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The Emerging Artist Development Program extends from October through April and is coordinated with the three Main Stage productions of the Calgary Opera season. Emerging Artist participants are cast in Supporting roles as well as cover roles throughout the season, based upon their skill level and experience.
Emerging Artists have opportunities for individual and group contact with main-stage guest artists including visiting conductors and directors, as well as vocal coaches through the Master Class Series. Such luminaries to teach the Emerging Artists have included Tracy Dahl, Soprano; Maestros Bramwell Tovey and Timothy Vernon, and vocal coaches such as Michael McMann, Peter Tiefenbach and John Churchwell, to name a few.
Resident Voice Teacher, Dawn Johnson and Resident Conductor and Principal Coach, Kimberly-Ann Bartczak, 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)
Participants receive career counseling throughout the season in marketing, publicity, presentation, effective audition practices, exposure to prospective agents and prepare a marketing package.