Artists-in-Residence Program

Auditions for the 2019–2020 Season have concluded.

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 Anna Cecilia, tenor Benjamin Krumreig and baritone De’Ron McDaniel. The four Artists-in-Residence will be appearing at numerous schools and presenting musical programs throughout the community beginning in January, as well as performing in main stage productions for the company.

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.

Anna Cecilia 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. Anna 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, Anna 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.

A Cleveland native, baritone De’Ron McDaniel is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he studied with Professor William McGraw. This past season, Mr. McDaniel was a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, where he covered the roles of Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette and Marullo in Rigoletto. Recently, he performed the role of Dr. Pangloss in Bernstein’s Candide at CCM. Other performances include the baritone in Bright Eyed Joy, a cabaret featuring works by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon; and CCM Opera Fusion‘s production of Gordon’s Intimate Apparel, a co-production with Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. McDaniel is also a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Professor Timothy LeFebvre. During his time at Oberlin, he performed as Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Frank Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene. He also was the baritone soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G with the Oberlin College Arts and Sciences Orchestra. Mr. McDaniel has been the recipient of several awards, including First Prize in the Dayton Opera Guild Competition, First Prize in the George Shirley Vocal Competition, and 2017 recipient of the A. Grace Lee Mims award from the Cleveland Foundation for his work in preserving the art and performance of the negro spiritual. He has participated in master classes with Marilyn Horne, George Shirley, Eric Owens, Craig Terry, and Nathan Gunn.

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!