Neil Nelson

Neil Nelson

Florida Grand Opera’s Studio Artists spend up to two years in South Florida, where they polish their craft, build their body of work, study and perform key roles, and forge important connections that will sustain them throughout their careers.  They receive training from FGO’s experienced staff of industry professionals, many of whom are themselves professional singers, and work with a broad range of visiting experts.  The studio also provides opportunities for in-house auditions with agents and General Directors and media interviews to prepare the artists for a life in the opera industry.

Directed by Samuel M. Townsend Studio Artist Program Manager Neil Nelson under the leadership of Director of Artistic Operations Matt Cooksey, the Studio enjoys an international reputation as a highly competitive and comprehensive career development program. The young professionals chosen demonstrate extraordinary potential for significant contributions to the field. Alumni include award-winning countertenor Key’Mon Murrah, Grammy-winning soprano Jessica E. Jones, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, Metropolitan Opera tenor Andrew Bidlack, and Miami’s own mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider.