Past Studio Artists

The Fort Worth Opera Studio, now known as the Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artists, is our resident young artist training program, and is made up of four young artists chosen for their special talents and future potential.

Established in 2002, the Fort Worth Opera Studio has provided a strong foundation for our singers’ success. Several former FWOpera Studio members are finding great success in the opera field as performers, educators, and administrators.  After the 2015 Festival, the studio was re-named the Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artists. In 2017, the company announced that it is partnering with the TCU Opera Studio for its esteemed young artists training program.


  • Kerriann Otaño


    Despina in Cosi fan tutte (2014)

  • Alissa Anderson


    Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor (2008)
    Vocal Trio in Angels in America (2008)
    Tisbe in Cinderella (2009)
    Lampito in Lysistrata (2012)

  • Jonathan Blalock


    Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor (2008)
    Le Remendado in Carmen (2009)
    Howard Boucher in Dead Man Walking (2009)
    Lázaro in Before Night Falls (2010)
    Tenor in Hydrogen Jukebox (2011)

  • Seth Mease Carico


    Zuniga in Carmen (2009)
    Prison Warden in Dead Man Walking (2009)
    Victor in Before Night Falls (2010)
    Leonidas in Lysistrata (2012)