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 Apprentice Program for Professional Young Opera Singers

The Crested Butte Opera Studio provides gifted young singers and pianists opportunities to study and perform with leading opera professionals during a six-week residency at the Crested Butte Music Festival. Under the direction of the Opera Studio’s Artistic Director, Lynn Baker, participants will undergo a rigorous training program that includes forty hours per week of vocal and dramatic instruction. Students will perform all lead roles in the Festival’s double bill of Offenbach’s The Island of Tulipatan and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, present an evening of cabaret, perform in a vocal chamber and art song recital and sing in public master classes by visiting faculty, including tenor Barry Banks and dramaturg Cori Ellison.


2017 Audition Information

Casting Opportunities

Primary selection criteria will be vocal and dramatic accomplishment, and suitability for the main stage roles listed below. However, there may be some “open” Studio Artist positions, therefore singers of all voice types are strongly encouraged to apply. Studio Artists not cast in L’île de Tulipatan or Gianni Schicchi will be offered role study opportunities and be featured prominently in other performances, especially chamber music events. Repertory for the vocal chamber music and art song recital, Cabaret Bleu, master classes and other performances will be chosen to showcase the artists accepted into the program.

L’île de Tulipatan – Jacques Offenbach

  • Cacatois XXII, Duc de Tulipatan, high baritone
  • Alexis, soprano
  • Hermosa, tenor
  • Romboïdal, tenor
  • Théodorine, mezzo-soprano

Gianni Schicchi – Giacomo Puccini

  • Gianni Schicchi, baritone (double cast)
  • Lauretta, soprano
  • Zita, mezzo-soprano
  • Rinuccio, tenor
  • Gherardo, tenor
  • Nella, soprano
  • Betto di Signa, baritone
  • Simone, bass
  • Marco, baritone
  • La Ciesca, soprano
  • Maestro Spinelloccio, bass
  • Ser Amantio di Nicolao, bass
  • Pinellino, bass
  • Guccio, bass

In casting this double bill, every effort will be made to feature as many Studio Artists as possible in lead roles by offering roles in both operas. Possible casting combinations include:

  • La Ciesca/Alexis
  • Nella/Alexis
  • Zita/Théodorine
  • Gherardo/Hermosa
  • Rinuccio/Romboïdal
  • Betto/Cacatois
  • Marco/Cacatois
  • Così fanciulli–Nicolas Bacri
  • Don Alfonso, baritone
  • Despina, soprano

Additional Performance Opportunities

  • Vocal chamber music and art song recital with faculty and Festival Symphony Orchestra players in new concert hall (professionally recorded)
  • Cabaret Bleu: featuring Studio Artists in a themed, professionally-directed and staged cabaret evening (professionally recorded)
  • Public masterclasses with guest faculty
  • Performances at ticketed Festival and community events

Study Opportunities

  • Daily musical coaching with Artistic Director, Lynn Baker and Master Coach, Susan Caldwell
  • Dramatic work and stagecraft studies with faculty directors
  • Role study with regular and visiting faculty
  • Public masterclasses with guest faculty
  • Private coachings with returning guest faculty members, including world-renowned tenor Barry Banks (Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra national de paris, Teatro alla Scala, Staatsoper Berlin, Salzburg Festival), dramaturg Cori Ellison  (Glyndebourne Festival, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera) as well as other visiting opera professionals
  • Performance and repertoire classes
  • Lyric diction and language study
  • Career and publicity materials guidance from Cory Lippiello, Deputy Director of Artistic Planning, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Seminars and practical classes on musical topics, Q&As with the Festival opera’s design and production teams
  • Regularly-scheduled physical fitness training with Jennifer Hopkinson Smith, yoga training with Sherrill Stenson, as well as a whitewater rafting experience with Wilderness Pursuits, a guided program offered by Western State Colorado University


  • All Studio Artists will receive a weekly stipend as well as housing for the entire program commitment.
  • All Studio Artists will be eligible to receive The Crested Butte Music Festival Award for Excellence, in Memory of Rosalind Jackson, a $1,000 award, announced on the last day of the program.


  • Applicants must be United States citizens or have the right to work in the United States.
  • Non-U.S. citizens must provide documentary proof of the right to work through July 31, 2017.


Audition Dates:

New York, NY

Auditions: Thursday, Oct. 27
Application deadline: Thursday, Oct. 6


Cincinnati, OH

Auditions: Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5
Application deadline: Friday, Oct. 14


New York, NY

Auditions: Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12
Application deadline: Friday, Oct. 21


New York, NY

Auditions: Wednesday, Dec. 7; Thursday, Dec. 8; Friday, Dec. 9; Saturday, Dec. 10
Application deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 16


Applications must be received by the application deadline to ensure consideration. Applications received after the application deadline may be considered at the sole discretion of Crested Butte Opera Studio. Callbacks will be held at the end of each audition day. If you are unable to attend callbacks on your audition day, please notify us of that when you arrive for your preliminary audition.


2016 Participants

Fanyong Du


Caitlin Gotimer


Binna Han


Alexa Jarvis


Sonja Krenek


Andrew Pardini


Colin Ramsey


Dane Suarez

Dane Suarez


Tyrell Wilde



Mark Moorman

Director of Artistic Administration-Opera

Crested Butte Music Festival
PO Box 2117
Crested Butte, CO 81224