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The current Emerging Artist Development Program 2015-2016 extends from October through April and is coordinated with the three main-stage productions of the Calgary Opera season, Lakmé, Die tote Stadt, and The Magic Flute. Emerging Artist participants are cast in Supporting and Bit roles as well as cover roles throughout the season, based upon their skill level and experience.
The Christmas at the Opera Showcase in December will feature all of the Emerging Artists in a fully staged version of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilegès (The Enchanted Child) and a ‘second act’ melange of Christmas Carols. It will be directed by Rob Herriot, with chamber orchestra conducted by Resident Conductor, Christopher Mokrzewski in the intimate setting of the Calgary Opera Centre Rehearsal Hall.
Emerging Artists have opportunities for individual and group contact with main-stage guest artists including visiting directors, Tom Diamond, Kelly Robinson, and Rob Herriot; conductors Gordon Gerrard, Bramwell Tovey, and Robert Tweten; and singers Aline Kutan, Lyne Fortin, Shannon Mercer, David Pomeroy, Brett Polegato, and Valerian Ruminski.
Resident Voice Teacher, Dawn Johnson and Resident Conductor, Repetiteur and Principal Coach, Christopher Mokrzewski provide a continuity of vocal development throughout the program season in addition to eminent Canadian Voice Teacher and Soprano, Tracy Dahl who is Guest Voice Instructor for several week-long residencies.
Resident Instructors in other performance development areas include Grant Reddick (Acting, Text and Speech), Tara Blue (Yoga and Movement), and Dr. S. Joseph Warshawski, Otolaryngologist (Vocal Care and Health Consultant),
Confirmed guest teachers and coaches for 2015-2016 include Michael McMahon, Peter Tiefenbach, Nancy Argenta, Kinza Tyrrell, and Gordon Gerrard.
Participants receive career counseling throughout the season in marketing, publicity, presentation, effective audition practices, exposure to prospective agents and prepare a marketing package.