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Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio

In residence all season, Studio Artists can be seen performing on both our main stage and throughout Arizona. The Studio also provides well-rounded, personalized instruction that propels each artist to the next level. These opportunities help bridge the gap between academic studies and a professional career.

2019/20 Studio Artists

Cadie Jordan, Soprano

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2nd year Studio Artist
Sponsored by Norman C. and Donna L. Harbert
On Our Stage: Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucy in Fellow Travelers, Musetta in La Bohème, Bess in Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Maid in Shining Brow
Education: Indiana University, Louisiana State University
Previous Appearances: Ballet Tucson, Indiana University Opera Theater , Des Moines Metro Opera, La Musica Lirica


Kaitlyn Johnson, soprano

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
2nd year Studio Artist
Sponsored by Peter and Lee Larson
On Our Stage: Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers, Musetta in La Bohème, and Jane Withersteen in Riders of the Purple Sage
Education: Indiana University, Rice University
Previous Appearances: Atlanta Opera, Indiana University Opera Theater, Prague Summer Nights Festival


Katherine Beck, mezzo-soprano

Hometown: Vermont
2nd year Studio Artist
Sponsored by Drs. Ginger and Tom Collier
On Our Stage: Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Mary Johnson in Fellow Travelers, and Catherine Wright in Shining Brow
Education: University of Southern California State, University of New York at Potsdam
Previous Appearances: Opera Colorado, Pittsburgh Festival Opera,  Aspen Opera Theater Center



Bille Bruley, tenor

Hometown: Montgomery, Texas
2nd year Studio Artist
Sponsored by Robert and Shoshana Tancer & Dr. Judith G. Wolf
On Our Stage: Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Bern Venters in Riders of the Purple Sage, and Louis Sullivan in Shining Brow
Education: The Glimmerglass Festival, Indiana University, Baylor University
Previous Appearances: Virginia Opera, Central City Opera, Sante Fe Opera 



ROB MCGINNESS, baritoneRob McGinness

Hometown: Amherst, New Hampshire
1st year Studio Artist
Sponsored by Roma Wittcoff
On Our Stage: Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, McIntyre in Fellow Travelers, Schaunard in La Bohème, and Frank Lloyd Wright in Shining Brow
Education: Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
Previous Appearances: PROTOTYPE Festival, The Washington Chorus, Washington National Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Maryland Symphony Orchestra


Brandon Morales, Bass-Baritone

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
2nd year Studio Artist
Sponsored by Dan A. Klingenberg & Don Williams
On Our Stage:  Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sen.Potter's Assistant/Bookseller/Priest/ Technician/Party Guest in Fellow Travelers, and Colline in La Bohème
Education: Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music
Previous Appearances: Portland Opera, Virginia Opera, Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Toledo Opera


Robert Bosworth

ROBERT BOSWORTH, pianist/coach

Hometown: Forth Worth, Texas
1st year Studio Artist
Sponsored by Karen Fruen
On Our Music Staff: Ariadne auf Naxos, Fellow Travelers, La Bohème, Riders of the Purple Sage, and Shining Brow
Education: Manhattan School of Music, University of Kentucky
Previous Appearances: Utah Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Merola Opera Program



Special Thanks

Arizona Opera extends its gratitude to Marion Roose Pullin, whose continued and sustaining support reflects an unwavering dedication to the emerging talent of today and the stars of tomorrow.

Marion Roose Pullin
Arizona Senior Academy
Sandra and Seymour Baskin
Marda Bell
Dr. Rex and Arlyn Brewster
Drs. Ginger and Tom Collier
Ann Davies
Alan and Linda Englander
A. J. Escoruela
Eunice and Carl Feinberg
Dennis and Jane Fennessey
Karen Fruen
The Grayhawk Classic Residents' Foundation
Harriet Greenspan
Norman C. and Donna L. Harbert
Drs. John G. Hildebrand and Gail D. Burd
Len and Sue Huck
Sarah and William Hufford
Helen Hutchison
Alison* and Richard Johnston
Dan A. Klingenberg
Sharon Landis
Peter and Lee Larson
Ralie Lawrence
Dr. Dorothy Lincoln-Smith
Nils Lindfors and Marilyn Kluge
Maravilla Scottsdale
Robert and Mary Newstead
Riverton Piano Company
Nancy and James Schamadan
In Memory of Mario Manetti
Judy and Lee Schuster
Elaine and Robert Shower
Colonel (Ret.) Kimberley Smith
Matt Taillon, Realty Executives
Robert S. and Shoshana B. Tancer
Joy Tevis
Vi at Grayhawk
Inez K. and Alexander B. White
Don Williams
Roma Wittcoff
Dr. Judith G. Wolf


The Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio, a NextGen initiative, is also generously supported by the following NextGen donors:

Arizona Public Service Company
Darrin Bergstad
Richard and Elizabeth Burns
Susan Esco Chandler
Andrew and Jane Evans
HBI International
Jody Pelusi
Selma E. and Jerome Targovnik
Joy Tevis
Roma Wittcoff