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

2014-2015 Fort Worth Opera Studio Artists:

Maren Weinberger, Fort Worth Opera Studio Soprano

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Maren Weinberger recently made her professional stage debut as Polly Peachum in Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera with Amarillo Opera and sang the role of Mrs. Whatsit in a workshop of Libby Larson's A Wrinkle in Time for Fort Worth Opera. Over the past two summers at the Seagle Music Colony, Maren sang Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, Peggy Swayer in 42nd Street, and Kate/Lilli in Kiss Me, Kate. Last fall she was a soloist in "Kurt Weill on Broadway" presented by the Kurt Weill Foundation, and she is the recipient of a 2014 professional development grant from the Weill Foundation. In 2013, Maren won second prize in the Lotte Lenya Competition and is featured in the documentary short "Singing the Story," which documented the 2013 competition from the auditions through the finals. For the 2015 Fort Worth Opera Festival, Maren will perform Annina in La Traviata and will cover Ophélie in Hamlet.
Clara NiemanClara Nieman, Fort Worth Opera Studio Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Clara Nieman returns to Fort Worth Opera for her second season as a Studio Artist, where she will perform Flora in La Traviata and cover Gertrude in Hamlet. During her first season with the company, Clara covered Dorabella in Cosìfan tutte;sang the roles of Madeleine Audebert in Silent Night and Sor Rosa in With Blood, With Ink;and performed as Mrs. Which in a workshop of Libby Larsen's new opera A Wrinkle in Time. Other engagements in the Fort Worth area included debuts with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and the Hall Ensemble. Clara debuted as a Chautauqua Opera Studio Artist in 2014, where she sang Meg and covered Effie and Silver Dollar in The Ballad of Baby Doe and covered Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. In the summer of 2013, she was an Apprentice Artist with the Caramoor Festival, and in the summer of 2012, Clara was a Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist for Opera New Jersey, having made her professional debut with the company in the summer of 2011.
Brian Wallin, Fort Worth Opera Studio Tenor

Brian Wallin recently graduated from the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland in College Park earning his Master of Music Degree in Opera Performance. There he performed the roles of Alfred and Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Albert Herring, the High Priest of Neptune in Idomeneo, and the Second Priest/First Man in The Magic Flute. He also performed Peter Quint/The Prologue in Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw in Siena, Italy as part of the Siena Music Festival in 2013. Other credits include Le Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Parpignol in La Bohème as part of the Janiec Opera Company. Brian received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland in 2012 where he performed in Dido and Aeneas and was the tenor soloist in Spanische Liebeslieder by Schumann and in the world premiere of Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. Brian will perform the roles of Gastone in La Traviata and Second Gravedigger in Hamlet during the 2015 Fort Worth Opera Festival.
MattMoellerMatt Moeller, Fort Worth Opera Studio Baritone

Returning for a second season as Fort Worth Opera Studio Artist, in 2015 baritone Matt Moeller will perform Baron Douphol in La Traviata and First Gravedigger, as well as cover the title role, in Hamlet. He performed the role of William Dale in Silent Night and covered Zurga for The Pearl Fishers for the 2014 Fort Worth Opera Festival. He is a 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, and Pip in Miss Havisham's Fire. Matt has 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.
Stephen CareyStephen Carey, Fort Worth Opera Principal Coach & Accompanist

Prior to joining Fort Worth Opera, 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.