YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM

From L to R: Martin Bakari (2016 Apprentice Artist) as Don Basilio; Chelsea Basler (2013 Apprentice Artist who returned as a guest Principal Artist in 2016) as Susanna; and guest Principal Artist Keith Phares as Count Almaviva in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.

From L to R: Martin Bakari (2016 Apprentice Artist) as Don Basilio; Chelsea Basler (2013 Apprentice Artist who returned as a guest Principal Artist in 2016) as Susanna; and guest Principal Artist Keith Phares as Count Almaviva in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.

Applications for the 2018 Summer Festival
will be available in August of 2017

2017 Program Information 

Founded originally as the Lake George Opera Festival in 1962, Opera Saratoga is now located in Saratoga Springs, New York.  The company is home of the second oldest young artist program in the country, with alumni singing around the world.  During the summer of 2016, Opera Saratoga will present three mainstage productions, a concert with orchestra, and a series of additional concerts over the 8-week period from May 22nd to July 16, 2017. 

Led by program director Laurie Rogers, the young artist program consists of three tiers for singers, as well as opportunities for pianists, conductors and directors:

STUDIO ARTISTS:  For many Studio Artists, Opera Saratoga will be their first Young Artist program. Studio Artists sing chorus in mainstage repertoire, cover supporting roles, and participate in concerts. In addition, Studio Artists participate in coachings and masterclasses throughout the season with music staff and guest artists.

APPRENTICE ARTISTS: Most Apprentice Artists will have already completed at least one or more summer in a young artist program at Opera Saratoga or another company. Apprentice Artists are featured in concerts, cover suporting and/or principal roles, sing supporting roles, and sing chorus in mainstage repertoire. In addition, Apprentice Artists participate in coachings and masterclasses throughout the season with music staff and guest artists. 

FESTARTISTS: FestArtists are emerging professionals who are assigned signficant roles in mainstage repertoire, cover principal roles, and sing limited chorus in mainstage productions. FestArtists are also prominently featured in season concerts, and participate in coachings and other professional development activities. FestArtists will generally be singers who have graduated from academic study, and who have previously been Apprentice Artists with Opera Saratoga and/or have already participated in other Young Artist programs. Opera Saratoga makes a significant commitment to FestArtists beyond the summer season. Upon successful completion of a summer FestArtist contract, singers are guaranteed a principal artist contract in a future Opera Saratoga season. Principal contract offers are determined in partnership with each artist to provide them with the opportunity to add a role to their repertoire that is important for their ongoing professional development beyond the Young Artist Program.

PIANISTS/COACHES: Pianists will have the opportunity to play for mainstage rehearsals, cover rehearsals, and coachings. Pianists will participate in public concerts and play for community outreach events. They will also have the opportunity to gain practical coaching experience as well as to receive career guidance under the guidance of Opera Saratoga's artistic staff.

CONDUCTORS: Conducting Fellows have the opportunity to serve as the assistant conductor on a mainstage production, as well as to observe rehearsals of the other two productions. Conducting Fellows will also have the opportunity to gain practical coaching experience, and will receive professional career guidance from the three conductors who will be in residence with Opera Saratoga for the summer.

DIRECTORS: Directing Fellows, who will have the opportunity to serve as the assistant director on a mainstage production, as well as to observe rehearsals of the other two productions. Directing Fellows will also have the opportunity to gain practical coaching experience, and will receive professional career guidance from the three directors who will be in residence with Opera Saratoga for the summer.


2017 SEASON INFORMATION

Three main stage productions will be presented during the summer of 2016.

