Each season, two evenings of fully staged Apprentice Scenes provide audience members with the opportunity to hear and see the work of apprentice designers, technicians, stage managers, and vocalists. For more information, click here. 

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    Apprentice Singers

    The Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Program for Singers is internationally recognized as one of the finest programs of its type. On average each year approximately 40 apprentice singers are chosen from a competitive applicant pool. Those who are selected will participate in a rigorous program of training and performances, which includes supporting roles in mainstage operas, starring in two evenings of apprentice scenes, vocal coachings, auditions and many other activities.

    The Apprentice Singer Program has been helping young singers establish their careers since 1957. The 2014-2015 season will see former Santa Fe apprentices in principal roles at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, La Scala, Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera and other prominent companies.

    Susan Graham with Apprentice Men in THE GRAND DUCHESS OF GEROLSTEIN, 2013
    Susan Graham with Apprentice Men in THE GRAND DUCHESS OF GEROLSTEIN, 2013

    Program Information

    An apprenticeship at "America's premier summer opera festival" offers unmatched opportunities for professional experience and international exposure, including the chance to:

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    Work side by side with the Opera world's greatest talents
    While at Santa Fe, apprentices observe and collaborate with some of the greatest artists in the opera world.

    Be cast in mainstage productions
    Apprentices participate in mainstage productions in various supporting roles, in the ensemble, and as covers. Cover assignments are carefully rehearsed and prepared following each production's opening night.

    Rehearse on the Opera's beautiful campus
    Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, The Santa Fe Opera is considered "one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings for opera" (London Telegraph). Seven rehearsal halls, dining facilities, and a swimming pool are set amid the Opera's beautifully landscaped grounds.

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    Apprentice Scenes Performance

    Perform and audition for opera executives from major companies
    Representatives of over 30 musical organizations, such as the Metropolitan, Washington National, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco, New York City, and Houston Grand operas come to Santa Fe to attend two days of onstage showcases and fully-staged scene programs.

    Study with nationally-recognized music staff
    Apprentices receive private coaching in all role and cover assignments, private coaching from renowned voice teachers and coaches. Apprentices also participate in master classes given by visiting artists, conductors and directors.

    Apprentice Coaching


    Return to Santa Fe as a principal singer
    The Santa Fe Opera's commitment to its apprentice singers lasts longer than just the summer season. Apprentices are regularly invited to return in leading and featured roles, which can often be the crucial "next step" in launching successful careers. Current and recent apprentices are often featured in each one of the season's productions

    "This summer I spent as a Santa Fe Opera apprentice afforded me the unique and vital opportunity to study intensively with exceptional master teachers and coaches, perform and grow onstage, observing some of the best singers in the world working each day on The Santa Fe Opera campus. Santa Fe Opera's apprentice program is an invaluable educational experience in any young singer's journey of artistic and musical growth."
    Kate Lindsey, SFO Apprentice Singer, 2003
    (Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffman, 2010)

    Kate Lindsey, SFO Apprentice Singer, 2003


    Program Dates: June 4 through August 29, 2015
    Application Deadline*: August 30, 2014
    *All applications must be accompanied by three audio and/or video file

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    New York City Auditions

    October 23-28, 2014

    Chicago Auditions

    October 29-31, 2014

    Los Angeles Auditions

    November 3-4, 2014

    Albuquerque Auditions

    November 5, 2013

    Please Read Before You Begin

    The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program is a professional training program for young singers who have recently completed or are completing a formal program of vocal study.

    Citizenship and Residency Requirement:

    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. The Santa Fe Opera will not be responsible for procuring the paperwork necessary to participate in this program. We respectfully request that applicants know in advance that they are eligible to apply to the program.

    AGMA Requirements

    The Apprentice Singer Program of The Santa Fe Opera is operated in agreement with The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). This agreement limits the eligibility of candidates to those patrons who:

    • have NOT, prior to apprenticeship with The Santa Fe Opera, performed total of six (6) different roles with another professional opera company under regular AGMA Artist's Contract
    • have NOT been engaged by The Santa Fe Opera more than once before under Apprentice Artist status by AGMA

    All singers accepted into the program are required to join AGMA if they are not already members.

    All new members must submit an application for membership and must pay the first of two $39 basic dues payments within one week of their first rehearsal in Santa Fe. The initiation fee (currently $500) is due to AGMA by the first contracted performance. If the new member is unable to pay the initiation fee on time, he/she must contact AGMA's Membership Department by the end of the first week of rehearsals to arrange a payment plan. In addition, Working Dues calculated at 2% of the total compensation will be withheld and remitted to AGMA on each member's behalf.

    The Santa Fe Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    2015 Season Apprentice Artists will receive the AGMA weekly rate of $615 ($640 for those in their second-year) as well as a long-distance travel stipend.

    Media File Requirement

    Applicants are required to submit three audio or audio/video files with their application. Please note that a video file, while not necessary, is preferred. Applications without either an audio or video submission will not be accepted.

    Supplemental Materials

    A headshot submission will be required as part of your digital application. A place is available to submit your complete resume, but this is not a requirement.

    The Santa Fe Opera will be using YAP Tracker to process application for the 2015 Apprentice Singer Program. You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details). Be sure to complete the application in full detail in the format requested. Future correspondence regarding your audition status will be sent via email. The email address you supply should be monitored regularly as you will receive confirmation of your application's receipt. (Please check any SPAM filters while waiting receipt of your application.) Please click below to access the application:


    2013 Apprentice Singers

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