The Mary Ragland Young Artists

Generously underwritten by

The Mary Cortner Ragland Foundation

and Joanne and J. Michael Hayes


In 1995, Nashville Opera established the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program.  The program is named after Nashville Opera’s founder Mary Cortner Ragland, a Juilliard trained soprano.  The program provides four or more developing professional singers and one pianist valuable performance opportunities.


Selected from some 100 applicants that audition each season, the Mary Ragland Young Artists are in residence for four months.  During this time they receive coachings, participate in master classes, and participate in workshops that explore the business side of opera.


Artist’s gain valuable performance experience by appearing in leading roles for the spring education tour production, in various recital and concert appearances as well as performing comprimario roles in main stage productions.


Meet the 2015 Young Artists!


Click on each name to learn fun facts about the artist.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

In Your School     |     In the Theater     |     In Your Community     |     Training Programs

The 2012 Mary Ragland Young Artists sing the National Anthem on the ice before a Predators game.

HANNA BRAMMER

soprano


Opera North, Oratorio Society of New York

CHRISTINE AMON

mezzo-soprano


Opera Memphis, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Toledo Choral Society

CHRISTOPHER NELSON

tenor


Des Moines Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Amore Opera, Opera Santa Barbara

ALEX SOARE

bass-baritone


Des Moines Opera, Opera Saratoga, Aspen Music Festival

COREY BATTEY

pianist


Kentucky Opera, Eugene Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Opera in the Ozarks

PRE-SHOW PREVIEW TALKS

Opera Insights: one hour before

curtain at every performance.

ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS

Nashville Opera always projects

translations above the stage.