In the 2017-2018 season, Opera Idaho established its Young Artists program. Renamed to Emerging Artists in 2020. The Emerging Artists program is designed to provide training and performance experience for talented singers at the beginning of their professional careers. From September 2021 through April 2022, these artists will be placed in a nurturing environment, treated as professionals and provided with compensation and a comfortable place to live.
During the 2021-2022 season the new class of Emerging Artists will tour the Treasure Valley and surrounding areas with our school outreach program, introducing students in grades K through 12 to opera. They will also be filling smaller roles in our mainstage operas as well as serve as understudies for the lead roles, as well as participate in smaller performances throughout the season.
Sponsor an Emerging Artist
Sponsor one of the 2021-2022 Opera Idaho Emerging Artists: $5,000
- Sponsor’s name tied to the Emerging Artist of your choice in printed & web marketing materials throughout the 2020/2019 Season
- Recognition of sponsorship on the supertitle screen prior to performances
- Verbal recognition of sponsorship at any Emerging Artist specific programs including the fall recital in Boise and McCall, Operatinis and the free education outreach performances
- A 30-minute performance by your sponsored Emerging Artist in your home or at an event of your choosing
- Invitation to a Emerging Artist meet & greet event exclusive for sponsors which includes wine, appetizers and a chance to attend a rehearsal
Your sponsorship helps Opera Idaho provide the following benefits for the four Emerging Artists while in the program:
- Financial compensation
- Housing and transportation assistance
- Health insurance
- Coaching sessions with professional vocal coaches
- Performance opportunities to help build their résumé
2021-2022 Emerging Artists
Victoria Esposito, soprano, is a native of Connecticut. Most recently, she was seen performing in concerts throughout the New York Metropolitan area, including a Centennial Celebration of Bernstein, featuring excerpts from Candide. She has performed with Opera Steamboat as First Nymph in Dvorak’s Rusalka (2019). She previously appeared with their Artist Institute as the Statue of Liberty in Milton Granger’s The Proposal (2018). Other roles include Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (2018) with the New York Opera Forum; Cinderella in The True Story of Cinderella (2018); and the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (2016) and Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring (2015) with the Miami Music Festival.
Victoria had the distinct pleasure of premiering Faye-Ellen Silverman’s contemporary cantata A Free Pen during the completion of her Masters in Vocal Performance at Mannes College. With the Boston Conservatory, where she received her Bachelors in Music, she performed as a featured soloist with the Conservatory’s Women’s Chorus and with the Conservatory’s Chorale, including works such as Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and Buxtehude’s Laudate pueri dominum.
Sable Strout, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Maine where she made her professional debut as Paggio in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Opera Maine. Most recently, Sable originated the role of Josephine in the New York premiere of Valenti & Luftig’s Story of an Hour with Gramercy Opera. In the 2019 season, she performed Ado Annie in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! with Opera on the James as a Tyler Young Artist. Upcoming engagements include Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Wichita Grand Opera, and a residency as an Apprentice Artist with the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program at Central City Opera. While at Central City, she will sing the roles of Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, and Giovanna in Rigolettol. In prior seasons, Sable joined Charlottesville Opera as a Young Artist where she performed the role of Lucinda in Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
In competition, Sable was most recently a finalist in the 2019 Vermont Vocal Competition, and the winner of a Young Artist Encouragement Award from the Lyra New York Mozart Competition. She is also a prize winner of Maine’s prestigious Lillian Nordica Memorial Award. Equally at home on the concert stage, she performed Juliana Hall’s song cycle Through the Guarded Gate with the Seattle Art Song Society and was the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at Southwestern College.
Sable holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Maine, as a student of Ellen Chickering, and a Master of Music from Wichita State University, as a student of Alan Held. During her years of study, she took the stage in several staples of the mezzo repertoire including Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict), and L’enfant (L’enfant et les sortilèges).
Patrick Starke, tenor, is a native of Pine Bush, New York. Recent stage credits include the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo (2020) and Lyric Tenor in Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco (2019) with the New England Conservatory; Elvino in Bellini’s La Sonnambula (2019) with Promenade Opera Project; Le Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (2018) and Geppetto in John Davis’s children’s opera Pinocchio (2017) with Boston Conservatory Opera; and Tito in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (2017) with Ithaca College Opera.
Patrick has recently performed as the tenor soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Cøda Ensemble, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Symphony Pro Musica, and Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem with the Cambridge Chinese Choral Society.
Patrick received a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College.
Jack Canfield, baritone, is a native of Atlanta, Ga. Recent roles include Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (2019) and John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women (2020). In July 2021, he sang the role of Hannah (Before) in Opera Maine’s Studio Artist production of Kaminsky’s As One. A past performance highlight was singing Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with Indiana University’s Ballet Theater in 2019. Jack received his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and his Master of Music in Voice Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. In 2015 he was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship, which allowed him to study indigenous song traditions in the Republic of Congo, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Norway, and Russia.