Aspen Music Festival And School

Robert Spano, Music Director
Alan Fletcher, President and CEO

Aspen Opera Theater CenterBack To Programs of Study

Important Information
  • Program offered full-session only
  • Fellowships and scholarships available
  • Live audition and audio audition recording required
  • Mandatory live auditions take place between November and mid-December
  • Head shot required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: November 15th, 2014
Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2014

Application Fee

2015 Teaching Faculty

Full Session Combination Of

Leave of Absence

Audition Dates

Chicago (Northwestern)
November 22
Los Angeles (University of Southern California)
November 24
Toronto (Royal Conservatory of Music)
November 30
Cincinnati (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music)
December 5
Boulder (University of Colorado Boulder)
December 6
Houston (Rice)
December 7
New York City (Nola Studios)
December 10-14

Edward Berkeley, director

Elizabeth Buccheri, head of music

Aspen Opera Theater Center 2014 offers a wide range of exciting performance opportunities. These include: three fully-staged productions in the Wheeler Opera House with all roles sung by AOTC singers with distinguished conductors and directors; vocal chamber music performances; weekly public Opera Scenes Master Classes; house concerts. In addition some AOTC singers will sing roles in Verdi’s Aida (Conducted by Robert Spano) which will include major guest singers.

All members of AOTC 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 AOTC artist-faculty.

In addition, AOTC singers 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, Alexander Technique sessions, 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 American Academy of Conducting in Aspen. These give all AOTC singers the opportunity to appear publicly in scenes with conductor and either piano or orchestra. These classes will be mentored by Patrick Summers and Nicholas McGegan.

Performances during the 2015 season will include new productions of:

  • GOUNOD: Roméo et Juliette, conducted by George Manahan
  • CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS and WILLIAM HOFFMAN’s The Cows of Apollo or The Invention of Music: A masque suggested by Sophocles's Ichneutai and STEVEN STUCKY and JEREMY DENK’s The Classical Style (World Stage Premiere), conducted by Robert Spano
  • MOZART: Così fan tutte, conducted by Jane Glover

How to Apply


  • Resume required
  • Head shot required
  • Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required

Audition Repertoire

  • Please Note: Recorded Audition AND Live Audition required



    • Recorded Audition
      AUDIO recording of two arias of contrasting styles (one in English and one in a foreign language). If you are interested in a particular role, it is strongly suggested that you sing an appropriate aria.
    • Live Audition
      The repertoire selected above in addition to a one- to two-minute monologue. This may be dramatic, comedic, poetic, contemporary or classical in nature.

    Guidelines for Submitting Audition Recordings