Opera Vivente Academy Seeks Singers
by Melissa Wimbish
Our readers have especially enjoyed the guest articles offered by John Bowen on the topics of money managment, branding, and what to do after you get the job all pertaining to the emerging opera/classical singer. Now you have a chance to have these nuggets of knowledge at your fingertips with the Opera Vivente Academy founded by John Bowen himself!
Check out the following release with information about the summer opera program as well as application instructions. The best news is, if you read his columns you’ll have a bit more security in your preparedness for the audition…brilliant! Good luck!
Posted Courtesy of Opera Vivente
The Opera Vivente Academy is an intensive training program for singers, vocal coaches, and production staff that runs from June 20 thru July 22, 2011. Applicants should be at least entering their senior year of high school in September 2011 and not more advanced than their first year of graduate study at the time of the program. Applicants who have completed graduate study are beyond the reach of the academy. Tuition for the program is $1,250. Some financial assistance is available and will be awarded based on need.
Singers will have weekly individual voice lessons and coachings as well as group classes in movement and acting, and will have the opportunity to work with internationally known performers during weekly masterclasses. They will also attend lecture format classes in audition attire, resume and headshot preparation, the history of opera, and character study. At the end of the program, singers will perform a fully-staged scenes program directed by Opera Vivente General Director John Bowen.
Pianists in the vocal coach track will learn score reading, the technique of following a conductor, techniques to improve their sight-reading, and will also attend some of the lecture format classes attended by the singers. They will accompany all the staging rehearsals and will be the accompanists for the final scenes program.
Members of the production staff track will learn all facets of backstage work including stage management, production design, scheduling and production administration, and technical direction. They will also have the opportunity to serve as assistant directors during the staging rehearsals. Members of the production staff track will be responsible for designing and building the set for, as well as running the final scenes program.
Singers interested in the Opera Vivente Academy should submit a headshot, resume, and one letter of recommendation to Opera Vivente at 811 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 by January 10, 2011. Auditions for the program will be held on January 22, 2011 (Snow date, January 29, 2011). Singers should be prepared to sing two arias or artsongs, one of which must be in English.
Pianists interested in the vocal coach track should submit a resume and two letters of recommendation to Opera Vivente at 811 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 by January 10, 2011. Auditions for the program will be held on January 23, 2011 (Snow date, January 30, 2011). Pianists will be expected to perform a solo piano work of their choice and sight-read a brief excerpt from the standard operatic repertoire.
Individuals interested in the production staff track should send a resume and two letters of recommendation to Opera Vivente at 811 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 by January 31, 2011. Individual interviews will be set up once the application deadline has arrived.
Opera Vivente Academy Faculty
Jennifer Blades, Faculty Director, Peabody Opera Theater
John Bowen, General Director, Opera Vivente
Thom Bumblauskas, Director of Productions, Opera Vivente
Jed Gaylin, Conductor, Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and The Bay Atlantic Symphony
Elizabeth Hart, Director of the Voice Program, Loyola University
Ah Young Hong, Voice Faculty, Peabody Institute and Towson University
JoAnn Kulesza, Music Director, Peabody Opera Theater
Masterclasses and Forums by
Laura Lee Everett, Manager, Maryland Opera Studio
Fenlon Lamb, Singer, director, and educator
Marsha LeBoeuf, Costume Director, Washington National Opera
Monica Reinagel, Singer, nutritionist, and lifestyle guru aka “The Nutrition Diva”
David Walker, Internationally renowned countertenor
Gran Wilson, Internationally renowned tenor and voice faculty, University of Maryland