YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM
Application Deadline for the 2018 Summer Festival
Friday, September 8th, 2017
2018 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 2018, Opera Saratoga will present three mainstage productions of four operas (The Merry Widow, The Consul, and a Contemporary Double Bill of Rocking Horse Winner and Vinkesnport, or The Finch Opera), along with multiple concerts over the 8-week period from May 21 to July 15, 2018. Young Artists are featured promiently in all Festival Productions, and concerts including Refugee Voices and Vienna, City of My Dreams.
Led by program director Laurie Rogers, the young artist program consists of two tiers for singers, as well as opportunities for pianists, conductors and directors:
STUDIO ARTISTS: For most Studio Artists, Opera Saratoga will be their first or second Young Artist Program. Studio Artists sing chorus in mainstage repertoire, cover supporting roles, sing comprimario roles, and participate in concerts. In addition, Studio Artists participate in coachings and masterclasses throughout the season with music staff and guest artists. Studio Artists are usually still in school, completing their bachelor's or master's degree.
APPRENTICE ARTISTS: Most Apprentice Artists will have already completed at least one or more summers in a Young Artist Program at Opera Saratoga or another company, and have already completed their bachelor's and master's degree. Apprentice Artists sing select principal roles, sing supporting roles, cover supporting and/or principal roles, sing chorus in mainstage repertoire, and are featured prominently in concerts. In addition, Apprentice Artists participate in coachings and masterclasses throughout the season with music staff and guest artists.
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.
COMMITMENT TO CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES: Opera Saratoga's commitment to members of the Young Artist Program extends past their residency with us. Alumni of the program are regularly invited to return to Opera Saratoga as principal artists, and are also recommended regularly to other companies for professional opportunities.
2018 SEASON INFORMATION
Three main stage productions will be presented during the summer of 2018.
Members of the Young Artist Program will cover all roles in all three operas and will also be cast in the following roles:
THE MERRY WIDOW (Lehár/Leon&Stein)
Director/Choreographer: John de los Santos; Conductor: Anthony Barrese
ROLES AVAILBLE TO YOUNG ARTISTS: Valencienne (soprano); Sylviane (soprano); Olga (mezzo); Praskowia (mezzo); Camille (tenor); Njegus (tenor); Raoul de St. Brioche (tenor); Vicomte Cascada (baritone); Baron Zeta (baritone); Kromow (baritone or bass baritone); Bogdanovitch (baritone or bass baritone); Pritschitsch (baritone or bass baritone)
COVERS AVAILABLE: Hanna Glawari (soprano); Valencienne (soprano); Sylviane (soprano)
Olga (mezzo) ; Praskowia (mezzo); Camille (tenor); Njegus (tenor); Raoul de St. Brioche (tenor); Count Danilo (baritone or tenor); Vicomte Cascada (baritone); Baron Zeta (baritone); Kromow (baritone or bass baritone); Bogdanovitch (baritone or bass baritone); Pritschitsch (baritone or bass baritone)
THE CONSUL (Menotti)
Director: Lawrence Edelson; Conductor: Anthony Barrese
ROLES AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS: Foreign Woman (soprano); Anna Gomez (soprano); Secretary of the consulate (mezzo); Vera Boronel (mezzo or contralto); Nika Magadoff, magician (tenor); Assan (baritone); Mr. Kofner (bass-baritone); Secret Police Agent (bass)
COVERS AVAILABLE: Magda Sorel (soprano); Foreign Woman (soprano); Anna Gomez (soprano); Secretary of the consulate (mezzo); Mother, mother to John Sorel (mezzo or contralto); Vera Boronel (mezzo or contralto); Nika Magadoff, magician (tenor); John Sorel (baritone); Assan (baritone); Mr. Kofner (bass-baritone); Secret Police Agent (bass)
ROCKING HORSE WINNER (Williams/Chatteron)
VINKENSPORT, or THE FINCH OPERA (Little/Vavrek)
Director: Michael Hidetoshi Mori; Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya
ROLES AND COVERS AVAILABLE IN ROCKING HORSE WINNER: Ava (soprano); Oscar (tenor); Paul (tenor); Bassett (baritone or bass-baritone); The House (soloists: soprano, mezzo, tenor, bass)
ROLES AND COVERS AVAILABLE IN VINKENSPORT: Farinelli’s Trainer (soprano); Sir Elton John’s Trainer (soprano); Holy St. Francis’s Trainer (Soprano); Hans Sachs’s Trainer (Tenor); Prince Gabriel III of Belgium’s Trainer’s Son (baritone); Atticus Finch’s Trainer (bass-baritone)
Audition Cities and Dates
Houston, TX: Sunday, October 15th, 2017
Cincinnati, OH: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
New York, NY: Thursday, October 19th, 2017
New York, NY: Friday, October 20th, 2017
New York, NY: Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Phoenix/Tempe, AZ: Friday, October 27th, 2017
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.
Opera Saratoga provides a weekly allowance, 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.
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.
Opera Saratoga's YA Program is a two-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.