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Sandford Studio Artist Showcase – November 28

29-11-2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
AC Hotel by Marriott
Address: 727 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Showcase
Thursday, November 28 at 6:00pm

21C Museum Hotel
700 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Admission to this event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. The program will last approximately 1 and 1/2 hours.


  • Taylor Burkhardt, Pianist
  • Thomas J. Capobianco, Tenor
  • Adrian Sanchez, Baritone

Enjoy an enchanting evening of fabulous singing at one of Louisville’s most interesting and artistic hotels located in the heart of Downtown Louiville. Grab a drink at Proof on Main before you settle in for some top notch music featuring the Kentucky Opera’s Sandford Studio Artist program. Lite bites courtesy of 21C Museum Hotel will be provided.

Questions? Call Aubrey Baker at 502-584-4500

About the Studio Artists:

Taylor Burkhardt collaborates with a number of vocalists and instrumentalists as a duo partner, chamber musician, rehearsal pianist, and coach. She joins the Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program as a pianist/coach for Die Zauberflöte;Enemies, A Love Story;Rigoletto; and the touring production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Recent productions she has rehearsed/coached at the University of Minnesota include  La voixhumaineOrphée aux enfers, Idomeneo,The Rape of Lucretia, and Gianni Schicchi. As opera répititeur at the University of Missouri, she rehearsed Gianni SchicchiSuor AngelicaAmahl and the Night VisitorsThe Crucible, and the world premiere of The Outlaw by Justin Pounds as well as performing the final scenes from both The Rake’s Progress and Eugene Onegin. Other past operatic engagements include La Cenerentola at Bay View Music Festival and L’elisir d’amoreat Music Academy of the West. In summer 2018 she will be the educational outreach pianist for Mill City Summer Opera’s production of Carmen.  Her teachers include Timothy Lovelace, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, and Peter Miyamoto.

Hailed as “the hilarious Thomas J. Capobianco,” tenor T.J. Capobianco is joining the Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program with Kentucky Opera in the 2018-19 season. He will debut as Monastatos and First Armored Guard in The Magic Flute, Nissen in Enemies, a Love Story, and Borsa in Rigoletto. In the spring of 2018, T.J. performed with Des Moines Metro Opera’s traveling OPERA Iowa troupe portraying Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and Jack in John Davies’ children’s opera Jack and the Beanstalk. He will spend his second summer with the company, where he will cover Bill in Flight, perform Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, and participate in the Apprentice Artist Scenes Program as Peter Grimes (Peter Grimes), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), among others. T.J. appeared with New Orleans Opera in October 2017 where he made his debut as Beppe in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci; he also debuted as King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opéra Louisiane in December 2017. Raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, T.J. earned his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Adrian Sanchez, baritone, joins Kentucky Opera in their Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Program. This 2018-2019 season features his company debut as the Speaker and Second Armored Man (The Magic Flute) and Marullo (Rigoletto), followed by a debut with Opéra Louisiane as Morales (Carmen). Sanchez’s 2017-2018 season included his Indianapolis Opera debut as Marquis d’Obigny while covering Germont (La traviata), an apprenticeship at Sarasota Opera, and covered Jud Fry (Oklahoma!) and Marullo (Rigoletto) at Charlottesville Opera. Additionally, Sanchez has performed Schaunard (La bohème) with the Muddy River Opera Company and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with Oberlin’s In Italy summer program. While completing his graduate studies, Sanchez covered renowned American baritone, Nathan Gunn, as Zulfikar in the orchestra workshop of Mohammad Fairouz’s new opera, Bhutto. He also premiered the role of Petrus in Jeremy Gill’s orchestra performance of Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain. A native of Haslett, Michigan, Sanchez received his master’s in music from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds degrees in both performance and music education from Michigan State University. He is a second place winner of the 2018 Lois Alba Aria Competition and is the student of Metropolitan Opera alumnus, Richard Fracker.