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Blog Post: February 18, 2022

Announcing our 2022 Gerdine Young Artists and Gaddes Festival Artists

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is thrilled to announce our 2022 Gerdine Young Artists and Gaddes Festival Artists. Artists will perform in the Center Stage concert, and perform roles and serve as covers for all of our productions.


Angel Azzarra
Rachel Blaustein
Sydney Dardis
Dorothy Gal
Shelén Hughes
Melissa Joseph
Jayden Goldberg
Natalia Gonzalez Santaliz
Angel Riley*
Hallie Schmid


Maria Consamus
Daniela Magura
Jazmine Olwalia
Meridian Prall*
Elissa Pfaender
Elizabeth Sarian
Emma Sorenson
Xiao Xiao


Kyle Tingzon


Manfred Anaya
Patrick Bessenbacher
Adam Catangui
Jared Esguerra
Mishael Eusebio
Cesar Parreño
Steven Ricks


Thandolwethu Mamba
Nathaniel Sullivan
Schyler Vargas


Keith Klein
Evan Lazdowski*
Jesus Murillo


Zaikuan Song

* Gaddes Festival Artist


The GYA audition tour made its way through 7 cities this year, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Saint Louis. Of the 1,100 applications submitted, only 36 artists were selected, about 3.2% of applicants. This year also sees the addition of two new positions, an Apprentice Pianist and an Apprentice Assistant Stage Director. The artists represent 19 US states and 9 home countries, including the United States.

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

Learn more about the GYA program

Assistant Pianist, Laura Bleakley

Apprentice Assistant Stage Director, Diane Machin