Artists-in-Residence Program

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. Since its inception, over one hundred young artists have participated in this program. Artists are selected by audition and, in addition to their training schedule, they work together to perform education and outreach programs in our community, helping to ensure the future of this magnificent art form in our area.

For information regarding the 2022-2023 program and auditions, please click here.

2021-2022 Dayton Opera Artists in Residence

Amandalynne Perzyk, Soprano

Soprano Amandalynne Perzyk hails from Rochester Hills, Michigan. Recognized for her beautiful singing early in her studies, she received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition in 2015. Roles from her time in undergraduate (Oakland University) and graduate school (University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music) include Sister Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Amor in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Rosalinda in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Most recently, she sang the role of Micaëla (Carmen, Bizet) in the Canto Vocal Programs in Louisville, KY (2019). During the height of the pandemic in 2020, she continued online performances with Canto Vocal Programs and the “Voices of the World” Concert, along with singing as a concert soloist at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, (Savannah, GA).

A versatile singing actress, Ms. Perzyk is at home on both the opera and music theater stages. In addition to classical music, she has performed in a number of musicals that span the ages, from Annie Get Your Gun to Hairspray. As a singer and teacher, she believes in the importance of a solid foundation that can transcend multiple styles, allowing the voice to be as free and versatile as possible. In fact, when not performing in Operas or Musicals, Amandalynne can be found belting her way through Jazz works, Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland, and even Japanese Pop!

Ms. Perzyk received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at Oakland University School of Music Theater and Dance, where she studied with Dr. Alta Dantzler, and her Masters Degree in 2019 from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, studying under Kenneth Shaw and Quinn Patrick Ankrum. Summer training programs abroad include the AIMS in Graz program (2016) and Canto Vocal Programs in Croatia (2019). Currently living in the Cincinnati area, she enjoys a full concert performance schedule, having sung recently with Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, Handel Dixit Dominus conducted by David Castillo, and the Musica Sacra Bach Christmas Oratorio. She enjoys collaborating with music director and composer Howard Helvey on a weekly basis at Calvary Episcopal Church. She is thrilled to be joining Dayton Opera for Opera Takes Flight.

Henry Benson, Tenor

Henry Benson, tenor, is a native of Wisconsin and a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M. 2021). Despite the global pandemic, he performed the roll of Fenton in Falstaff, and was featured in an Italian Opera Gala singing scenes from Otello (Rossini), and L’Elisir d’Amore. In addition, he was the tenor soloist in the world premier of Nicolas Bizub’s Earth Requiem.

Before coming to Cincinnati, Henry graduated from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. 2019). There he portrayed Tenor II in the school premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera, The Tibetan Book of the Dead. He was the tenor soloist in Liszt’s Missa Solemnis with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, a part of the Bach Cantata Series (BWV 8, 94), and sang Momo in a concert version of Rossi’s L’Orfeo with the Eastman Collegium Musicum.

He was awarded an Encouragement Award at the 2020 Wisconsin District of the Met Opera National Council Auditions and took 4th place in the American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition.