The 2017-2018 Studio Artists include (from left) Katrina Galka, Stephanie Sanchez, Anthony Ciaramitaro, and Jarrett Porter.

The 2017-18 Arizona Opera season kicks off in Tucson on Oct. 15 at the Fox Theatre with an “out of this world event” – Hercules vs Vampires! The opening performance combines operatic singing and 1960s pop culture, synchronizing live music with the 1961 cult classic film, Hercules in the Haunted World. The original film will be projected above a live orchestra while singers perform music to a new, original score.

The season will progress with more predictable opera fare:  Tosca, Barber of Seville, Das Rheingold, and as part of the 2018 celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary, his Candide.

As a preview to the Arizona Opera season, the Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to present a concert by the 2017-2018 Studio Artists from the Arizona Opera Studio on Tuesday (Sept. 26) at 11:30 a.m. The program will include arias, duets and ensembles from the upcoming season.

This season’s Studio Artists also include Zachary Owen (left) and Michael Lewis.

The current Studio Artists include lyric coloratura soprano Katrina Galka from Milwaukee, WI, mezzo soprano Stephanie Sanchez from Las Cruces, NM, tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro from Coral Springs, FL, baritone Jarrett Porter from Dennisville, NJ, bass-baritone Zachary Owen from St. Charles, IL, and pianist/coach Michael Lewis from Lewisburg, PA.

For the past 10 years, the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio has been providing critical support for promising young singers and pianist/coaches, bringing emerging artists of the highest caliber to Arizona. Over 650 applications were received for this year’s six coveted positions.

In residence all season, Studio Artists perform both on Arizona Opera’s mainstage and throughout Arizona. The Studio also provides well-rounded, personalized instruction that propels each artist to the next level and helps bridge the gap between academic studies and a professional career.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Studio Artists Preview Arizona Opera’s New Season: September 2017