Artists-in-Residence Program

Auditions for the 2020-2021 season will take place in Dayton on March 21, 2020 and in New York on March 28, 2020. Click here for more information.

The Dayton Opera Artists-in-Residence Program was established in 1987 to serve as a professional training program for young singers as a bridge to move from the university/conservatory education experience into the arena of a professional opera company. The four artists in the program are selected from national auditions and reside in Dayton for 3 months.

Dayton Opera is pleased to introduce the following young professional artists in Dayton Opera’s 2019–2020 Artists-in-Residence Program: soprano Maya Vansuch, mezzo-soprano Annalise Dzwonczyk, tenor Benjamin Krumreig and baritone Scott Ballantine. The four Artists-in-Residence will be appearing at numerous schools and presenting musical programs throughout the community beginning in March, as well as performing in main stage productions for the company.


Left to Right:  baritone Scott Ballantine, mezzo-soprano Annalise Dzwonczyk, soprano Maya Vansuch, and tenor Benjamin Krumreig.
Photo Credit: James Leach

Maya Vansuch, soprano, is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is excited to be joining the Artists-in-Residence program for the 2019–2020 season. She recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University, studying under Alice Hopper. Recent roles include Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos with the IU Opera Theatre, the title role in Patience with the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Reimagining Opera for Kids, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. While growing up in Dayton, Maya studied privately with Marcia Weygant and was a member of the Kettering Children’s Choir. She was a winner of the 2013 WDPR Young Talent Search as well as winning first place in the Dayton Opera Guild High School Voice Competition in 2014. She looks forward to making her Dayton Opera debut as Clorinda in La Cenerentola.

Annalise Dzwonczyk grew up in Avon Lake, Ohio. She is currently based in Philadelphia, where she is a member of the Opera Philadelphia ensemble and has been a soloist with the Main Line Symphony Orchestra. She is an alumna of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio and Houston Grand Opera Young Artists Vocal Academy. Annalise holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where favorite roles included Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’enfant in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Pepik in The Cunning Little Vixen. During her studies, Annalise was a four-time prize recipient in the Opera Guild of Dayton Tri-State College Vocal Competition. She is excited to make her Dayton professional debut as mezzo-soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Tisbe in La Cenerentola.

Tenor and Cleveland native Benjamin Krumreig received his BM from the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and his MM from the University of Illinois. A versatile performer, Benjamin’s repertoire includes opera, operetta, and musical theatre. Performing highlights include the title role in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Ralph Rackstraw in Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Arcadio in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man, and Pluto in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. An avid light opera performer, Benjamin spent six summers with the Ohio Light Opera, where he was well praised particularly for his interpretations of characters in the Gilbert & Sullivan canon. Recently, Benjamin has appeared under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s productions of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, West Side Story, and Candide. Benjamin currently studies voice with Mark Schnaible.

Baritone Scott Ballantine maintains a busy performing schedule year-round in New England and across the United States. A native of Colorado, he left the mountain west in pursuit of his Master’s of Music in Voice Performance at The Boston Conservatory in 2015. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from Northern Arizona University in 2013. Scott has worked with opera companies across the country, including St. Petersburg Opera Company, Utah Festival Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Wilmington, Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Janiec Opera Company. In the 2019–2020 season, Ballantine looks forward to several company and role debuts including Opera Theater of Cape Cod (Marcello in La Bohème), Barn Opera (Papageno in The Magic Flute), Opera for the Young (Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance), St. Petersburg Opera (Marullo in Rigoletto), and Mississippi Opera (Pâris in Roméo et Juliette). Some of his favorite roles to date include the title role in Don Giovanni, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Schaunard in La Bohème, Hannah Before in As One, John Brooke in Little Women, and the title role in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.

In addition to performing in both major and supporting roles with the Dayton Opera, beginning in January these four talented young artists will work together over the course of a few months to perform education and outreach programs in our community, helping contribute to the future health of this wonderful art form in our area. We congratulate our new Artists-In-Residence, and we look forward to welcoming them to Dayton later this season. Bravo!