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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.


2022/23 Studio Artists

Brad Bickhardt

Brad Bickhardt, Tenor

1st Year Studio Artist

Education: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Recent Engagements: 2021-22 appearances have included filming Stone Soup for Tri-Cities Opera, appearing in recital with Chelsea Opera and Maryland Opera, and as a guest artist at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. Bickhardt has previously appeared with Opera Saratoga in their critically acclaimed production of Man of La Mancha under the baton of Broadway conductor, Laura Bergquist, as well as in Opera Naples’ productions of West Side Story and La Traviata.


Tiffany Choe

Tiffany Choe, Soprano

1st Year Studio Artist

Education: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Recent Engagements: Recipient of the 2021/22 Georgina Joshi Fellowship, an Encouragement Award winner in the Western Region for Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2020 winner of the district region in Indianapolis, and a 2019 Encouragement Award winner in the Southeast Region, Choe was recently seen as Mimì in the IU Opera Theater production of La Bohème, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Rosalia in West Side Story, and Laoula in L’Étoile. In Spring 2022, she will be performing as Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine.


Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook, Mezzo-Soprano

1st Year Studio Artist

Education: Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Louisiana State University
Recent Engagements: Cook made her company debuts with Painted Sky Opera performing Hannah After in the Oklahoma Premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s As One, Opera Saratoga performing Antonia in Man of La Mancha, and Virginia Opera performing Wellgunde in Das Rheingold. She was most recently seen performing Edwin the Avatar/Eddie in the film version of Frances Pollock’s Earth to Kenzie.



Véronique Filloux

Véronique Filloux, Soprano

1st Year Studio Artist

Education: University of Maryland and Northwestern University
Recent Engagements: As a Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist, Filloux held roles in The Magic FluteThe Rose ElfCarmenCosì fan tutteCharlie Parker’s Yardbird, and Semele. She performed with Des Moines Metro Opera as L’Amour/La Folie (cover) in Rameau’s Platée and returns in Summer 2022 as Peaseblossom/Tytania (cover) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other recent engagements include a recital with Musicians Club of Women and her scheduled debut with Raylynmor Opera as Nannetta in Falstaff, which was canceled due to COVID-19.


Kihwa Kim

kihwa Kim, Pianist

2nd Year Studio Artist

Education: University of Texas at Austin, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Chonnam National University
Recent Engagements: Dayton Opera, First Coast Opera, Chonnam National University (Gwangju, South Korea), Knoxville Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Kangsookja Opera Line (Gwangju, South Korea). She received the Vocal Piano Fellowship Award (2017, 2018) and the Opera NEO (2019) at Music Academy of the West.



Mario Pacheco

Mario Pacheco, Assistant Stage Director

1st Year Studio Artist

Education: University of Toronto and Sheridan College
Recent Engagements: Assistant directing credits include This is Prophetic with Against the Grain Theatre/UofT Opera, La bohème with Brott Opera, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera NUOVA, and Le nozze di Figaro with Western University Opera. Most recently, Pacheco directed Il segreto di SusannaThe Bear, and Bon Appétit! for the University of Toronto Opera Division.



Schyler Vargas

Schyler Vargas, Baritone

1st Year Studio Artist

Education: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Colorado State University
Recent Engagements: His work in the dramatic song cycle UNKNOWN by Shawn Okpebholo, commissioned by UrbanArias, was featured on PBS News Hour, NPR, and other publications. Vargas made his debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Opera Edwardsville in Gianni Schicchi and as a baritone soloist, respectively. Other engagements include The Atlanta Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Glimmerglass Opera Festival, Dayton Opera, and the Château de Versailles Spectacles in France.


Arizona Opera’s Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio is made possible through the support of: Marion Roose Pullin, Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard, Ron and Kay McDougall, Drs. Tom and Ginger Collier, Alan and Linda Englander, A Gift from the Estate of Dan A. Klingenberg, Roma Wittcoff, Matt and Ann Melsheimer, Shoshana B. Tancer, Helen S. Pierson, Dr. Judith G. Wolf, An Anonymous Donor, A Gift in Memory of Mario Manetti, Jane and Dennis Fennessey, Marda Bell, Lester and Suzanne Hayt, Andres J. Escoruela, John Hildebrand and Gail Burd, Sharon Landis, Robert and Mary Newstead, Col. (Ret.) Kimberley Smith, and a consortium of individual donors.

If you are passionate about continuing the traditions of opera for the next generation, this is your opportunity! For more information about supporting this program, or to inquire about sponsoring an apprentice, contact Ashley Parks at 602.218.7337 or