The wonderful singers performing with the Cape Symphony at the Opera’s Greatest Moments II concert are all Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artists through Boston Lyric Opera.

The pursuit of a successful career in opera is a challenging—and expensive—undertaking. Singers must continually hone their talent with regular coaching, expand their repertoire by learning new roles, and find opportunities to be heard. BLO recognizes that the next generation of opera stars need to be nurtured in order to flourish, and that the future of the art form depends on their success.

Chelsea Basler
Chelsea earned her Artist Certificate (Opera Institute) and Master of Music from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory. She initially joined Boston Lyric Opera as an Emerging Artist during the 2013–2014 season, and has performed many key roles with the BLO, including Papagena in The Magic Flute. In 2017, she won first place in the National Opera Association's prestigious Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition. Chelsea created the role of Sara in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain; the live album was GRAMMY-nominated.

Heather Gallagher
A graduate of New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida, Heather is a Boston Lyric Opera Emerging Artist alumna, and a recipient of BLO's Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence. With BLO, she performed in the much lauded productions of La Boheme, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, The Magic Flute, and Madama Butterfly, among others. Heather is currently a Resident Teaching Artist with BLO’s Music! Words! Opera! program, going into classrooms in the greater Boston area and guiding kids and their teachers in the development of their own original classroom opera.

Jon Jurgens
A past and current member of the Emerging Artist Program, Jon made his Boston Lyric Opera debut in 2014 as Gastone in La traviata and was highly acclaimed as Tristan in BLO’s production of The Love Potion, also appearing as St. Brioche in The Merry Widow and Sellem in The Rake’s Progress. Jon completed his graduate work at The Ohio State University. A native of Central Ohio, he was very excited to make his debut with Opera Columbus in May 2017 as Don José in Carmen. In October, Jon will appear in Tosca at the BLO.

David McFerrin
David’s childhood was full of music: his choral director mother took him to rehearsals in a bassinet! He went on to earn graduate degrees at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Juilliard. As a Boston Lyric Opera Emerging Artist, David portrayed the Officer in Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony, and also appeared as King Mark in The Love Potion and Cascada in The Merry Widow. David performed Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and the music of Cole Porter with the Boston Pops, and made his Carnegie Hall debut, appearing with the Israel Philharmonic.

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