The Aspen Opera Center, formerly known as the Aspen Opera Theater Center, offers a wide range of exciting performance opportunities. These include: vocal chamber music performances; weekly public Opera Scenes Master Classes; house concerts; and three fully-staged productions in the Wheeler Opera House, where all roles are sung by AOC singers and performances are led by distinguished conductors and directors. In addition, some AOC singers will be involved in Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin (conducted by Robert Spano), which will include major guest singers.
All members of AOC are expected to sing in one opera chorus and to provide technical-support hours as part of their experience. A select number of singers will participate in song recitals in which students prepare repertoire under the guidance of AOC artist-faculty.
AOC singers also participate in an intensive curriculum of weekly voice lessons, vocal master classes taught by resident artist-faculty and guest artists, opera music, acting, song repertory, dance classes, rehearsals, auditioning and professional-orientation workshops, and individual music and dramatic coaching. In different sessions, singers will work both in groups and individually with Diane Zola, artistic administrator of the Houston Grand Opera, in addition to resident artist-faculty.
There will be eight public Opera Scenes Master Classes with director Edward Berkeley. Two of these sessions are presented with full orchestra in collaboration with the Aspen Conducting Academy. These give all AOC singers the opportunity to appear publicly in scenes with conductor and either piano or orchestra.
Performances during the 2016 season will include new productions of:
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016 SEASON WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1