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Blog Post: April 5, 2023

Announcing our 2023 Gerdine Young Artists and Gaddes Festival Artists

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is thrilled to announce our 2023 Gerdine Young Artists and Gaddes Festival Artists. The artists will perform in the Center Stage concert, and also perform and serve as covers in our 2023 Festival Season.

The GYA audition tour made its way through 7 cities again this year from coast to coast: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Saint Louis. From over 1,100 applications, 36 artists were selected. Among them, for the second year as a new position, is the Apprentice Pianist. The artists represent 15 US states and territories, and 6 other home countries.

We are excited for these talented young artists to join us at the Loretto-Hilton Center for our Festival Season!

Learn more about the GYA program

See our 2022 Festival Season GYA artists


Nina Evelyn Anderson
Amani Cole-Felder

Gaddes Festival Artist

Alexandria Crichlow
Melissa Joseph

Second Year GYA

Leila Kirves
Victoria Lawal
Anastasia Malliaras
Kathleen O'Mara
Erin O'Rourke
Chase Sanders


Rachel Barg
Maria Consamus

Second Year GYA

Hannah Jones
Olivia Johnson
Kaswanna Kanyinda
Gabriela Linares
Elissa Pfaender

Gaddes Festival Artist

Xiao Xiao

Second Year GYA


Adam Catangui

Second Year GYA

Camron Gray
River Guard
Yuntong Han
César Andrés Parreño

Second Year GYA

Ajit Persaud
Namarea Randolph-Yosea
Jeremiah Tyson


Shavon Lloyd
Titus Muzi III

Second Year GYA

Thandolwethu Mamba

Second Year GYA

Kellen Schrimper
Dongwei Shen


Keith Klein

Second Year GYA

Joseph Park


Casey Germain

Apprentice Pianist

Gloria Yin