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
  • Resume, repertoire list, and letters of recommendation required
  • All applicants must submit a video recording for pre-screening
  • Live Zoom audition invitations for Opera Coaching Candidates released by
    October 31, 2020
  • Live Zoom auditions will be scheduled during the month of November
  • Opera Coaching offers released by December 1, 2020
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: October 15, 2020
Application Open September 1

Application Fee

$25 September 1–15, 2020
$60 September 16–October 15, 2020

Renée Fleming, co-artistic director

Patrick Summers, co-artistic director

The Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS (AOTVA) program, under the co-artistic direction of Renée Fleming and Patrick Summers, launches in summer 2021. The program will train young singers and vocal collaborative pianists for the future of vocal artistry: for a career in opera and concertizing, emphasizing technical skill, process, knowledge of the business, and versatility. The 2021 season will include two fully-staged productions in the historic Wheeler Opera House as well as a semi-staged performance in Harris Concert Hall. 

The AOTVA 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 from Patrick Summers, guest conductors, and AOTVA’s head coach 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.

2021 Productions:

Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Jane Glover conductor
Edward Berkeley stage director 
          Performances: July 15, 17, 19 

Thomson’s The Mother of Us All
Scott Terrell conductor
Stage director TBA 
          Performance: August 4

Handel’s Rodelinda
Patrick Summers conductor
Stage director TBA
          Performances: August 19, 21 


How to Apply



  • Resume
  • Operatic repertoire list
  • Two letters of recommendation from a musical authority

Recorded Audition (submitted with your online application by October 15, 2020 for pre-screening)

  • Pianists will sing and play the following 
    • Carmen Act Two Quintet
    • Peter Grimes Act Two Rehearsal 33-44 (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) 

Live Zoom Audition (by invitation only)

  • Pianist will sing and play the above listed repertoire


  • When will I know if I have been selected for a live Zoom audition?
    • All applicants will be notified by October 31.
  • If I am invited for a live Zoom audition, when will I be scheduled to audition?
    • Auditions will be scheduled on an individual basis during the month of November. Our offices will reach out to schedule a time after you have been notified of your live Zoom audition invitation.



Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO