The Pensacola Opera’s Artists in Residence program, now in its thirteenth season, continues to provide training and performance experience for young opera professionals. In residence here in Pensacola, from January through May, these artists perform roles on the main stage, cover principal roles, sing for numerous educational and community outreach programs and present an annual showcase at the Pensacola Opera Center. This year, the Artists in Residence will be presenting Jake Heggie's Out of Darkness.

Interested in becoming a future Pensacola Opera Artist in Residence? Find out about auditions here.



Ariana Wehr, Soprano
Juliana Curcio, Spring Mezzo Soprano

Eliza Bonet, Fall Mezzo Soprano
Eamon Pereyra, Tenor
Matthew Konopacki, Baritone
Karl Anderson, Stage Manager
Nick Place, Music Director/Pianist

Anne Slovin, Soprano
Eliza Bonet, Mezzo Soprano
Eamon Pereyra, Tenor
Ted Federle, Baritone
Karl Anderson, Stage Manager
Nick Place, Music Director/Pianist

Jennifer Juilfs, Soprano
Ashley Cutright, Mezzo Soprano
Joe Shadday, Tenor
Mitchell Hutchings, Baritone
Ashleigh Dawn Kriegh-Fleming, Stage Manager
Emily Senturia, Music Director/Pianist

Jennifer Juilfs, Soprano
Samantha Korbey, Mezzo Soprano
Joseph Shadday, Tenor
Mitchell Hutchings, Baritone
Carrington Konow, Stage Manager
Dana Sadava, Music Director/Pianist

Ami Vice, Soprano
Jennifer Trombley, Mezzo Soprano
Eric Bowden, Tenor
Gabriel Preisser, Baritone
Emilia Allen, Stage Manager
Michael Sakir, Music Director/Pianist

Ami Vice, Soprano
Candra Savage, Mezzo Soprano
Patrick Kelley-Alvarado, Tenor
Jason Coffey, Baritone
Sarah Coffey, Stage Manager
Joshua Pepper, Pianist


Allison NicholasSoprano
Hailed as “sensitive” (New York Times) and an “elegant… standout” (Opera News), Allison Nicholas is a Chicago based Soprano and graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Nicholas has been praised for her “Powerful voice” and has been heralded as charming and earthy” (Opera Canada). Allison made her Illinois debut as Papagena with Sugar Creek Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. In the upcoming months, Allison will be joining Indianapolis Opera’s Resident Artist program. There, she will be singing Olympia and Lady Blue in their run of John Davies’ Pinnocchio. She will also workshop Richard Aulden Clark’sHappy Birthday, Wanda June. In the Spring of 2016, Allison will join Pensacola Opera to sing Anina La Traviata, Sylviane in The Merry Widow, as well as Krystina in Out of Darkness. There, she will also cover Violetta in La Traviata and Hanna in The Merry Widow. Previous performance credits include Sandman (Hänsel ind Gretel), Despina (Così fan Tutte), Croble (Thaïs), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Helene (Die Verschwörenen), and Barbarina (le Nozze di Figaro). Allison is also a recipient of the Florentine Recital Award, awarded through the Metropolitan Opera.

Amanda FinkMezzo-Soprano
Mezzo-soprano Amanda Fink, from Cleveland, Ohio, is thrilled to be making her Pensacola Opera debut performing the roles of Flora in La traviata and Olga in The Merry Widow. A recent member of Dayton Opera’s Artist-In-Residence program, she performed the role of 2nd Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as Sister Lillianne in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. In the latter production, she also covered the lead female role, Sister Helen Prejean. Amanda was an apprentice with Ash Lawn Opera in the summer of 2014, performing the role of Mrs. McLean in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and covering both the roles of Hodel and Chava inFiddler on the Roof. While a student at the Maryland Opera Studio, she performed the roles of Idamante in Idomeneo, 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte, 2nd Maid in Dominic Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Fire, and covered the principal female role of Estella in Miss Havisham’s Fire. In 2012, Amanda participated in the Castleton Festival, where she performed the role of Charlotte in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. That same year, she was invited to accompany Meastro Lorin Maazel to perform in La Boheme at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. In the 2016 season, Amanda makes exciting debuts with Pensacola Opera as a member of their Artist-In-Residence program, as well as Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC, as a soloist in their all-Beethoven program in May.

