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Early application is encouraged. We will stop accept application once the maximum enrollment is reached.
SUBMIT RECORDING in lieu of live audition
REPERTOIRE: 2 ~ 5 ARIAS/SONGS THAT REPRESENT YOU THE BEST
There is no limitation on language and style. Standard repertoire is preferred. Repertoire closed to the role(s) you would like to work on is preferred but not required.
Program A: Individual Role Study
Participants choose roles that are useful and fit their current vocal development.
It is suggested that participants choose only one major principal role, such as Don Giovanni or Violetta, to work on.
For roles with shorter length in opera, participants may choose 2 roles, such as Sarastro + Sparafucile.
Program B: Apprentice Collaborative Pianist
This program is designed for collaborative pianists who are interested in learning operatic repertoire and becoming a vocal coach. Two pianists will have the opportunity to be a part of the program to gain experience as a répétiteur under the guidance of the MIMF faculties and guest artists. Pianists interested in gaining knowledge and experience in the operatic field will have the unique opportunity to study and work with leading professionals in the opera industry. Please contact program director at email@example.com for details and application.
Daily Music Coachings
Participants work with MIMF coaches to polish the repertoire, including their chosen roles and additional assignments.
Stage Craft & Character Study
Daily dramatic coachings give participants opportunities to further explore their chosen roles and apply character study to the scenes for the final concert.
Posture is one of the most important components of classical vocal technique. Building good habit of carrying out good posture can not only help one's singing but also improve one's appearance and self-esteem. MIMF collaborates with certified Alexander Technique teachers with years of experience working with singers and pianists.
Nowadays, classical singers are expected to have the abilities to run around on the stage and perform basic dance movements.
In order to bring the opportunity for the participants to work with experts of certain genres in the business and maximize the outcomes, masterclass guest teachers are invited according to the repertoire/roles that are being studied each summer.
Role Study Vocally
Learn about the vocal components in the technical aspect that one must master.
Role Study Dramatically
Explore various acting methods that are adopted on opera stage and acting exercises that are used in character preparation. More importantly, get inspired!
Role Study Musically
Learn about music preparation --what everything means on the score over different periods.
Many people have no idea "how they present themselves" on the stage, even when they "know how to present oneself" on the stage. Participants work together during the program to improve their self-awareness on the stage.
How to study opera libretto? As most young singers probably do not speak the languages used in the operas that they are learning, it often doubles the effort. Understanding how opera libretto is set usually help one's learning progress and memorization. In addiction, it illustrates how composers set the texts into music.
Artistic Strategic Planning
Most schools and teachers do not provide comprehensive guidance to young singers regarding how to package themselves up for the "outside world." MIMF offers useful insights for young singers' self-artist-management--from audition materials to career planning.
Professional opera companies take care of artists' wigs and makeup. However, most young singers have to take care of their own makeup when they perform at schools, young artist programs, and small opera companies, where no one actually teaches performers how to do various styles of makeup in detail. The makeup session is conducted by a stage/celebrity makeup artist to demonstrate makeups for audition, photo, and stage.
Death by Aria
It's a typical "ritual" of summer programs. On the first day of the program, each participant performs an aria (or a song) that represents him/herself. --This is how the faculties and the participants get to know each other artistically.
Friends of MIMF, including conductors, voice teachers, vocal coaches, directors, audition pianists, professional singers, agents, etc. will join the mock audition panel and give a group feedback session afterwards over light lunch provided by MIMF.
MIMF always tries to avoid presenting an "aria convention" for concerts and prefers to put together scenes by giving additional assignments to participants to perform in each other's scenes. These additional assignments may be repertoire that the participant have sung before or may sing it in the near future. Part of the concert may be accompanied by string ensemble. Live streaming of the concert is available for participants to share with their friends and family who are not in New York.
Core Faculty Team
Masterclass instructors (guest artists/agents) will be invited based on participants' repertoire and other musical indicators. Masterclass instructors in the past summers included:
KEN BENSON (2014), Artist Management
JOHN MARIO DI COSTANZO (2014), Conductor/Sarasoda/Tri-Cities Opera
TERENCE GOFF (2014~2017), Tenor
KAREN HO (2017), San Francisco Opera, American Composers Orchestra
RACHELLE JONCK (2014), Assistant Conductor/Bel Canto at Caramoor
JOAN KRUEGER (2014~2016) Classical Singer Mag azine’s Coach of the Year/SUNY Purchase
ISABEL MILENSKI (2015), Stage Director/Hofstra University/Floating Opera
AKIKO NAKAJIMA (2015), Soprano/Stage Director/Mozarthaus Vienna/Vienna University of Technology
PAUL PEERS (2016-2017), Freelance Stage Director/HERE Arts Residency/Hawaii Opera Theatre
GIOVANNI REGGIOLI (2014), Conductor
LUCY YATES (2016~2017), Vocal Coach/Italian Language Coach
Most program activities takes place at the National Opera Center of Opera America. All other locations are accessible via New York City Public Transportation.
US$1,495. Partial scholarship may be available. Scholarship offer decisions are made based on the application materials. MIMF also gives participants self-fundraising suggestions.
Participants are responsible for their own travel and housing arrangements. Housing suggestions are available upon request. Please see FAQ below for more information.
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