Artists-in-Residence Program

The Dayton Opera Artists-in-Residence Program was established in 1987 to serve as a professional training program for young singers as a bridge to move from the university/conservatory education experience into the arena of a professional opera company. Since its inception, over one hundred young artists have participated in this program. Artists are selected by audition and, in addition to their training schedule, they work together to perform education and outreach programs in our community, helping to ensure the future of this magnificent art form in our area.

2022-2023 Dayton Opera Artists in Residence

Allison Deady, Mezzo-soprano

Artega Wright, Baritone

Carl Rosenthal, Tenor

Tenor Carl Rosenthal has performed a wide range of operatic repertoire, from Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Ferrando in Così fan tutte to Don José in Carmen and Rodolfo in La Bohème. Other favorite roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Ruggero in La Rondine, and the Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein’s MASS. He has performed with a number of professional U.S. regional companies, including MIOpera, MassOpera, Loudoun Lyric Opera, and Franklin Light Opera. He is thrilled to join the Artists-in-Residence program at Dayton Opera, where he will sing Nemorino in the tour version of The Elixir of Love and King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He will also perform with Dayton Philharmonic as Tenor Soloist for Handel’s Messiah. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Rosenthal holds a Master of Music from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. He worked as a mathematics teacher in New York City before pursuing a career in classical music. 

Kayla Oderah, Soprano

Soprano Kayla Oderah is an emerging young artist and graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Kayla made her professional debut in 2022 performing the role of Girlfriend 2 in Blue with Toledo Opera as well as Despina in Così fan Tutte with Finger Lakes Opera as a Tomita Young Artist. Last Fall she sang as a young artist with Opera Ithaca. There, Kayla performed the role of Zegner Daughter Littler in Proving Up and Anna in Nabucco. While completing her master’s at Michigan she performed the role of Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2016 she attended the Aspen Music Festival as a studio artist. Oderah is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance with a minor in artistic entrepreneurship. At UNC she was the recipient of the prestigious four-year Kenan Music Scholarship and performed opera roles including, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, and Mary in Highway #1 USA. Kayla has performed internationally at the University of Cape Town where she sang the role of Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites. She’s also performed in opera at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and the Berlin Opera Academy.