The team at L2 Artists has been fortunate to find our way into the field of artist management. Upon recent and necessary reflection of our industry, we recognize that the current state of management does not accurately reflect the diverse mosaic of our society or the artists whom we represent.
Our industry has talked enough and the time for action has come. We have created these seminars to help identify minority individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in artist management, paving the way to ensure a more diverse set of future influencers in our field.
It is our hope that this will be the first of many opportunities for the L2 team to share our knowledge, and to mobilize potential artist managers with the skills necessary to enter the industry.
The week-long curriculum includes seminars with L2 Founder/President Jeffrey Larson and Artist Manager Aaron Grant, as well as guest speakers from the L2 roster and the Classical music industry.
2020 M3 Attendees
Alex Boyt is a passionate artist dedicated to taking the concepts of equity and inclusion beyond an EOE statement and into every aspect of the artistic process. Alex began the trajectory of his arts career at Truman State University earning a BA in theater (focus in stage management and directing) and was actively involved in the music department earning him a minor in vocal music. Upon graduating, Alex headed to Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC for 2 seasons- the first in production management, the second in stage management. Alex then moved on to Sarasota Opera as a company management and arts administration intern and returned the following season, on the SM team for their fall productions. While at SOA Alex was the PA for their production of Turandot and an ASM for Rigoletto and Brundibar. Most recently Alex was at Opera Omaha working on a production of San Giovanni Battista which was cancelled, unfortunately due to the pandemic. Over the last 7 summers Alex has kept his passion for education alive at an academy for gifted middle schoolers- serving his first 3 years as a co-teacher in music and theatre classes and the last 4 as an administrator for the academy. Alex’s answer to the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” is rarely ever the same twice and probably never will be. While he thoroughly enjoys the production and administration departments, he is always looking to add new skillsets and experience to his wheelhouse and therefore is thrilled to take part in the L2 Artists M3 Seminars.
Devere Burnett’s passion for opera and other vocal music has fueled his development as a budding singer, coach, director, and manager. In 2010, he created Kalliope Vocal Arts. Through Kalliope, he has taken on the roles of impresario, vocal coach, music coach, casting director, acting coach, and mentor.
Recently, Devere has been seen as Radamès in Verdi’s Aida and Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Some of his previous roles include Micah in Carlisle Floyd’s Slow Dusk and John Styx in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. He has also appeared in the musicals Hair, West Side Story, and Oklahoma!
Elliott Carlton Hines
Elliott Carlton Hines is a recent graduate of the Opernstudio at Staatsoper Stuttgart, where he was seen as Schaunard in La Bohéme, Kilian in Der Freischütz, and as Barone Douphol in La Traviata, amongst other things.
Born in 1990 and a native of Houston, Texas, Hines received his M.M. from The Juilliard School in 2014 and was a member of the ensemble at the Salzburger Landestheater for the 2017/2018 season, where he was seen as Spalanzani in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2018, he made his debut with Birmingham Opera Company, under the direction of Graham Vick, in Giorgio Battistelli’s world premiere of Wake.
Hines’ spectrum of work at Salzburger Landestheater as a member of the “Internationales Opernstudio Gerard Mortier” from 2015 to 2017 included Morales/Dancaïre in Carmen, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Il Poeta in Il Turco in Italia, Schaunard in La Bohème, as well as Sparbüchsen Bill in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Patsy in Spamalot.
Hines received his B.M. in Voice from Oberlin Conservatory in 2012, and also worked as a Young Artist with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Opera Santa Barbara, Da Camera of Houston, and the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (IMA).
For the 20/21 season, Hines will return to Staatsoper Stuttgart to sing Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Donald in Billy Budd. He is also guest curator for the Bridging Arts Chamber Music Festival Nürnberg in September 2020.
Chandler Johnson is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he received both his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance. Since graduating, Chandler has appeared with Opera Santa Barbara, The Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Columbus, and Cincinnati Opera Fusion: New Works.
Morgan Middleton, mezzo soprano, is a Young Artist with Chicago Opera Theater and is earning her Professional Diploma at Roosevelt University. During the 2020/2021 season, she will perform the role of Reba/Holiness Congregation Member in Taking Up Serpents and will cover the roles of the Page and Alkonost, in The Invisible City of Kitezh and Dona Rossa in Il Postino. In 2019/2020 she performed the role of Frances in the world premiere of Freedom Ride and covered the roles of Jan Arnold and Meg Weathers in Everest and the Gypsy woman in Aleko. Other roles include Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Véronique in Dr. Miracle, Carmela in La vida breve and Narciso in Handel’s Agrippina, all with the New England Conservatory.
Ms. Middleton received a 2018 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Capital District. She was an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera, where she covered the role of the teacher in the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. She also performed the role of Tituba in The Crucible as an apprentice with the Miami Music Festival.
An advocate for the classical arts, Ms. Middleton was awarded a Turn the Spotlight fellowship in 2020. She was also awarded grants from The Boston Foundation and the New England Conservatory to produce and perform a one-woman show, Remember When, as a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research.
