About the Apprentice Artist Program
Celebrating its 44th year during the 2018 season, Des Moines Metro Opera's Apprentice Artist Program is a comprehensive career training program that bridges the gap between academic studies and a professional career in opera for some of the brightest and best talents in America. It is one of the oldest, largest and most respected programs of its kind in the United States. Auditions are heard annually in the fall of each year. Des Moines Metro Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program is a proud participant in Opera America’s Singer Training Forum.
The program and its participants are essential to DMMO's summer festival model. During their time in Iowa, apprentice artists participate in a seven-week training program designed to provide the skills necessary to bridge the gap between academic study and a professional career.
During the seven-week festival, members of the Apprentice Artist Program receive:
- Coaching in standard and contemporary operatic scenes.
- Career training seminars in acting, body movement, diction and languages, audition techniques, stage combat, vocal wellness and life in the business and various topics.
- Consideration for comprimario roles or covers of leading roles in mainstage productions. The 2018 Summer Festival will feature J. Strauss's Die Fledermaus, Dvořák’s Rusalka, Dove's Flight and Copland's The Tender Land.
- Chorus participation in the 2018 productions.
- Opportunities to be heard by artist representatives and other companies that include: The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Omaha, The Minnesota Opera, Sarasota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Austin Opera and several artists representatives.
- Participation in the Stars of Tomorrow concert with the Festival Orchestra.
- Housing is provided to all participants. Additional stipends are available to artists who are assigned cover and comprimario roles.
DMMO assembles a staff of talented conductors, coaches and directors to help guide each singer's development. Lisa Hasson, the program's director, works tirelessly with General and Artistic Director Michael Egel to craft a summer's worth of assignments fro each apprentice's development over the course of the season.
Apprentice Artist Program Staff
Lisa Hasson, AAP Director
John Spencer IV