Tenor Aaron Short is excited to return for a second year as a Studio Artist with the Florentine. Mr. Short spent the summer of 2014 at The Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist, covering and singing the role of First Prisoner in Fidelio. Aaron will be returning to The Santa Fe Opera in 2015 as an Apprentice Artist to perform the role of the Fourth Jew in Salome. He has also been a Young Artist with Chautauqua Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, and Opera in the Ozarks. Aaron is a recent graduate of Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he sang Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles, Nicias in Thaïs, and Jimmy Mahoney in Aufstiegund Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, for which the New York Times praised him for his “simultaneously subtle and shattering performance.” Other opera credits include Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Des Grieux in Manon and the title roles in Faust and Albert Herring. He was the recipient of the Singer of the Year award at the NATS Regional Competition (2010), a two-time finalist at the Naftzger Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and was recently a winner at the Milwaukee District Met Competition.