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Santa Fe Opera Apprentices in Worship at St. John's - Summer 2019

Beginning in July of 2019, apprentices from the Santa Fe Opera will share their outstanding artistry with our community during worship at St. John's. Come join us each Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 AM to be blessed by their voices as they soar through the sanctuary!

summer 2018 Apprentices

Katherine DeYoung: July 8

Mezzo-Soprano Katherine DeYoung, from Traverse City, Michigan, holds a MM from the University of Houston, where she performed Isabella L'Italiana in Algeri, and Elizabeth Proctor The Crucible. This past March, Katherine was a soloist with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra, and a District Winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Last summer, she performed the title role in Carmen with Opera in the Ozarks. Katherine will join the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio in the fall, where she will perform Sandman and cover Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Old Lady Candide, and cover Olga Eugene Onegin.

Benjamin Taylor: July 15

Waldorf, MD native Benjamin Taylor completed his first-year at Pittsburgh Opera as a Resident Artist where he performed Brian/The Long Walk and Captain Gardiner Moby-Dick, and Belcore The Elixir of Love. Mr. Taylor received his MM from Boston University and his BA at Morgan State University, where he performed various roles, including: Guglielmo Così fan tutte, Escamillo La Tragédie de Carmen, and Prior Walter Angels in America. Mr. Taylor is scheduled to perform Yamadori Madama Butterfly, Schaunard La Boheme, Older Thompson Glory Denied with Pittsburgh Opera, and Silvio Pagliacci with Madison Opera.

Abigail Rethwisch, July 22

Soprano Abigail Rethwisch, from Iowa City, Iowa, returns to Santa Fe Opera to cover the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. Recently, Abigail was seen as Adele in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Frasquita in Carmen with Utah Opera. She also made her role debut of Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote, and sang concerts with the Utah and Columbus Symphonies. Abigail has held apprenticeships with Tri-Cities Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. She holds degrees from Simpson College and Florida State University.


Leia Lensing, July 29

Leia Lensing, contralto from Solon, Iowa, begins her first season with the Santa Fe Opera, covering Pasqualita Doctor Atomic. Leia earned her BME and MM degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, where she recently performed Maurya Riders to the Sea. Last summer, Leia participated in the DMMO Apprentice Artist program. In February, Leia won First Prize and Online Viewers' Choice Award in the Eleanor McCollum Competition in Houston, TX.  Leia will join the Houston Grand Opera Studio this fall and make her debut as Mary The Flying Dutchman.


Mathilda Edge, Aug. 5

Originally from Chandlerville, Illinois, Mathilda Edge has placed in a number of competitions recently. Most notably, she was awarded third place in the Washington International Competition, the NATS Artist Award Competition, and Opera Columbus’ Cooper-Bing Competition. Mathilda is completing her Doctorate at Indiana University, where she also completed her Masters. While at IU, she was a recipient of the Georgina Joshi Fellowship. Mathilda has been a young artist with Merola Opera Program, and joins the faculty at the University of Northern Colorado in the Fall of 2018.


Mackenzie Gotcher, Aug. 12

A native of Detroit, MI, tenor Mackenzie Gotcher is a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he has performed the title role in Il Trovatore and Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor. Other recent performances include Mario Cavaradossi Tosca with Wolf Trap Opera and Permian Basin Opera, Macduff Macbeth with Opera Company of Middlebury, and Paul Bäumer All Quiet on the Western Front with the Künstler Orchester Wien. Mackenzie won the top prize in the biennial Florida Grand Opera and Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition in 2017.


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