The Emerging Artist Development Program 2013-2014 runs from October through May and is coordinated with the three main-stage productions during the Calgary Opera season, The Italian Girl in Algiers, The Flying Dutchman, and Madame Butterfly. 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.
Throughout the season Emerging Artists have opportunities for individual and group contact with Mainstage guest artists including visiting directors, Kelly Robinson, Michael Cavanagh, and Glynis Leyshon; conductors Robert Tweten, Robert Dean and Joseph Mechavich; and singers Allyson McHardy, Eduardo Chama, Hugh Russell, Richard Paul Fink, Joni Henson, David Pomeroy, John Tessier, Valerian Ruminski, Sally Dibblee, Lauren Segal, and Daniel Okulitch.
The Emerging Artist Showcase ends the season in May with The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten staged by guest director, Glynis Leyshon, with chamber orchestra conducted by Resident Conductor, Christopher Mokzrewski, in the intimate setting of the Arrata Opera Centre Rehearsal Hall.
The driving goal of the program is to bridge the gap between a formal education and the professional world of opera, therefore emphasis is put on coaching and performance experience. Resident Voice Teacher is Dawn Johnson, who works with the Emerging Artists throughout the season.
Eminent Canadian Voice Teacher and Soprano, Tracy Dahl is Guest Voice Instructor throughout the year in several week-long residencies.
Resident Instructors in other performance development areas may include Grant Reddick (Acting, Text and Speech), Anita Miotti (Yoga and Movement for Actors), Tim Christison (Professional Development), Dr. S. Joseph Warshawski, Otolaryngologist (Vocal Care and Health Consultant), and J.P. Fournier (Fight and Combat).
Confirmed guest teachers and coaches throughout the season include Rachel Andrist, Peter Tiefenbach, Michael McMahon, Glynis Leyshon, Nancy Argenta, Kinza Tyrrell, Christopher Mokrzewski, and Gordon Gerrard.
Participants receive career counseling throughout the season in marketing, publicity, presentation, effective audition practices, exposure to prospective agents and prepare an audition CD and marketing package.