- Mainstage role in an MMF opera production with full orchestra
- Weekly voice lessons with distinguished faculty
- Coaching opportunities with opera faculty from the world's leading institutions
- Opportunity to work with outstanding production staff and faculty including conductors, directors, and more
- Additional performance opportunities including public concerts of opera aria, music theater and Zarzuela programs
The Miami Opera Institute
The MMF Opera Institute offers passionate young singers a program of varied and intensive training designed to develop the full scope of skills expected in the professional arena.
The Opera Institute is designed to give singers "real-time" experience learning and producing professional-level operas on stage with an orchestra. Participants can expect to work with renowned faculty, conductors, stage directors, coaches, and voice teachers from the world's leading institutions including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand, Glimmerglass, Florida Grand, the Bolshoi, and the Royal Philharmonic, among others. The program concludes with singers performing in full-scale productions alongside the MMF Orchestra, prepared by the MMF production team of professional directors, designers, and costumers. Many performances are reviewed by South Florida's arts critics, and following the festival students have the option of purchasing a professional video.
In addition to performing in MMF's opera productions, singers are guaranteed weekly vocal lessons, professional coachings, and offered a breadth of performance opportunities including opera, music theater and Zarzuela concerts at The Betsy Hotel-South Beach, the New World Center, as well as many other venues across South Florida.
Designed for the advanced collegiate or pre-professional singer, the MMF Apprentice Artist Program provides singers the experience of preparing and performing a role in a full-scale opera production. The program and productions are designed to reflect a professional company. Apprentice singers are held at such standards and expected to arrive with their assigned role learned, memorized and off-book.
All participants are guaranteed at least one additional performance outside their assigned role, which may include local concerts of Opera Arias, Musical Theater and Zarzuela, and are guaranteed participation in at least two master classes. Along with weekly voice lessons and coachings, Apprentice singers attend intensive master classes, seminars and lectures covering a range of topics including navigating the world of YAPs, career management and musicianship. Master classes are led by faculty including Christine Brewer, Alan Held, Eglise Gutierrez, Bradley Moore, Anthony Manoli as well as our resident faculty of conductors, directors, vocal instructors and coaches.
MMF Opera Productions and Role Classification
As MMF endeavors to model its Opera Institute after top-tier Young Artist Programs and professional level houses, all mainstage productions will follow AGMA Role Classification.
Roles are determined by AGMA and are also outlined here:
The classifications outlined by AGMA are as follows:
B SOLO BIT
CB CHORUS BIT
MB MUTE BIT
AGMA - or the American Guild of Musical Artists - is the official labor organization or “union” that represents America's operatic, choral and dance organizations. You may choose to learn more about AGMA by visiting their website. The MMF Opera Institute assigns curriculum based on a participant’s role classification. All students assigned a role are considered an Apprentice Artist. Those students who are assigned a “BIT” role will receive additional daily lectures and master classes with instruction in language, diction, recitative, performance practice, and score study, as well as participate in an Opera Scenes Program to further supplement their studies.
Young Artist Program Seminar
During the festival, students will have the unique opportunity to attend MMF's yearly Young Artist Program Seminar, an intensive master class, seminar and lecture series covering several days with a focus on navigating the world of Young Artist Programs. Each year, MMF brings in leading young artist program directors in the US to work with participants in a series of master classes and mock auditions, talks on Young Artist Program applications, audition attire, websites and other pertinent information from the perspective of the audition panel. This special course is an invaluable opportunity unique to the MMF Opera Institute, granting singers crucial career advice and expertise. Past presenters have included Michael Heaston, Executive Director of the Lindemann Young Artist Program, and Bradley Moore, Director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Additional Performance Opportunities
Zarzuela Project – A select number of vocalists will be accepted by audition to the Miami Music Festival's Zarzuela Project. Singers accepted into this program will receive individual coachings on singing in the style of Zarzuela and will conclude with a special concert performance.
