The Shreveport Opera Resident Artist Program allows emerging professional singers and pianists the opportunity to receive training within a professional opera company. Each season, the Resident Artists (consisting of four singers and one pianist) perform and/or cover leading, supporting, comprimario and ensemble roles in the three mainstage productions. They receive coachings and workshops with visiting artists, opportunities to sing with area orchestras as featured soloists and weekly cantor positions at Shreveport churches. Perhaps the most important part of the Resident Artists' position in Shreveport is their participation in the SOX Program (Shreveport Opera Xpress). This program allows the Resident Artists to go out into the communities of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas to bring opera into their lives. The SOX program features two children's operas that not only expose children to the art form but also discuss important topics such as diversity, acceptance and bullying, and they are performed in over 100 different schools . The SOX program also includes "Operatizers" (a concert of Opera Arias and Musical Theatre Pieces) at senior centers, community centers and private functions. Along with a weekly stipend, the Resident Artists receive housing, transportation to all company events and a travel stipend. Auditions for the program are held each December in New York City.
For information on how to apply to the Shreveport Opera Resident Artists program, please see the listing on YAPtracker here.
2019-2020 RESIDENT ARTISTS
FLORA WALL, soprano
2nd Year Resident Artist
Flora Wall recently received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Houston on May of 2018. While there, she performed the roles in Ward’s The Crucible (Sarah Good), Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Sigretto (Carolina), Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges (Princess Ninetta), and Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (Elvira), and premiere the leading role in Nelson’s The School for Scandal (Lady Teazle). She also performed the leading role in Donizetti’s Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Corilla) with Houston’s Lone Star Lyric Company. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. At SFASU, she performed leading roles in Weill’s Street Scene (Rose) and in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta) as well as prepared roles and scenes from Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel (Gretel), Menotti’s The Medium (Monica), Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi), and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia). After graduating with her Master’s she was invited to perform at the 2018 Fort Worth Opera Gala, and enthusiastically accepted her first contract working with Shreveport Opera in the 2018-19 season. She will be performing roles in different outreach operas as well as Bernstein’s West Side Story (Maria) and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (La Cugina).
EMMA BONANNO, mezzo-soprano
1st year Resident Artist
Emma Bonanno, mezzo-soprano, recently completed her Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera at the Boston Conservatory and is thrilled to be joining Shreveport Opera as a Resident Artist for the 2019-20 season! At the Boston Conservatory she performed roles including the Secretary (The Consul), Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), and Mrs. Patrick DeRocher (Dead Man Walking), and other favorite roles in her repertoire include Jo March (Little Women), the title role in La Cenerentola, Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Meg Page (Falstaff). In the summer of 2018, Emma joined Charlottesville Opera as an apprentice singer, and she has worked with New York City companies including the Bronx Opera Company, the Martina Arroyo Foundation Prelude to Performance, City Lyric Opera, and the North Shore Music Festival. In addition to opera, she loves performing a wide array of song repertoire, and recent collaborations include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Boston-based CØDA Ensemble and performances of Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder, and Britten’s On this Island.
RYAN DALY, tenor
1st year Resident Artist
Ryan Daly, tenor, is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. This summer Ryan made his debut as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Miami Music Festival. The upcoming season will see him join the Shreveport Opera as a Resident Artist. While in residence at Shreveport, Ryan will perform the roles of Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Padre in Man of La Manche. Mr. Daly has sung in productions all over the United States. Previous credits include the title roles in La Clemenza di Tito and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Temple University), Ferrando ins Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Aspen Music Festival), Kaspar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (ACU Opera), and Braun in the world premiere of Robert Chumbley‘s opera The Hidden Jewel. In concert, Mr. Daly has been heard as a soloist in Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis with the Heartland Philharmonic and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Civic Orchestra of Abilene. Ryan Daly holds a B.M. from Abilene Christian University and an M.M. from Temple University. Additionally, Mr. Daly is an alumnus of both the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Utah Vocal Arts Academy.
EVAN HAMMOND, baritone
1st year Resident Artist
Baritone Evan Hammond is a native of Lexington, Alabama. He was most recently seen as John Cree in the collegiate premier of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Elizabeth Cree with the Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at Louisiana State University. Other performance credits include Le Mari (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), title role in Eugene Onegin, the Gamekeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen), Ford (Falstaff), Marcello (La bohème), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), and Papageno (The Magic Flute). In 2017, he portrayed the role of Tampico in the North American premier of Charles Lucien Lambert’s La Flamenca with Opera Creole of New Orleans. In the summer of 2017, he placed second in the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Student Auditions in Boulder, Colorado. He was also a semifinalist in the 2017 Orpheus National Vocal Competitionand a finalist in the 2018 Mobile Opera Madame Rose Scholarship Competition. In the summer of 2018, he was a Bonfils-Stanton Studio Artist at Central City Opera, and this summer he will join the Apprentice Artist Program at Des Moines Metro Opera where he will be performing the role of theCaptain in Candide and also covering Maximillian. He recently earned his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Alabama.
AH YOUNG KIM, pianist & assistant conductor
3RD year Resident Artist
Pianist Ah Young Kim maintains a diverse range of musical experiences. As a collaborative pianist, she played for studios at Indiana University where she received her master’s degree. Of particular note was her work in the studio of the late, great cellist János Starker. As a teaching assistant, she played for the University of North Texas Opera Program from 2012 to 2017. She also played for Ash Lawn Opera (Charlottesville, VA), Fort Worth Opera, Musiktheater Bavaria (Germany) and Opera North (Lebanon, NH). In addition, she has played for singers at masterclasses led by Alan L. Smith, Brian Jauhianen, Donna Rasik, Dwayne Croft, Massimo Somenzi, Nico Castel and Twyla Robinson. She began her musical training in South Korea and received her Master of Music degree from Indiana University and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas. Her teachers include Pamela Mia Paul, Stephen Dubberly and Elvia Puccinelli at UNT and Shigeo Neriki at Indiana University.