June 16, 2024

Toledo Opera Announces 2024-25 Resident Artists

Toledo Opera has announced its resident artists for the 2024-25 season.

The company announced that  Sarah Rachel Bacani (soprano), Emily Cotten (mezzo-soprano), Brady DelVecchio (tenor) Robbie Raso (baritone), and Alessandro (Alex) Rotundo (pianist) will be in the company program.

The five artists will serve as touring artists for the Opera on Wheels program which travels extensively, visiting local educational institutions and bringing live opera to the furthest reaches of the Toledo area. This season, the traveling production will be an adapted children’s opera of “Beauty and the Beast,”

In a statement, Toledo Opera Artistic Director Kevin Bylsma said, “Toledo Opera has been blessed with exceptional Resident Artists in past seasons – the 2024-2025 roster is no exception. I am excited for the Toledo community to experience the immense musical and performing gifts that these young artists have to offer!”

The five will also perform Toledo Opera’s fall and spring tours of Opera Outdoors and will also sing smaller roles in Toledo Opera’s mainstage productions of “Tosca” and “South Pacific.”

Bacani has performed with the Central City Opera and IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater while Cotten is a graduate of the Loyola University. DelVecchio attended The Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University and New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture and Raso is a graduate of the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Eastman School of Music, and the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. Finally, Rotundo graduated from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in 2022.

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