About the Program

 
WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE OPERA WORLD'S GREATEST TALENTS
Singers observe and collaborate with some of the greatest artists and directors in the opera world.  World-renowned artists Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Larry Brownlee, and James Morris as well as, directors like Laurent Pelly, Kevin Newbury, and Richard Jones demonstrate the level of professionalism and artistry it takes to be successful 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.
 

 "THE LIST OF SINGERS WHO HAVE HAD IMPORTANT CAREER BREAKS AT SANTA FE READS LIKE AN HONOR ROLL OF AMERICAN OPERA'S MOST EXCITING ARTISTS." 

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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.

APPRENTICE SCENES PERFORMANCE        
Our apprentices 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.

"THE WONDERFUL PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES AND INTENSIVE INSTRUCTIONS THE YOUNG ARTISTS RECEIVE HERE ARE INVALUABLE AND COULD VERY WELL BE THE BUILDING BLOCKS TO THEIR OWN SPECTACULAR CAREERS."

JOYCE DIDONATO, SFO APPRENTICE SINGER, 1995 

STUDY WITH NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED MUSIC STAFF
Apprentices receive private coaching in all role and cover assignments from renowned voice teachers and coaches. They also participate in master classes given by visiting artists, conductors and directors of high caliber.

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. 

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APPRENTICE SHOWCASE SCENES

The Singer and Technical Apprentices take center stage for two evenings of fully-staged opera scenes. 

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SPONSOR AN APPRENTICE

With a gift of $12,500, you can sponsor a specific apprentice during the summer season. 

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2016 APPRENTICE SINGERS

Discover our 44 Apprentice Singers chosen from a competitive applicant pool.

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YOUNG VOICES 

Our high school mastery program provides advanced musical training for vocal students.

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