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Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point 2023: Deadlines approaching!

Deadlines quickly approach for live auditions for Opera in the Ozarks' 2023 season, January 14-29:  Chicago, San Francisco, Norman, Dallas, Houston, New York, Boston, Tucson.  Final application/audition deadline is February 5.

Our 72nd season features three double-cast, fully staged productions with orchestra:  L'elisir d'amore, Orphée aux Enfers and The Tender Land -- 7-8 performances each. The Studio Artist outreach opera is Cinderella. Other features: daily stage skills class/yoga for performers, weekly voice lessons, stage combat workshop, resident and guest artist master classes, career development sessions, and Broadway Cabaret performances.

View Video excerpts of Cendrillon (2021) and La rondine (2022)

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Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point is an intensive, eight-week summer training and performance program for young singers, selected from competitive national auditions. Opera in the Ozarks has a venerable, continuous history of training young artists since 1950. No other training institute for young artists offers the scope and depth of this total immersion into the process of preparing multiple performances of operas in the original language with orchestra.

Alumni of Inspiration Point have sung in the major opera houses of the world; many others teach at prestigious colleges and universities. Artists are trained, conducted, coached and encouraged by a supportive, professional staff. Included are all training, coaching, workshops, and nurturing required to present opera in full productions—scenery, lights, costumes, wigs, supertitles—accompanied by a professional orchestra.

Four full-scholarship awards are available for Emerging Artist applicants who audition online for priority consideration by December 1. Those selected for these awards will be notified by December 20 and will commit to joining the OIO 2023 Company by January 6. Those not selected for these awards and early admission will be given full consideration for admission and financial aid  in February.

The 2023 season, for which artists will be in residence May 24-July 22, will include three double-cast, fully staged productions of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (sung in Italian), Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers (in French, English dialogue), and Copland’s The Tender Land. There will be seven or eight performances of each production, each double cast. Numerous performances of the Studio Artist outreach opera for children, Cinderella, will be presented in venues throughout Northwest Arkansas. Two popular Broadway Cabaret evenings are planned during the 2023 season.

In addition to extensive performance opportunities, OIO artists benefit from: 

  • Daily offerings in related skills:  acting, movement, stage combat, and career development, taught by resident, guest and OIO alumni artists.  
  • Yoga for Performers is another daily offering, popular with singers, staff and orchestra members.
  • Resident voice instructors offer weekly lessons, classes and attend rehearsals leading up to openings to offer their insights to assure artists’ best performances.  Returning in 2023 are alumnae Catherine Cook (San Francisco Conservatory) and Lorraine Ernest (OU).
  • Guidelines and requirements for your presenting your virtual and live auditions
  • Photo gallery of past productions
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