March 3, 2014
Senior School of Music student John Carpenter (B.A. piano) has been chosen as one of eight singers to join the young artist program at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) in Munich, Germany. His work in Munich will be supported by the Björn Eklund Scholarship, provided by The Opera Foundation.
Called the Opera Studio, the Bavarian State Opera young artist program prepares highly talented young singers for international careers in step with actual practice. Role studies, voice lessons, acting and movement classes as well as language training are provided. The young artists are cast in smaller roles in productions on the main stage and take part in several concert projects. In addition, they study and perform one complete opera each season, which is presented at the prestigious Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, an exquisite rococo hall adjacent to the main theater. After completion of the program, the opera company reserves the right to employ graduates for future engagement in the permanent ensemble.
John is from Moorestown, New Jersey. A baritone, he spent last summer performing with the Cincinnati Opera Chorus. He studied piano with Timothy Shafer at Penn State, and has studied voice with State College resident Graham Sanders since 2011. Sanders, a Wagner specialist, has a long performing career including appearances at major opera houses on four continents. John's honors thesis, chaired by Charles Youmans, is titled “Analysis of Verdi Baritones’ Vocal Technique Through Modern Media Sources.”
John says he is thrilled about the next chapter of his life. “I am beyond ecstatic to be given the opportunity to join the Opera Studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Even though it’s been a couple weeks since I got the offer, I don’t think the reality of singing in Munich on the same stage where all of my idols performed has really registered with me yet. I know that Munich especially loves opera, and I can’t wait to do what I love each day in Germany.”