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The Emerging Artist Development Program 2016-2017 extends from October through April and is coordinated with the three main-stage productions of the Calgary Opera season, Die Fledermaus, Filumena and Turandot. 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 Bizet’s Doctor Miracle (Le docteur Miracle) and 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, Glynis Leyshon, Kelly Robinson, and Brian Deedrick; conductors Gordon Gerrard, Robert Dean, and Joseph Mechavich; and singers Sally Dibblee, Michele Capalbo, David Pomeroy, Norine Burgess, and Gregory Dahl.
Resident Voice Teacher, Dawn Johnson and Resident Conductor 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 Aaron Coates (Acting), and Dr. S. Joseph Warshawski, Otolaryngologist (Vocal Care and Health Consultant), and Natalie Callander/Fagnan (Financial Planning and Advice)
Confirmed guest teachers and coaches for 2016-2017 include Michael McMahon (McGill University), John Churchwell (Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera), Nancy Argenta (Victoria Conservatory), Kinza Tyrrell (Vancouver Opera and U. of Victoria) and Peter Tiefenbach (Glenn Gould School)..
Participants receive career counseling throughout the season in marketing, publicity, presentation, effective audition practices, exposure to prospective agents and prepare a marketing package.