Aspen Music Festival And School

Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS - Opera Coaching Back To Aspen Opera Theater...

Important Information
  • Must be available for participation in the full-session, eight-week program
  • Receive fellowships covering tuition, room, and board
  • Audition via Skype
  • Resume, repertoire list, and letters of recommendation required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2020
Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Offers Released March 2, 2020

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by Monday, September 16, 2019
$60 if you apply between Tuesday, September 17 and Monday, December 2, 2019
$125 if you apply by Thursday, January 2, 2020

Audition Dates

Auditions will take place via Skype in the month of February. Applicants will be contacted with details after the first of the year.

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.

2020 Productions:

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



  • Resume
  • 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)


Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO