Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS - Opera Coaching Back To Aspen Opera Theater...
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 2020. The program will train young singers and vocal collaborative pianists for a career in opera and concertizing, emphasizing technical skill, process, knowledge of the business, and versatility.
The AOT/VA seeks to identify and train pianists interested in coaching, song literature, and rehearsal playing. Highly accomplished pianists and sight-readers with experience accompanying singers on the operatic repertoire will train as vocal coaches, accompanists, and répétiteurs for mainstage opera productions, masterclasses, and auditions. Through hands-on participation in scene preparation, pianists will be trained in coaching technique, and will perform with the Aspen Opera Theater Renée Fleming Artists and Studio Artists in weekly public Opera Theater classes. The program seeks to provide guidance for those who wish to primarily train as operatic conductors through the career path of coaching.
Mentorship will aid young vocal pianists in developing practical career strategies focusing on auditions, resume building, networking, and financial planning for the self-employed. Pianists will receive instruction from a nationally recognized coaching staff drawn from the finest universities, conservatories, and professional opera houses in the US.
The Magic Flute, conducted by Patrick Summers; stage-directed by Edward Berkeley
Performances: July 16, 18, 20
The Grapes of Wrath, conducted by Andy Einhorn
Performances: August 18, 20, 22
How to Apply
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020 SEASON WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 4
- Operatic repertoire list
- Two letters of recommendation from a musical authority
Skype Audition Requirements (Applicants will be contacted in January to schedule an audition. No recorded audition required.)
Pianists will sing and play the following:
- Carmen Act Two Quintet
- Peter Grimes Act Two Rehearsal 39-44 (the quartet of the two nieces, Auntie, and Ellen)
- Die Zauberflöte Sprecher/Tamino Scene - (from “Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben” to the vocal entrance of Pamina and Papageno)