Chrisman Studio Artist Program

Named in recognition of the support of Sarah and Roger Chrisman, the Chrisman Studio Artist Program beginning with the 21|22 Season will be making changes to the program and the audition process. Please review below. 

Opera Santa Barbara is seeking submissions from California based artists: singers, pianists, stage directors, conductors, and other professionals pursuing or interested in a career in opera production and administration. Artists can be considered for all available opportunities including mainstage productions or placement in our newly expanded Chrisman Studio Artist Program. It is a growing priority for Opera Santa Barbara to showcase locally and regionally based artists.

Opera Santa Barbara is an equal opportunity employer. We recognize the historic lack of racial diversity in the workforce of the Performing Arts with a Western European origin, and are committed to providing opportunities for artists of all backgrounds.

Please submit all inquiries and materials through our designated Google Form. Although applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, preference will be given to artists who apply by July 15th for the Chrisman Studio Artist Program.

If you have any questions or problems with the form please email [email protected]


Information about our new Chrisman Studio Artist Program: 

  • PROGRAM EXPANSION AND REGIONAL FOCUS: Beginning with the 2021-22 season Opera Santa Barbara will shift from our traditional, seasonal 4 artists-in-residence program, to a new model that aims at providing training and performance opportunities to a larger and more diverse group of promising young artists based in California.
    Artists will be selected based on their career potential in performance and other areas of the performing arts industry.

  • TRAINING ON-STAGE AND OFF: Our studio artists will have free access to year-round training with top industry professionals. Training opportunities may include voice lessons, vocal coachings, dramatic coaching, movement, masterclasses, and more. In addition to performance training, Chrisman Studio Artists will receive training and hands-on experience in all aspects of performing arts administration and production, according to their individual interests and skills. The overall goal of the Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio is to better prepare artists for an industry that increasingly requires them to be enterprising individuals as well as performing at a high level.

 

  • SHORT-TERM RESIDENCIES & CONTRACTS: Along with the free training opportunities, Chrisman Studio Artists will be offered short performance contracts for assignments customized to each artist’s strengths and skill level. These opportunities may include community concerts, mainstage roles, cover assignments, educational programming, digital content creation, and more. By focusing on California artists, scheduling training opportunities on weekends, and offering intermittent, short residency contracts, it is our hope to make participation possible for young artists who may need to stay close to home and make a living from multiple sources.

 

  • COMPENSATION consists of a combination of:
    • Performance Fees
    • Payment for administrative work or other duties provided
    • Travel and training stipends

2021 Studio Artists

Matthew Greenblatt

A native of Port Washington, New York, Tenor Matthew Greenblatt is thrilled to be joining Opera Santa Barbara this season as a Chrisman Studio Artist. For the 2020/2021 season he will be singing the role of Gastone in La Traviata, study-covering the role of Alfredo, study-covering the role of Tonio in La fille du régiment, and participating in OSB’s studio artist concerts. Most recently, Mr. Greenblatt was a featured Tenor soloist in Eugene Opera’s New Year’s Eve Virtual Gala Concert. Following OSB’s season, in the summer of 2021, Mr. Greenblatt will be covering the role of Nemorino with The Southern Illinois Music Festival. He will also be the Tenor Soloist in an outdoor concert series with the New Philharmonic Orchestra in Illinois, along with his wife Brooklyn Snow. Earlier in the 2020 season, Matthew returned to DuPage Opera, playing the role of St. Brioche in the Merry Widow. He also recently made his role debut as the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Saltworks Opera. In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Greenblatt returned to Palm Beach Opera for his second year as an Apprentice Artist, covering the roles of Candide in Candide, and Spoletta in Tosca. Additionally, in the 2017-18 season, Mr. Greenblatt was selected as a finalist in the New York International Vocal Competition, and Semi-finalist in the Opera Index Competition.

 

Mr. Greenblatt earned his Bachelors of Music from the University of Michigan, and his Masters of Music from Mannes in New York.

Max Potter

Praised by Opera News for her "relish and energy," mezzo-soprano Max Potter is an up-and-coming artist celebrated for her warmth of tone and dramatic presence.

This season, Max performed the world premiere of Constantine Caravassilis' song cycle Epiphany for mezzo-soprano and cello, and returned to The Muse's Creative Artistry Project for a concert series of opera classics and a gala performance at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion for Governor Asa Hutchinson. Max joins the Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Artist Program in 2021, where she intended to make her debut as Meg in Adamo's Little Women (canceled due to COVID-19) and will perform the role of Flora Bervoix in Verdi's La Traviata.

On the concert stage, she was contracted to make her symphonic debut as the Alto Soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah at The Washington National Cathedral (performances rescheduled for the 2021-22 season), to return to The Phoenix Ensemble for performances of Ned Rorem's song cycle Ariel (canceled due to COVID-19), and to present Elgar’s Sea Pictures for the Duban Recital Series (canceled due to COVID-19).

In the 2019-20 season, Max Potter was set to make company debuts with Maryland Lyric Opera as La Ciesca in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and The Chautauqua Opera Company as Jenny Reefer in Virgil Thompson's The Mother of Us All. She was to make her feature film debut as La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, with Mark Delavan starring as the title role. Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, these events were canceled or rescheduled for later seasons.

Max began the 2018-19 season with Opera Southwest, where she starred as Clarina in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and covered Ortrud and sang Dritte Edelknabe in Wagner's Lohengrin. Following this engagement, she joined Salt Marsh Opera for Mozart's Die Zauberflöte as Second Lady and Papagena. The season also included the world premiere of City Life, a collection of songs by New York-based composer and poet Steve Bloom. Max made her company debut with Bare Opera as Damigella in L'incoronazione di Poppea and her role debut as Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte for The North Shore Music Festival.

Highlights from past seasons include covering the role of Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. Honing her craft at Aspen Opera Center, Max performed classic roles such as Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), L'enfant (L'enfant et les sortileges), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She covered Meg Page in Verdi's Falstaff and the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. Further highlights include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Tebaldo in Verdi's Don Carlo with Vocal Productions NYC; Charlotte in Massenet's Werther with the Martha Cardona Opera; and Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for Festival of the Arts BOCA. Other roles include Mercedes (Carmen), Concepcion (L'heure espagnole), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), and Zita (Gianni Schicchi).

Equally at home on the concert stage, Max is passionate about collaborating with composers and bringing their new works to audiences. With New Camerata Opera, she was featured in The Sacred Feminine, an innovative performance piece celebrating the work of Emily Dickinson through spoken word and art song. At Des Moines Metro Opera, Max sang Heggie's The Breaking Waves in recital for the composer. She has been a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Washington National Cathedral, Festival of the Arts BOCA, and the Oklahoma International Mozart Festival. Additional concert highlights include Ravel's Shéhérazade, Mozart's Requiem and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Haydn's Sancti Nicolai Messe, Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine, and Carissimi's oratorios, Jepthe and Jonas.

She is an alumna of The Aspen Opera Center, Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program, CoOPERAtive, The Opera Southwest Apprentice Artist Program, and New York's International Vocal Arts Institute. She is a recipient of awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, The Young Musicians Foundation, and Westminster Choir College's CoOPERAtive Program. Max has been a semi-finalist for The Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, The Premiere Opera International Vocal Competition, The Paris Opera Competition, the Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition, and the MIOpera Vocal Competition.

Max Potter holds a Masters Degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and a Bachelors of Music from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.

Brooklyn Snow

A native of Beaverton, Oregon, Soprano Brooklyn Snow is a rising international artist with extensive performance experience in both Europe and the United States. She is thrilled to be joining Opera Santa Barbara as a Chrisman Studio Artist for the 2020-2021 season. Mrs. Snow will be performing the role of Annina and covering Violetta in La Traviata, covering Marie in La fille du Régiment and participating in OSB studio artist concerts. This past October, Ms. Snow was a finalist in Eugene Opera’s Diva Cage Match Competition, and also a featured soprano for their virtual New Year's Eve Gala Concert. She returns to Union Avenue Opera this summer to sing the roles of Olympia, Giuliette and Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. This past spring, Ms. Snow sang her first Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Bend, and in June 2021 will reprise the role with The Southern Illinois Music Festival. In August she will tour as a featured soprano soloist with the New Philharmonic Orchestra’s outdoor summer concert series with her husband, tenor, Matthew Greenblatt. Prior to COVID19, she was scheduled to debut at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall and at Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist for Choirs of America’s Emerging Artists Series, and hopes to be performing there in 2021.

In the summer of 2019, Ms. Snow performed as Cunegonde alongside renowned soprano Christine Brewer in an inspired staging of Candide to open Union Avenue Opera’s 25th season, receiving excellent reviews and an Outstanding Achievement in Opera award nomination from St. Louis Theater Circle for her performance.

Ms. Snow earned her MM in Vocal Performance from Indiana University, and her BM at the University of Oregon in 2013.

19|20 Chrisman Studio Artists, Photo by Zach Mendez