Live Application Deadline Extended to February 1
Video Deadline- February 15

Summer 2018 Season

Session 1

June 6 – July 1, 2018

Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream
Purcell Dido and Aeneas (Double Bill)
Menotti The Medium (Double Bill) 

Session 2

July 4 – July 29, 2018

Puccini La Rondine
Corigliano The Ghosts of Versailles


  • 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 
  • Additional performance opportunities including public concerts 

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 necessary 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 work with renowned faculty, conductors, stage directors, coaches, and voice teachers from prominent institutions including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass, Florida Grand Opera, the Bolshoi, and the Royal Philharmonic, among others. Each session concludes with full-scale productions with the MMF Orchestra, prepared by our production team of professional directors, designers, and costumers. Many performances are reviewed by South Florida's arts critics. Following the festival participants have the option of purchasing a professional video recording.

In addition to performing in MMF opera productions, singers receive weekly vocal lessons, professional coachings, and a breadth of performance opportunities including opera aria, musical theater, and Zarzuela at a variety of venues across South Florida such as The Betsy Hotel-South Beach, the New World Center, and many others.

Apprentice Program

"At MMF, I learned more from the faculty and my colleagues than I have ever learned before in a summer program. The faculty at MMF went above and beyond to provide for us students the invaluable information, confidence, and experience that we needed to take us from the mere level of students to polished professionals. For the first time, I felt like a true opera singer". Jessica Fishenfeld, soprano Palm Beach Opera Young Artist MM, Manhattan School of Music

"At MMF, I learned more from the faculty and my colleagues than I have ever learned before in a summer program. The faculty at MMF went above and beyond to provide for us students the invaluable information, confidence, and experience that we needed to take us from the mere level of students to polished professionals. For the first time, I felt like a true opera singer".

Jessica Fishenfeld, soprano
Palm Beach Opera Young Artist
MM, Manhattan School of Music

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 the standards and practices of a professional opera company. Apprentice singers are expected to arrive with their assigned role learned, memorized, and off-book.

All participants are guaranteed at least one additional performance outside of their assigned role, which may include local concerts of opera arias, musical theater, and Zarzuela. Participants are also guaranteed participation in at least two masterclasses. Along with weekly voice lessons and coachings, Apprentice singers attend intensive masterclasses, seminars and lectures covering a range of topics including navigating the world of young artist programs, career management, and musicianship. Masterclasses are led by faculty including Alan Held, Eglise Gutierrez, Bradley Moore, and Anthony Manoli, as well as our resident faculty of conductors, directors, vocal instructors, and coaches.  

Participants cast in supporting roles will also have the opportunity to perform in an opera scenes program. Roles for scenes are assigned after registration in order to select roles beneficial to each individual singer. Past scenes programs have included selections from Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, and a program of scenes from the operas of Jake Heggie. 

Young Artist Program Classes

Participants in each session have the opportunity to attend a special seminar exploring the world of young artist programs. Each year, MMF invites leaders from important young artist programs to discuss topics including the application process, audition attire, repertoire selection, and other pertinent information from the perspective of an audition panel. Through these sessions, students gain crucial career advice and perspective. 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 Opportunities

Zarzuela Project  A select number of vocalists will be accepted by audition to the Miami Music Festival's Zarzuela Project. Singers receive individual coachings on the style of Zarzuela and have the opportunity to perform this repertoire in a special concert.

The Betsy-South Beach Chamber Series – A select number of performers participate in The Betsy Hotel's intimate concert series. Concerts consist of opera arias, season previews, and Broadway and Zarzuela programs. 

Gato Gallery Concert Series – Every MMF participant has the opportunity to perform in at least one concert in either the Gato Gallery or Cor Jesu Chapel. 

Career Institute  Available to all MMF attendees, this intensive career development program requires participants to develop an arts-based project and business plan, turning best practices into reality.

2018 Master Teachers and Voice Faculty

2018 Opera Institute Faculty

Additional Faculty TBA

2018 Audition Dates

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – February 5
  • Oberlin, Ohio – February 6
  • Cleveland, Ohio – February 6
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan – February 7
  • Chicago, Illinois – February 8
  • Bloomington, Indiana – February 9
  • Miami, Florida – February 13-14
  • Boston, Massachusetts – February 15
  • New York, New York – February 16-17
  • Houston, Texas – February 17
  • Los Angeles, California – February 23
  • Washington, DC – February 24
  • San Francisco, California – February 24

Video submissions are due by February 15


Apprentice Program $3,500.00
Registration Fee $250.00
Application Fee $35.00



Per person/double occupancy $850.00
Per person/single occupancy $1,050.00

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.


Please apply through YAP Tracker:  Apply here

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: received by January 15, 2018
Video: received by February 15, 2018

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 MMF Opera Orchestra for all mainstage opera productions. While many programs claim to use an orchestra, the majority use a small chamber ensemble. The MMF Opera Orchestra is dedicated to MMF Opera Institute productions. 

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. Participants 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 its non-profit status and generous donors who support the festival.  Every dollar received in tuition, donations, grants and ticket sales goes directly to the program, ensuring the highest quality of education and performance opportunities 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.

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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.