for the program; and Blair Salter, head coach for the program.

“LA Opera is dedicated to helping extraordinarily talented artists build their careers, and the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program has become one of the opera world’s premier training grounds,” said Koelsch in an official press release. “It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome these future opera stars to our company. I know our audiences will be excited to experience their artistry on our stage throughout the season to come.”