American Singers Opera Project

Thank you for your applications for ASOP, 2016. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond our control compel ASOP to postpone our workshop until 2017. We are cancelling the 2016 season and will perform the same operas in 2017, but in our new location at the University of Central Oklahoma. Our Executive Director, Richard Heard, is bravely fighting cancer, and I have just learned that I will need two knee surgeries this summer. I apologize for the inconvenience. I will personally see to it that those who have already applied will receive a refund of their application fee. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions; we look forward to 2017 in our new home at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Dr. Barbara DeMaio
Artistic Director, ASOP

Program History

During the first 10 years of ASOP's existence in New York, ASOP's Summer Workshop Program bridged the gap for young opera singers between graduation from university and a professional career. This unique program was designed to fit the scheduling needs of excellent American singers who had day jobs and could not afford the high cost of education in summer programs that operate overseas.

The seven-week New York Summer Workshop included lectures and master classes as well as a weekend intensive rehearsal period, and culminated with a fully staged and costumed opera and a concert of opera scenes presented in a high quality public auditorium in midtown Manhattan. Singers also participated in an Art Song Concert.

In 2007, the Board of Directors decided to move ASOP to North Carolina due to rising costs in New York that made it impossible to keep the workshop affordable for young singers. Our first workshop here was held at Greensboro College, Greensboro, North Carolina from June 24-July 1, 2007 and, although only a week long, featured classes and individual instruction dealing with all aspects of opera performance such as audition skills, make-up techniques, when to consider management, what to look for in a head-shot, and techniques for role preparation. The workshop culminated in an aria recital and a presentation of staged opera scenes which were chosen to highlight the gifts of the individual singers involved.

In 2010, now a two week workshop featuring a fully staged opera, we moved to the prestigious Wake Forest University Campus. We were excited about their excellent facilities and beautiful campus, and proud to be a part of the summer programs offered at this important institution. In 2012 we expanded the workshop to include a chamber orchestra for the opera production. In 2013 we added an "Intro to Opera" workshop, designed for the high school student interested in a career in opera.

We are happy to announce that ASOP will move to Oklahoma in 2016, in order to be more centrally located in the US. We will be on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The program, whether in New York, North Carolina or Oklahoma, features an extremely supportive environment, and utilizes a wide range of methods to educate the whole singer, not just certain aspects of a singer's career. Classes include acting and stage movement with Dr. Robert Glaubitz and concentrate on performance skills, artistic values, vocal and operatic history as well as professional and ethical standards. Master Classes with Barbara DeMaio, Richard Heard, and Dr. Ann Rhodes and a vocal health presentation are an important part of the workshop experience.

As a 501 (c) not-for-profit program, we keep costs affordable for every singer. We are a US based summer opera workshop that offers all of the benefits of an expensive European program, but at a price that every singer can afford. The workshop is limited to 25 to 30 singers in order to offer a one-on-one, personalized experience. There are no hidden fees or extras; everything listed below is included in the price of the workshop.

Lodging is in the beautiful dorms on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, and meals are held in the all-you-can eat dining hall that offers many healthy options.

The High School program will be limited to 10 participants. This program will include all classes held during their workshop with the rest of the participants. They will also be featured in an art song evening and an opera scene evening. They will live in a dorm dedicated to their workshop, with onsite supervision by an ASOP faculty member.

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Faculty and Staff

ASOP's faculty consists of internationally renowned, seasoned professionals. All are dedicated to providing the training, insights and knowledge of professional standards that singers need to take their place in the world of professional opera. Our current staff includes: