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RESIDENT AND YOUNG ARTIST TRAINING PROGRAMS

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Resident Artist Program
June 4 - July 8, 2012
and
Young Artist Program
June 11 - July 8, 2012

Opera Theater announces a combined professional training and performing program for Resident and Young Artists (singers, pianists, stage director, and stage managers) with opportunities for solo performance for all participants. Artists will perform, as well as cover, appropriate roles and sing in the ensemble in mainstage productions of The Magic Flute, a new abridged version of Bizet's Carmen, Candide and Thoroughly Modern Minis, a program of contemporary miniature operas. In addition Resident and Young Artists will perform in a Cabaret under the Stars program. These productions will take place at the Hillman Performing Arts Center in Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh. Resident and Young Artists will work with world-class directors, conductors, coaches, and choreographers both in production rehearsals and in daily training sessions, which will include individual vocal and repertoire coaching, master classes, stage character development, movement, dance and career seminars. For a downloadable competition poster, click HERE.

Resident Artist Program

At least 4 Resident Artist Singers will be chosen to perform substantial solo roles in the mainstage festival productions, understudy roles, and participate in all training opportunities. This category is designed for emerging professionals between the ages of 22 and 35. Each will receive a full scholarship that will cover the $4,000 tuition + housing cost. The duration of residency in Pittsburgh will be from June 4 through July 8, 2012.

There will be 2 openings for Resident Artist Pianists who will receive full scholarships ($4,000 cost of tuition + housing) and work alongside world-class conductors and coaches in mainstage production rehearsals and training sessions. The duration of residency in Pittsburgh will be from June 4 through July 8, 2012.

There will be 1 place for a Resident Artist Stage Director who will receive a full scholarship ($4,000 cost of tuition + housing) and work closely as an Assistant Director to Artistic Director Jonathan Eaton, assist on the production of Candide, and direct one or more of the miniature operas. The duration of residency in Pittsburgh will be from June 4 through July 8, 2012, with options to extend the period.

There will be also be 2 places for Resident Artist Stage Managers. These will receive a full scholarship ($4,000 cost of tuition + housing) and work closely with Opera Theater's professional stage management team, as ASMs on the productions of Flute, Carmen and Candide, and as SMs on the miniature opera series. The duration of residency in Pittsburgh will be from June 4 through July 8, 2012, with options to extend the period.

Young Artist Program

At least 16 Young Artist Singers will be chosen to participate in the training program and perform in the ensemble with the possibility to understudy and perform appropriate smaller mainstage roles. This program is designed for pre-professional singers between the ages of 18 and 30. Each Young Artist singer will receive a half-scholarship ($2,000) toward the $4,000 tuition cost + housing and will be responsible for the remaining $2,000. Residency in Pittsburgh will be from June 11 through July 8, 2012.

Both Programs

All Resident and Young Artists are provided with housing, and each is responsible for his or her food and transportation to and from Pittsburgh. If necessary, local transportation will be supplied by Opera Theater. Artists are strongly encouraged to bring their own cars.

Available Roles

The repertoire for Opera Theater's Summer Festival (sung in English) is as follows:

  • The Magic Flute - Mozart
  • Carmen - Bizet (new chamber version without chorus)
  • Candide - Bernstein
  • Late Night Quickies -- several new and world premiere miniature operas expected to include Naomi in the Living Room by Jonathan Bailey Holland and Review by Jeremy Beck
  • Cocktails and Cabaret - an additional series of opera and Broadway favorites for post-show cabarets under the stars

Please note: Magic Flute and Carmen will be pre-rehearsed before the YAP summer period of residency, and then revived for the festival, so anyone wishing to take a role in those productions would need to be available for the earlier pre-rehearsal period as well as the YAP period of residency. All other productions are rehearsed during the YAP period of residency only. An honorarium plus travel and accomodation will be paid to those who attend pre-rehearsal periods. Also, please note that anyone cast in a solo role in Carmen will be asked to remain in Pittsburgh one additional week, leaving on the evening of Sunday July 15, 2012.

Solo Roles which will be rehearsed prior to the summer festival and then revived during the YAP period of residence (those who are required to pre-rehearse will be given a modest honorarium):

  • The Magic Flute - pre-rehearsal period: Monday April 2 - Sunday April 29, 2012 Roles: Queen of the Night, Pamina, Tamino, Three Ladies, Papagena, Three Spirits, Monostatos, 2 Priests (speaking and singing roles)
  • Carmen - pre-rehearsal period Monday January 30 - Sunday February 26, 2012 Roles: Carmen, Escamillo, Micaela, Don Jose (these may be double-cast to allow for a student matinee cast and an evening cast), also Frasquita, Mercedes, Dancairo, Remendado, Morales, Zuniga

Solo Roles which may only be rehearsed during the summer festival YAP period of residence from June 11 - July 8, 2012:

  • The Magic Flute
    • Roles: Papagena, Three Spirits, Monostatos, 2 Priests (speaking and singing roles), 2 Armed Men
  • Carmen
    • Roles: Zuniga, Morales, Pastia
  • Candide
    • All roles
  • Late Night Quickies
      All roles
  • Cocktails and Cabaret
    • All roles

Understudy Roles that are open to Resident and Young Artists:

  • All major roles in all productions

Housing in Pittsburgh will be provided by Opera Theater.

Transportation to and from Pittsburgh during the RAP and YAP periods of residence is the responsibility of the artist; limited local transportation will be supplied by Opera Theater as necessary. Artists are strongly encouraged to bring their own cars.