About the Singers Program
Work with the Opera World’s Greatest Talents
Singers observe and collaborate with world-renowned artists such as Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Larry Brownlee and James Morris, as well as directors like Laurent Pelly, Kevin Newbury and Richard Jones. Each demonstrate the level of professionalism and artistry it takes to be successful in the opera world.
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 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 in Apprentice Scenes
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.
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.