Aspen Music Festival And School

Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS - Voice (Fleming Artists) Back To Aspen Opera Theater...

Important Information
  • Must be available for participation in the full-session, eight-week program
  • Sing and cover leading roles in mainstage productions
  • Receive fellowships covering tuition, room, and board plus paid singing opportunities
  • Benefit from mentorship and vocal consultation from Renée Fleming
  • Live audition invitations determined from pre-screening recording submitted with application
  • Those offered a live audition must be available on the listed audition dates
  • Video pre-screening audition matching the live audition repertoire must be uploaded with the application
  • Resume, repertoire list, head shot, and letters of recommendation required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: September 25, 2019
Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Live audition invitations for Renée Fleming Artist Candidates
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Renée Fleming Artist offers released

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by Monday, September 16, 2019
$60 if you apply between Tuesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Audition Dates

Los Angeles, CA
October 11, 2019
Houston, TX
October 17 & 18, 2019
Cincinnati, OH
October 19 & 20, 2019
New York City, NY
October 23 & 24, 2019

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 for the future of vocal artistry: for a career in opera and concertizing, emphasizing technical skill, process, knowledge of the business, and versatility.

Mentorship will aid young singers 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.

Renée Fleming Artists will sing and cover leading roles in mainstage productions and will receive vocal consultation and mentorship from Renée Fleming. When Ms. Fleming is not in residence, Fleming Artists will receive twice-weekly private instruction from the artist-faculty of their choice and will perform in House Music recitals, which are ticketed events held in private homes.

All Artists participate in RepLab, which offers seminars of two weeks each on Classical Song Literature, Cabaret, Opera, and Musical Theater. Artists will receive acting and movement training to meet today’s theatrical and operatic demands: stage combat, dance basics, and overall physical fitness; as well as diction coaching.

All artists will perform in the public Saturday Opera Theater Master Class series. The series includes opera scenes workshops with orchestra led by Renée Fleming and Patrick Summers, as well as opera scenes workshops with piano led by Edward Berkeley (stage director), and a variety of public workshopping opportunities in other singing genres.

Singers can participate in master classes given by distinguished artists and voice teachers. Artists receive extensive musical coaching from a nationally recognized coaching staff drawn from the finest universities, conservatories, and professional opera houses in the US.

The program is anticipated to attract 300-500 applications, of which 12-16 will be invited as Renée Fleming Artists. Approximately 40 will be invited as Studio Artists. Applicants may designate if they would like to be considered for only a Renée Fleming Fellowship, only a Studio Artist, or both opportunities. Electronic applications with video recordings are due by all applicants by September 25. Invitations for live auditions for Renée Fleming Artist candidates will be issued by October 1. Renée Fleming Artist decisions will be released by November 1.


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 – must include one complete operatic leading role
  • Repertoire List – must include one complete song recital program and show mastery of at least four different languages
  • Head shot
  • Two letters of recommendation from a musical authority

Prescreening (Recorded) Audition (submitted with your online application by September 25, 2019)

  • Video recording of all the live audition repertoire listed below, with two differences: Instead of recording a complete scene, record ONE ARIA from the scene prepared for the live audition. Also, include a full (three-five minute) classical spoken monologue. (Examples: Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles OR a full monologue by Shakespeare, Shaw or Ibsen)

Live Audition (by invitation only)

  • Offer at least five selections (no more than seven) which meet the below requirements:
  • The entire audition should cover at least four different languages.
  • One complete scene from a role listed on resume
  • One art song from the complete song recital program listed on repertoire list 
  • One aria composed during the applicant’s lifetime
  • One song from the classic American Musical Theater repertoire
  • Singers are highly encouraged to sing repertoire from any role they would like to be considered for in the upcoming season

Renée Fleming Artist Live Audition FAQ

Pre-screening materials will be reviewed by October 1.

  • When will I know if I have been selected for a live audition?
    • All applicants will be notified by October 1.
  • If I am invited for a live audition, where will I be assigned to audition?
    • In the application, singers are asked to choose their first, second, and third choice audition locations and times. Singers must be available to audition on these dates. AMFS cannot guarantee availability on other dates if a change is requested. On October 1, applicants will receive notification if they have been scheduled for an audition and receive their audition location, day and time block.
  • Does AMFS allow “crashers”?
    • No, we do not allow unscheduled singers to audition.
  • What materials am I required to bring to my audition?
    • You need not bring any materials as they will have been submitted electronically with your application.
  • What repertoire am I required to bring to my audition?
    • Singers must arrive prepared with the same repertoire that was submitted for the pre-screening. Make sure to have the entire piano / vocal opera score from a complete operatic leading role and be prepared to sing one complete scene.
  • Do I need to bring my own pianist?
    • No, AMFS will provide an audition pianist.
  • How many pieces does the panel typically hear?
    • Auditions will last 20-30 minutes each. Singers must be prepared to sing one complete scene of their fully prepared role as well as at least two additional pieces from their audition repertoire
  • When can I expect to hear whether I have been offered a postion as a Renée Fleming Artist?  
    • Renée Fleming Artist offers will be released on November 1



Recording Specifications
  • 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