The Betsy-South Beach Chamber Series – A select number of performers will participate in The Betsy Hotel's intimate concert series. Concerts consist of opera arias, season previews, and Broadway and Zarzuela Night programs.
Gato Gallery Concert Series – Every participant in the Apprentice and Studio programs will sing in at least one recital concert for the Gato Gallery Concert Series. Concerts include Death by Aria, Broadway Night and more.
Career Institute – An intensive program for a select number of accepted students that require self-motivated participants to develop an arts-based project and business plan, turning best-practices into reality.
2017 Audition Dates
- New York City @ NOLA Studios – February 4th
- Boston, MA – February 5th
- Houston, TX – February 7th @ HGO Studios
- Los Angeles, CA – February 6th
- San Francisco, CA @ SFCM – February, 7th
- Washington, DC – February 15th
- Miami, FL @ Barry University – February 17th-18th
- Pittsburgh @ Carnegie Mellon – January 29th
- Cleveland Institute of Music – January 30th
- Oberlin Conservatory – January 30th
- Ann Arbor, MI @ UM – January 31st
- Chicago, IL @ Roosevelt – February 1st
- Bloomington, IN @ IU – February 2nd
- Manhattan School of Music – February 3rd (MSM students only)
* video submissions due February 15th
Opera Production Faculty
Master Teachers and Voice Faculty
Tuition and Fees - Per session
Apprentice Program: $3500
Studio Program: $3250
Registration Fee: $250
Application Fee: $35
HOUSING FEES - Per Session
$850 per person/double-occupancy
$1050 per person/single-occupancy
(Miami residents who choose to reside at home do not pay housing fees)
Partial merit scholarships are available based on audition results. Miami Music Festival also assists students in fundraising and creating campaigns to help defray program costs.
HOW TO APPLY
Please complete our YAP Tracker application online. You may select either a Live Audition date or submit a YouTube recording link.
- All singers should prepare two contrasting arias, with at least one being in a foreign language.
Live auditions: limited openings available in select audition locations. Please check our yaptracker application for availability.
Video: received by February 15, 2017
What Makes MMF Different from other Opera Festivals?
Our Faculty & Staff–MMF Opera Institute faculty and staff represent some of the finest experts in the industry and are selected based on artistic merit and eagerness to work with young musicians. Participants can expect to work with renowned vocal experts from the world's leading institutions including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand, Glimmerglass, Pittsburgh Opera, Florida Grand, among others.
The word “ORCHESTRA”–The Miami Opera Institute utilizes the full MMF Orchestra for all mainstage opera productions. While many programs claim to use an orchestra, the majority use a small chamber ensemble. Last summer’s production of La Bohème was our largest orchestra with over 55 musicians in the orchestra pit.
Production Value–The Miami Opera Institute mounts professional-level, full-scale productions, prepared by the MMF production team of professional directors, lighting and set designers, and costumers. Students perform before large public audiences and many shows are reviewed by South Florida's arts critics.
Education–Our vocal faculty and staff prepare students as if they are participants in a top-tier young artist program. In order to ensure everyone receives proper time and attention, unprepared singers may lose their roles. This allows the staff to focus on bringing out the highest level of artistry from every singer in the program instead of granting extra time to unprepared singers to make them “performance ready.”
Cost–MMF is able to offer more opportunity than any other program for less cost in large part because of our faculty. These great teaching artists are committed to cultivating the younger generation, working for a fraction of their fees. Every dollar received in tuition, donations, grants and ticket sales goes directly to the program, ensuring the highest quality of education for the participants.
Career Institute–MMF is one of the only educational institutions that offers the immersive Career Institute as well as practical career forums open to all participants. The Career Institute aims to give participants functional career skills to take charge of their artistic careers in an evolving economy.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
The Miami Music Institute admits students of any race, color, creed, sex, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, family responsibility, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other Institute-administered programs.
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