Tulsa Opera Filstrup Resident Artist Program

Each season, Tulsa Opera engages up-and-coming opera artists as members of the Filstrup Resident Artist program. These artists sing supporting roles on the main stage, cover principal roles, and receive multiple training and outreach performance opportunities. All positions are paid a weekly honorarium and travel and housing are provided.

New York auditions for Filstrup Resident Artists for the 2022-2023 season will be held November 9-11, 2022.

2021-22 Filstrup Resident Artists

Blair Cagney

Blair Cagney
Soprano; Sophie in Emmeline

Soprano Blair Cagney recently received her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Ruth Golden. Her recent credits include Micäela in Carmen with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Ann Putnam in The Crucible with Berlin Opera Academy.

Nicholas Davis
Nicholas Davis
Baritone; Second Soldier in Salome

Stellar baritone Nicholas Davis is the only American to ever win the International Antonín Dvořák competition. Praised for his “rolling mellifluous” sound and “impressive” stage presence, Mr. Davis has appeared already across the nation with opera companies and symphonies alike.

Johnathan McCullough

Johnathan McCullough
Baritone; Marco in Gianni Schicchi

Johnathan McCullough makes his Tulsa Opera debut as Marco in Gianni Schicchi. He won First Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Song competition and was selected by Renée Fleming for the Weill Institute Song Studio program at Carnegie Hall. Last season he made his directorial debut in a cinematic adaptation of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs.

Laura McHugh

Laura McHugh
Soprano; Harriet Mosher in Emmeline

Lauded for her “superb, floating” sound by the Melrose Free Press, Ms. McHugh recently won 1st Place in the Classical Singer National Competition. Ms. McHugh also appeared in Winterreise: In a New Light – a reinterpretation of Schubert’s work which won Boston’s WBUR award for Vocal Recital of the Year.

Benjamin Sieverding

Benjamin Sieverding
Bass; Betto in Gianni Schicchi

Bass Benjamin Sieverding, praised by the StarTribune for his “resonant, expressive bass,” is known for his wide range of characters, from “wickedly charming” (l’étoile magazine) to “genuinely threatening” (Phindie). He has appeared with the Minnesota Opera, South Dakota State Symphony, Madison Opera, Glacier Symphony, Opera in the Heights, and many others.

Perry Sook
Baritone; Simon Fenton in Emmeline

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and hailing from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Perry Sook grew up a singer and football player. He has performed many times in The Night of 1000 Stars at the Royal Albert Hall in London, has sung his way across Russia, and appeared on tour as Shrek in Shrek the Musical.

Pascale Spinney

Pascale Spinney
Mezzo-soprano; La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi

Applauded by the Calgary Herald for her “commanding stage presence and richly modulated lyric mezzo voice,” Pascale Spinney is a recent graduate from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Most recently she appeared as Dido in Dido and Aeneas at Central City Opera’s 2021 Summer Festival.