Thank You to Our Spring 2022 Resident Artists Amanda, Joseph, Cornelia, and Bernardo!
Please join us in thanking our talented Resident Artists! This spring, the Resident Artists were featured to great acclaim in two major back-to-back productions with the company, Brundibar & Vedem in March and Carousel which was performed on May 1, 2022. Over the last two semesters, our Resident Artist Program has participated in nearly 60 outreach events and performances throughout Indiana for audiences totaling over 30,000 adults and children!
Thank you to Amanda Levy, Cornelia Lotito, Joseph McBrayer, and Bernardo Medeiros for your dedication, talent, teamwork, generosity, and spirit over these last several months! You all have touched so many with your gifts, and we look forward to watching and supporting you as you continue to grow as artists and take the opera world by storm.
Learn About Our Spring 2022 Resident Artists
Amanda Levy, soprano, is thrilled to be collaborating with Indianapolis Opera as Resident Soprano! This spring, she will perform as the Sparrow in Brundibar & Vedem, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, and will be participating in their educational outreach program, Sing Me A Story. In 2020, Amanda received an Encouragement Award for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Houston. Notable roles include: Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Suzel (L’amico Fritz), La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Princess Ninetta (The Love for Three Oranges), and Mrs. Gleaton (Susannah). She holds a Masters of Music from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory.
Bernardo Medeiros, Brazilian-American baritone, is an active performer of classical music and opera. He holds a BM in Music Education from Oklahoma State University, and attained both a Master’s Degree and Performance Certificate at the University of Houston. During his time at the university, Bernardo performed several roles, most notably Horace Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe), David (L’amico Fritzˆ), and Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro). Summer 2019, Bernardo made his professional debut with the North Shore Music Festival, singing the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Most recently, as an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera in 2021, he covered and performed the title role of Rigoletto.
Follow him on Instagram: @oklahomie13
Joseph McBrayer is a tenor originally from Dallas, Georgia and is proud to be returning as a Resident Artist with Indianapolis Opera. Previously, he has performed many virtual recitals with the company as well as taking on the role of Goro in the Opera’s first performance back since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Indianapolis Zoo. He earned his BM from Kennesaw State University and continued with his graduate studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. While working with companies such as The Atlanta Opera, Capitol City Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he has performed and been known for such roles as Alfredo in La Traviata, Woz in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He has performed the work of numerous operatic composers and excels with the works of Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, as well as many composers known for their work on Broadway, like Sondheim and Bernstein. In addition to operatic work, Mr. McBrayer has been seen in musicals such as Falsettos and She Loves Me, and also enjoys the symphonic and orchestral works. He has performed in Britten’s War Requiem and will soon be performing as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s famous 9th Symphony with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. He is currently based out of Indianapolis.
Cornelia Lotito, mezzo-soprano, praised for her "rich sound" and "remarkable agility" (Brooklyn Daily Eagle), most recently debuted with Knoxville Opera as Stephano in Romeo et Juliette. She has also performed the roles of Dorabella (Così fan tutte - Light Opera New Jersey), Angelina (La Cenerentola - Opera Theatre of Montclair), Berta (The Barber of Seville - Light Opera New Jersey), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte - Opera Theatre of Montclair), and others. In 2021, Ms. Lotito won an encouragement award from the Tennessee District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She will premiere a new role with the Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble in 2022.
Follow her on Instagram: @cornelialotito
The Resident Artist program focuses on developing young artists through a complete training experience. IO Resident Artists present operatic performances and education experiences throughout Indiana and in neighboring states.