Ian Murrell

Ian Murrell is a native of Vandalia, Illinois and has been hailed as a "powerful" and "resonant baritone" by…

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Grace Wipfli

Grace Wipfli, a promising young soprano from Toledo, Ohio, has most recently appeared as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s…

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Olivia Doig

Soprano Olivia Doig first fell in love with performing as a child while singing in children’s choruses at the…

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Donald and Donna Baumgartner Studio Artist Program and Summer Concert Residency Program Information

The Florentine Opera provides both a summer and season-long comprehensive artist-in-residence employment for talented singers beginning their professional careers, while serving the performance goals of the Florentine Opera Company. These programs provide promising singers performance experience and training to facilitate their professional growth in the opera art form. Each summer and production season, four singers (soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone/bass) participate in these programs.
Baumgartner Studio Artist Program Basics
  • September – May
  • Full-time artist residency
  • Baumgartner Studio Artists will perform supporting roles, and/or sing in the chorus, in the Florentine Opera’s main stage productions
  • Featured in @ The Center Series concerts
  • Baumgartner Studio Artists will also perform roles in the school tour production
  • Additional performances include, but are not limited to:
    • Performing at Florentine Opera community engagement events
    • Performing at Board meetings and various donor events throughout the season
  • Coachings with members of the Florentine Opera’s music staff
  • Baumgartner Studio Artists must be available to participate in the program for the entire length of the contract dates
Summer Concert Residency Program Basics
  • June and July
  • Part-time artist residency (mandatory participation in all performances and coachings)
  • Perform at Florentine Opera community engagements events
  • Master class opportunities
  • Coachings with the Florentine Opera’s music staff
  • Artists for either program receive a weekly stipend and furnished housing in a shared house. Each singer will be provided with his or her own private bedroom.
2018-2019 Application and Audition Information
Contact Information
For any questions, please contact Lisa Hanson, Director of Artistic Administration at lhanson@florentineopera.org.