Young Artist Program

This season marks the exciting debut of our Young Artist Program. Six young singers have been chosen for this outstanding opportunity, and will be featured in various Finger Lakes Opera productions throughout the 2018 season, including our opera scenes program, our children’s opera, “Little Red’s Most Unusual Day”, our “Opera Pops” concert, and as comprimarios in our mainstage production of Johann Strauss Jr’s “Die Fledermaus”.

While this is a wonderful opportunity for these young singers, it is also a significant milestone for Finger Lakes Opera. Our Young Artist program has already garnered welcome recognition from singers and teachers from around the country. We are confident this will continue to elevate the national profile of Finger Lakes Opera and reinforce our reputation as one of the most exciting and engaging summer opera festivals.

If you would like to become a part of this exciting venture, please consider sponsoring one of FLO’s exceptionally talented Young Artists for 2018. For a donation of $2,500, we will connect you to one of these outstanding young singers. You will be able to meet your Young Artist and see firsthand how your support is making an immense impact upon their career as they study, rehearse, and preform as part of the Finger Lakes Opera.


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Our 2018 Young Artists

Alison Wahl

Soprano Alison Wahl, a native of Rochester, New York, has been praised for her “appealing,” “bright, vibrant soprano” (Chicago Tribune). She has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music series, the Chicago Arts Orchestra, and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. She created the roles of Clori in Haymarket Opera’s Clori, Tirsi, e Fileno and Pernille in VOX3’s Maskarade, and appeared as Pamina in Opera for the Young’s The Magic Flute and Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Off-Monroe Players.

Caroline Nielson

A native of Dallas, Texas, Caroline Nielson completed her Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to her graduate studies, she received an undergraduate degree at Belmont University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in German.

Caroline’s theatrical roles include Grace Farrell – Annie (RAPA), Maurya – Riders to the Sea, Dorothée – Cendrillon, Abbess – Suor Angelica, Madre superiora – Mese Mariano (Eastman), Nancy – Albert Herring, Mercédès – Carmen, Mrs. McLean – Susannah (Opera in the Ozarks), Dido – Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino – Le nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie – Dialogues of the Carmelites (Belmont), Dorabella – Così fan tutte (Portland Summer Opera Workshop) and ensemble in Pirates of Penzance (Nashville Opera) and Carmen (Syracuse Opera). Furthermore, Caroline is an avid performer of chamber and choral music, singing in the Albany-area Auriel Camerata and performing in numerous cantatas, recitals and new compositions.

Since completing her Master’s degree, Caroline has found a new passion in teaching; she is on the voice faculty of the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Music School and teaches privately. Caroline regularly performs in the Rochester area and is thrilled to sing with Finger Lakes Opera this summer.

Caryn Crozier

Caryn Alexis Crozier’s voice has been hailed as having “a rich core with a sparkling bloom in its upper register.” She has a Bachelor and Master of Music degree from Appalachian State University and has had the privilege to perform leading roles in l’Elisir d’Amore, Hansel und Gretel, Gianni Schicchi, and Dido and Aeneas during her tenure at ASU. Since graduating, Ms. Crozier has been able to perform all over North America as Papagena (Die Zauberflote), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).

Caryn has also enjoyed regional success in West Virginia and Pennsylvania as Rose Maurrant (Street Scene) and Anna 1 (Seven Deadly Sins). Ms. Crozier is also very active with the WV Opera-on-Wheels outreach program, performing lead roles in Mystery on the Docks and Papagayo. She recently performed with the Pittsburgh Savoyards as Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) and performed selections of Dvorak’s Rusalka with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Crozier’s most recent credits include her Russian language debut, covering Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and singing Bianca (La Rondine)with Undercroft Opera, her Czech language debut singing supporting roles in Rusalka with ViVace Opera in Vancouver, BC, and singing Josephine (HMS Pinafore) and Julia (The Grand Duke) with the Pittsburgh Savoyards for their 80th Season.

Her upcoming engagements include singing her dream role of Marguerite in Undercroft Opera’s  performance of Gounod’s Faust.

Susannah Thornton

New England based mezzo-soprano Susannah Thornton is equally at home performing operatic roles and interpreting art song. In May 2016 she earned a Master in Music degree in Vocal Performance, magna cum laude, from the Longy School of Music of Bard College where she studied with Carol Mastrodomenico. She is a Roster Artist with Boston Opera Collaborative, with whom she has performed the roles of Suzy in a condensed “remix” of “La Rondine” during May 2017, Schumann Soloist in “Mirror” (a staged production of Frauenliebe und Leben), and April 3 in Oliver Caplan’s “Symposium”. Susannah is also the Administrative Director of Boston Opera Collaborative, where she manages all aspects of the company’s administration and its Box Office. Thornton made her international debut touring John Morrison’s chamber opera “Jane’s History of England” throughout England in March 2017. She also can be seen singing at Second Parish Unitarianin Hingham, MA. Susannah will be a Young Artist with Finger Lakes Opera during the summer of 2018.

Evan Garret Stenzel

Evan Garret Stenzel is an up and coming American tenor from Iowa Falls, Iowa. Currently he is residing in Princeton, New Jersey. He is studying voice with Doctor Christopher Arneson and acting with CarolAnn Page. Other past teachers of his include Laura Brooks Rice, Doctor Donald Simonson, and famous Bass, Simon Estes. Most recently, he has been seen on the stage as Fenton; in Falstaff, Jenìk; in Prodanánevěsta, and Jean Valjean; in Les Misérables. When not performing Evan Stenzel is an Adjunct Associate Professor of voice at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. There, he manages a full voice studio of undergraduates and assists in choral studies.

Jordan Bachmann

Jordan Bachmann is a Baritone from Rochester, New York. He recently graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and is excited to be returning to the Finger Lakes Opera stage! Previously, he has played Flora’s Servant in La Traviata and the Jailor in Tosca.  Other favorite roles include: Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Into the Woods (Prince/Wolf), Nine (Guido), and Les Misérables (Javert, Enjolras, Marius, Valjean). Jordan currently works full time as a 401k Specialist at Paychex, and gives voice lessons through the Continuing Education Program at Rush-Henrietta High School.