Founded in 1977 by composer Carlisle Floyd and HGO's
then-General Director David Gockley, the mission of the HGO Studio
is to provide comprehensive career development to young artists who
have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the
field of opera. The Studio's goal is to develop well-rounded
professionals by providing the highest quality training combined
with a wide range of performance opportunities.
One of the most respected young artist programs in the world,
the HGO Studio is distinguished from many other young artist
programs in the level of integration between the Studio members and
main stage artists and production teams. From the beginning,
Studio artists have been granted generous performance opportunities
working alongside such renowned singers as Renée Fleming, Susan
Graham, Joyce DiDonato, Karita Mattila, Dolora Zajick, Ramón
Vargas, and Samuel Ramey, as well as renowned conductors,
directors, and designers.