Aspen Music Festival And School

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

Important Information
  • Must be available for participation in the full-session, eight-week program
  • Sing and cover supporting roles and / or chorus in mainstage productions
  • Participate in master classes and seminars led by Renée Fleming
  • May apply for scholarship assistance
  • Will be selected solely by submitted recorded audition (video) only
  • Live audition not required for those applying as Studio Artist
  • Resume, head shot, and letters of recommendation required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: September 25, 2019
Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
Deadline: November 20, 2019
Studio 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

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.

Studio Artists will sing and cover supporting roles and/or perform in the chorus for mainstage productions. They will receive master class and seminar instruction from Renée Fleming and will receive two 45-minute private lessons per week from the voice artist-faculty.

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 only as Renée Fleming Artist, only a Studio Artist, or both opportunities. Electronic applications with video recordings are due by all applicants by September 25. Studio Artist decisions will be released by November 20.

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
  • Head shot
  • Two letters of recommendation from a musical authority


Recorded Audition:

  • Video recording of at least four selections (no more than six) which meet the below requirements
    • The entire audition should cover at least three different languages.
    • One Handel aria in any language
    • One art song
    • One aria from the applicant’s lifetime OR one song from the classic American Musical Theater repertoire
  • A spoken monologue of one-two minutes (can be dramatic, comedic, poetic, contemporary)


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