Santa Fe Opera Reveals 2024 Apprentice Program for Singers

By Afton Wooten
(Photo credit: Curtis Brown)

The Santa Fe Opera has announced the 44 members of its 2024 Apprentice Program for Singers.

The class of 2024 was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants by Program Director Gayletha Nichols; Manager, Casting and Apprentice Program for Singers Chandler Johnson; Chief Artistic Officer David Lomelí; and Chorus Master Susanne Sheston through a competitive pre-screening and audition process. The singers chosen come from the USA, Australia, Canada, Cuba, and South Korea.

First-year sopranos are Isobel Anthony, Ginaia Black, Rachel Fitzgerald, Natasha Isabella Gesto, Anneliese Klenetsky, Emma Marhefka, Jazmine Saunders, Elisa Sunshine, and Anna Thompson. Returning sopranos are Cadie J. Bryan and Kathryn Henry. New mezzo-soprano include Megan Graves, Christina Grohowski, Shannon Keegan, Kayla Nanto, Aubrey Odle, and Naomi Steele. Second-year mezzos are Ashlyn Brown, Tessa Fackelmann, and Kaylee Nichols. Jacob Abrahamse, David Bogaev, Nathan Bowles, Matthew Goodheart, Randy Ho, Ryan Bryce Johnson, and Sahel Salam are among the first-year tenors. Garrett Evers, Spencer Hamlin, Wayd Odle, and Andrew Turner return for a second season.

The new baritones are Cole Bellamy, Eleomar Cuello, Randell McGee, and Yeongtaek Yang. They are joined by Bernardo Medeiros and Sejin Park for a second year. First-year bass-baritones are Tzvi Bat Asherah, Keith Klein, and Joshua Klein. Second-year bass-baritones are Sam Dhobhany, Dylan Gregg, and Luke Harnish. Drew Comer is the first-year bass.

The 28 apprentice singers will sing named roles in “La traviata,” “The Righteous,” “Der Rosenkavalier” and “The Elixir of Love.” Program participants will additionally appear in two Sunday evenings of staged Apprentice Scenes on August 11 and 18.