James Lesniak and Mark Trawka with the 2015-16 Resident Artists. James Lesniak and Mark Trawka (left) with the 2015-16 Resident Artists.

2015-16 Resident Artists

Resident Artists serve as ambassadors for the company, touching the community through participation in programs for public schools, community centers, libraries and corporate events. In addition to performing supporting roles, covering and sometimes performing principal roles in Pittsburgh Opera's mainstage productions, the Resident Artists gain valuable performance experience through regular Brown Bag concerts and special events, and parties hosted by Pittsburgh Opera.

They also perform all of the principal and supporting roles in a fully-staged Pittsburgh Opera production featuring the Resident Artists at CAPA Theater. The Resident Artist Stage Director (new in 2011-12) was added to give stage directors valuable experience in directing and production development. The Resident Artist program has fostered the careers of singers that now perform on the world stage. 

Scroll down to view the biographies of our 2015-16 Resident Artists. 

Giant Eagle Foundation is the 2015-16 Season Sponsor of the Resident Artists Program.

Adelaide Boedecker, soprano

Adam Bonanni, tenor

Claudia Rosenthal, soprano

Matthew Scollin, bass-baritone

Laurel Semerdjian, mezzo-soprano

Corrie Stallings

Brian Vu, baritone

Jennifer Williams, stage director