Studio Artists

Now in its third season, Madison Opera’s Studio Artist Program is an important part of the company’s artistic and educational mission. The Studio Artists are three young singers based in the Madison area, all in the transitional period between graduate school and their professional careers. Over the course of a season, Studio Artists perform small roles and understudy major roles in Madison Opera’s main stage productions, gaining significant professional experience. Equally important, the Studio Artists are Madison Opera’s ambassadors, performing in a variety of outreach and preview events throughout the city, prior to performances and throughout the year.

Meet the 2014/15 Studio Artists:


Anna Laurenzo

Hometown: Urbandale, IA

M.M - Florida State University
B.M - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

This season at Madison Opera: Paquette, Candide (part of American Kaleidoscope); Ensemble, Mrs. Lovett (cover), Beggar Woman (cover) Sweeney Todd; Rosina (cover) Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Recently: Pedrillo, Telemann's Don Quixote (Haymarket Opera Company); Isabella, L'italiana in Algeri (Seagle Music Colony); Filipyevna and Olga (cover), Eugene Onegin (Seagle Music Colony)

Upcoming: Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia; Soloist, Frontiers New Works Showcase  (Fort Worth Opera)


Thomas Leighton

Hometown: Saugerties, NY

MM- University of Wisconsin-Madison
BM- Eastman School of Music

This season at Madison Opera: First Prisoner and Jaquino (cover), Fidelio; Ensemble and Anthony Hope (cover), Sweeney Todd

Recently: Tamino, The Magic Flute; The Mayor, Albert Herring (University Opera, UW-Madison); Archibald Craven, The Secret Garden (Eastman Opera Theater); Male Patient, Sylvia (world premier, Bargemusic, NYC)


Chelsea Morris

Hometown: Mattawan, MI

M.M. – Rice University, Houston
B.M. summa cum laude – DePaul University, Chicago

This season at Madison Opera: Ensemble and Marzelline (cover), Fidelio; Ensemble and Johanna (cover), Sweeney Todd; Berta, Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Recently: Caramoor Schwab Vocal Rising Star, Bel Canto / Can Belto (New York Festival of Song); Clori, Gli Equivoci nel Sembiante (Haymarket Opera); CD Release Recitals, Songs by Mozart, Haydn & Schubert (Trevor Stephenson, fortepiano); Clorinda, La Cenerentola (Green Mountain Opera Festival); Lisa, The Land of Smiles (Chicago Folks Operetta); Pamina, Die Zauberflöte (Candid Concert Opera)

Upcoming: La Statue, Pygmalion (Madison Bach Musicians); Apprentice Artist (Bel Canto at Caramoor)



La Bohème
Nov. 13 & 15, 2015
Feb. 5 & 7, 2016
April 15 & 17, 2016