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 2020 through April 2021, these artists will be placed in a nurturing environment, treated as professionals and provided with compensation and a comfortable place to live.

During the 2020-2021 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.

Applications closed for the 2020-2021 season.

For information on the program contact

For more details:

Sponsor an Emerging Artist

Sponsor one of the 2020-2021 Opera Idaho Young 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

Meet the 2020-2021 Emerging Artists

Soprano Janani Sridhar

Janani is from Singapore, Malaysia and made headlines as the first Singaporean to win the top prize at the Llangollen International Musical Eistedfodd. Janani has performed several times with the Singapore Lyric Opera, and had the honor of singing the national anthem, “Majulah Singapura” at the internationally broadcast, inaugural Formula One Grand Prix night race which was held in Singapore. At home in opera, Janani has performed various operatic roles with renowned companies including Singapore Lyric Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Fort Worth Opera. Some of her operatic roles include: Ortlinde (Die Walküre), Micaëla (Carmen), Alice (Falstaff), Rusalka (Rusalka), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Musetta (La bohème), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Violetta (La traviata), La Bergère and La Chatte (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Mrs. Sem (Noye’s Fludde), Clorinda (Cendrillon), and Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann). Janani holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University.

Mezzo-Soprano Sable Strout

Sable is from Portland, 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, and joined Opera on the James as a Tyler Young Artist. Sable will join Central City Opera in the summer of 2021, singing the roles of Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Giovanna (Rigoletto), and covering Nettie (Carousel). In prior seasons, Sable joined Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn Opera) as a Young Artist, singing Lucinda (Into the Woods), and covering the roles of the Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). She also proudly made her professional debut in her home state as Paggio (Rigoletto) with Opera Maine. Sable holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master of Music from Wichita State University. 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).

Tenor Patrick Dean Shelton

A native of East Northport, New York, Patrick has been seen in a wide variety of operatic roles. His repertoire includes Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles, Basel in Figaro 90210 , and the Judge in Candide with The Chautauqua Opera; Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte with Opera in Williamsburg; Tenor Soloist in Le Vin Herbé with Chicago Opera Theater; Dr. Caius in Falstaff, St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, Beadle in Sweeney Todd, and Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring with the Janiec Opera Company; and Lola in a “gender-bent” production of Damn Yankees  with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. He was also featured as a teaching artist in the Chautauqua Family Entertainment and Community Engagement Program, performing the role of Eddie Peniser in The Bremen Town Musicians by John Davies.

Patrick has been a young artist at many esteemed training programs, such as Chicago Opera Theater, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, The Music Academy of the West, The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, SongFest, Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Jay Professional Diploma from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Baritone Jake Stamatis

Jake, born in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, has performed a variety of roles on the operatic stage. His repertoire includes Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Schaunard in La bohème, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Ko-Ko in The Mikado and Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen. Jake has been an emerging artist at Seagle Music Colony, a fellow at Music Academy of the West, resident artist with Tri-Cities Opera, guest artist with Opera Ithaca, professional fellow with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, fellow with the CoOPERAtive Program, as well a participant in Bel Cantanti Opera’s Summer Festival. Jake received his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Susquehanna University, and his Master’s Degree in Opera at Binghamton University. Most recently, Jake was a Handorf Company Artist with Opera Memphis where he performed the roles of Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi, and Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte.

Past Participants


Cara Gabrielson

Ashley Kay Armstrong

Max Jacob Zander

Radames Andrew Gil


Anna Polum

Tahanee Aluwihare

Ting Li

Micah Schroeder


Christopher Hochstuhl

James P. Held

Ryan Bradford