Abigail Rethwisch Sarah Coit Christian Sanders Markel Reed Timothy Accurso
Abigail Rethwisch Sarah Coit Christian Sanders Markel Reed Timothy Accurso
Soprano Mezzo-Soprano Tenor Baritone Pianist


Abigail Rethwisch, Soprano, is from Iowa City, Iowa, and was recently a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera.  This summer she joined Chautauqua Opera as an Apprentice Artist. She has also gained significant recognition in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, having been chosen as a regional finalist three times, most recently in the Great Lakes Region, where she won Second Place. Ms. Rethwisch’s young artist training includes three summers as an apprentice with Des Moines Metro Opera, and a Fellowship at the CoOPERAtive Program. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Simpson College and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University.

Sarah Coit is a recent graduate of the Masters in Music program at the University of Michigan. She was previously a Young Artist with the St. Petersburg Opera Company where she covered Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. This past summer she was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis where she covered Richard in the American Premiere of Handel’s Richard the Lionheart.

Christian Sanders has been hailed as a “…voice whose color belies his age. Someone to watch!” (SanDiego.com) Mr. Sanders’ operatic repertoire encompasses the roles of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, and Prince Charmant in Cendrillon by Massenet. He has appeared as the Prison Chaplain in the World Premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar with the Santa Fe Opera alongside world-renowned countertenor, David Daniels. Last summer Mr. Sanders sang the title role in The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Mr. Sanders holds a Masters of Music degree from Rice University and a Bachelors of Arts Magna Cum Laude in Music with a minor in Cell and Molecular Biology from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Baritone Markel Reed joins Utah Opera’s Resident Artist Program as a passionate interpreter of the operatic repertoire. Fast establishing himself as a wonderful conveyer of the works of Mozart, as well as those of French and Bel Canto composers, Mr. Reed portrays the various characters and their moods have leaving audiences in awe of his versatility. Recently, Mr. Reed travelled the state of Kentucky with SOOP (Schmidt Opera Outreach Program) and presented a colorful rendition of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk to over 2,000 children, teaching the value of the Golden Rule. Other notable roles include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Morales and Dancaïre in Carmen, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Schaunard in La Bohème, and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte. He has performed with Kentucky Opera, Bronx Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Reed is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre program.

Timothy Accurso just finished his master’s degree in vocal coaching and accompanying at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Dr. Julie Jordan Gunn. During his master’s Tim also served on the coaching staff for the Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, acting as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for the 2014-2015 season. This summer, Tim returned as faculty with the Performing Arts Institute, a high school music festival in Kingston, Pennsylvania, near his home in Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania. The summer of 2014 Tim coached and performed for the Franco American Vocal Academy in Paris and Périgueux, France. In previous summers, Tim worked as a pianist in Spoleto, Italy for the CCM-Spoleto summer program, played for Interlochen Arts Camp’s production of Children of Eden, and did a short chamber music residency in Japan through Susquehanna University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in vocal and piano performance.


Utah Opera's Resident Artist Program for singers and pianists provides an integral step between graduate studies and a career. Participants spend nine months with Utah Opera developing professional skills through mainstage performances with Utah Opera and Utah Symphony, coachings, workshops, and masterclass sessions. Resident Artists also travel throughout the state to perform in-school presentations and teach students about the art of opera.

Join us to take advantage of our outstanding performance and training opportunities in one of the most spectacular settings in North America!

Nine-month paid residency, SEPTEMBER–MAY

  • Comprimario roles in mainstage operas
  • In-school presentations
  • Coaching & masterclasses with music staff & guest artists
  • Concert with the Utah Symphony
  • Principal artist covers
  • Outreach concerts

Nine-month paid residency, SEPTEMBER–MAY

  • Accompanies Ensemble Artists’ performances
  • Covers mainstage opera rehearsals
  • Coaching with music staff & guest artists


  • November 18 Salt Lake City
  • November 28 Chicago
  • November 30, December 1-2 New York City


  • Click here AFTER SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2016 to apply online
  • Application requires $25 processing fee
  • All applications must be received no later than October 28th, 2016
  • You will be notified when your application is received and whether or not you have been accepted for an audition.
  • For the audition, prepare four (4) contrasting arias (one in English). A pianist will be provided.
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