Opera Colorado Announces Artists in Residence

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Colorado has announced this year’s Artists in Residence for the 2021-22 season.

This season’s young artists will be soprano Catherine Swindle, mezzo-soprano Kendra Broom, tenor Spencer Lawrence Boyd, baritones Joseph
Goodale and Thomas Lynch, and bass-baritone Phillip Lopez.

Director of Education & Community Engagement and Director of the Artist in Residence Program Cherity Koepke said, “Our belief is that you learn best by doing, and this program is unique in that it’s focused on performance. Along with ongoing training and feedback, which is important for their growth, our artists hone and expand their performance skills with as many performance opportunities as possible. Having been away from live performance for the last year, it’s especially exciting to welcome our 2021-22 Artists in Residence and transition back to live opera.”

Greg Carpenter, General & Artistic Director added, “Opera Colorado’s Artist in Residence Program is an important thread in the artistic fabric of our company. Artists in Residence are ambassadors for opera through our education and community engagement activities. Their talents are showcased through supporting roles in our mainstage productions, and they represent our commitment to nurturing a new generation of opera artists. We’re tremendously excited about the group that will be joining us. Their voices and talents will help us bring opera to thousands of people across Colorado.”

The young artist’s program will provide singers with training, coaching, and myriad performance opportunities at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and in schools, community centers, and other venues across the state. They will also take on select mainstage roles for Opera Colorado and are the featured performers in the annual student matinee.