Updates and information about featured CBMF Alumni and upcoming artists.


Elijah Blaisdell sang in Haydn's Creation in November and will be singing the title role (appropriately enough) in Mendelssohn's Elijah in Tuscon this coming January.
Jaely Chamberlain
Jaely Chamberlain has an upcoming performance of The Messiah with the Central Maryland Chorale.
Caitlin Gotimer is singing in Conrad Susa's Transformations at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, which will be directed by Emma Griffin, the director of last summer's La bohème.
Alexa Jarvis will sing Chausson's beautiful Chanson perpetuelle in her Carnegie Hall debut in December.
Andrew Pardini is currently a studio artist with Opera Atlanta, singing roles in Silent Night and Don Pasquale, in addition to singing Dandini in La cenerentola with the opera company's award-winning education programs.

Colin Ramsey is an alumnus of the 2015 and 2016 Crested Butte Opera Studio. Since this past summer (when he sang the lead role of Colline in our summer production of Puccini’s La bohème), Colin has been busy with many musical projects. He made his LA Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy alongside the world-renowned pianist Jean- Yves Thibaudet and is currently a resident artist with Opera San José, where he singing roles in Kevin Puts' Silent Night, La bohème, The Barber of Seville and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Colin credits the Crested Butte Opera Studio as helping him grow and develop as an artist. In his own words:

“I wasn't really sure what to expect coming to the Crested Butte Music Festival my first year, but what I discovered was an incredible artistic home in one of the most incredibly beautiful places I've ever been in my life.

The size of the festival creates an amazing opportunity for concentrated personalized work and a safer environment to take some risks and expand one's artistic horizons (and the altitude helps expand our lung capacity!). However it was in my second year that I really got a sense of the family atmosphere and real mentorship that exists in the Opera Studio. Not only do I feel connected to the faculty of the Studio, but to the administration of the festival, the orchestra musicians, and the patrons.

Crested Butte is one of my true artistic homes, where I learned a lot about my craft and made many friends and contacts that will stay with me for the (hopefully) many years of my operatic career.”

Bravo, Colin!

Colin was generously sponsored in 2015 and 2016 by Karen Young

Ben Taylor is currently a resident artist with Florida Grand Opera, singing roles in Carmen and Eugene Onegin this season. He will returning to Opera Theatre of St. Louis next summer to sing in Madama Butterfly.