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The Aspen Opera Center provides an opportunity for seven collaborative pianists to play for opera and class scene preparation, offer individual coachings, and perform with AOC singers in the weekly Opera Scenes Master Classes. Candidates will be auditioned by Edward Berkeley, director, and Elizabeth Buccheri, head of music, for the AOC. If schedule permits, fellowship pianists may request private lessons with a Senior Coach.
Pianist/Coach Elizabeth Buccheri, Head of Music for the Aspen Opera Center, has enjoyed a decades-long career in opera. She has worked at the highest international level in her long associations with Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, having had the privilege of working closely with conductors Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis, Zubin Mehta, and Sir Antonio Pappano. In recent years, Buccheri has served as Chair of the Artistic and Awards Committee of the Solti Foundation U.S. which provides monetary support for the careers of young American conductors. Since 1999, Buccheri has mentored collaborative pianists at Northwestern University, many of whom now work in opera companies and universities in the United States and Canada.
All student-coaches receive fellowships. If you are interested in having a private lesson, these can be arranged with the AOC program administrator after arrival in Aspen. Lessons will be instructed by the coaching faculty.
How to Apply
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017 SEASON WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 15
- Resume required
- Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required
Applicants who are interested in also applying for the Collaborative Piano program must submit a second application. Please contact the Office of Student Services for an application fee waiver.
LIVE Audition Repertoire
Pianists will be required to play and sing the following excerpts:
- PUCCINI: La boheme: "Mi chiamano Mimi"
- STRAVINSKY: The Rake's Progress: Act I, Scene 3 Complete
The following excerpt will require playing only and does not require singing:
- MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro: Act II Finale
Note: One of the excerpts above will be conducted by an audition adjudicator. Sight reading will be required.