American Singers Opera Project

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Opera Workshop
Gianni Schicci and Suor Angelica in Italian
July 16-31, 2016

Intro to Opera
July 23-31, 2016

Auditions will be held on Yaptracker, at Texoma NATS, and in Edmond, Oklahoma

Program Information

15 day Program to be held on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma and includes a production of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi with chamber orchestra. "Intro to Opera", during the second week of the 15 day program, is limited to 10 high school students, who will perform in opera scenes and as extras/small roles in the main stage opera. Other performance opportunities include an Aria Evening, an "Intro to Opera" Art Song Evening, and Master Classes for Musical Theatre, French repertoire and Spirituals/African American Art Song. Each opera is triple cast, and there are classes in make-up, stage movement, dance and movement, opera history, obtaining management, vocal health, Alexander Technique with Dr. Ann Rhodes and nightly Master Classes with Dr. Barbara DeMaio.

Fees

Tuition, room and board for the 15 day Opera Workshop production of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicci is $2,900. Tuition, room and board for the "Intro to Opera" program is $2,400. Tuition only options for those living off campus are available. Limited scholarships are available if applications are received by the March 15, 2016 deadline; we will accept applications until the workshop is filled.

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.

How to Apply

ALL applications, other than those held at Texoma NATS, will be accepted via the Yaptracker website (see below for link). Applications must include contact information for your current teacher. Art song, opera and operetta arias are acceptable choices for the application, but at least one number must be in Italian. Only applications received by March 15, 2016, will be considered for scholarships. There is a $25.00 application fee, payable on the Yaptracker website at the time of application. If you decide to audition online, you must submit three arias or art songs, with at least one piece in English. Contact the email address below should you have any questions.

Yaptracker Application Link: https://www.yaptracker.com/applications/asop-2016

Contact Information

program@asop-inc.org

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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: