Aspen Music Festival And School

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Important Information
  • Must be available for participation in the full-session, eight-week program
  • Fleming Artists receive fellowships covering tuition, room, and board plus $1,500 stipend
  • Studio Artists may apply for scholarship assistance up to full tuition and, in some cases, room & board 
  • Benefit from mentorship from Renée Fleming and Patrick Summers who will both be in residence for at least four of the eight-week session 
  • Resume, head shot, and letters of recommendation required
  • All applicants must submit a VIDEO recording - NO LIVE AUDITION REQUIRED
  • New in 2022 — Opera Coaching applicants will apply through the Collaborative Piano Program
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: October 15, 2021
Application open September 15, 2021

Application Fee

$25 September 15—October 15, 2021

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

The Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS (AOTVA) program, under the co-artistic direction of Renée Fleming and Patrick Summers, launched in summer 2021. The program trains young singers for a future of vocal artistry including opera and concert work, emphasizing technical skill, process, knowledge of the business, and versatility. Upcoming seasons will include both fully-staged and semi-staged productions in the historic Wheeler Opera House, Harris Concert Hall, and the Benedict Music Tent. Performances are coached and led by distinguished conductors and directors.  

Performances in the 2022 Season will include productions of:  

  • VERDI: Falstaff  
    • Conductor: Patrick Summers  
    • Director: Paula Suozzi
  • MOZART: Don Giovanni
    • Conductor: Jane Glover
    • Director: Esteban Muñoz

In addition, AMFS will present a Cabaret Evening with AOTVA singers and opera coaches. All AOTVA singers participate in the weekly Saturday Opera Theater Class. The series includes opera and musical theater scenes workshops led by Renée Fleming, Patrick Summers, and AOTVA artist-faculty. Two workshops are conducted by members of the Aspen Conducting Academy, accompanied by the full Academy orchestra, with commentary from Patrick Summers and Robert Spano. All artists participate in RepLab, which offers seminars of two weeks each on Art Song and Lieder, Cabaret, 21st Century Music, and American Songbook. RepLab produces bi-weekly public performances. Singers will also be assigned to perform in vocal chamber music programs, professional musical theater productions, opera chorus, and House Music recitals, which are all ticketed events.

Singers will receive extensive musical and diction coaching from internationally recognized coaching staff. Weekly panel discussions with professional artists and administrators will highlight important topics on the business of music, and both singers and coaches will have the opportunity to perform for Young Artist programs and industry professionals. All singers will receive 90 minutes of vocal instruction weekly, from a resident artist-faculty member of their choice, and will have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses given by distinguished artists. Weekly classes will include acting, meditation, and movement training to meet today’s theatrical and operatic demands. 

The program is anticipated to attract 300–500 applications, of which 12–16 will be invited as Renée Fleming Artists. Approximately 30 will be invited as Studio Artists. Applicants may designate if they would like to be considered only for a Renée Fleming Fellowship, only as a Studio Artist, or for both opportunities. 

  • Renée Fleming Artists will sing and cover leading roles in mainstage productions and will receive vocal consultation and mentorship from Renée Fleming. They will study with Ms. Fleming weekly when she is in residence and may arrange also to continue instruction with an artist-faculty member. Fleming Artists will receive fellowships covering tuition, room, and board as well as a $1500 stipend.
  • 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. Studio Artists are eligible for scholarship assistance covering up to full tuition and, in some cases, room and board. Please see our Fellowship and Financial Assistance page to learn more.  




New in 2022 — Opera Coach applicants will apply through the Collaborative Piano program.

  • Resume
  • Head shot
  • Two letters of recommendation from a musical authority


All applicants must submit a video audition with the application by October 15, 2021. There will be no live audition requirement for the 2022 season. 

  • Three pieces in at least two anguages meeting the following criteria
    • One aria
    • One musical theater piece (e.g., "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel) or work composed during your lifetime (e.g., Heggie’s "Dead Man Walking," Adams’s "Doctor Atomic," Abrahamsen’s "Let me tell you")
  • Spoken monologue (in English) of one-two minutes (can be dramatic, comedic, poetic, contemporary)



  • Are there pre-requisites for Renée Fleming Artists?
    We expect that Renée Fleming Artists have at least completed their junior year of undergraduate degree program in vocal performance and/or participated in a young artist program. To be considered for this appointment, singers must have performed (or covered) a complete role. Singers at this level should also have extensive experience singing in at least three languages.  
  • Is a live audition required?
    For the 2022 season, there will be no live audition requirement. Applicants will be reviewed by AOTVA faculty and receive a decision by November 24.
  • When will I hear if I have been accepted or been assigned a role?
    AOTVA offers will be released by November 24. 



Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO