Aspen Music Festival And School

Aspen Opera Center – Opera Coaching Back To Programs of Study

Important Information
  • Program offered full-session only
  • All students receive fellowships
  • A live audition is required
  • Online applications must be complete before scheduling live audition
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: October 15, 2018
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2018

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2018
$60 if you apply between October 2 and October 15, 2018

Audition Dates

New York City (244 Studios)
October 19-24
Los Angeles (Colburn)
October 26
Houston (Rice University)
October 28
Bloomington (Indiana University)
November 2
Chicago (Roosevelt University)
November 4
Kansas City (Kansas City Lyric)
November 12

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.

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 senior coaching faculty.

How to Apply


  • Resume required
  • Operatic Repertoire List
  • 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:

  • STRAVINSKY: The Rake's Progress (Boosey & Hawkes piano/vocal score)
    • Tom’s Recitative and Aria, pp. 11-15 (sung in English)
    • Ann’s Recitative and Aria, pp. 60-64 (sung in English)
    • No Cabaletta
  • PUCCINI: Tosca Vissi d’arte (sung in Italian)

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.


Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO