Alumnus Weiser Joins Washington National Opera; Regional Metropolitan Opera Finalist

Posted on 8/20/2018 12:14:45 PM

Samuel Weiser (BSEd 2014) has been engaged by Washington National Opera to be a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist. This is one of the country’s most competitive resident-training programs for singers on the verge of international careers. It was started by opera’s legendary tenor, Placido Domingo.

Sam will sing in supporting roles in the mainstage season of the WNO at the Kennedy Center. He will also perform several world premiere productions as a part of WNO’s annual American Opera Initiative Festival. Sam will receive intensive training, study, and career guidance with both resident faculty and a selection of world-renowned visiting master teachers.

Sam participated in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions this past year placing first in the St. Louis District and moving on to place third in the Mid-West Region. This competition is key in recognizing young singers of incredible talent and potential for a career as an opera singer.

His accolades do not end there. This past summer Sam was a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation apprentice artist with Central City Opera, where he was the recipient of the John Moriarty Award as an outstanding artist for the season. Central City is the second oldest summer company in the United States.

Sam is also an alumnus of the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theater of St. Louis and Chicago Opera Theater’s Young Artist Program. He is a young singer on his way to an international career in the opera business.

While at IUP, Sam studied voice with Joseph Baunoch.

Department of Music