Nicholas DeMeoTenor
Tenor Nicholas DeMeo, from Ormond Beach, FL, is excited to be joining Pensacola Operaʼs Artist in Residence Program to sing the roles of Gastone inLa Traviata, St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, and Jack in outreach performances of Jack and the Beanstalk. Nicholas spent the summer of 2015 in Central City, CO as a participant of the Central City Opera Studio Artist Program. In 2014, he made his professional stage debut as Pang in Turandot with Shreveport Opera, spent the summer in New York City as an Apprentice with Caramoor Opera, and sang Borsa inRigoletto with Opera in the Heights in Houston, TX. Nicholas received his Bachelorʼs degree from Stetson University and his Masterʼs degree from the University of Houston. He has also participated in young artist programs at Brevard Music Center, Austrian-American Vocal Academy, and Seagle Music Colony. Other roles include Camille in The Merry Widow, Fenton in Falstaff, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Valére in Tartuffe, Ulises in Salsipuedes, and King Kaspar inAmahl and the Night Visitors.

Thaddeus EnnenBaritone
Thaddeus Ennen, from Buffalo Center, Iowa, is thrilled to be joining Pensacola opera to sing the roles of Baron in La Traviata and Cascada in The Merry Widow. Thaddeus just finished his second summer season with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, where he performed the roles of Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe and the title role in Sweeney Todd. He was awarded an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2014, the same year he received his Master’s in Vocal Performance from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since 2012, Thaddeus has performed with Knoxville Opera, Fayetteville Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Bay View Music festival, and the Janiec Opera Company at The Brevard Music Center. Roles included Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, le Dancaïre inCarmen, Immigration Officer in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.

Xavier SuarezMusic Director/Accompanist
Xavier Suarez is the musical director at the First Presbyterian Church in Perrysburg, pianist for the Bowling Green Middle/High School in Ohio and faculty at The Friends of Music Camp (Barnesville, OH) since 2010. He won first prize at the 2010 First Eastern Michigan Chamber Music Competition as member of the SIX Trio and continues to collaborate extensively with numerous competition prizewinners as well as recitalists.  A sought-after collaborator, he works with talented instrumentalists and singers alike throughout the states of New York, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Puerto Rico. He holds a MM in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan under Martin Katz and a MM in Piano Performance from Eastern Michigan University under Dr. Garik Pedersen.  He collaborated at the 2013 Manhattan Summer Voice Festival, held a teaching position at Adrian College (Adrian, MI) and currently maintains a private studio in the Bowling Green area as a piano teacher and vocal coach.

Jessica MyersStage Manager
Jessica Myers, from Houston, Texas, is excited to join Pensacola Opera for the first time this year. Jessica spent the summer in Cedar City, Utah, as a Stage Manager for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Greenshows. Previously Jessica was the Touring Stage Manager for Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! productions of The Pastry Prince and Cinderella in Spain. Since graduating from the University of Houston in 2012, Jessica has also worked at the Moores Opera Center, Opera in the Heights, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Houston Symphony, and the Alley Theatre.

Ana Steenerson, Soprano
Dawn Pierce, Mezzo Soprano
Patrick Kelley-Alvarado, Tenor
Justin Hopkins, Baritone
Jenny Bossa, Stage Manager
Cate Doss, Music Director/Pianist

Ana Steenerson, Soprano
Dawn Pierce, Mezzo Soprano
Zechariah Baker, Tenor
Todd Van Felker, Baritone
Jarod Wilson, Stage Manager
Melissa Gilbert, Music Director

Shelia Murphy, Soprano
Alissa Anderson, Mezzo Soprano
Zechariah Baker, Tenor
Sean Damm, Baritone
Sarah Stanley, Stage Manager
Christian Crans, Music Director/Pianist

Kimberly Monzon, Soprano
Alissa Anderson, Mezzo Soprano
Nicholas Larson, Tenor
Carlos Monzon, Baritone
Jaira Jorcha, Stage Manager
Blake Riley, Music Director/Pianist

Annie Burridge, Soprano
Elise Quagliata, Mezzo Soprano
Kelly Markgraf, Tenor
Chip Cothran, Baritone

Katherine Jolly, Soprano
Kelli Geogham, Mezzo Soprano
Thomas Rowell, Tenor
Patrick Jacobs, Baritone