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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, 2015
Applications will be accepted beginning September 1, 2015

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2015
$60 if you apply between October 2, 2015, and November 15, 2015
2016 Teaching Faculty


Audition Dates

Cincinnati (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music)
November 8
Chicago (Northwestern)
November 21-22
Toronto (Royal Conservatory of Music)
November 29
Houston (Rice)
December 4-5
Los Angeles (University of Southern California)
December 6
New York City (Nola Studios)
December 9-15

Edward Berkeley, director

Elizabeth Buccheri, head of music

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.

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:

  • PUCCINI: La bohème
  • BERLIOZ: Béatrice et Bénédict


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. Any applicants living outside of the U.S. or Canada should contact the Office of Student Services.


    Guidelines for Submitting Audition Recordings
    • Recordings must be recent: made no more than three months prior to application.
    • Each excerpt or work must be played through without stopping.
    • All excerpts and works must be uploaded in the order listed.
    • Please label each upload with the name of the excerpt or work. DO NOT include your name.


Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO