In contrast to production-based programs, OperaWorks develops complete artists in a process-oriented environment. Each program teaches essential stage and business skills rarely offered in performance degrees and programs. Classes and productions focus on developing the ability to express freely – musically and dramatically – with the voice and the body, decrease negative self-talk, regulate anxiety in high-pressure situations, and market one’s strengths in the evolving performing arts industry.

Who Should Apply?

Emerging Artist Program

The Emerging Artist Program is designed specifically for motivated young performers with healthy vocal techniques who want to develop strong performance skills, expand their stage experience, and develop marketing and business skills. Participants perform in multiple classes every day to explore new forms of expression, decrease negative self-talk, build confidence, and achieve artistic freedom. (Minimum age is 18).

Advanced Artist Program

The Advanced Artist Program is geared toward professional artists, those with Young Artist Program credits, and career-oriented graduate students who want to fine-tune their performance techniques and improve marketability. The program also features multiple classes to strengthen audition skills, career planning, and business and marketing abilities. Taught in a non-competitive environment, participants perform in multiple classes every day to explore new forms of expression, decrease negative self-talk, build confidence, and achieve artistic freedom.

Dates & Location

Emerging Artist Program: June 3-18, 2018

Advanced Artist Program: June 24-July 23, 2018

California State University, Northridge

Los Angeles, CA


All performers will be actively involved in a wide range of classes and activities designed to holistically develop the complete performer. These include:

  • Coachings
  • Performance Techniques
  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Alexander Technique

  • Yoga
  • Physical Theatre
  • Conducting
  • Visualization


Business and Career classes focus on entrepreneurial skills and career development.


Emerging Artist Program

Performance Reimagined

World Premiere, June 16-17, 2018

Opera arias, art songs, improvisation, and movement blend together for one powerfully theatrical experience. The music is arranged into one continuous stream and performed without break, allowing the director, choreographer and performers to create evocative relationships on stage.

Advanced Artist Program

Opera ReConstructed

World Premiere, July 21-22, 2018

Putting your favorite traditional operatic repertoire into a new modern context, the Advanced Artists themselves help develop a relevant, original operatic experience. Sometimes it is narrative, sometimes abstract, sometimes hilarious, sometimes dramatic – always powerful, always visceral, always real.


Our world-class faculty consists of professionals and teachers who have expertise in the operatic traditions and the evolving demands of the 21st century artist. Throughout the programs, they work together to ensure that participants receive well-rounded training that is reinforced program-wide.

Schedule Overview

OperaWorks’ programs are intense and challenging, and time is built in to allow for practice, reflection, and building a supportive community. Additional options include: professional headshot sessions and CD recordings in a recording studio.

Emerging Artist Program
Advanced Artist Program

June 3:
Check in to campus apartments
June 24:
Check in to campus apartments
June 4-15:
Classes and rehearsals are held Monday-Friday, 9:30am-6:30pm
June 25-July 20:
Classes and rehearsals are held Monday-Friday, 9:30am-6:30pm
June 16-17:
July 21-22:
June 18:
July 23:


Live Auditions

Be prepared to offer five contrasting arias and/or art songs in at least 2 languages. A pianist will be provided at live auditions at no charge.

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
January 20, 2018
Los Angeles, CA
January 21, 2018
New York, NY
January 26-27, 2018
Boston, MA
January 28, 2018

Recorded Auditions

Submit 3 contrasting arias and/or art songs in at least 2 languages.
 Video recordings preferred, recorded within the past 18 months. Recordings must be received by January 31, 2018.


Participants are housed in spacious 2-bedroom apartments on the campus of California State University, Northridge. Each apartment features a living room, dining area, kitchen, private balcony, and swimming pool. Meals are not included.

Also available to OperaWorks are two large swimming pools, basketball courts, and a state-of-the-art gym. Double occupancy rate is for two people in a shared bedroom. Private bedrooms can be requested based on availability for an additional fee.


Attending OperaWorks is an investment in your career and we take this very seriously. Our nearly 2:1 participant to faculty ratio gives you unparalleled individualized attention and extraordinary performance experiences.

Emerging Artist Program

Tuition:  $2,375
Housing: $475  (double occupancy, 4 per apartment)

Advanced Artist Program

Tuition:  $3,875
Housing: $875  (double occupancy, 4 per apartment)


OperaWorks offers a limited number of small scholarships based on need. All participants will receive OperaWorks’ personalized fundraising packet as part of their career skill development. If you are interested in being considered for a needs-based scholarship, please submit a scholarship application with your application for the program. Applying for a scholarship will have no impact on your acceptance to the program.

Payment Schedule

  • $600 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance into the program
  • Remaining tuition and housing costs are split into monthly payments
  • No refunds after May 1, 2018

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