The Glynn Studio Players
The Atlanta Opera has announced its Studio Players, who will apprentice and perform in the 2020-21 Molly Blank Big Tent Series of operas. Sponsored in name this season by a gift from Beth and Gary Glynn, The Glynn Studio Players also receive significant support from the Donald and Marilyn Keough Foundation.
Each of the Studio Players is an early career professional with significant stage experience, some with lead performances and major concert appearances on their resume. This ensemble builds on The Atlanta Opera’s commitment to provide opportunities for performers at all stages in their careers. The COVID crisis necessitated a modification of the company’s Studio Artists Program to one that is much more about learning through participation and apprenticeship this year. We are pleased to welcome these remarkable six artists for this season.
A native of Atlanta, Gabrielle Beteag, mezzo soprano, was named a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, where she was praised for her “choice voice” and “dramatically vivid” performance.
Susanne Burgess, a British soprano described as “a unique combination of precision and wonder (Opera Wire)” has been praised for her unique penchant for dramatic coloratura, and emotional expression on stage.
Baritone Joshua Conyers has been hailed by Opera News as having “a deliciously honeyed baritone that would seduce anyone.” With recent appearances at Washington National Opera and Santa Fe Opera in both repertory and contemporary works, Conyers is quickly being championed for his captivating performances.
Acclaimed for his “voluminous” and “darkly lustrous” voice, bass-baritone Calvin Griffin recently completed the Wolf Trap 2020 summer residency program. Atlanta audiences have seen Calvin perform previously in 2017’s Seven Deadly Sins and 2018’s Carmen.
Baritone Joseph Lattanzi has established himself as a singer to watch with his portrayal of Hawkins Fuller in the world premiere of Greg Spears’ Fellow Travelers with Cincinnati Opera. The Mableton, Georgia native has previously performed with the Atlanta Opera in Carmen and Sweeney Todd, both in 2018.
Described as having an “ample and pleasing tone,” tenor Brian Vu creates visceral and interdisciplinary art on the operatic, theatrical, and concert stages. He made his Atlanta Opera debut in 2018’s West Side Story.