Ms. Middleton earned vocal performance degrees from the University of Southern California and New England Conservatory. (248)
Evan Julius Nelson
Hailing from Albany, Georgia, Evan Julius Nelson is a graduate of Florida State University and has recently completed his master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Binghamton University. This past summer, Mr. Nelson performed as a Young Artist with Opera Company of Middlebury. He also covered Frank in Die Fledermaus with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program. Mr. Nelson’s operatic credits include Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Mr. Gedge in Britten’s Albert Herring, Marquis D’Obigny in Verdi’s La Traviata, and The Keeper of the Mad House in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Highlights in musical theatre and operetta include roles such as The Sergeant of Police in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Mr. Lindquist in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and Miles Gloriosus in Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Mr. Nelson is a proud alumnus of young artist training programs such as The Chautauqua Voice Program, Opera on the Avalon, “Songe d’été en musique” Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, and La Musica Lirica. Over the past two years, Mr. Nelson has received 1st place in the Lower Graduate category at The Finger Lakes District NATS competition as well as tied for 2nd Place in the 2019 Eastern Region NATS Competition. During the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Nelson had appearances as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with Binghamton University and as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly with Tri-Cities Opera. Mr. Nelson is currently based in Tallahassee where he is continuing his studies with Prof. David Okerlund.
Scarlett Ossorio recently graduated from Florida State University this past spring with a B.M. in Voice Performance. Originally from Miami, Scarlett has spent the past four years in Tallahassee and plans to got to graduate school to earn her Masters’ next fall. Previous credits include Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), In The Heights (Ensemble), Der Vampyr (Chorus), The Elixir of Love (Giannetta) & Candide (Chorus). In 2018 and 2019, she was the winner of the Tallahassee Music Guild Scholarship. She was also a finalist in the Third Year College category at Regional NATS in 2019. Scarlett is very grateful to attend L2 / M3 Seminars. She cannot wait to learn more about artist management and the music business through the team at L2 Artists as well as the other participants.
Prior to her current work at a high-stakes litigation firm, Roxanna Tehrani-Moras accrued professional experience working within the artistic and operations departments at some of the nation’s leading performing arts organizations, including Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, and San Antonio Symphony. It is from these experiences that she learned to work alongside big personalities in complex environments, tackling a variety of situations that can only be found within the performing arts world. Roxanna holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Marketing and Non-Profit Management Minor from The University of Texas at San Antonio. While she pursued her degrees, Roxanna earned internships with the Houston Symphony, Fresh Arts Coalition, Mercury Chamber Orchestra, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and The Santa Fe Opera. In her free time, she likes to work her way through “America’s Test Kitchen” cookbooks and as an amateur gardener, cultivate her numerous subtropical flower beds.
Indra Thomas has established herself as an artist of incredible sensitivity, poise, and virtuosity. Considered one of the foremost Aida’s of her time she has performed in world class opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Florentino in Florence, Italy, Gran Teatre Del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain; Staatsoper Hamburg in Hamburg Germany, Vienna Staatsoper in Vienna, Austria and Opera Africa in Johannesburg South Africa. Her world class performance venues includes the Royal Albert Hall in London, England; Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris, France and Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall both in New York. Her appearances with top orchestras include New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Philharmonic and Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. She has performed with international music festivals such as the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in Harare Zimbabwe, The Fedor Shalyapin International Memorial Opera Festival in Kazan, Russia, Bregenz Festspiele in Bregenz, Austria, Chorégies d’Orange in Orange, France and the Proms Summer Festival in London. Her noted performances in the Academy Award-winning movie “Driving Miss Daisy”; Emmy nominated “Porgy and Bess Suite” with New York Philharmonic: New Year’s Eve Broadcast Live from Lincoln Center; Grammy Nominated recording Michael Tippett’s “A Child Of Our Time” the London Symphony Orchestra and an appearance in the movie “The Upside”. She is currently Visiting Voice Instructor and Director of Opera at Shorter University (Rome, GA) and a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
Brazilian-born soprano Ariana Wehr, originally from Batesville, Indiana is a recent graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist Program with Washington National Opera. Ms. Wehr debuted the roles of Girlfriend #1/Nurse/Congregant in Blue at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2019 to great critical acclaim, and will reprise the roles at Washington National Opera in 2021 and was to make her Lincoln Center debut with Blue during the 2020 Mostly Mozart Festival which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ariana will debut with Boston Lyric Opera in the 2020-2021 season as Sadie Donastrog Griffith/Cousin Blanche in Terence Blanchard’s Champion.
An accomplished competitor, Ariana has received awards from The Sullivan Foundation, The George London Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions as a National Semi-Finalist, the Opera Index Foundation and has competed internationally in the 8th Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition in Shizuoka, Japan, s’Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition in s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and most recently in the International Music Competition Harbin in Harbin, China.
In the 2018-2019 season, the soprano sang Despina in Così fan tutte for Opera in the Heights, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel in a return to Brava! Opera Theater, a debut with the Naples Philharmonic singing Pulcinella by Stravinsky, and Micäela in Carmen in a return engagement with Opera Louisiane.
Ms. Wehr is currently pursuing an M.B.A. with a concentration in Project Management from Louisiana State University Shreveport and anticipates graduating in 2021.