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 2012-2013 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.
An apprenticeship at "America's premier summer opera festival" offers unmatched opportunities for professional experience and international exposure, including the chance to:
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.
Perform and audition for opera executives from major companies
Representatives of over 25 musical organizations, such as the Met, the English National Opera, Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, and Houston come to Santa Fe to see the apprentice scenes evenings and attend two days of onstage auditions.
Study with nationally-recognized music staff
Apprentices receive private coaching in all role and cover assignments, with master classes and private sessions available from renowned voice teachers, coaches, and visiting artists. Representatives from over 30 musical organizations, including the Met, Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, and Houston operas come to Santa Fe to audition apprentices and see them take the spotlight in two programs of fully-produced opera scenes.
Return to Santa Fe as a principal singer
The Santa Fe Opera's commitment to its apprentices 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)
Program Dates: May 30 through August 24, 2013
Application Deadline*: August 25, 2012
*All applications must be accompanied by an audio and/or video file
Los Angeles Auditions
October 1-2, 2012
October 3, 2012
New York Auditions
October 5-10, 2012
October 11-14, 2012
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. Foriegn 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.
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 more than once before under Apprentice Artist status by AGMA contract with another professional opera comapny (AGMA limits apprenticeships to two engagements)
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.
2013 Season Apprentice Artists will receive the AGMA weekly rate of $575 ($600 for those in their seconc 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.
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 2013 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 within two weeks. (Please check any SPAM filters while waiting receipt of your application.) Please click below to access the application:
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