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.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2019 SUMMER FESTIVAL
IS SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018.

2019 PROGRAM INFORMATION
May 20, 2019 - July 14, 2019 

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.  Laurie Rogers, Director of the Young Artist Program and Head of Music Staff, works closely with Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson to customize assignments for each artist in the program based on their unique talents and individual stage of development. 

During the summer of 2019, Opera Saratoga will present three mainstage productions: La Fille du Régiment, Hansel and Gretel, and the world premiere of Ellen West by Ricky Ian Gordon and Frank Bidart. Young Artists are featured promiently in Festival Productions, and participate in multiple concerts and master classes throughout the season.   

PROGRAM DATES:  The 2019 Summer Festival will run from May 20, 2019 through July 14th, 2019. Please do not apply for the program if you are not available for this entire 8-week period. 

NEW THIS SEASON: The Young Artist Program at Opera Saratoga has historically included two "levels" of artists: Studio Artists and Apprentice Artists. While Opera Saratoga will continue to accept emerging artists of varying levels of experience into the program, all artists will now be designed "Festival Artists."  Festival Artists will all receive the same base weekly stipend, plus housing and a travel allowance. Each Festival Artist will also receive a modest supplemental stipend for each role they are assigned to sing and/or cover. In this way, artist compensation will now be determined based on the scope of assignments during the festival, rather than by the age of the artist, or by designation of "type" of artist. In addition, in 2019 we are adjusting the structure of the program to ensure that members of the Young Artist Program are able to receive more coaching and professional development opportunities than have been possible in the past. 

WHO SHOULD APPLY: While we have eliminated the distinction of "Studio Artists" and "Apprentice Artists", we will continue to accept artists into the program at various stages of development, and to provide them with customized opportunities based on individual needs. Opera Saratoga accepts artists from their early 20s through their early 30s. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and emerging professionals are all welcome to apply. While there is no age limit for the program, we do assess every applicant's individual talents and specific level of development relative to their age. It is important for us to understand what you hope to get out of participating in a summer program - and if you are granted an audition, we will likely ask you this question during your audition. 

SINGERS:  The program at Opera Saratoga is focused primarily on honing performance skills and providing emerging artists with professional development opportunities. Each Festival Artist receives a customized assignment for the summer. Among the opportunities that are available, Festival Artists are cast in select principal, supporting and comprimario roles;  cover all principal, supporting and comprimario roles;  and sing chorus in MainStage repertoire. Festival Artists also perform in Festival Concerts, and participate in coachings and master classes with music staff and guest artists.  In addition, Festival Artists have the opportunity to audition for other company leaders and artist managers.

PIANISTS/COACHES: Pianists are required to learn all three MainStage operas, and 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 conductors who will be in residence with Opera Saratoga for the summer.

DIRECTORS: Directing Fellows 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.  


2019 SEASON INFORMATION

Three main stage productions will be presented during the summer of 2019.

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


LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT (Donizetti/St. Georges & Bayard)
Director/Choreographer: Lawrence Edelson; Conductor: Andrew Bisantz

ROLES AVAILBLE TO YOUNG ARTISTS: Marquise of Berkenfield (mezzo soprano/contralto); Peasant (tenor); Sergeant Sulpice (bass); Hortensius (bass-baritone/bass); Corporal (bass-baritone/bass)

COVERS AVAILABLE: Marie (soprano); Marquise of Berkenfield (mezzo soprano/contralto); Tonio (tenor); Peasant (tenor); Sergeant Sulpice (bass); Hortensius (bass-baritone/bass); Corporal (bass-baritone/bass)


HÄNSEL UND GRETEL (Humperdinck/Wette)
Production: Manual Cinema; Conductor: TBA

ROLES AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS: Gretel (soprano); Sandman (soprano); Dewman (soprano); Hänsel (mezzo soprano); Gertrud (mezzo soprano); Witch (mezzo soprano or tenor); Peter (baritone)

COVERS AVAILABLE: Gretel (soprano); Sandman (soprano); Dewman (soprano); Hänsel (mezzo soprano); Gertrud (mezzo soprano); Witch (mezzo soprano or tenor); Peter (baritone)


ELLEN WEST (Gordon/Bidart) - WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Emma Griffin; Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya

COVERS AVAILABLE: Ellen West (soprano); Dr. Binswanger (baritone)


AUDITION INFORMATION

Audition Cities and Dates

New York, NY: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
New York, NY: Thursday, October 25th, 2018
New York, NY: Friday, October 26th, 2018
New York, NY: Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Houston, TX: Monday, October 29th, 2018

Cincinnati, OH: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

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. Arias in French and German are required this season. All artists must also include one 21st century aria, in English.

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 stipend, a transportation and weekly gas 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. Please also note that Opera Saratoga's venue is located in Spa State Park, and housing is several miles away from both our rehearsal and performance facilities. You will need to have a car or make other arrangements for transportation while in residence at Opera Saratoga, as public transportation does not provide access to our venues. 


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 Young Artist Program 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.