2018 Miami Music Festival

Saturday, July 14th, 2018 | 7:30 pm

New World Center


Lohengrin, Act 2- Complete
Die Walküre, Act 2- Complete

Conductor- Michael Rossi
MMF Symphony Orchestra

Antoine Wagner, Die Walküre
Marc Callahan, Lohengrin


Brünnhilde- Linda Watson
Wotan- Alan Held
Wagner Institute Participants

Through innovations focused on technology, the Miami Music Festival’s Wagner Institute advances the famed German composer Richard Wagner’s legacy of using an opera’s theatrics as part of the “total art.” This season, the festival has a special surprise for audiences as Wagner’s great, great grandson, Antoine Wagner, makes his directorial debut in the halls of the New World Symphony.

The thrilling program begins with Act II of Lohengrin. Based on an old German legend, Lohengrin tells the story of a mysterious knight who appears by way of a magic swan boat. The enchanted story intertwines love and death with magical transformations and legendary quests.

Following Lohengrin, Antoine Wagner creates the concept, set design and direction for Act II of Die Walküre. Die Walküre brings Norse mythology to the stage with the continuance of Wagner’s 4-opera saga, The Ring. The second opera in the cycle, Die Walküre deals with the difficult relationship between gods and mortals as the main characters struggle with their pride in order to decide the ultimate destiny of mortals. Bass Baritone Alan Held returns as Wotan and Soprano Linda Watson joins the cast of participants as Brünnhilde.

Alan Held joins the Wagner Institute participants as Wotan in concert at the New World Center with the MMF Symphony Orchestra.

Alan Held joins the Wagner Institute participants as Wotan in concert at the New World Center with the MMF Symphony Orchestra.

Miami Wagner Institute

The Miami Wagner Institute is an elite Young Artist Program and the first of its kind for dramatic/lyric-in-transition singers led by pre-eminent Wagnerian performers, educators and specialists. The 2016 inaugural season premiered to rave reviews from the community while adding a professional division to the festival. The Miami Wagner Institute aims to provide much-needed training and professional-level performance opportunities for the unique demands of the dramatic singer.

During this three-week intensive program, participants prepare and rehearse a staged and costumed Wagnerian production with orchestra, while undertaking a curriculum of voice instruction, coachings, public seminars and master classes led by a faculty of the world’s most in-demand Wagnerian singers and specialists from leading operatic institutions including Alan Held, Christine Brewer, and Kathleen Kelly, among other distinguished professionals.

The Miami Wagner Institute selects a small group of singers to prioritize one-on-one attention, a personalized curriculum, as well as appropriate performance assignments including the opportunity to perform in concert alongside the MMF Symphony Orchestra.

Singers chosen to participate have a firm working knowledge of the dramatic repertoire or are in the process of transitioning from a Lyric fach to Wagnerian repertoire. Most accepted applicants have completed a Young Artist Program or degree from an accredited institution, and/or are in the beginning stages of a professional career. As a subset of the Professional Division, singers accepted into this program attend tuition-free with coverage for on-campus housing. Singers who do not meet these requirements should select to apply to the MMF apprentice or studio programs. 


All Miami Wagner Institute participants perform alongside the 95-piece MMF Symphony Orchestra. Arias and scenes are chosen by Wagner Institute faculty tailored to highlight each singer.

Last year’s program featured excerpts from Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and Act III of Die Walküre, with Christine Goerke singing Brünnhilde and Alan Held singing Wotan joined by soloists from the Wagner Institute and the MMF Symphony Orchestra. The sold-out production at Miami's New World Center was supplemented with costumes on loan from Washington National Opera, professional staging, lighting design and scene projections. 

Miami Wagner Institute debut performance–July 16th, 2016

Michael Rossi, conductor
Christine Goerke, Brünnhilde
Alan Held, Wotan
2016 Wagner Institute participants

Critical Reception of The Miami Wagner Institute

“Organized by the brand new Miami Wagner Institute, the July 16 concert at the New World Center was the high point of the third season of the Miami Music Festival’s advanced training program. The concert’s success proved that you can do Wagner in Miami, even in midsummer, and that the demand is there, given the size of the audience.”  

“… may the Miami Wagner Institute live long and prosper in this city. May the excellent, longstanding idea that it is possible to do good opera in the middle of our stifling summer take hold. And, above all, may Wagner and Miami become better friends, finally hanging out together as they should, forever.” – KNIGHT FOUNDATION

“The debut of the Wagner Institute is much to be welcomed and celebrated.” – PALM BEACH ARTS POST

“On Saturday night at the New World Center Beach, Miami Orchestra Music Festival (MMF), with its director, Michael Rossi, once again proved their quality with a program where this composer prevailed. No one could suspect the degree of excellence that would come in the second part of the night. Words fall short to praise this representation.” – EL NUEVO HERALD

About Miami Music Festival

Founded in 2014, the Miami Music Festival (MMF) has become an international destination for young artists preparing for the rigors of the professional music industry and a welcomed addition to South Florida’s cultural dynamic. The Festival runs over two-months in the summer, bringing together over 250 of the finest young talents from around the world. These young professional artists receive instruction and mentorship from an international array of 55 outstanding artist faculty and unparalleled opportunities to perform in public concerts. Programs include institutes in Orchestra, Opera, Piano, Conducting, and Composition.

Live Auditions

Washington, DC @ WNO – November 19th
New York City @ NOLA Studios – December 2nd, 3rd
Video Applicants – due December 5th



Please see our YAP Tracker application online.

Materials required are an online YAP Tracker application, resume and headshot. Video submissions are acceptable for applicants who cannot attend live audition sites. ALL APPLICANTS MUST USE THE YAP TRACKER APPLICATION. 

Audition Criteria
Singers should prepare two contrasting arias, both from the dramatic repertoire and with at least one being by Wagner.


  • Must have completed an advanced degree(s) in voice, or comparable YAP/professional experience
  • Age range: 26-40 years old - NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Dramatics or Lyrics transitioning to Wagner repertoire only! 

*Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be selected to audition


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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