The acclaimed Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program at Kentucky Opera brings young professional opera singers to Louisville to train and expand their experience as they prepare for their careers. With nearly 400 young singers auditioning for 9 positions, the Kentucky Opera Studio Artists offers some of the most talented upcoming voices to be heard in North America.
Studio Artists participate in Main Stage productions covering roles, performing comprimario roles, and singing in the chorus. They are the principal performers in a collaborative semi-staged concert opera with regional partner orchestras and arts partners, as well as in the Composer Workshop, a composer in residence project with the University of Louisville School of Music. Resident composers work extensively with Studio Artists over the course of production. Composers in residence have included Jake Heggie, Ben Moore, Daron Hagen and Paul Moravec. In addition, Studio Artists also perform for a myriad of patron and community events.
Studio Artists also serve as the performing and teaching artists for educational programming. See the 2016/17 In School and Field trip programs!
Professional development opportunities for all levels of Studio Artists include study with incoming professional opera singers, conductors and directors as well as insight into the business of opera.
Auditions for Resident Artist positions with Kentucky Opera are held in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Louisville. Artists are paid a weekly stipend. Artists are responsible for their own housing and transportation to, from and around Louisville during their residency.
Resident Artists are contracted per show and casting is dependent on need for the respective productions.
Audition Dates for the 2017/18 Season Coming Soon!
All applications will be accepted via YAP Tracker. A pianist will be provided at all audition locations; applicants are also welcome to bring their own.
Application Deadline: TBD.
Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. All applicants will be pre-screened prior to awarding a live audition. Notification of audition status will begin no later than early November 2016.
Kentucky Opera’s Studio Artist Program provides unique training experiences and career guidance for emerging opera artists at multiple stages in their education. The Studio Artist Program consists of three levels of singing artists; Resident, Apprentice and Intern.
Artists who have completed their graduate studies in voice and are looking to cultivate their training through Main Stage experiences, comprimario and covering roles as well as access to professional singers, conductors, directors and coaches and professional development opportunities. Resident artists also perform for education and outreach events throughout the community, including live radio and TV broadcasts, donor events, community concerts and school programs.
The Apprentice Artist program is a partnership with the University of Louisville School of Music. Apprentice Artists are still in the process of completing their graduate training in voice and are given an opportunity to train with Kentucky Opera during the Main Stage season. Apprentice Artists may have comprimario, cover and chorus roles for Main Stage productions, and participate in education and outreach events throughout the community, including live radio and TV broadcasts, donor events, community concerts and school programs. They are included in professional development opportunities, master classes and coachings.
The Intern Artist level is a partnership program with the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS), a unique school within the Jefferson County Public Schools and one of only two schools in Kentucky to provide high school students with majors in the performing arts. Intern Artists are given the opportunity to participate in the chorus for one or more of the mainstage operas.
Studio Artists contracted for the first Mainstage production will arrive in late August and remain for the run of the production through mid-September.
Studio Artists contracted for the Opera Run-Out performances also take place in the fall, typically between the first and second Mainstage productions.
Studio Artists contracted for the second Mainstage production will arrive in October and remain on contract through the performances in November.
Studio Artists contracted for the third Mainstage production will arrive Mid-January and remain on contract through the performances in February.
Studio Artists contracted for the winter school touring program will arrive early January for rehearsals. These artists are typically also contracted for the third Mainstage production.
*Artists contracted in the education programs are considered Teaching Artists in addition to their Main Stage artist responsibilities. Teaching Artists will receive specific training on their respective roles in the schools and interaction with students, educators and community members.
For more information on the Studio Artist Program, please contact Aubrey Baker, Manager of Education at (502) 561-7938.