FWO Studio


Fort Worth Opera Studio

The Fort Worth Opera Studio is a year-long artist residency program, with four young artists chosen through national auditions each year. Designed as a two-year program, the artists in the Fort Worth Opera Studio perform educational outreach as part of Children's Opera Theatre and through community performances and preview events. Studio artists are also assigned roles and covers as part of the Fort Worth Opera Festival.

To help continue training for Studio artists, regular lessons and coachings are scheduled throughout the year, including sessions with visiting artists and directors. Workshop sessions are also planned based on the needs of the artists, and may include strategic planning, financial planning, audition preparation, dramatic and movement coachings and language lessons. During their residence with Fort Worth Opera, the Studio artists receive a weekly fee for the duration of the contract; housing and transportation are not provided.

Candidates for the Fort Worth Opera Studio should have completed master's level training, and have participated in at least one additional training program, such as a summer young artist program. Artists with similar experience will also be considered. Auditions are held in both New York and Fort Worth.

For more information regarding auditions, please see the Singer information page here.

2013-2014 Fort Worth Opera Studio Artists:

Kerriann OtanoKerriann Otaño- Fort Worth Opera Studio Soprano

Kerriann Otaño is a native of Long Island, New York, who recently completed her master of music at Mannes College the New School for Music. Kerriann has just concluded a season as an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera in Florida. In the summer of 2013, she will be an apprentice artist with Central City Opera in Colorado, where she will cover the roles of Berta in The Barber of Seville and Queenie in Showboat. Other recent credits have included two productions of Don Giovanni in which she played the role of Donna Elvira (the first at Mannes in the spring of 2012 and the second at Seagle Music Colony in the summer of 2012). She has also played Maria Corona in The Saint of Bleecker Street (Mannes), Second Lady in The Magic Flute (Indiana University), and Pamina in The Magic Flute (Verdi Conservatory). In the 2014 Fort Worth Opera Festival, Kerriann will perform the role of Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte.
Clara NiemanClara Nieman- Fort Worth Opera Studio Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Clara Nieman hails from small-town Iowa, but she has made a name for herself in Rochester, New York, where she performed Clarina in La Cambiale di Matrimonio with Empire State Lyric, was a semi-finalist in the Rochester Oratorio Society's Classical Idol Competition, and won the Phyllis Brynn Julson Award in the Civic Morning Musicals competition. Clara received her master's degree in voice from the Eastman School, where she was seen as Grace Ansley in Roman Fever, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Mistress of the Novices in Suor Angelica. She made her professional debut with Opera New Jersey in the summer of 2011 singing Vera Boronel in The Consul, and in the summer of 2012, she returned to Opera New Jersey performing the role of Angelina in the company's outreach tour of Cinderella, as well as being a Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist for their summer season. In the summer of 2013, she will be an apprentice artist with the Caramoor Festival, and for the 2014 Fort Worth Opera Festival she will sing the role of Madeleine Audebert in Silent Night.
Ian McEuenIan McEuen- Fort Worth Opera Studio Tenor

Tenor Ian McEuen is beginning his second year as a Studio Artist with Fort Worth Opera, where he made his professional operatic debut as Alpheus in the 2012 Festival production of Mark Adamo's Lysistrata. In the 2013 Fort Worth Opera Festival, he performed the Dance Master in Ariadne auf Naxos, receiving critical acclaim for his performance, and in the 2014 Festival he will perform Padre Antonio Nuñez in With Blood, With Ink. An alumnus of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, Ian appeared there as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and the Evangelist in an innovative staged production of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Other oratorio credits include the tenor soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana at CCM and the Chicago Symphony Center, the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Cincinnati Boychoir and Carnegie Mellon University, and Uriel in Haydn's Creation with Carnegie Mellon. Also a lover of art song and chamber music, Ian received a Stern Fellowship at SongFest, where he collaborated with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, William Bolcom, Libby Larsen, Martin Katz, and Graham Johnson.
MattMoellerMatt Moeller- Fort Worth Opera Studio Baritone

Baritone Matt Moeller is a recent graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he earned his master of music degree and performed the roles of Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Pip in Miss Havisham's Fire, and Il marito in Amelia al ballo. Matt has also appeared as the title role in Don Giovanni for Seagle Music Colony; Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro for Spotlight on Opera; Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music, and Junius in The Rape of Lucretia for LSU Opera; Dr. Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Dappertutto and Lindorf in The Tales of Hoffmann, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, and Gideon March in Little Women for Janiec Opera Company. A native of Austin, Texas, Matt earned his bachelor of music degrees in music education and vocal performance from Louisiana State University where he studied with Dennis Jesse. In 2013, he won an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, and in the 2014 Fort Worth Opera Festival Matt will perform the role of William Dale in Silent Night.
Stephen CareyStephen Carey - Fort Worth Opera Principal Coach & Accompanist

Stephen Carey is beginning his second season with Fort Worth Opera. Prior to joining the company, Stephen completed his tenure of eleven seasons with Opera Memphis, where he was the assistant artistic director, director of the artist-in-residence program, chorus master, and principal pianist/vocal coach. In July, he finished his sixth season with the Utah Festival Opera, serving as cover conductor, chorus master, and as part of their coaching staff. Stephen's conducting credits include The Barber of Seville with Mississippi Opera; a performance of the world premiere of Michael Ching's A Midsummer Night's Dream: Opera a cappella with Opera Memphis; The Barber of Seville and Annie with Ash Lawn Opera; and cover conductor for The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, Boris Godunov, and Don Giovanni with Utah Festival Opera. He has served on the artistic staffs of summer programs such as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria; Opera in the Ozarks; Ash Lawn Opera; Chautauqua Opera; and the Utah Festival Opera.