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 2014 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.

ARIANA WEHR

soprano


Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Louisiane, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

AMY ORAFTIK

mezzo-soprano


Sarasota Opera, Central City Opera,  Lowell House Opera

ZAC ENGLE

tenor


Boston Opera Collaborative, Fort Worth Opera, Tulsa Opera

JEFFREY WILLIAMS

baritone


Seagle Music Colony, Florida Grand Opera, Frost Opera Theatre

IRINA NEDELCU

pianist


Shreveport Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Bay View Opera

PRE-SHOW PREVIEW TALKS

Opera Insights: one hour before

curtain at every performance.

ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS

Nashville Opera always projects

translations above the stage.