The Atlanta Opera Studio
The Atlanta Opera Studio provides talented emerging artists with valuable performance experience working alongside internationally acclaimed operatic professionals. The artists will participate in masterclasses and specialized instruction, enhancing and deepening their professional education through coaching in language, stage skills, and career development. The Studio program has already helped launch the careers of 2016-17 season alums Brenna Corner and Santiago Ballerini, who returned to the Atlanta mainstage in 2017-18 as stage director for Carmen and as Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment, respectively.
During the 2018-19 season, artists in The Studio will appear in featured and supporting roles in mainstage productions at Cobb Energy Centre. Additionally, they will perform in the Studio Tour, which reaches over 10,000 students annually and performs throughout metro-Atlanta in a variety of audience development programs and special events. The Studio Tour production this season will be a bilingual version of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
The six members of the 2017-18 Atlanta Opera Studio are baritone Jonathan Bryan (Dallas, Texas); stage director Conor Hanratty (Dublin, Ireland); soprano Anna Kozlakiewicz (Mława, Poland); pianist Mauro Ronca (Asti, Italy); mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Sarian (Long Island, New York); and tenor Justin Stolz (Ontario, Canada).
Jonathan Bryan, a baritone from Dallas, Texas, is excited to join Atlanta Opera as a resident artist for the 2018-2019 season. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Louisiana State University, and recently received his Master of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of music, where he studied with world-renowned baritone, Wolfgang Brendel.
Jonathan has performed many leading operatic roles, including the title character in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Danilo in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Other roles include Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Owen Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and Rambaldo in Puccini’s La Rondine, among others. He has appeared as a concert soloist in works such as Haydn’s Missa in angustiis, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and sung with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan is a former member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, and is spending summer 2018 as a young artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, where he will be covering Eric Owens as the Forester in a new production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen, as well as performing the role of Lieutenant Gordon in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. This season, Jonathan will be performing the roles of Motorcycle Cop and Prison Guard 1 in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Zaretsky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Baron Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata.
Conor trained at UCLA, with the Ninagawa Company, the National Theatre Directors’ Course and Rough Magic’s SEEDS programme. Recent projects include All’s Well that Ends Well at the Lir, Carmen for Opera San Antonio, Long Story Short – The Belfast Opera at Carlisle Memorial Church, Trouble in Tahiti(Glimmerglass Festival) and Maria de Buenos Aires (Cork Opera House). With his company Ulysses Opera Theatre, he directed FLATPACK and HARP | A River Cantata(Dublin Fringe Festival), and most recently Front of House and Backstage at Cork Midsummer Festival, two parts of a trilogy that will conclude in 2019. Recent theatre productions include To Hell in a Handbag, currently touring the UK in autumn 2018, POSTSCRIPT at the Abbey Theatre, and a season as resident director for Once at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. As assistant director he worked on the award-winning productions of Cristina, Queen of Sweden and Silent Night (Wexford Festival Opera), Madama Butterfly (Glimmerglass Festival, Opera San Antonio), Nixon in China(Wide Open Opera) and Candide (Glimmerglass Festival). He will remount Silent Night for Austin Opera in early 2019.
*The Jerry & Dulcy Rosenberg Young Artist Stage Director, given in honor of Tomer Zvulun
Anna Koźlakiewicz is a young polish soprano who started her music adventure at age 6, learning piano and voice at the Mława conservatory of music. Her strong passion for classical music lead her to begin her higher education at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw where she received her Master of Music degree in voice performance. After polishing her vocal technique and musical skills under professor Małgorzata Marczewska’s guidance, she was chosen to perform several roles in Opera Theaters in Warsaw, including National Opera in
Warsaw, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Collegium Nobilium in Warsaw, Amphitheater Bemowo and Our Savior Jesus Christ Church in Warsaw. She performed the roles of Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Gianetta in Elisir d’amore, Peaceblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Virtu in The Coronation of Poppea, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and the soprano part in Coronation Mass and Mass of Children by J.Rutter. She continued her artistic development at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw where she received her bachelor degree in art history.
Since 2015 she has been continuing her music education at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying with Carol Vaness. While at IU she performed the title role in Handel’s opera Rodelinda during the IU Opera Theater’s 2017 season. Other recent credits include Gilda and Manon in the IU Carol Vaness Opera Workshop productions, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the La Musica Lirica summer festival in Italy and the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflote in Prague and Salzburg during Prague Summer Nights International Festival. She also appeared with the Missouri Symphony singing the role of Musetta in La bohème and singing the role of Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with The Red River Lyric Opera.
Italian pianist and coach Mauro Ronca joins The Atlanta Opera Studio for the 2018/19 season. Previously, Mr. Ronca has worked as a pianist and language coach under a fellowship at the Juilliard School as well as on the coaching staff at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has served as a guest assistant conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the 2015 production of Le Nozze di Figaro under conductor Henrik Nánási, and the world premiere of Jimmy Lopez’s Bel Canto under Sir Andrew Davis. Mr. Ronca studied Piano, Composition, Conducting, and Organ in his home country. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned his Master of Music in Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of Kathryn Wright, and has completed Professional Studies in Vocal Accompanying at the Manhattan School of Music with Kenneth Merrill. In addition to his residency with the Atlanta Opera, this season Mr. Ronca will debut at Kentucky Opera and the Opera Theater of Saint Louis.
Elizabeth Sarian, mezzo-soprano, is quickly gaining recognition for her unique timbre and versatility as a young mezzo-soprano. Following her apprenticeship with the Santa Fe Opera, Ms. Sarian is thrilled to join The Atlanta Opera Studio for the 2018-19 season, and looks forward to several role debuts with the company. As an Artist in Residence, Ms. Sarian will sing Flora in La traviata, Sister Lillianne in Dead Man Walking, Olga (cover) in Eugene Onegin, and Rosina in the Studio Tour of The Barber of Seville.
Ms. Sarian’s 2017-18 season included the title role in Massenet’s Cherubin with Peabody Opera, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Bel Cantanti Opera, and several concert and oratorio debuts including Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Ms. Sarian received her second Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was previously a Studio Artist with Central City Opera to cover Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen.Ms. Sarian is a recent graduate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma. Recent role debuts with Peabody Opera have included Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel (cover) in Hansel und Gretel, Dorabella (cover) in Così fan tutte, and Third Lady in The Magic Flute. Originally from Long Island, Ms. Sarian completed her undergraduate studies at Hofstra University.
Praised for his “effortlessly powerful” voice (The Chronicle Journal), Canadian tenor Justin Stolz is quickly establishing himself as an exciting young performer. A Resident Artist at The Atlanta Opera, Mr. Stolz made a “rousing” (Opera News) professional debut last season as Der Steuermann in the company’s production of The Flying Dutchman. He has since appeared with the company as Tamino in The Magic Flute as well as Le Remendado in Carmen before spending summer 2018 as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera.
In the 2018/19 season, Mr. Stolz returns to The Atlanta Opera’s Resident Artist Program, where he performs Gastone in La traviata, and covers Lensky in Eugene Onegin. Additionally, he returns home to perform Handel’s Messiah with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and makes his Okanagan Symphony Orchestra debut in Verdi’s Requiem.
In prior seasons, Mr. Stolz has appeared as Don José in Carmen (Brott Music Festival, IU Opera Theater), B. F Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (IU Opera Theater), Mr. Owen in Postcard from Morocco (The Glenn Gould School), and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (The Glenn Gould School). He is a recent recipient of the first prize in The S. Livingston Mather Competition of Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Stolz is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and The Royal Conservatory of Music (The Glenn Gould School).