Handorf Company Artist Program
Opera Memphis' Handorf Company Artist program is generously sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Charles Handorf.
The Opera Memphis Handorf Company Artist Program provides career building experiences to emerging singers through robust performance opportunities and personalized goals. Beyond the pursuit of artistic excellence, it seeks to provide the tools and entrepreneurial mindset necessary for citizen-artists to champion opera in the 21st Century.
Our Handorf Company Artists receive a wide variety of performance opportunities including numerous appearances during 30 Days of Opera - Opera Memphis's award-winning program that brings a month of free performances to every corner of the Mid-South; comprimario, supporting, and sometimes principal roles in our Masterworks Opera series and the Midtown Opera Festival; and numerous recital and cabaret performances at an array of venues throughout the season. In addition to performing, our Artists engage with our diverse audiences by facilitating and participating in community talks about opera and its civic value, and working extensively as part of Opera Memphis outreach and advocacy.
Many of our artists have completed their graduate studies, but at Opera Memphis we continue their education with coaching sessions from Music Director Michael Sakir and General Director Ned Canty, as well as visiting artists and coaches. They are learning not just skills and techniques for opera as an art, but also tools for opera as a profession. From topics like social media branding and public speaking, to tax-preparation and audition wardrobe consultations, these various training sessions are crafted by Opera Memphis professionals to suit each artist's needs and ensure their success.
Jake Stamatis, born in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, has performed a variety of roles on the operatic stage. His repertoire includes Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Schaunard in La Boheme (Puccini), Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Leporello in Don Giovanni (Mozart), Frosch in Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Ko-Ko in The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan), and Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Sondheim). Jake has been a fellow at Music Academy of the West, a resident artist with Tri-Cities Opera, a guest artist with Opera Ithaca, a professional fellow with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, a fellow with the CoOPERAtive Program, as well a participant in Bel Cantanti Opera’s Summer Festival, where he also served as staff choreographer. Jake received his Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance at Susquehanna University, and his Masters Degree in Opera at Binghamton University.