Rachel Blaustein

Praised for "garnering audience approval as a true standout," young Soprano Rachel Blaustein is quickly gaining recognition for…

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Edward Graves

Edward Graves, a native of Oxon Hill, Md., will finish his Performer Diploma at Indiana University’s Jacobs School…

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Nathaniel Hill

Baritone Nathaniel Hill , from Ohio, is excited to be joining Florentine Opera for their 2017-2018 season, appearing…

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The Donald and Donna Baumgartner Studio Artist Program, started in 2008, provides full time employment for four emerging artists each season.  Chosen by competitive national audition, these singers perform roles on the mainstage, in schools, and for more than 25,000 people throughout our community.  In addition, they receive advanced training through masterclasses, coaching, and lessons.  Alumni of the Baumgartner Studio Artist program are singing with companies in Europe and the United States, as well as taking leadership positions with opera companies throughout the country.

Program Information

The Baumgartner Studio Artists will have the following opportunities:
  • Perform in mainstage productions
  • Perform in the @ The Center Series, at the Wayne and Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center in Riverwest
  • Perform principal roles for in-school touring opera
  • Participate in coaching lessons with professionals in the opera industry
  • Receive individual coaching with Florentine artistic staff
  • Participate in community engagement and education programs
  • Network and perform at Florentine Opera events
The Baumgartner Studio Artists Program provides season-long, comprehensive artist-in-residence employment for talented singers beginning their professional careers, while serving the mainstage, education and community engagement goals of the Florentine Opera Company. From each September through May, the program allows promising singers experience and training to facilitate their professional growth in the opera art form. Each season, four singers (soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone/bass) participate in this program. As a key component of the experience, these Baumgartner Studio Artists have the opportunity to sing supporting and comprimario roles during the opera season. Additionally, artists perform for education and community outreach initiatives and the Florentine's in-school touring opera program, serving over 26,000 students in K4-5th grade each school year. Each Baumgartner Studio Artists also has the opportunity to gain continuing training and career advice through masterclasses and coachings with visiting artists and master teachers. Applications are available on YapTracker.com in January of each year.