Opera in the 21st Century is a performance-based, collaborative training experience for emerging opera professionals that truly challenges the conventions of opera performance, production, and design.
The residency’s focus is to develop young opera professionals with the skills and experience to take them to the next level of their careers and beyond. The multi-disciplinary program offers a unique opportunity to work with diverse artists. It is open to singers, musicians, dancers, conductors, and stage directors.
What does the program offer?
Opera in the 21st Century is a five-week intensive residency devoted to practical skill extension and development. Singers, an assistant répétiteur, assistant stage director, assistant conductor will participate in rehearsals and performances for a concert staged production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide.
In addition, the residency will feature a staged chamber music program, Chamber Werx, which highlights exceptional vocal works from the 20th and 21st century.
The stellar faculty, led by Joel Ivany, is comprised of Against the Grain artists and other internationally recognized professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The program features the unique opportunity for participants to meet and work with Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, during concentrated career development sessions.
Who should apply?
We invite applications from post-secondary students and emerging artists, already at an advanced level of accomplishment and with a well-documented record of artistic exploration. Artists from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
The program offers space for 14 singers, one assistant répétiteur, one assistant director, and one assistant conductor.
Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.
Single rooms may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please contact the Office of the Registrar.
Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.
Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.
The Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work in one of our performance venues.
Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65
*Financial Aid up to 100% of the program fee may be available
How to Apply
You must either attend a live audition (see below for details) and / or submit a digital video recording(s).
Singers must prepare three different arias. One must be from an opera and one must be from a contemporary composer (born after 1940).
Assistant Répétiteurs must prepare one solo piano piece of a dramatic nature, no longer than six minutes, and two vocal selections from a contemporary opera (composer born after 1940).
Assistant Conductors must submit up to three videos demonstrating your conducting experience.
While applicants can submit their application material online, live auditions are equally offered in the following Canadian cities: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. Auditions will be held between January 19 and 29, 2018. Audition slots fill up quickly; do not wait until the last minute to apply!
- Singers must prepare three different arias. One must be from an opera and one must be from a contemporary composer (born after 1940). Each audition will be allotted 10 minutes.
- Assistant Répétiteurs must prepare one solo piano piece of a dramatic nature, no longer than six minutes, and two vocal selections from a contemporary opera (composer born after 1940).
- You must bring two copies of the music with you to the audition. These will be returned to you at the conclusion of your audition. Note: singers must provide their own accompanist. The audition team may not request all of your prepared pieces.
- Assistant Directors and Assistant Conductors: please be prepared for a 10-minute interview
Please note that all auditions will be filmed and recordings sent to the relevant adjudicators for review.
Confirmed Audition Schedule
Calgary - Friday, January 19, 2018
Vancouver - Saturday, January 20, 2018
Montreal - Saturday, January 27, 2018
Toronto - Sunday & Monday, January 28 & 29, 2018
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.
Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.
All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.