Festival Napa Valley's Manetti Shrem Opera Program is a tuition-free intensive opera training program offering advanced study and performance opportunities for vocalists and pianists from college to recent graduates in the idyllic setting of Napa Valley. Participants will study under the guidance of renowned faculty, guest artists, conductors and soloists, and take part in semi-staged opera scenes with orchestra, or the fully-staged opera performance. An average of two meals a day is provided and a $500 travel stipend will be provided for travel during the festival. Transportation to and from the festival is not provided. The Manetti Shrem Opera Program runs from June 30 to July 21st.
Tuition and fees:
- Three contrasting arias in two or more languages
For Opera Pianists:
- Solo of choice (single movement suffices)
Sing and play:
- One bel canto aria or ensemble..
- One Mozart aria or ensemble
- One aria or ensemble of your choice.
One of the three operatic selections should include recitative in Italian.
One of the three operatic selections should be in French or German.
Smart-phone video is accepted as long as the image and sound is clear. Piano accompaniment where appropriate is recommended but not required. Excerpts need not be all recorded in a single take; individual excerpts can be submitted as individual recordings. Please label each of the video files with your name and musical selection (i.e. Maria Callas - Casta Diva)
For application questions, please email Dana Sadava at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 30, 2023 - All applications due
Mid-october - Applicants notified of live audition status
Mid-November - Mid-December - In-person auditions in NYC, Chicago, and SF
*if an applicant is not available for live auditions, their original video submissions
will be used for the jury
Mid-January, 2024 - Final decisions
2024 Manetti Shrem Opera Program Faculty:
Noah Lindquist, Head of Music and Director of Opera Piano Program
Asst conductor, Lyric Opera of Chicago & San Francisco Opera
Malcolm MacKenzie, Vocal Manager
Dramatic Baritone (Met, Paris Opera, Glimmerglass, etc.)
John Churchwell, Guest Vocal Coach
Head of Music, San Francisco Opera
Grant Loehnig, Vocal Coach
Head of Music Staff, Opera Philadelphia and Wolf Trap Opera
Ronny Michael Greenberg, Vocal Coach
Pianist, San Francisco Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater
Milos Repicky, Guest Vocal Coach
Hirsig Family Chair in Vocal Studies, Curtis Institute of Music
Kelly O’Connor, Guest Masterclass Instructor
Mezzo-Soprano (NY Phil, SF Symphony, Concertgebouw, etc.)
Kent Nagano, Music Director, Manetti Shrem Opera
Generalmusikdirektor, Hamburg State Opera
Dana Sadava, Managing Director, Opera Scenes Conductor
Associate Conductor of Opera, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Ming Luke, Director, Academy Programs
Zach Salsburg-Frank, Asst. Director, Academy Programs
Jean-Romain Vesperini, Stage Director, Manetti Shrem Opera
Stage Director (La Scala, Bolshoi Opera, Paris Opera, etc.)
Tara Faircloth, Stage Director, MSOP Opera Scenes
Stage Director (Wolftrap, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, etc.)