Sherrill Milnes
Maria Zouves
Fabrizio Melano
Kristen Kemp
Amanda Qian
Jane Steele
Laura Melano Flanagan


First time participants: $900

Returning VE participants: $800

New York: Opera as Drama

NEW YORK CITY | March 24 - April 1, 2019

Refine your dramatic process

Focus on the interpretation of opera with leaders in the industry. Singers will work with Sherrill Milnes and stage director Fabrizio Melano on scenes and arias, studying original texts and source material. Our faculty and guest lecturers offer insight into the opera industry and assistance with career development.

Singers who apply should have a good understanding of their voices and prepare to work specifically on interpretation. No voice teachers are part of this program.

Included in this opera program:

  • Daily coachings on interpretation and drama
  • Staging rehearsals for scenes and arias
  • One-on-one sessions with Sherrill Milnes
  • Final showcase performance


Please be prepared to submit the following:

  • Resume as a .pdf
  • Short Biography (200 words or less) as a .doc
  • High-res headshot as .jpg
  • At least two recordings as either YouTube links or .mp3 files
  • A letter of recommendation (can be under separate cover)
  • Repertoire list as .doc
  • Optional Financial Aid Statement
    If you require financial aid for tuition, please include a brief explanation, as partial scholarships may be available based merit and need. Students who do not request financial assistance will not be considered for any. Work-study positions are available.
  • Application fee of $60

Only 15 Singers Accepted

Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.