Aspen Music Festival And School

Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS Back To Programs of Study /...

Renée Fleming, co-artistic director
Patrick Summers, co-artistic director


The Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS program, under the co-artistic direction of Renée Fleming and Patrick Summers, launches in summer 2021. The program will train young singers and vocal collaborative pianists for the future of vocal artistry: for a career in opera and concertizing, emphasizing technical skill, process, knowledge of the business, and versatility. 

Renée Fleming Artists will sing and cover leading roles in mainstage productions and will receive vocal consultation and mentorship from Renée Fleming. Fleming Artists will receive 90 minutes of instruction weekly from the artist-faculty of their choice. Fleming Artists will study with Ms. Fleming weekly when she is in residence and may arrange to also continue instruction with their regular assigned teacher

Studio Artists will sing and cover supporting roles and/or perform in the chorus for mainstage productions. They will receive master class and seminar instruction from Renée Fleming and will receive 90 minutes of private lessons per week from the voice artist-faculty.

Opera Coaches will train highly accomplished pianists and sight-readers with experience accompanying singers on the operatic repertoire as vocal coaches, accompanists, and répétiteurs for mainstage opera productions, masterclasses, and auditions. The program seeks to provide guidance for those who wish to primarily train as operatic conductors through the career path of coaching.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO