The Atlanta Opera Announces New Chorus Master & Studio Artists

By David Salazar

The Atlanta Opera has announced the young singers that will be a part of its 2018-19 Studio Artists while also announcing that Rolando Salazar will be the company’s Chorus Master.

Per a press release, the Atlanta Opera Studio, which will enter its third year, features one returning artist and five new artists. The new artists include soprano Anna Koźlakiewicz, mezzo Elizabeth Sarian, baritone Jonathan Bryan, pianist and vocal coach Mauro Ronca, and stage director Conor Hanratty; tenor Justin Stolz is the returning artist.

These artists were the final selections from an application of 150 singers who performed live auditions. These artists will take on roles on the mainstage and will be featured in The Atlanta Opera’s annual season preview concert.

“We are thrilled to welcome six outstanding young artists this season for the third year of The Atlanta Opera Studio. We are welcoming back Canadian tenor Justin Stoltz, and adding five new, exciting members of the studio who come from all over the world,” said Atlanta Opera’s General Director Tomer Zvulun in the press release. “The past few years of the program have shown it to be essential for the community, as well as the growth of these young artists, and I am excited to see it develop further in the coming years.”

As for Salazar, the newly appointed Chorus Master has been with the company as Interim Chorus Master since the end of the 2016-17 season. He has been with the company since 2012.