Members of the Young Artist Program will cover all roles in all three operas and will also be cast in the following roles: 


FALSTAFF (Verdi / Boito)
Director: Chuck Hudson; Conductor: Craig Keir

Roles available for Young Artists:  Nannetta (soprano), Dr. Caius (tenor), Bardolfo (tenor), Pistola (bass)
Covers: Alice Ford (soprano), Meg Page (mezzo), Mistress Quickly (mezzo or contralto), Fenton (tenor), Ford (baritone), Sir John Falstaff (bass baritone), Nannetta (soprano), Dr. Caius (tenor), Bardolfo (tenor), Pistola (bass)


ZÉMIRE ET AZOR [BEAUTY AND THE BEAST] (Grétry / Marmontel)
Director: James Ortiz; Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya

Roles available for Young Artists: Fatmé (soprano), Lisbé (mezzo)
Covers: Zémire (coloratura soprano), Azor (tenor), Ali (character/spieltenor), Sander (baritone); Fatmé (soprano), Lisbé (mezzo)


THE CRADLE WILL ROCK (Blitzstein)
Director / Choreographer: Lawrence Edelson; Conductor: John Mauceri

Roles available for Young Artists: Sadie Polock (soprano or mezzo), Ella Hammer (mezzo or contralto),  Sister Mister (mezzo), Editor Daily (tenor), Junior Mister (tenor), President Prexy (tenor), Steve (tenor) Gus Polock (tenor or baritone), Dauber (baritone), Yasha (baritone), Gent (baritone), Dick (baritone), Dr. Specialist (tenor or baritone), President Prexy (tenor), Professor Mamie (baritone or bass), Professor Trixie (baritone or bass), plus spoken roles.
Covers: Moll (mezzo or contralto), Mrs. Mister (mezzo), Mr. Mister (baritone), Harry Druggist (character tenor), Larry Foreman (baritone), Reverend Salvation (baritone or bass baritone); Sadie Polock (soprano or mezzo), Ella Hammer (mezzo or contralto),  Sister Mister (mezzo), Editor Daily (tenor), Junior Mister (tenor), President Prexy (tenor), Steve (tenor) Gus Polock (tenor or baritone), Dauber (baritone), Yasha (baritone), Gent (baritone), Dick (baritone), Dr. Specialist (tenor or baritone), Professor Mamie (baritone or bass), Professor Trixie (baritone or bass), plus spoken roles.

NOTE: A number of roles in THE CRADLE WILL ROCK can be sung by different voice types. There is also a significant amount of dialogue in the piece. Sides will be provided at the audition for those we are considering for roles and covers


AUDITION INFORMATION

Audition Cities and Dates

Houston, TX: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Cincinnati, OH: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

New York, NY: Friday, November 4th, 2016
New York, NY: Saturday, November 5th, 2016
New York, NY: Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Audition Requirements

Artists invited to audition must confirm acceptance within one week of receiving invitations.

SINGERS: All singers invited to audition must present a list of five (5) contrasting arias at the time of their audition. A musical theater selection is also highly encouraged for those interested in roles in The Cradle Will Rock.

PIANISTS and CONDUCTORS: Selected pianist and conductor applicants will receive specific audition requirements in their invitations. 

DIRECTORS: Directors will be asked to present their portfolios at the time of their interview.


COMPENSATION

Opera Saratoga provides a weekly allowance to all three tiers of artists, a transportation stipend, and shared-accommodation housing. Please note that Opera Saratoga only provides housing to participants and does not provide housing to spouses/partners, children, other relatives and/or pets. 


CITIZENSHIP

Non US citizens must be able to demonstrate work eligibility. Citizens from other countries who are studying at Music Conservatories in the United States are encouraged to apply. Foreign applicants must have the requisite US training or working permissions to participate in the program. Opera Saratoga will not be responsible for obtaining the paperwork necessary to participate in this program. We request that applicants confirm in advance that they are eligible to apply to the program.


AGE LIMIT

Opera Saratoga's YA Program is a three-tiered program which provides opportunities for undergraduate, graduate students, and emerging professionals. While there is no age limit, artists are generally under 32 years of age. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis. Artists over 30 years of age should explain on their application why they feel Opera Saratoga's Young Artist Program would be an appropriate program for them at this specific stage of their career.